Nex Up: Winter in Yosemite

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David Wyman
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Nex Up: Winter in Yosemite
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This year I've posted some images of Manhattan and Route 66. Here are some more, from Yosemite National Park, where I spent a few very pleasant days this past week.

Yosemite is about to experience significant weather, after a long lack of rainfall. That meant sunny days for me, although clouds would have been nice, too. All that light gave me a chance, however, to photograph, among other subjects, Yosemite's natural "fire fall" and a rainbow.

I had much fun with my NEX-7 (soon to be an A6000?), with a few lenses, including the 10-18mm and the 18-55mm. I have a focal reducer and used it with an awesome 75-150mm Nikon lens, like the one Galen Rowell , my culture hero, carried with him; it's a straight-through f/3.5 lens, and the focal reducer gave me even more light.

I also tried out my Tokina 400mm lens, which did well. I had a serious problem with my Nikon 70-300mm non-VR lens, which captured grotesque amounts of chromatic aberration. I doubt I'll use it again on my NEX.

The little NEX is wonderfully light, compared to my massive DSLR gear. I didn't mind carrying the camera by a neck strap with either of my Sony lenses; I mostly used the Nikon/Tokina optics with a tripod, although the 75-150mm zoom was easy to use in my hand.

At this time of year, the park isn't particularly crowded. It was especially empty with the lack of snow for the skiers who like Yosemite; much of the time I found myself almost or completely alone in several locations, from the pioneer cemetery to restaurants to classic viewpoints of El Capitan and Half Dome. And the temperatures by day were very pleasant. It felt more like a spring or early summer day than the middle of winter in North America.

The natural fire fall off the east side of the massive El Capitan cliff. The last light of the day, during the last two weeks of February, will turn the granite wall red. Many photographers probably stayed away from the park this year because there were reports of almost no water flowing over the cliff, which most photographers think - wrongly - is necessary to turn the wall red.

Just enough water flowed over El Capitan this year to appear in a photo. The water, looking like molten lava, was lit from behind by rocks turned red in the setting sun. I have a secret spot, on the south side of Yosemite Valley, from which I like to photograph the fire fall. There are only a few known locations to make a photo of the event, and often groups of photographers have to negotiate for space to set up their gear. This year, it was just me and three other photographers (one of whom was with me).

Bridalveil Fall exhibits rainbows at different times of the year, at different times of the day, for a few minutes. I used a polarizer to pull out more color; and I pulled our more with some help from software after the fact.

Gates of the Valley about 8 p.m. - it's really a gateway to a larger universe beyond iconic landscape features like El Capitan on the left, and Cathedral Rocks, on the right. It was difficult to figure out how to get my NEX lenses to focus on infinity for might night shots. I ended up using a flashlight on a reflective road sign as my focal point.

The view of Stoneman Bridge and a reflected North Dome. My 10-18mm came in handy here.

I used a black and white mode (Rich Tones) for this image along the Merced River.

Sometimes I like to flip the image of a reflection, in this case Cathedral Rock in the Merced River.

Inside an historic barn at little-visited Foresta, which is within the confines of the park, but outside Yosemite Valley.

Ordinarily I conduct photography groups in Yosemite each winter. This year, I took a busman's holiday, and enjoyed every minute of my trip and all the time I took making my images of the park. I'll be back NEX year and hope I can post more images of what I'll see.

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Re: Nex Up: Winter in Yosemite

David Wyman wrote:

This year I've posted some images of Manhattan and Route 66. Here are some more, from Yosemite National Park, where I spent a few very pleasant days this past week.

Yosemite is about to experience significant weather, after a long lack of rainfall. That meant sunny days for me, although clouds would have been nice, too. All that light gave me a chance, however, to photograph, among other subjects, Yosemite's natural "fire fall" and a rainbow.

I had much fun with my NEX-7 (soon to be an A6000?), with a few lenses, including the 10-18mm and the 18-55mm. I have a focal reducer and used it with an awesome 75-150mm Nikon lens, like the one Galen Rowell , my culture hero, carried with him; it's a straight-through f/3.5 lens, and the focal reducer gave me even more light.

I also tried out my Tokina 400mm lens, which did well. I had a serious problem with my Nikon 70-300mm non-VR lens, which captured grotesque amounts of chromatic aberration. I doubt I'll use it again on my NEX.

The little NEX is wonderfully light, compared to my massive DSLR gear. I didn't mind carrying the camera by a neck strap with either of my Sony lenses; I mostly used the Nikon/Tokina optics with a tripod, although the 75-150mm zoom was easy to use in my hand.

At this time of year, the park isn't particularly crowded. It was especially empty with the lack of snow for the skiers who like Yosemite; much of the time I found myself almost or completely alone in several locations, from the pioneer cemetery to restaurants to classic viewpoints of El Capitan and Half Dome. And the temperatures by day were very pleasant. It felt more like a spring or early summer day than the middle of winter in North America.

The natural fire fall off the east side of the massive El Capitan cliff. The last light of the day, during the last two weeks of February, will turn the granite wall red. Many photographers probably stayed away from the park this year because there were reports of almost no water flowing over the cliff, which most photographers think - wrongly - is necessary to turn the wall red.

Just enough water flowed over El Capitan this year to appear in a photo. The water, looking like molten lava, was lit from behind by rocks turned red in the setting sun. I have a secret spot, on the south side of Yosemite Valley, from which I like to photograph the fire fall. There are only a few known locations to make a photo of the event, and often groups of photographers have to negotiate for space to set up their gear. This year, it was just me and three other photographers (one of whom was with me).

Bridalveil Fall exhibits rainbows at different times of the year, at different times of the day, for a few minutes. I used a polarizer to pull out more color; and I pulled our more with some help from software after the fact.

Gates of the Valley about 8 p.m. - it's really a gateway to a larger universe beyond iconic landscape features like El Capitan on the left, and Cathedral Rocks, on the right. It was difficult to figure out how to get my NEX lenses to focus on infinity for might night shots. I ended up using a flashlight on a reflective road sign as my focal point.

The view of Stoneman Bridge and a reflected North Dome. My 10-18mm came in handy here.

I used a black and white mode (Rich Tones) for this image along the Merced River.

Sometimes I like to flip the image of a reflection, in this case Cathedral Rock in the Merced River.

Inside an historic barn at little-visited Foresta, which is within the confines of the park, but outside Yosemite Valley.

Ordinarily I conduct photography groups in Yosemite each winter. This year, I took a busman's holiday, and enjoyed every minute of my trip and all the time I took making my images of the park. I'll be back NEX year and hope I can post more images of what I'll see.

David,

Incredible images.  I've been to Yosemite at least once a year for the past 25 years and have both photographed and viewed 1000's of images of its spectacular beauty.    After viewing your images several times, I would have to say some of them are the most spectacular images i have ever seen.

I am truly impressed with your skill as a nature photographer.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Joel,

Santa Cruz, Ca.

tri x
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Great set of photographs David.  Good to see some real results.  Nice one !

Cheers John

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osv Veteran Member • Posts: 9,970
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lotta local knowledge helping out in those photos, some great shots.

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Spectacular shots!  Thank you for sharing.

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Beautiful photos! Yosemite is a wonderful place to visit and photograph.

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Cool shots, even cooler you enjoyed some time for yourself in. Nature.    Often we are so busy we forget to enjoy

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Re: Nex Up: Winter in Yosemite

Great shots! You mention using modes- are these OoC jpgs?

Awesome composition, especially the reflections.

Thanks for sharing!

David Wyman
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Re: Nex Up: Winter in Yosemite

emailsucks98 wrote:

Great shots! You mention using modes- are these OoC jpgs?

Awesome composition, especially the reflections.

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for your words.

The two black and whites and the bridge photos are right out of the camera. I used one of the HDR setting with the bridge shot.

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Great shots.

It is a place that you could spend weeks in and still feel like you missed things.
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Wonderful shots and beautiful scenes. Some clever eye work going on to spot these. Very clever.

All the best and great stuff.

Danny.

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Stunning, simply stunning. Well Done!!

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jack scholl
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WOW!

We are going there for the first time in a couple months.  Doubt we will "see" Yosemite as well as you have.  Just wonderful shots.

Thanks for posting . . .

Jack

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David Wyman
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David,

Incredible images. I've been to Yosemite at least once a year for the past 25 years and have both photographed and viewed 1000's of images of its spectacular beauty. After viewing your images several times, I would have to say some of them are the most spectacular images i have ever seen.

I am truly impressed with your skill as a nature photographer.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Joel,

Santa Cruz, Ca.

Thanks to you - and everyone else - for your nice comments.

I took a look at your gallery images - you've got a good eye.

Where is the castle on the hill you photographed?

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David Wyman wrote:

David,

Incredible images. I've been to Yosemite at least once a year for the past 25 years and have both photographed and viewed 1000's of images of its spectacular beauty. After viewing your images several times, I would have to say some of them are the most spectacular images i have ever seen.

I am truly impressed with your skill as a nature photographer.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Joel,

Santa Cruz, Ca.

Thanks to you - and everyone else - for your nice comments.

I took a look at your gallery images - you've got a good eye.

Where is the castle on the hill you photographed?

Thanks David. The castle is in Talciona, Italy, a small hamlet in the Chianti region. We travel to Europe often and I find that using my LX7 yields pretty nice results without having to carry a bag of equipment. Before digital, I carried an SLR and 3 lenses when we traveled, what a relief!

Regards,

Joel

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