My Personal Invitation To You
I personally invite you to begin your journey as a fine art collector. I will work with you every step of the way, from the selection of one of my Yosemite National Park landscape photographs to the selection of the print style and will keep you up to date of the printing and delivery process. The end result will be a fine art photograph that will add beauty to your home or office and become a cherished possession.
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Fine Art Print and Wall Art Options
My photographs of Yosemite National Park are available for you to purchase as Fine Art Prints or Wall Art and place in your home or office. They are for sale as Frameless or Framed Lumachrome® HD Trulife® Acrylic Prints, Exhibit Mounted Metal Prints, and Fuji Crystal Archive Paper Prints. After selecting the desired photo, just select the type and size of print you would like to purchase in the area beneath the photo.
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Visiting and Photographing Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park has always had a reputation for being one of the best, if not the best, National Parks for photography. Like anywhere, it takes hard work to get the good results. Allow me to share some of my experiences at this beautiful Park.
It's hard to imagine any landscape photographer who has not been inspired by the work of Ansel Adams. He made some of the first of his stunning images of Half Dome in 1927. We have all seen the images of him standing with his tripod and camera on the platform on top of his car.
These are the main areas within the Park. Yosemite Valley is centrally located with Mariposa Grove to the south and to the north there is Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road. The iconic photographs that you have probably seen many times are from Yosemite Valley.
I’ll always remember my first time photographing in the Park. As I always do, I went everywhere in the Valley to learn as much as I could. I wasn’t having much success and was beginning to question what I was doing. I slowed myself down and spent more time getting a feel for the Park. I then began to see and feel.
As you enter the Park, it's hard not to make Tunnel View your first stop. Even if it's not the right time of day for photography, you just want to soak in the view of this very special place you are at. The view gets my photography blood pumping every time.
Bridalveil Falls is a fun place to take some closeup photos of the lower part of the falls. In the afternoon, the sun hits the spray resulting in some nice rainbow colors.
Along the Southside Drive there are a number of places where you can walk down to the Merced River and photograph El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks and the Three Brothers. My preferred time at these locations was always early morning with a goal of capturing good reflections.
The area known as Swinging Bridge is good for reflections of Yosemite Falls in the Merced River. The charming Yosemite Chapel is good anytime of year. I like to photograph it early or late, so the light on the chapel stands out.
Sentinel Bridge offers nice late afternoon opportunities with the warm setting sun lighting up Half Dome. There are also great late afternoon views of Half Dome from Sandy Beach east of the Visitor Center. Access to this area is now best from Northside Drive just east of the traffic circle.
Further east in the Valley is Stoneman Bridge, Ahwahnee Bridge, Mirror Lake, Emerald Pool, Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. They are all great locations for photography. Spring is a great time to search for Dogwoods in bloom, which can be found along Northside Drive and behind the Ahwahnee Hotel.
The trail to Yosemite Falls offers a view of the Falls through the pine trees that frame the Falls beautifully. You can walk all the way to the base of the falls for a totally different view.
Yosemite Valley View is at the west end of Northside Drive. For whatever reason, I have not had the success at this location that I think it calls for. It’s a view of the Valley over the Merced River that has all the elements. I believe I just haven’t had the right sky and conditions there yet, but I will be back.
One of my favorite locations in the Park is Glacier Point. The best sunset photographs I have ever taken in Yosemite were from Glacier Point. It’s a long way around on Wawona Road and Glacier Point Road, but if the magic happens, you’ll leave knowing you just photographed something special.
The Tuolumne Meadows area along Tioga Road has a totally different look and feel from Yosemite Valley. There is Tenaya Lake and Cathedral Lakes and a view of Half Dome from the other side. The road generally isn’t open until June, so check with the Park Service website before making the drive.
South of the Valley is Mariposa Grove with its Giant Sequoia trees. The area was completely renovated in recent years. As of this writing, it is accessible only by a 4-5 mile hike with about a 500 foot elevation gain. Hopefully, in coming years there will be a shuttle service to transport people through the grove.
There is more than enough in the way of trails, campgrounds, photography and other activities for anyone who likes the outdoors to keep them busy for multiple days and visits. If you have not been to Yosemite National Park, it needs to be on your list.
Fun Facts About Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of 63 National Parks in the United States and was designated as such in 1872. It covers almost 750,000 acres and receives over 4 million visitors each year. However, most of the visitation is in the small area of Yosemite Valley as 95% of the Park is designated as wilderness. Huge numbers of photographers come for Landscape and Nature Photography every year.
The Park is extraordinarily diverse ranging from granite mountains to ancient sequoia groves. In addition, there are beautiful meadows, deep valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. The many miles of hiking trails provide all of the possibilities that any hiker or visitor would be looking for. In addition to the mountains in Yosemite National Park, see our gallery of Fine Art Mountain Photography. See photographs from other parks like Bryce, Yellowstone and Zion.
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