Yosemite Winter

Here in the Midwest more specifically Northwestern Michigan, it's been warm! If it snows it's not very much and it doesn't stay around long. The landscape is not covered with snow like we should have, the snowshoes have yet to be worn, and it feels more like March than January. Dare I say I miss winter? Last year at this time I was preparing for a trip to photograph Horsetail Falls in Yosemite. It was my first experience in a Yosemite Winter and it was a great one. I know I have said this many times before but Yosemite is the best place I have visited to date. All other locations are compared to Yosemite. I hear that Yosemite is also experiencing a warmer winter. This could effect the waterfalls this spring and horsetail falls may be non existent. If you are visiting for these specific reasons I would do a bit of research before heading that way.

The image in this weeks post is of half dome and was made in cooks meadow. It was around 7:30 in the A.M. on a cold February morning. I used a tripod mounted 16-35mm f2.8 II, at f22 to achieve sharp focus throughout the scene, ISO 100, at 1/2 of a second. I converted this image to black and white using NIK Silver Efex pro. I am not a big black and white guy, I love saturated colors, but often when there is little color to speak of I will convert to black and white as I did in this case.

As you can see by the photograph it's a swampy area so do take cation. I used my tripod legs to poke around in front of me to uncover any hidden dangers the fresh snow may have been covering. It's not so much that it's dangerous but I didn't really want to walk around in 20 degree weather all wet and cold.

An unrelated note, CES is taking place in Las Vegas this week. I am not an insider but there may be a few camera or lens announcements taking place this week. If not there will be plenty of other cool gadgets being introduced.

That's all I have for now, I am going to go do my snow dance in hope that it will snow soI can go get the wintery landscapes that I so desire.


My Top 5 iPhone Photography Apps

If you look through the app store on Itunes there are hundreds if not thousands of apps for photography. In this post I will go over My Top 5 iPhone Photography Apps. Sorry to the droid users out there nothing against the droid but I am an iPhone user, but I am sure droid has similar apps if not the same ones. 5) Pano- This app is a great app if you like panoramas. It's simple to use and easy to make beautiful panoramas. It will allow you to stitch together up to 16 photographs taken from your iPhone. It has a transparent layer to help you line up your pano. I Love this app for it's simplicity and interface.  Currently it's on sale for $1.99 Pano - Debacle Software

4) Pro HDR- HDR photography has been picking up a lot of steam lately in the digital world. Well did you know your iPhone can do HDR photography as well? There are several HDR apps out there but this one is my fav. My friend Ken Snyder the "HDR Guy" has written a post about it here. Take a look to learn more about HDR iPhone Photography. You can pick this app up for $1.99 Pro HDR - eyeApps LLC

3) Photoshop Express- Every photographer wants to put their best image out there even if it's an iPhone photograph. Photoshop and photography goes hand in hand, so why not have photoshop on your iPhone? Photoshop Express, lets you crop, convert to black and white, adjust exposure, do some sharpening and even add some special effects. It's a great tool to add to your arsenal. Best part about this app is that it's free! Adobe Photoshop Express - Adobe Systems Incorporated

2) Contract Maker Pro- If you are working photographer you know about contracts. Model releases, second shooter, bill of sale, copyright release, service agreement etc. Why not have all that on your iPhone? Well you can! Contract Maker Pro allows you to customize the contract of your choice. All you have to do is input the names and numbers, have the person sign via the touch screen on your iPhone, then Contractor Pro will email the contract to you and your client. No more paper, pens, briefcases, filing cabinets, you get the idea. It's a great tool for the mobile photographer. This app is currently priced at $4.99 Contract Maker Pro - MIchael The Maven

1) The Photographers Ephemeris (TPE)- Being a nature and landscape photographer, this app is my go to app. It tells me where and when the moon or sun is rising and setting. It tells me that the distant foothill will cause the sunlight to falloff a bit earlier based on my current elevation. It will tell me what time the sun will strike the face of El Capitan. It's a valuable tool to have for that outdoor photographer. Here are the main features of this app. - Time and direction of sunrise and sunset - Time and direction of moonrise and moonset - Phase of the moon and % illumination - Times of civil, nautical and astronomical twilight - Save any location you want - no fixed lists - Automatic time zone detection for any location on earth - Determines elevation above sea level - View azimuth and altitude of sun/moon for any time of day/night - Distance, bearing and elevation angle between any two points - Find when the sun/moon will appear from behind a hill - Compensation for atmospheric refraction - Compensation for elevation above the horizon

This is the most expensive app on my list at $8.99 but well worth it to the landscape photographer.

The Photographer's Ephemeris - Crookneck Consulting LLC