Cathedral Rocks: Yosemite iPhonography Panoramas 12.16.13

Sun setting behind Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite National Park by John P. DeGrazio

I recently led a hike in Yosemite Valley with a visitor from Germany on his first Yosemite adventure. The forecast called for rain and snow during the day with some clearing in the afternoon. Our hike led us to the top of Yosemite Falls where our sight was limited, but it did not hamper our experience. The snow fell quietly on us as very few others braved the elements on this day’s adventure.

Yosemite Falls in a snow globe by John P. DeGrazio

We imagined ourselves inside a snow globe as we gazed upon the middle cascades and lower falls from a familiar lookout.

Clearing Storm above Yosemite Falls by John P. DeGrazio

The clouds began to break upon our return to the Valley floor. As I exited the Valley, I stopped in El Capitan Meadow to take a couple of images of the sun setting behind the Cathedral Rocks. It was another breathtaking journey that proved winter in Yosemite is always a magical time to visit.

Photographing with a camera phone was once frowned upon as a lazy way out of making an image. With advancing technology, these phones are becoming more integral in everyday “outdoor” life. I am currently using the iPhone 5 with an 8 megapixel camera, and will share the world of Yosemite through my phone.