Wednesday (24-February-2010) — California

Photography Workshop “Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast” with Michael Mariant. Day 0: Travel to Yosemite National Park.

The next few days will be images from the 2010 “Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast” photography workshop. I was picked up in South San Francisco as part of a carpool for a ride to the Yosemite National Park. 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 camera can do in low light, especially with a 50 mm f/1.4 lens.

Almond Orchard in California Central Valley. Drive By Photography. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 220, 50 mm, f/1.4, 1/1600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Almond Orchard in California Central Valley. Drive By Photography. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 220, 50 mm, f/1.4, 1/1600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Yosemite Valley in the Winter. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/1.4, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Nikonians Yosemite Winter 2010 Workshop. Day 0 (David J Mathre)
Winter Clouds in Yosemite Valley . Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 20, 50 mm, f/1.4, 1/80 sec).(David J Mathre)
Nikonians Yosemite Winter 2010 Workshop. Day 0 (David J Mathre)
Yosemite Falls from Yosemite Lodge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 1280, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

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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