I started exploring landscape photography back in 2016 and one of the first photographs I ever took was of the tunnel view in Yosemite Valley. As I grew in experience as a landscape photographer, I wanted to capture the magic of Yosemite valley in a way similar to Albert Bierstadt did back in the 1800s. Unfortunately, the incredibly crowded nature of the national park managed to keep me away for the last 4 years.
This year, however, I decided to make my way up to the valley and try to find a composition that fit my vision. I did 2 trips to the national park over the span of a week, hiking and scouting during the day and driving back alone for 8 hours in the dark. This shot was taken during my second trip, timed just before the arrival of a winter snowstorm.
On the right of the shot, you can witness the Horsetail falls catching the beautiful golden light from the sun (more popularly referred to as Firefall). I have tried to balance the composition with the illuminated tree on the left which also provides a certain sense of scale for the rest of the scene. Let me know what you think.