These first two photos were taken Wednesday afternoon from Sentinel Bridge with the Merced River in the foreground, in the heart of the Yosemite Valley. The sun had now moved far enough west in the sky to start illuminating the flat portion of Half Dome. From the bridge Half Dome is about 4 miles due east.
These next 4 photos were taken from Glacier Point. Getting there takes about an hour from the Valley floor and involves driving west then south on Route 41, the road I came in to the Park on initially last Saturday, then driving up another road to where it ends at the Point. Glacier Point is at 7,214 feet elevation and you are now looking East/Northeast at Half Dome which tops out at 8,836 feet. These 4 pictures were taken within about 6 minutes of each other, all with the smartphone camera, zoomed in a little bit more each shot. From this vantage point Half Dome is about 3 1/4 miles away as the crow flies.
And this last photo is from Washburn Point as I started driving back down Glacier Point Road, and really illustrates how Half Dome got it’s name. You are now look Northeast at Half Dome which is about 3 2/3 miles away.