Yosemite National Park


One of my favorite places in the US…Yosemite. I would enjoy taking a vacation there for a week in the future just to explore the whole park! The day before a 10 inch snowfall arrived at the park. There is a lodge in the middle of the park…expensive, but how awesome would that be to stay there and wake up everyday knowing that this amazing place is right at your footsteps! Anyone ever stayed in the park? I’d love to hear your stories!

Yosemite National Park (HDR)

Winter is almost over….at least for some of us!  I saw snow fell in may places in the US this past week.  Sorry to those who had to deal with it.  In Texas its nearly 80-85 degrees everyday now…so a snowfall photo from the amazing Yosemite National Park can be our send off to old man winter!!   Bring it spring!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0 mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

 

Yosemite National Park, CA (HDR)

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words…then any from Yosemite are worth Millions!  An amazing amazing place!  No need to describe this scene from Yosemite.  Very surreal being there!  Heaven on Earth!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22.0
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

Yosemite National Park (Infrared)

Here is another Infrared shot from Yosemite at a location called Tunnel View.   It seems that black & white and Yosemite go hand in hand.   Just a wonderful amount of tonal variance indeed…thanks Ansel Adams!    This is one magical place!!   I had no idea that IR snow scenes would be so perfect!   I must shoot more in this weather…but it will be tough as I live in Texas.   Not much snow in Austin.  I sure hope I can return to Yosemite in the late spring??  Just to dream….greenery and flowers along with such mountainous beauty  = one of mother nature’s top creations in the world!!  I was told that late May early June is the best time to visit Yosemite.

Since my return I have been reading up on this location.  Something I do often if I visit a spot for the first time and plan to return.  I found a cute little Photo Guide Book…. The Photographers Guide to Yosemite by Michael Frye…click on it to take you to the Amazon link.  Only $9.95.   I’ll also study more Ansel photos as well.  I try to compare what I took for the first run and see what I can do to improve my shots for the next time…or even scout other great locations.   I just love the endless possibilities photography can offer!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 19.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   1/100
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Silver Efex Pro

Yosemite National Park (Infrared)

…continued from the last post.  So on the our we were in the park from about 11:30 Am until about 5 PM.  Overall we had about 6-8 stops and I must admit getting in and out of the van all day and grabbing a few shots at each stop, whew, it makes ya tired!   I knew the drive home would be a quiet one for us all.   Extranomical was a fantastic tour.   For a days trip there and back from San Francisco, tough to beat!   I took mostly HDR shots and IR shots.  I estimate about  100 or so HDR’s and about 100 IR shots.    I think with each photo a nice story can be told (call it a a pictory?  …lol) , so in time I will get to many pictories in futures posts.

For this shot, we drove to a spot overlooking Yosemite Falls in the distance.  Right before the parking area was this bridge.  On each side of the bridge was a wonderful view!   I took this in HDR and IR.   In regards, to IR, I had never shot and IR photo in snow.  I was very curious as to how it would turn out?  Would the snow look bad…turn blue or red?    Most IR photos look great in black & white.  And who is the most famous photographer Yosemite photographer – Ansel Adams.   His black and white photos from Yosemite are tops in the world.  He is famous for setting up the Zone System  for tonal variance in a photo.   Its nice to see a comparison with an IR photo.   Kinda cool!  The pines look solid in IR and the tones are not too bad even with snow.    Thanks to NIK Software Silver Efex Pro…Ansel would be jealous!

It actually was a nice day in Yosemite.  A bit overcast, but the winds were calm and the temperature was about 35 degrees.  Just a bit above freezing.   Snow was melting a bit, but with no sun, it was a slower process.   Just occasionally you had to dodge a falling bunch of snow from a tree above!  I guess there was about 10-15 inches of fresh snow.   I had sneakers on….so I had to try an avoid the ole wet sock effect when walking in snow.  I luckily survived with no problem.  I’ll get up another post in next week.    Enjoy!

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 14.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   1/50
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Silver Efex Pro

Yosemite National Park (HDR)

Last week I had my first visit ever to Yosemite National park in Northern California.   I have traveled to many  places in my day and without a doubt, this has got to be the most breathtaking place I have ever seen!!!!  It seemed like I was in heaven.   Stunning views and sights with every turn of your head.   If I could list all the adjectives that describe this amazing place…it would gone on forever.   This is a day I will never forget!

I’ll have many a photo from here, so there will be more posts to come.  I had just arrived into San Francisco and had a free Sunday before work started.   I have always seen the tour brochures at the hotels in SF and I studied them and asked during my last visit in late 2009 what would be the best tour…a few people suggested Extranomical Tours.   I checked out their website before I arrived and if I had time I wanted to go for it.  They pick you up at your hotel at around 6 AM and as it was offseason, we only had 8 people on the tour.   We had the last pick up around 7:15 and we were on our way in a nice van.  During the summer the amount of people and bus size surely increase!   We had a wonderful tour guide..if I can recall his name was Kirk?   He was very informative and had a mic and talked a bit during the ride.  Thanks Kirk!!  Great job!  We also had a great bunch of folks on the ride.  They were from all over the world…Singapore, India, Japan, Taiwan, Swtzerland, a local from SF and me from Texas!

The ride out takes about 4 hours.  You stop for a bit to get a snack and continue on.  We arrived about 11:30ish AM.  As soon as you arrive at the gate, a magnificent river is to your right with big boulders spread throughout which causes cascading water in multiple spots as it continues up through the mountains as far as the eye can see.   Wow!  We were lucky, two days before the park was closed due to falling tress.  They had just had a big snowfall and it reopened this Sunday.   Add to our luck I had heard that snowfall at ground level only occurs 1-2 times a year.  Nice!    I had never taken HDR’s in snow…so an experience was to come!

Our first stop of the tour was Tunnel View and we hopped out of the van and walked a few feet and the view just blows you away!!!   I’ll post that pic soon. As soon as I saw the mountains and snow….UNREAL!!  Just awe inspiring!  I knew a fabulous day was ahead.  I’ll continue with more on Monday….I’ll post an IR shot from Yosemite.  Its the kinda place when you are there, you just can’t believe it and do not feel worthy your eyes are seeing such stunning creations of nature.

As for this picture, we were in the van heading to Yosemite Lodge and had 1 hour and 45 mins to have lunch and walk around.  As we pulled up, out the window I see this view from a distance!!!!  Immediately I say to myself…HOLY Cr&P!!!  As soon as we stopped I quick grabbed a burger and was on my way to this location.  About a 5-7 minute walk.   You turn a corner and whammo!!  This is right in front of you!!  In the middle is Yosemite Falls!!!!     I waited for a few people to pass and you can see they are in the distance.  Its great as it gives you a size reference to these tree-mendous trees!!!  I still cannot believe I was there.  So if you or anyone is in the SF area….please, please visit Yosemite.  You will never forget it!  To be continued…

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Vivieza