I'm right there with you! I think the only way that high quality photos come out of there anymore, are the people who live a stone's throw from the park, slathering it's features year after year. Michael Frye and William Neill comes to mind. The grandeur is bewildering and everyone else knows that too, so the crowds can really take away from that moment. I will definitely be returning sometime soon and camping in the park. Having the lady along made for a somewhat frustrating experience.
Right on, hadn't heard of those photographers before but see that's the sort of thing I'm talking about, those are the sorts of images that really do the place justice. I met a dude waiting for sunset at Tunnel View who nonchalantly told me "I live here"... I was just a touch envious
I totally get the whole Yosemite addiction, camping's gotta be the way to go - enjoy!