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How I Got the Shot: Winter in Yosemite

Editor's Note: Our "How I Got the Shot" feature talks with today's leading outdoor photographers to get the story behind their most captivating photos. This article features photographer Jared Weintraub.

This evening in Yosemite Valley was like something out of a dream. I had discovered this hidden ledge near Tunnel View, and with the valley covered in more than a foot of new snow from a recent storm, I was anticipating something extraordinary. 

As the sun started to go down, the sky filled with beautiful pink hues, creating a gentle, otherworldly light across the whole scene.

And then, just when I thought things couldn’t improve anymore, a burst of light pierced through the clouds, shining on El Capitan's face like a heavenly spotlight. 

I was amazed it seemed like Mother Nature had orchestrated a mesmerizing light display just for my eyes. With my camera ready, I took the shot, capturing the stunning beauty of Yosemite Valley in all its grandeur. The pink clouds, the snow-covered valley, the iconic El Capitan bathed in golden light, it was all a mesmerizing scene. 

When I reflect on this picture now, it’s more than just a stunning depiction of Yosemite.

To me it’s a reminder of those special moments when everything falls into place perfectly, leaving you feeling grateful and in awe of the beauty of our world.


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