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Devil's Elbow
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Golden Moment
Golden Moment
Yosemite Valley, CA. This was shot after a snowstorm had just passed over Yosemite Valley. When I first got here, I can barely see El Capitan's glow through the thick fog/clouds that fully engulfed the granite monolith, so I was a bit disappointed. Hoping for the best, I proceeded anyway to compose a shot using the perfectly still Merced River and a partially submerged tree branch covered in fresh snow as my foreground elements. I metered for the snow, locked my camera in place, and waited. I paced about to keep warm, keeping an eye on El Capitan...after what seemed like an eternity, the fog/clouds engulfing El Capitan cleared revealing the most beautiful light I have ever seen. I managed to fire a couple or so shots, and within what seemed like a few seconds (could be a lot longer, but time sure flew!), El Capitan was engulfed once more. I checked my camera's LCD to see what I got, and I smiled to myself...how lucky can one man get?


© Francis Cailles
Nikon D70 Digital ...

 
 
 
Marcie A. Fowler
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    Absolutely gorgerous. The colros are fantastic and the clarity is right on.

12/19/2004 4:47:51 PM

 
ashley nicholas
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Another beautie Francis, nice and clear.

12/19/2004 4:49:21 PM

 
Leesa White
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This is beautiful!! Your gallery is also beautiful Francis!

12/19/2004 5:29:30 PM

 
Costas Partassides
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wow :)

12/21/2004 4:35:14 AM

 
Beverley Lu Steeves
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This is simply gorgeous Francis!!

12/21/2004 5:02:32 AM

 
Paula Showen
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Gorgeous!!!

12/21/2004 7:45:30 PM

 
Kelly Heaton
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Wonderful Capture! Congratulations!

1/18/2005 5:21:42 AM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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Hi Francis and congratulations on Finalist, but I'm not a bit surprised! Looks like Dr. D was a fine inspiration on this one :-)

1/18/2005 3:30:16 PM

 
Francis Cailles
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Wow! A Finalist..What a pleasant surprise!

Thanks all for the wonderful comments. Very much appreciated!

Thanks Joannie. You make me smile! :-)

1/18/2005 5:27:53 PM

 
Paula Showen
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Gorgeous! Congratulations!

1/18/2005 6:12:33 PM

 
Ed Heaton
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Outstanding image Francis,
Congratulations on your finalist :-)

1/18/2005 6:18:34 PM

 
Jennifer Rennison

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Gorgeous, Francis!! Congratulations on your finalist!

1/18/2005 6:35:56 PM

 
Brenda W. LaFleur
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This is WooHoo quality, Frances :)

Congrats!!

1/19/2005 9:46:47 PM

 
Sherrye Nozaki
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This is absolutely spectacular. It should be on the front cover of a magazine.

Aloha,
Sherrye Nozaki

1/20/2005 2:09:43 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats on your first place win, Francis!

1/20/2005 2:43:28 AM

 
Jordi Delgado

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AMAZING SHOT, AMAZING WIN, FRANCIS!!!

CONGRATS!!!

:-))

1/20/2005 2:47:51 AM

 
Paul C. Gazzanigo
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Congratulations!

1/20/2005 3:02:01 AM

 
William C. Raco
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Congratulations, Francis!
What a beautiful photo.

bill

1/20/2005 3:38:58 AM

 
Cathy Gregor
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A gorgeous scene, Francis! Congratulations!
-cathy

1/20/2005 3:45:17 AM

 
Francis Cailles
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Thanks all for the wonderful comments! This is unbelievable! Woo-hoo!!

1/20/2005 5:24:54 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Congratulations Francis on this stunningly beautiful, FIRST PLACE win!!!!

1/20/2005 5:38:45 AM

 
Judith G. Secco
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Wonderful! congratulations to you.

1/20/2005 5:45:29 AM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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Man oh man. No surprise here well yea it is, I was thinking grand prize. You and Donna sure did rack up some awesome images from this trip and this one is just icing on the cake. A big congrats to you. Now the two of you Donna and yourself are two people I really need to catch up with some time and shoot with, that is on my wish list. OKAY?

1/20/2005 6:31:16 AM

 
Lisa Deaton
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Simply Beautiful!!! Congrats on your win!!!

1/20/2005 7:18:06 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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Congratulations on your First Place win Francis. Beautiful and spectacular photograph!

1/20/2005 7:28:37 AM

 
Audrea Telkamp
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Congratulations Francis!! What gorgeous light!!

1/20/2005 7:49:21 AM

 
Brenda W. LaFleur
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Yep, a big First Place Win Woo Hoo!! Way to go Frances. A most deserving recognition.

1/20/2005 7:49:43 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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Congratulations on your First Prize, Francis -- El Capitan looks lit from within!

1/20/2005 7:58:13 AM

 
Katleen R. Struckle
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Congrats on your win Francis!!

1/20/2005 10:05:03 AM

 
Patrick Campbell
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Congrats Francis on your win! A gorgeous Yosemite landscape!

1/20/2005 11:01:45 AM

 
Jennifer Rennison

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Congratulations, Francis, on your beautiful first place win!!

1/20/2005 3:56:08 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations!!

1/20/2005 4:08:29 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Wow, this is amazing!! The lighting is perfect. Very well deserved!!!

1/20/2005 5:06:16 PM

 
Nemil B. Chabebe
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This is one beautiful picture. The composition, light and balance are perfect.

1/20/2005 7:36:02 PM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Congratulations on your win Francis for this beautiful scene!

1/20/2005 10:44:23 PM

 
Susana Matos
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wonderful photo! Congratulations!!
Cheers from Portugal, Su

1/21/2005 3:12:15 PM

 
Kristi A. Howson
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Wonderful capture and presentation of this beautiful place...love this composition. Congratulations Francis!!!!!

1/21/2005 3:41:06 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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Congratulations of your fantastic win, Francis! I've enjoyed the TimeCatcher website very much. You and the team do excellent work, and this is a great addition to the collection! Well done!

1/22/2005 9:48:57 PM

 
Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations on your First Place win Francis!!!

1/23/2005 5:08:17 PM

 
Francis Cailles
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Thanks all for looking and commenting. Very much appreciated!

1/23/2005 6:52:06 PM

 
Rick Riddle
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Amazing Photo Francis Congrats.

1/24/2005 6:03:26 PM

 
Nancy Grace Chen
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Lovely lighting and scene. A late congrats to you on your first place winner!!

Nancy

1/31/2005 3:56:27 PM

 
Lori Carlson
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Wow Francis!! When I just went back to the home page and this photo appeared I gasped!! True sign of a breath taking photo,huh!? :0)
Congratulations!! It's gorgeous.

2/21/2005 8:03:51 AM

 
William Neill
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Congrats Francis. As the saying goes, "there is only one thing wrong with this photo. Its not mine!"

Keep up the good work!

William Neill

3/10/2005 1:18:08 PM

 
Keith L. Clayton
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Absolutely awesome!

7/11/2005 4:06:46 PM

 
Wanda-Lynn Searles
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WOW! What an awesome photo and colors!
Just amazing!!
Congratulations on your First Place win Francis!

11/1/2007 1:12:06 AM

 
Francis Cailles
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Devil's Elbow area, Yosemite Valley, CA. This was shot after a snowstorm had just passed over Yosemite Valley. When I first got here, I can barely see El Capitan's glow through the thick fog/clouds that fully engulfed the granite monolith, so I was a bit disappointed. Hoping for the best, I proceeded anyway to compose a shot using the perfectly still Merced River and a partially submerged tree branch covered in fresh snow as my foreground elements. I metered for the snow, locked my camera in place, and waited. I paced about to keep warm, keeping an eye on El Capitan...after what seemed like an eternity, the fog/clouds engulfing El Capitan cleared revealing the most beautiful light I have ever seen. I managed to fire a couple or so shots, and within what seemed to be a few seconds (could be a lot longer, but time sure flew!), El Capitan was engulfed once more. I checked my camera's LCD to see what I got, and I smiled to myself...how lucky can one man get?

3/7/2009 11:31:36 AM

 
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