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Yosemite Winter Light - Yosemite Podcast

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 24 December 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Happy Holidays!!!! The last warm touch of sunlight before night sets in - Alpen Glow - touches El Capitan as viewed along the Merced River in Yosemite, California. Myself, Don Smith, and Mike Hall, had the opportunity to make a quick trip to Yosemite Valley following a very cold Alaskan storm. The fortunate thing is that the valley floor warmed just enough in the late afternoon to evaporate some moisture which formed an incredible array of clouds just prior to sunset. It was a light show that I won't soon forget. I felt fortunate to be in that time and place in order to attempt to capture a bit of what mother nature can exhibit! I have uploaded a new Yosemite Podcast of the recent trip available on iTunes or the other link shown below. For the next couple weeks I will post images from this trip. Have a wonderful Holiday! Also in this podcast is a detailed discussion of how I use my remote shutter release for long exposure photography and a discussion on hyperfocal distance! I am not sure if the casual listener will survive through it - But Judy, from Brooksville, Florida had an important question! Plus, How else am I going to stay awake while driving at 3:00 am!

NIKON D3 2 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 25 mm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Absolutely incredible, Scott. What a Christmas gift to all of us! I loved your latest podcast (wow, 2 excellent tutorials; thanks).

24 Dec 2009 5:27am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

You have such a talent, Scott. Thank you for the gift you give us with your beautiful photographs!

24 Dec 2009 5:34am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

WOWWWWW...el capitan in winter. I wonder why theres less reflection, may be the water was not very deep...good work

24 Dec 2009 5:45am

@MK: Thanks for the comment! In this specific location the water is running a bit faster in the river and thus does not provide as much reflection. Although the warm light from El Capitan and the clouds did touch all the way across the river, even in the rough water.

Julie from Easton, United States

Just beautiful, the colors are terrific! God, to be there to see that must have been breathtaking!

24 Dec 2009 6:06am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I had a look at ur previous posts, ur photos r all so awesome

24 Dec 2009 6:08am

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

This photo is incredible ....Thanks for all you contribute :)

24 Dec 2009 6:31am

Arantza from Menorca, Spain

SUPERB Scott!!!! have a wonderful xmas!!!

24 Dec 2009 6:31am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The peak in fire!! Great photo, Scott, incredible! It looks like a National Geaographic photo :)

24 Dec 2009 6:32am

Ben from Lyon, France

Merry Christmas !

24 Dec 2009 7:14am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful capture with that sublime reflection. Looking forward to see more from this trip.
Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2009 7:58am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Marvelous... I love the orange reflection in the water ! Great !
Merry Christmas to you and your family Scott !

24 Dec 2009 8:20am

Florence from Paris, France

Did you meet Don ? You've posted the same location ! Angle of view is a bit different but this is clearly the same place.
As I say to Don, what a spicy spectacular photograph... the rock seems to pulse like a heart...
Have a nice and peaceful Christmas night Scott !

24 Dec 2009 8:52am

@Florence: Thanks for the comment! Yes I did meet Don. We went on this trip together with Don, Mike Hall, and I.

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Well Scott this is an exceptional shot. By the way my bank balance has been reduced significantly - the new camera is in use. As you are aware I blame you entirely............................ Have a really great Christmas.

24 Dec 2009 9:15am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

aussi belle que celle de Don ! Have a merry Christmas Scott, for you and your family !

24 Dec 2009 10:10am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A great view and very well done photograph.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and may the year that follows be the best it can be!

24 Dec 2009 10:11am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Your pict is like a Christmas present!...Joyeux Noël!

24 Dec 2009 10:15am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hello, fantastic image, the light is fabulous. Good day and happy Christmas.

24 Dec 2009 10:47am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is a beautiful Christmas present to all who get to see it. I listened to your Lake Tahoe II podcast and next the more recent Yosemite Winter Adventure podcast this morning, blushing when I heard my name. :D
Now I'm going to be late getting to work if I don't hurry, so I'll leave you at Tunnel View and will have to replay the rest later on this afternoon.
Thank you for all you share with us; you are a blessing to us!
Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2009 12:39pm

Pomme from France

Wahouuuuu c'est superbe ! Je te souhaite un joyeux noël :)

24 Dec 2009 12:41pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Thank you for this early Christmas present Scott! Merry Christmas! ;-)

24 Dec 2009 12:52pm

Val37 from Tours, France

I wish you a merry christmas ! Your shot is fantastic !

24 Dec 2009 2:07pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Scott !
You are a master of landscapes . Hope to see much more in 2010 :)))

24 Dec 2009 2:32pm

Don Smith from California, United States

As beautiful as this light is with its gorgeous reflection across the Merced River and the frozen surroundings, there is one tiny aspect that completes this image for me, and that is the eloquent line formed by the foreground bank of snow. This is a mark of a photographer who is paying attention to all details in the frame. It would have been so easy for you to have become completely focused and mesmerized by the alpenglow painting El Capitan, that you could have settled for any foreground; yet you made sure all the edges of your frame had your utmost attention. I know you and Mike have heard me say many times, "It is the little details that can make or break a photograph," and you certainly paid attention to the "details!" The processing of this image is also impeccable! This photograph needs to be printed large, put under glass, and placed prominently. Great work! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. I look forward to seeing you on New Year's Eve.

24 Dec 2009 3:01pm

alex centrella from California, United States

stunning shot !

24 Dec 2009 3:54pm

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

the sun was so tempting, Merry Christmas

24 Dec 2009 6:44pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Stunning. Absolutely stunning!
Yes, printed large, glass, wall, pride of place...all of those for an exceptional image.

24 Dec 2009 7:49pm

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

great great shot 5 stars
I add your blog to my watcher
merry christmas to you and family

24 Dec 2009 7:55pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Heavens, Scott - this is simply as good as it gets. 5 Stars awarded - yet insufficient. This is to color digital photography what the B&W's of Ansel Adams were to silver emulsion. A lot of effort often goes into being at the right place and time. Here, you took full advantage of the presence you created and turned it to full advantage. Magnificent!

24 Dec 2009 8:39pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Wow, I saw Don's and now yours.. I'm telling you that lighting is just.. out of this world!

24 Dec 2009 9:03pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom


It's really an amazing picture. The difference of the sunshine and the icy place made both scenario really stood out!

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec 2009 8:28am

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Just fabulous! Merry Christmas!

25 Dec 2009 9:00am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Merry Christmas!!!

25 Dec 2009 9:59am

Le Photoneur from PEPINSTER, Belgium

Oooh, c'est beau, ... very nice
*** M E R R Y ** C H R I S T M A S ***


25 Dec 2009 10:13am

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, what a great and nice shot from a wonderful national park

25 Dec 2009 5:40pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Amazing. Looks like the mountain is on fire.

Meery Christmas Scott!

25 Dec 2009 7:14pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

just sensational - this series of shots and the light captured have been amazing - really good composition from a low vantage point that underlines the grandeur of the mountain and its "golden-red crown"!

26 Dec 2009 4:04am

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

All the best for Christmas and the new year i will be back 2010 and thank you for all your comments

26 Dec 2009 8:19am

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Very beautiful, nice shot

26 Dec 2009 4:16pm

Véronique Brosseau from France

magnifiques couleurs !

26 Dec 2009 4:17pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Superb image, The golden light and the reflection of it as well as the fantastic conbination of warm and cold tones in the same image is amaizing.

26 Dec 2009 9:24pm


wow Amazing

28 Dec 2009 10:34am

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Wow, I am impressed by the gloom in the foreground of this image with the burst of yellow light at the cliff top. Very nice image.

28 Dec 2009 2:54pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

a true 'classic' shot -- congrats!!! and happy holidays too!

29 Dec 2009 5:21pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Just marvelous!

30 Dec 2009 4:40am

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Wow, fantastic Scott - an "lifetime image" I will have to check out your podcast on this trip

30 Dec 2009 10:38pm