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Yosemite Valley

By Paulbee
Yosemite Valley is a wonderful place to explore. This viewpoint shows Bridalveil Fall, and Half Dome in the distance. I'm afraid this photo doesnt do justice to such a magnificent place.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: mikbee, tonyguitar, gwynn56 and 3 more

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
21 Jun 2012 4:42PM
The name Yosemite rings a bell with me Paul,
but can't quite put my finger on it.
Hang on,--got it.
That's where Yogi Bear did all that chasing around with Boo Boo bear !!
Super shot.
( And did you see the pair of them when you were there ?)

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tonyguitar 6 65 37 Canada
21 Jun 2012 6:07PM
Yeah, say hello to Yogi and the guys for me too.
Paul, you said.. [/Quote] I'm afraid this photo doesnt do justice to such a magnificent place.[Q/]

Well, I feel the same way when I do this and after many attempts have learned not much, but this I will share.

Taking frequent photos of our local glacier and mountain never delivered much, until one very frigid January morning when you could see the air and sky was starkly clear. It made a massive difference! The little white clouds, mountains, and glacier were finally haze. Just a tip to store away.

There are haze filers and polarizers to consider but nothing worked as well as the arctic air did.

For more tips, we shall have to read Ansel Adam's notes. He had mountain image science down pat. Him and, [is it George?], Weston. TG
tonyguitar 6 65 37 Canada
21 Jun 2012 6:19PM
Just remembered. There is a high contrast mountain shot on my photo blog where I raised the contrast high and lowered the light level. It did add punch allright.

This was a 20 second adjustment using basic Kodak edit software that came with the Kodak ESP7 printer. I refuse to spend the money or time for Photo-Shop like high-end programs. It's more fun trying to make powerful out in the field originals.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
21 Jun 2012 6:58PM
Reading Tony's comment has put me in a rare ''serious'' mood Paul.
Ansel did indeed get some superb pics from this place.
But have to say,after watching a documentary on him on the telly,
I was rather surprised to see how much manipulation he did in his darkroom.
Nothing wrong with that I feel,but it did take away some of the ''magic'' I had for the man.
A great photographer ? Or perhaps more accurate to say a great printer !!
tonyguitar 6 65 37 Canada
21 Jun 2012 7:26PM
Hey, Maybe cranking my mountain image was not such a crime after all. Thanks for that. TG
Paulbee 13 41 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 12:07PM
Thanks for the comments and advice Mike and Tony.
I am also a fan of Ansel Adams, I used to have a poster sized print of Half Dome on my office wall, (it suddenly disappeared !). I tried using his Zonal System for exposure with my old film cameras. I was therefore delighted to be able to visit the Ansel Adams gallery at Yosemite Village. He stared what was called "The 22 Club". A group using plate cameras at f22 (no shutter - just remove lens cap and count !)

Regards Paul.
P S. I thought Yogi lived in Yellowstone, no wonder he hasnt been replying to my letters.

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