Yosemite is undoubtfully one of America’s most beautiful National Parks. Situated in the west side of the Sierra Nevada range in California and covering almost 750,000 aces, it’s this area, Yosemite Valley which leaves most of its 5 million tourists a year left in wonder.
‘Valley View’, where this photo was taken, is the first stop for many visitors arriving from the west, as it’s the first stop as you enter Yosemite Valley, and is perhaps the best place to see in front of you what you can explore on your trip. It features many of the valley’s landmarks, from El Capitan on the left, Yosemite Falls on the right, and Half Dome in the background.
Normally Yosemite’s valley is still busy at night, with headlights, torches, and lighting from campsites shining out from the pine caped valley floor. I wanted to capture this scene as it would be without this light pollution, so blended a photo taken in blue hour when much of the lights are off, with an exposure from the same spot taken at night.
The Milky Way can be seen rising from the horizon surrounded by a blaze of stars. You can also see some of the climber’s headlamps, making their ascent up the world famous El Capitan.