“Horsetail Fire Falls”- Yosemite National Park, CA – Nader Beheshti – Featured Photographer   95 comments




“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.

Please feel free to visit my Flickr site at:   http://www.flickr.com/photos/nader_b/
and my 500PX site at:   www.500px.com/Recluse

Image Parameters:
Location: Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park
February 28, 2011
Nikon D700
Nikkor 180mm
f/2.8 lens
iso: 200
exp: -1.7
shutter speed: 1/320s


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  1. amazing!

  2. Amazing!

  3. Simply Awesome!

  4. Hello,
    Thanks for visiting and liking my blog. Best wishes for continued success and the posting of the picture of “Horsetail Fire Falls” – a spectacular shot.
    Deacon Paul Iacono

  5. Lovely Picture

  6. Before I croak, I want to see the aurora borealis. Now this event at Horsetail Fire Falls is added to my list. Thank you for a beautiful photograph.

  7. One of the most amazing photographs of the mysteries of nature I have seen yet! Brilliantly captured. I am at a loss for words.

  8. Headed there in a few weeks!

  9. lovely. i especially like how the light illuminates the rock behind the falls. as a devoted fan of yosemite i believe it is one of those few places that are difficult to take a bad photo, but you have managed to capture a superior image here. kudos.

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  11. That is fricken cool!

  12. Thank you for liking my post, and I must say this is beautiful and spectacular

  13. Thank you for liking my post, and I must say this is beautiful and a spectacular view.

  14. I hate to be just another person to say “wow”, but WOW!

  15. Awesome photo. I read about this in the news and it would be an incredible experience to witness this.

  16. I heard about this for the first time last week…thanks for the photo. An amazing sight for sure! thanks for your visit & “like”…

  17. Isn’t that about as cool as it gets? Need to put this on my “gotta-go” list as well.

  18. 68 years old, and this is the first year I’ve ever heard of Yosemite’s firefall. It’s absolutely one of the most spectacular natural phenomena I’ve ever seen. Spent the last couple of days slack-jawed over the photos and videos I’ve been finding.

  19. WOW! What an amazing place and photograph!

  20. Beautiful Picture. I would love to go there someday. Thanks for liking my blog. 🙂

  21. Wowwwwwwwww… That is beautiful. I know they used to make a fire falls by pushing fire over the Yosemite Falls but the fact that this is a natural phenomenon makes it even more amazing. Gorgeous photo. Makes me want to travel to Yosemite next Feb… 🙂

  22. Awesome shot! Great capture!

  23. Reblogged this on Quieter Elephant and commented:
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    That’s me being speechless. A rare thing indeed, as those who know me will attest.

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  25. super like, amazing!

  26. Stunning image. I find myself thinking about it a lot.

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  28. Fantastic! Beautiful capture and fabulous timing.

  29. Beautiful photograph. When I was young they used to have real fire falls every night behind the Ahwahnee hotel. I wasn’t into photgraphy then but I sure can remember those falls. This image reminded me of those days.

  30. Amazing shot

  31. This is definitely on my list of, ‘must get shots’. I was just in Yosemite in January of this year and Horsetail seemed kind of dry.
    You captured this very well! Congratulations on a great trophy shot!

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  33. The contrast of the sun-colored water against the rest of the scenery is stunning. An awesome pic . . .

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  36. Just fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  37. Waw! When somebody that takes pictures like that likes my total amator picture, I can only feel honoured! But glad you did, so I can see more beauty here 😉

  38. Thank you all for the kind words. This was actually the first time, for me, to have my work displayed on a more ‘public’ decorum. I am not use to so much attention and praise. Wow, it could be addicting. The Horsetail Falls photo is one of my most favorites perhaps because it was so hard to attain.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this photograph or if you wish to discuss photography with me. I am willing to listen and to share.

    • Alot of photogs shoot this just off the road a little past the Yosemite Lodge. It appears that you are at a higher vantage point. Can you let us in on where you shot it at. Thanks. Once again “A Great” shot!

  39. Thank you all for your kind words. This was the first time that I had my work displayed on a more public decorum. I had never heard so much praise about my work until now. I have to admit, it is a great feeling.
    Please feel free to contact me at my flickr or 500px websites if you have any questions or want to discuss photography.
    Nader B.

  40. amazing! 😀

  41. oh so beautiful

  42. WOW! I really thought it could have been fire before I read the description. This is defiantly on my bucket list!! Awesome photo!

  43. This looks amazing! I’ve been to Yosemite when I was little but I never saw this!

  44. Stunning!

  45. WOW just amazing. Didn’t know about this one…will have to put on the list…

  46. If you had not described the phenomenon of the sun on the falls, I would have totally believed that the fall was fire! Exceptional work. Thank you.

  47. As much as I love Europe i almost love Yosemite more. I feel so blessed to have such a beautiful place in my backyard.

  48. Brilliant photography!

  49. Kudos for your extraordinary patience and fortitude. That’s what it’s all about!

  50. Hi,
    I have never heard of this waterfall, but what a sight, when I first saw the photo I thought is was lava, until I read what was written. A shot well worth all the trouble you went through, really brilliant. 🙂

  51. Absolutely amazing!

  52. What a terrific shot–gorgeous!

  53. Amazing!

  54. Utterly stunning. It must have presented a never-to-be-forgotten sight. The picture is impressive enough.

  55. An incredible photo

  56. This is amazing. I really thought it was lava at first, and I was confused when I saw it was taken in Yosemite… until I read the description. God has such a wonderful imagination… He’s the best artist. (o:

  57. Your work is so interesting that I sent you an award…

  58. Wow! this is amazing! I’ve been to Yosemite several times, and never even heard of the falls! How gorgeous! I

  59. Ansell Adams would almost go colour for this

  60. Absolutely beautiful. I love the gorgeousness of God’s greatness and you captured it. Thank you.

  61. Wow! I can only imagine the ‘real’ beauty of the fire falls in person. Even though your photograph is excellent, there is nothing like actually being there. I’ve taken many photos that are magnificent, but in no way compare to the real deal. Thanks for sharing. You photo is an inspiration to visit Yosemite one day.

  62. Beautiful and rare opportunity, Good job you didn’t have to stand any nearer to the edge, though!

  63. Beautiful and rare opportunity. Good job you didn’t have to stand any nearer the edge, though!

  64. Georgeous pics! Thanks for posting these.

  65. This … is … SO … COOL! Wow!

  66. Wow thats really a special shot. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Way to be persistent.

  67. Excellent photo. I have been there but not in February to see this. Wow. Jack

  68. The daily Photobotos are a treat and picking a favorite is impossible, but the one today at Horsetail Fire Falls in Yosemite is amazing.

  69. WOW! I’m amazed. Never saw anything like this before. LIGHT INSTEAD OF FIRE! How powerful is that!


  70. I can’t believe this isn’t lava. Unreal.

  71. What can I say? INCREDIBLE!

  72. very cool!

  73. Beautiful.

  74. I was in Yosemite when I was seven, and at that time, they were still doing actual firefalls from the top of Half-Dome. I’ll never forget it — every night, beautiful. But this also shows how old I’m getting, which for me is a very good thing! Beautiful photo 😎

  75. This is incredible- and what a story! So great to hear about following a dream and making it happen. -kate

  76. I am speechless. It really does look like fire.

  77. Wow! What an amazing photo

  78. National Parks don’t get the attention they’re due. We have 58 toll Yellowstone being the first in 1872 when U.S Grant was president.

    One could say Yosemite is her grandson.

    Beautiful photo.


  79. Breathtakingly beautiful. Wow is all I can say to add to it.

  80. Wow. Wonderful picture, amazing phenomenon, enormous dedication.

  81. That is just incredible.

  82. amazing!

  83. Love this photo!

  84. Well Nader, your patience was well worth it; fantastic photo…! Well done. 😉

  85. this is perfect. Absolutely perfect.

  86. WOW! I never knew of this. This is beautiful and fantastic. Such brilliant photography, of course! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  87. Wow it’s amazing!

  88. When I lived in California, I was fortunate to go to Yosemite a number of times but never got to witness this phenomenon. It is strikingly beautiful!

  89. This is done by the SUN? That’s an awesome show of the power of God! Stunning.

  90. It’s almost para-normal phenomenon isn’t it.

  91. Reblogged this on Conceptual Art.

  92. simply beautiful.

  93. awesome how it looks like fire

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