My image, “Half Dome,” placed in the top 10 percent in the ViewBug “Iconic Places and Things” photography competition ahead of 14,298 other submissions.
I captured this image just before sunset with some of the best light of the day after a three-plus mile hike to a remote ridge in Yosemite National Park. While the hike was tough, the final result was worth the effort. When we started the hike, the weather was quite variable: we had no idea what kind of light we would see on Half Dome. Of course, the light makes the images, so it would either be great or not, depending on what Mother Nature dealt us. To our surprise, just as the sun was setting the clouds cleared and this wonderful, warm light spread across the scene.
Sometimes landscape images require lots of post-processing. In this case, however, Mother Nature did all the processing. While this image was enhanced slightly in Adobe Lightroom, Mother Nature really did all the hard work.