Landscape Photography
of James L. Snyder

Yosemite Falls, Cloudy Sunrise
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Yosemite Falls, Cloudy Sunrise
Linhof Master Technika 2000 camera, 150mm Schneider Symmar-S f/5.6 lens, Fujicolor Pro 160S film, 4 exposures, 194 megapixels
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Yosemite Falls, Cloudy Sunrise

Swinging Bridge, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA, 6/6/2011

Swinging Bridge - the pedestrian passage over the Merced River between Leidig Meadow and Sentinel Meadow - offers a dramatic view of Upper Yosemite Fall, Yosemite Point, Sentinel Meadow, the river, and a glimpse of Lower Yosemite Fall. Here we see the river swollen from Sierra snowmelt after a winter of unusually large snowfall. Heavy rainfall greeted me upon my arrival to Yosemite Valley the evening prior to this sunrise, and so I walked along the bridge the following morning hoping for picturesque early morning weather. I was pleased to find the north wall of the valley shrouded in clouds and fog throughout sunrise - just enough to add interest without obscuring the waterfall. The famous mountain climber and wilderness photographer Galen Rowell referred to this type of photograph as a dynamic landscape - constantly changing, and never to be seen the same way again. This is my favorite type of moment to capture with a camera! Yosemite Point (to the right of the waterfall) rises almost 3,000 feet above the river. The total height of Yosemite Falls is 2,425 feet, and the height of the upper fall is 1,430 feet. Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and the sixth tallest waterfall in the world. Today Swinging Bridge is a sturdy bridge with wooden planks over steel girders seated upon concrete supports. The name comes from an earlier wire suspension pedestrian bridge just upstream from the present bridge's location that wasn't intended to swing, but because of its construction often gave a swinging feeling. The view from the bridge of Yosemite Falls across the river is one of the very finest views in the world - of anything!

Yosemite Falls, Cloudy Sunrise

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