El Capitan

El Capitan is a 3000 ft high cliff of solid granite and a legend among rock climbers. The formation was named “El Capitan” by the Mariposa Battalion when it explored the valley in 1851. El Capitán (“the captain”, “the chief”) was taken to be a loose Spanish translation of the local Native American name for the cliff, variously transcribed as “To-to-kon oo-lah” or “To-tock-ah-noo-lah”.

Photography of the Yosemite valley in general (and certainly El Cap) was made iconic by legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams who spent much of his life in this valley.

This was the image that I donated last year to the MDA as one of the prizes and is another favorite of mine (surprise surprise).  I love the shadow detail of this image as well as the imposing perspective.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of ordering a print, please contact me for details. All photographs are limited to 500 reproductions.

Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils.

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