Goal of the Photo

On any trip to Yosemite National Park there are a few iconic locations to photograph; the solitary granite of Half Dome, the awe inspiring Tunnel View, the vivid imagery of Horsetail Fire Fall waterfall and of course the majestic El Capitan. This photo was taken on the final day of a multi-day Yosemite trip as the sun was entering into the golden hour. I wanted to capture the impressive features and towering height of this magnet for climbers.

Project Specs


  • Landscape Photography
  • National Parks Photography

Camera and Lens Used

  • Camera: Apple iPhone 6
  • Lens: Apple iPhone 6 (back camera)
  • Aperture: f2.2
  • Film Speed: ISO 32
  • Focal Length: 4.15mm
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1068th second

Location and Date

Location: El Capitan
Yosemite National Park, California

  • Date: October 6, 2018

Photo Analysis

The portrait orientation of this photo lends to the striking vertical of the 3000 foot cliff face. Using ambient sunlight to split the face into light and dark symmetrical proportions down the center of the frame adds to the stoic permanence of this location. The deep blue sky and the striking large white cloud overhead add to the imposing size of this cliff face.