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View From Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park


View from Glacier Point, looking up Tenaya Canyon

View from Glacier Point, looking up Tenaya Canyon – Click image to enlarge


It’s hard to believe that it will have been 6 years this coming May since I visited Yosemite National Park. I enjoy going back through my older photos, especially my images of Yosemite so I think that makes it seem like it wasn’t that long ago. I find that looking at my older photos is a great learning experience since I take the time to look at my composition along with the exposure metadata and usually realize that I probably could have composed a better shot. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, especially with all the metadata that’s saved with our digital photos that can be viewed and analyzed. I know I’ve become a better photographer because of it.

All these images are taken from Glacier Point. As you can probably tell from the harsh look of the images, it was mid-day and photographically speaking not the best time of day for photography, but that’s when I was there and I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to go back so I was shooting anyway. From Glacier Point you can look down into Yosemite Valley, see Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls and of course the great granite massif Half Dome. The first image is a view up Tenaya Canyon with Half Dome on the right, and the Royal Arches and North Dome on the left. The black and white conversion was done in Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 from the original raw file with Lightroom adjustments. The second images is a nice view of Vernal and Nevada Falls. Climbing the Mist Trail up to the top of Vernal Falls, I didn’t realize that it and Nevada Falls were fed by the same water source.


Vernal Falls (lower left) and Nevada Falls (upper right) from Glacier Point

Vernal Falls (lower left) and Nevada Falls (upper right) from Glacier Point – Click image to enlarge


Yosemite National Park is a very special place. If you get the chance to go there, don’t give it a second thought, go and you’ll be glad you did. I can’t wait to go back for a longer time and more serious photography!

To see more of my photography of Yosemite National Park, please visit my gallery here. If you have any questions about this website or my photography, I’d love to hear from you.  Please click here to email me.

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More from Yosemite

Sunset view of Yosemite Valley - Click image to enlarge

Every so often I take the time to look through images I’ve taken, and as much as the images remind me of a particular place and time, it’s a learning experience as well.  It always seems like I see something different in almost every image and think of a certain feeling or experience when I look at again after not seeing it for a while.  Next month it will have been 4 years since I visited Yosemite National Park, and after looking through all the images I took there, it seems like it was only yesterday that I was there.  As I stated in my previous post on Yosemite here, it is a stunningly beautiful place.  Whether you are a photographer or not, you just have to go there and experience it.  Christopher Robinson, Editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine, says in his “In This Issue” column of the May 2012 issue that “Yosemite National Park is the George Clooney of the nature photography universe.  Its celebrity is unparalleled, it’s instantly recognized, and photographers flock to the iconic park in droves, jostling for spots to capture the view of the valley like paparazzi wrestling for a place near the red carpet of a film premier.”  Christopher goes on to say that he recently heard an interview with Clooney that made him think of a comparison to Yosemite.  As an international superstar, Clooney has no privacy, and just like Yosemite, everyone wants to take his picture.  What he has observed is that whether he’s saying hello to a fan or signing an autograph, the person has a camera phone sticking up, shooting video or snapping pictures.  Clooney’s observation was spot on when he said, “I think most people are experiencing less and recording more.”  My point in mentioning this is that as photographers we want to capture all the iconic images of great places like Yosemite, but we have to be sure to experience the place while we there.  Put down your camera for a few moments, listen to the sounds, smell the smells, and let your eyes take in the sights around you.  When you pick up your camera again, I guarantee you that you’ll take better images!

Upper Yosemite Falls from the valley - Click image to enlarge


Reflections - Click image to enlarge

Except for the Yosemite Valley Sunset, the other images were taken during the last few hours of our time in Yosemite.  Several times a day the Ansel Adams Gallery sponsors a photography walk with a gallery photographer.  During a fun and informative 2 hour walk around Cook’s Meadow in Yosemite Valley, the gallery photographer gives many great tips on how to set up and photograph various subjects during the walk.  It was great just wandering around the valley for a few hours.  I mostly listened and looked around as we walked, trying to take in the last few moments of my Yosemite “experience.”

You can see more of my Yosemite images in my gallery here. If you have any questions about this website or my photography, please click here to email me.

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