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Photographing a Clearing Storm

Updated: Nov 5, 2019

I framed these exposures only a few seconds apart, as a storm cleared over Half Dome.

Standing at Inspiration Point, I whipped out my favorite lens, Canon’s 80-200 f.2.8 zoom telephoto. I screwed on a polarizing to cut out glare and intensify the blue of the sky. I metered with my camera in spot meter mode and bracketed exposures as I had left my graduated neutral density filters in the car. A fast shutter speed captured the rapid movement of mist over the peak of Half Dome as a storm cleared.


The magnificent spectacle was over as quickly as it had begun. I caught her breath after I finished taking the sequence.




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