Here was a way of dealing with an over-photographed subject, Upper Yosemite Falls in California’s Yosemite National Park. The weather was good—an October storm had just cleared the evening before, leaving the early morning crisp and clear, so a guaranteed early morning sunlight would fall across the south-facing falls. This was the perfect moment to shoot: The water and spray had just begun to catch the light; the sun was at the right height; and the view was inspiring for both tourists and photographers. Walking around, I knew that a foreground of some sort would help, and it would probably involve trees, and at this time of the morning probably also a silhouette, as the sun had not yet reached this part of the valley. I noticed ...

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