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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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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Milky Way Season is On!

…If you don't mind getting up in the middle of the night! Fortunately the Milky Way rise time moves earlier in the night each month, until it gets downright reasonable and is in the sky after evening twilight for my night photography workshops from June through October.

#milkyway #nightphotography #landscapephotography #photographyworkshops

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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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2017 Death Valley Photography Workshops

Death Valley Super Bloom Sunrise
So far I’m planning two Death Valley trips for spring wildflowers, two more in the fall:

Mar 1 – 5 – Death Valley Spring Landscapes & Night Photography – enroll: $1195
We’ll have all the normal wonders of Death Valley, plus the 2017 bloom.  I’ve been watching the rainfall pattern and I’m visiting the park in January and February to confirm where the wildflowers will be growing best at this time.  The travel day will be February 28, then we’ll shoot March 1 – 5.  There will be some moonlight in the evenings, and Milky Way available before dawn.

Afternoon Light at Mesquite Flat

Mar 22 – 26 – Death Valley Spring Landscapes & Night Photography – $1195
Like the early March session, we’ll have exotic landscapes plus wildflowers, and the Milky Way will be up in the morning if you want to capture it!  The wildflowers will be blooming in different areas for this visit.

Gold Desert of Desert Gold

Nov 16 – 19 – Death Valley Landscape & Night Photography – Leonid Meteor Shower
I’ve been chasing photos of meteor showers for ages.  Come see how it’s done!  This is a landscape photography workshop, with the bonus of a sky show at night.  More details coming soon.

Charcoal Kilns at Night

Dec 9 – 13 – Death Valley Landscape & Night Photography – Geminid Meteor Shower
In my opinion, Death Valley is the best place to catch the year’s most active meteor shower.  Join me for a landscape photography workshop with flying burning rocks at night! Details coming soon.

Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

Here’s my Death Valley workshop overview page:
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/death-valley-photography-workshop-2013/

I live 3 hours from the park, and I’ve been exploring Death Valley several times per year for eleven years! If you can’t join me but want to explore the park, my 320-page guidebook “Photographing California Vol. 2 – South” includes 40+ locations in Death Valley.

#deathvalley #photographyworkshops www.JeffSullivanphotography.com

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Blue Hour at Mono Lake

After the "super moon" rise at Mono Lake last month, I stayed to get a blue hour photo of these tufa rock formations, back-lit by the light of the full moon. I entered this and several other photos in the annual calendar contest conducted by the +Mono Lake Committee… fingers crossed!

www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com #landscapephotography #photographyworkshops #monolake #california #easternsierrs

 

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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.

#landscapephotography #photographyworkshops #grandteton #nationalpark

              

In Album Grand Teton National Park

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Sunset at Mono Lake Friday Night

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The Labor Day holiday weekend crowds are out, but at sunset at Mono Lake on Friday I managed to find a few feet of space without people in it.

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#monolake #easternsierra #california #landscapephotography #photographyworkshops

 

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My New Page on Google+

I've started a new page on G+, where I'll be making most of my new posts first, so you may want to follow my page and collections there: +Jeff Sullivan Photography

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Mono Lake / Eastern Sierra Workshop Last Week
As I did most of the summer, I held an Eastern Sierra workshop adjacent to my Bodie workshop last weekend, so people could see more of the area and get some practice with night photography before getting to Bodie on Sunday. Summer evenings are often windy, but that doesn't mean that you can't get good sunset shots!

We actually spent some time up in the Tioga Pass area as well, enjoying afternoon cumulous clouds, sunset, and night photography.
I'll have a couple of fall workshops in early October when we can revisit those areas:
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/eastern-sierra-fall-colors-photo-workshops/

#easternsierra #landscapephotography #photographyworkshops #monolake #california

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Stormy Day in Bodie

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At lest a couple of dozen photos from the July 29 night photography workshop are included in the Bodie Photography Workshops album. Torrential rains came to town at 3 pm, just as many workshop participants were leaving town to join us for a pre-workshop dinner at Virginia Creek Settlement. The rain cleared the air of smoke from California's wildfires, then the clouds added to the drama in the sky through golden hour and into sunset, but as often happens, quickly broke up for night photography. It was perfect photography workshop weather!

Our remaining Bodie workshops in 2016 are getting pretty full, so I'm looking into potentially adding a date in October. Let me know if you want to hear about 2017 dates once I have them. The most popular dates do fill quickly these days.
http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/

#nightphotography #photographyworkshops #easternsierra #Bodie #ghosttown

              

In Album Bodie Photography Workshops

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