The Diving Board: Project Yosemite’s Favorite Spots


In an ongoing series, we’ll feature the favorite Yosemite places of filmmakers Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty, the creators of the stunning Yosemite HD time-lapse video that became a runaway favorite online with over 3 million views on Vimeo.

The Story

Colin: “As I approached the west side of Half Dome a heavy fog rolled in. I followed Sheldon’s faint outline up one last hill to the Diving Board where we’d spend the night capturing time lapse. When I reached the top I dropped everything and tried to gather my breath but when I saw the view I jumped right back up. We were in mid air, or at least it seemed that way. Clouds were all around us. Soon after our arrival Half Dome started to emerge as the clouds retreated down its face. We rushed to set up our camera gear as the clouds churned between the walls of the Valley. When I first saw Ansel Adam’s photo of Half Dome from the Diving Board I knew it was something I had to see. Honestly no photo could have prepared me for what we saw in the weather that day.”


Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty of Project Yosemite

Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty of Project Yosemite

The Diving Board is a rock outcropping just west of the smooth vertical face of Half Dome, and the location of one of Ansel Adam’s most famous Yosemite photographs, “The Monolith”, taken in 1927. Cantilevered at a 30 degree angle, from this vantage point you can view Yosemite Valley 3500 feet below. Glacial erratics are found near this distinctive formation, attesting to the glaciation process that sculpted the Diving Board into this particular configuration that inspires such a whimsical name.


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