I couldn’t resist Canon’s recent invitation to go up to Yosemite for a few days (though don’t worry ethics fans, I paid my own way). I brought my mom along with me, since she hasn’t been in at least 10 years. It was hot and crowded, which reminded me of why I never go to the park in the summer.

Anyhow, Canon is putting on free seminars in Yosemite this month, followed by Yellowstone and Grand Canyon in July and August, respectively. You sign up, they give you some gear (lots of 30D’s and 5D’s were loaned out), and a professional photographer takes you out into the meadow to give you some tips and techniques. I went with the "advanced" group, which was lead by "Explorer of Light" Adam Jones, and I learned quite a few new techniques along the way.

Click the link to see some of the photos that I took before, during, and after the seminar. All photos were taken with the Canon EOS-1D Mk III, which is an incredible (but complicated) camera.


Looking toward Yosemite Valley (with the back of Half Dome visible) from Olmstead Point (off Tioga Rd)

Looking the other way from the same spot. That’s Tenaya Lake in the distance

Tenaya Lake

Tuolumne Meadows

People who never leave the valley floor are missing out


Bridalveil Falls

El Cap

First of many shots of Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls

I already forgot what this stuff is called… cow-something.

Grass in the wind

Upper Yosemite Falls

One of the things I learned in the seminar was to get both the foreground and background in focus, which is harder than it looks!

Always a fan of these shots

Favorite shot, which was suggested by seminar leader Adam Jones

Second favorite shot

Local resident