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