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Impressive Piece of Granite
27-OCT-2008 Sandi Whitteker

Impressive Piece of Granite

Yosemite, California

El Capitan, the largest exposed granite monolith in the world, rises 3,593 feet from the valley floor. During the climbing season, you find
teams of climbers ascending the mountain. I look up (and up and up) the sheer cliff of this imposing mountain, and struggle to imagine making
this climb, but even more, of spending the night suspended in a hammock or on a narrow ledge. Normally a 3-5 day climb, as you pass by at night,
you see the lights of climbers across the face. A few don't need to spend the night, who manage the climb in a day or less. The current record
for speed climbing El Cap was broken this past July, 2008, by a team who completed the climb in an unbelievable 2 HOURS 43 MINTUES!!!

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Hans-Peter Henriksen starman24-Sep-2010 19:06
All the other comments tells it all. Fabulous. v.
Bernard Bosmans15-Aug-2010 09:37
Impressive indeed, great sight and beautiful framed by the colourful foreground and clouds. V.
Chris Spracklen10-May-2009 13:29
Impressive photo of an impressive piece of granite!!
Great work again, Sandi. (V)
Best regards, Chris
Alex Foong04-Feb-2009 14:53
So dramatic is the light, just stunning and beautiful, Sandi!
Nick Arena24-Jan-2009 22:00
Awesome shot..wonderful light and colour..V
Gus Rosenfeld22-Dec-2008 09:52
Even one of Jeff's frogs wouldn't make it up in 2:43 ;-) Beautiful exposure and 'looking up in grandeur' wide angle shot Sandi. Not sure if you used a polarizer or Topaz in post, but it seems just right. g
Matthew Mannell11-Dec-2008 16:10
Woa, impressive! Love the framing.
Chun Lo02-Dec-2008 03:48
This one is absolutely outstanding.
doron nissim21-Nov-2008 17:33
Oh !
Chad Ramsey21-Nov-2008 03:45
I'd say! How magnificent! Well shot~V
Aivar Mikko17-Nov-2008 17:40
Excellent light and exposure. V.
Nuno Boavida16-Nov-2008 20:49
Superb landscape beautifully captured, composed. Amazing sky contrasting with the autumn colors. V
Brad Troy Photography15-Nov-2008 03:19
Great lighting on this. Very dramatic perspective. V
jlm12-Nov-2008 19:50
Impressive, it's right!
Guest 12-Nov-2008 19:47
Beautiful, inspires me to visit.
Gayle P. Clement12-Nov-2008 01:42
Awesome photo, Sandi. Vote.
Guest 11-Nov-2008 07:13
N-ICE! That sky is wonderful and the compo, with the trees below, is just excellent.
January Grey11-Nov-2008 06:55
Very impressive shot, Sandi. Gorgeous light, and a beautiful scene! V~
Sue Robertson11-Nov-2008 03:29
It is huge and majestic. Fabulous shot!.. v
globalgadabout09-Nov-2008 17:35
masterful composition to capture the majesty of this monilith and it's glorious location...this rocks...V
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet08-Nov-2008 01:25
Impressive indeed. I remember how impressive it is. I still remember this strange impression of looking at a painting.
Jeff Waldorff07-Nov-2008 23:31
Simply magnificent, Sandi... what a scene!
Carol Breton07-Nov-2008 12:54
Beautifully composed Sandi and you really had great light on this! V
marie-jose wolff07-Nov-2008 07:44
outstanding landscape! V
Marcia Colelli07-Nov-2008 03:33
A very lovely capture, wonderful wispy clouds
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad07-Nov-2008 03:19
It is a big chunk of rock. No doubt about that.
Susanne v. Schroeder07-Nov-2008 02:21
Gorgeous! Thanks for all the information.
vatorman07-Nov-2008 01:14
Rising from the forest...beautiful. V
Tom Briggs07-Nov-2008 01:13
El Capitan is impressive but so is your photo of it ... vopted
laine8207-Nov-2008 01:09
A wonderful shot, Sandi.
Jeff B.07-Nov-2008 00:09
Beautiful and imposing! V
waterfalls man06-Nov-2008 23:54
Beautiful Shot V
Claude Martin06-Nov-2008 21:38
And impressive shot... beautiful colours!V
Barb06-Nov-2008 21:21
Beautiful image. Excellent shot.
Bill Gallagher06-Nov-2008 20:47
Beautiful shot Sandi. I also love to sit and watch the climbers from the valley floor. V
Walter O. Koenig06-Nov-2008 20:43
Nice perspective with a great array of colors. I especially like the sky.
Brinn MacDougall06-Nov-2008 20:05
You captured it beautifully and great info to boot..excellent, Sandi!
Giancarlo Guzzardi06-Nov-2008 18:56
ocean of granite.... and the famouse Nose to the center of the picture... great climb hystory...the golden vegetation adds a sweet touch to the big wall
Enny06-Nov-2008 18:40
a wonderful image Sandi.
Terri Steele06-Nov-2008 17:45
Another stunning shot Sandi! I love Yosemite!!!!! ;)
fdt06-Nov-2008 17:44
Beautiful capture. f
bill friedlander06-Nov-2008 17:34
A remarkable shot. V
John Adler06-Nov-2008 16:51
Outstanding!! V
Yves Marquis06-Nov-2008 16:49
wow !! and i really like your story it was very intersting
Lise Trempe06-Nov-2008 16:47
Beautiful shot, I like very much that impression of 3D.
Jola Dziubinska06-Nov-2008 16:42
Amazing formation and your photo is stunning, Sandi. Thanks for the story that helps to imagine all those climbers and how difficult it must be to get the top.
And yes, gorgeous autumnal scenery at the foot of El Cap. Vote.
Jim Coffman06-Nov-2008 16:31
Sandi, this is beautiful!! V+
Doug Cruden06-Nov-2008 16:27
That's beautiful Sandi, I love the blue skies and wispy clouds...what a great contrast between them and the stunning autumn colours in the foreground trees. V
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