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.