• 1400 feet of beautiful, free-falling water, which exceeded the capability of my UWA lens.
  • Half Dome: 2000 feet of vertical granite
  • Mount Starr King
  • Yosemite Village
  • Ahwahnee Hotel
  • Merced River
  • My campsite
  • dreamy! - Dene' Miles

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#1 In Explore, May 18th

#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.

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Technical Notes
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ISO 100
12 mm
8 sec and 4 sec 2-exposure blend
f/18
3-stop Lee soft GND

~Josh

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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  1. Marco de Waal 27 months ago | reply

    Nice picture! Excellent!
    Marco

  2. Willie Huang Photo 25 months ago | reply

    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!

  3. davide978 25 months ago | reply

    Amazing view & great shot

  4. blupic 25 months ago | reply

    Stunning and amazing!!

  5. Shahzad Ali Photography 300000 Views 25 months ago | reply

    Lovely shot...
    Congrates Mate...
    You're invited to visit my Photos...

  6. photoyos 25 months ago | reply

    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.!!!

  7. Andrei Reinol 24 months ago | reply

    Powerful place, fantastic view. Well composed landscape.

  8. Rebecca Latson Photography [deleted] 23 months ago | reply

    Absolutely amazing!

  9. Glenn Anderson. 20 months ago | reply

    This is a breath taking image. It has it all. WOW....................

  10. edwademd 20 months ago | reply

    Incredible beauty!

  11. Tizi@no56 (painting with light) 18 months ago | reply

    Congratulation for Explore 1

  12. malcolm thorngate 13 months ago | reply

    That is a fantastic shot!!!!

  13. hotrod175 12 months ago | reply

    breath taking!

  14. ameear 10 months ago | reply

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

  15. jormarge 3 months ago | reply

    Gran disparo

  16. arnthorr 3 months ago | reply

    Nice waterfall, help us pls to let this one have water, there is a risk of energy company take almost all water of it, www.facebook.com/groups/dynkur/

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