We decided to #OptOutside on Black Friday, and drove to Yosemite for the day. We left the house at 5am and had to buy tire chains for the icy roads, but it was well worth it. I kind of gambled on getting one good shot on the way home, hoping to catch the dying of the light on the face of El Capitan from across the Merced River. The weather, clouds and road conditions were all conspiring against me but I got there just in time for a shot. I probably missed the most dramatic light but as I found a spot on the frozen riverbank beside a handful of other photographers I was pleased with this result. The scene was actually pretty complex with a busy river, low fog on the other side and a great difference in light from one area to another. I did like how monotone the scene was with the exception of a very gold light in one area. I think one other quality I’m realizing is important to me is graphic simplicity. That may come from being a designer but I like a scene that is composed of interesting shapes without a lot of overwhelming distraction, and a simple color palette can really play into that too.