Taken on the way out of Yosemite in April of 2010. We stopped several times along the to marvel at the beauty of this place. The contrast of the scene called for HDR, so I bracketed 5 exposures and combined them later in Photomatix. This shot captures the mood of the place when I was there.
Yosemite National Park. After nearly an hour of winding, boring forest roads, nearly all of my passengers felt the pangs of motion sickness. We then entered a concrete tunnel with a point of light in the distance. Once we emerged from the tunnel, this majestic view greeted us. I was swept off my feet. So worth it.
I had photographed this view in the morning, but it wasn't until the late afternoon, on our way out, that the low sun drew swathes of warm light across the valley. This photo was the result of waiting for the light.
Near Mt. Charleston, just outside Las Vegas, NV. The storm was following my Jeep out of the mountain. For a brief moment, the Sun broke through the dense cloud cover and cast a light on this mountain to my side. Luckily I pulled over and snapped the shot before the storm reclaimed the land.
Nikon D200, AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II. Processed with Adobe Lightroom 3.