Please note: This is a “standard” tour so there is little to no hiking on this trip. Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We will meet at our lodge in Fresno, California at 6pm the first evening of the trip for an orientation and welcome dinner.
Day 2 (B,L,D)
This morning we will arise early and head up into Yosemite Valley. We’ll spend the morning photographing the Giant Sequoias of the Mariposa Grove under pillows of snow and we’ll explore Yosemite Valley. After lunch we’ll check-in to our lodge and get settled for the next few days. This evening’s photo shoot will be at a spectacular location overlooking the entire valley.
Our morning shoot will take us to a quaint beach along the Merced River where wintry reflections of El Capitan will be our photographic goal. There are many fantastic compositions to be had along the idyllic mountain river – especially when the crowds are gone and winter is in full-swing. Magical. After our morning shoot we’ll head in for lunch and photo reviews followed by a short break. This evening we will shoot from another stunning location in the valley with huge views of the sun setting on Half-Dome as it’s glow is reflected in the river. After a great shoot we’ll head in and grab an excellent dinner at our lodge which is walking distance from our shoot!
After breakfast we’ll head up to Lower Yosemite Falls and take advantage of the beautiful mid-morning light on this famous waterfalls. Later we’ll also head over and photograph another important Yosemite cascade – Bridal Veil Falls. We’ll spend the rest of today in search of wildlife and take a midday break from shooting to go over our images. This evening we’ll head out to a beautiful snowy meadow and photograph Yosemite in the warm-glow of a winter sunset.
Our morning shoot today is an inspirational view of Upper Yosemite Falls from the shores of the Merced River. The morning light catches this scene beautifully just after sunrise. We’ll work on different compositions and take some short walks around the valley. This evening after our midday photo review session we will head out to Artists Point for one grand finale landscape composition of Yosemite before an excellent farewell dinner!
This morning we will have one more photo session in Yosemite Valley. After coming in from the session, we’ll warm up over a hot breakfast and check out of our lodge by 11am. It is about a two hour drive back to Fresno so we’ll arrive at the airport around 1pm (we’ll drop you off right at the airport if you want) and flights home can be booked any time after 3pm.
Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures and more. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena.