Range of Light Photography (Tuolumne) http://www.rangeoflightphotography.com Fine Art Gelatin Silver Prints by Ben Dewell en-US Mon, 18 Nov 2019 08:04:07 -0800 Mon, 18 Nov 2019 08:04:07 -0800 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss ZenPhoto RSS Generator Floating Erratics and Cumulus, Tenaya Lake (Tuolumne) Floating Erratics and Cumulus, Tenaya Lake

I had been watching dissipating cumulonimbus over Tenaya Canyon from Olmstead Point, when suddenly in the last hour of direct light of the day the atmosphere began exploding to the east. Immediately recognizing a scene I had dreamed of committing to film for years, I rushed down to Tenaya Lake and found that the granite bays had been flooded by several days of afternoon downpours, presenting the illusion of floating these glacially deposited erratics upon the surface of the lake.

 

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Tuolumne Fri, 02 Dec 2011 09:48:27 -0800
Tarn and Kuna Crest (Tuolumne) Tarn and Kuna Crest

A grass bound tarn mirrors breaking weather over the distant Kuna Crest near the margins of Tioga Meadows.

 

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Tuolumne Sun, 01 Sep 2002 01:00:00 -0700
Rock and Sky, Pywiack Dome (Tuolumne) Rock and Sky, Pywiack Dome

A solitary Juniper tree stands lonely vigil against a sea of granite cresting towards a cobalt bue sky broken only by fair weather cumulus lagging behind the previous day's cold front.

 

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Tuolumne Sun, 01 Sep 2002 00:00:00 -0700
Under the Wave, Tioga Pass (Tuolumne) Under the Wave, Tioga Pass

The Tioga Road had only just been awakened from its slumbering winter snows when I became aware of this odd wing–like lenticular cloud formation soaring in the heavens above. Taking frantic action, this image became much more skyscape than landscape. The lower margins of the snow peaked boundary anchors an otherwise abstract aerial form.

The familiar stacked cloud shapes commonly photographed are more frequently viewed at some distance near mountain tops where orographic lifting is present and a cresting wave of air, made visible by condensed water vapor, may be created (ipso facto, under the wave).


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Tuolumne Wed, 01 May 2002 00:00:00 -0700
Tuolumne Spring (Tuolumne) Tuolumne Spring

Tuolumne Meadows, the jewel in the necklace of Yosemite's high country, is just about my favorite automobile accessible spot in the Sierra. Melting snows and the bank bursting Tuolumne River flood the meadow for but a brief period of time during a higher than normal snowpack year. It is within this rare moment of time that Tuolumne's emerging grass and wildflower spectrum transforms into a reflecting pond mirroring its peaks, domes, and sky.

 

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Tuolumne Fri, 02 Dec 2011 09:48:20 -0800
Trail, Tuolumne Grove (Tuolumne) Trail, Tuolumne Grove

I first photographed the trail leading to this bridge many years previous with my Nikon FM SLR. The harsh contrast inherent in the fine grained 35 millimeter film allowed me only a few prints on warm–tone paper, but I always knew I could come back and do a much better job with large format equipment. The result finally met my criteria for a true fine print.

 

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Tuolumne Tue, 01 Jul 2008 09:13:47 -0700
Tenaya Lake (Tuolumne) Tenaya Lake

The deeply shadowed, shallow granite bays of Tenaya Lake's western shoals provide a strong counterpoint to the strongly lit, keen granite buttresses of Polly Dome.

 

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Tuolumne Mon, 01 Sep 2003 00:00:00 -0700
Tenaya Lake Erratics (Tuolumne) Tenaya Lake Erratics

On Tenaya Lake's granite beaches, receding lake levels are marked by delineated rings surrounding its erratics. Here, the soft interplay of shadowing pines softens local contrast. Glacially deposited boulders are everpresent throughout Tuolumne's domes and batholith expanses.

 

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Tuolumne Thu, 01 Aug 2002 00:00:00 -0700
Sunburst, Siesta Lake (Tuolumne) Sunburst, Siesta Lake

Siesta Lake was a place I had shied away from for many years. Too easy, too famous for my style of shooting. Yet, as I was making my way back to Tuolumne Meadows along the Tioga Road, through clouds of smoke from autumn control burns, I finally decided to stop and explore the lake. Discovering this sun–bleached log jutting out into the lake, the atmosphere lightly obscured by a thin veil of smoke, I gingerly set up the tripod's legs, balancing all akimbo upon the fallen soldier. This is perhaps my favorite print. Fully tonal, it tells a complete story of the inevitable life cycle of a Sierran lake. Three acts in a single image, the shallowing lake is inexorably being overtaken by meadow vegetation, reflections of an ever advancing forest gallery glowering from its banks. Yet, the glimmering hope of brilliant sunshine in limpid waters reaffirms the lakes vigor for one more Sierra day.

 

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Tuolumne Tue, 01 Oct 2002 00:00:00 -0700
Siesta Lake (Tuolumne) Siesta Lake

A weathered silver log, caressed by water lilies, survives another harsh Sierra winter and becomes a cog in the machinery of plant succession at Siesta Lake. A different feeling, to be sure, from Sunburst, Siesta Lake. This scene may be viewed in color.

 

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Tuolumne Tue, 01 Oct 2002 00:00:00 -0700