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Fire on the Mountain



The "firefall" at Yosemite National Park occurs for just a few days each year towards the end of February when the setting sun hits Horsetail Falls at...
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The "firefall" at Yosemite National Park occurs for just a few days each year towards the end of February when the setting sun hits Horsetail Falls at just the right angle to illuminate the upper part of this rock monolith where the waterfall, when flowing, spills over the top. When conditions are just right, the waterfall and rock behind it glow orange and red as if they were on fire.
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mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi February 25, 2016
If I didn't see this with my own eyes I would say you made this up. What a wonderful capture. The other great part about this shot was is the second waterfall you caught. This is a top shop and congrats .
kimberlypinz
 
kimberlypinz February 25, 2016
Absolutely incredible. I have never seen anything like this.
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman February 26, 2016
This is completely INCREDIBLE........you and Mark both got some beautiful shots of this wonder of nature.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 February 26, 2016
Wow wow wow...
Flosno
 
Flosno February 26, 2016
OHHhh.. WOW...you've captured this brilliantly...it really is alive and breathing
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold February 27, 2016
this is an awesome natural spectacle - makes me speechless - so beautiful!!!
Daisy00
 
Daisy00 February 27, 2016
Woww....breathtaking!!!!!!!
heavenlyraine
 
heavenlyraine February 28, 2016
What an awesome capture! I never knew this!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt February 28, 2016
wow Nina, this is so amazing. I wonder if the timing of the 'firefall' has anything to do with 'ancient beliefs' or worship?? usually anything that has to do with the sun hitting or going through a rock face has always been part of a ritual etc.
Zilyram
 
Zilyram February 28, 2016
Wow that is incredible, nature is so amazing as is your photo :)
Bruz Ultimate
 
Bruz February 28, 2016
WOW Nina. I am blown away with your shot. You made this incredible with your edit. This needs to hang in a museum. :-)
BrendaCrawford
 
BrendaCrawford February 28, 2016
Beautiful....
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz February 29, 2016
Beautiful!
NanaSue54 PRO+
 
NanaSue54 March 01, 2016
So gorgeous my friend!!! LOVE it!!!!! :)
DwaynesWorld PRO+
 
DwaynesWorld March 02, 2016
Fantastic, Nina. Is this a 2016 shot? I saw where there were more photographers this year than any prior year.
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman March 03, 2016
I too would not believe this if I did not read about it. What a perfectly timed trip and the rewards were out of this world. Your a Genius at editing it just perfectly. WOW
erickgarza
 
erickgarza March 03, 2016
Wow this awesome, i love it Nina. Awesome job!!!
ElenaRK
 
ElenaRK March 06, 2016
Absolutely stunning! I'm glad you were there at the right time so the rest of us can enjoy it too.
SuzMDixon PRO
 
SuzMDixon March 12, 2016
This is so beautiful! I saw pictures of it in the paper - but they weren't as good as yours!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq March 21, 2016
Incredibly awesome shot, Nina! :)
BrianaK
 
BrianaK March 24, 2016
Absolutely gorgeous shot. Congrats on winning my Yosemite National Park Photo Challenge. I feel like you captured the magic of horsetail falls perfectly and the sun on the rocks is absolutely perfect.
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo March 24, 2016
Beautiful place, excellent work Nina!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer March 25, 2016
It most assuredly looks like lava flowing! gorgeous capture, Nina
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 March 30, 2016
Congratulations Nina on your Win !!
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis April 01, 2016
It looks like a eruption, magnificent capture of nature at its best:-)
bethany66
 
bethany66 April 02, 2016
Another masterpiece Nina. I have to get to Yosemite someday! You were so blessed to be able to both witness and capture this:)
RDVPhotography
 
RDVPhotography April 02, 2016
Absolutely Outstanding!! How many other photographers were there?
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 April 03, 2016
At a loss for words!!!!!!!!!
carolyns
 
carolyns April 09, 2016
Stunning Nina!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 April 10, 2016
WOW !!!! what more can I say but WOW !!!!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 April 10, 2016
congrats on the award as well !!!
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole April 18, 2016
Wow!!!!! Absolutely stunning capture!!!! Love it!!! One of these years I want to see this and try my hand at capturing this phenomenon!!!!! : ) And congrats on your well deserved Challenge win!!!!!! : )
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 May 24, 2016
Beautiful !
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 24, 2016
Voted Battle of The Amateurs!
EricCoulombe
 
EricCoulombe June 11, 2016
Stunning image! Voted!
NatureLoverJJWal PRO+
 
NatureLoverJJWal June 14, 2016
Breathtaking capture!
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi July 13, 2016
Congrats on your third win on this gem. Great capture.
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita July 13, 2016
yay...you got another one. Congrats Nina!!!
p_eileenbaltz Platinum
 
p_eileenbaltz July 13, 2016
The best image of this that I've seen!!! Congratulations on being chosen a contest finalist....and good luck. :)
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo July 13, 2016
Yay, Nina! Congrats on being a Finalist with this beauty!
blairwacha PRO+
 
blairwacha July 13, 2016
Great shot, Nina! Horsetail Falls is such a fascinating place. There were over 600 photographers there one of the nights I was there this past winter.
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer July 14, 2016
Nina! Congratulations on finalist in the Vertical contest. Well deserved!
NatureLoverJJWal PRO+
 
NatureLoverJJWal August 26, 2016
Congratulations on your awards!
GayleLucci Platinum
 
GayleLucci November 11, 2016
Beyond words...A winner in every respect...Congratulations, Nina!
romagman
 
romagman December 10, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
bryanfriend Ultimate
 
bryanfriend December 18, 2016
Love this shot, Yosemite is one of my most favorite to shoot at. Great job of Horsetail Falls
Lidmire PRO
 
Lidmire June 17, 2017
Nailed it!
prayerofserenity
 
prayerofserenity December 02, 2017
Words do not describe this photo!
Csaracina
 
Csaracina January 14, 2018
Breathtaking!
belkislizbeth
 
belkislizbeth April 09, 2018
Stunning place
Bruz Ultimate
 
Bruz June 06, 2018
Congrats Nina. I knew this was a winner from the first time I saw it. Way to go. :-)
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo June 06, 2018
A 2nd Finalist Win! Congrats, Nina!!
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole June 19, 2018
Again, Congrats, and this time for being a contest finalist!! Such a gorgeous capture!! : )
Broomrider PRO+
 
Broomrider November 04, 2018
Breathtaking!
dkoch28 PRO
 
dkoch28 December 29, 2018
Stunning
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis December 14, 2019
Awesome ! An unbelievable wonder of Yosemite, I would just love to see this I have heard about it and seen photographs , lucky you a magnificent shot:-)
MaryMarie
 
MaryMarie April 10, 2020
What an incredible capture~ Mesmerizing, get lost in your thoughts for sure~ Love it....
Noleezie
 
Noleezie August 21, 2020
Stunning 😍

Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken in Yosemite National Park in California at the base of what is known as Horsetail Falls near El Capitan.
Time
We began setting up at approximately 5:30 p.m. as we didn't know exactly when, or even IF, what is known as "the firefall" would occur. Several photos were taken as the light changed, but this photo was shot at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Lighting
Yosemite's famous "firefall" is never a sure thing. This phenomenon only occurs usually during the month of February during a two week time period but only over a period of about 4 days in late afternoon or early evening. Several conditions must exist, but mainly the sun's position on the horizon (and a bit of sunset always helps to increase color), and water on the granite cliff. Because California finally had some much-needed rain after a long drought, water was pouring off the top of the rocks. The wind was blowing the water across the cliff face which allowed more light to reflect off of it, and as the light changed the colors became more saturated.
Equipment
This photo was taken using my Nikon D750 full frame DSLR camera with a Nikkor 28-300mm zoom lens on a tripod.
Inspiration
I love landscape photography, and Yosemite is an amazing place to capture some amazing vistas. I have long wanted to capture the beautiful sight of the firefall, but previous trips to Yosemite were never during the right time of year. However, knowing that California's recent rains would increase our chances of seeing it, we purposely planned our trip around its possible occurrence. We live only a few hours from Yosemite so a long day trip rewarded us with the photos that we hoped to capture!
Editing
Lightroom and Photoshop were both utilized for enhancement of color and clarity and for exposure correction.
In my camera bag
My current camera of choice is a Nikon D750 full frame camera. I usually use my Nikkor 28-300mm zoom lens which I find to be extremely versatile in most situations. I also use a Nikkor 24-120mm lens on occasion. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera, with a spare 32gb memory card in my bag as a backup, since I shoot in both Raw and jpg fine. Additionally, I always carry a fully charged spare battery and battery charger, UV and polarizing filters for all lenses, a Tiffen variable ND filter, the Cokin filter system, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, and cleaning supplies.
Feedback
Landscape photographers often have the luxury of returning to a particular location at different times of the day (or night) in order to capture a particular scene under different lighting or weather conditions. However, since you can't always count on a sunset (or a firefall in Yosemite!), there is often a a lot of luck, and sometimes detailed planning ahead, in order to capture a particular photo. Most landscapes are best captured during the "golden hours", usually early morning or late afternoon. These times almost always provide the best lighting and reduce the amount of post processing that would otherwise be required to make an average photo into a great photo.

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