This isn’t one of the best photos I’ve ever taken but it’s certainly one of the most memorable, and one of my favorites.
Amy and I were desperately trying to get to this location to view Half Dome Rock before sunset. We had to travel up a winding road and it took us much longer than we expected. Because of the thick forest along the road, it felt like it was just getting too dark and that we were going to miss it. When we got to the first clearing, however, we realized we still had some time. I grabbed a couple of travel tripods and hurried to get some shots.
I got a bunch of photos as the sun slowly set and splashed gold and pick hues on Half Dome Rock. I was very happy that I had that opportunity and felt satisfied that we had made it. Then, I realized that I had forgotten to take the most important picture of all. It was really getting dark and we needed to start back to the car while we could still see the path but I begged Amy for a few more moments, set the camera up on a light-weight travel tripod and snapped this shot with a timer.
The photo is dark and noisy but I love it. In a lot of ways it captures the entire spirit of our anniversary trip. Two “kids” still in love after 20 years; enjoying the sights and one another.
I’ll never forget that trip. I’ll never forget that moment as I held my wife at dusk while standing on top of the world.
I’m glad we stayed for just one more shot.