I wanted to share in this blog some of the gear I used to take the photographs and talk about the locations I went to in a bit more detail. When I first went to the area and search the web for information for landscape photographers and wanted to provide more useful information.
Yosemite has so many areas to shoot that are accessible from the valley road – and this blog aims to list my top 7. Obviously there are other locations to the ones listed below but I feel that this is a fairly good summary of the places I found to be best.
The obvious one is tunnel view – this is the classic Ansel Adams image and is best photographed at sunset to catch the light on El Capitan (although you can get some great light at sunrise). It is difficult to get a unique shot from this location though and you really need clouds to get a great image.
Yosemite Valley Sunset, Tunnel View D800 – 0.5s – f/9 – 34mm ISO 50 (0.9 soft grad, polarizing filter)
Tunnel view gets very busy at sunset so make sure you arrive early. It is a great place to watch the sunset and the mist form in the valley. Also – why not be creative and take a timelapse (as you can see in the start of part 1 of my Yosemite vlog I did just that with my Yi 4K+ on a tripod). Remember to stay after the sun has gone down though as the purple glow afterwards is sometimes incredible! Take the image below – I was just packing up and ready to leave – luckily I had my Fuji X-T2 and took this image handheld!