Half Dome Photos – A Granite Face To Remember
This imposing beauty is somewhat of a chameleon – depending on where you view her from, she can appear completely different. Here’s a collection of my favorite Half Dome photos, from various angles (and seasons).
Half Dome Views
- From Valley Floor
- Above Olmsted Point
- From North Dome & Indian Rock
- Along Glacier Point Rd.
- Half Dome in Winter
View From the Valley Floor
This is how the vast majority of visitors will see the rock formation. You might say these pics feature the “classic view” of Half Dome. You’ll see the sheer rock face in the front, and a curved slope going down the other side .
These images certainly illustrate why people think of it as a dome. As you’ll see later, the round shape is a bit of an optical illusion…
Half Dome Photos From Olmsted Point Area
From the Olmsted Point area on Tioga Pass, you get a totally new perspective of Half Dome. However, from the other side, it still gives the impression of a smooth, round surface.
View From North Dome & Indian Rock Hike
The front facing vantage point is probably my least favorite. You’ll find this angle while hiking down to North Dome & Indian Rock from Tioga Rd.
As you can see, it looks like a completely different mountain from this perspective. However, this shouldn’t deter you from doing this hike. In general, the valley views are spectacular from up here.
Half Dome Photos From Glacier Point Rd
While it’s still a striking landmark from this angle, I couldn’t believe how different this icon looks from up here! Turns out Half Dome is less dome than I thought.
I went back and tried to get a refund at the gate. They weren’t having it. By the way, Glacier Point Road is one of the better spots to photograph Half Dome at sunset as well.
While technically the sunset is behind you, the fading orange and pink sunlight on Yosemite’s granite valley is quite a sight.
OK, there we go. It’s a dome once again. A beautiful, snow capped beauty. This pic was snapped from far away at Tunnel View. It always pays to carry a hefty zoom lens in Yosemite. If you enjoy B&W photos, by all means, have a look at my Yosemite monochrome gallery….
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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.