Sunday, February 27, 2022

Yosemite Valley (Part 4) - Yosemite National Park

On 26 December 2021, I visited Yosemite National Park in California for a day trip. I went right between 2 of the biggest snowstorms of the season so far, and there was only a period of around 9 to 10 hours that were snow free. I knew the scenery inside Yosemite is going to be very beautiful after a snowstorm, so I went to take some photos. I only brought my mirrorless camera this time as the polarizer on my big camera is completely jammed (I found out about this on my trip into Yosemite 10 days prior). I took both photos on my cellphone and my mirrorless camera on this trip. The photos are split into 3 parts. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos.

Full Resolution Photos: If you want to see full resolution photos of any of the photos you see here, use the following links. If you wish to purchase prints of any of the photos, please contact me here. To view my best Yosemite National Park photos, use this link. To see all of my photos from this trip, use this link.

As mentioned, I had taken a trip into Yosemite National Park 10 days prior this trip on 16 December 2021. I have lumped the links to the blog posts for both of the trips together.

Parts (16 December 2021): 1 | 2 | Cellphone Photos (Part 1)

Parts (26 December 2021): 3 | 4 | Cellphone Photos (Part 2)

This is part 4 of my photos from Yosemite. The photos for today are photos I took with my mirrorless camera on 26 December 2021. The photos for today are from Yosemite Valley and feature scenery from Sentinel Bridge and Cook's Meadow.

A snowy scenery photo of El Capitan shot near Southside Drive.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 43' 14" N 119° 38' 55" W

A snowy scenery photo of Half Dome and the Merced River shot at Sentinel Bridge.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 44' 36" N 119° 35' 23" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A snowy scenery photo of Half Dome shot at Sentinel Bridge.
Photo shot at the same position as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.


A scenery photo of Yosemite Falls and Cook's Meadow shot on Cook's Meadow Loop Trail. The photo was shot around sunset time, but since it was overcast, the sunset was not visible.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 44' 39" N 119° 35' 25" W

Next up, I arrive at the spot of the tree in Cook's Meadow that I took photos of during my previous day trip to Yosemite. The photos of that tree from the previous trip turned out so gorgeous I wanted to take more photos of it. It was around dusk when I arrived, I was losing daylight fast. I'm still night blind from visual snow syndrome, so it was a race against time. You might be asking, "How did you take the next 3 photos?" The worst case scenario would have been me walking into the snow and then walking back out with no photos because I could no longer see. My parents were watching me from the main road (Northside Drive), I have a very bright 1000 lumen headlamp on me (it doesn't fix my night blindness, but it does assist me in a pinch), falling butt first into the powdery snow doesn't hurt, and I'm pretty familiar with the area since I already went there during the day on my previous trip. It was just a couple steps into the snow from Northside Drive (so it wasn't very far). I decided to take a gamble at it since the risk was pretty small.

I slowly made my way into snow covered Cook's Meadow falling butt first several times. There was still enough light out for me to kind of see where I was going and for me to make out the rough shape of the tree when I was heading in. I was already half blind for the first photo in the series, but I can still kind of see the tree. I shot a photo in the general direction. The last 2 photos in the series, I shot almost completely blind. I was no longer able to see anything except a small area of 3 to 5 feet around me lit by my super bright headlamp. This was aided by the super reflective snow as under normal conditions I don't even get that. Now your question is probably, "How did you accomplish the last 2 photos?" Not surprisingly my camera is a lot better at seeing things in the dark than me. With my very bright headlamp pointed in the general direction of that tree, my camera was able to make out a small section of the tree trunk. I used this to roughly compose my shot, but for the most part, I was just shooting in the general direction of the tree. I knew the photos were not going to be perfect, but I was fine with cropping them later and bringing up the exposure in Adobe Camera RAW. Luckily none of the photos needed to be cropped, but all of the shots were severely under exposed as I was on a race against time. In Adobe Camera RAW, I brightened the photos by 0.5 stop, 1.5 stops, and 2.75 stops respectively. I'm surprised at how great these photos turned out despite the severe under exposure, especially on the last 2 shots. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to get rid of the blue cast on the photos as it was shot at dusk.

A dusk snowy scenery photo of a tree and Cook's Meadow.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 44' 46" N 119° 35' 30" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A dusk snowy scenery photo of a tree and Cook's Meadow. The red cast you see in the photo are from the vehicles on Northside Drive.
Photo shot near the same position as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.

A dusk snowy scenery photo of a tree and Cook's Meadow. On the left is Half Dome.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 44' 46" N 119° 35' 29" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

I finished taking photos of the tree in Cook's Meadow, but I was almost completely blind at this point. You are most likely wondering how I got back to Northside Drive and then the car. Even with my super bright 1000 lumen headlamp lighting the area in front of me, my night blindness still limited me to around 3 to 5 feet of really rough vision. Everything beyond 3 to 5 feet was practically pitch black. I had a very rough directional sense, but it was not enough to get me out. I shouted at my parents, and my dad verbally helped guide me out of the snow from the main road (Northside Drive). I very slowly made my way out falling butt first into the snow every few steps. Once I got to the main road, my dad physically guided me back to the car. Everything was good and I got the photos I wanted. 😁

This is all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the photos! Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

As mentioned, I had taken a trip into Yosemite National Park 10 days prior this trip on 16 December 2021. I have lumped the links to the blog posts for both of the trips together.

Parts (16 December 2021): 1 | 2 | Cellphone Photos (Part 1)

Parts (26 December 2021): 3 | 4 | Cellphone Photos (Part 2)

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Tunnel View & Southside Drive (Part 3) - Yosemite National Park

On 26 December 2021, I visited Yosemite National Park in California for a day trip. I went right between 2 of the biggest snowstorms of the season so far, and there was only a period of around 9 to 10 hours that were snow free. I knew the scenery inside Yosemite is going to be very beautiful after a snowstorm, so I went to take some photos. I only brought my mirrorless camera this time as the polarizer on my big camera is completely jammed (I found out about this on my trip into Yosemite 10 days prior). I took both photos on my cellphone and my mirrorless camera on this trip. The photos are split into 3 parts. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos.

Full Resolution Photos: If you want to see full resolution photos of any of the photos you see here, use the following links. If you wish to purchase prints of any of the photos, please contact me here. To view my best Yosemite National Park photos, use this link. To see all of my photos from this trip, use this link.

As mentioned, I had taken a trip into Yosemite National Park 10 days prior this trip on 16 December 2021. I have lumped the links to the blog posts for both of the trips together.

Parts (16 December 2021): 1 | 2 | Cellphone Photos (Part 1)

Parts (26 December 2021): 3 | 4 | Cellphone Photos (Part 2)

This is part 3 of my photos from Yosemite. The photos for today are photos I took with my mirrorless camera on 26 December 2021. The photos for today are from Southside Drive and Tunnel View. 

A snowy scenery photo of Southside Drive in Yosemite Valley.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 42' 55" N 119° 39' 54" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A long exposure snowy scenery photo of Bridalveil Falls. Photo shot near Southside Drive in Yosemite Valley. The day time long exposure was achieved using an ND filter.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 42' 56" N 119° 39' 34" W

Photography Tip: Placing an ND filter on your lens cuts the amount of light hitting your camera sensor allowing for long exposures during the day. This method can help you smooth out flowing water, such as with creeks, rivers, waterfalls, and oceans. You will require a tripod or some method of keeping your camera stationary for the duration of the long exposure, and don't forget to turn off image stabilization (if your camera and/or lens has that feature).


Next, I arrive at my first stop of the trip, Tunnel View. The approximate GPS location of Tunnel View is 37° 42' 56" N, 119° 40' 37" W. The fog just started to roll into Yosemite Valley. The rest of the photos in this blog post were taken at Tunnel View.

A snowy scenery photo of El Capitan shot at Tunnel View.

Black and white process of the photo above.

A snowy scenery photo of Tunnel View.

Black and white process of the photo above.


A snowy scenery photo of Half Dome shot at Tunnel View.

Black and white process of the photo above.

A snowy scenery photo of Tunnel View.

Black and white process of the photo above.


A long exposure snowy scenery photo of Half Dome shot at Tunnel View.
The day time long exposure was achieved using an ND filter. I was hoping to smooth out some of the fog rolling into Yosemite Valley, but it looks like the long exposure didn't do much in that respect.

Black and white process of the photo above.

A snowy scenery photo of Tunnel View.

Black and white process of the photo above.

This is all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the photos! Next time I have photos from Yosemite Valley. Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

As mentioned, I had taken a trip into Yosemite National Park 10 days prior this trip on 16 December 2021. I have lumped the links to the blog posts for both of the trips together.

Parts (16 December 2021): 1 | 2 | Cellphone Photos (Part 1)

Parts (26 December 2021): 3 | 4 | Cellphone Photos (Part 2)

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Snow at Lick Observatory (Part 2) - Mt. Hamilton, CA

 On 30 December 2021, my parents and I took a trip up to Lick Observatory in Mt. Hamilton, CA to see the snow. Snow in the San Francisco Bay Area is very rare, and I hear on this day, Mt. Hamilton received record breaking levels of snow the night before. The day I was there, it was pretty foggy up on Mt. Hamilton with clouds and fog drifting in and out, but towards the end at around sunset, the clouds and fog did clear for a really spectacular sunset. I took photos with my mirrorless camera. The photos are split into 2 blog posts. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos.

Full Resolution Photos: If you want to see full resolution photos of any of the photos you see here, use the following links. If you wish to purchase prints of any of the photos, please contact me here. To view my best Lick Observatory photos, use this link. To view my best sunset and night photography photos from 2019 to 2021, use this link. To see all of my photos from this trip, use this link.

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This is part 2 of the photos I took at Lick Observatory that day. The photos for today will feature the rest of the sunset photos I took that day. The ground level clouds and fog slowly cleared (or at least descended) later during sunset allowing a spectacular view of sunset above the clouds.

Message from the Photographer: These photos from December took a really long time to process. While the experimental treatment for visual snow did partially fix my day time vision, taking photos is still a challenge, and I can't process the photos that fast. I am still visually impaired and night blind, just not as impaired during the day compared to before. I know these photos are a few months late, but this is the best I can do.

A sunset scenery photo with clouds and fog shot near the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (left), North Dome Observatory (right), and State Route 130 (bottom right).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 33" N 121° 38' 18" W

A sunset scenery photo with clouds and fog shot near the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (slightly left from center), North Dome Observatory (slightly right from center), and State Route 130 (center).
Photo shot near the same position as above.

A sunset scenery photo with clouds and fog shot near the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory. The fog was starting to clear.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (slightly left from center), North Dome Observatory (slightly right from center), and State Route 130 (center).
Photo shot near the same position as above.

A sunset scenery photo with clouds and fog shot near the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (slightly left from center), North Dome Observatory (slightly right from center), and State Route 130 (center).
Photo shot near the same position as above.


A sunset scenery photo with clouds and fog shot near the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory. Most of the fog was gone at this point.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (slightly left from center), North Dome Observatory (slightly right from center), and State Route 130 (center).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 34" N 121° 38' 17" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A sunset scenery photo with clouds and fog shot near the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (left), North Dome Observatory (right), and State Route 130 (bottom right).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 33" N 121° 38' 18" W

Black and white process of the photo above.


A sunset scenery photo with clouds and fog from Lick Observatory.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (slightly right from center), North Dome Observatory (right), and State Route 130 (foreground center & right).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 33" N 121° 38' 19" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A sunset scenery photo with clouds from Lick Observatory.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (center) and North Dome Observatory (right).
Photo shot near the same position as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.


A sunset scenery photo with clouds and mountains from Lick Observatory.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 31" N 121° 38' 28" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A sunset scenery photo with clouds and mountains from Lick Observatory.
Photo shot near the same position as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.


A sunset scenery photo with clouds and mountains from Lick Observatory.
Photo shot near the same position as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.

A sunset scenery photo with clouds and mountains from Lick Observatory.
Photo shot near the same position as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.

This is all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the photos! Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Snow at Lick Observatory (Part 1) - Mt. Hamilton, CA

On 30 December 2021, my parents and I took a trip up to Lick Observatory in Mt. Hamilton, CA to see the snow. Snow in the San Francisco Bay Area is very rare, and I hear on this day, Mt. Hamilton received record breaking levels of snow the night before. The day I was there, it was pretty foggy up on Mt. Hamilton with clouds and fog drifting in and out, but towards the end at around sunset, the clouds and fog did clear for a really spectacular sunset. I took photos with my mirrorless camera. The photos are split into 2 blog posts. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos.

Full Resolution Photos: If you want to see full resolution photos of any of the photos you see here, use the following links. If you wish to purchase prints of any of the photos, please contact me here. To view my best Lick Observatory photos, use this link. To view my best sunset and night photography photos from 2019 to 2021, use this link. To see all of my photos from this trip, use this link.

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This is part 1 of the photos I took at Lick Observatory that day. The photos for today will feature State Route 130, the Shane 3-meter Reflector Telescope, the 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope, and more! 

Message from the Photographer: These photos from December took a really long time to process. While the experimental treatment for visual snow did partially fix my day time vision, taking photos is still a challenge, and I can't process the photos that fast. I am still visually impaired and night blind, just not as impaired during the day compared to before. I know these photos are a few months late, but this is the best I can do.

A snowy scenery photo of Lick Observatory (top center) and State Route 130 shot on Mt. Hamilton.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (top center), and North Dome Observatory & Visitor Center (slight left from top center).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 33" N 121° 38' 52" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A foggy and snowy scenery photo of State Route 130 shot on the side of State Route 130 on Mt. Hamilton.
Photo shot near the same position as above.

A long exposure foggy and snowy scenery photo shot near the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory. In the photo is State Route 130 (center).
There were actually a ton of people at Lick Observatory that day to see the record breaking levels of snow. I used an ND filter on my camera so I can do a day time long exposure and blur out most of the people in my photo.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 33" N 121° 38' 18" W

Photography Tip: If you're somewhere crowded and you don't want that many people to show up in your photo, you can add an ND filter to your lens and take a long exposure photo. The ND filter will cut the amount of light reaching your camera sensor so you can take long exposure photos even during the day time. People that are actively moving around are a lot less likely to show up in your photo. If it is windy and your subject is moving, it will blur in the resulting long exposure. You will require a tripod or some method of keeping your camera stationary for the duration of the long exposure, and don't forget to turn off image stabilization (if your camera and/or lens has that feature). I recommend a 9 to 10 stop ND filter for this purpose. Please note that not every person will be gone, some people will show up as ghosts like in my photo above. The same method can also be used on vehicles, but usually with less success.


A snowy scenery photo of the Shane 3-meter Reflector Telescope at Lick Observatory.
The clouds partially cleared temporarily allowing the sun to shine through onto the Shane Telescope.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 36" N 121° 38' 12" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A snowy scenery photo of the Shane 3-meter Reflector Telescope at Lick Observatory.
The cloud cover gradually came back in again.
Photo shot near the same position as above.

Black and white process of the photo above.


A snowy scenery photo of the Shane 3-meter Reflector Telescope at Lick Observatory.
The sun was mostly gone at this point.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 36" N 121° 38' 13" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A snowy scenery photo of the Shane 3-meter Reflector Telescope at Lick Observatory.
It gradually became overcast again.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 36" N 121° 38' 12" W

Black and white process of the photo above.


A long exposure snowy scenery photo of the Shane 3-meter Reflector Telescope (left) at Lick Observatory. There were a few people in my frame which I used an ND filter to blur out.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 34" N 121° 38' 16" W

A long exposure foggy and snowy scenery photo of the Shane 3-meter Reflector Telescope at Lick Observatory. The fog started rolling in again. There were a few people in my frame which I used an ND filter to blur out.
Photo shot near the same position as above.

A long exposure foggy and snowy scenery photo shot near the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (slightly left from center), North Dome Observatory (slightly right from center), and State Route 130 (center).
I used an ND filter to blur out the people and to get a softer edge on the clouds in the sky.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 33" N 121° 38' 18" W


A sunset scenery photo with clouds and fog from Lick Observatory.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (slightly right from center), North Dome Observatory (right), and State Route 130 (foreground center & right).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 33" N 121° 38' 19" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

A sunset scenery photo with clouds and fog shot near the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory.
In the photo are 36-inch Crossley Reflector Telescope (slightly left from center), North Dome Observatory (slightly right from center), and State Route 130 (center).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google): 37° 20' 33" N 121° 38' 17" W

Black and white process of the photo above.

This is all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the photos! Next time I will show you the rest of my sunset photos shot that day. Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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