I finally managed to get caught up enough to do some editing on our photos from Yosemite National Park. This was my second time at the park, which was the inspiration for the national park system. There are obviously some deep connections between Yosemite landscape photography and Ansel Adams’ brand of black and white photography. I did end up processing some of the images in black and white (like the pano below) but I liked a lot of the images in color. When you shoot Yosemite in Black and white, I feel like you miss a whole other dimension of the park. The sun at the edges of day paints the granite indigo or warm gold, which I found to be really beautiful. I biased my processing to capture those two hues when processing in color.
Yosemite is an incredibly popular park – especially in Summer, but during our three day backpacking trip of the North rim of the Valley we saw very few people on the trail and camped each night in complete solitude. I shot the images to focus on that solitude that we found rather than the throngs of masses below us in the valley (believe me they were there). I wanted the images to feel a little bit pleasantly lonely, disconnected, and a little lost in time.
There are some images here that I didn’t post on my Facebook, I’d love to hear which ones are your favorites and why. Feel free to leave me comments below.