After an already great day in and out of Yosemite Valley we went to Cook’s meadow to try and get Half Dome lit up at sunset.
When I arrived down in the meadow after scaling a fallen tree, and crossing a little creek, and walking along the boggy grass to a nice spot with a great view of Half Dome it was covered in clouds. We all hoped the wind would shift and clear out the clouds before the sun set.
The top of the mountain was “hot” so I put on my 2 stop soft edge Singh-Ray Grad ND filter. It really didn’t help enough so I fooled around with different apertures-stopping it down and it was still too “hot’. So I took off the the 2 stop and put on my 3 Stop Hard Edge Grad ND filter. That did the trick! After awhile I was blessed with this shot. It was a fantastic birthday!
This is how Half Dome looked when I first got down in Cook’s Meadow.
Yosemite National Park
Nikon D300s, Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 AF-S