Yosemite National Park, California
El Capitán stands looming in the background, with the first rays of the setting sun shining against its face. The Yosemite creek flows gently through the valley; it is hard to imagine this tiny vein of water carving out this valley.
The rule of thirds is an important tool in photographic composition, and it came in handy with this photo. The idea is to split your frame into imaginary thirds, then compose with the main subjects at the intersecting lines. It helps to create a more pleasing image.
In this case, the logs help to draw the eye up into the image where it ends at the plateau of El Cap, drenched in sunlight
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If you were to picture Bavaria in your mind, you would probably be close to what Berchtesgaden is actually like in real life. Towering mountains, cows grazing along grassy hillsides and winding mountain roads are all part of the beautiful reality of Bavaria.
My time here was spent drifting along hairpin turns and leisurely snapping photos of all the amazing sites I saw. There were so many stunning vistas around every corner that I hardly had to plan a single shot; each one happened spontaneously as I stumbled upon more and more beautiful scenery.
This single shot required almost no post processing and that is understandable: some scenes are too perfect in their own right to make any change whatsoever.
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On of my favorite things to do is explore new places, especially when I am doing so in a foreign country! There is nothing quite like the thrill of driving through an unfamiliar land, driving up any random road that looks interesting and being surprised by what you find.
With todays technology, it has never been more easy to do this! Exploring with an iPhone and Google maps may seem like “cheating”, but it can be very rewarding if you use them to push yourself farther than you'd go with just a simple map.
When I was in Bavaria last fall, I was simply driving along any road that looked interesting, but when I started hitting closed roads due to construction, I needed to whip out my trusty map app to guide me back on track. I started following any road on the map that looked interesting and found a very rural looking path along a lake. So I figured “why not”. It turned out to be a path along Sylvenstein dam, an incredibly beautiful area that I would have never found on my own.
Yet, despite the beautiful scenery, the truly special moment came when the sun started peaking through the clouds, creating these beautiful sunrays. I quickly got out of my car and sprinted across the dam to get into position and catch the fleeting light rays before they were gone forever.
You can only imagine the sigh of relief I produced when I realized that I'd successfully captured the glorious scene before me!
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