Cook’s Meadow View (California)

Yosemite National Park is one of the most distinctive and unique locations for travel photography. The only problem, however, is that it is often crowded because of its popularity.

I took the featured photo in the middle of April on a weekday hoping for an empty park.

When I arrived at the park’s entrance, I was prepared to pay when park officials told me it was National Park Week and that entrance fees were waived for the entire week. I knew I was doomed.

By noon, the park was full of tourists, which meant I had to improvise and use the tourists as part of my composition.

This is the view of Yosemite Falls from Cook’s Meadow.

California. Yosemite National Park. Cook’s Meadow.
Loc: 37.741633, -119.592415



The goal here was make a couple and the Yosemite Falls to be focal point of the composition.

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18
Focal Length: 10mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
Shutter Speed: 1/100s
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D

Editing & Processing

It was a single RAW image editing.

Lightroom (90%)

Aspect ratio change from 3x2 to 4x3 (Crop Overlay Tool).
Vertical destortion fix (Transform Tool).

Lightroom Rapid Editing workflow.
I used Point Lobos style preset from Landscape Collection in a combination with adjustment presets from TOOLKIT to tweak the image.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (8, 11, 17, 22, 31)

Photoshop (10%)

Cleaning (Stamp Tool)
PluginsDeNoise (noise reduction), Topaz Detail (local contrast boost).

Total Time: 12min

Before & After Transformation

Archiving: I save all my photos as JPEG (quality: 100%) at full resolution and with the help of the Lightroom plugin, I synchronized them with my portfolio on SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales.

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  • I think the processing is overdone. The left foreground tree that should have some shadow now has none and the shadow overall is too reduced to be natural. Saturation unnatural as well for my eye too much yellow. Nice composition and the people help 🙂

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