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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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Yosemite – A Special Place

Yosemite Valley - Click image to enlarge

There are many stunning landscapes all over the world, but there are only a few that will stir your soul like your first view of Yosemite Valley.  My first view was at 2:34 PM PST on May 12, 2008 from the “Tunnel View” location, and I will never forget it.  From this vantage point, the valley stretched out before me and I could see El Capitan , Half Dome in the distance, and Bridalveil Falls in full flow.  The view was absolutely breathtaking and so stunningly beautiful that it completely overwhelmed my senses such that I could barely set up my camera and tripod.  The thought that Ansel Adams created some of his most famous photographs within a few feet of where I stood, maybe even from the very spot I was standing on didn’t make it any easier.  The image above is the view I had that day, it’s is a favorite of mine it, and I still feel the excitement I felt that day every time I look at it.

Before going to Yosemite, Lisa and I read as much as we could about the park, I studied many of Ansel Adams’ famous photographs of the park, and put together a plan of everything I wanted to photograph so I was ready to “hit the ground shooting” when I got there!  After our first view of the valley I realized that what was most important wasn’t getting all the shots I wanted, it was about experiencing the “journey” the park offered, getting completely absorbed in its sights and sounds.  During our time in the park, we went to Mirror Lake, then we hiked past Happy Isles to Vernal Falls, up the mist trail to the top of Vernal Falls and on to Nevada Falls.  We stood in awe of the view from Glacier Point, drove to Mariposa Grove to see the magnificent Giant Sequoias, and wandered through the meadow on the floor of the valley.  Snow made the Tioga Road impassable so seeing the Toulumne Meadows and the high Sierra back country will have to wait for a future trip.  Over the 4 days we had to spend in the park I captured almost 1,000 images.

Half Dome from Cook's Meadow - Click image to enlarge

Yosemite National Park was established on October 1, 1890, and is this country’s 3rd oldest national park.  The park covers 1,200 square miles of the western Sierra Nevada including scenic wonders like the granite massifs El Capitan and Half Dome, alpine and subalpine wilderness, three groves of giant sequoia trees and waterfalls that are some of the world’s highest.  Yosemite was the birthplace of the Sierra Club and in 1984 became a World Heritage site.  4.1 million people visit Yosemite annually.

The wide expansive vistas with waterfalls dropping thousands of feet down vertical granite walls are overwhelming and will frustrate any photographer trying to capture it all.  That’s the problem with a place like Yosemite, everywhere you look you’re surrounded with such beauty that you want to photograph everything, and no matter how hard you try you just can’t capture it all.  Yosemite is truly a special place, and I know I’ll go back many times.  If you haven’t been there yet, it is an experience not to be missed.

To see a gallery of my images of Yosemite National Park, please click here.  If you have any questions about my photography or my site, please click here to email me.

More information about Yosemite National Park can be found at the National Park Service Yosemite Welcome Page, and at the Yosemite Convervancy.

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