My 5 Favourite Places to Photograph in Yosemite National Park
For incredible shots of the night sky, take a short hike to shoot from Swinging Bridge, over the Merced River (don’t worry—the bridge doesn’t actually swing). It’s not the best place to shoot the Milky Way, but “there are really nice skies going toward Yosemite Falls,” Hubbard says. Shoot the Milky Way and find a few different angles for starry night shots at the rocky banks of the Merced river, just beyond the bridge.
At sunrise, I recommends the Valley View pullout along the Merced River. You can get Half Dome and El Capitan in the same shot here, “It just makes for a really great sunrise area.” For the most dramatic images, aim to get the reflection of sunrise on the surface of the river.
For a view of Yosemite’s grassy valley, and a shot of Half Dome with full view of the Merced River, shoot from Sentinel Bridge, which looks upstream to Half Dome. If you want to shoot sunset there, be prepared for crowds.
At sunset, I would usually head to Tunnel View or Glacier Point, two overlooks where you’ll find those iconic shots of El Capitan. From Tunnel View—which has perhaps the most famous view of the park—you’ll be able to see Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Fall. Get there early to secure a good spot for your tripod
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Though the entirety of the park is picturesque, these are the best 25 photo spots in Yosemite National Park to capture that iconic Sierra beauty: