aaronmmoshier
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I was fortunate enough to shoot this shot at sunset in Yosemite Valley. The descending storm clouds had strangled off all light, prompting most photographers to...
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I was fortunate enough to shoot this shot at sunset in Yosemite Valley. The descending storm clouds had strangled off all light, prompting most photographers to pack up and call it a day. A handful of us stayed and were able to bear witness to a fiery strip of sunlight burning its way through the clouds onto the western face of El Capitan.
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colelmore
 
colelmore December 02, 2015
absolutely amazing shot!!
kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman December 02, 2015
Now this shot...I love...k
robinkuyper
 
robinkuyper December 02, 2015
Wow! Fantastic lighting
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 January 04, 2016
Stunning photo. Congrats on being a flnalist!
stormslinger1 PRO
 
stormslinger1 January 07, 2016
Absolutely AMAZING!! Bravo! Patience is a virtue and it paid off for you here BIG TIME!
Melodygrace
 
Melodygrace January 08, 2016
Absolutely stunning shot!
pedronunoferreira
 
pedronunoferreira January 09, 2016
Awesome. Masterpiece.
liskragesimonsen
 
liskragesimonsen January 10, 2016
Really love this picture. How did you do that ???
matej007
 
matej007 January 13, 2016
Great work
candidqueen
 
candidqueen January 14, 2016
Amazing! Great capture!
brendamasurhansen Premium
 
brendamasurhansen January 22, 2016
Great catch! Your patience definitely worked well for you!!
renomike
 
renomike January 22, 2016
Breathtaking.....
shutrfly
 
shutrfly January 24, 2016
This is amazing. One of the best fire and ice shots I've ever seen.
jamierichey PRO
 
jamierichey January 28, 2016
Great light, nice work
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots January 28, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
djpavek
 
djpavek January 28, 2016
Beautiful.
dieterberghmans
 
dieterberghmans January 28, 2016
This photo is just spectacular. What an amazing play with the light! Really fantastic!
DStorie4 PRO
 
DStorie4 January 28, 2016
Absolutely AMAZING!
georgeshackelford
 
georgeshackelford January 28, 2016
I think only a few times in life ones genius melds with skill to produce an image such as this. It's a masterpiece I would love to display in my home.....
georgeshackelford
 
georgeshackelford January 28, 2016
Did I mention this photo also brings one quite a bit closer to tossing the old Brownie straight into the trash......... Very humbling!
allisonc11 PRO+
 
allisonc11 January 28, 2016
Absolutely Amazing shot!
jambajim8
 
jambajim8 January 30, 2016
Amazing Shot! Well Done!
F8user PRO
 
F8user February 03, 2016
Congrats!
adavies PRO
 
adavies February 03, 2016
Yowza! Awesome capture! Nicely done! :)
cara53 PRO+
 
cara53 February 03, 2016
WOW! Sooooo Beautiful!
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 February 03, 2016
Your patience paid off! Congrats on your Finalist win(s)!!
KatieMcKinneyPhotography PRO+
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography February 06, 2016
This is incredible!! Love it!
sbmasterpieces
 
sbmasterpieces February 26, 2016
What an amazing image!! Just goes to show that having a little patience can really pay!!
kathleenparry
 
kathleenparry March 20, 2016
Crazy! I didn't know what I was seeing until I read your description. Once in a lifetime shot.
karenmrehaber
 
karenmrehaber June 07, 2016
Exceptional Shot! So worth the wait!
Yuelana
 
Yuelana June 15, 2016
Amazingly beautiful!
syrom
 
syrom July 23, 2016
Great work
alexandrudinulescu
 
alexandrudinulescu July 23, 2016
Masterpiece !! No doubt !
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography August 21, 2016
Stunning capture
bennettcphotography
 
bennettcphotography September 02, 2016
Love how the big red mountain stands out agaist the vast white and grey scene.
TheoShilton PRO
 
TheoShilton September 15, 2016
Every time I see this shot it just gets more impressive!
gldosa PRO+
 
gldosa October 04, 2016
Absolutely great capture. Congrats!
ryandaw
 
ryandaw October 12, 2016
This is fantastic!
Adrock318
 
Adrock318 October 16, 2016
Wow
Chelle-s
 
Chelle-s October 24, 2016
Superb shot. I do believe you found gold in Yosemite! This is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Can't give you enough props for this stunning shot!!
Beegirl
 
Beegirl November 01, 2016
Great capture
HopeCharmaine
 
HopeCharmaine November 22, 2016
Awesome reward for your patience and persistence! Magnificent capture!
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett November 24, 2016
absolutely amazing
matej007
 
matej007 December 22, 2016
Great image
Seraphim PRO+
 
Seraphim December 24, 2016
One of the best magic light pics I have seen.
jimfbauty PRO+
 
jimfbauty February 15, 2017
Just had to read your description... looked as if the top of the mount was getting ready to blow. Incredible capture!!
britanica
 
britanica February 16, 2017
breath taking
mondo_mania1960
 
mondo_mania1960 February 20, 2017
absolutely unbelievable.....what a gorgeous capture!
SusanBurroughs PRO+
 
SusanBurroughs February 22, 2017
It looks like it is on fire! Great capture!
pattymo
 
pattymo March 19, 2017
This is stunning ????????????
pattymo
 
pattymo March 19, 2017
What month was this taken in Yosemite? Where in the valley was this shot from? I grew up going to Yosemite several times a year during all seasons
podesta
 
podesta August 01, 2017
perfect picture
LPChellew
 
LPChellew August 27, 2017
Beautiful!
richandcherylshaffer
 
richandcherylshaffer September 22, 2017
Awesome Shot
sandymayor PRO+
 
sandymayor September 27, 2017
Beautiful
jessified1204
 
jessified1204 October 28, 2017
All 4 elements in one beautiful shot! You’ve got my vote. Well done.
Lightsoutlyon_Photography
 
Lightsoutlyon_Photography November 08, 2017
Print for sale??? Love to have it in my new house
susanplss-bryant PRO+
 
susanplss-bryant November 24, 2017
A M A Z I N G ....
ryanheintzelman
 
ryanheintzelman January 07, 2018
Stunning!
Sindiswaonline
 
Sindiswaonline February 02, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Sindiswaonline
 
Sindiswaonline February 02, 2018
Beautiful work!
Duane_Watts
 
Duane_Watts February 28, 2018
Absolutely beautiful!
CURUTCHET
 
CURUTCHET May 30, 2018
Nature is great we just have to shut up
valdetfetahu
 
valdetfetahu July 21, 2018
Amazing....

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this shot in Yosemite Valley on thanksgiving day 2016 from the much overshot "valley view". This particular shot was pretty special to me however - I'd just spent a brutal night atop Yosemite Point in some sub-zero high-wind conditions. Id failed to catch what i set out looking for, and exauhstedly made it back down with my 80 lb pack full of gear to sit utterly spent on a rock to watch the sunset here. The clouds had stifled the light and all but 3 or 4 shooters had packed up and called it quits - I only stayed because I was too tired to move. As a result, I was treated to this spectacular view for about 5 seconds as the clouds parted and let this band of fiery light strike the face of El Capitan.
Time
Sunset, at the last possible second after most shooters had given up on the light and weather. A momentary break in some serious storm clouds made this one possible.
Lighting
The fact that almost no work was done in post on this, other than some sharpening and raising the shadows. This is as close to what my eye saw as i could possibly get it. Amazing light, and a real pleasure to have been present for it.
Equipment
I shoot with a canon 6d, canon 24-70, and a benro ballhead tripod. was using an offbrand remote release as well.
Inspiration
Exaustion. this was the one place i knew of that i could quickly make it to after a greuling hike up, subzero night on, and painful descent down from Yosemite Point.
Editing
I do, but for this shot very little was needed. I raised the shadows a bit here in lightroom and then sharpened in photoshop.
In my camera bag
Way too much - and im trying to learn to be more selective to allow mysef to be more mobile. I typically hike with either a Marine Corps issue ILBE pack (Im a Marine Officer by day) or an older ftstoogear pack depending on how much I need (want) to carry. For this trip I was pretty loaded down - my camera body, tripod, rokinon 14mm, canon 24-70 f/2.8, canon 70-200 2.8, assorted accessories, and a ton of cold weather gear and a tent to be able to handle the elements. A jetboil is always in my pack for winter trips as well, and was a life saver for boiling snow into water, filling a camelbak with hot water for warmth at night, and cooking some dehydrated meals. i even used it to dry my soaked boots! (not-reccomended). since then i have added a canon 300mm with extender, canon 16-35, 3dr solo drone and an emotimo 3-axis robot with slider rail to my arsenal. looking forward to working with the drone and timelapse slider when i get home from my current middle east deployment.
Feedback
Be patient, always see it through till the last light. when other photographers start packing up and going home, stay the extra few minutes and see what unfolds. It may lead to you catching something unique or amazing that most will miss.

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