This image was created while on a four-day backpacking trip along the rim of Yosemite Valley. I went out during a storm hoping to photograph the clearing, and the area was chosen for its big, grand landscape potential. Although I shot numerous compositions of those scenes, this more intimate interpretation of the clearing storm was my favorite from the trip. One of the things I’ve always appreciated about nature photography is the shattering of expectations and preconceived ideas. These can certainly be helpful but opening the mind to the unique situations present in the moment often yields my most meaningful images.
How I got the shot
The conditions were changing super-fast with the fog moving through the trees and the light coming in and out. I was constantly composing, shooting, and recomposing during the ten minutes these conditions lasted. I knew these were interesting photographic circumstances but didn’t realize how much I’d like the images until I returned home. As I find often happens in these types of situations, there was one frame among many good ones that stood out from the rest.
What I used
This was shot with a Canon 5d MarkII, canon 70-200 f4, FLM tripod and Really Right Stuff ballhead. The only challenge was hauling all the photo and backpacking gear up 3500 feet in elevation. Settings were 1/100 second, f/11, ISO 400.