This view of Yosemite was made famous by Ansel Adams. It remains today one the most spectacular views of the valley and you will find countless photographers there every single day, regardless of the weather. As the day comes to an end, you will often find a dozen tripods lined up with photographers waiting for some sunset magic to happen.
As they say, the golden hour is that special time of day when the light is softer and wonderful shots can be made. No guarantees of course, but you usually have much better images thanks to the light.
So here I am, waiting for dusk to fall, yes standing alongside many people with cameras. Most have a point and shoot or cell phone, but there are about ten tripod-wielding photographers who are clearly more dedicated. I have this theory that the quality (and price) of their tripod is a good indication of how serious they are about their photography. My reasoning is simple, I know people who will spend thousands on a fancy camera, because they have the money, but have little clue about serious photography. A tripod on the other hand is the non-glamorous part of of photography, so when you see someone with a nice carbon fiber tripod equipped with a quality ball head, you know this is someone who is serious about their work.
So, with that said, a quick look around and I see 7 or 8 carbon fiber tripods, all holding the usual Nikon or Canon gear. The Canon users have lenses with the famous red line, the Nikon users have the gold-colored markings on their lenses. One guy has a Lee Neutral Density Graduated filter in front of his lens, looks like a 3-stop soft-edge kind. A true landscape photographer! I like him already!
So we wait and wait . . . and are all somewhat disappointed. No magic tonight. No color in the sky! This shot you see here was taken relatively early and those clouds you see were all gone by the time the sun actually set, a wonderfully uninteresting sunset! Bummer, now I will have to come back again!