I’d like to think that President Obama stood in this doorway with a cup of coffee, the paper, and possibly this robe, as he glanced upon the splendor of Yosemite National Park... This is the exact cabin that he and his family stayed in (and wore robes in). He’s the first president to visit the park while in office since JFK in 1962. On the wall of the cabin, there is a transcript of the speech he gave to a small group of people in the meadow by the cabin... He said: “It’s a park that captures the wonder of the world, that changes you by being here. There’s something sacred about this place. And I suppose that’s why the walls of this valley were referred to as cathedral walls, because here at Yosemite, we connect not just with our own spirit, but with something greater. It’s almost like the spirit of America itself is right here.”
Yosemite In Winter
I had the honor to conduct a photography workshop in Yosemite during the Fire Falls display a couple years ago. We were rewarded with the best display in nearly a decade with over 220" of snow on the crest and lots of water going over the falls. The waterfalls echoed through the valley like a constant thunder as the clouds because to open up this particular morning. It definitely set the tone for a great weekend in Yosemite. The fire falls display will pick back up again in a few weeks as we head into February.. that is if the weather makes it possible. If you decide to make the trip expect long lines and lots of people.
Tuolumne Meadoes. Yosemite NP
Как оказалось, Сода Спрингс не такие выдающиеся горячие источники, как мы видели в парке Йеллоустоун, однако симпатичные. Но самым ценным подарком были прекрасные виды на горы и лесные поляны. И хотя стояла осень, трава была пожухлая, цвета блеклые, я не могла налюбоваться на местную красоту. Боюсь даже представить, как тут красиво поздней весной и ярким летом. Дорога обычно закрыта до мая и даже порой до начала июня, если снег не уходит, так что тот краткий миг, что Тайога пасс дает нам, нужно использовать. Мы погуляли по Туолумне Медоус в конце октября, в самом конце сезона. И снег тогда уже лежал.
When you think of Yosemite, you might first think of Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, all defining features of Yosemite Valley that have been captured in millions of photos. I knew that to shoot a truly interesting photo here, I would need to move beyond the wide landscapes and focus on the more intimate details of the land.
When hiking to the top of Vernal Falls, I tried to think how the scene made me feel. I remember how peaceful it was - the roar of the falls crashing into the rocks below, the occasional mist striking my face, the low winter sun slipping behind the mountains, shrouding my corner of the park in shadows.
I needed to get closer and focus on the way the water was interacting with the granite, so I took a small path off trail and climbed down some rocks, which gave me a much closer perspective. I had my 24mm lens on at first, but it was too wide and it wasn’t portraying my subject the way I intended. When I put the 50mm lens on though, the compositions started to appear.
I often find myself disappointed by the photos I capture. Friends and family will compliment them, but unless I’m happy with the results, it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I’m a perfectionist and I know good art when I see it. After several horribly disappointing trips back in October, it was encouraging to finally take some good pictures again. Of all the photos I have taken in the last year, I consider this to be the most beautiful and well executed of them all. ———————————————————
By the way, if you’ve read this far, thank you and I would ask that you please turn up the brightness on your phone when viewing this image, as the whites otherwise look rather dull. ———————————————————
Canon 60D :: Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM :: ISO 400 -- f/4 -- 1/250 second
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