For hikers and photographers nothing beats the appeal of scaling or photographing “Half Dome” in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. One side of the granite dome is a sheer face while the other three sides are smooth and round, making it appear like a dome cut in half.
One of the most photographed locations, the iconic Half Dome towers nearly 5,000 feet above the valley floor of Yosemite. Once you get there, where is the best location to shot images from? According to photographer Erik Dresser in a post on Outdoor Photography, “ The best two spots in the valley are from the Sentinel Bridge over the Merced River and nearby Cook's Meadow. Tunnel View from the west entrance is the classic valley view, displaying nearly all of the valley's extraordinary cliff features, including Half Dome. For a bird's-eye view of the dome, take the Glacier Point Road to viewpoints at Washburn and Glacier Points on the south side of the valley rim; this road is only open from around May to November.”
Popular Florida photographer Clyde Butcher shot the above image using a 450mm lens on a 5x7" view camera. Carlton Watkins and Ansel Adams also captured the allure and majestic vision of Half Dome as seen below.
For a different take on the monument there is this wonderful photograph by the master of photomontage Jerry Uelsmann.
Boxfotos Airstream, as of yet, has not ventured to the Yosemite National Park - but it is definitely high on the “bucket list” for the future. If you go let us know what you thought, better yet, post your favorite Half Dome image in the comment section or shoot us an email.