Photographers Guide to Yosemite

The Off-Season Guide to Yosemite National Park, Part 2

Yosemite Valley has fewer visitors in the off-season for two simple reasons.  It can be difficult to get there, and difficult to get around once you’re there.  _DSC4153enfused-EditOur favorite friend, and often our most hated foe, snow, stops most people in their tracks.  It makes driving a challenge, camping a chore, and even changes the definition of “walking” from a “pleasant stroll” to a “contact sport”.

We’ve only had Charley for six months now, so we haven’t had a chance to try out our new Roadtrek Agile in the snow.  I haven’t even picked up a set of chains, though I know I’ll have to soon.   I’m not really in a hurry because our other vehicle, an all-wheel drive Subaru Outback, P1020421is amazing in the snow, and it’s even better when I switch out its summer shoes for a set of snow tires. Continue reading

Get the Perfect Shot with Smartphone Apps

Don’t let the sun go down on you.  At least not without knowing exactly where and when it’s going down.  If you can integrate naturally occurring events, such as the rising and setting of the sun and moon, storms, fog, and the tides into your photography, you’re going to get shots that will make you proud.

If you’re going to get up before sunrise to get a shot, you sure don’t want to waste the effort by being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.  So, take a little time beforehand and invest in a couple of Smartphone apps.SONY DSC

Our favorite app is called the Photographer’s Ephemeris.  You can use it to find out exactly where you should be to capture a beautiful sunset or maybe a rising moon over your favorite landmark.  You can project out to future dates and to anyplace on a map.  It will take a bit of effort to master, (Rochelle is much better at it than I am) but it will pay off quickly.  You can buy a version for your Apple or Android device, or try it out for free on your desktop computer. Continue reading