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.