Monday, June 8, 2009

Hidden Yosemite Valley Workshop

My Hidden Yosemite Valley workshop with The Ansel Adams Gallery ended yesterday. This is the fifth year I've done this class, but the first time we based it in Yosemite Valley. In previous years we stayed in Lee Vining in July and photographed the Yosemite high country, but decided to try something different and concentrate on Yosemite Valley this time.

The weather was rather unusual for June. A low pressure system brought rain and high-elevation snow, closing Tioga Pass briefly on Friday. But in between the showers we had some great photo opportunities—sunbeams on Bridalveil Fall Wednesday, chiaroscuro light and clouds from Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome on Thursday, the sun breaking through late Friday to light Bridalveil and Half Dome, and misty meadows Sunday morning. I told the group yesterday that they had the best light and weather of any workshop I've led. We even got to photograph two bears on Friday!

We had a nice group of people, and had a great time. The photo above shows John on Sentinel Dome Thursday afternoon.

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