Nat Photography


Elopement at Yosemite Part II

Sunday 7:00 AM

It’s a show time. The weather is forecast, so I won’t be able to see Sunrise anyway.

Here is the plan for today.

  • Get a few pictures at Tunnel View with the outfit number 1.

  • Get a lot of pictures of the bride with Half Dome at Glacier Point with the second outfit.

  • Come back to El Capitan Meadow with tall grass and finish the photo shoot.

Alright, let’s head out. I decided to go Tunnel View first.

Tunnel View

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
— Theodore Roethke

Tunnel View is the first stop. We got there very early and there is not many people. Therefore, I try to get some shots from Tunnel View.


I couldn’t get a picture that I really like. Mona is beautiful and especially with her dress. I just can’t get it right and I do not want to wasting time too long on this spot.

Let’s go to Glacier Point.

I decided to move on.

It’s about an hour from Tunnel View to Glacier Point. Dhruv was very tired from driving us all day yesterday. Therefore, I was the driver during the photo shoot in the morning, so Dhruv could get a few more hours of sleep.

Glacier Point

Mona changed to another dress. The pink is probably my favorite dress on this shoot so far since it’s very colorful. I didn’t have a light stand with me. Therefore, Dhruv was the human light stand holding Profoto A1.

Profoto A1

Let’s talk about Profoto A1 a little bit. I was hesitating to bring Profoto A1 since it’s not very powerful, 75 Watts. I chose Profoto B2, 250 Watts, with a beauty dish at first. However, when I thought about weight and convenient between A1 and B2. I chose B2.

Profoto A1 is good and light. I’m very happy with my decision though. Since I most likely to use light to open the face area of the model. I only need to move Profoto A1 closer to the model so it won’t lose the power.


I love this picture of Mona with her beautiful Saree, the indian dress. I shot this picture with Canon 16-35 mm lens and has Dhruv held Profoto A1 on the right to open Mona’s face. Half Dome is on the right as a background and Saree is flowing on the left creating fore ground. I love creating this prospecting combining foreground and background to create 3D effect.


For these two pictures above, I hid Profoto A1 beside the rock and tree. I use Profoto Air Remote. I want Mona to be outstanding with the background of Yosemite. Therefore, I decided to use f/5.6 and higher to get deep depth of field.

Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.
— Jenn Proske

El Capitan Meadow

El Capitan Meadow is the last spot on this set. Yellow tall grass with beautiful lady is just too perfect to skip.


Film Version

I also photographed Mona and Dhruv with a film camera, Canon AE-1 and Kodak Tri-X 400.

This is a project for Darkroom I final project. Photographing with film is very exciting since I would never know how the pictures turn out until I develop them. I spent roughly 15 hours to develop all of these and producing 6 pictures.