Photography: As Shot – Butterfly & Bee on a Thistle

NOTE – “As Shot” photographs are some that I have posted on Instagram, but without any imposed crop that might not be warranted, less detail reduction and more of an explanation.




Swallowtail butterfly and bees buzz about a thistle at Yosemite National Park

While I would be the first to admit that this is not technically the most perfect photograph, there are certain qualities that I like. We were hiking along the Valley Loop Trail at Yosemite National Park when we came across a clearing. Nature, animals and wildflowers are some of my favorite subjects. The sun was very bright and I noticed that one thistle was receiving a lot of activity.

I remained at a distance not wanting to scare away the insects hovering about. My camera wasn’t the steadiest, but I think the lack of sharpness helps the picture convey a sense of motion. I particularly am glad that I caught the bee coming in from the left; although barely!

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Edited in Lightroom

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Half Dome from the Meadow 3/3 – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 297

Half Dome from the Meadow

Half Dome as seen from the nearby meadow.

This is the last of this series of photographs of Half Dome taken from the meadow near the Yosemite Valley Lodge during the approaching evening hours.

Being presented with such a spectacular and iconic view with golden light, I didn’t want to miss a good shot. Add to this the fact that I was essentially using my camera for the first time, I had to make sure I took enough photos of this view. Some of the readers may think perhaps too many!

 
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Half Dome from the Meadow 2/3 – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 296

Half Dome from the Meadow

Half Dome as seen from the nearby meadow.

Today’s photograph of Yosemite is another capture of Half Dome from an open meadow in the vicinity of Yosemite Lodge. We move a bit closer with this picture when compared to that of yesterday. As you can see, the evening light was taking on a golden glow.

 
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Half Dome from the Meadow 1/3 – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 295

Half Dome from the Meadow

Half Dome as seen from the nearby meadow.

It seemed as though Half Dome was following us wherever we hiked in and around Yosemite Valley. As reported in a number of posts in this series, it had rained a number of days prior to our arrival and there was a decent amount of snow melt. Because of those two factors, puddles remained in the meadow near our lodging and I was able to take several photographs of Half Dome with puddle reflections.

 
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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 183 (El Capitan – OK Photo, Not Great)

El Capitan from the meadow

While hiking the meadow area, El Capitan appears and reappears in many places

The picture above is anything but an awe-inspiring image of El Capitan. Part of the problem is, once again, the context of the mountain. We can see that it is large, but it is lost among the tops of the trees. There really is no clear definition of where the ground is and thus we are left to intuit how tall the trees are.

The full height of El Capitan is not appreciated. Because the trees are in the foreground, they look relatively large in comparison to El Capitan. This could serve as a picture of record to explain the jaggedness of El Capitan along with other physical features, but it does not present the monolith as the huge presence it is in the valley.

 
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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 182 (Sentinel Rock from the Meadow Area)

Sentinel Rock

Sentinel Rock as seen from the meadow area

One of the amazing features of Yosemite National Park is that it offers so many perspectives of the wonderful natural formations. As we have been discussing, perspective and context tend to influence how we perceive something. This picture (above) of Sentinel Rock taken from the meadow area presents a much different view of the spire than the views from above the valley where it tends to get lost among the other mountain tops.

 
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