Monday, May 26, 2014

Yosemite National Park in Spring (No. 1)

I recently returned from a "bucket list" five day trip to Yosemite National park.  I am fortunate to have traveled there several times before (most recently five years ago, with my wife and sons).  This recent trip was specifically to photograph Yosemite's magnificent landscapes and nature.  I chose to travel in Spring, in order to see the waterfalls and rivers at their fullest, and to see dogwoods and other wildflowers.  Below are the first ten of my images.  To see more of my Yosemite photographs, click HERE.

Bridalveil Falls at Sunset
Moonrise over Gray Peak (from Glacier Point)
Morning View of Upper Yosemite Falls and Reflection
(from Swinging Bridge)
Tunnel View Silhouette (before Sunrise)
Morning Reflection of El Capitan in the Merced River
Rush of Water:  Merced River at Happy Isles
Half Dome at Sunset (from Yosemite Valley)
Dogwood and Incense Cedar
Half Dome at Sunset (from Glacier Point)
Yosemite Valley at Dusk:  Meadow, Trees and Cliffs 
For most of my time in Yosemite, I was part of  a photography workshop led by GARY HART and co-led by DON SMITH - two extremely talented photographers (and very nice, engaging guys).  Gary has an infectious love of photography, and he consistently put us in "the right place at the right time" (for great light, wonderful vantage points, unique experiences, etc.) The other nine participants in the group were a diverse, interesting, extremely friendly and very skillful group of professionals who shared my enthusiasm for photography and the outdoors.  They not only provided companionship in Yosemite, but we learned a great deal by seeing each other's work.  On my last day in Yosemite, I was extremely lucky to have a private workshop with MICHAEL FRYE.  Michael is one of the present gurus of Yosemite photography, and he wrote several beautiful and extremely useful landscape photography books, including:  The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite

Monday, May 5, 2014

Spring Flowers in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

After a seemingly endless winter, I was more than ready for signs  of spring:  warmer days, the start of the baseball season, and spring flowers.  I've gone out several times during the past two weeks to photograph flowers in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  The photographs below were taken at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve (in New Hope, Pennsylvania), and various locations in Yardley, Pennsylvania (next to Lake Afton, and a Dogwood Tree near the old cemetery on Yardley-Morrisville Road).  After the grays and whites of winter, its great to see the assortment of spring colors.  To see more of my flower, nature and landscape photographs, click HERE.