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scottpedition

climber
Jan 28, 2010 - 12:52pm PT
Great planning leading up to gorgeous pictures. I'm glad you got away from the hustle-n-bustle for a day to enjoy a quiet, majestic day. Sounds (and looks) wonderful.
micronut

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Jan 28, 2010 - 12:55pm PT
What a way to spend a day. John Muir and Ansel musta done that a thousand times. Just sittin around, watchin the glory unfold. We should all be so fortunate to do it a bit more often. Thanks for the images.
aguacaliente

climber
Jan 28, 2010 - 01:00pm PT
Cool trip and nice pictures. I like the second from last. It can be difficult to bring something new to such a heavily photographed landscape but your report and the pictures and the persistence in not "ideal" conditions do that.

I'm sort of disturbed to learn from the screenshot that Google Earth is tracking Bear #81.34, though. These radio collars are getting out of hand.
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
Jan 28, 2010 - 01:10pm PT
Thank you for sharing!
Dirka

Trad climber
SF
Jan 28, 2010 - 01:22pm PT
Ed is the man! Great pictures. You werent tempted to climb a little bit on all those rocks?
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jan 28, 2010 - 02:13pm PT
Excellent pictures Ed. I love the dramatic clouds and the dark sky.

I stumbled onto a similar set up November 2008. This was taken from the Falls Trail, a few switchbacks up. The clouds refused to move fully out of the way of the moon, and by the time I got to a clear viewpoint it was kinda too late, but that's how it goes sometimes.

Nov 10th, 2008
Nov 10th, 2008
Credit: crunch
rrider

climber
Mckinleyville, Ca
Jan 28, 2010 - 02:39pm PT
Thanks Ed, for sharing your optical art. I remember your b&w portraits at Facelift, from a sunday morning, revealing honest glimpses of the inner-dwelling person after a previous energy event. So have you also achieved with Half Dome. I like Hooblie's word, loaded, and also like the second-to-last picture.

I get a load of feelings and memories. I'm feeling the everpresent attraction to the alluring wicked beautiful mountains in their winter cycle. Highlighted by sun is Final Exam, location for a personal long-ago memory. Heaps of snow reveal Big Sandy Ledge, and I remember sitting there in the heart of a thunderstorm, assuming we would die. Same trip, I remember nearly succumbing to my first taste of real hypothermia the day after a rain bivvy. Next day I would have gone to sleep forever in the back of that hole in a right-facing corner(-forget where), but was saved by my partner, who was filled with a greater strength and ability to overcome the conditions, and who reasoned with me in my weakened state. (Matt Donohoe) I also like how the snow at the base covers all those one-way manzanita and chapparal, which allow only downhill travel. All that is hidden, making it look like an easy hike.

And to rhapsodize further... I will always love any chance to be still and merely observe the mind-blowing artistic and structural details, and the unfathomable grandeur of all great rock walls. The Moonlight Sonata is a great fit for meditating on a winter view of Half Dome. Beethoven captured so much of the feeling of the quiet power of nature in that reflective piece.
Jingy

Social climber
Nowhere
Jan 28, 2010 - 03:42pm PT
Thanks Ed.. Great stuff...

Glad you had a chance to observe.... in peace!!!

Cheers
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jan 28, 2010 - 09:46pm PT
Thank you so much Ed - best 10 minutes of the day has made my day.
Ricardo Cabeza

climber
All Over.
Jan 28, 2010 - 10:29pm PT
Thanks, Ed.

Those shots are great, and the historical perspective makes it better!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2010 - 11:12pm PT
thanks for the comments all...

great image crunch! a friend of mine used to say that "90% of life is just showing up" it was great to be there and being forced to capture what was rather than what I thought it would be...

I never got to talk with Ansel Adams, it would have been interesting, perhaps... but when reading his written accounts about visualization I would dissociate it from time. Visualization seemed like such a static process. But as I started to photograph more I realized that I was "visualizing" the image in anticipation of the image... like shooting a climber on a climb I was familiar with, knowing what the sequence of moves would be and waiting to click the shutter until I had the pose I was looking for, without posing the climber. Then doing the same on climbs I hadn't done, but read the move sequence, and waited for the image.

This is such an improvisational process that it took me a while to realize that it happens in almost everything I've been shooting, since I generally shoot in situations where I have little control over the conditions. I can position myself, decide on cropping, decide on exposure, but wait for everything else.

I don't know if that was what Adams was saying, but now after my attempts at repeating some of his images I have a vastly greater appreciation of his ability to visualize the image in time, and the grand improvisations that he performed with nature which resulted in his art.

Like anything else genius, it appears so effortless.

And so it was yesterday, when I was riffing off the weather... it was not effortless, I'm not sure I got to where I wanted to be with it all... but I certainly learned a lot and it was artistically recreational.

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2010 - 11:48pm PT
Got the roll of black & white back.

The film is Ilford Pan F Plus which has ISO 50, it is a wonderful film... I'm really happy with it. These are all taken with my Nikon FM2N.

Here is a quick first pass... these 8-bit jpegs aren't as rich as the 16-bit tiffs

My actual position was 11S0273348, 4180182, 1211m


lens: Nikkor 50mm f1.4 + Nikon Teleconverter TC-200 2x
filter: Hoya HMC Red (25A)
exposure: f11, 1/2 s


lens: Nikkor 50mm f1.4 + Nikon Teleconverter TC-200 2x
filter: Hoya HMC Yellow (K2) + Skylight (1B)
exposure: f11, 1/8 s


lens: Nikkor 50mm f1.4 + Nikon Teleconverter TC-200 2x
filter: Hoya HMC Yellow (K2) + Skylight (1B)
exposure: f5.6, 1/15 s


lens: Nikkor 50mm f1.4 + Nikon Teleconverter TC-200 2x
filter: Hoya HMC Red (25A)
exposure: f4, 1/15 s


lens: Nikkor 50mm f1.4 + Nikon Teleconverter TC-200 2x
filter: Hoya HMC Red (25A)
exposure: f2.6, 1/15 s


lens: Nikkor 24mm f2.8
filter: Hoya HMC Red (25A)
exposure: f4, 1/15 s
Double D

climber
Jan 30, 2010 - 12:35am PT
Sweet!
T H

climber
. . . not !
Jan 30, 2010 - 01:12pm PT
That little cloud that gets in-between the porcelain wall/diving board and the face can be nice . I took this from up in the talus below the apron BITD . I only have the contact sheet image now .
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2010 - 03:02pm PT
it's fun to learn about how to use the mist and clouds to provide three dimensionality to the images... it greatly enhances the "seeing" aspect of being in the Valley...
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Jan 30, 2010 - 06:40pm PT
Stellar views Ed!
CF

climber
Jan 30, 2010 - 08:24pm PT
Last nights moon
Credit: CF
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2010 - 08:36pm PT
pretty CF,
very soft
john hansen

climber
Jan 31, 2010 - 02:10pm PT
Here is one I took at almost the exact same time as Ed,s , 4:47 pm Wednesday Jan 27th from the bridge. the moon was obscured by clouds and farther to the left than from Eds location in the meadow






Got a couple others of the moon over Sentinal Spire I will post later.
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jan 31, 2010 - 02:30pm PT
Love the B&W shots Ed, more atmospheric, more dramatic. B&W #3 is my favorite.
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