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I love Rapeseed fields in early summer because the yellow against blue skies gives maximum contrast.
Here these yellow cottages (or rorbuer as they're called here in Norway) look great to me against a bit of blue sky.
You can never guarantee blue skies here though - in fact you can go days without, but when the early morning sun lights up these rorbuer, looking East to West, the effect is a bit special.
Personally I'm not usually a massive fan of really long exposures because I like some texture in water (sometimes of course, very long exposures look stunning though - I never say never)
Here I had to use the big stopper because the wind was pretty strong & I wanted to get a bit of sheen on those reflections.
One from a whole bunch I took of this view last Winter - I think this is probably the best example.
Sakrisoya - Lofoten Islands
Tags: Norway Lofoten Islands Sakrisoya Rorbuer Fisherman's Cottages Yellow Sky Blue Clouds Long Exposure Big Stopper Lee Filters Water Reflections Golden Hour Daybreak Landscape Seascape Snow Covered Mountains Snow 5Dmk2 Canon EF24-105mm f/4L
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To read more about my recent exploits in the Sierras, please read Exploring The Range Of Light, Part II which was just posted today on The Resonant Landscape.
After taking the earlier photo of the moonlight hitting El Capitan, the storm began to break up and I was hard pressed to make it to around the loop a couple of times before the moon and clouds were gone. I headed first to Swinging Bridge where I continued to fight with my 24-70 lens in the dark, then up to the meadow across from the falls, Cook's meadow, and then off to the Gates of the Valley.
But before I arrived at the Gates, I came around a corner, just West of the El Capitan Picnic Area and slammed on my breaks. I quickly jumped out and grabbed the 12mm fisheye. I tried several compositions here before the clouds really began to fall apart, but I think this one worked the best from what I was able to get.
As for the name of this particular pond, this is the first time that I had ever noticed it as it is generally not there for about 8 months out of the year. I looked around for a name for this particular meadow but haven't come up with anything yet. It's located between El Capitan Meadow and Leidig, but not listed on any of the maps that I could find. As the Cathedral Spires and Cathedral Rocks are in the background, I just went with "Cathedral Pond." (If there is an official name for it, please let me know.)
The other cool thing about this particular evening was that there was just no sleeping for the die hard photographers in the valley who were busy trying to shoot moon bows and capture the breaking storm. I met someone from Eastern Europe on Swinging bridge...maybe Croatia? All of us were alternating between frantically trying to get the correct exposure and simply standing there with our mouths open. I may have mentioned this earlier, but I had never seen water levels like this before. There was already heavy Spring runoff when I arrived but this this followed by a heavy afternoon thunderstorm. There were waterfalls and cascades coming down from everywhere in the valley, and it seemed that the entire valley floor was covered in ponds in every direction.. It's very difficult for me to find the time to make the trip up to Yosemite during the Spring every year, but each time I make the 12 hour round trip, I have never left disappointed on the long drive home.
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Tags: Yosemite Yosemite National Park Cathedral Rocks Cathedral Spires Full Moon Clearing Storm Meadow
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After dealing with an afternoon and early evening of rain showers around Elgol, it was a short drive to Sligachan hoping that might improve the weather. The clouds still shrouded the Cuillins, but the Red Hills were relatively clear as the golden hour began.
This wider view includes more of the dramatic sky, as the setting sun began to highlight the clouds above Marsco. On the far right of the image is the edge of the storm system that is continuing to drop rain on Elgol and the Cuillins, while the sun is out here at Sligachan. The foreground and Loch Caol are lit with the golden hour light, while right of center is the Allt Dearg House in front of Nead na h-lolaire. Marsco is just starting to be cloud capped with some evening light on it and the clouds above.
Tags: Inner Hebrides Skye Isle of Skye Elgol Sligachan Marsco red hills Allt Dearg house Cuillins Black Cuillins sunset clouds sky landscape Brad Eide interesting May 2015 spring Nikon Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 Gitzo neutral density Lee filter Nead na h-lolaire dramatic Loch Caol Scotland
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