Spring in Yosemite Photography Workshop Highlights, 2017

Sun Rays on Yosemite Valley Morning Fog (color)

Sun Rays on Yosemite Valley Morning Fog (color)

Yosemite Valley SpringWe had great conditions for my Yosemite in Spring photography workshop in May, 2017: mixed weather with morning fog, brief rain to created mist alongside Yosemite’s granite monoliths, clouds to decorate sunrise, “moonbow” lunar rainbows at night, a rainbow in Bridalveil Fall that I anticipated from the sun elevation and compass direction, blooming dogwood trees and wildflowers, waterfalls, creeks in high spring flow, and so much more. Of course all of this needed to be experienced from the right vantage point at the right time of day.

Outdoor Photographer Magazine published today that they selected one of my photos from this workshop as the winning image for their recent Iconic Locations challenge.  See their write-up on their site for more information on how the image was created:
https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/iconic-locations-assignment-winner-jeff-sullivan/

OP was kind enough to share the image on their Facebook page and Twitter timeline as well:

Congratulations to @jeffsullivanphotography for winning the recent Iconic Locations Assignment with the image, Sun Rays on Yosemite Valley Morning Fog. “On this sunrise at Yosemite’s iconic Tunnel View overlook, it had rained the day before, but the skies were forecast to clear up overnight, so I figured that it would cool down enough to have the water vapor condense as a ground fog. When we arrived the next morning, it was just thick enough to reach the treetops, creating some nice photographic opportunities. “There had been several dozen people at this viewpoint minutes before the sun rays appeared, but once the sun cleared the mountains, nearly everyone decided to go get breakfast. Someone in my workshop asked about that, but I said, “Let’s give it another five minutes.” Sure enough, when the sun closed the gap in the clouds and started shining down between them, light rays started moving around the Valley. “The dynamic range of the scene was too great for one exposure, so the sun ray image was created from five bracketed exposures, adjusted in Adobe Lightroom and combined in PhotomatixPro HDR software.” * * * #OPAssignments #iconiclocations #travel #adventure #tunnelview #Yosemite #landscape_lovers #sky_captures #landscapephotography #fantastic_earth #landscape_captures #ic_landscapes #ig_exquisite #ourplanetdaily #landscapelovers #instanaturelover #welivetoexplore #allnatureshots #specialshots #landscapestyles @yosemitenps

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Here are more images from that great photography workshop in Yosemite National Park in May:

Yosemite Light Rays on Valley Fog

Yosemite Light Rays on Valley Fog

Light Rays On Morning Fog

Light Rays On Morning Fog

Yosemite Valley Morning Light

Yosemite Valley Morning Light

Rainbow in the Mist

Rainbow in the Mist, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park, California

Moonbow Reflections 2017

Moonbow Reflections 2017, Upper Yosemite Fall, Yosemite Valley.

Half Dome Behind Parting Clouds

Half Dome Behind Parting Clouds

Climber Lights on El Capitan

Climber Lights on El Capitan

Morning Fog in Yosemite Valley

Morning Fog in Yosemite Valley

See other posts on this site for more images from my photography workshops in 2017: www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com

I’ll release 2018 dates shortly. Let me know if you’d like me to notify you when they’re released.

Half Dome Morning Reflection

Half Dome Morning Reflection

Lower Yosemite Falls Moonbow

Lower Yosemite Falls Moonbow

Confluence

Confluence

Cloud Forest

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Tioga Pass in Yosemite Opens Thursday, June 29

Yosemite's Tioga Pass Road opens June 29

Milky Way from Tioga Pass Road 10:32 pm June 21, 2017.

Yosemite News Release
June 27, 2017 4:00 pm
For Immediate Release

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Open to All Vehicular Traffic Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tioga Road will open for Bicycle and Pedestrian Use on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park (Highway 120 through the park) will open for the season to all vehicular traffic beginning at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 29, 2017. There will be limited visitor services available from the Tioga Pass Entrance Station to Crane Flat. Tioga Road will open for bicycle and pedestrian users at 8:00 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

All visitors on the road are encouraged to use caution as there may be dirt, debris, and water flowing over sections of the road. Visitors are encouraged to keep an eye out for maintenance vehicles working on the roadway.

Tioga Pass is Open! by Jeff Sullivan

Tioga Pass June 2017

There will be minimal services available along the Tioga Road for several weeks. There will be no drinking water. Visitors should use the vault and portable toilets located along the roadway to help protect water quality in the Tuolumne River watershed. Food service and lodging are not available along the Tioga Road. There is no mobile phone service at this time and 911 emergency calls will not be operational. There are no gasoline services available along Tioga Road. Visitors can purchase gasoline in Lee Vining and at Crane Flat.

For maps and visitor information, visit the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center, open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, the Big Oak Flat Information Station, the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, and the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining.

Tamarack Flat Campground is the only campground that is currently open along Tioga Road. This campground is first-come, first served and fills early in the day.

Evening Reflection on Tioga Pass, June 2017Anyone planning to hike or backpack near Tuolumne Meadows and in all high elevation areas of Yosemite should be prepared for winter hiking and camping conditions. Trails are still impacted by snow and ice. River crossings are high and swift moving. There are several high water areas currently impacting the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the John Muir Trail (JMT) in Yosemite National Park. Trail conditions may vary at any time.

When driving in the park, motorists are urged to drive slowly as bears and other animals are active and may be present on the roadway.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1.

https://activesole.blogspot.com/2017/06/tioga-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to.html

Snow Melting on Tioga Pass

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Conditions Look Great for Yosemite May 7-12!

I've updated a blog post from May 2014 to summarize the amazing photography opportunities available during our workshop in Yosemite next week:
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2014/05/14/yosemites-lunar-rainbow-moonbows-weak-this-year/

#yosemite #nationalpark #landscapephotography #photographyworkshops
#waterfallwednesday Curator: +Eric Leslie

 

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Death Valley Wildflowers 2017

Desert Gold 2017
I’ve photographed over two dozen wildflower species in Death Valley National Park so far this month.  April should bring even more acreage and species on line, to deliver a well above average year in the park for wildflowers.

TBDThe quantity and diversity of wildflowers may not be the most interesting aspect however.  Last year’s superbloom delivered a bumper crop of seeds, which multiplied the rodent population, and that has resulted in more sidewinder rattlesnakes than I’ve seen in the park before.  I followed a couple of the tracks, but was not able to catch up with any of the snakes.

If you visit the park this spring, watch where you step!

 See more of my wildflower photos from Death Valley in my Album 3/21/17.

Death Valley Wildflowers 2017

Star Trails Over Desert Sunflowers

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

As I look towards possibly leading workshops in Grand Teton National Park in 2017, I've updated some of the edits on my photos from my past visits to the park.

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In Album Grand Teton National Park

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End of the Season

Yosemite's Tioga Pass Road closed yesterday, but it will be in my dreams all winter long. If you have my guidebook "Photographing California Vol. 2 -South", you may recognize this location from page 42.

http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/photographing-california-travel-guidebook/
#yosemite #nationalpark #nightphotography #photoworkshops

 

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Sunset in Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows

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A short hike and a long lens yielded this stunning view in the High Sierra Saturday night. I hadn't visited this vantage point in a while, but it seemed like it might pay off for this sunset.

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#yosemite #nationalpark #landscapephotography #highsierra

 

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High Sierra Milky Way

Seeing this photo from one of my Tioga Pass/Eastern Sierra workshops this summer makes me want to go back out!

http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/yosemite-national-park-photography-workshops/ #nightphotography #landscapephotography #photographyworkshops #Yosemite #nationalpark

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New Album Covering Tioga Pass Road

I'll kick off this new album with 35 photos from my visits to the Tioga Pass area over the past couple of months. We should be able to access this area from four or five of my Yosemite and Eastern Sierra workshops this year. http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/yosemite-national-park-photography-workshops/

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In Album Tioga Pass Road, Yosemite National Park

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Sunset Dust Storm Over Mesquite Flat Dunes

Sunday evening in Death Valley National Park, California. It was interesting trying to cook dinner over a fire in that wind!

#deathvalley #nationalpark #landscapephotography
+Death Valley Workshops

 

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