Full Moonrise over Yosemite Valley

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January 2012
Yosemite National Park, California
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During these crazy times, we are all doing our best to cope. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by Coronavirus. For me, it has been a time to review older captures and consider whether my later acquired skills in Lightroom could bring them alive! I have always been quite taken by the above “moment in time”. I may have been breathless with excitement at the time as is common in photography. But the first version processed in Photoshop did not quite produce what I felt I’d witnessed at the moment of capture, so I decided to work on it in Lightroom Please let me know if you like it! Here is the original story for this image.

“The winter of 2012 was very dry here in the High Sierra. The Tioga Pass Road through Yosemite was still open until late January. This led to several wonderful photographs. When atmospheric conditions are perfect in the winter months, incredible colors occur at sunset. At this time of the year the moon rises far to the north, and with no snow we were able to drive up to Glacier Point. The afternoon seemed a bit dull, but because it was the correct evening for a moonrise right at sunset, my family and I decided to take a chance and drive up to Sentinel Dome in the Park. The clouds stayed overhead until almost 5pm. Within seconds the clouds parted to the west, and I made this capture looking out over Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and all of the Sierra Nevada high country of the Park, as well as the Clark Range in the far distance. The moon rose in the perfect position with impeccable timing. This sunset was one of the most intense light shows that I have ever witnessed in my 40 years of photography.”