Yosemite: A Landscape Photographer’s Dream
When I got my first DSLR camera, I took pictures of just about everything. But my first love was landscapes, something that has inspired me for many years. The first taste of landscape work that caught my eye was that of the famous Ansel Adams. One of the first gifts Jess ever got me was an Ansel Adam’s print and it is to this day one of my most cherished possessions. She also got me another one as a wedding gift. I’m spoiled. Ansel had a huge role is publicizing the beauty of Yosemite National Park and many other National Parks. Even his work as a child was ridiculously good. The man had an incredible eye, was insanely talented, was a great teacher, and really wrote the book on landscape photography. I had looked at his photos of Yosemite for years and dreamed to stand in the places where Ansel had taken those gorgeous photographs. It was at the top of my bucket list and this year, my dream came true. And Yosemite did not disappoint.
The first thing we did in the park was to go and catch sunset at Tunnel View, one of the most famous views in Yosemite. This is where Ansel photographed one of his most famous images, “Clearing Winter Storm“. I was in awe. I could ramble on about this location for hours, but I figured it would probably just bore you all. Keeping the story short, I will say it was the most inspiring, calming and beautiful place I have ever been in my life. We went back there 3-4 times over the few days we were there. Other things we photographed in the park included Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Mariposa Grove, and Valley View. We also did a few hikes. The trees were sooo huge, especially the giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove.
I could have spent weeks exploring that place. It was as awesome time of year to visit (March), as it wasn’t that packed with tourists. I would love to go back in Fall sometime. All in all, by far the most amazing place I have ever been in my life. I am in love with Yosemite, and I think anyone who visits that place would feel the same.