Off-Season Guide

Photographing Yosemite in the Winter.

This will be the first year we get to take our Roadtrek Agile, Charley, to Yosemite in the Winter and I have to admit, I’m a bit nervous about driving those icy winter roads in my multi-ton Class B.  However, I think if we stick to moderately dry weather days we’ll be okay.  There is certainly a lot of motivation for going, because Winter is the very best time to photograph the park.

Most of the year, the great photographs of Yosemite can only happen in the very early morning and in the late afternoon.  Those are the times of day when the sunlight is soft enough to avoid overly harsh contrast.  But the light in the winter is low all day long, and many days are filled with clouds and fog, both of which even out the available light.  There are some days in the Winter when you can shoot all day long while you enjoy the ever-changing light on Yosemite’s huge granite cliffs.

So, where should you go?  Continue reading

The Off-Season Guide to Yosemite National Park, Part 1

My wife and I are lucky enough to live so close to Yosemite that we’ve been there hundreds of times.  SONY DSCAfter all these trips, we’ve discovered the best places to stay, the best places to eat and most importantly, the best places to take pictures.  Read on, and we’ll share some of our secrets with you.

Yosemite used to have a well-defined off season.  If you headed to the park in October or April, you would have the place to yourself.  That’s no longer the case.  Now, just about any month can be called “crowded” in comparison to other national parks.  I blame the crowds on cameras.  Everyone wants to take pictures with their new digital camera, and quite frankly, there’s no better place to take pictures then in Yosemite.

However, there are far less people in the park from early October to the end of April.  And that’s especially true on weekdays, or in periods of “bad” weather. Continue reading