As you can see, Half Dome can be seen from many different locations in the park. Choose the view closest to your location and prepare for an afternoon-to-sunset photographic experience.
Because you can see Half Dome from so many vantage points, you can use every lens you own when photographing this landmark! Having your polarizing filter, tripod, and cable release handy improves your images.
What lens you use depends on the specific location.
From both of these locations, lenses in the 24-35mm range are sufficient to frame Half Dome and still fit a foreground element in your frame. In the meadow, you can find small trees to use as a foreground. From the bridge, you want to frame the image to capture the reflection of the rock face in the Merced River below. You can use longer lenses if you want to zoom into the face of Half Dome and compress the distant trees as your foreground.
At Mirror Lake, Half Dome towers over you so high that you have to lift your head to see the top. You must point your camera up at this location; wide-angle to normal lenses are necessary to frame the dome. If you have a tilt-shift lens, this is the place to use it!
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