Yosemite National Park on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain is filled with rare local geologic formations carved by glacier activity leaving a dramatic canyon and steep grant walls. As the seasons alter the lighting the park has become a photographers testing ground. My trip with David King and his class from San Diego City College was a chance to test the lighting. The local forest fires added some orange haze to the landscape. The current drought left the famous water falls dry and the river was just a pond. There is a lot to do here and we had fun doing it. The sky cleared on Friday and we were able to do some night time exposures fro Glacier point that overlooks the valley and Half Dome. At nigh we could see flash lints from the climbers ascending half Dome.
If you have not been there you are missing a great experience. It can be beautiful in the winter with the snow on the mountains.
I took the opportunity to take infrared images with a modified Canon 1DsMK2 and the 24-105 lens and the Tamaron 28-300 lens. The color images are with the Canon 6D.
I stayed outside the park on Hwy 41 at Queen’s In that is a quaint lodge with a great wine bar & beer garden and they have a band for music on Saturday night. I met some very nice people there. Charles Gallo of Gallo wines hosted the wine tasting and also met a great couple from Poland and we had dinner together.
The only sad part is seeing all the trees that are heavily infected with the clarid beetles and are slowly dying because of the lack of water. The fires around Yosemite has destroyed thousands of acres of forest and if there is heavy rain storms the potential run off could reshape the land and rivers.
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