Yosemite Valley, Sunrise via Tunnel View
Several weeks ago I made a last minute spontaneous trip down to Yosemite. Finally after severe snow storms for months, the weather cleared up for for almost an entire week. With the forecast looking completely clear the entire weekend, I decided to hit the road early Friday afternoon. After several weather and construction related detours I finally arrived at Yosemite View Lodge after driving about 4 hours.
The lodge is the last stop before you get to the Yosemite Valley park gates, just a few miles up the road. I was tempted to go into the park that night, since it is a 24hr park – one of the best things about Yosemite Valley – however I was worn down by the long drive and felt I might be more productive after some good sleep. Instead I decided to rest, wake up and head into the the valley before sunrise.
I was up by 4am, hit the road shortly after and was in the valley before sunrise. First stop was Tunnel View lookout. I captured two sunsets over the valley from this location last spring when I made my first trip to Yosemite – one of the many trips I have yet to blog about. I wanted to try something different. The sunrise sounded like a beautiful proposition since the valley lies West to East and Tunnel View is located at the Western end.
Little did I know it would far exceed my expectations. It was magic, above and beyond the already majestic landscape. The best part was, unlike most sunrises and sunsets which typically last just about 5-to-15 minutes, this sunrise lasted at least 2 hours. This had to do with the winter sun being further south and it stayed hidden behind the southern mountains most of the early morning. This game me ample time to carefully work through my process and make sure I got a good capture. The shot above is what I was going for and more. It will definitely make it to limited edition print.
Have you been to Yosemite? What was your favorite view?
I am pleased to finally and formally release the first limited print from a photographic series I have been working on for over a year now. Curators of Art is a pure, unfiltered look at fine art quality tattoo art work and the people who choose to collect and wear their art. It has been a fun, exciting and enlightening journey. I am not sure when work on the Tattoo Series will be completed or whether it will ever be for that matter but I will likely continue working on it through this summer.
The first limited print of awesomeness I am making available is titled Wild Things. You can keep tabs on all future releases from this series on the link above to the Tattoo Series page.
Limited Tattoo Series – Wild Things – 22 x 48 inches
I have posted before about some (but not all) of the photo shoots I did as part of this series. Here are some of them:
As of this year 2014, I transitioned all print work to Limited Edition fine art canvas prints only. After collecting a fairly sizable body of photography work over the years I was searching for a perfect medium to share some of my best. Most photo paper processes and services just weren’t cutting it, and I felt the true beauty I witnessed and emotion I felt when taking the shots was getting lost in the process. As such I have been very hesitant to make any of my work available at all until I can find a truly fitting medium for reproduction with a level of quality on par with the very high resolution and quality of the photos. After searching high and low, much experimentation (some expensive) and scrapping I am relieved to have finally found the perfect solution. I can now begin the task of revisiting all my work which was previously locked in a vault and almost forgotten.
Why only limited prints?
In a bid to strike a balance between my desire to share these shots with the world without getting consumed by the process, I concluded limited editions were most ideal. Each shot is a capture of a beautiful moment in time, never to occur again and as such I find it more fitting that each print should share that element as well. It is my desire to find a few people with whom each shot resonates, share that shot with them, move forward with that satisfaction and fulfillment and continue what I love most about this whole journey – Photography. Each print is also a very high quality piece worthy of collecting and takes some effort to put together – something I cannot do indefinitely.
The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and most collectors often place their order within minutes of seeing it in person. It is a truly humbling experience.
Thank you for your continued support and for sharing in my passions.