The thing I can absolutely guarantee, is that you will get exposure to all areas of the valley, all shooting vistas, all major Yosemite geographic views that your time will allow, conditions permitting. The workshops will cover the valley thoroughly with very little hiking.
In 2022, Glacier Point Road was closed for major road repair and reconfiguration of the road and parking lot. This was a huge project, and it was planned for reopening in 2023. They opened the road with 30 minute delays in mid-summer, but the park service has been closed-lipped about when they plan to be fully reopening. So, we’ll just have to see how things are when we convene. We’ll hopefully still be able to visit the Tuolumne Meadow area and Tioga Pass area if the road is open. And, if everyone wants to go, we can even make a side trip to Mono Lake and have dinner at the Whoa Nellie Deli!
For the most part, we do not get up at the crack of dawn in the Yosemite workshops. Yosemite National Park is a west facing park, and the light is best during late afternoon and sunset. During the summer, we will be shooting sunsets until 8:30 and 9pm, sometimes at Glacier Point, which is an hour’s drive from Yosemite Valley. We often do not get into bed until 11pm or midnight.