Half Dome Sunset, Yosemite National Park

Half Dome Sunset, Yosemite National Park

This is the first of my film uploads from my March trip to Yosemite. Not personally owning a scanner makes it a slow process from the time I snap the shutter until I'm able to post an image online.

The second evening in the park I wanted to find a nice perspective on the face of Half Dome from the valley floor. Having seen countless photos of Half Dome it's all a bit of a blur as to which locations give particular views. In this case I wanted to be looking up at the face of Half Dome but still be able to see the apron of snow and trees below it's sheer face. The best location I managed was from Stoneman Meadow - the large meadow north of Camp Curry.

My wife and I set up where we had the most unobstructed view, while sticking to the trail (so as not to damage the meadow). We were prepared for sunset, which unfortunately turned out to be relatively flat in terms of color. Fortunately, in addition to shooting digital, I also shot the scene with my Large Format camera with Fuji Velvia 50 which, as always, managed to find the faintest traces of color and really make them shine. I chose this particular frame mostly for the color that appears on Clouds Rest as well, at the bottom left of the frame.

Go to Yosemite!

Tachihara 4x5 | Caltar 210mm | f/16 | 1/4s | Fuji Velvia 50 | Tripod

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