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Morning Clouds - Yosemite National Park

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 17 May 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I have just returned from an amazing 5 days in Yosemite. I took a Fine Art Digital Printing workshop with Charles Cramer, the most amazing teacher I have run across in my years of taking photos. Charlie trained with Ansel Adams, and he has taken everything he learned from the wet darkroom into the digital age. He taught us photoshop techniques to bring out the most subtle nuances of our photos. We had the chance to make large prints of some of our best work. With Charlie, we made 8 1/2 x 11 proofs which we examined under the best light to check for small details that could be made even better before using precious ink to make the final enlargements. Charlie has taught me to see in a new way.

We did go out on a few photo shoots before our digital darkroom work in the Ansel Adams Gallery. One morning we went out to shoot Bridal Viel Falls. What I noticed was the glorious mist that was swirling around the mountaintops above the falls, so I zoomed my 200mm out to its max and took a couple of shots before the mist cleared.

This image is the result. Charlie helped me bring out every nuance of this moody image in photoshop. Check out his website and the workshops that he gives. Trust me, he is a master! You would be lucky, indeed to be accepted into one of his workshops, which he limites to only 8 students. I had been on a wait list and was fortunate to get a last minute call. Of course I said yes!

By the way, the night I arrived in Yosemite - May 10 - it was snowing and 28 degrees. When I drove home yesterday it was 78 and just glorious. Our changeable California spring weather! ...

NIKON D90 1/30 second F/16.0 ISO 800 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

looks like a japanese painting...

17 May 2010 7:19am

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

hard to believe it is May!

17 May 2010 11:30am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

superb ,it's very beautiful shot :)

17 May 2010 2:22pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fabulous capture. Bravo.

17 May 2010 2:59pm

Ansie from South Africa

I want to do a course!!! this is a wonderful photo, and thank you for the information, sharing is caring!

17 May 2010 5:24pm

David from Detroit, United States

Very nice photo. A non-typical view of the park.

17 May 2010 11:34pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Barbara, I am so jealous that you got to go to Yosemite! Seeing Yosemite in the spring will have to wait until I retire from teaching. How fortunate that you were able to go do the workshop on such short notice. This image is just stunning! I really like seeing scenes of Yosemite that are from a different perspective.

17 May 2010 11:52pm

@Julie Brown: Julie, thanks so much for the nice comments! I try to avoid the iconic images of Yosemite, especially when it means standing shoulder to shoulder with hordes of other folks on tripods! There is so much beauty there, it is a challenge to look for and find something that has not been seen or taken before.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

amazing photo! the mood is indeed very special! the break in the cloud to uncover the mountain is superb!

18 May 2010 3:42am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

I am SOOOOOOOO envious.

Fabulous piece of work and I'm looking forward to more from you!

18 May 2010 4:20am

@MontereyJohn: John, Charlie teaches workshops in Santa Clara also, where he lives. Get on his list! He is terrific!

steve loos from hollister, United States

This is a stunning image; great vision just to see this frame let alone create this image!

21 May 2010 4:02am

clandestine_22 from Tokyo, Japan

what a lovely, lovely capture...few moments like these are sure hard to come by!

23 May 2010 3:03pm

1/30 second
ISO 800
105 mm (35mm equiv.)