The places that have not been photographed like crazy are definitely the places you have to hike miles to get to. I did not see a single photographer when I hiked up to Nevada Falls or going to the top of upper Yosemite falls, but saw hundreds around the valley floor. After hiking 15 miles one day with all my camera equipment, snow gear, and water & food on my back, I dont blame most photographers for sticking on the valley floor.
That's only because it is winter and for the most part, those trails are usually considered "closed" at that time of year.
After hiking 15 miles one day with all my camera equipment, snow gear, and water & food on my back, I dont blame most photographers for sticking on the valley floor.
That was the day you hiked to the top of Yosemite Falls? Consider that you did this in cold weather and that people do the same amount of walking, carrying the same amount of gear, in summer.
At least for me, 15 miles would only be 5 hours of hiking during good weather in Yosemite.
I did notice that about 80% of photographers were walking around with a 70-200 F2.8 (canon/nikon/tamron/etc.). For the life of me, I could not figure this out! For my entire trip, I was constantly reaching for my 14mm uwa lens. If that was not on the camera, the 50mm was. I only put my 70-200mm on my camera 3 times over the course of the trip.
And when I look at your photos, what do I see? Uncorrected lens distortion.
Where does lens distortion come from?
UWA lenses that people don't know how to use.
Your photos are a great example of why lots of people don't use wide angle lenses in Yosemite Valley.
Best lens for the Yosemite Valley is arguably 24-70. It would be 24-105 except that the 24-105 is rubbish wider than 28mm.
I would happily argue that the best lens for Yosemite is a 24 or 17mm tilt shift lens, but everyone has their preference. The distortion is corrected for as best I could (using a lens profile), but that is definitely the downfall of the Samyang 14mm. I am sure I could have done a better job correcting the distortion, but I have not figured out how. If you have any advice feel free to share!
Buy yourself a copy of "DxO Optics 8".