Yosemite images in black and white

 Yosemite images in black and white


Yosemite images in black and white

Classic Yosemite

 “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
―     Ansel Adams

Whenever anyone thinks of Yosemite, Ansel Adams and his striking black and white images immediately come into mind.  Even with so many talented artists, photographers and creative people visiting and dedicating their craft to this magnificent national park, it is Ansel’s work that is immediately recognized and symbolic of the natural beauty and stunning magnificence of Yosemite.

Yosemite images in black and white

Graphic of Yosemite valley



Yosemite images in black and white



Landscape photography


“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ”
―     Ansel Adams


The challenge of visiting Yosemite for the casual and more serious photographer is to capture the essence of Yosemite and create  images that are unique,  represent your own creativity, perspective and composition. The challenge to photographing these iconic sites is to go above and beyond the mundane and typical presentation and often leading to disappointment – as Ansel states in his quote above ‘ Often the supreme disappointment’.  It is only the person who tries to go beyond convention, experiments and takes the time to view and see the landscape – then they will truly find something that inspires and offers a unique vision and image.







Yosemite images in black and white

El Capitan lit up in the background





Yosemite images in black and white

Merced River



“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
―     Ansel Adams


This last quote that Ansel states is quite relevant for todays photographer and the many tools they use. Ansel was the great experimenter with his equipment and also a master manipulator in the dark room. He really worked hard to capture images that were well composed, maximized seasonality, location and incredible natural lighting conditions.  He also spent a lot of time in the dark room (or his associates) manipulating images to represent nature at its best. It would be no surprise to most photographers that Ansel excelled at camera and dark-room techniques to make the absolute best representation of his work. Even today, creating magnificent landscapes entails many levels of learning, honing camera techniques and crafting, along with mastering software/dark room technologies to highlight the natural beauty of an image.


Yosemite images in black and white

Nevada Falls





Yosemite images in black and white

Mirror lake





Yosemite images in black and white

Trail to Mirror lake

Ansel Adams Art Gallery

One of my favorite stops in Yosemite is to visit the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village and seeing any of the new exhibits. Hosting iconic and historic photographers and their contemporaries, this gallery is a must visit for any photographer.  Along with enjoying some of the current exhibits, it’s a great place to get information on scenic places to photograph around the park, photo workshops and guides in the park and viewing some of the masterpieces of Ansel Adams work on display. To get more information about current events, shows and workshops, visit the Ansel Adams gallery website here.

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35 Responses to Yosemite images in black and white

  1. Nancie Lee July 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Fantastic images Noel! Beautiful light and shadows. Yosemite is one of the places I’m longing to visit. I’ve always loved the saying, “You don’t take a photography, you make it.” It truly is creating! Inspiring!

  2. Electra August 31, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    These are stunning images. Having seen your photos, I think Yosemite has to be on my bucket list now!

    • Noel August 31, 2013 at 9:19 am #

      yes definitely put it in your bucket list, it’s amazing!

  3. Nancie August 25, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    The B&W highlights the beauty of the area.

  4. Leigh McAdam (@hikebiketravel) August 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Fantastic photos – and I love that they are in B&W. I think the fourth one of the Merced River is my favourite,

  5. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy August 24, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    I love the pics. Yosemite is one of the last big national parks I have yet to visit, and I can’t wait to see it in person.

  6. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} August 24, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    Dropping out the color really accentuates the structure of the rocks. I think my favorite photo is of Nevada Falls with the silhouette of the tree in the foreground.

  7. Bettie McCarty Conklin August 23, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    A very inspiring collection of landscapes. Black and white was the perfect choice for landscapes. The images feel timeless because you chose not to include people, cars, boats (which are sometimes used to show perspective). Have you photographed Cappadocia, Turkey?

    • Noel August 23, 2013 at 6:53 am #

      Hi Bettie, thanks for connecting…that’s interesting because I will be visiting Cappadocia this October, do you have pictures?

  8. Seana - Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel August 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Hello there, I visited Yosemite years ago not knowing much about it, the photos by Ansel Adams absolutely blew me away. You’ve really taken me back to that time, many thanks for that and for posting the very lovely and thought-provoking quotes. Pleasure to meet you via Travel Photo Thursday.

  9. Mary {The World Is A Book} August 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous and you captured the beauty of Yosemite so beautifully! Ansel Adams’ images are what inspired me to visit Yosemite. It was the first national park I visited and ignited my desire to visit as many national parks as possible. I enjoy visiting the gallery too every time we go there.

  10. Marisol@TravelingSolemates August 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi Noel, What a magnificent photos of Yosemite. I also love the Ansel Adams quotes. I like all the photos but the Nevada Fall seemed to hypnotize me.

  11. Jana Last August 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Absolutely stunning photos! Yosemite is truly magnificent and is a photographer’s paradise.

  12. Johanna August 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Love your photos and I was surprised how evocative landscapes can be in black and white. I often seem to go for as much colour as possible, but I can see how foolish I am! Thank you for sharing them. You have a great talent. I also love the quotes … and they brought me to the truth that I think I’ve always known that taking a great photograph is so much more than just pointing and shooting and hoping for the best. Thanks for commenting over at ZigaZag yesterday too 🙂

  13. InsideJourneys August 22, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    You’re right, Noel. Ansel Adams was the first thing I thought about when I saw the title of your post.
    I love black and white photography, it imbues the subject with such vitality and gravitas, much more than color does.
    Thanks for sharing these stunning images. I’ve learned a lot from your posts on Yosemite.

  14. Sere@Light Of World Photography August 22, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Beautiful! Love the classic feel of black and white, especially at Yosemite. I hope to make it there sometime and I LOVE Ansel Adams!

  15. muzachan August 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Beautiful place… I wish to visit someday…

  16. Linnea August 21, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    I have never been to Yosemite. Born and raised in California and never been there! Shocking huh? But that will be remedied in October as we have a trip planned to Yosemite. Looking forward to it. It was fun to see your pictures and your mention of Ansel Adams Gallery means we need to check that out as well. I will have to come back and visit your blog more to see what else I need to know before going on our trip.


  17. Stephanie August 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Breathtaking photography. Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited. The air and water are so crisp and clean. Have you photographed the Grand Canyon? I’d love to see your photos if you have. Aloha, Stephanie

  18. bettyl August 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Such dramatic views! You were wise to post them in monochrome–that gives them such depth.

    • Noel August 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

      Thanks Bettyl,
      You are right, it definitely gives them a different feel and depth, appreciate the connection

  19. Kim,USA August 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Yosemite is a classic beauty. It is my dream to visit this place I hope someday I will. Great shots!

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday

  20. Marilyn Armstrong August 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Okay. Do you feel that you are being haunted by Ansel Adams’ ghost? Just wondering.

    • Noel August 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

      Haha, no Marilyn I’m just very appreciative of his work and how much effort it took to get his type of craftsmanship and this was waaaay before computers and nice easy to work with cameras.

  21. Nick August 21, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Hello, Noel,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comments. I would love to contribute to your meme. Can you please send me the link?
    Your images of Yosemite are quite stunning!

  22. Judy August 21, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Hi Noel: Your photographs are stunning. Being born and raised in California, I spent a few weeks every summer in Yosemite. Even as a child and a teenager, I could grasp the beauty there. I have climbed Half Dome and walked under Bridal Veil falls. What memories and great experiences..Thank you..Happy Wednesday..Judy

    • Noel August 21, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Aloha Judy,

      Thanks for commenting and lucky you for being able to go to Yosemite often, I would go all the time if it was in my back yard, thanks for connecting.

  23. Irene August 21, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    What engaging images!

    • Noel August 21, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Hi Irene,

      Thanks for the comments on my images, appreciate it.

  24. Mary Calculated Traveller August 21, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    These black and white images and the Ansel Adams quote reminds me of a print I had years ago of half-dome in b/w. It used to hang in my office…not sure where it is now but I want to go look for it…. Thanks for the memories Noel!

    • Noel August 21, 2013 at 7:18 am #

      Hi Mary,

      isn’t it amazing how some places and images can invoke those special memories, thanks for connecting today.

  25. Mary August 21, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Just stunning!

    • Noel August 21, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      Hi Mary,

      THanks for connecting and your sweet comment!


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