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Half Dome Yosemite Hiking Backpacking Trip Photos Summer 2007

Half Dome Trip

Katie and I joined Erica, Dad Grider, and friend Dennis for an awesome 2-day trip up Half Dome...

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Mom T: stop it! Erica, you come down from there right this minute . . . .

Sher: Nice

John (Erica's step Dad in law): ...and she promised Justen she wouldn't do this again!

Katie Peckham: oh man do i love this shot!

Sher: Magnificent!

Jess: Beautiful. The colors are stunning

Aaron: Very nice quality of light. I like it.

John (Erica's step Dad in law): Light is very nice - you and Eliot Porter!

Katie Peckham: Not to be overly optimistic about it, but I honestly was glad later that we weren't at the peak for sunrise. From the base, we were able to see the morning light hitting Half Dome itself! which was so beautiful.

Daniel: Me too. The timing worked out great.

Aaron: Nice. You have some Galen Rowell action going on here. Looks like a gorgeous morning to be out in the mountains.

Sher: There is an awsome GOD out there

John (Erica's step Dad in law): Really beautiful photo Daniel - Glad to see you were too busy enjoying God's canvas to write down every f stop!

Sher: How old do you think this Bonsai is?

Bill: I know exactly where that tree is. Man it sucks to be so far from real mountains.

Katie Peckham: Bill & Becca, we miss you!

katrina: Bill, are you actually admitting that you've been in a National Park, like, one with people in it? (:

Daniel: Hey Kat...this is one of the best comments ever. I hope Bill sees it.

Sher: Okay who photoshopped this couple into this photo

Daniel: Tripod (which I lugged the whole way) took the photo. This is a HDR (high dynamic range) image.

Aaron: Does your version of PS do HDR on its own or are you still blending layers? How do you get good contrast throughout the image without overdoing it?

Sher: I knew you took the photo and you were really there. But when you do this HDR stuff you lost your blue sky. Why?

Daniel: I used the Photomatix HDR program for this; in many cases it produces great results a lot quicker than in PS. The sky didn't have any blue at all at this point. In fact, the sun hadn't even risen, and there was hardly any color in the sky at all.

Katie Peckham: wow - weird. we look like we're falling off the rock!

Katie Peckham: and we've turned into one of those couples who MATCH

that was not planned. please believe me.

wait. maybe that makes it even worse...

Sher: Daniel did you hike all the way without shoes?

Daniel: No. I've found that going barefooted a lot works better in the rain forest. Plus, my feat aren't what they used to be.

Joe: The last part, up the bare rock face, is WAY better barefooted. Actually, the whole hike is. =)

Daniel: Yeah, it's true that the last part, on the bare rocks is much better barefooted.

Katie Peckham: i can't believe how close to the edge it felt, when in the picture we have at least a foot! i'm sure not a daredevil... this was pushing it for me!

Sher: None but the brave.

Joe: Daniel? That looks like you were in a risky position?

Daniel: Actually, I was standing at their feet. I had the camera on my tripod, held it way out in front of me, and used the wired remote to trigger this shot.

Joe: nice.

Erica: Stupid pretty falls, stupid Mist trail

Sher: Did the Falls take a wrong turn?

Katie Peckham: no, but the trail did

Joe: I love these colors!

Mom T: Daniel Lee Peckham, you come back here!

Bill: Cool shot, but it makes my stomach feel funny.

Daniel: This was kind of a weird moment for me, because I decided not to walk out farther. Five years ago, I most likely would have. I must be getting old. Wisdom, or Wussiness?

Andy: Oh dang, I wanna go there now just to climb out on that thing! Sweet shot! Having not been there, I would say I probably would have taken another two steps out, but you said it was sloped down a bit? How wide was it there? That's a long drop....

Daniel: Where I was standing it's probably 3-4 feet wide, and it gets skinnier as you go out.

Joe: I have heard of a person who dragged a Santa Claus outfit up there, put it on, and then hung off the edge by his hands. For a Christmas card. I don't know if it's true, but I think it is. There are some not-so-intelligent people in the world...

Katie Peckham: notice how empty it is. this is labor day morning, and I believe that is one of the two busiest weekends out of the whole year. They did say they had fewer people this year than other years, but I also think it really helped to get up so early!

Joe: When I went it was so crowded and slow, I walked up and down the outside of the cable walkway, which is... almost as safe, and a lot quicker.

Katie Peckham: And there I waited for several more minutes, not really wanting to keep going alone. The gloves I was wearing (for protection against the steel cables) were too big and made it really difficult to get a good grip, and thus to feel very secure.

Joe: Don't wear gloves, or shoes. That's my advice.... Except for most people that might actually be a bad idea. I don't like the gloves either.

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