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Yosemite National Park Photo Spots & Tips

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  20 Comments

Yosemite National Park is quite possibly the most beautiful location in all of California (or even the United States) with great options for photography ranging from unique mountains to rivers to waterfalls to even gorgeous lodging. It’s truly an oasis for landscape photographers, and it’s no surprise that it draws us in herds. If you’ve […]

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The Incredible Journey to Half Dome’s Diving Board

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  18 Comments

For today’s 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, I wanted to share a hike I made over the weekend to the “Diving Board” in Yosemite National Park, a spot made famous by Ansel Adams’ “Monolith” photo. This location stands a stone’s throw from the face of Half Dome, offering a close-up view of that […]

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Yosemite Firefall Photography Tips

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography, Points of Interest  •  14 Comments

Yosemite National Park’s Firefall at Horsetail Fall is a natural phenomenon that can be seen for a couple of weeks each year in late-February, assuming ample water flow. This post highlights some of my tips for photographing the Firefall, based upon my recent trip to Yosemite Valley to see and photograph it. Made famous by […]

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Cathedral Lakes Hike Report – Part 2

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  7 Comments

We left off Part 1 of the Cathedral Lakes Hike Report with our heroes faced with a dilemma that could* have a ripple effect that would impact the fate of mankind: scramble up the mountain for a higher sunset vantage, or stay at ground level to run around like chickens with their heads cut off, […]

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Pacific Coast Highway Trip Report – Part 2

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  10 Comments

Part 1 of my Pacific Coast Highway Trip Report left off with a nail-biting shootout with a squad of FBI agents, and left readers wondering whether our heroes would escape in a blaze of glory. Okay, that’s not quite what happened, but on our way up from Shark Fin Cove, we were stopped by two […]

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Yosemite National Park: Tunnel View Alternatives

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  11 Comments

If you’ve ever been to Yosemite National Park, you’re probably familiar with Tunnel View. It’sĀ theĀ iconic view in Yosemite, the place where everyone stops for a photo. It’s an incredibly cliched photo, but as I often stress, many photographic cliches are that way for a reason: because they are awesome. There’s no denying that Tunnel View […]

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Technique Tuesday: Photographing “Moonscapes”

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  16 Comments

Based on the response to a question I posed in yesterday’s Universal Orlando Trip Report about whether you’d be interested in some behind the scenes technical photography tips, I’ve decided to test a new type of article on here called “Technique Tuesday.” It’s something I’ll try to post every Tuesday that covers what I did […]

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First Snow in Yosemite Part 2 – The Sunrise Chase

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  2 Comments

Picking up where we left off in the first part of “First Snow in Yosemite,” we were set-up just off the edge of the road in Yosemite National Park shooting over the Merced River and Cathedral Rocks when the clouds began to clear. Bill and I quickly headed back to Tunnel View for what was […]

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First Snow in Yosemite

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  5 Comments

Winter in Yosemite National Park is a beautiful thing. I had previously been last February and caught the park in the midst of its winter season, even hiking in waist-deep snow along the way to this shot. Still, I had not seen Yosemite after any fresh snow in the Yosemite Valley, which I had heard […]

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