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John Boyd Apr 16, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Today, the road to Bodie Ghost Town opened.
John Orman Apr 16, 2014 at 05:55 AM

Great news for this guy who wants to see Bodie. Now the only road that needs to open is Tioga. Guessing that with this record low snowpack, that one will roll over for me before May 8 too!
John Orman Apr 16, 2014 at 06:42 AM

Maybe that low snowpack is good news/bad news, but hopefully those waterfalls will still be running strong in early May!

John Boyd Apr 14, 2014 at 05:50 PM

Good News, Glacier Point Road opened today. And should be open for our May workshop. The view from Glacier Point is one that you will always remember. Looking straight out at Half Dome is awesome.
Jan Evers Apr 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM

John Orman Apr 16, 2014 at 05:51 AM

Just read that news on Yosemite Conservancy's Facebook page, but already posted here. Great news! One of earliest openings ever.

Jan Evers Apr 08, 2014 at 11:55 PM

If we're bringing 4 of our photos on a memory stick, what is a good size?
John Boyd Apr 14, 2014 at 09:36 AM

Jan, for projecting I have my images set at 8x10 and 100 resolution. You can also email these images to me.
Jan Evers Apr 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM


Marilyn Wisegarver Mar 17, 2014 at 05:49 PM

I've signed up for this trip, too. I never tire of visiting Yosemite!
John Boyd Mar 17, 2014 at 06:50 PM

I agree Marilyn, I'm in Yosemite 12-15 times each year. Different season, different day, it always is different. Looking forward to meeting you. If you have any questions about the workshop or photography post questions here and I will try to answer them for you, Instructor

Robert Gardner Mar 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Just about any lens works well in the valley. My go to is a 24 70, however even a wider lens is great.
Also it depends weather you have a full frame camera or a cropped one.

Bill Carney Mar 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Hi all,
any recommendation on the kind of lenses to bring along?
John Boyd Mar 14, 2014 at 01:16 AM

Hi Bill, anything from 18mm to 300mm. Normally I use 18-70mm. The longer, 300mm, I use to isolate detail such as ripples in th river.

John Boyd Mar 07, 2014 at 02:49 PM

Polorizer Filters. When purchasing get one that fits your largest lens. Then purchase step rings that will allow use on all of your lenses. Your camera shop can help you with this. Also, stay away from cheap filters. Hoya and Tiffen both make good filters at a reasonable price.

John Boyd Mar 05, 2014 at 09:03 PM

Love the different seasons in Yosemite. The Feb, trip was like spring. Normally in May we have rushing rivers and roaring waterfalls. In October we see slow moving rivers and creeks and many great reflections.
If anyone has a certain technique that you hope to learn let me know. Slow moving candy cotton water? Polorizer use?
If you only have one filter make sure it is a polorizer. Used for darkening blue skies, cutting reflections and sometimes slowing down your shutter speed.
Make sure you bring you camera manual.
Art Novak Mar 06, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Since you asked I am interested in night photography and star trails Mary Novak
John Boyd Mar 06, 2014 at 01:00 PM

Hi Mary, we may be able to do some star trails around ECCO. What type of camera do you have? A cable release with a locking feature would be needed for this. Exposures can run over a minute to get trails. Also, a sturdy tripod would be needed.
Art Novak Mar 07, 2014 at 03:16 PM

Great! I have a D700 Nikon and the cable release. My tripod is questionable but I am limited to what I can carry Mary
John Boyd Mar 07, 2014 at 03:55 PM

I normally have a couple of tripods to loan on these trips Mary.

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