|Getting the shot:
Snow had fallen for the previous three days in Yosemite, leaving a blanket of beautiful white powder everywhere I looked. I set up the camera prior to sunset and waited for the light. As the sun began to set, I realized that the exposure would be tricky. Transparency film would not be able to record the dramatic difference in light between the dark valley floor and the bright white snow on the top of Half Dome. So I selected my favorite negative film and carefully metered the scene to insure that I didn't loose detail in either the shadows or the highlights. When the light was just right, I tripped the shutter.
What I like about the print:
This image quietly wispers "serenity" and "peacefulness" to me. The dramatic lighting on Half Dome portrays warmth, even though the surrounding snow gives testimony to the real temperature. The golden reflection in the relatively smooth Merced River further helps to warm the image and convey the serenity of the scene. Because this image was shot with a large format camera, it still contains a great deal of detail, even at large print sizes.