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Half Dome and Friend Reflections



Winter in Yosemite is special.

Winter in Yosemite is special.
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eelcovanroden January 13, 2018
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
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russellgaughen January 13, 2018
Eelcovanroden Thank you for you comment!! Russell
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Alwolfe January 13, 2018
Gorgeous!
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russellgaughen January 13, 2018
Alwofe Thank you for your kind comment!! Russell
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thunderlake January 13, 2018
Well deserved award!!
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russellgaughen January 13, 2018
thunderlake Thank you for your kind comment!! Russell
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JDLifeshots January 13, 2018
Amazing capture! Congrats.
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russellgaughen January 13, 2018
JDLifeshots Thank you for your kind comment!! Russell
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Flokiteashusky March 06, 2018
Lovely composition
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russellgaughen July 10, 2018
Flokiteashusky, Thank You for your kind comment
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texaaronpueschel April 04, 2018
Dazzling. Thanks for viewing my pics.
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russellgaughen July 10, 2018
texaaronpueschel, Thank You for your kind comment
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Jdmccranie June 07, 2018
Great composition , great colors, and perfect depth of field. Congratulations!
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russellgaughen July 10, 2018
Jdmccranie, Thanks for your kind comment. I was very lucky that day. Russell
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edwardlrose June 14, 2018
Beautiful, great color, detail
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russellgaughen July 10, 2018
edwardlrose, Thanks for your kind comment. I was very lucky that day. Russell
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PJBangus August 03, 2018
Absolutely stunning clarity and beauty!
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russellgaughen August 23, 2018
PJBangus, Thank you for your comment and taking the time to visit my gallery! Russello visit my
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khalli August 18, 2018
absolutely gorgeous capture and composition.
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russellgaughen August 28, 2018
khalli, Thank you for your comment and taking the time to visit my gallery! Russell
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gallmese October 06, 2019
amazing!
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russellgaughen October 07, 2019
Gallmese Thanks for your comment and taking the time to visit my gallery! Russell

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Behind The Lens

Location
Yosemite Valley is one of my most favorite places on the planet. This image was gathered in the fall while walking along the Merced River in Yosemite Valley National Park.
Time
Yosemite Valley is a wonderful place to gather images. We were were staying in Yosemite Village in the late fall for several days riding bikes and exploring the park. I always have my camera with me when exploring in Yosemite. While walking along the Merced River I came across this lovely scene and gathered this image. The timing was perfect with the reflections of Half Dome and Mt Watkins in the Merced River. The image was gathered hand held on January Fourth 2010 at 5:50 pm
Lighting
The natural lighting when I gathered this image was absolutely perfect! Trust your Instinct. Experiment. For me, dawn and dusk seem to offer the best lighting conditions.
Equipment
I gathered this image hand held with my Olympus SP570 UZ camera. Focal length 4.60mm. Exposure 1/30 sec, F/2.8, ISO 100.
Inspiration
Yosemite Valley is a very beautiful place! My camera is always with me. The moment I saw the light and the reflections in the Merced River there was no question that I would gather this image.
Editing
After selecting the chosen images, I post process with latest version of Photoshop CC. Some require more processing that others.
In my camera bag
My camera bag sometimes seems to be way to heavy and it has just one strap. One day I will purchase a better system. The camera bag always contains my Olympus E-5 with battery pack attached below the camera. The lens most often on the camera body is my Olympus Digital Zuiko 12-60 mm 1:28-4. In reserve are my Zuiko Digital 50-200mm 1:2.8-3.5 and my Olympus Digital 50mm 1:2 Macro. A 500mm lens will join the other lenses very soon. In addition to my lenses I always have extra batteries, lens cleaning supplies and rain protection. Also if needed is a manual for my E-5 and a remote shutter control. Shop towels help separate the lenses as my bag has only two areas for gear. Also I have an extra eye piece as I lost one once on location and its always nice to have a small notebook on hand for writing down any relevant information.
Feedback
This is an interesting question. My thoughts are in no particular order. Always have your camera with you. Keep your camera and lenses in good condition and readily available. If you happen to see something that interests you take the time to stop and gather the image. In fact gather several images as the light is always always changing. Also perhaps change the settings on your camera. Maybe try for different perceptive for gathering the image you want. Perhaps try a different lens. If you happen to be in one place for several days become aware of the light conditions and weather. Most of all Trust your Instinct and have Fun!!!

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