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    Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Something from this afternoon using the Nikon 58mm 1.4.at 1.4

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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Hi Bob,

    What are the conditions there now? Are the falls flowing?

    Looking forward to seeing you Sunday,

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    I was thinking of going there this spring for the thaw but it looks now that there'll not be much of a show.

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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Almost no water anywhere

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    Almost no water anywhere
    Too bad...
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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Some alternate location shots, playing around with my 17-35 Nikkor zoom on the D800E in Hornitos, CA:

    St Catherine's Chapel, 19mm at f5.6, processed as-shot in C1:



    Fencepost tensioner detail at 35mm f2.8, little extra vignette added in C1:



    St Catherine's, 17mm f5.6, B&W split-tone wm-cool conversion in C1:

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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Hornitos


    Old Shack

    17-35 nikkor.
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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Here is Guy taking a "before" shot of our new classroom facility -- 17-35 at 25mm f5.6 (This image is laser sharp, but is also one that looks soft on a Retina display):

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    Remnants from the Rim fire that devastated several hundred square miles of forest in California last Summer. Taken with the D800E and 28/1.4 at 5.6, handheld, processed in C1:



    The next two were taken with the D800E and Lomography Petzval lens (85mm) with the f2.8 waterstop. Converted to B&W sepia with C1:



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    The instructors sipping sarsaparillas in nearby Columbia. All taken with the 28/1,4 on the D800E:



    Having fun with processing, a period style Chinese apothecary shop:



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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    "A very precious liquid."

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    Good eye Stephen! Guy is actually taking a pic of the cash register with the 50/1.2 Nikkor wide open on his A7r -- I'm hoping he'll process and post it soon.
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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    My eye was on there cash. LOL



    Shot with Jacks Nikon 50mm 1.2 AIS wide open which I am really liking a lot shot on the Sony A7r
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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Here is a crop

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    While Jack and Guy were chimping I had my eye on the girl.

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    Bob - Glad to see that someone had their priorities right
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

    As Oscar Wilde said, "my tastes are simple, I only like the best"
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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Hi Graham,

    Been keeping my eyes out for a Land Rover overloaded with photographers and camera gear but have yet to see it

    Seriously, keep an eye out for us, we're a group -- and since it's been a while since you've seen us, I'm still tallish but now more silver haired, and still driving a silver Touareg
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    Just got in to Yosemite lodge this evening. I was somewhat chastened by the trip along 120 through the fire route. Some lucky home and business owners east of Groveland!

    Watch out for an overloaded silver Land Rover
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    Well I'm sure Graham's silver Land Rover beats my sort of slightly beat up old and worn AA yellow Disco. As for it being loaded to the gills with photo equipment, no doubt Graham wins by a landslide..no contest..LOL! Of course we'll never know unless I get in my car and immediately start driving 3000 miles. Would love though to join you all. Sound like it's going to be good times.

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    Load it up Dave and start the trek. You know our LRs have an affinity for each other wherever you go!
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    As Oscar Wilde said, "my tastes are simple, I only like the best"

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    LOL...How right you are Graham! Just one thing...will you all still be there by the time I complete my trek . Seriously, looking forward to seeing all your great images.


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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Playing around with a pano:



    Another set of Rim Fire victims:

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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    One more, my quick take on possibly the most iconic shot from Yosemite:

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    Valley view sunset, from three paces to the left of Jack

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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Question is, how many of you folks ended up on your butt slipping on that ice sheet you were all standing on?
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    LOL, yes it was certainly nasty footing there, but fortunately none of us fell prey to it -- and of course we were all lamenting we'd left our Yak Trax at home because of no snow
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    i thought they had pre-drilled holes there for your tripods...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Question is, how many of you folks ended up on your butt slipping on that ice sheet you were all standing on?
    Nothing hit the water save one of Guy's filters.
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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    A couple more from yesterday in the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias:

    D800E with 17-35 at 35:


    D800E with 17-35 at 17:
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    Barn Nikkor 24-120 f/4, D800e f/8

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    We need Rain and Snow! California and Yosemite is going to dry up.

    Here is a shot from last Christmas, and it wasn't a heavy rain/snow year.

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    Church at Chinese Camp

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    What lies beneath

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    Finally getting around to processing some up I plan on printing:

    Merced Reflections #1:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    What lies beneath

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    Bob,

    I'd be casting a line in that stream....


    Wish I were there.

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    Another:

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    One more, my quick take on possibly the most iconic shot from Yosemite:

    I believe the most iconic shot is from the Tunnel View, the most photographed view in the world.

    One question though; Jack and Bob took the same Valley View shot from the same place(well, three steps apart), basically at the same time with the same type body/lens combo, but the colors are pretty far apart, any explanation?

    Just wondering which is what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky16 View Post
    I believe the most iconic shot is from the Tunnel View, the most photographed view in the world.

    One question though; Jack and Bob took the same Valley View shot from the same place(well, three steps apart), basically at the same time with the same type body/lens combo, but the colors are pretty far apart, any explanation?

    Just wondering which is what?
    We know how to make accurate color, but frankly that is pretty boring.
    Jack and I differ in our preferences in basic white balance, Jack prefers somewhat warmer and I prefer somewhat cooler. Since we were standing there for a fairly long time taking and re-taking this image, we both have several copies taken over that interval. I think mine is a few minutes later. Light is always changing, and there is plenty of room for personal interpretation of color and processing
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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Having been there the day before you folks I can tell you that at 5:09pm El Capitan is much redder than 5:04pm and also it's washed out at 5:11pm. As Bob said, it's also interpretive. My Phase One base images looked bland OOC as I'm sure Bob & Jack's DSLR images did (to a lesser degree perhaps).
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Having been there the day before you folks I can tell you that at 5:09pm El Capitan is much redder than 5:04pm and also it's washed out at 5:11pm. As Bob said, it's also interpretive. My Phase One base images looked bland OOC as I'm sure Bob & Jack's DSLR images did (to a lesser degree perhaps).
    Bland? You mean all those trees, rocks, softly bluured water no to mention the intense red reflections were all photoshopped in? Yikes! LOL!

    I concur that often all it takes it a few minutes time difference for the dynamic lighting of a landscape to dramatically change. Often it's all about capturing that moment.

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    I'm aware of the light changes very rapidly, especially during sunset. The whole show disappears within a few minutes. But Bob and Jack's images were taken only a few seconds(21 seconds) apart, so was the question.

    I have been at this "Valley View" scene numerous times, it's almost unbelievable not seeing any hint of snow/ice & mist in the images taken this time of year. Wondering if the horsetail falls(aka fire falls) will be visible next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    Bland? You mean all those trees, rocks, softly bluured water no to mention the intense red reflections were all photoshopped in? Yikes! LOL!

    I concur that often all it takes it a few minutes time difference for the dynamic lighting of a landscape to dramatically change. Often it's all about capturing that moment.

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    Now I know that you know what I meant by bland Not a bland scene, just a flat image OOC capturing the dynamic range of the scene. A few sliders later and pop

    Sparky16: 21 seconds is a lifetime ... But I'd agree that it's all about post processing and interpretation as Bob said.

    I'd be sure to check water levels before making a trek for the fire fall shot. Right now the falls are very light compared to normal.
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    Re: Scouting the Yosemite Workshop

    Sparky,

    The way you're asking the question, it seems maybe you've never processed a raw file? (Or maybe you process with LR instead of C1 ----- KIDDING! )

    In this kind of light, a tiny change to WB can make a significant appearance difference. Also, images are processed to render a look the artist wants or at the very least, how they remember the scene. If you want to know what the scene really looked like to the camera, here is the paired jpeg for my first frame straight out of the cam which is set to auto WB, manual exposure for full histo and no processing other than downsizing -- but be advised this is no more accurate than our processed versions above:

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    Correct WB in landscape is something you do not want . Every sunrise and sunset image ever shot would be mostly blue tone or 5600 kelvin. Not something you want. Written from the Mojave Desert sitting on a white throne. Back to driving. 8 hours to go. Sucks
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    What was the white balance on your throne? Guessing it was way in the warm range. As far as eight hours from Yosemite, I have little sympathy given my own location... not to mention my current temperature in Maine. At least you were on the white throne for a while. Rock on.

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