El Capitan Sunrise

El Capitan Sunrise

Back from Yosemite.

I’m making it a habit to shoot sunrise for my birthday. Last year was sunrise over Hopi Point in the Grand Canyon. This year, I spent my birthday morning scouting a long the bank of the Merced River near the base of El Capitan (wiki), looking for a spot to set up my new tripod to catch the dawn light illuminating the side of this gigantic granite.

I miscalculated sunrise time b/c of early day light savings, so I ended up sleeping in the car for an hour before starting to explore the area in the dark. Since this was my first time in this particular location, I had no idea what to expect. As I was searching along the river bank for a spot, I remember Ansel’s famous quote, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand”. Knowing that the good light would last for another 15 minutes, I shot a few frames, moved down stream, shot a few frames, rinsed and repeated until I could no longer fit the rock and its reflection into my view finder. I might not know where to stand, but I can do trials and errors :) This was as close as I could get. Will post more photos from this trip sometimes this week.