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Room With A View
Photo By Joshua Cripps

  • Title: Room With A View
  • State/Province/Region: California
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Yosemite National Park
  • Nearest Town: Yosemite Village
  • Brief Directions: Three miles up the Upper Yosemite Falls trail, find a crack in the north wall and start climbing to reach this viewpoint.
  • Best Season: Spring
  • Description: Finding a unique viewpoint in Yosemite Valley to photograph is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Nevertheless, that’s what I set out to do this evening in May. I had a vague idea for a shot which included two valley icons, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, so I set out along the upper falls trail, unsure of what I would find. After about three miles of hiking, I turned to find an incredible vista of Half Dome and the roaring Falls. Unfortunately, the base of the upper falls was blocked from sight by vegetation. I solved that problem by (perhaps foolishly) climbing about 60 feet up the granite cliffs behind me and shimmying out onto a small ledge, which while slightly terrifying, gave me the clear view I needed to capture this image.
  • Gear: Nikon D300s, Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens, Manfrotto Tripod and Ballhead, Lee GND Filters
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