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The Story Behind Yosemite Valley Sunrise
My name is Jamie, a passionate nature & landscape photographer from Las Vegas, Nevada. I have been creating art from my photos for almost 20 years, first underwater, now on dry land.
It has always been my dream to become a full-time professional artist. Now that I have been capturing professional-quality photographs on dry land for a few years, I have an overwhelming urge to travel all the time. This time, I intended to take a photo of Yosemite Valley from the famous spot where Ansel Adams once stood at Tunnel View overlook.
After planning the trip for over a year, I traveled more than 9 hours from my home in Las Vegas to reach this iconic spot. Now the hard part was to make it to this spot at the perfect time to capture the photograph I had been dreaming of.
I was determined to succeed against all odds. I knew this was my chance to capture something exceptional, and I did not want to let anything stand in my way.
After the nearly 500-mile journey, we set up our campsite and explored the park. It was more beautiful than I had ever imagined, with picturesque scenes everywhere. We stopped at every spot in the valley to see every sight. Everywhere I looked was the sight of a postcard. Birds were chirping, and fresh air from the trees filled the air.
The night before we were supposed to visit Tunnel View for sunrise, my plans were nearly thwarted when one of our pups fell ill. This meant we might have to cut the trip short and miss my opportunity to capture the sunrise. While I typically wouldn't let anything stand in my way, this was the one thing that would. My heart ached to think of my little fur baby not feeling well. I was ready to leave the park immediately if she needed to see a doctor.
After a lot of praying and creative coaxing, she perked up at the end of the night and decided to give her food a try. This gave her the energy that renewed my faith that it was alright for us to be able to stay another day.
I took the opportunity to wake up early the following day. I made it to the overlook with just moments to spare. Standing at the viewpoint overlooking the valley below, I was in awe of the beauty before me. The View of El Capitan was breathtaking, and the sight of Bridalveil Falls cascading down the mountain was bright and mesmerizing. Half Dome off in the distance was as clear as I've ever seen it. The cool breeze against my skin and the sound of the wind whispering through the trees added to the ambiance of the moment. The smell of the morning dew was in the air, and I could feel the anticipation building inside me as I waited for the sun to rise.
I set up my tripod and waited for the sun to rise and illuminate the valley. The light was perfect, and I captured my photo just as the sun began to shine over the top of the mountain.
The final result was more than I could have ever hoped for. The photo was one of the most beautiful pictures I had ever taken. I felt a sense of accomplishment and pride in my creation. I received compliments and admiration from others who viewed the photo. This experience was one that I will always treasure, and it reminded me of the power of determination and hope.