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"Never at Noon"

(Backlit Bridalveil Falls)

'Never at Noon' (Backlit Bridalveil Falls), Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park


We had just passed by a ranger giving a photo talk, solemnly intoning "never take a photo at noon". Since noon light is often harsh and contrasty, this is usually good advice. However, due to Bridalveil Falls' somewhat backwards position in Yosemite Valley, this shot, taken right at noon, yields a beautiful backlit effect. A shutter speed of about 1/60 of a second, allows the water to swirl into abstract patterns. The moral? If it looks good in the viewfinder, take the picture!


Kodachrome Professional film, natural light,
telephoto lens, polarizing filter

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