Author Archives: JohnnyJoe

Snow in El Portal … finally!

It made me happy to see snow outside my window this morning. We have occasionally gotten snow here in El Portal over the years — now going on 9 years living in Yosemite — but it is still a rare and joyous occasion. We are a little ahead of our normal water levels here in Merced County for 2019, however, we still have a couple months of rainy season ahead and need every drop of water we can get. Yay snow!

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Technical Illustration Samples

Hey! Here’s a post with some examples of my black and white technical climbing illustrations. Over many years, these are examples of the kinds of illustrations that are my bread & butter. As a long time rock climber, mountaineer and ice climber, I got my start in this niche sport. I’m proud to call climbers my family and friends.

All images © John J McMullen 2019. Some images may be copyright by the companies I did the contract work for such as Climbing Magazine, and Mountaineers Books. Warning: Do not reproduce or copy these images without my consent or the consent of the owners of those copyrights. Do not use, copy and share without permission.


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Behance Portfolio

I keep a small portfolio of work on Behance, Adobe’s portfolio website. You can view my work on that site by clicking this link.

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Website is back!

Things got pretty hectic this past summer when the California fires were raging. I had a lapse of attention maintaining the website and so it’s been down for quite awhile. Sorry about that!

So, with a little tweaking and some ftp work I’ve fixed a few things that were slowing me down. The website is back up and running, and now I’ve got some work ahead of me updating things and doing a site refresh.

Check back when you can. I’ll be posting some new artwork and doing other updates! Cheers!

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Horsetail Falls Firefall, Yosemite N.P. 2016

IMG_9223-3Every year during the last two weeks of February, hundreds of photographers come to Yosemite National Park to attempt to photograph the iconic Horsetail Falls Firefall.

This year I chose to avoid the maddening crowd of photographers on the valley floor — literally hundreds of photographers in one spot, making photos of the same thing, from the same angle, with the same results — and find a nice quite location where I could focus on making a photograph of the event from a different perspective. Even more people on a Sunday during the weekend!

I found a nice spot up the 4 Mile Trail where I spent most of my time chatting with a very nice fellow about our experiences in Yosemite Valley and beyond. It was quiet, relaxing and well, perfect. I had my kit set up and was hoping to catch a well lit waterfall with a dark ridge in front of it. The light was good for this photo 30-45 minutes before the “prime time” from below and I captured a couple of nice shots around 5:00 PM. The sun went behind some low clouds just before sunset and so I wasn’t able to catch the most red light (I did get a couple of interesting photos, but they weren’t close to what I had hoped for.) So basically, it was a very successful “scout” mission.

One of the greatest bonuses of living in El Portal, at the west entrance to Y.N.P. is that it’s only 20 minutes travel time to get to the Valley. So I am set to go back again and get the shot I want … and now I know exactly what I need, it will be even more fun, and I won’t carry so much stuff!


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El Portal Fire

The El Portal Fire, just outside the western entrance to Yosemite National Park, started early in the day Saturday 7/26/14. By afternoon it had grown to a large fire that threatened our neighborhood in El Portal’s NPS housing area. As we prepared for possible evacuation on Saturday, I took photos and video with my iPhone when I had the opportunity. Early on Sunday I took my camera (Canon 7D) to a location near our apartment where firefighting helicopters filled their tanks. I shot a couple hours worth of HD video. I had posted several videos to Instagram, and YouTube, and shortly afterward was contacted by ABC, and NBC asking for permission to use my video for their broadcasts.


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New Website in the Works

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 9.10.40 AMI have been very busy working on new websites and a variety of other graphic design projects for Design Studio. You can see the new website design (in progress) that I am doing for this company here.

I have over 20 years of experience working in web design. Yes, that means I was designing websites in the very first couple of years that the internet became public. I worked with HTML sites when they were simple. Over the years I have designed may HTML 4 sites, and now HTML 5. I have also worked with Custom CSS integrated into those sites. In recent years Content Management software like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal have come along, and I have designed and managed quite a few sites using those CMS tools. In other words … I have kept up with the trends in website design and content management software. I’m confident that I can help you in that area no matter what your needs are.

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