Photographing Fall Colors in Yosemite

Photo by Fred Golz

Photo by Fred Golz

Fall time Adventure with your camera in  Yosemite

Visiting Yosemite Valley during the fall is a treat for the senses. Entering the Valley you will discover nature at her finest with incredible autumn colors!

Before you start your trip to Yosemite National Park it is strongly recommended that you check the weather conditions by visiting the official website of the park available at http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm. While you are on the website, you can also look at the webcams in the park to get a visual idea about what to expect.

Photo by F. Golz
Photo by F. Golz

It is also a good idea to have an extra set of clothing because it can be quite cold early in the morning or in the evening after sunset.

In addition, it is a good idea to have plenty of water and food in the car, especially if you plan to hike a lot and you don't want to take the time to eat in one of the restaurants in the Valley.

Coming from Merced, take Hwy 140 which will lead you through Mariposa and then along the beautiful Merced River into Yosemite National Park.

Photo by F. Golz
Photo by F. Golz

I recommend stopping along the Merced River at a few places because the colors of the leaves on both sides of the river are changing and you may get some incredible images before you even enter the park.

Dogwood trees

After passing the entry station, you can stop again at the Merced River and look for dogwood trees. The dogwood leaves turn a beautiful red color during the month of October.If you photograph these red leaves with water as a backdrop you will get some awesome images.

Photo by F. Golz
Photo by F. Golz

I also recommend walking along the creek beds and the base of the major waterfalls. You will find beautiful yellow leaves around rocks or in the water that can be captured with your camera. Keep in mind the rocks can be very slippery even in the fall when there is not much water in the streams.

I would definitely stop at the Ahwahnee hotel during the late afternoon. When the sun shines from behind the leaves you can catch some amazing images. 

About thirty minutes before sunset I would get ready to photograph Half Dome or the entire valley from Inspiration point. The sunsets are usually exceptionally beautiful which creates the opportunity for some staggering images.

Join the class

If you would like to join me on a photographic field trip, please click on www.mercedcommunityservices.com and register for the "Fall Colors in Yosemite” trip. You will be rewarded with expert photographic guidance as you capture great images in your camera in one of our most spectacular National Parks during the beautiful season of fall.  Pictures below were taken in the 2014 class in Yosemite.  Why not join us next time?

Photo by Fred Golz

Photo by Fred Golz

Photo by Fred Golz

Photo by Fred Golz

Photo by Fred Golz

Photo by Fred Golz

One last word about cameras and equipment:

You don't need a super fancy camera to capture incredible images. For starters, a $100 point and shoot camera can create some great images. I have even seen people with smart phones and tablets photographing in Yosemite. Optionally, if you want to photograph in dark areas, or after sunset, I would suggest bringing a tripod. Otherwise, an open mind and time to discover is your best friend in photography.

I have photographed in Yosemite for many years and I would be happy to be your guide and photographic teacher for a great day in our magnificent Yosemite National Park!

All Photos are by Fred Golz

 

About:

about Fred

about Fred

Friedhelm (Fred) Golz is a local photographer (co-owner of Eye2Eye Photostudio), blogger,and educator.  Born in Germany, he immigrated to California after he married Nancy, a native Californian. He settled in Merced where his daughter and son grew up.

He teaches photography classes at Merced College community services. He is an active contributor to two photo blogs:www.photoblog.eye2eyephotostudio.com, where he shares some of his images.

Also,  www.passionforphotos.com, a photo blog that publishes weekly exercises for photographers.

He can be reached at frgolz@yahoo.com