Saturday, October 20, 2012

Squirrels/Yosemite Village/Lower Yosemite Fall - Yosemite National Park/Mono Lake (Part 6)

Yosemite National Park is a national park located in California that stretches eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of California and covers around 761,268 acres or 3,080.74 km² of land. Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, giant sequoias, giant wilderness area, and much more. Mono Lake, a salt lake east of Yosemite National Park that is located in Mono County, California, covers a total of 45,133 acres or 182.65 km². The lake is famous for its high salt content and its tufa formations. I have visited both of those areas and are here to show you some of the photos I took at these two places along with some other photos I have taken along the route. These photos will be divided over several blog posts. I hope you enjoy the photos! If you would like to get notifications when I do post, you can Like/Follow me on the following fan pages: FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Yosemite National Park photos from 2012, use this link. To view my best squirrel photos from 2012, use this link. To view all of my photos from Yosemite National Park photos from 2012, use this link.

Parts: Yosemite Falls Comparison | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | HDR Compositions | Panoramas

Message from the author: Pushing myself up to write a blog post even though I have a headache. HAHA Well can't sleep all day anyways. Got other stuff planned. Let's just get this over with. -__-"

Important Notice to all individuals planning to visit Yosemite: Visits to Yosemite National Park are currently not recommended due to a recent outbreak of the Hantavirus. It has already taken the lives of a few visitors. The disease currently has no cure, however, survival rates increases the earlier you are diagnosed by a doctor and are helped. The virus are carried in the urine and feces of infected mice and can infect an individual who comes in contact with it. The virus may also become airborne after it mixes with dust and may be inhaled by individuals. If you experience early flu-like symptoms like headache, fever, muscle aches, shortness of breath and coughing within 6 weeks after visiting the park, it is recommended that you go see a doctor right away and tell him/her about the possible contact with the Hantavirus. The virus can incubate for up to six weeks after exposure. If you wish to learn more about this outbreak, just Google the words "Yosemite Virus", and you should find plenty of resources on this subject.

Disclaimer: The author here at Naturetastic Blog is not a medical doctor. The tips above are just recommendations. The author can not be held reliable for any information that may be incorrect or misleading.

Now let's introduce you to the photos for today. Today's shots are all from Yosemite National Park. It will cover some shots I did in Yosemite Village and at Yosemite Falls. This includes squirrel photos, landscape shots, and a few photos of Yosemite Falls itself (well kind of). If you remember from my first blog post, Yosemite Falls was dry this year. Let's get started!

It's all like: "Who's at the door?!"

The squirrel photos before the first landscape shot is all done in Yosemite Village near the motel room I stayed at there. 

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Looks like the squirrels just burrow anywhere they want, including under the stairs... 

The squirrel was probably like: "Maybe if I lie as flat as I can, I'll blend in and he won't see me!" XD That's what went through my mind when I first took this photo. 



This was a view of Half Dome near the trail that take you up to Lower Yosemite Falls. I thought the meadow in the foreground looked great. The colors were saturated a bit with a circular polarizer. Good thing sun was at the correct angle at the time of the shot! :)

Update 11-25-2012: Also, notice how the rule of thirds play a big role in making this shot look nice. The grass in the foreground covers around 1/3 of the image, Half Dome and the trees cover about another 1/3 of the image, and the sky uses up another 1/3 of the image. Try to use the rule of thirds in your shots more often. It will really help spice up your shots. I apparently did this subconsciously without even noticing it at first until one of my G+ fans pointed it out for me. HAHA

Photography Tip: Circular polarizers come in handy especially if you are taking photos of landscape or of things involving water or glass. Circular polarizers can help you saturate colors in your photos and bring out more contrast, especially the sky! Circular polarizers can also help get rid of glare especially glare from water and glass. The only 2 downside is it does cut light to your camera by 1-3 stops, so a tripod is unavoidable while using one or you will need to compensate for the light loss and that it only works the best when the sun is perpendicular (90°) to your camera. When buying a circular polarizer  make sure you get the right size for your lens and never go too cheap. Something over $70 is usually good quality optically speaking. Eric recommends that you get quality optics from B+W, Hoya, and Heliopan. I know it sounds expensive, but if you do buy a cheap one, they usually cause unremoveable color cast, blurring, and glares to your images. If you plan on getting a cheap filter, I recommend that you just go with no filter because it will make your photos really crappy. Trust me, I have cheaped out before, and immediately I thought what a waste of $10. Many beginner photographers make this mistake. Just trying to save you some money here. 

So I was taking a rest before going up the trail to Lower Yosemite Falls, this squirrel was standing still on a post. I quickly switched over to my telephoto and took the photo.



Here are the dry Yosemite Fall! Remember the comparison I gave you in the first blog post where I compared this year (2012) to 2010?



Disappointed tourists. LOL That includes me... But I got a photo of the dry waterfall right? Well I really wanted to try out my ND filters... Didn't really get to. The photos wasn't bad though. 



Here are two shots of the only two water streams I can see. Go see my first blog post to see where they are located on the dry waterfall. 

This is all the photos for today. If you are disappointed in Yosemite Falls, you are not the only one... I really wanted to go play in the water. I also really wanted to test my new ND filters. I didn't get to, but I did get to test them later back home (well near home) at Natural Bridge State Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. The Santa Cruz photos will come up later. In the next blog post, I will have photos from Bridalveil Fall and Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Please don't forget to share my blog posts with your friends! If you would like to get notifications next time I post, you can "Like" me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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