Photo: Panorama Yosemite Valley Bridal Veil Falls Yosemite National Park

Panorama view of the iconic Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Falls Falls in Spring, California, USA.

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Well, I guess I slowly can start what I planned for many years, kind of a daily picture blog with what ever comes into my mind. I work daily on my pictures, no matter if they are 15 years old, shot on film or shot yesterday digitally and I thought this is a great way to share them with you. Let me called it simply: "just whatever comes in my mind photo blog" - which means I share with you what ever comes in my mind when I work on my photos.

To day I was working on a shot which I also want to show on Google Pus on Wednesday for my photo curated theme #TravelPanoWednesday - a travel panorama shot of the beautiful iconic Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Falls, El Captain and Cathedral Rocks in Yosemite National Park in California, USA.

I scanned this panoramic photo from a 6x17cm Fuji Velvia slide film (YES, that old but great stuff) on 16 bit on the Hasselblad Scanner X5 (great scanner by the way) which I shot probably 20 years ago. Sometimes I miss the good old times of film, when we still had to think what we were doing behind the camera.

I loved my Fuji 617 - it was very difficult to work with but for each photo I had to take my time, use a manual spot meter and sometimes grad filters which I only roughly could see using a 4x, ahh, well yes - check on the monitor, shoot again, check-shoot-check-shoot (ok, not quit that bad).

When I photographed this panorama picture of Yosemite Valley I had to measure multiple times. The light was constantly changing and made it really difficult to decide how to expose this the best.

I normally try to find my extreme spots first, here clearly the Bridalveil Falls and the clouds on the highlight side and the dark forest in the darks.

I ever only visited Yosemite National Park twice so far, first time when I was 18, did lots of hiking and had not too much glue of photography (just starting with the Zone System from Ansel Adams) and the second time when I shot this pano. This time I was on an assignment from a German Travel Magazine / Travel Guide kind a publisher. It was one of those on which I got 5 days to photograph all of the US - ok, not quit, but almost. So all I had this time was a short stop in the afternoon, it was terrible only to spend 2 hours in the park but the assignment did not leave me any room (had to be San Francisco for night shots, same day).

I can't wait to visit Yosemite Valley soon again - I probably would go in the winter if I have a choice to avoid the busy season, plus I simply love winter.

This is also my contribution today for google plus photo theme
#TravelPanoWednesday and #WaterfallWednesday- hope you like it.

Panorama photo nature of the Yosemite Valley in spring with Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite National Park, Californai, USA.

This picture is part of the photo album "Panorama Pictures" - there are more beautiful images waiting for you.

Panorama Yosemite Valley Bridal Veil Falls Yosemite National Park
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