view of yosemite valley from tunnel view

The Yosemite National Park Landscape 
Fine Art Photography Collection

During my first trip to Yosemite National Park, I captured landscape photos hoping to make fine art and it sure was a challenging experience. Taken by my first trip to the park, I was captivated and in awe of the tranquil beauty and heavenly scenery of a place that can only be described as a dreamland. When in the valley, there were waterfalls when you looked left or looked right, and towering walls of solid granite at every turn.


This adventure took place in early January. The weather was moderately cold, dreary, and very wet. An uncharacteristic season without snow, and although deep into winter, fall colors were still abundant on the leaves of the many trees throughout the valley.


This trip could only be a short one, and after an 8-hour drive, I was going to make the best of it no matter what the weather threw at me. Determined to see as much of Yosemite as possible in the day and a half I had there, I set out to capture as much of the dreamland in my camera as possible.


What is a budding photographer to do when at Yosemite for their first time, during a winter without snow, but no sunshine either, with almost zero opportunity for lighting that could even begin to do the landscape justice? With a rain-spotted camera lens, I was faced with the conundrum of how to capture the beauty that surrounded me. What was I to do? Well, I shoot in RAW and worry about the rest later!


At this point in my career, I wasn’t big into “editing”, or altering my photographs in a significant way. I very much expected what came out of my camera to be nearly perfect. Much of my work consisted of my only muse at the time, underwater photography, and I had only edited for white balance and color adjustments with that work. Once getting my photographs home and realizing the beauty I remembered did not convey through my camera, I was deflated. Not wanting to call the trip a loss and hoping to at least come away with a fond memory, I turned to my creative side and decided to try my hand at digital artistry. I hoped to recreate the beauty I remembered in my heart on the screen, even if my camera wasn’t entirely responsible for its capture. Now that my Yosemite National Park Landscape Fine Art Photography Collection is here for you to enjoy, looking forward to hearing any feedback you may wish to share!

Any print from the Yosemite National Park Landscape Fine Art Photography Collection is available at the Gallery Store for purchase.