“El Capitan, Sunset, Winter" was a heroic scene that ranks in the top ten sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. It is also an image from a time early in my photographic career when I rarely took the 24mm wide angle lens off my camera. In contrast, now I rarely remove my telephoto. It also marked a time when I had begun to better understand the weather patterns in the park. It had been snowing most of the day and I sensed that the storm was clearing and suggested to my bride Annette that we go down to the west end of Yosemite Valley to see what happened. It was pretty at Gates of the Valley when we arrived and we began to photograph. I was in the river up to my knees near the far shore when the light started to intensify and I made my way back to this location. The color contrast of the fiery reds and the cool blues of the snow was extraordinary. The snow was melting quickly and fog was forming in the meadow. The composition just seemed to present itself. The snow-covered logs were arranged perfectly to lead one’s eye into the scene. Once I found this position, I worked with both horizontal and vertical alternatives, rooted to the spot until the light played out.