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Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park
Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges: Landscape
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Yosemite National Park, CA
Date: May 15, 2011
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2011

We were very lucky during our long planned visit to Yosemite Valley. The first day was forecast to be the only one with reasonable weather for getting good pictures of the view down the valley. However the "unreasonable" weather that came that night came in the form of fresh snow down to 3,000 feet, well below the level of Yosemite valley. By mid-morning the park officials were allowing most vehicles back into the valley, and when they later opened the road up to Tunnel View we drove up there. The classic view from here would include El Capitan on the left, but it was obscured by clouds. There was an exceptionally heavy snow pack this winter and the waterfalls in the park, including the one you can see here, Bridalveil Fall, were spectacular.

It was hard processing a scene of this scale and with this much detail for a small DPC challenge image. Processed using adobe camera raw and Photoshop CS5. I used NIK's HRD Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro 2 filters. I then increased the overall brightness and applied onone's soft black filter to try and bring out the sculptural elements of the scene. Sharpened, reduced, border added, saved for web.

I hope this scores well enough to make it onto my profile page and stay there for a while...

Place: 24 out of 344
Avg (all users): 6.3551
Avg (commenters): 8.7500
Avg (participants): 6.3301
Avg (non-participants): 6.4286
Views since voting: 767
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 138
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/08/2011 07:19:48 AM
Looks like a classic Ansel Adams shot. Great work. Sorry it didn't make your porfolio page like you wanted but there are some hard ones to beat there.
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06/08/2011 12:28:31 AM
Stunning and remarkable view - very well captured! Perfect touch with the processing, too. I thought you were going to go color, though? I quite like it mono - very classic for this scene.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2011 01:21:54 PM
Be careful. I hear there are bears in Yosemite. (No vote, snarky comment only)
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06/05/2011 11:30:18 PM
Terrific depth of contrasts!!!
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06/02/2011 07:41:04 PM
It's hard for me to look at bc it looks so cold and I am tired of cold weather... BUT it is a really great shot. I keep thinking maybe the contrast is a little heavy, but I think you got it just right. 9
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06/01/2011 11:33:37 PM
Stunning Photograph!!!
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06/01/2011 02:49:43 PM
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06/01/2011 12:50:18 PM
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06/01/2011 12:29:46 AM
nice shot, but too much processing for me. Ill come back and look at it again on another pc. no vote right now
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06/01/2011 12:07:53 AM
Wow! Beautiful and dramatic capture Penny. Looks like some post processing was influenced by Bear.
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