• 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.

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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  1. Marco de Waal 27 months ago | reply

    Nice picture! Excellent!

  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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