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.
The valley is no longer calm and pristine like those black and white images taken by Ansel over 80 years ago. We went during the middle of summer, the crowds felt like labor day weekend in Waikiki. Crazy!
After our fist day, I decided to photograph the tourists, with the landscape being secondary. It was completely entertaining watching watch them “hike” through the meadows to the gift shop. Nowadays you enjoy national parks with a selfie stick, phone and playing Pokemon.
With that being said, Yosemite Valley is still very special and worth the visit. 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. You just have to remember to look up, ignore the tourists 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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