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Force of Nature


I drove from San Francisco toward Yosemite with some excitement.  The entire way I chased a large thunderstorm - and I was hoping for some great photography if it played out right...

By the time I arrived at the famous Glacier Point vista, the storm was already starting to dissipate.  I wasted no time setting up my camera and clicked away as the light twisted and swirled.  I noticed the clouds were opening in the distance, giving all the onlookers a fantastic view of what I call a reverse sunrise - where the setting sun lights the opposite sky up.  This usually lasts only a few minutes then gone.  After about 40 minutes, all the clouds broke apart and the show was completely over.

Glacier Point standing above Yosemite Valley is one of North America's unsurpassed epic views featuring Half Dome's almost 9000 foot height.

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Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California USA

Still time lapse

Judge's Comment: "A stunning scene, well composed and captured!"

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YouPic Inspiration Featured 2020

Printique 2020 Grand Winner Landscape

Shoot the Frame Finalist July 2020

Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020 SILVER

RISE Int'l Photography Awards 2020 Bronze

Outdoor Photographer Magazine Photo of the Day December 2020

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