RJ Franklin @franklinsteinnn

YOSEMITE LIVING🏞 HALF MAN/HALF HIPPIE✌🏼 LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER📷 SHOOT FOR THE STARS💫

RJ Franklin photos and videos

6 days ago

Still daydreaming about this last Spring as Autumn lingers around the corner #yosemiteliving

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2 weeks ago

I never thought life would be this sweet It got me cheesing from cheek to cheek #yosemiteliving #ripmac

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2 weeks ago

On a day filled with rain, hail, & lightning, the sun peeks its face out for a quick hello 🌞 Ps I bought a new camera! Excited to step into the mirrorless game. #yosemiteliving

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2 weeks ago

Through Hail & Back Three days ago I was dropped off at Tenaya Lake. We headed up Murphy Creek (more like Perfie Creek ) then set out for 10 Lakes. 40% chance of thunderstorms, our stoke was as high as the clouds above us. Within a couple hours we were hit by a light drizzle, which soon turned into us getting pelted by marble sized hail. Between my knuckles, between my toes, it stung but I couldn’t do anything but smile and stare in awe of the light & conditions around us. The storm clouds seemed to follow us for a couple days, cold rain on hot days— we had zero complaints. #yosemiteliving

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3 weeks ago

Simple living Wake up, enjoy the sunrise. Eat breakfast, filter water. Hike. Eat lunch, hike more. Wind blowing, birds chirping, sun shining. Thank you for being so good to me 2019 ❤️ #yosemiteliving

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3 weeks ago

Cause my life is dope & I do dope shit #yosemiteliving

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3 weeks ago

I have hiked close to 60 miles over the last 10 days. In a couple days I’ll hike another 30 something more. It’s been a rad summer so far. A summer filled with adventure. Checking off bucket list items one by one. What’s next? 10 Lakes to the Valley. In the words of one of my favorite fictional characters, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” #yosemiteliving #saveferris

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3 weeks ago

My alarm went off at 3:23am. I sat up and through my tent I saw the Milky Way leaning over Half Dome. Showtime. I threw on my jacket & sandals and stumbled sleepily over to the cliff side where my camera/tripod had resided all night. The wind had died down. Everything felt so still, so calm. Almost like time was frozen and I was here in this everlasting moment. Sitting on this edge looking over Little Yosemite Valley, watching our galaxy move across the sky, a smile across my face and wonder in my eyes. These are the kind of moments I live for. This is an image I have wanted all year. One that I would think of repeatedly. It’s such a surreal feeling to finally see it come to life. #yosemiteliving

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4 weeks ago

Good morning Yosemite Headed back out tomorrow for few days to go catch the new moon. Excited for what lies ahead. #yosemiteliving

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4 weeks ago

☝🏼Going.. up Can’t believe it took me 6 years to get up there, but yesterday I finally set foot on top of Half Dome. Overwhelmed with emotions, I was running all over this rock that I have spent countless hours staring at. I wore a smile for the remainder of the day with the thought of this starry night hike & the beautiful sunrise that followed on my mind. Little known fact: Did you know this is the 100th year anniversary of the Half Dome cables being installed? #yosemiteliving #HalfDome

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5 weeks ago

A little over a year ago a friend had messaged me with a request. Tenaya Lake was the place he popped the question to his wife so many years ago, and he asked if I could grab a shot with the Milky Way over it. I told him I could do it without a problem, but it would have to wait til next year (2019 ) for the stars to realign. Months passed by and Tenaya Lake remained on my 2019 MW Checklist. I haven’t really spent too much time out in this area. Usually I would get dropped off at a trailhead then hike out from there. Ideas and compositions were running frantically through my head throughout the last couple months. Do I shoot it from right on the lake, do I go up one of the surrounding domes? This is a shot requested by an old friend of mine, I want to do my best and provide them with an image that brings back some of those memories they created all those years ago. So I set out to Polly Dome last week to ensure that this was the view I was envisioning. I made it up there a little beat up & exhausted, but the stoke was there 100%. This was the viewpoint I would return to a few days later. Tenaya Lake, Clouds Rest, & Half Dome in the distance all sitting peacefully beneath those glowing lights we call our galaxy. Thanks for putting this idea in my head @tuttle_mania I’m stoked you enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed capturing it. #yosemiteliving

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5 weeks ago

Somehow I keep finding myself in the right place at the right time Yesterday I woke up on Polly Dome. I sat up and looked around. Clouds over Cathedral Peak were bright pink and orange. I rubbed my eyes and looked again.. yup, I am awake and this is happening. I emerged from my sleeping bag with a massive smile upon my face. I left my camera in my tent, this was a moment I was going to take in. Colors come and go, we are now headed in to golden hour. As I sat eating breakfast, I notice this incredibly bright spot in the sky just above Cathedral Peak. My heart leapt with joy as realization hit me. With my tripod/camera in one hand and my bowl of oatmeal in the other, I ran down to the cliff edge and set up as fast as I could. I can easily say this has been my favorite sunrise I have seen in 2019.. so far Good morning, Yosemite ☀️🏞 #yosemiteliving

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last month

Hello, Clark Range😍 Was rewarded with this rad sunset a couple years ago for my first time on top of Clouds Rest #yosemiteliving

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Life is Grand #yosemiteliving

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Tranquil moments filled with bliss Watching the sunset while the Tuolumne River churned beneath me. Wind blowing through my hair & birds singing in the nearby trees. I sat here for a while after capturing this image, taking in what the universe was giving to me. #yosemiteliving

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A different view of Tenaya Lake #yosemiteliving

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Couldn’t imagine a better lifestyle #yosemiteliving

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Tent views It’s my Friday and I can’t wait to spend the next three days out backpacking. What are you going to do this weekend? #yosemiteliving

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Crystal blue persuasion #yosemiteliving

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Good morning Yosemite ☀️ Friends at my side, rising sun warming my cold & sunburnt skin, breakfast will be ready in a few minutes. These are the moments I live for #yosemiteliving #anseladamswilderness

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High country dreaming, forever Running around this blue/green lagoon trying to capture the color of the water, while also trying to avoid being captured by nearby fishermen #yosemiteliving

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I wouldn’t trade this life for anything #yosemiteliving

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That moment when the state of being tired has left your body completely, and you are looking into the eye of the galaxy. The abyss grabbed ahold of me, I couldn’t do anything but sit and smile For the final night of this backpacking adventure I set out on a little over a week ago we decided to camp out in the mouth of Lyell. I had immediately fell in love with this area when we passed through it on our way out of Yosemite. That day I was already having thoughts of where we might camp on our way back in, even if it would cost us a 12 mile hike back starting at 6am. So the day arrived & our stoke was high. We walked back into Yosemite National Park and the feeling of being home washed over me instantly. I don’t know what makes an invisible line in the middle of the back country any different than any other pass or peak, but this had such a different feeling. Almost like she was saying “Welcome back home, RJ.” There were so many different options for shots here. The three previous nights I was shooting either right on the water or a little above it, my thoughts were to go for something a little different. Rocks, wildflowers, and a little bit of glacial run off, I can dig it. #yosemiteliving #TakeAWalkOnTheLyellSide

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Of the four nights I was out last week, this was the only MW shot that didn’t line up around 10:30pm. An alarm went off around 12:40am, and I stumbled sleepily over to my camera. Seconds after I had laid my eyes on the sky I was wide awake. The feeling of wanting to sleep had left, I just wanted to watch and wonder. #yosemiteliving #anseladamswilderness

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A Thousand Islands and a billion stars Sitting beside this lake at 11pm listening to wind blowing through trees & the feint sound of the waves crashing against the lake shore. My eyes were fixed on lights in the sky as nature around me provided the music to my ears. A moment of pure bliss #yosemiteliving #anseladamswilderness

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I have spent the last 5 days out backpacking. We started in Tuolumne Meadows and headed out through Lyell Canyon, all the way down to Thousand Island Lake and back. Hands down this was the best backpacking adventure I have experienced yet. Endless laughter, constantly in awe, I had the time of my life over the last several days. As I was waiting for the Milky Way to line up with the center of this composition I clicked the shutter to double check that my camera settings were right, and within those 15 seconds a massive shooting star lit up the night sky. My eyes wide open, a smile from ear to ear. I was jumping with joy at the thought that I had just captured my first Milky Way shot with a shooting star in the frame. Sometimes you don’t need to wait for that perfect moment, sometimes that perfect moment is waiting for you. #yosemiteliving

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Headed out backpacking into the Ansel Adams Wilderness for the next week. Excited for what lies ahead. Here’s a quick look back at Half Dome before I leave. That cloud kept reminding me of that scene from James and the Giant Peach 🍑 #yosemiteliving

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When the stars align I shot the Milky Way over Indian Rock last year but I wasn’t the biggest fan of how that turned out. Thoughts of returning and capturing it again were consistently on my mind for the last year, when the day arrived I knew I couldn’t miss it. A few hours before this was shot a thunderstorm was overhead. Lightning bolts over Mt Hoffman, a true spectacle to see. I held on to my confidence that it would clear up and the night sky would gleam, and sure enough it did. I spent the last 3 days out backpacking, I have work today and tomorrow, then I’m headed back out for another 6 days. Wandering through the wilderness looking for places to pitch my tent. What a life #yosemiteliving Check my story for a comparison of last years vs this years shots and tell me what you think

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July 2019

Spending the next few days along the north rim. This arch, Indian Rock, is tonight’s stop. Stoked for another rad weekend #yosemiteliving

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July 2019

Rode out yesterday after work and watched the last bits of light crawl up El Cap. Life is grand. #yosemiteliving

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July 2019

Baby, I'm amazed at the way You’re with me all the time Maybe I'm afraid of the way I’ll leave you Maybe I'm amazed at the way You help me sing my songs You right me when I'm wrong Baby, I'm amazed at the way I really need you #yosemiteliving

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July 2019

Taking some time to reflect, it looks like I picked the right day for it. #yosemiteliving

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July 2019

Couldn’t imagine a better life #yosemiteliving

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