Gary La Musga  

Moonbow in Yosemite by Gary La Musga

January 2021 - Moonbow in Yosemite

January 2021 - Gary La Musga


About the Image(s)

Moonbow in Yosemite 2015. Taken with a Sony A99, 16-35 MM ZASSM, 27 Sec, ISO 1250. Positioned on Bridge, with about 250 other photographers, at about 4:30 in the afternoon. Very wet! Great Experience. Wasn't sure if we would get a complete bow, but finally, at 10:30, it finally completed to get the final shot. I used lightroom, cropped as you see and had to do some significant editing and cropping to arrive at the final. But so well worth the outcome. Hope you enjoy the final.

4 comments posted

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
I believe that this image has several very strong points. First, to my eye, the composition with the falls - leading the eye to the rainbow -serves well to bring the viewer's eye to the center of the image. I think that the sharpness of the falls and mid-to-background rocks is well done. For me the structure of the rocks adds to the quality of the image. This picture, for me, evokes memories of my one and only (so far) trip to Yosemite.

From my experience the DoF of the image is too narrow, leaving the foreground rocks and the foliage on the right out of focus. I believe that the original image could support this. However, the bright green you have given the foliage on the right keeps drawing my eye to that out of focus area. I think that the original sky was also better in that it does not want to draw my eye from the falls - as the saturated blue does.   Posted: 01/04/2021 13:52:11

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, I liked the way you cropped out the tourists putting much more emphasis on the falls and rainbow. Enriching the colors made it more interesting too. Sometimes waterfalls can create microclimates with unexpected effects, e.g., localized winds. The foliage in front of and to the right of the falls is slightly blurred. If you have other photos taken at faster shutter speeds, I wonder if you can steal the foliage from these photos and paste/layer them into this one?   Posted: 01/10/2021 22:21:25

Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Gary. Happy New Year and wish you the best health in 2021. Taking picture like this with crowded people is not easy. Congratulations you got the rainbow. The rainbow popped to my eyes when I look at the images. Well composed. A minor suggestion, if you can reduce the exposure time to 10s or less, viewers could see the flow of water, some rays of water lines, it should give more motion. Thanks. It is a hard working to take this picture at 4:30PM, crowded and wet... Best Regards
  Posted: 01/14/2021 20:38:39

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I agree with many of the constructive ideas above the make the image better. I would also suggest that the waterfall itself should be whiter as in the original and you can get that by burning it. There seems to be discussion about silky smooth water or water with some line sin it. That's up to your personal taste and what you want to convey in the image. I think the foreground focus would have been improved if you focused stacked the image. Since the image is about the waterfall and rainbow I would personally favor a 4x5 or square crop, but that's the photojournalist in me speaking!   Posted: 01/17/2021 11:42:22


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