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April 28, 2013
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Canon EOS 6D
Shutter Speed
8/1 second
Focal Length
24 mm
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Date Taken
Apr 17, 2013 9:00:41 AM -07:00
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
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Winter Washing Away by Mashuto Winter Washing Away by Mashuto
Canon EOS 6D | EF 24-105 f/4L @ 24mm | 15s, 8s | f/8 | ISO 400 | Lee Big Stopper

After spend a night on the beautiful Big Sur coast, our next stop was to head north and east to Yosemite. I visited Yosemite about a year and a half ago and got some wonderful images, but I was not blessed with great weather. And by that I mean, it was sunny, with no clouds in the sky.

On the way to our hotel, just outside the park boundary, a freak winter storm appeared out of nowhere about halfway up the mountain. Cars and RV's went off the road and the road was then closed. There were also signs everywhere saying that tire chains were required to continue on. We pulled to a little shop that was selling chains and got the chains put on the car and then sat and waited for about 2 hours.

The road finally opened up and we proceeded to our hotel. After dinner, I thought I would take advantage of the winter storm and hope to get some great pictures of the storm clearing over the valley.

Unfortunately when I finally got to the valley, the weather was sunny and clear. I stuck around and took some photos, but decided to take my chances the next morning.

I ended up with another clear morning, so I moved on from Tunnel View and into the valley, finally finding myself at swinging bridge. As I stood over the river, I watched as chunks of ice just slowly made their way down the river. As the sun started to hit the tops of the mountains, I knew that I wanted to capture the motion of the ice, set again the frozen mountain behind Upper Yosemite Falls. To me, the last of winter washing away.

To create this image, I combined two exposures, an 8 second exposure and a 15 second exposure and blended them together to enhance the definition of the ice as it moved down the river. The Lee Big Stopper 10 stop ND filter was used to achieve the longer exposures.
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slowdog294 Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
This kichs ass in so many ways. Masterful work, indeed. :winner:
Mashuto Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Actually I am not super thrilled with the colors of this one, but I am glad you like it!
slowdog294 Aug 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
I can only dream of doing that good. :nod:
COLOREDINLOVE Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mashuto Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the feature!
Zanarky May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful image! I love the different perspective, as well as the depiction of motion in the water. I love hearing about the thought process of photographers in nature. That skill to visualise a specific shot so well is art in itself. Really love it!
Mashuto May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the comment. I always like sharing what went into making my images, whether its just how I arrived at a location or the thought process that went into making it.
Which country is it ? Wonderful photo....
Mashuto Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is in Yosemite National Park, in California in the United States. And thanks so much!
Thanks ! Definitely need to go there someday. Must be such an amazing and breathtaking place.
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