Yosemite is a truly awe inspiring place, but to be honest our first stop at Tunnel View was both amazing and also deflating. Amazing because it’s all there- El Capitan on the left, the valley in center and Bridalveil Fall in full force on the right. Deflating cause the packed parking lot and viewing area brought flashbacks of IKEA on a Saturday afternoon... *shudder*. Fortunately, the further you go into the valley the (slightly) less congested it becomes and you’re able to regain your bearings in nature. ⠀
Which is all to say, finding this creek off the side of the road 30 minutes before entering the park was like finding gold. We trekked down a semi steep bank to a row of rocks along the water and then just took it all in - the flow of is an art unto itself. I could’ve spent all day there, but there was much to see in the park. So even though I had to peel myself away, I was grateful that I left refreshed.
Swipe left for what I saw in the scene (pic 2) and for the wider view (pic 3).⠀
Canon 6d, Canon 24-70mm f2.8 II, f10, 1/640 sec, iso 500 // @benrousa Mach 3// @reallyrightstuff BH-40
Why use a tripod if you’re not blurring out the water with long exposure? Because I wanted a couple of things. 1. Stop motion of the water with a fast shutter speed 2. Maximize the detail of the rock and moss (required a smaller aperture, which reduces the amount of light to the sensor) which means that ️ 3. I needed to increase the iso to get a faster shutter speed, but also the lowest iso possible to minimize grain. An iso of 500 did the trick. The same shot hand held (with an iron grip) could be doable with an even higher iso, but I also never want to realize in post processing that I missed a shot or had undesirable amounts of grain just because I didn’t use the best technique - when in doubt bring the tripod. - 51 minutes ago