Glacier Point: Picture behind the picture

This morning, we found this picture on Heather's old iPhone.  Taken as I was perched precariously on the edge of a 3000 foot cliff  (not really, there was a big ledge in front of me) and just moments after I took the picture below (the clouds had slammed into the face of half dome and moved downward by then).

And this is the picture I was taking:  (click to enlarge)

A Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm/1.4 prime lens.  No tripod, no medium format, no film holders, no fancy anything. About 2.5 pounds of gear. When we got home I had it printed at 30x48" and it looks amazing even from a few inches away.  Modern technology is awesome.

By the way, if any of you want to buy a print. Send me an email (bill at, I know the photographer so I can get you a deal. Any size, but it's definitely made to be seen big.