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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Unsettled Skies - Yosemite Valley

I've often felt that the name "North Shore Images" is a bit limiting as far as the photographic subject matter that should be contained on this site. What I mean is: an image of Yosemite Valley doesn't quite fit under this moniker - does it? Well, I am about to break this "rule" and digress for the first time on this site with this image of Yosemite Valley from the Tunnel View lookout on a recent trip to Yosemite National Park.

This is a classic view of Yosemite Valley includes the prominent 3000-foot granite cliff known as El Capitan toward the left, Bridalveil Falls toward the right, and famous Half Dome in the center distance. For comparison purposes, the height of El Capitan is roughly tenfold that of Palisade Head on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The name "Tunnel View" originated from the fact that visitors entering the park approach this viewpoint at the end of a long tunnel.

I was very fortunate to capture this view with these atmospheric conditions as most of my time spent in the park was under dreary overcast skies. Also, note the faint rainbow in the center. This panoramic image is the result of six digitally-stitched images, each from three separate exposures to produce a final image with higher dynamic range.

This is the first photograph in a new set of images that will be filed under the category, "Beyond Minnesota." Stay tuned as I add more!

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