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(@Jobe60) Johann breiner said:September 17th, 2014 (9:10pm) PDT
Fantastic impression !
(@Lynne101) Lynne M. said:June 12th, 2014 (2:05pm) PDT
Stunning ..... :-)
(@andrewbrixey15)  said:August 1st, 2013 (1:40pm) PDT
Wonderful...
(@nairfotografia) Nair Fotografia said:July 31st, 2013 (9:50am) PDT
outstanding moon bow
i have seen many shots of this from all over but nothing that quiet showed me the reflection of it on water
(@LauraSample) Laura Sample said:July 13th, 2013 (9:43pm) PDT
A beautiful image, Paul. I really like the dark reflection.
(@Jennybear) Jenny Stevens said:June 13th, 2013 (10:35am) PDT
Wonderful information Paul. I admire your hard work ... but what a great reward with a photo such as this.
(@ReneRodriguez) Rene Rodriguez said:June 10th, 2013 (11:08pm) PDT
I like your title. Love the reflection. Man I wanted to go this year for this.
(@Marthe) marthe said:June 10th, 2013 (7:34am) PDT
very nicely captured!
(@KWirtanen) Kent Wirtanen said:June 10th, 2013 (5:51am) PDT
That is super cool! Thanks for the info about the shot as well.
(@ClaireBall) Claire Ball said:June 10th, 2013 (3:21am) PDT
Absolutely stunning Paul....
(@pamelabole) Pamela Bole said:June 9th, 2013 (11:58pm) PDT
Paul, this is an AMAZING shot!!!! Beautiful, just beautiful!!!! And thank you so much for sharing how you captured this image. Someday, I may try my hand at it!!! : ) Awesome shot!!!!!
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Paul Porter
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The Yosemite Falls moonbow is one of the natural world's most phenomenal light shows, but curiously enough, not to the untrained naked eye. And even if you can see it, and that's only if you know what to look for, the only visible indication is a subtle silvery or amber band in the mists at base of the Falls. It is only during longer exposures does the moonbow reveal itself as a full spectrum color jewel floating within the Fall's billowing mists. In June 2011, for two nights in a row, we were out late into each night, feeling and capturing the magic gazing at all the waterfalls, in fine form as the rapidly melting high country snows released torrents of meltwater into the Valley's mighty Merced, which rose at least 4 feet in as many days.

Almost all the meadows in the Valley were flooded and this meadow being no exception demanded a slog through about 8 inches of very cold water to access the not-yet-submerged boardwalk. Really not a big sacrifice for a chance at shooting this spectacle.

I started shooting at f2.8 at 30 seconds and increased in 30 sec increments through 90 sec. After a little back and forth I finally landed on 60 sec as being ideal. I was amazed at how the warmer colors extended even further to the left beyond the full spectrum moonbow.

Moonbow, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California



Uploaded: Jun 9th, 2013 (7:32pm)
Category: Landscape
GPS: Lat: 37.74398, Lon: -119.59202
Camera: NIKON D70s
Focal Length: 17 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 61 sec
ISO: 200


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