Photography in Paradise

peeking from behind the sensor

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.

If you like these images or have any questions let me know.

Big Panorama

Big Panorama

Pohono Bridge

Pohono Bridge

Barn on Hwy 41

Barn on Hwy 41

Some Fall color

Some Fall color

Morning light

Morning light

Perk road

Perk road

After sundown

After sundown

Smoky lighting on Half Dome

Smoky lighting on Half Dome

Infrared fish eye forest

Infrared fish eye forest

Sequoia terrs in Infrared

Sequoia terrs in Infrared

Milky Way

Milky Way

Sequoia base

Sequoia base

Sugar pine hat

Sugar pine hat

Sequoia tree base

Sequoia tree base

Stary night

Stary night

Half dome reflection

Half dome reflection

merced River in Infrared

merced River in Infrared

Infrared boulder

Infrared boulder

Dense moss covering

Dense moss covering

Moss covered trees

Moss covered trees

Stump in river

Stump in river

Some Fall color

Some Fall color

Local residents

Local residents

River reflection

River reflection

Pond

Pond

The Merced River

The Merced River

Half Dome view

Half Dome view

Infrared of giant Sequoia trees

Infrared of giant Sequoia trees

View from Glacier point

View from Glacier point

Canyon wall

Canyon wall

1890 barn

1890 barn

Adam's view

Adam’s view

Granit boulder

Granit boulder

Dry water fall

Dry water fall

Valley view with haze from fires

Valley view with haze from fires

Reflection

Reflection