Glimpsing Yosemite - Raymond Marlow Photography



Half Dome reflecting in a flooded Yosemite Pond (May, 2005)

Excitement built up in me as I sped towards the back of Yosemite hopeful to get in the backdoor of the high country. Spring was in the air and rumors had it that the water levels would be higher then they had been in 50 years. Just the day before the park had been closed from flood conditions. Arriving at the back side I found it closed as the snow levels in the high country were way to high. 7 hours later I found myself getting in the park from the front side. After taking on an Upper Yosemite Falls climb the next day that left me dehydrated to some degree I found myself back at the car looking off in this direction. Upon walking through the reeds I found this pool of water aching for a mirror Lock up on the camera. I shot off about a roll and a half of film including black and white and settled on this one image. The wind was moving the water and reeds while the sun was moving in and out of the image. To add to the drama I couldnt decide just how low or high to go with the Graduated ND filter. Finally it came out some what to my liking.

“Memories may escape the action of the will, may sleep a long time, but when stirred by the right influence, though that influence be light as a shadow, they flash into full stature and life with everything in place”

John Muir

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