I Flu through Yosemite


So, dear readers, it has been many moons since I last blogged. The reasons are threefold, because, well…I’m lazy, I’ve been off adventuring and I’ve been on another kind of adventure, that of illness. If you thought Scarlet fever was something only infants and heroines in Victoria novels got, you’d be correct. And yet, here we are.

Ok, illness aside, this week’s entry highlights a camping trip to Yosemite that I probably shouldn’t have gone on since I was already quite sick. But, hindsight is always 20/20. Regardless, I got some shots that I’m thrilled with, and some that I’m not. Yosemite is beautiful, no argument there. That said, most parts of it are overrun with busloads of tourists, which can get frustrating. When I camp, I like to feel like I’m really in the wilderness, not surrounded by 10,000 of my closest friends. Perhaps next time, backpacking is the way to go.

Below are some captured moments from the trip:


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En route, top down and feeling fine.


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Taking in the local beer of Yosemite. If you like wheat beers, and even if you don't, it's not to be missed.


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Guys, this is a squirrel. Where else would you see such a magestic beast!?! This was my first sign of Yosemite wildlife. It's basically the same as a bear, right?


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Racing up to Glacier point to catch the last rays of sun.


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And here we are! Alex looks over the vastness of it all as sunset approches. Sadly, it wasn't the most impressive of sunsets.


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The last moments of the sunset over Glacier point.


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New friend doe!


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These next few were experiments in lighting up the night sky. This one was a 30 second selfie exposure at 2.9 ISO800. I am unlit.


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My subject holds my speedlight behind his back which freezes him in the 30 second exposure.


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My subject looks ahead off the cliff and shines the light out in front of him.


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Capturing the milky way.


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The milky way over a cabin at Glacier point.


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What you don't know is that I'm sitting on a ledge that looks down to certain death, so this shot was getting posted no matter what. The lights below are of Yosemite Valley and the campsites and I'm cliffside at Glacier point.


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What's the best idea after staying up until 3am shooting stars? Getting up at 530am to catch the sunrise! Here, we are looking at El Capitain and Half Dome (in the distance) at Tunnel View.


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Cliff gnome, a very cold one.


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This photo is in black and white.


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This one is not.


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And there it is! First glimpse of the sun as it comes through the mountains.


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Getting in a bit closer.


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One more, because I can't resist.


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And now, these tired fools head home!

Next week (I hope), I'll be sharing images from a editorial shoot in Desert Center.

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