Horsetail Falls Analysis

Natural Firefall at Horsetail Falls

Natural Firefall at Horsetail Falls
photo by T Lambert

I just came across this amazing analysis of the best time to photograph Horsetail Falls in February, and wanted to leave it here so I don’t lose it for myself.

Photographing Horsetail Falls (the Natural Firefall) in February has become a substantial Event in Yosemite. Nancy Robbins and I were joking the other day that the ‘novel shot’ these days is the picture of the crowd of people that gather together to photograph the last light of the sun as it reflects off of Horsetail Falls (which is, apparently, also known by some as El Capitan Falls because that is what Ansel Adams called it).

I am perpetually stunned with both Michael Frye and Keith Walklet‘s photography, and this type of careful research simply re-emphasizes to me the difference between the photographer who walks out into the middle of Valley and starts taking pictures and the ones like these guys who seem to be able to consistently pull out jaw-dropping unique images even in such a widely photographed location like Yosemite.  Kudos, and thanks for sharing.

3 thoughts on “Horsetail Falls Analysis

  1. Theresa

    And if anyone was wondering just how big of an event photographing Horsetail Falls in February has become – NPS has even made a special arrangement to allow access to El Cap Picnic Area (aka Manure Pile) for visitors interested in viewing the waterfall.

    “Horsetail Fall viewing: Access will be available from El Capitan Crossover to El Capitan Picnic Area from the afternoon of January 30 through February 27, conditions permitting.”
    http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

  2. Doug Hemken

    I think it was Frye I heard say ‘to be a better nature photographer, you have to be a better naturalist.’

  3. Theresa

    Certainly the ones that I have spoken to around here seem to have an amazing knowledge of Yosemite, and also where the sun (and sometimes moon) is and where it will go at all times.

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