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Photo tour — Yosemite and White Mountains

I’m now taking reservations for my Yosemite and White Mountains photo tour. It’s structured into two 2-day segments (4 days total). June 21/22/23/24 (meet the evening of the 20th). By going midweek, we’ll avoid the crowds, but the dates can be shifted into the weekend upon mutual agreement.

We will enjoy the 3rd week of June, a pleasant and spectacular time of year for where we’re going. You can attend either or both 2-day segments as you prefer. The first two days are in the spectacular high country of Yosemite, and the 2nd two days will be in the bristlecone pine studded White Mountains to the east. Optional extension to northern Death Valley/Eureka Dunes by special arrangement.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine remains — Patriarch Grove
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine — Patriarch Grove
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Each day includes as much personalized photo instruction as you would like while we shoot in the field (mid-day will be the focus for instruction, saving the “sweet light” of dawn and dusk for active shooting).

Group size is limited to a maximum of 4, so you’ll get much more personalized attention than in larger workshops, even though costs will be similar. In short, a great value for your money.

Instruction options include general photographic technique, stitching images for high resolution, digital infrared, and anything else you’d like to cover, such as equipment and lenses. This is a field workshop however, so we will not be returning to a classroom during the day as it would incur too much travel time. Instead we’ll relax in a comfortable spot for periodic breaks. Evenings offer an optional shared meal/discussion.

See itinerary further below. To reserve a spot, contact me via email. The cost is $995 for each two-day trip, or $1695 for all 4 days.

You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging and meals, but I will advise/assist you and have some basics on hand. For the White Mountains trip, plan on driving an SUV (no passenger cars or minivans).

Good physical fitness is a plus, but outings can be adjusted for individual needs. Plan on arriving a day early to let yourself adjust to the altitude of 8000 - 11500 feet.

Glacial polish
Glacial polish

 

Itinerary, subject to opportunistic changes based on weather or local conditions.

Day 1: We'll explore stunning Tenaya Canyon, with leafing-out aspens, areas of glacial polish, rushing water (falls and rooster-tails shooting off granite pools). Moderate hiking, 3-5 miles as you like, with excursions optional. Fishing/trout also possible (bring your own pole and license, and trout make beautiful subjects, catch and release is encouraged but not required).

Day 2: (several options depending on group's inclination to hike). We'll explore the Cathedral Peak and Tuolumne Meadows area. Later in the day, we'll shoot an expansive but easily accessed granite dome with numerous glacial erratics. Optional pre-dawn ascent of Mt Dana to shoot Mono Lake (hard-core, by group agreement only).

Days 3 & 4: White Mountain bristlecone pines. We'll spend two days at 10,000 - 11,000' exploring some of the oldest and most beautiful trees in the world. Opportunities abound for broad landscapes, possible Bighorn Sheep sightings and close up and intimate portraits of the bristlecones. Great possibilities at dawn and dusk, and minimal hiking for great shooting.

Night-time shooting is also a possibility when the weather cooperates.

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