Bridalveil Falls with Shawn Reederon Mar 21 in Photography by shawnreeder
“Bridalveil Falls by Lunar Light”
Bridalveil Falls is one of Yosemite’s most iconic sights. Millions of visitors a year look upon these beautiful falls in awe as they seem to leap from the cliff above. I had always wanted to get a really unique beautiful shot of these falls, but its so hard not to shoot them the way they’ve already been shot so many times. Seems like all the great vantage points have been well documented.
So last year I began a new fascination with nighttime landscape photography, and one night I happened upon Bridalveil Falls about 1:30 in the morning, and I saw it with fresh new eyes. All of the sudden the same spot that’s been photographed probably a gizillion times was new again. I set up a time-lapse and was treated to wonderful occurrence that I could ever have imagined.
Just as the sun gets lower in the sky and warms up the scene with warm beautiful light, so does the moon as it gets lower on the horizon. So as I looked thru my time-lapse I was astounded to see the quality of the light warm up to beautiful tones before fading to black.
I love to see something so familiar in such a new way. This shot is one of last shots before the shadow starts creeping up the cliff face. It was shot at iso 2500 at f1.8 for 6 seconds on a 50L 1.2 lens with a Canon 5D Mark II.
Gitzo Tripod & Ball Head