The Climb

Few things in this world can compare to the excitement that comes from accomplishment. However, it's not the finish that elates the soul, rather the grind of the climb to that goal that burns itself into our essence. When I set up my camera to take this image, I set out to capture both of these moments into one singular image. I did not however climb this cliff (though people do) but the idea was to tell a story of a person finally reaching what could only seem like an unattainable goal and show the joy that comes from finally being at the top while also a giving tribute to the harsh journey one must sometimes travel to get there.


Michael Castaneda


Growing up, I was one of those people who really disliked going out into nature. I felt comfort in the city and had no passion to ever leave. When I moved across the country, I was exposed to what nature truly is and it completely changed my entire life. A camera somehow found its way into my hand and I decided that I wanted to start showing the world some truly amazing places in hopes of preventing anyone from ever being like my younger and very naive self. As I began to form a style, two painters were actually my inspiration, Bierstadt and Kinkade. Their ability to portray the dance of light and shadows inspired me to create images of a once hidden world to me and expose it from beyond the shadows.



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Yosemite, California

Time of Day

Early Evening

Light Source

Rays through clouds




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