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tgtaylor
1-Dec-2011, 13:07
The Tioga pass road through the park in OPEN! It's closed at the moment (12/01/) due to the high wind event but those winds will die down this afternoon and the weather forecast is for clear and dry weather through the middle of next week at the least.

Anyone out there interested in a photography meetup in Yosemite in the next few days? I'm thinking an out and back or overnighter to Cathedral Lakes (leave the cars at the Pass while one driver hitches back).

Thomas

windpointphoto
1-Dec-2011, 18:41
Can't understand why everyone's not jumpin' at this idea. Temp drops two degrees and no one is ever seen again, least of all the lucky person hiking back from the cars.

tgtaylor
1-Dec-2011, 19:56
The weather forecast through next Wednesday is spectacular with highs in the upper 40's and lows in the upper 20's and clear skies throughout the forecast period! The current wind storm, which is expected to subside tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, swept all the crap from the atmosphere and, coupled with the low angle of the sun (winter solstice is just 3 weeks away), the lighting and visibility is a good as it gets. Photography at high noon will work! Check out the lighting on the parks webcams. Beautiful! Because of the nearness to the solstice the light is far better right now then it will be when the road opens again in late May.

There are several short day hikes from Tioga road to pristine and spectacular alpine setting to photograph: Gaylor Lakes, Elizabeth Lake and Cathedral Lakes for example, with the first two being only about 4 mile RT hikes from the road and are rated as "easy" hikes! Cathedral Lakes (easy to moderate because of distance) is a little longer, ~8 miles or so RT, with Upper Cathedral Lake being about a 1/2 mile further. If you have the time and inclination you could camp at lower or upper Cathedral Lake, catch the early morning light, and hike over Cathedral pass to photograph Echo Lake and Peak carrying just camera and film, and then back to the car on the 2d day.

This is only the 5th time since 1980 that Tioga Road was still open in December and probably won't last past the coming week.

Thomas

tgtaylor
2-Dec-2011, 10:16
From this mornings NWS forecast discussion for the Yosemite area:

ONE WIND CONCERN IS THAT THE MODELS FORECAST THE SURFACE-PRESSURE
GRADIENTS TO TIGHTEN AGAIN TONIGHT AS THE SHORT-WAVE MOVES OVER THE
GREAT BASIN AS IT DROPS INTO THE TROUGH. GRADIENTS ARE FORECAST TO
BE LOWER THAN WITH THURSDAY/S EVENT...WHICH SAW THE PEAK WIND AT
FRESNO COME WITHIN 3 MPH OF THE RECORD GUST FOR DECEMBER /45 MPH
VICE 48 MPH ON DECEMBER 28TH 1991/.

THE NEXT FORECAST CONCERN IS THE THREAT OF FROST THIS MORNING. AT
10Z /0200 PST/...THE TEMPERATURE AT THE HANFORD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
HAD FALLEN TO 31 DEGREES AND DEWPOINTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY WERE MOSTLY IN THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S. AS WINDS
SUBSIDE...TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO FALL AND COULD REACH 32
DEGREES BY DAYBREAK WITH 2-4 HOURS BETWEEN 29-32 DEGREES LATER THIS
MORNING. CONDITIONS ARE MORE FAVORABLE FOR A MORE WIDESPREAD FROST
WITH TEMPERATURES A COUPLE OF DEGREES COLDER SATURDAY NIGHT.

THE WEATHER PATTERN IS FORECAST TO REMAIN STAGNANT THROUGH THE FIRST
PART OF NEXT WEEK. AN UPPER-LEVEL LOW MOVING OUT OF THE GULF OF
ALASKA IS FORECAST TO RIDE OVER THE TOP OF THE RIDGE...FLATTENING IT
AND PUSHING THE RIDGE WESTWARD AS A TROUGH ROTATING AROUND THE LOW
DROPS INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AROUND MIDWEEK. THE 00Z ECMWF IS
MORE ROBUST WITH THE TROUGH...DIGGING IT INTO CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA NEXT THURSDAY. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE ECMWF AND GFS
BECOME MORE PRONOUNCED NEXT FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND...LOWERING
CONFIDENCE IN THE FORECAST FOR THE END OF THE 7-DAY FORECAST PERIOD.


Here in the Bay Area the winds have subsided and it's a beautiful mild day out.

Thomas

tgtaylor
2-Dec-2011, 22:45
No one going? Shoot, I'm going to have the whole place to myself! :D

Robert Ellis
2-Dec-2011, 22:52
tgtaylor,

If I were anywhere near there I would JUMP at the chance to go. I'm always been astounded by Adams work in Yosemite, and would love to try my hand at some of its sights. Alas, I hail from the cold reaches of Alaska. A different type of scenery, though beautiful.

Thanks for the post,

tgtaylor
2-Dec-2011, 23:06
Thanks Logain!

Although the winter solstice is less that 3 weeks away, it's like spring in northern California.

http://www.flickr.com//photos/gallery_alternative/show/

Jim Fitzgerald
3-Dec-2011, 08:41
Be in the park on the 17th.

tgtaylor
3-Dec-2011, 11:04
Although not likely given the current weather conditions, it's entirely possible that Tioga road will be open on the 17th. So far the latest closure was on December 11th back in 1995. So this may well be a record year.

http://www.flickr.com//photos/gallery_alternative/show/

ROL
3-Dec-2011, 12:08
I'm thinking an out and back or overnighter to Cathedral Lakes (leave the cars at the Pass while one driver hitches back).

Thomas

Hitching back may be problematic given the amount of traffic near day's end, at this time of year. The latest I've been up there was Thanksgiving, many years ago (not counting skiing across in February in the early '70's). I found shooting conditions not optimal for my tastes. Too little snow (the reason the road is still open), dormant vegetation kind of beat up looking. Still, I'm with you in spirit, if only for the adventure of taking advantage of a rare opportunity. I've been thinking about going myself, but photography wouldn't be my primary motivation. Have fun!

Here's some inspiration from a month ago (actually a proof I'm don't intend to print):
5X7 FP4+ (PMK Pryo)
http://www.rangeoflightphotography.com/SupportPics/LFPF/TenayaLkNewSnow.jpg

tgtaylor
3-Dec-2011, 16:10
You're probably right Ben. An early morning start and end of day return may be better than trying to hitch back and forth. It's only 3.5 miles from the road.

BTW, I am planning on shooting Tioga Lake in the late afternoon while there is still good illumination on Mt. Conness in the far background with my 360mm just to the right of where yours was taken. The clear atmosphere and superb light should make for a fine image.

http://www.flickr.com//photos/gallery_alternative/show/

tgtaylor
13-Dec-2011, 10:55
Really nice trip to Yosemite! Except for myself no LF photographers - just the usual tourists types with DSLR's; but I did see a middle aged lady packin' a Canon 35mm film camera and a guy with a Hassy.

The park opened Glacier Point Road for the weekend and sundown Saturday afternoon saw me set-up with the 45CF at the tip of the point. With the last vestiges of sunlight shown upon Half Dome, I took the first exposure exposing for the general landscape and then waited about an hour until the full moon rose directly over the dome and then exposed for the moon. A little snafu intervened with my forgetting to release the lock on the cable release and until I developed the negative last night I thought that I had double exposed the the second exposure and shook the camera in the process. But the negative looks good with the moon a dark circle. At this point I am unable to tell if I did indeed double expose the moon as I may have had the lens cap on when I cocked the shutter. But I didn't hear or feel anything at the time. The next time I do this I'm going to place the moon on zone 4 instead of 5.

The back-country was nice and peaceful with few fellow travelers and not enough snow to impede travel without snowshoes or skis. On Sunday I hiked out to Middle Gaylor Lake immediately following two other parties totaling 5 persons. The trail-head is at the east entrance station at 10K and I was surprised to see this many starting the same hike where the snow would be the deepest. I only settled for this hike because I passed-up the trail-head for lower Gaylor Lake and decided to go for middle lake as it was around noon with sundown at around 4:30. It turned out that the snow was deepest (knee deep) only at the very beginning and then settled down to a couple of packed inches and clear spots with the trail being easy to follow.

Yosemite Falls was still flowing with this years runoff with ice and snow frozen against the rock to mark its fall. Bridalveil, which always has some flow, had even more ice and snow frozen to its wall and came thundering down in intervals as the air warmed. Bridalveil, with its soft flowing waters and snow and ice adhering to its dark rock, made for a striking image and I exposed 4 sheets with the 360mm lens mounted on the 45C which I had brought specifically for this shot.

Camping in the valley was plentiful and I had my choice of campsites at Camp 4. Before departing on Monday I stopped in the Ansel Adams Gallery to view the forums Kerik Kouklis' display of Gum-Platinum images on display there. Excellent! That gives me something to look forward to when I reach that process.

Thomas

tgtaylor
16-Dec-2011, 16:59
I forgot to mention that an announcement of a major exhibit of AA's work at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, CA through 8 January was posted on the door at the Ansel Adams Gallery. http://www.carnegieartsturlock.org/page25.html

Thomas

Robert Oliver
16-Dec-2011, 19:55
My fingers are crossed that it will still be open after Christmas and I can actually sneak away long enough to get there!

would have loved to have met you up there Thomas...

Jim Fitzgerald
18-Dec-2011, 23:06
Just got back from Yosemite. Everything was open! Tioga, Glacier and Mariposa grove! Stood at glacier point at 12:30 today. No wind and clear. This morning it was 25 degrees. Great ice cascades in Bridalveil creek! Took the 8x10 and 14x17. Only LF and ULF shooter in the park!

tgtaylor
19-Dec-2011, 11:06
All park roads are still open surpassing the previous 1995 record of December 11th and no rain/snow is in sight at least thru Christmas Day. It's very possiblethat the park roads will still be open on New Years Day.

Thomas