Yosemite, First Day of Summer 2014

This was my second photo trip to Yosemite and every time I go there I consider it scouting for when I actually go there for the “real” photos. That seems to take some of the pressure off to get the perfect picture as it’s a very intimidating park to shoot. Just the sheer amount of talented photographers there at the same time is incredible. At sunset the valley meadows are littered with photographers with their cameras and tripods trying to capture that perfect Yosemite moment.

I was one of the crowd on the first day of Summer 2014 in Yosemite Valley trying to capture that elusive Yosemite moment. There were at least 50 cameras pointed at this waterfall that night and the waterfall was probably the center of the frame in most of those viewfinders. The waterfall was hardly a trickle compared to the images I’ve seem at the Ansel Adams Gallery in the village so there wasn’t much point of trying to capture it as a full glory shot, it just wasn’t very exciting. For me it was the clouds that were the main attraction. I kept the waterfall in the photo to give the image a presence and it really adds a nice counter balance in this image.

As I process this, I’m thinking of the printing process. I’ll be printing digital negatives and creating contact prints on Silver Gelatin paper. I learned this technique at a Rayko Darkrooms in San Francisco and it produces stunning prints. I have a series of photos from this trip that I will be working on in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/30, f/16, ISO 50

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