Throughout our journey, the different monoliths of granite showed off their size and grandeur from every location around the valley floor. With famous names like Half Dome, El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, Leaning Tower, The Three Brothers, Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, etc… there was always a good landmark to help orient you, and amaze you.
The lighting in Yosemite can be a bit tricky for a couple of reasons. First of all, there isn’t really a sunrise and sunset in the traditional sense where a horizon in the distance reveals and conceals the beginning and end of days. Because you’re in a valley surrounded by steep geological formations, you begin to see the very tops of these features kissed with sunshine to begin and end each day. The second reason the lighting is tricky, is that the angles of the sun favor shooting different places at different times of the day. Some areas are best shot in the morning, others are best shot during the afternoon, and some are even best during the middle of the day when the sun is just right to highlight a feature that is mostly in shade the rest of the time.
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