El Capitan is a popular vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park. It’s about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face. This makes the El Capitan a popular location for climbers and visitors alike. A popular landmark usually means lots of unoriginal images. But thanks to favorable conditions, photographer Matt Meisenheimer managed to get a photo of the granite monolith from a unique perspective:
Meisenheimer took the image using his Nikon D810 and Nikon 14–24mm f/2.8 lens at 14mm, 1/20 second, f/18, ISO 64. The image is a composite of three shots for the foreground and one for El Capitan and the sky.
“The fall foliage was pretty great though so I looked for a perspective like this across most areas of the park that I visited. I used a super wide angle lens at 14mm to get this perspective. I was inches away from the big leaf maple leaves so I took a couple images at different focal points and blended them together.”
Autumn colors add vibrance that make it a great time for photographers to shoot. Even Yosemite National Park seems no exception to this. The colorful yellow maple leaves in the foreground and the trees in the background changing colors work as a leading line to draw attention to El Capitan. Meisenheimer has definitely composed the image beautifully.
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