Photographing Yosemite

Archive for July, 2009

July 6 – 10 The High Country

The week long workshop in Yosemite focused on the high country of Yosemite; those areas around Glacier Point Road; Taft Point, Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, and then Tuolumne Meadows, Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Pass, etc.  And, for this workshop we had one participant, but what a participant he was; flew in all the way from Japan especially for this workshop.  Shiro Tenaka spent a week traveling with me all around.  Weather was perfect, in fact too much so, because there were no clouds or changes in the weather to make things interesting, so we did the best we could with blue skies and constant sunshine.

Shiro is one of the few remaining film photographers, shooting medium format with Fuji Velvia transparency film, so his photos will not be available for posting for a while yet.

Shiro Tenaka from Japan was the lone participant who received private instruction on shooting in Yosemite!

Shiro Tenaka from Japan was the lone participant who received private instruction on shooting in Yosemite!

Greenstone Lake in the Hoover Wilderness at the 10,500 ft elevation just outside the east boundary of Yosemite National Park

Greenstone Lake in the Hoover Wilderness at the 10,500 ft elevation just outside the east boundary of Yosemite National Park

We shot in the area around Saddlebag Lake in the Hoover Wilderness on the first day.  Beautiful area!

Steelhead Lake in the Hoover Wilderness with Mt. Conness in the background.

Steelhead Lake in the Hoover Wilderness with Mt. Conness in the background.

I was shooting with the new Nodal Ninja pano head for shots all over Yosemite.

Wide angle of Greenstone Lake

Wide angle of Greenstone Lake

A very wide pano of Tioga Lake consisting of 9 stitched images

A very wide pano of Tioga Lake consisting of 9 stitched images

Tuolumne Meadow from Pothole Dome

Tuolumne Meadow from Pothole Dome

We also spent time at Taft Point for a sobering view of the valley.

Taft Point off Glacier Point Road

Taft Point off Glacier Point Road

The Taft Point overlook.

The Taft Point overlook.

And, of course, Glacier Point

Half Dome from Glacier Point Road

Half Dome from Glacier Point Road

Then, in the Glacier Point parking lot, we saw the results of not heeding the food storage warnings.  A bear tore open the roof of a car belonging to newlyweds, which was full of food from the grocery store.

A bear ripped open the convertible roof of this car to get to the back seat full of food...

A bear ripped open the convertible roof of this car to get to the back seat full of food...

A ranger cleaned up the mess and is waiting for the return of the owners of the car.  A subtantial fine was levied against the for failing to store food properly.

A ranger cleaned up the mess and is waiting for the return of the owners of the car. A substantial fine was levied against them for failing to store food properly.

...and not only will they tear open the car, they will urinate inside the car and defecate on it as well, to "mark" it as their source of food.

...and not only will the bears tear open the car, they will urinate inside the car and defecate on it as well, to "mark" it as their source of food.

We shot at Valley View

We shot at Valley View

Bridalveil Fall

Bridalveil Fall

The shot of Upper Yosemite Fall and the Merced River full of rafters from Swinging Bridge

The shot of Upper Yosemite Fall and the Merced River full of rafters from Swinging Bridge

Then, finally on the last day, clouds rolled in and we headed up to Glacier Point for some spectacular shots.

Half Dome at sunset from Glacier Point

Half Dome at sunset from Glacier Point

Half Dome at sunset

Half Dome at sunset

The clouds were beautiful

The clouds were beautiful

Clouds were magnificent.

Clouds were magnificent.

Incredible

Incredible

The colors evolved

The colors evolved

Some fool went out on the ledge, and as long as he was already there, I took this shot of him against the sunset.

Some fool went out on the ledge, and as long as he was already there, I took this shot of him against the sunset.

As the lgiht faded, a fitting end to the weeklong Yosemite Photography Workshop.

As the light faded, a fitting end to the weeklong Yosemite Photography Workshop.


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