Photos by Wes Candela | May,  2015

Yosemite • Ansel Adams Backyard 

Took over 2,500 photographs while there... and because I am my harshest critic.... I picked 50 from the collection that I was proud of. 

These are a few that made the cut. 

I normally opt for black-and-white photography, I began to edit these RAW files as black-and-white photos until a voice in my head said:
"Try color..."

For this particular sequence , I stood on a landing over looking what I can only describe as one of the most beautiful settings I've ever laid my eyes on.

Taken with my Canon 6D, I quickly realized that I would need to use my 70 to 300 mm zoom lens for this shot.

I focused on the waterfalls below me at 300mm, then slowly pulled back the zoom taking a photo every 50mm until the final photograph, which was taken at 70 mm, to show the scope of the entire scene. 

This is the result. 

Used Adobe Lightroom, as it is my tool of choice,  and used the gradient filter for the clouds and sky as I begin to pull back the zoom. 

For the black-and-white shots i used  a Canon L series 24 mm 1.4 f lens, with a red filter mounted to it. 

When I converted the raw files to black-and-white for those photos and began to lower the exposure in the clouds, details emerged that we're not visible to the naked eye.

The results you see in the first two photographs.

My name is Wes Candela, my company is called Wes Candela Photography 
More photographs at the link below

Thanks for taking the time to look.
Each moment is a gift.

Leave your mark. 

- Wes Candela, 2017

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