Yosemite Part I–Valley View

My wife and I just returned from a 4-day trip to heaven, otherwise known as Yosemite. In the next few posts I am going to share my favorite pictures of the trip with you. Landscape photography is not my strength to be sure, but it is my passion, and by forcing myself to take more and share more, my hope is that my skills in this area can only improve. I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me.

This shot is taken from what is unsurprisingly called “Valley View.” It is, in short, a view of the valley, from the valley. El Capitan, unmistakable, is on the left, while just the top of Bridal Veil Falls is visible on the right. The foreground is dominated by the Merced River. And yes, that is a little bit of snow on the dead log.

The weather was cold, snowy, and except for a brief period, was perpetually overcast. Ideal for photography? Well, not for shots like these. But it was beautiful nonetheless, and the weather and the light were not going to stop me from enjoying the views and trying to capture them.

We were on our way to another famous “view” when we decided to stop here at the last minute…and I am glad we did.  Snow on the log, some drama in the sky, and interesting color contrasts between green, white, and grey, made for a decent composition and it instantly became a favorite. I hope you like it.

– Bryan Gray, Napa Valley Winery and Wine Bottle Photographer



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