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.
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)
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.
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)
Total Time: 12min