Last week, I need to make a run to The Ansel Adams Gallery to deliver prints. I timed the drive so I could check out Horsetail Falls at sunset. There was some nice light early on, well before sunset, and then clouds came in so it looked like a bust. But the water lit up nicely right at sunset. Average light = average photo.
I have been photographing the falls since 1981, with a poster being published of my first session in 1988. Wish I could find a jpg of it to share! I’ll have to scan the film someday soon… There is a photo of Horsetail in my Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness book, too. I have probably photographed it less than ten times since 1981, so you can tell I haven’t spent much time focused on this event. I prefer to seek out more intimate views of Yosemite. Still, it is amazing to me to see how many people are showing up to photograph it and it is a wonderful site to see and experience. I remembering seeing the original Firefalls off of Glacier Point, but this natural event is much more appealing to me.
I made some other photos of the falls, earlier in the evening with shiny cliffs and no color in an attempt to come up a fresh perspective. I haven’t decided if they are worth sharing yet… Stay tuned!
AND, Happy Birthday Ansel! Read my thoughts about him here: Thoughts on Ansel.