1164 Alvira Street
Los Angeles, California 90035
Spring Light: Yosemite by Foot, Bike and Carwith Ken Rockwell and Dave Wyman
Dates: Thursday through Sunday: May 19-22, 2011
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. The past winter and current spring, abundant with late rains and snows, promises spectacular waterfalls and an intensely green landscape, and a chance to view colorful wildflowers.
This will be a hands-on photography tour of one of the most beautiful places in the world. As such, we won't spend much time in front of a computer, we'll be in the field making photographs, learning new ways to see the park from the instructors and participants, and discovering new ways to connect with the world around us.
Who this trip is for: Anyone who loves the natural world, history, and photography. The instructors will accommodate novice through advanced photographers.Transportation: On bicycle, by car, shuttle bus and on foot
Arrival Date/Time for Yosemite: Thursday, May 19
Return Time: We'll end officially about noon on the final day.
Yosemite Conservancy has set aside some rooms for participants. Free
camping in the heart of the Valley is also available through the
Conservancy. Or make your own reservations through the park
concessionaire. Here is the link. Rooms are also available not far from the Valley, in El Portal, either at the lovely Cedar Lodge, or the Yosemite View Lodge.
Have you ever traveled to Yosemite by car and glimpsed the perfect
dogwood in bloom, spotted a coyote sniffing it’s way across a meadow,
or noticed a novel view of Yosemite Falls, only to find there’s no
place to pull off the road? All of these subjects and more can be
photographed when travel in Yosemite Valley is on a bicycle. Part of
our workshop is designed to take advantage of this fact, allowing us to
concentrate on photography instead of finding – and holding onto – that
elusive sparking spot.
– And we’ll walk a little, down along the Merced River, up to the base of Yosemite Falls, etc. Most walks will be measured in yards, a few hikes might take us 1/4 mile one direction and 1/4 back.
The Bike Rides: Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition, and be able to navigate over the bike paths and roads that encircle and bisect the Valley (the roads and trails we will take will have very little elevation). Bring a bike in good working condition, or they can be rented in the Valley.
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.
|Dave Wyman has conducted photography workshops and tours since 1984. He originated and directed the travel photography program at the University of Southern California, conducting the program's 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. Dave currently is working on a new book about nature photography. He brings unbridled passion and commitment to his photography, whether he's peering at a sea anemone in a tide pool, or summiting a mountain in the Sierra Nevadas.|
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
- Bicycle (bring one with you, or they can be rented in Yosemite Valley
What Will be Provided:
- Three nights' accommodations (camping)
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.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.
CF or SD cards: bring plenty of storage space for your digital photographs. Bring enough battery power to last through a day.
Film: the instructors recommend 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. 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 thumb drive or CD (that the instructors can show via a laptop computer or with a digital projector).
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.
|Basic Itinerary: “Like a light meter, a good itinerary is just
starting point” – we may have a slightly different itinerary to hand
out when we meet, we may modify the itinerary depending on group size,
Thursday: Arrival day. No special activities planned, other than an optional, informal and brief hello session with the instructors - meet 8 p.m. in the Yosemite Lodge lobby.
On Friday, early risers meet at 7:30 a.m. with bikes in front of the Yosemite Lodge registration office, for a ride ending at Stoneman Meadow, and sunrise over Half Dome. After breakfast, meet with the instructors (meeting room to be announced in the morning; probably Ken or Dave’s room). We’ll go over the itinerary, and enjoy a talk by Ken. Then we’ll walk over to photograph Yosemite Falls, and explore the Ansel Adams Gallery. After a lunch break, we’ll make a slow circuit of the upper half of the lower Valley on bikes, stopping to photograph at El Capitan, and at various locations along the Merced River. After dinner, we’ll cycle out to Stoneman Meadow again, to photograph last light over Half Dome. We’ll meet in the evening to look at photographs and we may have an evening photography session. In late afternoon, we'll drive to Tunnel View for an unusual rainbow visible in the Valley.
we’ll walk from Yosemite Lodge out to the Merced River, and look for
reflecting ponds in Leidig Meadow. After breakfast, we will drive out
to Foresta, to view the historic barns. Then we will drive to Wawona,
to visit an Indian Jones-style bridge and visit the historic Wawona
Hotel. We’ll also visit the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees. After
returning to the Valley, we’ll make a walk to Happy Isles before
dinner, and meet again in the evening to look at photographs and
Going light: A normal photographic workshop can rely on cars to ferry people and equipment to various locations in the Valley, and that will happen part of the time. Because we will carry our own photographic gear and other personal items in day packs and/or fanny packs on the bike portions of our seminar, we’ll need to carry only essential equipment. One or two camera bodies and one or two lenses should be sufficient. Don’t overdo it.
How to register: Go to the Yosemite Conservancy website to register for the trip. Here is the link.
If you have any questions: call the trip leader, Dave Wyman, at 323 377-7565, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.