Photographing Yosemite

Yosemite Waterfalls June 1 – 5, 2009

An incredible week shooting all the waterfalls (and then some) in the valley. Although we concentrated on waterfalls, we also did night shooting, sunset shooting and twice went to Glacier Point. The weather was very unsettled which made for great photo opportunities.

The crowning excursion had to be the hike up the Yosemite Falls trail to get the moonbow from a vantage point few have ever photographed.

Upper Yosemite Fall

Upper Yosemite Fall

It was a hard hike up that trail with full packs of photo gear, food and water. Thank goodness there was a creek that enabled us to fill our containers.

Falling water from Upper Yosemite Fall.

Falling water from Upper Yosemite Fall.

Monday, June 1

We started on June 1 shooting Lower Yosemite Fall from the trail. The waterfall spray and crowds were too oppressive to shoot from the landing.

Timed exposure of Lower Yosemite Fall

Timed exposure of Lower Yosemite Fall

Then, it was on to lunch. Afterward we noticed the clouds were looking pretty good, so we headed up to Tunnel View to shoot clouds.

Raul Lopez, Janet Anderson and Michael Rudawsky.

Raul Lopez, Janet Anderson and Michael Rudawsky.

It became apparent that clouds were continuing to build, so we headed to Glacier Point to try our luck at a grand sunset, something which is never guaranteed, but when it happens is worth the trip.

The results:

Clouds over Half Dome

Clouds over Half Dome

Obviously looking to the west at sunset from Glacier Point

Obviously looking to the west at sunset from Glacier Point

15 second time exposure by Michael Rudawsky during dusk

15 second time exposure by Michael Rudawsky during dusk

Tuesday, June 2

Next day it was the Vernal Fall hike or as it is known the “Mist Trail”, named for the strong waterfall spray that deluges the trail.  Wet, windy and cold.

Michael, Raul and Janet.

Michael, Raul and Janet.

Shooting Vernal Fall was very difficult due to the strong spray, cold wind and overcast conditions.  But we persevered up the trail to the top of Vernal Fall.

The top of Vernal Fall

The top of Vernal Fall

The Merced River

The Merced River

The Mist Trail as seen from the otp of Vernal Fall

The Mist Trail as seen from the top of Vernal Fall

Wednesday, June 3

A busy day; shooting two waterfalls, and a tremendous bear sighting; two adolescent bears roaming the meadow next to the chapel.

Bear #66

Bear #66

Bear #6  Almost all Yosemite bears have tags and collars.

Bear #6 Almost all Yosemite valley bears have tags and collars.

Previous to our great bear sighting, we were at Cascade Falls.

Cascade Fall below The Big Oak Flat Road.

Cascade Fall below The Big Oak Flat Road.

Then, it was on to Fern Spring

Fern Spring

Fern Spring

Another View of Fern Spring

Another View of Fern Spring

That night we did some night shooting from Tunnel View

Yosemite Valley at night in the moonlight from Tunnel View

Yosemite Valley at night in the moonlight from Tunnel View

From Tunnel View int he moonlight.  Shot by Janet

From Tunnel View in the moonlight. Shot by Janet

Thursday, June 4

We hiked up the Yosemite Falls Trail to capture the moonbow.  99% of all shots of the moonbow in the Upper Yosemite Fall spray are shot from the valley floor.  We hiked up and began shooting after dark as soon as the moon was in the right position.

Raul shot this great moonbow.

Raul shot this great moonbow.

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3 responses

  1. Mona Reed

    Great work! Every one of the above shots are just excellent! I was in Yosemite myself about a week before you. I was able to hike the mist trail and was rewarded 10 fold. I hope to be signing up for your Fall Class- Your work and your students work is fantastic!

    July 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm

  2. Bill Aten

    I am an interested photography student (beginner in many ways) & have traveled much of yosemite having worked there four summers during my college years (guide & packer at YP&CCo stables). Please send me the class information. Thank you,

    November 11, 2009 at 6:22 am

  3. Been here and it is a most beautiful park..why is it though all these beautiful places tha everyone should be able to see has become so expensive…a natural beauty everyone whould be able to enyoy…the cost will hopefuly come down someday..this place has wonderful memories..our girls camput..men who teased us and we had our coamp site up in half the time they did..we have camped all or life..the raccoon was a hoot who decided he was going to take over our campsite..those are hapy memories..we did not get to see the water falls my sister purse got stolen..it was so sad ..yet ony one bad memoriy..the girls had wonderul time..a time when we did not judge eah other just loved one antoher…

    September 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

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