Friday, May 22, 2009

Tioga Pass is Open

Tioga Pass opened Wednesday, and we now have easy access to some of my favorite Yosemite locations: Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows, and Tioga Pass. I haven't been up there yet, but usually when the pass first opens there's still a lot of snow on the peaks near Tioga Pass, and ice on some of the lakes, making for some interesting photo opportunities. I made this image of melting ice and reflections near Gaylor Lakes (a short but steep hike from Tioga Pass) in 2006.

This photograph is a good example of telephoto compression. Long lenses compress space and make objects look closer together than they really are. This is a good way to create abstract patterns, as in this image where the ice at the top of the frame is actually much farther from the camera than the ice at the bottom, but the visual impression is a flat, abstract design.


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