“Words and images run riot in my head, pursuing, flying, clashing, merging, endlessly. But beyond this tumult there is a great calm, and a great indifference, never really to be troubled by anything again.” ― Samuel Beckett, Malone Dies
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Fell out of the Bed, could not sleep anymore. So up early and went to work. Freezing cold, fog and a unused Fujifilm X-E1 in the Backpack. ISO up, stabilizer on and here we go.
Strange silent world, not woken up yet, people walk like undead, no one talks, no one smiles, no one looks at another. Everyone looks down, like there is gold on their feet. They beheave like Undead, totally unaware of their sourrounding World, even the beauty of a chilling, wet, foggy morning is not appreciated. I guess the zombie apocalypse is here, but no one seems to bother.
Canon EOS 6D | EF 24-105 f/4L @90mm | 1/125s | f/11 | ISO 100
After exploring Yosemite National Park for the day, my girlfriend and I decided to call it a bit of an early evening and head back to our hotel outside the park. Not being very familiar with the park, I had picked up a photography guidebook on my last visit that discusses various locations around the park and some of the best times of year and times of day to visit those locations for the best photo opportunities.
There were a few spots I wanted to explore on our way out of the park and one of them was Bridalveil Fall. The waterfall is featured prominently from the famous Tunnel View location, but on my last trip I did not get up and close with the waterfall and so I took the time to make a stop.
The guide book I had said the best time of year was April and late afternoon, around 5-6 because that is when the falls are front lit causing great rainbows to appear. Luckily for me, by complete chance, I happened to arrive at the falls at about 5:30 right in the middle of April.
A rainbow was already visible from the parking lot, but I wanted to get closer. The guidebook said expect to get wet, but I figured it would just be a little spray.
As I approached the base, I saw people wearing ponchos looking pretty wet, but I could see the rainbow through the trees and I was hopeful. When I finally reached the base of the waterfall, I realized I might not have been the best prepared as the spray was rather intense. I set up my tripod alongside another photographer and shielded my camera and got a microfiber cloth ready to begin to clean off the lens.
People funneled in and out, most trying their best to get a good view and snap a good picture while not getting wet. I snapped off a bunch of photos and finally decided to call it quits after my clothes got nearly completely soaking wet and my camera was drenched with water. I figured it was a good test for the weather sealing on my camera as even though the camera was soaked it performed like a champ.
What I came away with was a new understanding of how much abuse my camera and lenses can take (gotta love full frame metal construction bodies with L series lenses!) as well as what I consider my best image from my trip, and possibly one of my best images I have ever created.
Tutorials and Resources - Light painting with portraiture: [link] - Bounce lighting: [link]
Materials and Methods Nikon D80 + 50mm F1.8 Nikkor + IR remote. SB-600 for bounce lighting. Manual Mode: 5 second shutter at F1.8. The blue light is NOT PHOTOSHOPPED. The model posed and the IR remote triggered the flash. Assistant Curry Chern then waved a small blue light finger light as the model held relatively still for 5 seconds. The path of the blue light was captured due to the long exposure (light painting). The model appears perfectly still in part due to the initial flash (slow sync flash).
See the tutorial linked above for more information.
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