24-February-2010

Nikonians Academy “Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast” Workshop.  Day 0.

The next few days will be images from the 2010 Nikonians Academy “Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast” photography workshop. Michael Mariant was the workshop leader. I was picked up in South San Francisco as part of a car pool to the workshop. I’ve included one image of an (almond?) orchard while the traveling through central California. Even though the trees didn’t have any leaves, the grass was bright green indicating recent rain. The night before the workshop I stayed at the Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley. I took a few pictures that evening from around the lodge. I was blown away by what the Nikon D3s can do in low light, especially with a 50 mm f/1.4 lens. Added a Bing Map with GPS locations for where some of the images were taken at the end of this post.

2011 Workshop Info.  Other Workshop Images.

Almond Orchard in the Calfornia Central Valley. Image taken while in a moving vehicle with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens ( ISO 220, f/1.4, 1/1600 sec).

Yosemite Valley from Yosemite Lodge Parking Lot. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, f/1.4, 1/80 sec). Processed with Capture One 5 Pro (converted to B&W) and Photoshop CS5 (converted to jpg).

Winter clouds in Yosemite Valley from Yosemite Lodge Parking Lot. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, f/1.4, 1/60 sec). Processed with Capture One 5 Pro (converted to B&W) and Photoshop CS5 (converted to jpg).

Yosemite Falls from from Yosemite Lodge Parking Lot. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 12800, f/2.8, 1/40 sec). Processed with Capture One 5 Pro and Photoshop CS5 (converted to jpg). Note, it was getting to be rather dark. This image was taken at ISO 12800! It looks like it was still daytime.

Yosemite Falls from from Yosemite Lodge Parking Lot. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 12800, f/2.8, 1/40 sec). This time processed with DxO Pro. This program corrects lens distortion (and removes noise).  Note, it was getting to be rather dark. This image was taken at ISO 12800! It looks like it was still daytime.

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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