Yosemite Photo Workshops

Schedule

2020

The Italian Dolomites

Tue, 9/22/20 to Mon, 9/27/20      
Unfortunately, due to the travel restrictions to Europe, this workshop has been postponed until 2021.

$3,200
Includes All Lodging, Breakfast and Dinner, Park Fees and Gondola Fees

Our 5th year going to the Dolomites!

Go Here for details!

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! 6 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.

Non-shooting guests welcome at a reduced fee!

Yosemite Fall Colors #1

Mon-Tue-Wed  11/2/20 to 11/4/20

 

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 waiting 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.

$ 750
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

Yosemite Fall Colors #2

Fri-Sat-Sun 11/6/20 to 11/8/20

 

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 waiting 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.

$ 750
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

2021

Yosemite in Winter #1

Fri-Sat-Sun, 2/19/21 to 2/21/21

 

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.

$ 750
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

Yosemite in Winter #2

Tue-Wed-Thu, 2/23/21 to 2/25/21

 

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.

$ 750
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

Yosemite Early Spring Waterfalls #1

Fri-Sat-Sun, 5/14/21 to 5/16/21

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

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

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.

$ 750
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.

$ 750
00
  • Includes Workshop Only

FAQs

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..

Although students can stay where they want, I recommend Yosemite West, which is just outside the west park boundaries in Mariposa County.  It is accessible only through the park and is only about 20 minutes from the valley.  There are condos and cabins in Yosemite West.

See http://enchantedyosemite.com or http://scenicwonders.com or if both of these are full, you can try http://whitechiefmountainlodge.com in Fish Camp.

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, if the pandemic has not subsided, there will be a slight change in how we function.  The grocery store in the village is open, as are all other gift shops and grocery outlets in YNP.  The Visitor Center is closed, but the Ansel Adams Gallery is open.

Unless you want to invite a logistical trainwreck, I strongly encourage you to find lodging inside the park boundaries, preferably in Yosemite West.
Enchanted Yosemite and Scenic Wonders has condos (more like a Courtyard by Marriott suite with kitchenette)  in Yosemite West.  Once you secure your reservation, you’ll eliminate any need for a day permit to get in or out of the park.

Yosemite National Park has severely limited food service options;
1) The Mountain Room, at Yosemite Lodge, which features up-scale dining is closed. 
2) The Basecamp Eatery (formerly the Food Court) also at the Yosemite Lodge is takeout and outdoor seating only, but will be open.  We’ll eat outside.  Most of our meals will be here.
3) Degnan’s Deli is takeout and outdoor seating only, but this not much different from normal operations.  Sandwiches are the menu here.
4) Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room is takeout only, but we rarely eat here due to the exorbitant expense.
5) Curry Village is currently renovating the pavilion, which is where the cafeteria and pizza place is, so only food trucks are available.
Flexibility and patience will be required of everyone on these issues.  I recommend bringing your own food for lunch and possibly dinner, as inclement weather could occur, which is great for photography but not so good for eating outside.  It may well be that we’ll end up eating in our cars, so portable food is recommended.  Personally, I’ll be bringing my own lunch and dinner.

All areas of the park are open, so from a photography standpoint, nothing will change.  

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.