Nothing that Ansel Adams didn't know. We can't all be so great behind the camera. But that man sure made a name for himself photographing Yosemite.
I took this picture of Half Dome at Olmstead Point on Highway 120. The B&W was computer-rendered.
There are many photography walks organised around the Yosemite Valley.
Space on a walk is limited and in my mind well worth the effort to go on.
Both Kodak (based in the Yosemite Lodge) and the Ansel Adams gallery organise walks with professional photographers.
This picture was taken early one morning on the kodak walk - the chap who runs these walks is very friendly and offers a lot of helpful advice. He also knows where the best light during the day.
This walk started at 7am and if you're not staying at Yosemite Lodge then you'll have to make an effort to get there - the shuttle buses around Yosemite don't start until after this time.
The kodak man also runs evening slide shows - also very interesting and comical.
These shows take place in different locations around the valley.
Influenced by Ansel Adams, Yosemite attracts an army of artists to reside here year-round seeking inspiration. The Ansel Adams Gallery in the Village houses a small group of professional photographers who lead the Park's photo walk programs. One of the photo walks I did took place in Mariposa Grove. Giant sequoias are actually difficult subjects to photograph, because they are too tall to frame. But I tried.
One of the Park programs I enjoyed very much is photo walk. Don't be intimidated by the huge lenses and heavy equipment carried by other participants. (I was with my cheap point-and-shoot). Yosemite Valley has the natural wonders to make any photo look good. Besides showing us where to find the best angles to shoot icons such as Half Dome and Yosemite Fall, the instructor also showed us the basics of photography: speed, aperture, ISO, and their relation to exposure. Since I moved to digital camera I forget everything already.
look in the yosemite today for dates and times.
when we were there it was on tuesday, thursday and saturday at 9.00 in the morning.
we did the one on thursday the 29th of may it was very crowded so the group had to split up in color or black and white.
for us the technical english was to dificult but we learned some like black and white pictures and to use water like a mirror.
we did the mist trail along the water up to the vernal fall.
you have to walk up and on the end you have some stairs and you will get wet.
so put your camera in a plastic bag and take a raincoat or some other clothes with you.
from here we went to the nevada fall on the John Muir trail (so not to half dome).
on the picture people resting and drying on the top of the vernal fall.
oh one more tip close your bags while you are resting. a lady had her bag open and a squarrel took her candybar out of the bag.
from the shuttlebus stop it is only two miles round trip to the mirror lake.
but we walked around the mirror lake and that is a much longer walk with a bit of difficult parts like water on the "paths".
Take a leisurely hike on the floor and take in all the fantastic sites. You can't take a bad photograph in Yosemite.
You don't have to go far from the main area to get views like this!
Just walk along the road from Yosemite Lodge or the shopping area to find a valley view like this.
from the vernal fall we walked to the nevada fall. direction to clark point to the john muir trail. (so not to half dome)