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Yosemite Reprise

By Adrian Zupp

In 1989, Peter made his second trip to the U.S. During his visit, he went to Yosemite National Park in California and took a photo that he sold to a San Francisco post card company. It was one of the turning points of his career.

“That was a big deal for me,” said Peter. “I think I got paid fifty bucks or something like that. But it was just the fact that I sold a photograph that would be used in America that really gave me a thrill. I was stoked!”

Just as Peter returned to the site of the Alaska shot he took in 1984 during the filming of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” history is turning the full circle again. In this week’s episode – the series finale – Peter returns to Yosemite once again.

“I’ve been back several times over the years,” he said. “But to go back and film there was a bit of a strange feeling. I mean, over twenty years ago I got a shot I sold for fifty dollars and thought it was the greatest thing in the world. This last time, I went there with a film crew as the star of my own TV show. Who would ever have guessed it all those years ago?”

This time around, everything was filmed for all the world to see. But that’s about all that’s changed.

“Y’know, I was every bit as serious about getting the shot back then as I am today. It was still very early in my career and I was hardly making mega bucks, but photography was my life every bit as much as it is now. In those days it was still about doing whatever it took to get the shot. So in a way, I haven’t changed a bit.”

See Peter back in Yosemite National Park on “From the Edge with Peter Lik” this Thursday at 9/8c on The Weather Channel.

Posted on June 21, 2011 at 6:00 am



  1. Hi Peter or whoever,

    I’m headed for Yosemite in a couple weeks or so. It is typically Springtime in July up in Mammoth Lakes where I am also going. The snow pack is apparently sending gully washers over the falls. I’m hoping to get some great shots. Thanks for your contributions. There is no substitute for inspiration and example, Peter. Thank you for yours.

    Comment by William Brown on June 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

  2. No worries, William. We hope you have a great shoot at Yosemite. (BTW: “From the Edge with Peter Lik” is in Yosemite this week.)

    Comment by Staff Writer on June 21, 2011 at 10:05 am

  3. G’day! I’m truly inspired not only by Peter Lik’s photographs but also his phenomenal success. As an artistic photographer, I dream of following in his footsteps. What a great example he is. How I would love to meet him and even go on a shoot with him? It would be awesome! I want to know every little step he took to get to where he is today. What can I do to market my photographs? Got any tips for a fellow photographer? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! – Catherine

    Comment by Catherine Mytofir on June 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

  4. Hi Catherine. Peter started small and worked his way up, like most photographers. He did get a good break in the early days when Tourism Queensland (Australia) hired him to shoot the entire state. That was a turning point. But he was willing to try things: His first “gallery” was an empty shop he leased for a weekend to try and sell some photos. It went well. So it’s a matter of being very persistent, working really hard, thinking creatively, and learning your craft.

    Comment by Staff Writer on June 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

  5. Hello! My husband, kids and I watch From the Edge every week. We love this show! Peter your photographs are AMAZING! My husband and I have been fans of your work ever since we took a trip to Oahu and went into your gallery in Honolulu. We were in awe and couldn’t decide what piece there we liked the best. On your show where you went to Yosemite you took a shot of the night sky. Is this something that will be for sale? It is a beautiful shot(as they all are.) We only wish we could be half the photographers that Peter is. Any tips and suggestions of a good starting point to learn would be great. Thanks! Jennifer

    Comment by Jennifer on June 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm

  6. I plan a trip to Yosemite in several weeks and curious to know if it’s safe to go shooting alone there? I will be shooting sunrise, sunset and at night. Thanks Peter for all of the inspirational pictures.

    Comment by Dennis L on July 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

  7. Hi Dennis. Our advice is that when you go anywhere off the beaten track — or tourist trail — it’s advisable to have someone with you. It’s not hard to break an ankle etc. and then you can be stuck. Also, if you’re going out for sunsets, you’ll be coming home after dark — another reason to have a buddy. Remember to checklist what you take: Supplies, matches, satellite phone if you have one, etc. And even if you are “buddying up,” be sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Peter is an adventurer, but he’s very smart about how he does it and he plans everything out to the last detail. Be safe and have fun!

    Comment by Staff Writer on July 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

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