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Above Vernal Falls

Above Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park


This powerful waterfall, a part of the Merced River, is one of Yosemite's great treasures. Its massive size is only hinted at by the tiny speck of a person in the top right, sitting on the bench inside the fence. This uncommon view is taken from the trail between Vernal and Nevada Falls. A medium shutter speed is fast enough to stop the flow of water at the top of the falls (but not at the bottom). Use of a small aperture keeps the entire scene sharp. I liked the contrast of texture between the rocks and the water.


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

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