Yosemite National Park

Well we had the shot of Half Dome at sunset some weeks ago now so I thought its best time to stitch an image together of the other monumental piece of granite at Yosemite National Park, El Capitan. The worlds largest single piece of granite also known as a monolith. El Capitan is some 3,000 foot piece of granite standing at an elevation of 7,569 feet. The age of this piece of rock is believed to be around 100 million years old.

This shot is a 3 image stitch taken around a hr before sunset.

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12 Responses to Yosemite National Park

  1. dylanfox says:

    Very impressive rock and very impressive photo! Well done!

  2. It’s no wonder Ansel Adams spent his whole life photographing Yosemite, it must be an out of this world place.

    This is a great shot, maybe not quite as amazing as half dome as we’re a bit more removed here and the angle is a bit less dramatic. Still a super shot. Would be interesting to see this one in bw maybe?

  3. Rick Deutsch says:

    Your black/white make it hard to see my text!! Anyway, El Cap is described as the world’s largest piece of granite. However, did you know that the entire Sierra Nevada is granite! Where does the El Cap “granite” boundary end? I know you read this…but it bugs me. It is also called the largest monolith. – But a monolith is open on all sides – like Half Dome. Great photo anyway!

    Rick Deutsch -Mr. Half Dome
    Author: “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome”

  4. thomasparkes says:

    Extremely impressive Neal,
    This together with your half dome shot are a great combination.

  5. kirkhille says:

    Amazing shot mate , love it . Looks like it would be hard to take a bad shot over there . Deffinatly got to vist this area when i get to the US

  6. love this shot Neal
    looks great with the golden glow of the foreground.
    a landscape shot without any real clouds,but still really works for me

  7. tonymiddleton says:

    Awesome shot Neal ! great colours and depth to it.
    I should add that your new header image is also a cracker..

  8. Thanks folks for taking the time to have a look at this image and commenting. Working through my series of captures slowly, will post a few local images soon as I have been shooting a lot locally, deciding what to work on is the hard part. I would love a new super fast Mac Tower so I could test more stitches everyday, but that day is a long way off at this stage.

    Thomas I do have a 3rd vertical image for this series as that was one of my goals before visiting Yosemite.

    I quite like this image a little more than the Half Dome, El Capitan just seems to have more texture in the face of the granite than Half Dome, plus the El Capitan was one of the last things I left to photograph on my trip.

    Each day we would pass it 2 or 3 times and I would say to the wife “not this pass, I think it could look better” then the last drive out of the park we stopped and hang out at the area for a hr or so, as our last look at this amazing place for the foreseeable future chatting with a couple from Houston about our next stop Maui ( they had been there 18 times) and picked up some nice tips for the next stop. Then the light changed a little and BAM I had my shot.

  9. Mel says:

    That rocks!!Great shot I love the feeling of sheer size.

  10. lukeaustin says:


  11. Clint Baker says:

    Wow neal another great shot mate.. very very cool

  12. jAMES says:

    Beautiful shot, great sharpening.

    Again, the foreground leading your eye in is fantastic.

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