Ive been following David Shields photos for a while on Flickr and over the past year or so weve built up a Flickr friendship. David lives in the area and we tend to be in similar places at the same time but never in the same exact spot at the same time. I let David know that wed be in Yosemite this last weekend and he replied that he would be too — at Valley View for sunset Valley View was about the last place we wanted to shoot since its shot over and over and over again (and I already have several photos from Valley View) so we thought we might meet up with him afterwards.
Willie, Will and I scouted all over Yosemite Valley for the perfect autumn sunset location. Unfortunately mother nature was working against us and the leaves hadnt turned color yet or where they had, it was pretty ugly spot other than 1 pretty tree. We finally decided to just go to Valley View and meet David. We arrived to Valley View pretty late and had to rush to find a spot. I setup at the typical spot but I really liked that the low river exposed rocks and shrubs that I had never seen before As the sun set the granite began to glow pink — which was actually pretty awesome Towards the end of the show David finally strolled over and asked if we were us and sure enough, we met David Shields Super nice guy and Im glad I finally got to meet him. Hopefully we can meet up again for some future shooting. If you havent seen his photos, stroll on over to his stream
Nikon D300s w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S
17mm, f/13, 0.5 sec, ISO 200
BW F-Pro Circular Polarizer, Hitech Soft ND Grads
Color Cast removed using recommendation from D Breezy