Friday, August 23, 2013

Cook's Meadow/Sentinel Bridge - Yosemite National Park (Part 11)

Yosemite National Park is a national park located in California that stretches eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of California and covers around 761,268 acres or 3,080.74 km² of land. Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, giant sequoias, giant wilderness area, and much more. I, personally, love Yosemite National Park. I think it is very beautiful and is a great place for photographs. I also happen to live in the SF Bay Area which isn't very far from it! I try to make at least 1 trip almost every year to the park. I visited the park several month ago and I am here to show you some of the photos I took in the park as well as some photos I took on the way into the park from the SF Bay Area. These photos will be divided over several blog posts. I hope you enjoy the photos! Also, I have route information recorded using a Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver. If you are planning a similar trip to Yosemite National Park and would like to see the route I took, feel free to email me at the email address I provided on my "About the Photographer" page for a copy. I can provide you the route information in Google Earth KMZ, Canon NMEA, and GPX formats. If you would like to get notifications when I do post, you can Like/Follow me on the following fan pages: FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

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Now let's introduce you to the photos for today. The photos for today was from the 2nd day of my trip. The photos are from Cook's Meadow and on or near the Sentinel Bridge. I have black and whites, HDR compositions, and regular landscape shots for today.

HDR composition of Cook's Meadow taken near Northside Drive. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 39 03 30 N 119 57 56 W

The same HDR composition I processed in black and white. I think black and white brings out the dramatic clouds a bit better.  

An HDR composition of Sentinel Dome and Cook's Meadow taken near Northside Drive. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 39 04 23 N 120 04 34 W

 The same HDR composition I processed in black and white.


Photo taken on the Sentinel Bridge. Photo is of Half Dome and Merced River. I took this photo because a cloud was moving right above half dome. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 44 36 N 119 35 22 W

The same HDR composition I processed in black and white. I did this to bring out the dramatic clouds a bit better.  

I decided to get out my telephoto lens for a closer shot of Half Dome from the same position to get a better look at the cloud floating over. 

The same HDR composition I processed in black and white. I did this to bring out the dramatic clouds a bit better.  


Now zoomed in at 300mm for a really zoomed in shot. Many people says the model of telephoto lens I got blurs up beyond 200mm. While stopping down did kind of fix the issue, it is still quite apparent if you get a 100% crop on the shot. 

The same HDR composition I processed in black and white. I did this to bring out the dramatic clouds a bit better.  

A photo of the Merced River near the Sentinel Bridge. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 44 37 N 119 35 21 W

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will have more photos from Cook's Meadow, and photos from near the Sentinel Bridge. Please don't forget to share my blog posts with your friends! If you would like to get notifications next time I post, you can "Like" me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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