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Autumn Light - Photography in Yosemite
Sponsored by the Yosemite Conservancy
Instructors: Dave Wyman and Ken Rockwell
Dates: Thursday through Sunday, October 17-20
Yosemite National Park: This is a favorite time to explore a
unique part of the natural world. People are less obvious, and autumn
days can be crisp as winter approaches, or bathed in inexplicable
warmth. There are juxtapositions of light, shadow, shape and texture, with iconic locations such as Half Dome and El
Capitan as the backdrops. There are more intimate landscapes, too, as well as wildlife and historic architecture.
Arrival Day: Anytime on
Thursday, October 17; a short group meeting will be at 7:30 p.m;
participants are invited to join he instructors beforehand - at 6:00 -
for dinner at Yosemite Lodge.
Workshop ends: We'll finish officially about noon on Sunday.
- Ken Rockewell is a talented photographer as well as the creator of his well-known web site, kenrockwell.com. Ken's website is an amazing and constantly evolving compendium of thoughtful and thought provoking essays, photography galleries, Photoshop lessons and detailed test reports of new and vintage camera equipment. Ken is engineer by training, he has an artistic eye, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge and opinions about photography. He has fully embraced digital photography, and is equally adept with 35mm, medium and large format cameras. Listen to a May, 2006 radio interview with Ken here.
- Dave Wyman has had his photographs and articles appear in Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Backpacker, Sky and Telescope, and many other publications. He has conducted photography and natural history tours in California and the American West since 1982, for the Conservancy, the Los Angeles and San Diego Natural History Museums, the Los Angeles Zoo, the University of Southern California and UCLA. His most recent book is Yosemite in Photographs; he is also the author and photographer of Backroads of Northern California and Backroads of Southern California as well as Yosemite in Photographs.
Campground space in the Valley is included. The Yosemite Conservancy has set also aside indoor accommodations in the park. If indoor accommodations are filled, and you don't want to camp, the alternate is to book a room either at Cedar Lodge of Yosemite View Lodge, just outside the park entrance, and about 20-25 minutes from our morning meeting places. Secret tip: it's always possible to pick up room cancellations, starting a couple of weeks before the trip, inside Yosemite Valley - persistent phone calls will do the trick - 866 486-9310. (You can check with Dave if the Conservancy is out of rooms and you want help with accommodations.)
What to Bring:
Bring enough CF or SD cards for digital cameras, as well as a battery charger; some cameras require more than one battery to last through a day, some survive on a single battery. Make sure you have enough battery power.
Film Considerations: Bring any sort of film. The less sensitive to light the film (lower ISO numbers, such as 25 to 100 with slide film, 200 to 400 with print film), the better the color saturation and image sharpness.
Bring Your Own Photographs: If you like, bring your own photographs - up to 10 - for critique, or simply to be enjoyed by the group. Bring them on a memory stick and we'll show them on a digital projector or laptop; feel free to bring your own laptop or tablet. (If you have 35mm or MF slides, scan them onto memory stick). Bring prints, too, if you want to share them.
Weather: we can expect mild to warm days, and cool evenings. Just about anything is possible, from temperatures in the 80s in the Valley during the day and down to the 30s in the evening (but don't bet on either). Be prepared with a selection of clothing. "Bad" weather, often in the form of afternoon thundershowers, is sometimes the best weather for photography, and won't cancel or curtail our photographic field sessions.
Arrive anytime on Thursday no activities are planned, campsite space and indoor accommodations will be available in the afternoon. You are invited to join Ken and Dave at Yosemite Lodge, in the Food Court, for dinner (cafeteria style, lots of choices for good). We'll meet again after dinner for a brief hello session and short slide show in Dave or Ken's room.Heart of the Valley: On Friday we'll meet at Yosemite Lodge for an early morning session. After breakfast, we will enjoy looking at participants' images, and then explore the remainder of the day in the Valley, photographing the languid Merced River, views of Half Dome and El Capitan, and we'll watch for the rainbow on Bridalveil Falls. After photographing sunset over Half Dome, we will have dinner and enjoy another a slide show.
The Human Imprint: On Saturday we'll visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, the Ahwahnee Hotel, view the
historic barns at Foresta (a few miles outside the Valley), and later travel to
Glacier Point (weather permitting),
stopping along the way to look for coyotes
and tree frogs, and to enjoy the views afforded at
Washburn and Glacier Points. We may also have time to visit the
historic Wawona Hotel and the unusual suspension bridge over the South
Fork of the Merced River. We will return to the Valley for dinner a final evening session.
How to Register: For this workshop, participants will register via the Yosemite Conservancy, which is the sponsoring organization. Click here.