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.

Thursday


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

Friday


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