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acseven

Search & Rescue at Yosemite - USA, California



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Last May 28th 2014 a hiker slipped on a wet slab of rock at the base of the Upper Yosemite Falls stream, being flushed about 30 meters (100 feet) down the rapids, but still able to hang to a large boulder and resting on top of it waiting for rescue.
I was hiking the Yosemite Falls trail when the heli search and rescue team approached the falls. While I shot the scene (fallen hiker wasn't visible from my viewpoint) the heli pulled back and hiking ground rescue teams hurried past me to the location. Luckily, he ended up being rescued, alive.
And I got a heli in front of a huge waterfall!!
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26 Comments | Report
Coveboy53 PRO+
 
Coveboy53 January 17, 2016
the size of the tiny and endangered chopper makes us aware so much the huge size of the falls. One very lucky hiker...
acseven
acseven January 17, 2016
Yeah, he sure was lucky that day!
hisnameisflorian
 
hisnameisflorian January 22, 2016
breathtaking picture!!
acseven
acseven January 22, 2016
Thank you, Florian!
michelleoppegard
 
michelleoppegard January 23, 2016
Great capture. Right place, right time.
acseven
acseven January 23, 2016
Thank you Michelle, that is the case.
Bluestarpaul PRO+
 
Bluestarpaul January 24, 2016
What an amazing image, respect!
arnoldgum PRO
 
arnoldgum January 29, 2016
What a shot!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith February 05, 2016
Wow!! Amazing capture! Congratulations on winning the contest!! Enjoy your well deserved prize! :-)
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 February 06, 2016
WOW! And, Congratulations!!!
Mimismountain Premium
 
Mimismountain February 06, 2016
Wow! Fantasti photo! Congratulations!
trentramsey_photography
 
trentramsey_photography February 14, 2016
Magnificent!!!
joediduca PRO+
 
joediduca February 23, 2016
Amazing photo!!
naturisk PRO
 
naturisk April 23, 2016
Such an intensely clear and focused shot, showing such purpose. Congratulations!
acseven
acseven April 24, 2016
Thank you, Susan!
alarsen
 
alarsen April 24, 2016
fantastic shot!
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Marcogressler April 24, 2016
incredible!
BrianaK
 
BrianaK July 11, 2016
Nice work!
Merbert
 
Merbert September 15, 2016
Good work!
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COFFEROBBIE
 
COFFEROBBIE October 02, 2016
classic shot
spidi1981 PRO
 
spidi1981 December 22, 2016
Awesome shot! If you want, you can try this contest:
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/helicopters-in-action-only-flying-helicopters-photo-challenge-by-spidi1981

Have a nice day!
acseven
acseven December 23, 2016
Thank you for you kind comment, I appreciate it. I'll check that contest out as well! Happy holidays!
farigiovanni PRO
 
farigiovanni January 15, 2017
Congratulations, beautiful composition and perfect time.
dawnamuellerphotography
 
dawnamuellerphotography January 16, 2017
Great shot!
3to2
 
3to2 February 14, 2017
Incredible shot!
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Tverhofstad February 17, 2017
What an amazing shot.
chuck54
 
chuck54 February 19, 2017
Awesome photograph!!!!!!!
FredericMONIN PRO+
 
FredericMONIN February 25, 2017
Great capture !!!
kataruka
 
kataruka March 08, 2017
Great Click.
jimfbauty PRO+
 
jimfbauty April 26, 2017
Being in the right place at the right time really counts... every photographer needs a moment like this. Nice capture. Glad you were ready for it.
edrobson Premium
 
edrobson May 16, 2017
Amazing.

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Behind The Lens

Location
Yosemite Falls hiking trail, Yosemite National Park, California, United States
Time
Shot in the middle of the day, near noon.
Lighting
The close shot of the waterfall - at 200mm - helped me to control the very bright daylight conditions, which cast strong and hard shadows on the surrounding environment.
Equipment
Hand-held Canon EOS 60D with a Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM, hood on.
Inspiration
This is was one of those moments where I was just taking advantage of a very uncommon situation unfolding just before my eyes. The moment I saw the helicopter come near the falls - and I wasn't aware why at the time - I knew exactly what I was hoping to get. And boy, did I get it! The entire series turned out awesome, better than I could ever imagine. I spent almost three weeks in traveling in the US, through Utah, Arizona, California and Hawaii, saw stunning sceneries everywhere; though I was able to get a relatively nice set of photographs throughout, this series of shots easily stands out, with lots of drama, suspense and beauty all in the same image. It's a curious thing, but for me it nicely encompasses the spirit of the country and I was glad I could bring it home as a memory.
Editing
As with most of my photos, I processed the shot using Adobe Lightroom for overall light and tonal settings, as well as sharpness.
In my camera bag
It depends on how much hiking I have to do but it usually adds up to 10-12 kg plus the tripod. At the very least I'll take two camera bodies (at the time a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 60D) and two lenses (Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM), ND filters, flashlight, timer remote, cleaning materials, extra cards and batteries... I will also try to take a 24-70 f/2.8L USM lens with me, but unfortunately I don't use it as often as I should.
Feedback
As I mentioned earlier, I think this is a one of a kind photo. In any case, it could serve as purpose to demonstrate how a large waterfall, even if it looks slim from afar, like the Yosemite Falls, can serve as powerful backdrop for foreground subject. My 70-200mm lens is my second lens for landscape photography - though I love using the wide angle, closing in or compressing natural features that are far off make stunning images.

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