Half Dome – trick of the sunshine

trick of the sunshine – weird effect of shadow

Half Dome

Half Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park (California, USA), located at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor.
As late as the 1870s, Half Dome was declared “perfectly inaccessible”. The summit was finally conquered in 1875, via a route constructed by drilling and placing iron eyebolts into the smooth granite. UNESCO World Heritage Site   (excerpts from Wikipedia)

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15 thoughts on “Half Dome – trick of the sunshine

  1. What’s great about this photo for me is that the dome looks soft. Unlike the typical Yellowstone photo, where everything is bold and dramatic and monumental, here there’s an intimacy and a gentleness that’s very unusual. It’s all about the light and the willingness to see this in a new way.

    • Certainly. The photo is different from the Ansel Adams’ black-and-white photographs.

      Yosemite Valley is a U-shaped valley.
      The top part of the subject is shadowed by clouds, and the shadow of the opposite ridgeline (and/or clouds?) is overlapping on the lower part.
      Hal Dome is showing a unique atmosphere. You can see the outstanding photo without the cloud here. Thank you for commenting.

      LINK : Sunset on Half Dome     WordPress blog title : “Photos by Ravi”

      a cross section of Yosemite Valley
      (captured from Google Maps Terrain + Google Maps Visualization API)
    • Hi Maureen. Thank you for commenting.
      I like the photos of this author, and have uploaded four posts already, and am going to contribute two articles within this year.
      The next one is planned on October 5, and the theme is Yosemite. You can watch a lot of charm of the Yosemite park there. Please expect it.

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