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Half Dome in Winter

Yosemite National Park


Half Dome in Winter, Yosemite National Park, California

Spectacular light on a clear winter's day yields this beautiful portrait of Yosemite's most recognizable feature. This massive granite formation rises almost 5000 feet [1500m] above the Yosemite Valley floor. A front face ground flat by glacial action gives Half Dome the "half" in its name. The neutral grays of the rock contrast with the snow, fog, and the brilliant sky. Use of a small aperture keeps the entire scene sharply focused, and the inclusion of the branch in the upper left adds compositional balance.

Kodachrome Professional film,
natural light, wide-angle lens,
polarizing filter


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