Yosemite is one of the most visited National Parks in the United States, and a look from the often photographed Tunnel View will tell you why. The expansive Valley features beautiful granite walls, forests and waterfalls, and a variety of hikes that lead to stunning views. Whether you snag a permit to climb Half Dome or spend your time relaxing in El Capitan Meadow looking up at the climbers on the massive granite wall, Yosemite will draw you back with your camera time and time again with it’s incredible beauty.
Depending on what time of year you go and what you decide to photograph, taking pictures in Yosemite can mean sharing the road and areas with a lot of other tourists and photographers. That being said, there are plenty of locations that may require a bit more work to get to around the Valley that will yield incredible views and great photos.
Robbie Shade – El Capitan, Yosemite
Jeff P – Yosemite Highlining
Ajay Goel – Yosemite splendour
Roshan Vyas – Yosemite Falls
Sonny Abesamis – Yosemite Tunnel View
CheWei Chang – Yosemite
edward stojakovic – Yosemite
When snow falls in the Valley, it creates a very different, and interesting scene, without all of the summer crowds.
LotsaSmiles Photography – Yosemite
Anita Ritenour – Yosemite Valley Chapel
LotsaSmiles Photography – Yosemite National Park
Anita Ritenour – Moonrise Over the Merced
Rennett Stowe – Little Yosemite Fall
chris.murphy – Yosemite in Winter
Barney Moss – Bridal Falls & Tunnel View
LotsaSmiles Photography – yosemite
Connie Kendall – Yosemite
Don Graham – Frosty Morning, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite
With it’s beautiful granite and incredible views, Yosemite is a popular destination for climbers, and those that photograph them.
Sekgei – Tommy Caldwell free climbing El Capitan’s Dawn Wall
tony puyol – El Capitan crack
Sam Beebe – YC on El Capitan by Tom Frost
Sebastian Werner – The hikable part
Pacific Southwest Region USFWS – View from the top
tony puyol – yummy cracks…
tony puyol – El Cap aspirations
Ryan Grimm – Working hard to stay on an unnamed 5.9 friction climb
The Valley features a lot of incredible waterfalls that can keep a photographer occupied for weeks. Some, like Horsetail Fall, are seasonal, but no matter what time of the year you plan on visiting Yosemite you’ll find plenty of falling water and expansive views to shoot.
Phan Ly – Yosemite Waterfall
Steve Corey – Tenaya Creek
Roshan Vyas – Lower Yosemite Falls
Theo Crazzolara – Yosemite National Park
Nick Mealey – Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park
Cary Bass-Deschenes – Upper Yosemite Falls from Trail
Roshan Vyas – Yosemite Vernal Falls and Mist Trail
Екатериниа Владинакова – Waterfall at Yosemite National Park
n4rwhals – Lower Yosemite Falls
Dhinal Chheda – Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park