Bierstadt captures the Yosemite Valley much in the same naturalistic style as photographer Ansel Adams, the major difference being Bierstadt's use of color versus using high contrast black and white values.
Light is the most important aspect in this landscape. The sunlight slowly creeps up from behind the cliffs, and gracefully dances along the countryside illuminating the early morning scene. This sunlight is made of warm colors, and creates the feeling of a warm summer's morning, burning through the early morning haze, to clear the air as the local
wildlife is just waking up. The light continues to lightly touch the clouds, exposing their contours, and pushing them out of