I’m back in Hawaii and… back to work! Since returning from California, it’s been pretty much non-stop assignments. Not complaining, but I wanted to spend a little time editing my Yosemite Tourists Portfolio before I got back into the swing of things.
Yosemite National Park is one of those places that I’ve always wanted to visit. In college, I was inspired by the amazing black & white imagery of Ansel Adams. I wanted to go and take photos in the same place as one of my heroes. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way.
Here’s why – Nowadays the valley gets over 4 million tourists a year. I was shocked to find crowds of tourists that reminded me of Waikiki Beach during summer. We spent most of the trip stuck in traffic jams and watching visitors tromp through the meadows like ants at a picnic.
After our fist day, I decided to focus my camera on the tourists, with the landscape being the secondary subject. It was completely entertaining to watch the valley visitors “trek” to the gift shop and parade around the park. Nowadays you enjoy a national park with a phone and a selfie stick.
With that being said, Yosemite Valley is still a very special place. The views are spectacular, and the mountains are larger than expected. If you’re visiting San Francisco, it’s only a 4 hour drive from the city. Take a day trip or stay for a few. It’s worth the visit. Just look up at the vistas and views, and pretend you’re in a quiet place! >>view the portfolio
About me: I’ve been a professional photographer in Hawaii for 20+ years, and I work with advertising agencies, graphic designers, public relation firms and their clients. My assignments range from lifestyle photography, resort advertising to food and product photography.
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