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on Jan 17, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Febuary in January?

Horsetail Falls is a late February occurrence, that is the magical shot. This is because of two factors, water and light. (Update: the falls did not look nearly as nice the next day to the point we didn’t go to the falls.)

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With our recent storms in the Sierra, we have the water so the falls are flowing. This is special because they don’t always flow each year. So with the water, I wondered if we’d have the light.

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After the sun set, you could see the red glow grow. What I find really cool is that even though we didn’t have that magical light of Feb, you look, you can see that red band of light that does occur off to the left of the falls. I just find it fascinating to know the sun / earth will move enough in three weeks so that red shaft of light will hit the falls.

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After the sun had set, we kept on shooting. The glow from way out in the Pacific still worked it’s magic. This is the face of El Cap and that granite acts like a great reflector forever bouncing around the last beam of light. That little bit of “alpine glow” was brought out by using AWB A6. Don’t know what that means? Grab your instruction book, it’s worth learning about!

Photos captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film