Photographing Yosemite Valley

Photographing Yosemite Valley

Each year, I have a go to destination that I want to visit for landscape photography, and this year it is Yosemite Valley. I have seen countless photos of the Valley draped in a fresh coating of snow, or shrouded in fog. Now I want one for myself. With the El Nino rains bringing plentiful snow to the Sierra, Yosemite has turned into a winter wonderland. Over the past few weeks, I have watched on the webcams as epic conditions unfold without being able to be there in person. I finally had the chance this past weekend. I did the 3.5 hours drive and arrived around lunch time to find some decent clouds remaining in the sky after a clearing rain storm. I made sure to photograph from Tunnel View first, since the light looked nice on El Capitan. Later, I went on a few brief hikes through the Valley, but didn’t find any grand vistas that I liked, so instead, I focused on photographing the smaller things that many people drive right by without paying any attention to. I loved how the green moss on this tree popped when contrasted against the rich brown bark of the tree. The moss really is this green! I also really liked the luminous glow coming off of this tree that was lining one of the meadows in the Valley. Around 3:45pm, I made my way back up to Tunnel View, as I noticed some rain clouds blowing back over the park. Not having any experience with a sunset shot from this location, I did not realize that it can become very...