Early morning sun on El Capitan

Standing on Cathedral Beach in Yosemite, temperature is 23F (-5C) waiting for the sun to come up and hit the top of El Capitan. Being January, this didn’t happen until almost 9am. While that sounds civilized, I got there very early hoping for some pre-sunrise magic which never happened. As a result, I was frozen to the bone by the time the moment finally arrived. Linda had already gone back to the car, but I was stubborn enough to wait. My hands were sore and that was with gloves. You can see the ice on the water and the frost on those leaves in the foreground.

In the end, it is all worth it of course and now I can tell the story (which undoubtedly will get better overtime) how I braved the cold for this shot.

I used my favorite 17-40mm lens for that great wide-angle effect and which lets me get real up close to subjects like that log. In fact, Linda and I had given ourselves the assignment of only shooting with our wide angle lenses. For me that was the 17-40 mm on my 5D Mark2 and for Linda, with her 7D, it was the 10-22mm.

HDR, for shots and processed with Oloneo Photoengine.


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This entry was posted in California, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite.


  1. Flickr: RaminN January 16, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Great shot! Nicely composed.

  2. Flickr: fotoman-jens January 16, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    WOW – Nice Shot !!!!

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