“Horsetail Fire Falls”- Yosemite National Park, CA – Nader Beheshti – Featured Photographer
I have a list in my head of one thousand places and things I would like to photograph and this is in the top five. The “fire falls” is really just the sun shining on Horsetail Falls at the right angle. The phenomenon is so rare it can only be photographed a few days in February at sunset. Nader has photographed it as good as I have ever seen it. After you read how he captured the image (without HDR) then please stop by and enjoy his galleries.
Here is Nader with the story:
I live in Las Vegas, and as such, I am privileged to attend the CES show in January every year. Last year, during my visit to the CES, I saw a large print of this waterfall being displayed in the CANON booth. I was completely mesmerized by it. I asked most of the Canon representatives at the show whether they knew the name or location of this waterfall to no avail. A few weeks passed, and finally, through happen chance; I saw a photo of this waterfall on Google. After a bit more research, I learned the name and location of this beautiful waterfall. I also discovered that the ‘glowing lava’ phenomenon is a rare event that only happens during sunset a few days out of the year in February. The information about the exact time frame in February was a bit fuzzy and I didn’t want to take any chances. So I ended up driving to Yosemite every weekend in February in hopes of the “perfect shot”. At the end, the sun, the earth, the weather, snow and water levels, aligned just right so I could finally obtain this very elusive shot.
Location: Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park
February 28, 2011
Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 lens
shutter speed: 1/320s
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