Yosemite Valley View


Epic Scenes

I’m still trying to get my head around what makes one scene more “epic” than the next.  What do you think?  I haven’t given it a ton of thought, but here are some things that seem to seperate an epic scene from another scene (which may also be interesting in its own great way):

  • A sense of scale – things close, far away, and a sense of the 3D depth of a vast playing field
  • A sense of timelessness – in which the photo could have been taken a long time ago — or recently — and it does not matter.
  • A feeling of the old movies – I’m not sure what I mean by this one… just the shape of a feeling, though…

Daily Photo – Yosemite Valley View

My first trip to Yosemite was so fun — I can’t believe it was only a few weeks ago!

I’ve been to Yellowstone about a dozen times, so it was strange never to have a trip to Yosemite under my belt.  Yellowstone is great and everything, but it lacks a few of these “epic” scenes, if you know what I mean.

Yosemite Valley ViewMy first trip to Yosemite was so fun!I've been to Yellowstone about a dozen times, so it was strange never to have a trip to Yosemite under my belt.  Yellowstone is great and everything, but it lacks a few of these "epic" scenes, if you know what I mean.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest at the Stuck in Customs blog.

  • Wow! Yes, big and so beautiful – glad you got to go!

  • Wow, wonderful photo.  Yosemite looks amazing, I’ve watched a couple shows about hiking there on one of the public television stations and it looks like a great place for enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Casper van Zyl

    It sure looks great wish we had mountains here in West  Australia we could do with some.

  • Vicki Wilson

    A beautiful scene, great shot! What If there is a story behind a photo, I think that makes it more epic.

  • Stephen Zacharias

    Beautiful scene.  Hope to see this for myself as well some day!

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful.  I hope you have some other shots you’re going to share with us.  There are so many “epic” scenes there it’s hard to what to shoot first.  Haven’t been to Yosemite in a long time.  Gee, maybe about  30 years or so. Camped out for a week.  Didn’t know much about photography back then.  I know I took some snapshots on some little film camera.  Wish I could go back with what I know now.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thank you! 🙂

  • QQ


  • David Damen

    No “epic” scenes in Yellowstone? And this is where I’ll be going in a few months…

  • So very beautiful, Trey!!!!  Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  • Great picture Trey.  However, I will say Yellowstone definitely has epic scenes such as they have a grand canyon and the yellowstone falls – the canyon has the most amazing colors I have seen in that type of terrain.  Now to get the peaks etc like Trey shows you need to go to the Grand Tetons which is basically the same park but split from Yellowstone.  However, this picture definitely increases my desire to go to Yosemite

  • Love today’s epic print!

  • This is great and indeed epic! I’ve never been to Yosemite myself but this is great motivation to get out there. 😉

  • Oooo!  Nice!

  • Trey – Did you have time to make it up the Tioga Pass road from the Yosemite valley? You must try to get back and do this route if you can some day.  I think Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows, as well as Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town on the East side of the Sierras would all be amazing sites for the Epic-ness you describe. Galen Rowell country!

  • Roman Betík

    Great photo as always! The new header of the page looks interesting but I miss the snow monkeys:(

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the nicest shots of the tunnel view that I’ve seen, Trey.  The HDR processing really benefits the image.  Nice!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks thanks 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    hehe – you noticed! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    We went all over- I still have more to process!

  • Roman Betík

    oh yes, your daily photo is one of the first things I see in the morning so the header was kind of stuck in my mind:)

  • What makes this epic to me is the sheer magnificence of nature…..

    and how I love it when I get to share in it!

  • Jon M

    I can’t put my finger on it (what makes an epic scene), but for me color is a big thing.  I love to see nature’s natural beauty in color and naturally dramatic scenes like this draw you in.  You can picture yourself sitting on a large boulder with a thermos of coffee, just staring out at the beauty around you.   

    Nice shot, Trey 🙂

  • I think it’s the mountains that make it epic.  Yellowstone is more of the geothermal than mountains.  Although I would love to see an HDR of yours of Mount Moran (south entrance at Yellowstone) if you’ve got one tucked away!!

    Also, the Tetons just south of Yellowstone….I know I’ve seen a few of yours seemingly from the main roads (I know where you took some of the pictures, as I have several from the same point of view!!), but have you done any extensive hiking in the Tetons?  I haven’t seen any Teton backcountry shots from you, but I would love to in the future!  Now that is epic !! 

    If you need some suggestions on trails, let me know!

  • Paul Garrett

    The first time that I entered Yosemite as an adult I was blown away by its epic granite walls, giant waterfalls and the beautiful flora on the valley floor.  It felt like I had entered the Garden of Eden.  Yosemite is so grand and unique and there are many view points where you can capture its majesty with your camera.  I get a similar feeling from Glacier National Park, Glacier Bay, Denali, Katmai, the Grand Tetons, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake and the Grand Canyon.  I would also say that Monument valley and Mesa Arch are epic, too. 

  • “Separate” is misspelled. An easy way to remember the correct spelling is with this phrase: There’s a ‘rat’ in ‘separate’.

  • Karl Lindsay

    Great shot! But this is Tunnel View, not Valley View. Valley View is from the valley floor — Day 230: Valley View

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