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Yosemite Alpen Glow - Last Light

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 13 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is probably my favorite image from a recent trip to Yosemite in December. From my perspective, it includes everything about landscapes that I have a passion for - Clouds, Snow, Mountains, Alpen Glow, and an amazing display of light!

I was standing there with two good friends, Don and Mike, and the three of us were along different sections of the same riverbank working in earnest to capture this scene. My feet were wet and freezing! Fortunately Mike had the foresight to bring an extra pair of socks and he loaned them to me prior to this shot! I was able to slip dry socks on and return with warm feet prior to this last bit of Alpen Glow light.

I mentioned in a previous blog post that the color and light disappeared from El Capitan completely for about 5 minutes - but you could see it coming back strong - red and pink - on the peaks further to the east. It then re-appeared on El Capitan for about 5 minutes just before disappearing for the night. But it was a great display for a few minutes!

NIKON D3 5/2 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 32 mm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! This is really amazing! It almost look unreal. I can see why this is one of your favourites - it's simply breathtaking. Well done. 5 stars for sure!

13 Jan 2010 5:08am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Amazing picture, great atmosphere Scott!

13 Jan 2010 5:48am

pascal from bollene, France

as always, it's a pleasure for my eyes.......amazing...........have a nice day

13 Jan 2010 6:10am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand


13 Jan 2010 6:20am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~~ honestly ~` lovely stunning pictures all round, such beautiful landscape~~

13 Jan 2010 6:20am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It is a great display, worth getting wet feet for

13 Jan 2010 6:32am

Arantza from Menorca, Spain


13 Jan 2010 6:33am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Really extraordinary ! Very beautiful light and wonderful snowy rocks in the river and trees !

13 Jan 2010 9:24am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Nature at its best !!! Extremely well photographed of course ;)

13 Jan 2010 9:37am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France


your phot is a pure mervelous. 5 stars is not enough

13 Jan 2010 9:43am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hello, the mountain is on fire! your pictures are truly wonderful, bravo. Nice day.

13 Jan 2010 10:19am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful scenery, good snapshot .bravo!

13 Jan 2010 10:35am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Simply incredible. Absolutely excellent.

13 Jan 2010 11:55am

Ben from Lyon, France

Une pure merveille...

13 Jan 2010 12:08pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

For me this is a superbe and perfect image. Congratulations.

13 Jan 2010 12:12pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I agree with you Scott, this is the best shot of the series! I can also empathize with the frozen feet and hands; but somehow it's all worth it when we get results like this.... ;-))

13 Jan 2010 12:37pm

Taija from Turku, Finland

Wonderful photo, beautiful colors !!

13 Jan 2010 1:06pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Fantastic, love it...I guess, once in my life I have to visit all the amaising US parks!!!

13 Jan 2010 2:14pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Full and complete perfection, Scott. What a magnificent moment, perfectly captured. Five big stars!

13 Jan 2010 2:18pm

Sylvie49 capture image from France

Spectaclulaire !

13 Jan 2010 2:33pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Fantastic Scott.

13 Jan 2010 3:02pm

Gary Hart from California, United States

Beautiful scene, Scott. And that's the light that causes Horsetail Fall to turn crimson--you just have to see it to believe it. Really nice. (And Mike is always the guy who comes through with whatever we've forgotten, isn't he? It seems like not only does he remember everything, he must also bring two of everything.)

13 Jan 2010 3:03pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

The best yet!! Five stars.

13 Jan 2010 3:12pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

wonderful ,great capture :)

13 Jan 2010 3:21pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

This still amazes me. You would think that locals living there.. you know in past history might have built some monument to catch the light or even used this place for ceremonies because it's just magic.

13 Jan 2010 3:37pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I was amazed when you first started showing these Scott, nothing has changed, magical captures of the highest quality.

13 Jan 2010 4:02pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Oh Yes! Magnificence of the highest order!
Lighting, colour, atmosphere, foreground interest....the list goes on and on!

13 Jan 2010 4:34pm

ishm from dubai, United Arab Emirates

Wow! ember and ice..brilliant contrast.

13 Jan 2010 4:48pm

Sergio from Burgos, Spain

Una foto maravillosa, enhorabuena!!!

13 Jan 2010 4:50pm

Evening Song Imagery from Springfield, WV, United States


13 Jan 2010 5:05pm

alex centrella from California, United States

a balance of light makes for a contrast of cold and heat..!

13 Jan 2010 5:10pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Stunning, Scott! I love your POV.

13 Jan 2010 5:11pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Merveilleux !

13 Jan 2010 5:32pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Great shot ! I can't wait to go there in May !

13 Jan 2010 5:47pm

Pomme from France

Extraordinaire ! :)

13 Jan 2010 7:46pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Last light - and most impressive! Great capture!

13 Jan 2010 9:08pm

Gerard Westerduin from Barendrecht, Netherlands

wow great shot and colors

13 Jan 2010 9:08pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Wonderful landscape and fantastic capture! Great work!

13 Jan 2010 9:32pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Your friend Mike sounds a lot like 'my' Mike - always the ready Scout. I'm glad he helped you through this shoot so you could be rewarded with this beauty.
I never see El Capitan w/o thinking of the men we saw hanging hammocks to sleep in overnight. I was harshly awakened in the night by Mike's flailing arms when he dreamt he was falling! :D

13 Jan 2010 9:41pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Incredible the head of a burning matchstick.....what glow!

14 Jan 2010 12:54am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

brilliant - the contrast between the blue and crimson tones is just a treat for the eyes and is the overall superb composition!

14 Jan 2010 3:34am

Don Smith from California, United States

This brings back great memories of a great day - you captured it perfectly Scott!

14 Jan 2010 3:47am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Wonderful landscape

14 Jan 2010 6:03am

Julie from Easton, United States

Beautiful! It almost reminds me of a charcoal brisket burning.

14 Jan 2010 9:20am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Marvellous landscape!!
The colors are amazing!

14 Jan 2010 12:04pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Exceptional presentation of this beautiful place!

14 Jan 2010 6:13pm

Val37 from Tours, France

Le rouge en haut du rocher, c'est une merveille ! Quel photographe tu es ! Bravo !

14 Jan 2010 7:03pm

Sumedh Prasad from New Delhi, India

Wow!! This is so amazing.

14 Jan 2010 10:08pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Stunning capture, Scott! The warm light is such a great contrast to the snowy-white landscape below.

15 Jan 2010 2:48am

Ravi from Bangalore, India

Incredible work Scott. Very well done as always.

15 Jan 2010 6:30am

Will from Tokyo, Japan

Another amazing shot, no wonder it's one of your favourites from your recent trip. The light on the face of the mountain is just amazing, that in contrast with the snowy river is great. Well worth the wet cold feet.

Always a joy to come see your work. Would really love to see you shoot some medium format someday.

15 Jan 2010 9:01am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

The combination of cold and warm leaves me spellbound Scott!!! This is so awesomely photographed by you!!

15 Jan 2010 9:22am

dideban from mashhad, Iran

So beautiful shot

15 Jan 2010 3:50pm

Mike from California, United States

I really like your composition here...You've really captured the intensity of that last bit of color on El Cap. You've given those socks so much press, I'm going to have to find them and get them bronzed !

16 Jan 2010 11:57pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

I love the colors ..beautiful shot

17 Jan 2010 12:12pm

Steve Loos from Hollister, United States

Scott; the images you and Don posted of this evening in Yosemite were the best I have ever seen of El Cap! Very nice work; I see why you all hang out together! (I live near Don and we run into one another once in a while.)

21 Jan 2010 6:34am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

AMAZING, top draw stuff, i love the flash of light on the cliff

15 May 2010 2:03pm

Richard from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The light on the mountain is fantastic, this is nice and sharp, well done!

17 Sep 2010 1:09pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

'stunning' isn't a sufficient word to describe.... bravo!

10 Dec 2010 9:38pm

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

A magnificent tribute to this place.

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