Idyllic - Yosemite National Park, California

Lambert Dome, Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park, California

Most serious photographers will look back on some of their photos and cringe at how they were edited. Sometimes we want to hide those photos from others, and other times we go back and re-edit them to give them new life. This is especially true when the photo brings back some fond memories. This photo is one of those that fit the latter case. I shot this back in 2010 on my very last visit to Yosemite National Park. We wanted to get out of the valley with its crowds and explore Tioga Road. The light was pretty phenomenal that night, and all I wanted to do was stop at every opportunity and capture the experience. When we came upon Lambert Dome pictured here, I knew that it was that moment I was hoping for. The water was perfectly still and the Dome was perfectly reflected. This granite rock formation towered about 800 feet above us and was perfectly lit. You don't always get these perfect conditions, and that is why I had to re-edit the photo to relive the moment.