Half Dome and Glacier Point

Groan: Not another Half Dome image! And yet, here it is, as if the previous 400+ images on SP aren't enough. But, as I was framing up this image, after ascending 3,000 feet along Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point, I just knew that I'd seen this very scene before as a black and white (probably in an Ansel Adams' image). I've searched without success to find his previous image. However, Mjrangel did point out a similar William Henry Jackson photochrom image.

All I can offer in defense of my posting this image is that I think it came out pretty good. The rapidly changing light made it difficult to select the specific image to upload from the half dozen I shot. The storm over Half Dome/Cloud's Rest would reach Glacier Point just as my son (Curtis) and I were beginning our descent. While we would see about thirty or so hikers going up the trail that morning, only the two of us (and a small group of trail workers about halfway up) would make the descent in the rain and thunder (presumably the rest took the bus from Glacier Point back down). It was a wonderful hike, and I have many memorable images to share of it. But, this is the best (since, this year, lower than normal snowfall meant no water was falling from Yosemite Falls for my picture-taking labor!). Imaged in Jul 2007.


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alex_vega - Aug 6, 2007 9:34 am - Voted 10/10


....landscape. I like it. Thank you for posting.

Cheers, Alex

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 6, 2007 10:53 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wondeful...

Thanks for looking and for the comment, Alex. I'll have more with a trip report in the near future. :-)

--mark d.


Charles - Aug 6, 2007 9:35 am - Voted 10/10

your excused!

It´s a good shot and I like it!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 6, 2007 10:53 am - Hasn't voted

Re: your excused!

Thanks, what a relief! ;-)

--mark d.


luciano - Aug 6, 2007 9:49 am - Voted 10/10


Nothing more than one of the top five shots of SP!
Greta great great composition.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 6, 2007 10:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow

High praise, indeed! Thanks, Luciano!

--mark d.


allari - Aug 9, 2007 3:24 pm - Voted 10/10

not just another half dome...

... that's for sure!
Perfect composition.
Thank You

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 9, 2007 4:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: not just another half dome...

Thanks, Stefano--especially appreciated from someone with such outstanding work himself! --mark d.


hhsilleck - Aug 20, 2007 6:52 pm - Voted 10/10


Thanks for posting this shot Mark - it's really fantastic!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 21, 2007 7:54 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool!

Thanks, Howie! It felt pretty "fantastic" even as I was shooting it. --mark d.


Dean - Dec 12, 2007 5:28 pm - Voted 10/10


What a great composition. This has picture of the week quality.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 13, 2007 7:05 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Excellent

Thanks, Dean, I did have my hopes up when I originally posted it. But it somehow got buried by a barrage of other really high quality images submitted at the same time. That's how it works out sometimes! :-)

--mark d.


tanya - Dec 14, 2007 8:42 pm - Voted 10/10


Beautiful!!!! :)

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 15, 2007 9:27 am - Hasn't voted

Re: How...

Thanks, Tanya. As I allude on the GP page, it was "take-your-breath-away" beautiful. Thanks for visiting and commenting! --mark d.


bblack99 - Dec 16, 2007 8:52 pm - Voted 10/10


The dark clouds really set everything off nicely...this is a great picture and it looks like an awesome hike!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 17, 2007 8:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow!

Thanks for the nice comment, Bblack99. Interestingly, the dark clouds were a bit of a surprise during the hike up. If you've checked out the GP page, the images on it were taken during the same hike. Note how clear the sky was. It wasn't until near the end of the hike when you can actually see towards Half Dome that we saw those dark clouds gathering. Clouds were also gathering overhead, causing the entire frame to be shadowed and far less interesting. But, I waited for two holes in the clouds to light up both Half Dome and the foreground (including GP), thus making those clouds appear more naturally dark. GP's a great destination--take the hike if you ever get a chance. --mark d.


BobSmith - Aug 12, 2008 12:39 pm - Voted 10/10

Totally fantastic

You've topped almost every other image I've seen of Half Dome!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 12, 2008 5:03 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Totally fantastic

Thanks, Bob, I really like it, too. :-) --mark d.


shanrickv - Aug 12, 2008 10:29 pm - Voted 10/10

Don't Apologize

Don't apologize for another Half Dome image! It never gets old looking at them and this one is spectacular. Well done.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 13, 2008 7:17 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Don't Apologize

Thanks for commenting, Shanrickv, and for the positive reinforcement! :-) --mark d.

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