Monochrome Madness 2 39/52-Half Dome

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I spent New Year’s Day in Yosemite National Park with 2 good friends. It’s a tradition of ours to get together for the New Year and photograph something good. There’s snow in Yosemite so we went there for the day.

Yosemite is magical in the Winter.

I made this image standing on Sentinel Bridge looking at Half Dome and the Merced River.

MM2 39 of 52 Half Dome Jan 1

This image is part of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness2.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 20mm| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| PS CC2015, LR CC 2015, & On1 Photo 10

More to come…

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Merced River (Orton Effect)

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Standing on Swinging Bridge watching the Merced River slowly, and quietly flow west while brothers and sisters built snowmen on the river bank, and Mom’s and Dads had snowball fights, and gaiety and laugher was ringing through the afternoon air, and I was happy.

” When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this,
When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this,
When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch,
Well, my mama told me there’ll be days like this.”
~Van Morrison

There”ll be Days Like This

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 17-35@ 25mm| f5.6| 1/50 sec| ISO 200| Manual Mode| On a Tripod”

Horse Tail Fall Sunset

I got up at 2am on the 18th and left the house at 3:15Am to drive to Gilroy to meet-up with 4 other photographers.  At 4am we left Gilroy to meet-up with 2 other photographers in Mariposa,CA before heading into the Yosemite Valley where we would meet 5 more photographers from the north side of the Bay Area.

The trip revolved around a sunset shoot of Horse Tail Fall. The sun sets on Horse Tail Fall twice in 2010 for a few days in Feb. and again in Oct. The peak day for the best sunset was supposed to the 18th.

We shot all through the valley, had a picnic lunch at Bridalveil Fall, and well before sunset got to a spot to set up. Our spot was off  Southside Drive just past Cathedral Beach picnic grounds.

I had a lot of fun and met some pretty neat people. We left the valley about 7:30PM and stopped for dinner in Mariposa. I didn’t get home until after midnight on the 19th.  It was a 22 hour day filled with stunning views, and the company of fun, good people.

The light spot on the face of the mountain is the sun setting on Horse Tail Fall. The Fall wasn’t running very fast or full on this day.

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Among the Tree Tops

The view from downtown Campbell looking across the trees to the snow and cloud covered peak of Mt Hamilton CA.

The storms we’ve had this last week dumped a bit of snow on the peaks in the Diablo Mountain Range.   Mt. Hamilton is the highest mountain overlooking Silicon Valley.

Elevation 4360+feet

First ascent- 1861

Age of Rock- Upper Cretaceous

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