Yosemite Falls

I made my first and only trip to Yosemite National Park in April of 2013 specifically to photograph Yosemite Falls.  Incidentally, mid-spring is an ideal time to photograph the falls, as snow melt on the mountain tops creates majestic waterfalls.

The following image was taken from Cook’s Meadow, which is a short walk from the main parking area in Yosemite:

Nikon D800E, Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm at f/11, ISO 100, 71s

To capture the image shown above, I used a 10 stop neutral density filter (to lengthen the exposure), and a 4 stop reverse graduated neutral density filter (to balance the bright horizon with the darker foreground).

Fortunately, my time at Yosemite Falls also coincided with a full moon…making midnight photographs like this possible:

Nikon D800E, Nikon Noct 58mm at f/4, ISO 400, 20s

Mist from the waterfall cast in the moonlight created the rainbow.