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Yosemite National Park

Paul visited Yosemite in 2007 while writing a travel guidebook on California.

The Dining Room at Yosemite's wonderful Ahwahnee Hotel looks good from pretty much every angle, but I was particularly taken with the massive windows. As dusk brought balance to the lighting I positioned myself to pick out diners silhouetted in the window. I then just had to wait until one of the waiters came to top up their wine. LUMIX L1 Shutter: 1/125 sec. Aperture: f/3.2, ISO: 200.

I'd driven up to Glacier Point to catch the final rays of the sun glinting off the bald rock of Half Dome when I discovered that one of the local astronomy societies was having a public viewing evening. They love coming up to Yosemite for the clear skies and are happy to educate the public for a couple of hours before getting down to some serious late-night viewing. As the sky gradually darkened I took the opportunity to take some long exposures of myself looking through one of the telescope that had been set up. LUMIX L1 Shutter: 40 sec. Aperture: f/4, ISO: 100.

We spent at least an hour beside this alpine lake trying different angles as people dived into the frigid waters. In the end I preferred one of the first shots taken, despite the lack of style. LUMIX L1 Shutter: 1/200 sec. Aperture: f/5.6, ISO: 200.

Wendy (pictured) and I spent the day rock climbing and scrambling the length of this mile-long fin of rock known as Matthes Crest. It drops away several hundred feet on both sides with no chance of stopping yourself if you slip. It took a bit of getting used to, but a clear head and steady nerves saved the day. Here she's balancing on a ridge less than half a metre wide. LUMIX L1 Shutter: 1/500 sec. Aperture: f/5.6, ISO: 100.

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Kinabalu Park
Gunung Mulu National Park
Yosemite National Park
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