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Yosemite Photo Workshops

Yosemite in Winter

Yosemite in winter is a completely different experience.  There’s profound silence; the crowds are gone, there is an ephemeral quietness that is calming, reassuring and comforting.  Rather than observing, you are part of it. Enveloped by it.  It permeates your skin, melts into your soul and changes your attitude.

Statistics

 JanFebMarAprMay
Average high in ºF485158647181
Average low in ºF293034384551
Av. precipitation in inch6.546.665.152.791.660.65
Av. snowfall in inch1745100
 JulAugSepOctNovDec
Average high in ºF898982715647
Average low in ºF575651423328
Av. precipitation in inch0.380.110.652.114.585.45
Av. snowfall in inch000035

Conditions

Yosemite in winter is a completely different place. Crowds are gone; although holiday weekends are more crowded than other times, they still do not rise to the level of the summer hordes.

Tourist buses are much less prevalent, the shuttle buses are running much less frequently and parking is not a problem at all. 

Lodging is much easier to obtain and is cheaper in the off-season, especially in mid-week.

Although snow is never guaranteed, in winter, inclement weather is much more prevalent than in summer. Yosemite may get two or three severe snowstorms per winter season, or the same number of rain storm events making it a perfect time to get that once-in-a-lifetime shot with mist, clouds, possible snow-cover, and reflection shots on the slow-moving Merced River.

Yosemite in Winter #1

Tue-Wed-Thu, 2/21/23 to 2/23/23

Winter in Yosemite is the season most people miss.

The crowds are gone, no waiting for anything! Yet, winter storms can bring opportunities for shooting that are unequaled anywhere. Snow can blanket the valley for gorgeous winter setups, ice hangs off the cliffs in patterns that make you glad you brought your 400mm lens. The mist after a rain storm can bring mist that hangs off the cliffs and rocks for sunset shots you will not believe.

We will also try to shoot the famous Horsetail Fall that occurs during the last two weeks of February. We’ll avoid the crowds by going to places I have personally scouted for solitude and a view of the fall that no one else will see. Although not guaranteed, if conditions allow for the maximum splendor of this effect, you will not believe your eyes as the waterfall changes color with the shifting position of the sun.

Lodging is less expensive and more readily available.

$ 895
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

Yosemite in Winter #2

Sat-Sun-Mon, 2/25/23 to 2/27/23

Only 3 spaces left!

Winter in Yosemite is the season most people miss.

The crowds are gone, no waiting for anything! Yet, winter storms can bring opportunities for shooting that are unequaled anywhere. Snow can blanket the valley for gorgeous winter setups, ice hangs off the cliffs in patterns that make you glad you brought your 400mm lens. The mist after a rain storm can bring mist that hangs off the cliffs and rocks for sunset shots you will not believe.

We will also try to shoot the famous Horsetail Fall that occurs during the last two weeks of February. We’ll avoid the crowds by going to places I have personally scouted for solitude and a view of the fall that no one else will see. Although not guaranteed, if conditions allow for the maximum splendor of this effect, you will not believe your eyes as the waterfall changes color with the shifting position of the sun.

Lodging is less expensive and more readily available.

$ 895
00
  • Includes Workshop Only