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Photo of the Day – The Road to Half Dome – Yosemite National Park, USAThe road to Glacier Point was blocked as the park was absolutely jam-packed, but Brad and I figured out a way to “trick” the ranger into letting us down. It ended up working out incredibly for us as there was almost no one on what is usually a very busy road going to Glacier Point.
Glacier Point is just sweet. It sits atop the center of Yosemite valley and gives up awesome views all around. Specifically it has a close-up and personal view of Half-Dome. I took this shot when we hoped out of the car as we twisted our way down towards the Parking Lot for Glacier Point.
I must say having such an epic view in front of you before a hair-pin turn can’t be the most safe thing in the world!
Photo of the Day – A Green View of Half Dome – Yosemite National Park, USAHalf-dome is the icon of Yosemite National Park and is so for a reason. This epic rock has been smoothed over tens of thousands of years into a dome … well, half of a dome. Based on a brief talk from a Yosemite Park Ranger, the dome actually lost half of itself in a one sudden moment as half of the dome split and fell deep into the valley below. Pretty wild to think about.
This photo was taken from Glacier Point which I highly recommend to anyone as a sunset destination while visiting Yosemite. Plan to get to Glacier Point about an hour prior to sunset as the parking lot can get full as does the viewing area. The view itself is stunning and a sunset, even better!
Photo of the Day – Half Dome Peephole – Yosemite National Park, USAIt feels a little wrong to post back to back pictures of the same place given that there are so many unbelievable spots that we have been fortunate to visit around the world. However, I was so blown away by my first visit to Yosemite this past weekend, I figure this is the least I can do to honor its beauty (and of course to share more of our trip with you)!
Will and found ourselves posted up at our planned sunset spot in the park earlier then we needed to be to capture pictures of the park high up from the Glacier Point lookout. At one point while wandering around through the brush and trees, the iconic Half Dome caught my eye, sitting perfectly in the distance between the vegetation around me.
Photo of the Day – Molten Lava Sunrise – Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, USAWaking up at 1:45 AM to drive 3 hours so you can make sunrise is generally hit or miss. On Saturday, Brad and I gave this a whirl as we headed towards Yosemite National Park in the pitch black of a super early Saturday morning. Would it rain? Would it shine? Would it be hazy? Who knew? But, we were going to find out.
We arrived perfectly at about 30 minutes prior to sunrise, the best time to start shooting and got setup at the iconic Tunnel View lookout within Yosemite National Park. At first, the sunrise was very dull with minimal clouds and not much color. And suddenly within about a 5 minute span an incredible amount of color filled the Yosemite Valley and I was able to capture the photo you see today.
I’ve said it before (here) and I’ll say it again, waking up for a sunset has very rarely disappointed me. I highly recommend checking it out, it will change your life.
Mystery Photo WinnerCongratulations to Mike Rubenstein for being the first person to solve yesterday’s mystery photo – Photo of the Day – Kaleidoscope View – Mystery Photo. As Mike correctly pointed out, we took that picture standing in the atrium of the Burj Al Arab, capturing the massive open space in the middle of the iconic building. Look for your prize coming in the mail soon Mike!
Photo of the Day – Tunnel View Sunrise – Yosemite National Park, California, USAWaking up at 4AM to take photos can sometimes be very hard work. No, I am not whining, but it’s a reality. With that in mind, it is photos like these that never make me second guess the extra hard work that goes into capturing nature at its peak during the dawn of a new day.
Yosemite is my favorite National Park that I have seen to date, but I have yet to see Glacier National, Yellowstone, or Banff. Lucky for me, I am going to see Banff this weekend! I am very curious to see how Banff stacks up against Yosemite – it has some tough competition to say the least. And you better believe I’ll be waking up at 4AM to capture a few sunrises, be on the look out!
The bottom-line is that sunrise is often overlooked as sunsets always seem to get the hype, glamour and photos. However, I think this sunrise specifically helps to chalk one up in support of the sunrise lovers.
AbsoluteVisit.com Relaunch – The World Awaits
What’s that? The new and improved AbsoluteVisit.com?
Brad and I are tremendously excited, nervous and anxious to announce the official launch of the new and very much improved AbsoluteVisit (www.absolutevisit.com). We’ve worked extremely hard to update the look and content, so go check it out! There are a ton of new features, including:
- myAbsoluteVisit – How many of the Top 100 Places in the world have you been to?
- An awesome new tool we created that allows you to make your own Top 100 Map with all of the places you’ve visited, dream of visiting, and compare it with all of your friends!
- Blog – Have you seen our Photo’s of the Day?
- If you’ve seen our Photos of the Day, you’ve just gotten a taste of our AVBlog. Here we’ll continue to post our Photos, but we will also have helpful travel tips and updates, as well as other travel-related info.
- Visit Pages – Are you planning an upcoming trip? Or, just want to see what the world has to offer?
- A new feature for each of the Top100 places allows you to check out photos, blogs on traveling there, weather information, and pretty much anything else you would need to take a trip to one of the Top100!
We’ve gotten a tremendous amount of feedback and support during the process of our revamping, and we truly appreciate every bit – thank you to everyone for all your honest comments. On that note, keep it coming! Your feedback (both good and bad) is vital to the success of our site; we couldn’t do it without you!
Photo of the Day – Valley View Reflection – Yosemite National Park, California, USAThis is one of the most incredible views I have seen and it is naturally in one of our AbsoluteVisit’s, Yosemite National Park.
This was an incredibly long day where Anne and I woke well before sunrise to make sure we got to enjoy an incredible view of the sun lighting up the Yosemite Valley. After a day of wandering all over the park and getting an exceptional feel of the park thanks to the very few people that were there, I had one last stop before our sunset location – Valley View.
We almost didn’t stop, but we did and thank goodness we did! What fell in front of me was not only a photographer’s dream, but a simply beautiful view. The randomly placed rocks, the perfectly smooth river, the vibrantly colored early winter grasses, the always green evergreens, the puffy white clouds and last, but certainly not least, the incredible reflection of El Capitan.
There is certainly an element of luck in photography and I’ll consider my self lucky as the stars seemed to align for me on this shot. Or shall I say the rocks seemed to align?
Photo of the Day – Sunlight through Yosemite Pines – Yosemite National Park, USAOn my first trip to Yosemite, I was challenged with only having one day to shoot, but wanting to cover as much ground as possible. With the weather fairly cold, some light snow and ice on the ground, and not too much time, I shied away from most of the hikes (yes, I need to go back!). Fortunately, there is a nice and very short hike to Lower Yosemite Falls which we did.
My girlfriend, Anne, and I were hiking and she remembered she had left her water bottle 50 yards back when we stopped for a photo. As I turned around to wait for her to return I saw the brilliant light from the sun streaming through the Mariposa Pines and knew I had to capture it! With the help of HDR, I was able to not only get the sun streaks coming through the impressive Mariposa Pines, but was also able to get some pretty nice detail on the bark of the tree. And I think it came out pretty nice!
What do you think of this picture? Does it remind you of another forest you have been to?
Photo of the Day – Frozen Stream on the Tioga Pass – Yosemite, California, USAThis is one of the more recent photographs I have taken in a new style I have been working on called HDR. In a typical photograph that is pointed directly into the sun like this one, everything in front of the sun would be either a silhouette or incredibly hard to make out at best. By using HDR I was able to capture the full spectrum of objects in focus and in great detail as it combines multiple exposures (-2, 0 and +2) to create a single photo.
I took this specific photo on an awesome road trip between Yosemite National Park (AbsoluteVisit #78) and Lake Tahoe. As we drove along the Tioga Pass, it was hard for me not to stop at every single vista, lake, valley or lookout, but I am glad I stopped here. The stream that meanders through the photo was completely frozen with a thin layer of snow, but as the picture shows, the sun was absolutely beaming on this sun-drenched beautiful day.