Exclusive Yosemite Photos & High Sierra Prints
I’m Nathan Allen, a California photographer who spent years overlooking my home state while I traveled abroad. Afterward (to make up for it), I spent an entire year taking nothing but Yosemite photos. Specifically, I logged 50 incredible trips – through all four seasons.
How did I do it? Basically, in 2018 I jumped at the chance to become caretaker of a property near the park. What followed was an unforgettable year living in the mountains, photographing Yosemite once or twice each week.
Although my “work” in Yosemite will never be finished, below are some of my favorite scenes from America’s most iconic National Park. Keep scrolling for more photos, or use the categories listed below.
Yosemite Photos Index
- Yosemite Valley Views
- Black and White Photography
- Fall Colors
- Storms & Clouds
- Winter Snow
For instance, you see that photo above? That’s what 170% of average snow pack in the high country looks like…on a warm spring day when it melts and comes thundering down into the valley! Yosemite’s Waterfalls in late April and May are NOT TO BE MISSED.
Yosemite Valley Landscapes
You know it, you love it…but hopefully you’ve never seen Yosemite Valley landscapes quite like this. Due to the fact that my curiosity leads me off the beaten path, I often end up with angles and framing that are seldom seen.
Black and White Yosemite Photos
I started exploring Yosemite in the Summer, and had no idea how much better my black and white photography would be during spring. For example, the puffy clouds over these snowy peaks are much more prevalent in April and May. Now that I think about it, the snow covered peaks are another reason! Later in the season, clouds are rare…and the snow has already melted.
Climbers and other “thin air junkies”…be sure to check out the Mountain Peaks page as well…
Don’t get me wrong, Yosemite isn’t exactly known for its fall colors. However, “leaf peepers” will be handsomely rewarded by vibrant yellow, orange, and even pink leaves if they know when (and where) to look. I found the yellow Maple leaves along the Merced River to be particularly rewarding in October.
Storms & Clouds
In late fall and winter, brooding cloud formations slowly creep over the valley, engulfing iconic granite features such as Half Dome and El Capitan. In addition to being fun to watch, the drama of clearing storms also lends itself nicely to Fine Art Photography.
Yes, the December chill may coax the leaves off the trees, but on the other hand, there’s nothing like seeing the winter wonderland a fresh blanket of snow produces.
Editorial Yosemite Photos
I love to capture the joy on the faces of tourists passing through Yosemite – in fact, I think I’ve encountered people from just about every country!
My editorial photography has been featured in National Geographic Magazine and other media outlets around the world. It all started in Asia, when I realized that taking landscape photos without people in them was almost impossible. As a result, I started working people into my compositions, and even basing my shots around them.
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About My Photos
The images on this website are available for licensing and/or sale as framed prints. If you’d like to purchase them for a blog, news article, or gift, feel free to contact me with the specifics. This way you’re supporting photographers such as me directly (as opposed to buying from a faceless stock photo corporation).
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– Nathan Allen
I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.