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John Harrison
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Fine Art Landscape and Nature Photographer who loves Yosemite and the Outdoors!
Fine Art Landscape and Nature Photographer who loves Yosemite and the Outdoors!

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"Morning Light on Snowy Trees" Yosemite National Park. I captured this in February while up in Yosemite with the family. While all the photographers were focused on Half Dome and El Capitan from Tunnel View, I noticed the morning light and clouds on this tiny patch of trees way up on the Granite Cliffs above Yosemite that glowed! I love looking for the ways the light bring focus to areas like this. You can see how the light hits the tops of the cliff first and almost pours down like a waterfall to the trees. The snow and the clouds also really help complete this for me offset by the blue skies and granite cliffs and trees in shade and nice contrast. Ahhh... Nothing better than a view of Yosemite with snow on the cliffs! How about you?! Please + and share if you enjoy it! Captured with my Nikon D810, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 200mm, 1/50 second, f/6.3, ISO 100, Gitzo GT3541XLS Carbon Fiber rock solid tripod with Acratech GP lightweight Ballhead and leveliing base. © John Harrison Photography. ‪#‎yosemite‬
‪#‎yosemitenationalpark‬ ‪#‎snow‬ ‪#‎spring‬ ‪#‎nicelight‬ ‪#‎nationalparks‬
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"Flowing Into the Ocean" McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park near Big Sur, California. The gentle waves at McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park were coming in while the sun was setting highlighting the rock face. This is a 1.6 second exposure of McWay falls near Big Sur in Northern California is one of my favorite places! So many people have no idea where this California Secret is located including all those people that DO make it to Big Sur! This California Waterfall that spills directly into the ocean is located about 25-30 minutes further South from Big Sur. With only a 5 minute walk from Highway One, this is almost one of the most accessible beautiful and tranquil spots in nature! While weekends in the spring and summer can be a little crowded, many times I have had this joy to myself. Ah.... so tranquil and refreshing to just hear the waves moving down below. The beach is NOT easily accessed and visitors are recommended to not venture down - getting up without proper gear isn't easy. Enjoy this amazing place and only take pictures. Nikon D810, Nikon 70-200 @122mm. 1.6 seconds, f/22, ISO 64 (I ramped this up to f/22 since I didn't have a filter handy to increase the exposure time).
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"Moonrise over Sentinel Rock" Yosemite National Park. While I was up in Yosemite a few weeks ago to attempt to capture Horsetail Falls at Sunset (it was a bust that night), the consolation prize 180 degrees the other direction was the almost full moon coming up over Sentinel Rock. The blue dusk still gave some light on the cliffs above. The moon was slightly overpowering and required two exposures to properly capture the details in the moon. I love trying to incorporate moons in my images when ever I can and that blue dusk sky is a nice complement of color. Sentinel Rock has some amazing detail and I am not sure if the Steck-Salathe route can be seen here. The hints of snow and trees up there just make me want to teleport up there! Let me know if you enjoy it and feel free to share. Image details: Captured with my Nikon D810, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 at 1/25 second, f/7.1, ISO 400 with my Gitzo super solid tripod. 5 exposure bracket captured but only one additional exposure used on the moon and blended in.
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"Last Image of the Ahwahnee Hotel Sign" I went up to Yosemite with my family a couple weeks ago and we walked from Yosemite Falls through the upper trail to the Ahwahnee Meadow and continued on to the Ahwahnee Hotel. As we came through the stone gates of the Ahwahnee and knowing about the Yosemite/Ahwahnee naming debacle, my wife and I thought crazily that we should capture a photo of the sign at the entrance. Never did we think someone would steal the sign on the eve of the DNC handover to Aramark!! We were heart broken to hear and only hope it was someone in charge who will preserve the icon. If it was the $&*(#$&(*# at DNC, they should be sued (or flogged)! The Ahwahnee is special to us and many other visitors to Yosemite and Ahwahnee and this iconic sign is a small part of visiting this hotel. I won't be calling it "The Majestic Hotel" - literally the WORST naming in the world! I suppose that was the point to come up with these ridiculous names to shock the public into action (or else the marketing person who DID come up with the name should be fired!). Please + if you enjoy the Ahwahnee Hotel! Feel free to share. +Yosemite National Park #Ahwahnee Hotel #NottheMajesticHotel #DelwareNorthSucks #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #ahwahnee #spring
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"Fall Colors Among the Pines in Yosemite National Park" A captured these fall colors in Yosemite National Park this past year. The subtle reds and yellows in the midst of the majestic Ponderosa Pines towering above. I love the way the branches on the trees spread out and reach for the Yosemite sky. The green leaves tucked in between the fall colors to give a full array of colors and textures. Capturing Fine Art in Yosemite is such a thrill for me and glad I can be there experiencing every bit and capturing this for you to enjoy at home. Yosemite National Park in the Fall is one of my favorite times of year to visit - you never know if you will have sun, rain, or snow. For this trip we had all of the above! Fall colors were both muted and in short supply this year in Yosemite National Park due to the drought. I did catch a small patch of red fall colors with these yellow leaves around them. The majestic pines were all around giving a nice greens and brown contrast to offset the yellows, oranges and red leaves in the fall colors and pine needles around. I love simple settings like this that seem so simple yet are so complex and detailed that you can look at for hours. Nikon D810, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 lens at 105mm, f/6.3, ISO 200 and 1/6 shutter speed on top of my Gitzo tripod!
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"Shooting Star over Gates of the Valley" Happy New Year Yosemite Fans! Just wanted to share a new image from my November trip to Yosemite. We were out shooting stars and quite cold in El Cap meadow and decided to stop by the last pullout to check out the view from Gates of the Valley. I was shooting this multi-image panorama and got lucky enough for the shooting star to captured perfectly in the image! It always seems the shoot the total opposite direction from where I am shooting! The sky was really amazing that night and love the little clusters of stars. The reflections of stars on the Merced in the foreground really helped complete this image for me. I was going to have El Capitan and the rest of the cliffs in full silhouette put thought a hint of detail looked better. Feel free to share and let me know what you think. This is part of a 3 image panorama with the Nikon D810, Nikon 24mm f/1.4 lens (which is awesome by the way!), 13 seconds at ISO 6400. I processed this with tips from Jennifer Wu Photography's "Photography Night Sky" book. You can find it here on Amazon. http://amzn.to/1OYukkt
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"Trees and Snow in Yosemite National Park" Huge snowflakes started coming down while I was taking photos of the beautiful trees and bark in Yosemite. Just an amazing feeling walking through Yosemite Valley with snow coming down. Usually when there is snow, people are leaving the park or running for cover - I think it is the best time! I still have a picture of my daughter in the backpack while we were hiking in 6 inches of snow in Yosemite (I'll ask her if I can share that!). This image caught my eye as you can see the nice green pine needles and brown/red contrast from the bark and the long streaks of snow coming down. I captured this with my Nikon D810, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens at f/5.6, ISO 1250 and the key was a 1/15 second exposure. I played around with different exposures to get different compositions. Let me know what you think and feel free to share!
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"Trees and fall colors in Yosemite" This group of trees really caught my eye. Just a hint of fall colors together with the green pine needles and contrast of the bark on the trees. Check out the textures of the different bark on the trees - like personalities, each one is so different which is also what I like about this image. The trees seem surrounded in leaves and pine needles from all angles. It is amazing what you will find in Yosemite if you keep walking! I captured this right before it started snowing! Let me know if you also like this composition! Captured with the Nikon D810, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 @ f7/1, 1/3 second and ISO 320. Always using my Gitzo tripod with an Acratech Ballhead.
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Get your Yosemite and SF Bay Area 2016 Calendars! Includes many Yosemite images and some others from around the world. This is behind the scenes earlier this week getting all of the calendars out!! I am making another run to the post office today if you want one! Make sure you select the priority mail option! http://bit.ly/1N5kMXk
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"Elm in Cooks Meadow in Yosemite National Park" This is a new image I created for the 2016 Calendar and wanted to share! (you can order them here: http://bit.ly/1N5kMXk) I thought a Summer photo from Yosemite was perfect to post as many people around the globe (and in Yosemite!) are enjoying snow and cold weather! The wildflowers and grasses in Cooks Meadow are what caught my eye with the side-light on the trees and grasses. The blue sky provides nice contrast to the granite rock faces behind them. #yosemite, #yosemitenationalpark
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