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This is the classic view along the river near the entrance to the valley.  Even though there is a nice car park just 100 feet away from where I set the tripod, there was not another person in sight during nearly this entire sunset.  I'm not sure why.  Probably because it had been raining and even snowing above 6,000 feet elevation until about 20 minutes before I made this image.  It was looking almost hopeless, but I could see openings in the clouds developing.  And this spot seemed to have the best chance for the best light.  I had other plans for sunset, but the light was bad there.  Everything in the frame seemed alive, from the rock and grass in front, to the rapids in the middle, to the light on 3,000+ ft. El Capitan and Bridalveil valls.  I carefully composed this scene after waiting for about 30 minutes on a slippery small rock where you had to jump across several other slippery rocks.  I should have just taken my shoes off but standing on river-bottom rock for 30 minutes would have torn my feet up and it was snowing at 6,000 feet elevation at this time even though it was June.  So the water was cold!

This is the classic view along the river near the entrance to the valley. Even though there is a nice car park just 100 feet away from where I set the tripod, there was not another person in sight during nearly this entire sunset. I'm not sure why. Probably because it had been raining and even snowing above 6,000 feet elevation until about 20 minutes before I made this image. It was looking almost hopeless, but I could see openings in the clouds developing. And this spot seemed to have the best chance for the best light. I had other plans for sunset, but the light was bad there. Everything in the frame seemed alive, from the rock and grass in front, to the rapids in the middle, to the light on 3,000+ ft. El Capitan and Bridalveil valls. I carefully composed this scene after waiting for about 30 minutes on a slippery small rock where you had to jump across several other slippery rocks. I should have just taken my shoes off but standing on river-bottom rock for 30 minutes would have torn my feet up and it was snowing at 6,000 feet elevation at this time even though it was June. So the water was cold!

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