Yosemite National Park, California


Bridalveil Fall

The original title of this photograph was Yosemite Rising; however, in the process of working on the final print, I realized that the main subject here is right in the center - the waterfall - so I decided to rename it. The highlighted tree on the right adds extra dimensionality to the composition and shifts the attention closer to the center of the composition.

I shot this photograph early in the morning, almost half an hour past the sunrise, when the sun just began to rise above the surrounding mountains. As it was making its way up, the edges of the peaks of the surrounding mountains angled the light in such a way that it created this back glowing effect in the entire valley in front of me. It was truly remarkable.

I knew this spot very well from my earlier visits to this place and before arriving, I had visualized the photograph that I wanted to make here. However, when I got on site, I realized that what I had imagined didn't quite work at all because today, the quality of light and air were different. I had to adapt and find something else and I think that what I found that morning turned out to be a fresh and interesting composition.

I tripped the shutter at the right moment when the beam of light went through the peaks above the waterfall highlighting the tree on the right and making this moment even more special.

Technical Details

  • Camera: Arca Swiss RL3d Large Format
  • Lens:  Rodenstock 180mm
  • Aperture: 8
  • Exposure: 1/30 Second
  • Digital: Phase One IQ180 (ISO35)

Limited Edition Prints

from 650.00

Hand signed and printed on Fuji Flex (museum archival paper)
Edition of 15

Photograph is shipped rolled. The print includes additional white borders to help with framing. This allows you to have it framed to your liking at your local frame shop.

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