You can photograph Half Dome from many locations; each one of them gives you a different angle and a different view. Some of the most common locations for photographing Half Dome include the Ahwahnee Meadow, Sentinel Bridge, Mirror Lake, Columbia Point, Cook's Meadow, Tunnel View, Washburn Point, Glacier Point, Big Oak Flat Road, and Olmsted Point (see A–I on map).
The best locations from which to photograph Half Dome: (A) Ahwahnee Meadow, (B) Sentinel Bridge, (C) Mirror Lake, (D) Columbia Point, (E) Cook's Meadow, (F) Tunnel View, (G) Washburn Point and Glacier Point, (H) Big Oak Flat Road, (I) Olmstead Point. Other photo ops: (9) Happy Isles, (17) Nevada Fall, (26) Vernal Fall.
Located just west of the Ahwahnee Hotel, the Ahwahnee Meadow is the location from which Ansel Adams made his famous image "Moon and Half Dome." This meadow stretches from the Ahwahnee Road to Northside Drive, and any location in the meadow is a great vantage point for photographing Half Dome (see figure 8.1).
Standing on Sentinel Bridge and photographing ...