Forest Cathedral, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP

Forest Cathedral, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP

Forest Cathedral, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP depending on the angle from which you are looking up, the branches form a Cathedral.  Light affects the color of these leaves.  It is important to be aware of the direction the light comes from at various times of the day.  The light is affected by the surrounding cliffs and ridges.  This area can be in shadow during the early and late hours but then be illuminated by midmorning and afternoon sun. However, due to the proximity of Sentinel Rock, parts of the meadow may temporarily fall into shadow in the middle of the day.

What goes into creating an emotionally compelling color landscape photograph? Certainly, subject matter is very important, as well as composition and light, but purposeful and intelligent use of color in landscape photography has brought a deeper meaning to this image which in turn has created  an emotional impact.

What makes Yosemite Valley so wonderful, so extraordinary? It is the juxtaposition of soaring cliffs with the serenity of the meadows. It is also the meandering river on the valley floor. There are other places with magnificent cliffs. There is no other place with an idyllic valley surrounded by such high walls. The quintessential Yosemite experience is to wander out into a meadow. Then stare up at the cliffs, waterfalls and trees and soak up the tranquility.

gold-star Professional Photographers of America/IPC Aug. 2014
silver-star Oregon Professional Photographers Association May 2014

Special Note–As a member of Professional Photographer’s of America, I entered this photograph into our once yearly 2014 International Photographic Competition. The photo has not only MERITED, but it will be entered into our general collection book which will be printed by Marathon Press.

This photo was entered into USALandscape photography contest sponsored by Charlie Waite in 2016. It  was a finalist.  It can also be purchased at

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