Yosemite Photo Workshops

Schedule

2021

Yosemite Early Spring Waterfalls #2

Tue-Wed-Thu, 5/18/21 to 5/20/21

Spring in Yosemite!  Everything is new again.

This is the time that the waterfalls are at their peak flow, water thundering down, something people envision when they think of Yosemite.  In spring, the snowmelt process from the higher elevations flushes water down rivers into the valley over various waterfalls, some without names, and it never ceases to amaze.  The Merced River is full, moving fast and offering incredible opportunities for motion-blur photography.

Meadows are green, trees are sprouting their bright green display and, well, water is just everywhere.  This is also the time that the roads in the higher elevations open for access to Glacier Point, Washburn Point and Sentinel Dome.  Although not guaranteed, in some years of reduced snowpack, we can get up to the high country to Tuolumne Meadows and all the areas along Tioga Road, including Mono Lake if folks want to go.  This is also a very unpredictable time for weather; I’ve seen snow storms in May and warm, sunny days the day after.  Very exciting for shooting opportunities!  Join us for an esxciting time in Yosemite!  If you’ve ever wanted to see Yosemite Waterfalls in their dexalted glory, now ifs the time!

$ 750
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

The Italian Dolomites

Tue, 9/14/21 to Mon, 9/20/21      

$3,800
Includes All Lodging, Breakfast and Dinner, Park Fees and Gondola Fees

Our 5th year going to the Dolomites!

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6 full days shooting the incredible Dolomite mountains in northeast Italy! Falzarego Pass, Passo Giau, Lagazuoi, Lago Misurina, Tre Cime, Sesto, and many other shooting locations only a life-long local guide will know.

The Italian Dolomites Photo Workshop! 7 full days shooting the dramatic, awesome Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy. We’ll be in the Ampezzo Valley region of the Dolomites (Cortina D’Ampezzo) for some of the most beautiful mountains in Europe. The weather changes constantly, creating some of the most incredible landscape photography in the world. We only have room for 10 students in this special workshop, with food (breakfast and dinner) and lodging included.

Each student gets their own room; NO single supplement!

Non-shooting guests welcome at a reduced fee!

Notice: We are awaiting the lifting of travel restrictions to Italy before accepting reservations for 2021.  Check back frequently for further information.

$ 3,800
00
  • Full Payment
$ 1,500
00
  • Deposit

Yosemite Fall Colors #1

Fri-Sat-Sun, 10/29/21 to 10/31/21

 

The brilliant fall colors of Yosemite. Majestic oaks with their huge plumes of color, golden ferns that carpet the valley floor, and the dogwoods that line the riverbank.

Yosemite in fall is one of my favorite seasons. No crowds, no traffic, no lines, no wating for anything! Plus, this time of year storms can rage one day and be sunny the next giving us a variety of shooting conditions most people do not experience.

We’ll shoot the valley and head up Glacier Point Road for Sentinel Dome sunset shoot, Glacier Point itself with a complete bird’s eye view of Yosemite Valley, Washburn Point for the high country, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall.

We might head up Tioga Road for a special sunset shot of the backside of Half Dome from Olmstead Point.

$ 975
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

Yosemite Fall Colors #2

Tue-Wed-Thu, 11/2/21 to 11/4/21

 

The brilliant fall colors of Yosemite. Majestic oaks with their huge plumes of color, golden ferns that carpet the valley floor, and the dogwoods that line the riverbank.

Yosemite in fall is one of my favorite seasons. No crowds, no traffic, no lines, no wating for anything! Plus, this time of year storms can rage one day and be sunny the next giving us a variety of shooting conditions most people do not experience.

We’ll shoot the valley and head up Glacier Point Road for Sentinel Dome sunset shoot, Glacier Point itself with a complete bird’s eye view of Yosemite Valley, Washburn Point for the high country, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall.

We might head up Tioga Road for a special sunset shot of the backside of Half Dome from Olmstead Point.

$ 975
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

FAQs

All lodging in Yosemite NP and Yosemite West is open.  We recommend lodging in Yosemite West (about 20 minutes to Yosemite Valley) so as to have everyone in the same place and to avoid passing through an entrance gate into YNP each day, but you are free to secure lodging wherever you wish.  The most economical are the Yosemite West Condos.  These are hotel rooms with kitchenettes; think Marriott Courtyard rooms w/ kitchenettes, but smaller.  The Studio units are downstairs, and sleep two comfortably, in a murphy bed and sofa-bed.  The larger Loft units sleep 3 or 4 comfortably in two queen beds and a sofa-bed.  Cell phone reception is depending on who your carrier is; I have Spectrum (Verizon) and it is very spotty.  All other carriers are very unreliable, but you can drive to specific spots in the development where reception is OK.  Two property management companies operate in Yosemite West; Enchanted Yosemite and Scenic Wonders.

In El Portal, (about 45 minutes to Yosemite Valley) at the west gate of YNP, try Yosemite View Lodge or The Cedar Lodge. NOTE: The Yosemite View Lodge has WIFI at $10 a day extra, but has no cell phone reception.  There is NO WIFI or cell phone reception at the Cedar Lodge, even though the website states that they have it.

In Fish Camp, (about an hour to Yosemite Valley) at the south gate, try the economical but comfortable White Chief Lodge or the expensive Tenaya Lodge. Both have WIFI but cell phone reception is spotty.

During winter workshops we hike no more than 200 yards to different shooting locations.  During fall and sometimes in early spring we will go to Sentinel Dome which is a 1/2 mile hike uphill..

Yes!  They are welcome to accompany us on all outings and for meals.  The more the merrier!  Oh, and at no additional charge.  Non shooting guests are free!

During winter, you are required to carry chains.  The highway patrol and park service law enforcement will enforce these requirements and you will be turned around if you do not have chains in your car.  You could also be required to install chains before being allowed to proceed if its storming or roads are covered with snow.  However, if you have 4-wheel-drive, chains are not required.

If you are driving a rental car try to get a 4-wheel-drive, otherwise you will be required to carry chains and install them if conditions warrant.  There is usually people along the way who will install you chains for you for a nominal fee, usually around $30. This is money well spent!  Any auto parts store will have chains, of which there are many along the way into the park.

We eat lunch and dinner at the Yosemite Lodge at either the cafeteria or Mountain Room restaurant.  We can also get sandwiches at Degnan’s Deli in Yosemite Village. You are free to bring your own meals, as I do for at least lunch.  You are on your own for breakfast.  The condos have kitchenettes.

There is a well-stocked grocery store in Yosemite Valley, or if you want to shop before arriving, there are the large chains stores in Fresno and Oakhurst from the south.  In Mariposa, there is one grocery store on the main road into the park.

I am at your disposal.  Usually we do night shooting for one night.  If the group as a whole wants to do night shooting then we’ll do it!

If you are driving to the park from home, then bring everything you have.  Experience has shown that if you don’t bring it, you’ll need or want it.

If flying in, bring at least a 24-70mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8.

Most definitely!  Again, if driving in bring the largest, heaviest tripod you have.  If flying in, bring the largest, heaviest tripod you can handle on the plane.

Coronavirus Considerations

Although the park is open and is likely to remain open, there will be a slight change in how we function. 

  1. The grocery store in the village is open from 9am to 6pm.
  2. Degnan’s Deli is open from 10am to 5pm, which means we can get sandwiches to go.
  3. The grocery store in El Portal is open from 11am to 6pm.
  4. The grocery store in Wawona is open from 11am to 3pm. 
  5. The Basecamp Eatery, where we will eat most meals, is open.
  6. The Mountain Room, the upscale restaurant, is closed.

All lodging in Yosemite NP and Yosemite West is open.  We recommend lodging in Yosemite West so as to have everyone in the same place, but you are free top secure lodging wherever you wish.  The most economical are the Yosemite West Condos.  These are hotel rooms with kitchenettes; think Marriott Courtyard rooms w/ kitchenettes, but smaller.  The Studio units are downstairs, and sleep two comfortably, in a murphy bed and sofa-bed.  The larger loft units sleep 3 or 4 comfortably in two queen beds and a sofa-bed.

In El Portal, at the west gate of YNP, try Yosemite View Lodge or The Cedar Lodge. NOTE: Neither of these facilities has WIFI or cell phone reception.

In Fish Camp, at the south gate, try the economical but comfortable White Chief Lodge or the expensive Tenaya Lodge.

Normally, offering instruction to students in the field involves close contact to look at settings, critique an image, fix a problem with your camera or tripod, etc, So, although park regulations do not require masks in the field, it is recommended, as is maintaining personal separation.  I’ll have plenty of hand sanitizer.  We’ll just have to wing it in this regard.  But access to all areas of the park has not been restricted.

Terms and Conditions

In the unlikely event that the workshop does not fill enough spaces to warrant continuing, the class will be canceled and a full refund given. You will be notified at least two weeks in advance if a workshop is not going to take place.  The Yosemite Photography Workshop is not responsible for non-refundable airline reservations in the event of workshop cancellation.  

I strongly recommend retaining trip insurance.

Participant-initiated cancellations received 60 days or later before the workshop will receive no refund. Participant-initiated cancellations received prior to 60 days will receive a refund minus $300. Due to the unusual complexity and extensive planning required for these workshops, no refunds will be offered for participant-initiated cancellations after 60 days prior to workshop date unless the spot can be re-filled.

Weather
Yosemite Photo Workshops accepts no responsibility for extreme weather conditions that prohibits us from moving about as we wish, or accessing certain areas of the park.  Each student accepts responsibilitiy for providing your own tire chains in winter.  Carrying them at all times is required by park policy, and at various times you may be asked to show them in your car at checkpoints established by the park rangers.  

It is not uncommon for Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas to experience extended periods of electrical failure during bad weather, particularly in winter.  Yosemite Photo Workshops accepts no responsibility for inconvenience resulting in electrical failure, park closure or extended periods of road closures.  

If the workshop is unable to function due to either weather or park closure a spot in a future workshop within 18months will be offered to affected students.  No refunds will be given.