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debhearn July 15, 2016
Incredible capture.
 
debhearn July 21, 2016
May I share it? It is really magnificent... on top of the earlier "incredible capture!"
I'm so thankful you did get up at 4 am to get this shot. Thank you for the pleasure, beauty and grace of God's own work of "art" which you have captured in its purest form. Perfect here.
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thank you for giving us a title and description. I feel this is the correct way to submit photos. Well done!
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johannesoehl Jul 23
Thx for reading it. The most people are only looking at the photos itself.
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Johanne, I travel frequently so photos often serve as inspiration. Also, a photo of some unknown location means much less if I can't relate to it.
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johannesoehl Jul 23
That's the same for me, Brian. If you are not knowing what you see and have no idea where it is, you will never come into the situation to see the full beauty of the whole thing. In addition: I learn personally a lot, when I am looking for a text of my photos.
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great thoughts Johanne. thank you for sharing. many people could learn a great deal from you.
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johannesoehl Jul 24
you are welcome

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Yosemite's famous tunnel view, from which you can see (left to right): El Capitan, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Sentinel Dome, Cathedral Rocks,, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Valley itself.

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Won Contest Finalist in Shadows In Nature Photo ContestSeptember, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Unique Landscapes Photo ContestJuly, 2016
Won People's Choice in America's Mountainous National Parks Photo ChallengeFebruary, 2016

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo shows a very famous place: Yosemite Valley in California. It was done at a parking lot which is called "Tunnel View", because it's the first view you get after leaving the tunnel, which brings you into the valley. I think millions of photos have been taken there :-)
Time
My hotel was in at Oakhurst, which is more than 1h away from Tunnel View. So I had to get out of my bed at 4am to reach the parking lot before sunrise, which was about 6 o'clock.I reached the parkinglot at 5:30am and a lot of other photographers where already there to see the sunrise. It was in April and the nights were still very fresh in this mountainious area.But the photo was worth to feeled cold.
Lighting
I was doing a series of photos, when the sunrise started. It was awesome how the landscape was changing. But only this photo catched the flares and the sun beam. The photo a minute before and after didn't show it at all. A challenge was the wide range of light: Almost black where the sun was not shining and the bright sun itself. Technical Data: 1/320s f 9.0 ISO 100
Equipment
I used my Nikon D800 with AF-S NIKKOR 50 mm 1:1,8G. It was mounted on a Gitzo tripod with Arca head. The tripod was really needed because I started my "work" ways before sunrise, when it was still to dark to work freehand.
Inspiration
I was several times at Yosemite National Park. The Tunnel View is an iconic view. Millions of photos where shot there. My intension was to get the essence of this valley. What is better than the sunrise to show the beauty of this marvellous place?!
Editing
Yes, I did some post-processing. The problem was, that some areas were really dark to get the sun flares not burned out. So I used Nik Viveza to lighten up the foreground to show the structure of the forest. In the original it seemed to be completely black. I was thinking about to remove the lens flare, but I kept it untouched, because it looks like a rainbow-finger. I was also thinking about the plane in the sky. For me it is a symbol that even at the most beautiful places of the world the mankind is leaving a fingerprint there.
In my camera bag
On my travels I have my Nikon D800 and some lenses: AF-S NIKKOR 50 mm 1:1,8G, AF-S NIKKOR 80–400 mm 1:4,5–5,6G ED VR + 1.4 Teleconverter, two 20 years old lenses: Nikkor 28mm 2.8 AF, Nikon AF Micro NIKKOR 105 2.8 AF , Metz flashlight and a Gitzo tripod with Arca head.
Feedback
In April it's still very cold at night. You should consider to wear some warm clothes if you are standing at the parking lot waiting for the sunrise. Use a tripod. Because the light conditions are changing dramatically you should take several pictures (I did every minute one shot), that you are not missing the right point in time.

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