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Yosemite during the fall season is a quiet time in the park as foliage begins its change to the rich golden and red hues that characterize California's fall season.
Capture the vibrancy of Yosemite in the fall during this dedicated Infrared (IR) Photography workshop, designed with shooting sessions throughout the day interspersed with extensive specialized instruction in landscape and IR photography. This workshop focuses not only on the 'where' to take the pictures, but also on the 'how' to take pictures, incorporating photographic education throughout the workshop at each location. By building on the previous location's techniques and lessons, this allows for culmination in a comprehensive lesson in composition, modified exposure, light controls and, primarily, IR photography.
The fall season allows us to focus on specialized techniques more so than any other season. With clear skies in abundance, fall is the favorite time of year for infrared photos for Yosemite photographers. The exercises in IR photography are integrated into the workshop schedule, along with the traditional landscape photography education. See below (What to Bring) as to your IR needs.
This truly is a collaboration of extensive, comprehensive landscape photography education coupled with a dynamic location.
Note: The Yosemite in Infrared workshop fee includes lodging at Curry Village. See venue information below.
Day 1 - We begin mid-day (1:00p) with a workshop orientation at the Curry Village Lounge, detailing the workshop schedule and shooting locations, a discussion on safety, a brief history of Yosemite, and a review on shooting techniques/concerns. Following the orientation, we will depart on the park's free shuttle bus system to our first shooting location, where we will begin our instruction in infrared photography. Following this comprehensive introduction with integrated shooting in a classic, iconic location, we will move on to our sunset photographic location at a unique perspective of Bridalveil Falls. Following sunset, we will return to Curry Village for dinner and a post-dinner review of the day's work in the Curry Village Lounge.
Day 2 - Following an early breakfast, we head over to the west end of the valley to shoot the changing dogwoods, before heading down the Merced River canyon to capture early morning light amongst the river and trees, before reaching our mid-day destination of the old mining camp of Mariposa for an early afternoon of capturing the character of the 1860s mining town that has held on to all its old west charm. Mid-afternoon, we head back to the Yosemite Valley to several iconic locations for additional IR photography. In the late afternoon, we head out - and up - to Glacier Point to catch the light of the setting sun on Half Dome and the valley below, before heading back down to the valley for a later dinner, followed by an optional post-dinner review of the day's work in the Curry Village Lounge.
Day 3 - Following an early breakfast, we head up the trail to Mirror Meadow to catch the early morning light as it clears over Half Dome above us. By late morning, as the sun clears into the valley, we head down to the south side of the valley to capture the colorful trees around the Yosemite Chapel and the surrounding meadows. Following lunch, we head to the southern portion of Yosemite park, spending the afternoon at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, with additional exercises in IR photography. Following the giant sequoias, we head to our final sunset destination - a secret and stunning locale that always leaves photographers clamoring for more time and light; a location that takes you in the footsteps of Ansel Adams and John Sexton, to a 'quiet', peaceful stretch of river that will leave you breathless - and with dynamic imagery. Following this spectacular evening finale to our workshop, we head to the Wawona Hotel for a late dinner.
Day 4 - Our final day in the Yosemite begins after the traditional early breakfast with a walk down the Merced River from Happy Isles to the famed Ahwahnee Hotel, for a final opportunity to capture the granite and foliage sights of Yosemite in the IR spectrum. The workshop will conclude at mid-day just prior to an optional final group lunch and photo review session, allowing time for everyone to make it to the airport for the return home from a rich and educational four days in Yosemite!
Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.