Intrusive, felsic, igneous rocks…

… otherwise known as Granite. It’s all over Yosemite. In amazing colors. Just laying around. Looming 2000 plus feet overhead… in various hues and colors. Just amazing to see boulders of it strewn about as if some giant had been playing marbles (couldn’t help but think what some of those puppies would look like as a kitchen countertop!)

So how do you shoot granite? Capture its beauty? Its feeling of strength and color?

My simple answer is to find it wet. Water makes for a fascinating subject in and of itself, and I could literally spend hours using neutral density filters to blur water and create that sense of motion through a frame … Throw in some granite rocks and suddenly the water becomes a force in the image, adds tension against the rock’s imposing presence. It adds drama, and as a photographer that’s what we strive for… it makes our photographs “pop” and draws the viewer into the scene.

I shot this rock for a solid 45 minutes. Started wide, went narrow, then went long, then went with a 1.7x teleconverter on my 70-200mm lens. Mind you, i am standing in the middle of the stream so you have to be a bit careful when swapping lenses- water inside is BAD… as is a slip with a $1,500 lens or Nikon D3 body. Funny thing is, time magically runs away from you when you focus on a subject like this. Seriously. You lose track of it. The water sorta mesmerizesyou… you shoot high, then low… then try to walk the tripod further into the stream to get closer… to close in, fill the frame and  make the elements sing and dance. This is Joe McNally’s advice to me when I was shooting in the OuterBanks. Find a subject and then work it ’til it cries uncle.

Thats exactly what I did to this poor rock. Most frames missed. Fell flat. Didn’t appear to be very interesting, angle was wrong. The flow of the water over it was choppy. Those shots ahve since been deleted. The remaining few, and this is one of them, shall live to see the printer. And hopefully one day find a place on someone’s wall. But for now, this intrusive, felsic, igneous rock just makes me happy. It’s a quiet picture, full of strength and nature… I just plain like it its simplicity (as does J.Lisa my older sister, its one of her favorites from the Yosemite shoot)

Enjoy!

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    […] Intrusive, felsic, igneous rocks… … otherwise known as Granite. It’s all over Yosemite. In amazing colors. Just laying around. Looming 2000 plus feet overhead… in various hues and colors. Just amazing to see boulders of it strewn about as if some giant had been playing marbles (couldn’t help but think what some of those puppies would look like as […] […]

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