Yosemite Natioanl Park is located inthe high Sierras of California. The valley was carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age. "President Abraham Lincoln signed an 1864 bill granting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the State of California. John Muir helped spark the creation of Yosemite National Park in 1890."(www.nps.gov)
This view was taken from the Panoramic Trail, an 81/2 mile hiking trail that starts at Glacier Point and ends in Happy Isles, in the valley below(or the trail starts at Happy Isles and ascends to Glacier Point). The trail winds through a pine forest and crosses the Merced River in several places and connects to The John Muir Trail as well. There are at least 3 main waterfalls that the trail goes to and crosses upriver, the Ilillouette Falls, the Nevada Falls, and the Vernal Falls. Both the Nevada (farthest right), and the Vernal Falls can be seen in this photo. The large rock formation to the left of Nevada Falls is called Liberty Cap. The largest rock formation in the upper left corner is Half Dome. Where I am standing on the trail is about the 7,000 ft. elevation level.
I tried to convey a sense of scale and grandeur with this photo along with the most famous sites in the park.
Any comments or critiques are welcome.
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corjan3 (2109) 2012-04-26 8:23
This is a fabulous image. Perfect exposure and excellent quality (sharpness,detail,noise level..), DOF and composition. A real pleasure to view.
batalay (40521) 2012-04-26 8:34
When I was first driving across the country (to begin post-doc work at UCal-Berkeley) I wanted so much to see the valley, described as "...offering the most beautiful view in North America." I remembering uttering an audible sigh when I drove through a tunnel and saw the classical El Capitain on the left, Half-dome in center, Yosemite Falls on the right." But, this might be an even more beautiful, more comprehensive view of he valley.
kato (11630) 2012-04-26 8:36
You're capturing well this landscape by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see deep valley, rocks with ups/down and surrounding greenery. It keeps a wonderful nature.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-04-26 8:45
Sweet photo Karen, were you taking the panoramic trail hike? Wonderful 12 mile hike that will take you to Nevada falls and then Vernal falls below. Excellent hike, but requires two cars, or a heck of a lot of hiking........LOL
Excellent capture from Glacier Point, one of the best places to take beautiful photo's just like this. Wonderful DOF and POV with great clarity and superb light management. I really wanted to go this weekend to Yosemite, but I have to babysit my granddaughter, which I have no problems doing, but would like her to be a bit older so I can take her hiking to beautiful places like this. Great Job Karen!!
TFS..........Your Friend from California.........Buddy
dale54 (9050) 2012-04-26 10:29
karen hi,nice stuff!wow,what a view,love it! great POV to this,like the color&light too! tfs! dr
Jeppo (17645) 2012-04-26 12:02
wonderful complete sight on yosemite valley with the half dome dominating the landscape
HimalAnda (10671) 2012-04-27 0:05
This is a very nice landscape, a great point of view.
josepmarin (58359) 2012-04-28 11:29
an excellent composition, with a good framing for to share the natural beauty of this landscape with us.
The high POV creates a very deep and aerial image, and offers us great details of the mountains, the valley and the waterfalls, with a high aesthetic quality and a strong graphical effect.
It is a beautiful photo, with a nice light and vivid colors.
willperrett (11918) 2012-05-02 1:39
Spectacular location, and very well-composed photograph. The colours are rich without being pushed too far, and the f8 aperture has given you plenty enough depth of field. Maybe your clouds are slightly "blown", but this is a minor detail. Gorgeous!
photoray (13981) 2012-05-18 7:28
Wonderful panorama of one of our magical places.
I never tire of our natural beauties, and you have created a fine view many never see, even ones who visit the Valley.
I have been on the Panoramic Trail only once and I can remember it being tough. My companion strained an ankle muscle and I had to give her a "piggy-back ride" the last few miles. ...Ouch. Hopefully you hiked downhill? Roundtrip would be really tough?
Keepup the fine works, travel and enjoy,
coolravi19 (549) 2012-06-12 21:37
An amazing panorama,excellent shot,powerful contrasts,strong colours….This place is just amazing & one would really like to visit this beautiful place ….. Just perfect for a travel guide book.
Wahclellaspirit (4107) 2012-06-30 22:44
I wish I had taken this trail instead of walking down from Olmstead Point towards Half Dome. There was a wildfire while I was there and the sky was smoky most of the two weeks I was there.
Incredible view and you captured the scene with perfection, and just think, there is no noise from the falls in your image...
Waylim (25436) 2012-07-03 9:39
This a beautiful shot. I did the same hike over memorial day weekend. It was raining on Saturday and but it clear up nicely on Sunday. the view is truly spectacular as far as the eyes can see. I love your POV from the waterfalls down to the valley and including the backside of the Halfdom. Lovely light and warm colors.
npecanhuk (78901) 2012-07-29 7:40
Wow! I'd love to see that myself! It's wonderful! What a view!
The picture also pleased me specially for the chosen pov, composition, colors and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
brianmcc (6221) 2012-08-16 13:11
this is a fantastic picture of a wonderful landscape. your elevated viewpoint is superb looking down towards the river and waterfalls. the mountain range is quite majestic. you have composed this very well and managed the light superbly to create this beautiful image.
Robert1969 (7160) 2013-04-12 9:49
A picture with a beautiful surrounding.
The very good point of view and composotion
creates a nice depth and highness.
- Copyright: Karen Abel (kabel) (1930)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-23
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Cannon Powershot Sx100
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): United States of America, Yosemite, High Sierras, California Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-26 8:16