I took this picture on the short hike from the meadows of Yosemite Valley (below El Capitan) to Bridalveil Falls. There were a few small stone bridges that crossed over the water coming from the falls a little ways higher up.
I am still learning the topography and names of the Yosemite Valley, there are a lot of them, but this might be Bridalveil Creek. I know that maps tend to be static, while current weather conditions can change the moment-to-moment scenery in the Yosemite Valley. Anyways, it was a short and pleasant wake to and from the falls, and a pleasant way to start the day in Yosemite.
I hope you enjoy the photo!
There will be many more to come as I process the hundreds (742 to be exact) photos that I took this year.
As I have said in previous posts, I have a tremendous amount of respect for REI and its #OptOutside practices for the last few years. For those people that don’t know, REI–an outdoor equipment store–closes all of its stores on Black Friday, gives all of its employees the day off, and encourages everyone to spend the day outdoors in nature, rather than celebrating the worst of humanity and capitalism.
Yesterday afternoon, as I was walking from the Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Valley to one of the transit buses, I noticed some adults and children using binoculars to gaze up at the side of the mountain above us. At first, all I saw was what was in the first image.
It was later in the afternoon, I was exhausted from hiking to Mirror Lake earlier in the day, and if it wasn’t for the people gazing up at the sky, I would completely have missed seeing something unforgettable and I would have missed the chance to take some pictures of iconic Yosemite activity.
I switched the 24-85 mm lens that I had been using for most of the day for the 70-300 mm lens that I had stowed in my bag, so that I could get a better picture of what was happening.
The longer zoom lens is a lens that I rarely use. It is unwieldy, hard to use handheld (I rarely use my tripod, when I remember to bring it), and it is rather heavy due to its size.
I keep it along with a 50 mm fixed lens in my camera bag, which I admittedly use more often, because of the irrational fear that I would need it the one time that I ended up leaving the bag in my car or at home.
Yesterday, I was glad to that I had it with me because it allowed me to take both pictures in this post, with a clarity that allowed me to see the four people up on that rock spire.
As you can see from the second picture, there is someone on the peak of the spire, someone suspended from ropes to the right, a person climbing on the left-top of the spire, and some down at the base of this cropped picture.
While I know that rock climbers have flocked to Yosemite for decades, challenging the granite peaks and the weather, I have never seen them in person while they have been climbing.
In some ways, it is like seeing a legend in real life. I don’t know what they were doing up there, how long they had been at it, or what their ultimate goal was; yet, I do feel lucky to have taken some pictures of them from the valley floor.
This was something I hadn’t seen in Yosemite yet, and it made the exhaustion and the cold worth it.
An intense, local brush fire backed by high winds has caused an eerie looking afternoon, as the smoke clouds are back lit by the setting sun.
It looks like something from a Mad Max movie or from the slopes of Mount Doom, if Mount Doom also had a gas station.
Here is today’s submission:
However, I refuse to let one day end the enjoyment and challenge that I are the benefits of the whole process of Inktober.
Hope you are still enjoying Inktober!
Feel free to comment or ask questions below!
I decided to take the leap and try painting with ink on a piece I did for yesterday’s prompt. Here is the original:
I watered down some grey paint a lot, so that it would approximate ink, and inked in the water and the pipe. I have to say, it adds some character to the piece and some depth, so that it is no longer just a flat drawing.
Each day I learn more and try more. Enjoy!
I will admit: water intimidates the heck out of me. A lot. There is a lot of fluid lighting and shadow, in ways that aren’t clear or solid.
All day, I’ve had no idea how to deal with this prompt. I tried drawing someone cave diving, but I am not too satisfied with how some of it came out.
Hope you enjoy all the submissions that people are posting for Inktober!
Here is today’s submission:
Today, I was exhausted. I got home from work tired, and steadily lost energy as the night went on. I originally did not think that I was going to draw anything today, which honestly bummed me out a bit at the same time that I knew that things sometimes happen.
Eventually, though, I remembered that the point of Inktober is to practice daily drawing and to challenge yourself, so I decided to draw anyways. Additionally, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go straight to the brush pen after the initial pencil sketch.
Here is what I gleaned from today’s work:
I definitely feel like today’s submission was a step forward in the right direction. I am having a great time with this, and will continue on! I look forward to what everyone else submits, as well.
Feel free to comment below!
Here is today’s submission, for those that may have missed it:
On the whole, I am still having a lot of fun, I am learning a lot every day, and I am enjoying the challenges. Additionally, because of the daily drawing, I feel like I am starting to get faster, spending less time nervously staring at an empty page before sketching or inking.
Hope you enjoy the rest of day 2! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s prompt!
As I predicted last night, there are certainly many things I don’t know about inking and drawing. However, I am having a blast! My hands are ink-stained, like from grading papers, only this was a lot more fun!
Things I am learning:
Anywho, enough about that. Today’s prompt was “swift,” and I drew someone leaping off a bridge into a lake, something which I am all too aware is thrilling and a swift fall, but well worth it. Well, I drew the moment after the person hits the water, technically.
I hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for more about Inktober.