Saturday, February 16, 2013

YOSEMITE - Saturday, Feb. 16th


The plan for the morning was breakfast and then go out and photograph water in subdued light, etc. Well, we woke up to some very high light clouds, so that when we assembled for breakfast we did not go there. Instead we grabbed our gear and headed to the "Swinging Bridge", which is no longer swinging, to photograph Yosemite Falls in early morning light with the Falls reflected in the Merced River as it flowed below our feet.

There were quite a few others out with the same idea. Even so we all got some satisfactory photos. As we had started out a gentvasked if we had photographed Horsetail Falls last night. I said that no we had not, because there was no water coming over the Falls. Well, I was wrong, and he said he had actually seen photos by another photographer who had captured the event. Laterwe saw Michael Frye's Blog with his photo taken at 1745. He commented on his blog that the "flow was still disappointingly meager."We discussed trying to capture the Falls this evening. It was decided that if it looked very promising we would go for it, along with hundreds of others who are here for this event. NPS actually blocks off a lane of traffic for parking for those gathering for the event. We saw people gathering a good one and a half hours before the time to get into position.

We attended a reception for Michael Frye at the Ansel Adams Gallery around mid-day. Michael is the resident photographer here in Yosemite and works out of the Ansel Adams Gallery. He is also the author on "The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite N.P. About 1530 we were off to photograph a couple of locations. As there was some high cloudiness, Mark did a scouting mission to Tunnel
View for Sunset with some clouds, while we revisited Bridal Veil Falls and captured a couple more photographs of a spray rainbow in Bridal Veil Falls. The light was most promising for a sunset with some clouds to add interest so we went to Tunnel View for sunset. (IF tomorrow is clear in the afternoon, we will chase the light for Horsetail Falls.)

The sunset was good. There must have been at least 50 photographers with tripods lined up photographing. It was worth the choice. Afterwards we were off to the Lodge for a fairly early dinner and a quiet evening. We opted to try the Yosemite Lounge for dinner. After a disorganized waiting period we finally got two tables to accommodate the six of us. It was nice to eat  at someplace other than the "Food Court" though the time waiting was a bit annoying. The food was good though.

This evening I spent time downloading today's photographs, and starting the packing for tomorrow's move to the Tenaya Lodge for two nights. We will have to check out of the Yosemite Lodge by 1100. We will spend the rest of the day in Yosemite Valley photographing, and will not go to the Tenaya Lodge until after sunset photography.

Upper Yosemite Falls from Swinging Bridge
Yosemite Falls from Swinging Bridge

Raven Duo
Spray Bow, Bridal Veil Falls

Evening Color, Tunnel View
Sunset on Half Dome and Clouds' Rest

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