Behind the scenes of this photo
Taken during a clearing storm at Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, on October 28th, 2013
If you ask me about shooting the classic photography icons, 99 days out of 100 I will rail against it. “No!” I will shout, “they are beautiful but boring! You can find so much more interesting and unique stuff just by taking a look around and gambling with uncertainty.” In other words, 99% of the time I’m a vociferous proponent of making your own tripod holes. But I have my weak spot. My kryptonite, if you will. If you don’t know this spot, it’s known as Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park, and on any given night you might find 80 photographers lined up cheek to cheek to photograph the incredible view. In most cases I’d avoid a scene like that like the plague. But when it comes to Tunnel View, I just can’t resist. It’s too dang awesome. It’s also one of the best places in the world to watch a clearing storm, so a few weeks back when a snowstorm dumped fresh white goodness in the park, I cruised up to the View to watch the coincidence of sunset and storm. And I’m glad I did because the light at sunset was quite lovely, plus I ran into a few other photographers I’m fans of but had never met. It turns out sometimes there are perks to shooting the icons.