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Yosemite Rainbows

May 17, 2009
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I promised a second post of Yosemite photography a while ago, but things sort of got lost in the shuffle of finals.  Better late than never, though, I suppose.  Sadly, these are not super awesome images, but the point of the photography portion of this blog is learning, right?  So bear with me.

In the spring, when the falls are full of water, they create so much mist that when the sun is at the right angle, there’s a rainbow.  Every morning.  Like clockwork.  I really can’t think of a better way to start a day in Yosemite than with a walk to the Lower Yosemite Fall to see the rainbow – but be warned: this year, it was freezing.  Literally.  See the mist frozen on the tree branches?

This image is just kind of boring.  I feel like it needs something to spice it up – an interesting foreground, warmer light, something.  I’m just not sure how I could have accomplished that.  A foreground is tricky here, since to see the rainbow you have to stand on the bridge just below the base of the fall – not very conducive to interesting foregrounds.  Anyone have any thoughts about ways I could have made this scene pop?

Like Yosemite Fall, Bridalveil also creates a rainbow at this time of year – only this one’s in the late afternoon.  You can see it first at Tunnel View, beginning with an orange glow down at the base of the fall, and gradually moving upward.  Then, later, you can see it from the parking lot at the base of the trail to Bridalveil Fall.

This shot was taken from Tunnel View.  Like the image before it, this one seems to fall sort of flat.  An interesting foreground would have been much more possible here than at Lower Yosemite Fall, if I’d had time to find it.  Unfortunately, we arrived when the rainbow had already traveled halfway up the fall, and I didn’t have time to consider my options.  Poor planning – oops.

The rainbow is pretty cool though, isn’t it?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachael Harms permalink
    February 8, 2010 7:43 am

    Those are beautiful photos!!!

    • Ashley permalink*
      February 8, 2010 8:37 am

      Thanks, Rachael! Coming from you, that’s pretty high praise!

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