This was taken during a social campaign shot for Athleta. Sarah Herron, pictured, and I were filming along the Merced River in Yosemite National Park and when we came around this last bend, the light was just right.
I wanted this picture to feel dreamy -- much the way Yosemite feels the first time you enter the park -- so I made sure to keep my aperture low and really emphasize the flaring. Luckily this stretch of water was slow, so we were able to do a couple takes.
I think the image turned out great! It's probably my favorite in recent years. I really love the clear line the sun beam is making across El Cap, the big granite face in the backdrop.