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Los Angeles, California 90035
323 939-2586

Yosemite's Water-Works

- A Photography Tour and Workshop -


Dates: Monday through Thursday, May 13-16, 2013

Yosemite National Park: Come to Yosemite and explore a unique part of the natural world. In mid-May people are less obvious, and waterfalls are flowing with enormous vigor. There are juxtapositions of light and shadow, and a natural sense of form and texture. We'll photograph Half Dome and El Capitan, watch for animals, and look for the "intimate" landscapes of reflecting pools and wildflowers, and explore a bit of gold rush country.

Cost: $215 (includes a group meal and guided field sessions in a cornucopia of locations, evening sessions to look at our photos, and an optional night sky session).

Departure Date: Anytime on Monday, May 13.

Transportation: Via private auto; trip leaders will help make arrangements where possible between those who need a ride and those who can offer a ride. We encourage you to carpool where possible.

Trip difficulty: None - the trip will be conducted at a photographer's relaxed pace. We will be out to learn about photography and Yosemite, and we'll see a goodly chunk of the Park.

Accommodations: Dave will stay at Cedar Lodge, a few miles outside Yosemite, about 25 minutes from Yosemite Valley. Cedar Lodge is quiet, has all the amennities, and is reasonably priced. (To make reservations though Cedar Lodge, click here - other booking agencies to check include and, which sometimes have better deals). Other locations include Yosemite View Lodge, a few miles closer to the park, and accommodations inside Yosemite Valley. 


Meals: The trip includes two group meals. We will always be near places to eat around meal times, and Yosemite has several places to purchase a meal or food, from markets to fancy restaurants. Bring along snacks and water (Dave will have some backup supplies, too), in case we decide to stay later at a location or two than planned.

Who this trip is for: Anyone who loves the natural world and photography. The instructor will accommodate novice through advanced photographers. 

Dave Wyman has conducted photography workshops and natural history outings since 1984. He originated and directed the travel photography program at the University of Southern California, conducting trips throughout California and the Southwest. His articles and photographs have been published in magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Backpacker; his pictorial guidebooks include Backroads of Northern California, Backroads of Southern California, and Yosemite in Photographs. He brings unbridled passion and commitment to his photography, whether mentoring a student, peering into a tide pool, or summiting a mountain.

Return Time: We'll end officially about noon on the final day.

What to Bring:

- Camera gear (see below)
- Clothing for warm and cool temperatures; recommended: ski cap for cool mornings and evenings, mittens (optional)
- Day pack and/or camera bag
- Money for meals

What Will be Provided

- Guided photography walks
- Equipment demonstrations and lectures
- Help with carpooling where necessary
- Two meals
- Presentations in the evenings

Photographic Equipment: you don't need to spend any money on equipment you don't already have. A basic digital or 35mm camera will serve you well. If you are serious about photography, however, you should attempt to bring along two accessories: a tripod & cable release. These items will allow you to photograph in the early morning hours and into evening, and also allow for creative techniques. Tripods can be rented from some camera shops, or perhaps you can find a friend who will loan you one.The instructor may also bring along a few extra tripods to loan out.

CF or SD cards: bring plenty of storage space for your digital photographs. Bring enough battery power to last through a day.

Film: the instructor recommends film from ISO/ASA 25 to 200. Fujichrome slide film offers excellent color saturation for slide film and has fine grain. Fujicolor and Kodacolor are good print films. Prints, of course, are much easier to display if you don't own a slide projector. Print film speeds up to ISO 400 are fine. 

Note: Participants are encouraged to bring up to 20 slides/digital images and/or prints to share with the group. Digital images can be on your laptop or a CD (that the instructors can show via  laptops or tablet).

Weather: we can expect mild to warm days, and cool evenings. Just about anything is possible, from temperatures in the '80's in the Valley during the day and down to the 30's in the evening (but don't bet on either). Be prepared with a selection of clothing. "Bad" weather, often in the form of afternoon thundershowers, is sometimes the best weather for photography.


Tentative Itinerary: on Day 1 depart anytime for Yosemite; our accommodations will be ready after 3 p.m. After dinner, we'll take in a slide show to learn about Yosemite and nature photography. On Day 2, we'll depart early for the drive minute ride to Yosemite Valley, photographing the powerful Merced River and waterfalls, and view the meadows and amazing granite walls, as well as watch for wildlife. On Day 3 we will photograph at Foresta, with its historic barns and fire scars from the massive 1988 burn. We'll spend more time in the Valley, returning for lunch and the Ahwahnee Hotel, Happy Isles, and more waterfall photography, including the amazing rainbow over Bridalveil Fall. On Day 4, after an optional early morning session, we will enjoy a farewell breakfast (which has now been scheduled in the town of Mariposa). 

How to join us, where to send payment: Make a check payable to Image Quest, and mail it to 1164 Alvira Street, Los Angeles, California, 90035.You can also use (contact Dave, first). Send a $100 to hold your place. Full amount due two weeks before the departure date.

Cancellations: $100. No refunds within two weeks of the departure date, unless another participant takes your place.  Credit offered for future trips at instructor's discretion.


If you have any questions: call the trip leader, Dave Wyman, at 323 377-7565, or e-mail him at

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