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Garden of the Gods

By CraigBill    
I drove from San Francisco toward Yosemite with some excitement. The entire way I chased a large thunderstorm - and I was hoping for some great photography if it played out right...

By the time I arrived at the famous Glacier Point vista, the storm was already starting to dissipate. I wasted no time setting up my camera for panoramic captures and clicked away as the light twisted and swirled. I noticed the clouds were opening in the distance, giving all the onlookers a fantastic view of what I call a reverse sunrise - where the setting sun lights the opposite sky up. This usually lasts only a few minutes then gone. I really was happy with how the panoramic image fully displays all the detail of Yosemite from Nevada falls to Liberty Cap to Half Dome to Mt. Watkins and Basket Dome while the weather exhibited a full dynamic range of atmospheric activity. After about 40 minutes, all the clouds broke apart and the show was completely over.

Glacier Point standing above Yosemite Valley is one of North America's unsurpassed epic views featuring Half Dome's almost 9000 foot height.

Tags: Rain California Storm Yosemite Lightning Half dome Pano Landscape and travel

Voters: debu, Daisymaye, Peco and 48 more

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Comments


debu 11 India
1 Jul 2020 3:11AM
A nice scene.
Debu
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
1 Jul 2020 3:28AM
What a fabulous view. The sun rays through the stormy sky is so lovely. A dramatic scene and a small lightning bolt to thrown in too.
1 Jul 2020 5:20AM
A beautifully dramatic capture.
viscostatic 14 49 10 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 8:48AM
Amazing. I particularly like the dramatic light in the left half of the image.

Phil.
1 Jul 2020 9:31AM
Fabulous setting for a panoramic image! Great conditions too!
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 762 England
1 Jul 2020 12:24PM
Beuatifully captured.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
1 Jul 2020 1:54PM
Amazing !!! my award !! Craig.
Ron
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 7:19PM
A smashing landscape and atmospheric capture
Ju
2 Jul 2020 12:13AM
Makes me want to buy a bigger screen Smile
amazing
Tooma Plus
5 2.2k 3 Scotland
2 Jul 2020 5:16PM
A stunningly beautiful shot. Top shot. 😎
RobboB Plus
14 133 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2020 12:30PM
Epic
NigelH 5 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2020 5:54PM
One of the best photos I have seen anywhere.

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