As a full time landscape photographer I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful places. After traveling the US and much of the world, there are very few places that compare to the beauty of Yosemite National Park and the greater Sierra Nevada mountain range. Thanks to its iconic landscape, Yosemite has produced some of my best selling and most memorable fine art prints to date. Click on any image in this article to find out more about purchasing and print options.
Yosemite and the range of light
John Muir dubbed the Sierra Nevada as the range of light. After spending ten years photographing Yosemite National park, I thoroughly understand how he arrived at that moniker. From afternoon thunderstorms in summer to the dusting of snow in winter, Yosemite has a way of creating light that is straight out of a fairytale. I’ve watched solid blue skies turn into ravaging storms only to break and turn back to blue. Some of my favorite images have been taken durning these sensational storms.
It’s no secret that Yosemite us a special place. The 60” print of “Shifting Clouds and Warm Rays Over Yosemite” that hangs in my office reminds me of how powerful the scenery can be in the Sierra Nevada. That image was taken on an overnight backpacking trip in Yosemite’s back country which is where I find the most joy creating unique landscape photography.
Unofficial photographer in residence
I moved to Yosemite National Park in the spring of 2010 to get my first taste of life in the west. Coming from the Midwest, the Sierra Nevada offered much more iconic landscapes than what I was used to seeing back home in Michigan. (No offense Michiganders) Living in Yosemite for three years allowed me to build a portfolio of recognizable and sometimes not so recognizable images of one of the most sought out travel destinations in the world. Due to the popularity of Yosemite and the amount of time I have spent in the park, my Sierra Nevada images are some of my best sellers. More than ten years later, I continue to find new ways to photograph Yosemite valley and its high peaks.
Halfdome prints from every angle.
Halfdome is one of the most beautiful and perhaps most famous pieces of granite in the world. Sorry, your new kitchen countertops don’t even come close to comparing! Over the course of ten years I made a point to photograph Halfdome from as many angles as possible. Sometimes the photograph required little hiking effort for a great reward and other times I had to climb thousands of feet in rugged terrain to gain access to a rarely photographed vantage point. I’m always amazed at how this iconic rock seems to change shape with every angle.
Seasonal photography in Yosemite.
People often ask, when is my favorite time of year to photograph the park? The truth is that every season offers something special. The springtime is vibrant with fresh green foliage, rushing water, and an abundance of wildflowers. Eventually summer rolls around with its warm months that are perfect for high Sierra backpacking and thunderstorms. As summer gives way to Autumn, the creeks slow to a trickle and fall foliage in hues of yellow dominate the landscape. Finally winter arrives with a modest chill that decorates the rocks and trees with a fresh blankets of snow creating the dream like imagery that can be seen in many of my photographs.