For a few days in February, the setting sun lines up perfectly with Horsetail Falls in Yosemite, lighting it up spectacularly for a few minutes so that it looks like a river of fire tumbling down the mountain.
This firefall is a natural phenomena, but in the first half of last century, the Yosemite Firefall was a winter event where bundles of firewood were set on fire and pushed down the majestic cliffs of Yosemite, to the delight of tourists in the valley below. This tradition endured until the late 60's when a more conservation minded spirit took hold.
But this new, natural, firefall was not discovered until 1973, when famed landscape photographer Galen Rowell captured it. Aside from being at the right spot at the right time, this is actually a very easy picture to snap. There are several viewpoints from which it can be seen, mostly along the road in the valley and at the El Capitan picnic spot. The conditions have to be right, though, with enough water and clear skies in the west. Getting to the right spot involve hiking for a few kilometers, but mostly because the parking lots are filled early in the morning by the hundreds of photographers congregating and hoping they will make the shot.
This print is 17″ ⨉ 22″ size C (432 ⨉ 559 mm) with margins of 1″ (254 mm) on the sides and top, and 2.5″ (635 mm) at the bottom.
The image area is 13″ ⨉ 19.5″ (330 ⨉ 495 mm).
Paper: Canson Infinity Printmaking Rag, fine art archival paper. This 100% cotton paper is mould-made using the finest and oldest paper making technique. It has a unique pure white without optical brighteners, an incomparable fine and silky touch. Its soft texture lends a painterly feel to the image. It meets the requirements of ISO 9706 for long term storage and archival.
Inks: Canon Lucia Pro ink set, a set of 11 inks plus a chroma optimizer which features microencapsulated pigment inks that achieve fantastic color reproduction, outstanding image clarity, and enhanced details.
Printer: Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, a 17″ wide format professional printer. Its air feeding system prevents any scratches or marring of the paper and its print head equipped with 18,432 nozzles delivers a print resolution of up to 2,400 ⨉ 1,200 dpi.