Transformation: Sunset Rainbow over Yosemite National Park

Sunset Transformation and Rainbow - Yosemite National Park, California

Transformation: Sunset Rainbow over Yosemite National Park

30 minutes of amazing transformation is all it took to change a drab gray stormy view of  Yosemite’s Half Dome and Nevada Falls into a dynamic fiery rainbow filled  scene. Literally in the 11th hour after a full day of foggy and overcast weather I witnessed a sunset like I’ve never seen anywhere in all my travels.

As if scripted, storm clouds rose above Yosemite Valley and were illuminated by a thin pipe of sunset light. Just as the intensity of the red light was about to peak the clouds exploded into downpour. This cloudburst in combination with the suns last gasp of light created the largest rainbow I’ve ever seen. Even with a Zeiss 15mm ultra-wide lens I was only able to photograph a third of it. This sunset was easily the most stunning I’ve yet to witness.

Photo Details:
Canon 5D Mark III, Zeiss Distagon T* f/2.8 15mm ZE lens, 1/250 sec at ISO 1600
Equipment courtesy of BorrowLenses.com



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Jim Goldstein is a professional photographer and author, based out of San Francisco, California who specializes in outdoor and nature photography. Passionate about nature and the environment Jim infuses elements of the natural world into his commercial, editorial and fine art work. For more follow Jim on Google+ | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Subscribe
  • John W. Wall

    That’s a beauty, Jim. What a great way to end a day at Yosemite.

  • Richard Wong

    Kudos for waiting it out, Jim. Powerful stuff.