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#1 most interesting photo tagged "Yosemite"


Spent last Saturday in Yosemite teaching a one-day workshop in Hetch Hetchy. The rest of the weekend I tooled around the Valley trying to find unique viewpoints (something which is difficult in a park which receives over 3 million annual visitors). A video of Upper Yosemite Falls I watched earlier in the week gave me an idea for a shot which included the Falls as well as Half Dome.


I didn't know exactly where to shoot from so at about 6:00 pm I headed out along the Upper Yosemite Falls trail to try to find a spot. After two miles or so I got my first glimpse of the upper falls. And while the view was both impressive and amazing, I realized I need to get much higher for the shot I wanted. Up and up I continued.


I quickly realized that the trail was taking me way too close to the falls and that there was no way I was going to find the vantage point I needed before the light failed. Seeing that an opportunity for a different photo lay before me, I climbed about 50 feet up the rock wall opposite the falls in order to get out of the bushes. It was a little sketchy climbing with all my camera gear, but I eventually made it up to a small ledge where I could get a clear composition.


Then I fired off a few quick shots and climbed back down the cliffs before the light disappeared. And boy does that sound a lot easier than it was . . . :) Then it was just a three mile hike in the dark back down to the Valley.


So anyway, this isn't the exact shot I had envisioned and would like to go back to try achieve something closer to my vision, but I worked hard enough to get this image that I figured it was worth posting.



Technical Notes


ISO 100

12 mm

8 sec and 4 sec 2-exposure blend


3-stop Lee soft GND





p.s. Big thanks to Jave who let me borrow his Lee Filter adapter ring for the weekend since the rest of the universe is currently sold out of them.


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  • Willie Huang 3y

    Not quite sure why I haven't favorited this shot but this one is simply epic. I just keep coming back to it. Totally exemplifies Yosemite and has it all in one shot: Half Dome glowing, Upper Yosemite Falls, and a great sunset. Pretty much everything in one shot!
  • davide colli 3y

    Amazing view & great shot
  • Jack Kan 3y

    Stunning and amazing!!
  • Shahzad Ali 3y

    Lovely shot...
    Congrates Mate...
    You're invited to visit my Photos...
    “Sometimes in our confusion, we see not the world as it is, but the world though eyes blurred by the mind.” by Shahzad Ali Photography 500000 Views
  • Don Marlow 3y

    Terrific image I especially like the overflow at the bottom of the fall. I did a similar concept at one time when the snow was out and climbed up about 30 feet for an image one winter. Spring came and I found a more simple way to arrive at this shooting location without the drama of the climb. I don't have a lense anywhere as wide as yours so I appreciate your panoramic look. Great work.!!!
  • Andrei Reinol 3y

    Powerful place, fantastic view. Well composed landscape.
  • lina@iwannasee'dworld : ) 3y

    Awesome !!
  • Rebecca Latson Photography 3y

    Absolutely amazing!
  • victor98_2001 3y

    stunting shot
  • Glenn Anderson 3y

    This is a breath taking image. It has it all. WOW....................
  • edwademd 3y

    Incredible beauty!
  • Matthieu Rudaz 3y

    magique bravo !!!
  • Tiziano Photography 3y

    Congratulation for Explore 1
  • Ranulf 1214 2y

    Splendid !
  • malcolm thorngate 2y

    That is a fantastic shot!!!!
  • Heather/Heather 2y

    breath taking!
  • ameear 2y

    This photo gets a metal for most comments. Thank you God. 7/3/13 @3:29pm
  • jormarge 1y

    Gran disparo
  • arnthorr 1y

    Nice waterfall, help us pls to let this one have water, there is a risk of energy company take almost all water of it,
  • Katie Diamond 2mo

    You're photography is so inspiring!
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Taken on May 14, 2010
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