There are few places in the world that are as beautiful and inspiring as Yosemite National Park. This land of granite cliffs has the highest concentration of waterfalls anywhere and is rightly called the most beautiful valley in the world. Yosemite is the most photographed landscape in USA which has been made famous over the years by photographers such as Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell.
Yosemite turns into a fairy tale white wonderland in winters. We will be shooting at a number of beautiful spots throughout the valley. If it is cloudy we can virtually shoot all day.
We have planned this trip around the time of fire falls; a magical phenomenon that happens for only a few days in a year and draws thousands of photographers from all over the world. Setting sun lights up the horsetail fall at such an angle that it resembles fire falling off the cliff. (Please note: there are a few pre-conditions for fire falls to happen - sufficient snow pack, enough melt to create flow, sunset light hitting the falls). We are there for three sunsets and hope to be lucky on one of the days.
Join me on an adventurous trip to this magical land. A photography expedition where we will be doing extensive sunset, sunrise and day time photography. With focus on creativity and learning, this tour will help you refine your photography skills and create a strong portfolio of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Day 1: We will leave for Yosemite National Park from Los Angeles at 8:00 am and reach there around 2:00 pm. We will check into our hotel and head out for sunset photography followed by dinner and rest.
Day 2: Sunrise photography - breakfast - classroom/post processing session at hotel followed by afternoon and sunset photography.
Day 3: Sunrise photography - breakfast - classroom/post processing session at hotel followed by afternoon and sunset photography.
Day 4: Sunrise photography - breakfast - classroom/post processing session at hotel. Drive back to Los Angeles.
Exact itinerary will be decided depending on weather conditions. Post processing sessions will be held either during day break or late evening which will depend on day time whether.
1. DSLR/Mirrorless camera (with option of manual adjustments for ISO, Aperture, Duration and focus)
2. Lenses - Wide angle, standard and telephoto lenses (14-200mm) are preferred.
3. Tripod (Must)
4. Filters - Polarizers, Neutral density and Graduated filters (whatever you have).
5. Memory cards & spare batteries
6. Lens cleaning cloth
7. Remote shutter release
8. Laptop (with Lightroom/Photoshop) for post processing
9. Memory card reader or a USB wire to connect with your camera.
10. Torch and headlamp (with red light)
This is a suggested list of items (not all are mandatory). You can bring other items that you may have.
Travel is included in the tour cost. We will go together in a vehicle from Los Angeles. You can also drive on your own.
We will be staying at a nice hotel near the entrance of National Park. Lodging cost is included in the total tour price.
Weather is quite cold in February (30F to 55F). Pack multiple layers of clothing accordingly.
• Down Layer/Thermals/Jackets
• Trail Shoes or Hiking Boots
• Gloves and Hat/cap
• Woolen Socks
Meals are not included.
This workshop is appropriate for photographers of average fitness levels. You should be able to walk/hike distances up to 1 mile. It is expected for all participants to be able to carry their own personal gear and water during the workshop.
This workshop is suitable for all levels of photographers.
$ 1475 inclusive of travel and hotel stay.
$ 300 advance for reserving your spot. Balance amount will be due 90 days prior to trip date - invoice and terms/conditions will be emailed.
1. Restricted to a max. of 5 participants
2. Yosemite valley has spotty phone coverage
3. Keep checking for updates.