Lunar Rainbow Over Yosemite Falls
This photograph was taken of a lunar rainbow at Yosemite Falls in June 15th, 2011 at 10:39 at night in the dark. Conditions happened to be perfect for this shot. There was a full moon, the sky was clear, unlike the previous night when we tried for this picture, and the river was cresting due to the late snow melt in the high country above the falls. When we first got to the spot I took this photo, the walking path in the meadow was dry. As the evening progressed, my wife Teresa and I could hear a sound of water trickling occasionally. Finally, the sound became constant and shortly there after we felt the ground getting wet under our feet. I also noticed the mist around the falls was getting fuller and even spreading out to the valley, allowing the rainbow to expand all the way across even the base of the Lower Yosemite Falls.
The old dead tree on the right was framed into the picture. I lit it up with a flashlight during the long exposure of the falls. It wasn’t “added” to the shot afterwards or “Photoshopped” as many people think.
When we left to turn in for the night, we were walking through areas where there was 4-6 inches of water on the ground, which was dry just a couple of hours before when we arrived. The river was overflowing the banks into the meadow. The next day, when I put the pictures onto my laptop, I realized that we had managed to be in the right place at the right time where conditions were perfect for this shot. Kind of a perfect storm if you will. The moon being full, the sky being perfectly clear and the Merced River overflowing its banks all in the same instance…I don’t know if I will ever be able to duplicate this shot.
This photo is professionally printed on specially coated aluminum which offers colors that are vibrant and luminescence that is breathtaking. It will last longer and retain its color as well or better than the best papers.
I hope you enjoy it!
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