"5 Minutes Over Half Dome"  © jared ropelato
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(@timbutler54) Tim Butler said:August 1st, 2012 (11:49am) PDT
(@mypic) ♛MY~ PiC★ said:June 18th, 2012 (9:40am) PDT
Nice land
(@scottmiller) Scott Miller said:March 18th, 2012 (9:39pm) PDT
The direction of the cloud streaks are perfect!
(@JeanDayPhoto) Jean Day said:March 18th, 2012 (9:38pm) PDT
Such a great wide view and love that you included the trees in the foreground for added depth!
(@Domi-Rolland) Domi Rolland said:March 18th, 2012 (12:12am) PDT
Merci beaucoup

Belle et jolie photographie

(@Bigpix) Brent Howard said:March 15th, 2012 (9:25am) PDT
Jared, this is a stunning shot. I really like the action in the sky. I assuming you used a 9 or 10 stop ND to achieve that exposure length.
(@AlbertoCarati) Alberto Carati said:March 14th, 2012 (6:13am) PDT
Nice land
(@PhotosEcosse) Barbara Jones said:March 13th, 2012 (3:45am) PDT
I was lucky enough to visit this place just once, though the high roads were closed to snow, so didn't see as much as I would have like.
It is the sheer SIZE of the place...Half Dome looms like some primeval monster !! Then there are the wonderful waterfalls....your pic makes me want to be there again ! Good shot with the long exposure !
(@davercox) Dave Cox said:March 12th, 2012 (10:03pm) PDT
How could anyone give this anything but 10? Simply an awesome image!
(@pjcimages) Peter j Coskun said:March 12th, 2012 (9:43pm) PDT
One of the best images from this spot I have seen. The long exposure effect surely is what set's it apart from the rest.
(@Photobarx) Simon Barker said:March 12th, 2012 (9:13pm) PDT
Fantastic shot, Jared. Thanks for sharing it. I've got a thing for long exposures and to my eye this one works perfectly. I have not been to Yosemite; seeing images such as this makes me want to get there, sooner rather than later. Love the explanation on how this all took place!

jared ropelato
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There’s two things that blow my mind about Half Dome. Okay, okay, there’s more than two, but I’m going to speak about just the two that, to me, are more important. First, just how huge and grandiose it is. When you are anywhere near this gargantuan piece of granite, you are awestruck. The second thing that floors me is how small Half Dome is compared to what’s around it. Valleys that go on seemingly forever. Huge peaks that go back as far as you can go. Half Dome is like a two story ornate doorway on a majestic log home. It welcomes you, lets you know where you’re at, and what you’re about to get yourself into.

For this shot, I decided to try and do something a little different with this beautiful broken masterpiece. I hiked down from Panorama trail near Glacier Point about a half mile to get down below all the tall trees. I find the view from Glacier Point to be grand for sure, but it misses out on some of the stuff on the far right of this shot, namely Vernal and Nevada Falls.

The next thing I decided to do was take a super long exposure to allow the sky to become forceful enough to try and balance how amazing Half Dome is. This particular shot, taken at around 5:45pm, was an exposure of almost five minutes. It allowed he sky to move quite a bit, and gave a sense of exploding out from the left. You never know exactly what you’re going to get when you attempt something like this, and the possibility of “wasting” five minutes when you’re in a place like this, considering how short your window of light is…well, again, it’s a risk. I’m glad I took a stab at it though, as I do like this image. I hope you do to. Have a great Tuesday everyone. –jared r.

Uploaded: Mar 12th, 2012 (7:00pm)
Category: Landscape
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length: 16 mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 279 sec
ISO: 160

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