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New Release - Monolith, the Face of Half Dome as a Modern Replica

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On an April morning in 1927, Adams undertook a difficult four-thousand-foot climb through heavy snow to the granite outcropping known as the Diving Board, where he set up his 6 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch view camera, inserted a glass plate, and waited for the light to fall directly on the sheer granite cliff. He made one exposure with a yellow filter. Then it occurred to him that if he used a dark red filter, both sky and cliff would register darker in the finished print than in the actual scene. He changed to the red filter, with this dramatic result.

A Yosemite Year – A Photographer’s Almanac April 2014 (Continued)

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A Quiet Day in The Mariposa Grove by Mike Reeves For April's post I wanted to show an image I took under what could be called making the best of a bad situation. In April 2012 I had been enjoying lunch along the river when I unfortunately cracked a tooth on what I was eating. Yosemite has a…

A Yosemite Year – A Photographer’s Almanac April 2014 (Continued)

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 Misty Sunrise from Tunnel View by Kirk Keeler From time to time, I will do some pre-planning to be in the right place at the right time to capture a natural phenomenon, such as a full moon rising behind a certain peak like Half Dome or Cathedral Peak.  Using software, such as The Photographer’s…

A Yosemite Year – A Photographer’s Almanac April 2014

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I’ve heard some say this winter season has been a disappointment. Photography-wise. Where are the dramatic snowy valley scenes, the snow “cones” and frazil ice, the water in horsetail falls? It may be a good thing that Yosemite still feels new to me even after three years. I still don’t…

A Yosemite Year – A Photographer’s Almanac March 2014 (Continued)

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Snow in Yosemite Valley has been infrequent the last two winters. I moved to Yosemite in March of 2010, during a snowstorm. The following March (2011), the inhabitants of the park experienced what has affectionately become known as ‘Snowmageddon’; a series of snowstorms that dropped several feet onto the valley floor and well over ten feet in the higher elevations. The park had to close for a few days while crews cleared roads and restored power...

A Yosemite Year - A Photographer's Almanac March 2014

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I love to hear Yosemite Valley sing.  It can be a subtle aria – a muffled wind through the trees, a cascade chortling down the cliffs or the background thrum of rain as it harmonically raps on the surface of the Merced River.  But March usually introduces a crescendo.  As spring unfolds, the falls…

A Yosemite Year – Photographer’s Almanac: February 2014

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High up on the trail – above where the conifers start to cling to their purchase, and the cliffs begin to bend toward the sky – the low winter sun avoids any and all obstructions, a warming respite from the fervent chill lingering around Yosemite’s floor.   Down below, the recent flurries have…

Yosemite Artwork, the Soul and Spirit of the Park

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Yosemite is steeped in tradition, mythology, ceremony and adventure.  This is the soul and spirit of the park - the water sings it, the granite walls echo it, and the animals steward it.  And behind the semblance of rigid sentinels, it is in habitual flux, walking the trail between repose and…