One of the most revered natural spaces in the United States, Yosemite National Park welcomes over four million visitors each year – many of whom try to capture it digitally or even on film. Just because there are lots of photos taken, though, doesn’t mean that every image is the same. Each photographer who raises their camera to the 12,000 square miles of wilderness of flora and fauna captures their own version. And, predictably, many of them are simply exquisite.
Here are just a few examples of different ways photographers can capture the natural beauty of this gem of North America.
Some pictures are just classic. The sweeping rock faces and deep, lush valleys make Yosemite’s grand views perfect for testing out your wildlife photography skills.
The park is known for biological diversity — which means both plants and animals.
Though many people travel to Yosemite in the summer time, other seasons are just as photogenic. Autumn looks great.
As does winter. Although it is much harder to travel those roads, the pictures you get of Half Dome can be worth it.
Early spring is also a good time to shoot the park.
Don’t think that iPhoneography can’t capture the elegance of the park. In a pinch, your smartphone will do just fine, especially if you don’t want to lug heavy gear on a hike.
…But a DSLR is nice, too.
And don’t worry if you miss the best light. There’s always tomorrow, or possibly tonight!