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June-2005 Raymond D Marlow

Halfdome Soft Light

Yosemite National Park

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 couldn't 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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