My Best Landscape Photos of
Half Dome and Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park is a photographer's dream. There are countless opportunities to marvel at amazing views, both throughout the day, and throughout the year. However, given that this is such a photographer's Mecca, it takes a significant amount of creative thinking and ingenuity to capture something truly original and astonishing. That being the case, the goal of achieving the best landscape photos of Yosemite is seemingly insurmountable. To this day, that honor stands with Ansel Adams, the original visionary outdoor and landscape photographer. This is a never ending goal, the goal of taking the a landscape photo that captures Yosemite in a unique and stunning way.
The above shot is titled, "Tunnel View at Sunset." It is taken looking through the valley floor from a vantage point famously known as Tunnel View. Having photographed in and around the valley floor for the past twenty years, it was only recently that I was lucky enough to have the confluence of weather and climate conditions ideal for the best landscape photo of Yosemite National Park, California that I have ever been able to achieve.
I stood at the Tunnel View pullout in late winter, with a few other serious photographers and all their expensive gear, and took countless shots over the course of 6 hours while I waited for the light to improve, and for the clouds to lift off of Half-dome. As evening approached, I climbed higher up into the treeline, and saw as the the other photographer's gave up for the night. At that moment, the clouds lifted and exposed Half Dome's face, and the amazing orange and purple alpen-glow shone onto the face, as well as Cathedral Falls in the foreground.