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William McIntosh
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Landscape Photographer , Choral Music Professor at Mt San Antonio College
Landscape Photographer , Choral Music Professor at Mt San Antonio College

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The Firefall It's February and if you a photographer who is headed to Yosemite in a couple of weeks, you are probably already looking forward to shooting Horsetail Fall at sunset. We had perfect conditions last year for the firefall effect, and this year, most of us are hoping for more of the same, if not better. A record amount of snow has fallen in the upper Sierras and the falls are definitely flowing right now. If you have no idea what I am referring two, during the last two weeks of February, the last rays of the setting sun land on Horsetail Fall which is just East of El Capitan. Everything surrounding the Fall is in the shade creating a firefall effect which can either look like the earth split open and lava glowing from with in, or actual lava if you choose to shoot the very last moments as the very small amount of water coming over the fall turns blood red. In order for this effect to take place, you need an absolutely clear sky off to the West and you need to make sure that the Falls are flowing. If it is too dry or if it is too cold, the falls could stop and everyone shooting below is bang out of luck. For more on the best locations to shoot from and what to expect when you get there (upwards of 300 photographers crowded into mostly two locations last year and we ran into gridlock trying to get to our location) please feel free to visit my updated article at: theresonantlandscape.com/looking-fire-horsetail-fall/
#Firefall, #Yosemite, #Yosemitenationalpark, #horsetail, #horsetailfall, #horsetailfalls, #falls, #sunset, #February, #photographers, #photography, #landscape, #landscapes, #winter, #nikon, #nikkor80-400, #hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley +Dorothy Pugh
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The Pass Of Caladhras - Sentinel Rock has always seemed almost other worldly, i.e. right out of Lord Of The Rings. As if, if you looked closely enough, you would see a line of dwarves and a wizard or two hiking along the crags and outcroppings of rock. The soft, luminescent glow really added to the effect and I lost no time in grabbing the 80-400 lens and cranking it all the way out to suck in as much detail as possible.
The past few weeks have provided some amazing opportunities to shoot in Yosemite. For more info and photos of the recent snow storms combined with the effects of the recent flood, please check out my new post at: http://theresonantlandscape.com/epic-winter-storms-created-rare-photographic-conditions-yosemite/

#Yosemite, #SentinelRock, #Winter, #Yosemitenationalpark, #snow, #Caladhras
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New article on shooting Pfeiffer Beach up today at:http://theresonantlandscape.com/tips-shooting-pfeiffer-beach/
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Last Rays From The Cave

This shot was taken about 15 minutes prior to the last shot I posted from this location as the tide was steadily making it's way up the beach. By the time I finished shooting, the water was coming up over my tripod and it was time to make a hasty retreat. El Matador is now one of my favorite locations, but between the insane amounts of traffic and the complete and total lack of decent sunsets here in Southern California over the past couple of months, it might be a while before I have another opportunity to shoot up there. Maybe August will be a kinder month to us landscape photographers stuck here in Southern California.
#Elmatador   #Elmatadorbeach   #cave   #sunset   #malibu  #hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley +Dorothy Pugh#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Chicago Photography Tours & Workshops +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner #BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker
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A Horsetail Fall Sunset To Remember

This was taken last Saturday, Feb 13 as I joined hundreds of other photographers in shooting the "firefall" effect at the Horsetail Fall in Yosemite.  Feb 13 is usually thought of as too early to get the full effect on this incredible waterfall, but the higher water flow this year along with the wind catching the mist made this the best "firefall" I've seen in over 6 years.  More information on how, when and where to shoot these falls over the next two weeks is available at: http://theresonantlandscape.com/?p=604

#horsetailfall, #firefall , #yosemite , #yosemitenationalpark , #horsetail  

#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley +Dorothy Pugh

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Chicago Photography Tours & Workshops +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 

+***** curated by +Ray Bilcliff +Hamid Dastmalchi +Paul Stein #TheMagicOfLight

#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker 
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The Journey To Spirit Island

Following an epic sunrise where the sun made an appearance during the final crucial minutes, we tore ourselves away from shooting just long enough to purchase tickets on the 1.5 hour round trip cruise to Spirit Island.  We almost balked at the $65 price tag, but we reminded each other that it was in Canadian dollars and that we REALLY wanted to shoot Spirit Island and that the only alternative seemed to be renting a canoe and rowing our butts off for the entire day.   As we still wanted to shoot the Icefields Parkway on our way back to the lakes down South, this left us with only one option.  

So 260 Canadian dollars later, we boarded the first boat out at 9:45 AM.   Our fellow passengers looked to be mostly retirees and a tour group from somewhere in Asia.  Our first question to the boat operators was....can we go outside and stand in the back?  After we heard "Of course!",  we spent the majority of the next 45 minutes freezing our butts off in the small standing area at the back of the boat.  For most of the journey it was just the crazy American photographers and a couple of other guests who braved the cold wind whipping around us.  This particular shot caught my eye as I was leaning as far out over the edge of the boat as I could get without falling in. (Picture a dog with his head out the window...holding a camera.)   

As we approached Spirit Island, the boat swung around hard to the East and this panoramic view suddenly opened up.  As we were the first boat in the water that day and the wind had died down, I was now looking at a sea of topaz-colored glass spreading out in front of me.  Suddenly the $65 price tag seemed far too small.   I quickly shot a couple of brackets before the view shifted again and Spirit Island came into view.  

Blog:  http://theresonantlandscape.com
Website: http://www.williammcintoshphotography.com

#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley +Dorothy Pugh

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Chicago Photography Tours & Workshops +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm +RJ Wilner 

#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker 
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