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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TJ311 - Aug 24, 2008 3:49 pm - Voted 10/10

Half Dome...

is stunning, no matter how many times you see it. Thanks for posting. (check out my half dome shot)

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 25, 2008 7:36 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Half Dome...

Thanks, TJ311. Your shot is very nice, too! BTW: Do you ever hike in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge? It's not Yosemite, but it's very pretty in its own way, with lots of great history. --mark d.


coljayms - Aug 26, 2008 10:19 am - Voted 10/10

Another Beauty!

I took a shot of glacier point near this spot on the trail and have used it as my desktop background for over a year. With better lighting (and a decent camera) it wouldn't be on page 4 :-)

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 26, 2008 5:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Another Beauty!

It is a gorgeous view, isn't it? Thanks for commenting, Coljayms! --mark d.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Sep 6, 2008 8:14 pm - Voted 10/10


I have seen soo many pictures from this same area and yours is a breath of fresh air! Its the best one I have seen from Glacier Point! Its so clear and sharp and the composition is just amazing! Keep up the good work!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Sep 7, 2008 7:54 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow

Thanks a lot, Woodzy, for the very nice compliment! --mark d.


gfaulkner - Sep 21, 2009 7:40 pm - Voted 10/10

Great Picture

I agree with Shanrickv. It never gets old looking at this beautiful scene. I went to the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Museum of Photographic Art the other day and was amazed at the beauty of Half Dome and Yosemite! I could look at pics from there all day! Thanks for the pic!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Sep 22, 2009 1:52 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Picture

Thanks for looking and commenting. It is indeed a beautiful place. And I love Ansel Adams work--have his Moon and Half Dome hanging in my living room. In fact, I'm debating printing this image up very large and hanging it above his work--so at least I am in his league in my own home. LOL. --mark d.


mills - Oct 10, 2009 5:33 am - Voted 10/10

Same Half Dome !!!!

Hey Mark, yes we have seen many photos of Half Dome but, mostly from Glacier Point, this is a superb photo and from a different angle so, agree with the other postings on here, fantastic.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Oct 10, 2009 6:48 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Same Half Dome !!!!

Thanks, Mills. Serendipity smiled on me to give me great light that day. It was a really nice hike from the valley floor. --mark d.


suddendescent - May 19, 2010 2:49 pm - Voted 10/10

El Capitain !

A wonderful perspective on that famous site !

Imagine the wealth of such sites to be found on native soil ! Those that dare visit America certainly are cherished !

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - May 19, 2010 4:50 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: El Capitain !

Thanks, Suddendescent, but, uh, El Cap was to my back in this shot. :-) --mark d.


Arkitekt - Dec 30, 2011 1:30 pm - Voted 10/10


This is a great photo. I seem to remember quite different weather when I last visited this park.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 30, 2011 1:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Excellent

Thank you for the compliment! It was a very special hike up with my youngest son. This is my favorite landscape photo I've ever shot. --mark d.

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