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Yosemite Falls Captains Log Day1: Morning

I know this is a little delayed being mid day Tuesday but if you’ve ever been to a DLWS then you know we keep pretty busy and there isn’t always time to get much processing or blogging done. With that I’m gonna have to leave, to go back out shooting, but I will add more to this when i get back. I’m back, after some shooting, some dinning and wine, of course.., so here’s the rest of the story. Yesterday morning was a great morning with a short walk over to the falls. It’s always nice being able to walk out of the hotel and are at the shoot just like that. Well the Yosemite Lodge is right at the base of Yosemite Falls, naturally it was a good place to start the week off on. Up and Up we go to the wet and icy steps of the waterfall, along the way we found bent trees, windy paths and a squirrel. It was the base of upper falls that was the target and it was spectacular.

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I like the upper falls and the lower, combined they are quite nice, but it really wasn’t that wow shot that i was looking for and so i kept looking. At the Base of the falls RC had gathered a gaggle of photographers that were capturing the rainbow with the falls. Now there really are many ways to capture this image and it all depends on what is trying to be conveyed. I took this vertically, horizontally, HDR, zoomed in, zoomed out and they all are all correct. I liked the shot vertically and kinda tight. The only real meaning was the water, the light and the rainbow.

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The last thing i wanted to try was a B&W. We had strong light on the face of the mountain and lots of light on the waterfall. Now the most important part of a B&W is in fact an absolute black, and an absolute white. This is something that is crucial and something that i didn’t really understand until my Dad looked behind my monitor and said, a Black and White isn’t a black and white without a black point or a white point. It was so obvious and yet escaped me for such a long time. Now when i look for these type of shots i look and plan for just that, a black point and a white point. Simple but hard to get good at.

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Images captured with Nikon D3, Nikkor AF-S 24-70, 70-200 VrII f2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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