On Wednesday afternoon we had some amazing weather – blue skies, puffy white clouds, and moderate temperatures in the mid 80’s… nice! As we made our way around the valley floor I couldn’t resist re-shooting some of the classic scenes. With the “Tunnel View” overlook we stopped every time we passed it going both into the valley, and coming out… told you the family were a patient bunch!
Definitely not soft, golden light in any of these, but the clouds added some interest for me, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to try again. Polarizer used on each… the first is the classic view of El Capitan and the Merced River from Valley View, and the second is across Cook’s Meadow looking up toward Half Dome.
The third is once again from Tunnel View looking up through the valley… this time with light as good as you might be able to expect from relatively early in the afternoon. The sun would peek in and out from behind the clouds, and due to the immense size of the area, large swathes of light and shadow would rake across the valley making for an incredible sight. El Capitan is on the left, an almost non-existent Bridalveil Falls on the right, with Half Dome just in front of Cloud’s Rest in the background. I can only imagine what this view is like as the skies open up after a late winter storm with Bridalveil Falls swollen with melting snow.