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Yosemite Photo Workshops

Yosemite in Winter

Yosemite in winter is a completely different experience.  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.

Details

Yosemite receives 95% of its precipitation between October and May (and over 75% between November and March).

Most of Yosemite above the 6,000 ft elevation is blanketed in snow from about November through May. (Yosemite Valley-at 4,000 ft elevation-can be rainy or snowy in any given winter storm.)

During winter, Yosemite Valley is the only area in the park open to visitors; Glacier Point Road and Tioga Road (highway 120) are closed from around mid-November until the spring melt, which can be as early as mid-April to as late as July 1st.

It doesn’t always snow during winter storms, which in Yosemite Valley can be rain or snow events, bringing incredible photographic opportunities with clouds, mist and the interplay with the sunlight.

75% of visitation occurs during May-September.  Only 3% occurs during our workshop in February, resulting in easy parking, no traffic jams, no waiting in restaurants, and lower rates on lodging.

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

Yosemite in Winter #1

Fri-Sat-Sun, 2/18/22 to 2/20/22

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.

$ 975
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

Yosemite in Winter #2

Tue-Wed-Thu, 2/22/22 to 2/24/22

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.

$ 975
00
  • Includes Workshop Only