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"Halfway to Heaven"

Timelessly standing as silent sentry above the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in California, this majestic granite behemoth towers over 4,737 feet above the two glacier-carved valleys surrounding it.

Once considered inaccessible to humans, Half Dome, originally called "Tis-sa-ack" ("Cleft Rock") by local Native Americans, is now a major hiking and photographer's attraction. Immortalized by the famous Ansel Adams, Half Dome continues to be a mecca for photographers, including Aperture Academy workshop students.

Taken from Glacier Point, 7,214 feet above sea level, this photograph captures an ethereal perspective of Half Dome. It showcases the light and elevation, revealing the rarified atmosphere that truly makes it appear as if the view is "Halfway to Heaven."

 

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Visitor Comments

 
lisa Chadwick - (November 6th, 2009 (12:32pm) PST)
Simply amazing Stephen
 
stenz - (June 21st, 2011 (12:08am) PDT)
You should offer this as a 1920x1080 image; I would love to have this as my desktop wallpaper
 
charles m. freeman - (September 3rd, 2011 (6:02pm) PDT)
i'm no expert, but this is one of the finest photographs i have ever seen... fantastic
 
scott - (October 20th, 2011 (11:53pm) PDT)
Simply Amazing sir... I appreciate your ability and thank you for your time.
 
susan brett - (October 25th, 2011 (10:15am) PDT)
Super image, really heavenly.
 
Emily - (October 30th, 2011 (1:35pm) PDT)
Wow -- this is so unreal-looking. It's really cool. I have a taste for fantasy-like images. Thanks!
 
lalit - (February 28th, 2013 (12:43am) PST)
amazing
 


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