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National park photo ops: These dreamy Yosemite falls deserve a tripod

Chilnualna Falls is in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park. The lower cascade is reached by a very short hike at the end of Chilnualna Falls Road.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Lower Chilnualna Falls is in Yosemite National Park‘s Wawona area. The trailhead is at the end of Chilnualna Road.

After a brief, mellow hike with a slight incline, the beautiful little waterfall is an easy picture with or without a tripod. I used a tripod and a cable release with a slow shutter speed of 1.6 seconds, and the aperture set at f/14. The long shutter speed makes the water look sort of dreamy.

In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

Follow Reynolds on Twitter: @MrCSReynolds

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