Half Dome from Glacier Point

It was getting later on in the day when we drove up to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.  We’d spent the day there and were in a bit of a hurry because we needed to get back to where we would be spending the night, and we had to check in by 8 p.m. or we’d lose our place.  We had at least an hour drive ahead of us, but it had been so long since we’d been to Glacier Point and I wanted to take some shots from there that we risked it anyway.

I’d forgotten what a long drive it was up from the valley floor to Glacier Point.  We had backpacked from Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Campground on the south side of Half Dome before with our boys many years earlier, and I suppose that was the last time we’d been to Glacier Point.  (Just so you know how long ago that was, our sons are now 39 and 36!)  I started to wonder if it would be worth the long drive to get there.

Well, it was.  Though the shadows were deep in the valleys and the sun was still bright on Half Dome and the surrounding peaks, it was a gorgeous view.  Due to the high contrast in light from the valley shadows to the crest of Half Dome, I decided that I’d take some HDR images besides single exposures.  This photo was the result of one such HDR capture of three images.  It brightens up the dark shadows and darkens the brighter spots to get a better representation of what the human eye actually sees.

Oh, yes…just in case you were worrying, we did make it back in time to check in, but I wish we could have stayed until dark shooting images of this scene!

_MG_2187_8_9_tonemappedON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1876… Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer and more than 200 federal troops of the 7th Cavalry lost their lives in what became known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn, or Custer’s Last Stand. The battle, which took place after the 7th Calvary attacked a large camp of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, was part of a governmental effort to remove Indian groups from Southern Montana.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  In Rome, the world’s first paved streets were laid out in 170 B.C. The new streets were popular as they were functional in all types of weather and were easier to keep clean, but they amplified the city’s noise level.

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