Interesting Photo of the Day: 10-Minute Exposure of Yosemite Valley

You’ve heard it said that it’s difficult to take a bad photograph in Yosemite National Park—especially in Yosemite Valley. Most park visitors create essentially identical photos from established viewpoints, but landscape photographer Phil Hawkins‘ gorgeous long exposure of the valley on a misty winter’s night is unlike anything we’ve ever seen:

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“Yosemite Valley At Night” by Phil Hawkins (Via The Atlantic. Click image to see full size.)

Hawkins has spent the last 29 years of his career focusing on photographing Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada. He created “Yosemite Valley At Night” in particular during February 2011.

“I noticed a slight glow in the mist hugging the valley floor and wondered how this would look in a timed exposure,” said Hawkins. “I left the shutter open for ten minutes and this image is the result.”

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