Early in October last year, my son David and I spent a day exploring Yosemite with photographer Michael Frye.
We drove up to Yosemite on Friday afternoon and met Michael early on Saturday morning in the Curry Village parking lot.
One of his first questions was what did we want to shoot? Not the big icons, we quickly agreed – instead, take us to some secret spots in the park instead!
Michael lived in Yosemite for 25 years. He knows this land intimately. One of our mid-morning stops provided us with this shot looking back up the Merced River at Three Brothers. The combination of the slow water in the river, the stunning reflection, and the glorious light on the Brothers made for a spectacular scene. In the course of shooting at this location, I learned more about my camera (Canon 5D Mark II) from Michael than I’d ever learned before!
The resulting image is a 3-shot HDR, combined used Photomatix Pro with final adjustments made in Lightroom 3.
David and I will never forget this wonderful day last October that we spent with Michael!