In the last few days I’ve seen a few fleeting mentions of Yosemite’s “Firefall,” a once-a-year natural phenomenon that occurs if conditions are exactly right. At sunset, if there is enough water from snowmelt and if visibility is good, Horsetail Fall becomes a glowing orange spray of light cascading down the cliff face. Photographers, catch it if you can, and from those of us who can’t, thank you.
I have mixed feelings about background sounds and music in these videos. If I were on the scene, I would watch in rapt and reverent silence and expect everyone around me to do the same.
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The pictures are just magic. (although I do prefer the wind and water sounds – you know like being there…I guess the music is for those easily bored?)
Absolutely, only the natural sounds. You can’t improve on nature’s soundtrack.
Yosemite is already on my bucket list, but then, so is half the American West.
It’s a gorgeous place. Been many years since I went, but loved every part of it. My first back packing trip, too, in the upper Toulomne Meadows (however that’s spelled). And took a horseback ride up a set of falls – but not sure which one. There are many. Ansel Adams truly does this place justice in his photography.
Adams probably sparked my early interest in photography, although when you start with his work as your example, you are doomed to disappointment with your own efforts. I pretty much gave up on nature photography in the ’80s after concluding that “the emulsion of the mind” was my preferred medium. Being fully in the moment was preferable to hiding behind a lens trying to capture the moment on film.
That really is spectacular. And I agree with you on the rapt and reverent silence thing, but that second video is so cool!
Agree. It gives me goosebumps … and it’s only still shots.