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Photograph Yosemite: Capturing Waterfalls, Cliffs, and Domes

Program Number: 8713RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/8/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 2/16/2015 - 2/20/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/14/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Oakhurst, California
Price starting at: $762.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography; National Parks
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Capture on film the magnificence of Yosemite, loved by photographers since it was made famous by Ansel Adams. The Queen of our national parks will be the classroom for two full days of exploring the park and embracing nature through photography. Your leader, John Boyd, is a professional photographer who specializes in this breathtaking region and will share his favorite places in the Park. Learn how to create the best exposure for the best print and prepare for your adventures in Yosemite Valley with short educational presentations. Your photo workshop comes full-circle with a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery in the park.




Highlights

• Learn to photograph water to achieve stunning results, from the "cotton candy" effect of a fast-moving stream to the detailed reflections of a gently rippling lake.
• Scan the face of El Capitan for daring rock climbers while on a hike to photograph beautiful oak trees.
• Harness the sun's color-enhancing properties in shots of the "fire" on El Capitan and of the granite monolith Half Dome in the final light of day.



Activity Particulars

Moderate walks of 1-3 miles. Elevations of 7,000 feet. All experience levels, digital cameras, welcome.



Program focus is on traditional photography, though all camera types are welcome. Suitable for photographers of all experience levels




Date Specific Information

10-26-2014

This specific program is the only extended departure offered in 2014. We are happy to share that with the extra day, there will be an additional field trip into Yosemite and an opportunity to photograph the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.



2-16-2015

Horsetail Fall flows over the eastern edge of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. It`s a small waterfall that many people don`t notice, but it has gained popularity as more and more people have noticed it can glow orange during sunset in mid to late February, in a way reminiscent of the Fire fall that occurred historically from Glacier Point. Capturing this event is high on our priority list for this specific program date.



Coordinated by Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst.




Oakhurst

With Yosemite National Park and the expansive Sierra Nevada just out the backdoor, Oakhurst is an active community and gateway to the region’s many natural splendors, including fine hiking trails and native wildlife.



Accommodations
Clean, comfortable, rustic conference center on 162 forested acres, walking trails on-site. Rooms are without televisions or telephones (both available in main lodge). Main lodge is about 500 feet from lodge rooms.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
John Boyd

John has taught photography for 24 years, sharing his knowledge and experience in the fields of graphic arts, computer applications, photography and digital photography. He has led photo workshops in Yosemite National Park, Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve and Mono Lake, and his art has been shown in shows throughout California. John enjoys teaching Road Scholar participants all aspects of photography, including camera capabilities, composition, exposure, post processing and use of software.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst
  Oakhurst 4 nights
 Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst
Type: Conference Center
  Description: ECCO sits on 160 lovely acres forested with oaks, manzanita, incense cedar and ponderosa pine. Our dining room overlooks a pond populated by mallards, egrets, herons--and one mute swan. We are set back from the highway 1 mile , away from traffic and noise. It's a perfect place to reflect, relax and learn. We are at the gateway to Yosemite, only 12 miles from the southern entrance to the park and about 45 miles from Yosemite Valley itself. As you enjoy a walk on our grounds, you may find yourself accompanied by mule deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.
  Contact info: 43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644 USA
phone: 559-683-8162
web: www.conferencecenter.org
  Room amenities: Climate-controlled, hair dryers.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Because we are a conference center, we are not often able to accommodate either early arrivals or late departures.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Because we are a conference center, we are not often able to accommodate either early arrivals or late departures.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 3:00PM. You are welcome to arrive earlier and enjoy our serine landscape, but there may not be staff available to assist you before 2:00PM. Pleas call us if you plan to arrive after 6:00PM You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst that night.
  End of Program:
Room check out is at 9:00AM. Lunch is at 11:30AM and the program officially ends after lunch. You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available directly in front of lodge rooms. All rooms have ground-floor entry.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Oakhurst
  Nearest city or town:  ECCO is 4 miles north of the center of Oakhurst
  Nearest highway: ECCO is set 1 mile back from Highway 41.
  Nearest airport:  Fresno/Yosemite International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Oakhurst
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Fresno, CA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
ECCO
phone: 559-683-8162
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75.00 - subject to change until reservation is confirmed with ECCO
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

ECCO highly recommends renting a vehicle if at all possible, for free time options. ECCO shuttle is available only on program opening/closing days; maximum capacity is 4 persons. Other private transportation companies are available in our area; call Kristen at 559/683-8162 for names and contact information.

 
Driving Directions
  Eastern Sierra via Tioga Road (Note: Tioga Road is closed from the first snowfall in November through May or June--if you travel close to those dates, call 209/372-0200 for up-to-the-minute road conditions.) From Hwy 395 take Hwy 120 westbound. You will travel through some of the most beautiful parts of Yosemite, dropping down into Yosemite Valley. Watch the signs for Hwy 41 southbound. Take Hwy 41 southbound toward Oakhurst. (It will be 1 to 1-1/2 hours’ driving time from Yosemite Valley.) After exiting the park’s south gate, travel approximately 12 miles. ECCO will be on the left, soon after the turn to Cedar Valley Road. If you pass Road 632, you have gone too far. Watch carefully because the signs are a little hard to see from this direction. Keep an eye out for the Christ Church sign, since we share a parking lot with them. Once you’ve turned left into the Christ Church parking lot, follow the signs one mile back to ECCO.
  From Fresno Yosemite International Airport BE AWARE THAT GPS AND ONLINE MAPS WILL USUALLY SEND YOU DOWN THE WRONG DRIVEWAY. FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS PLEASE. From FYI turn left on Clinton Avenue. Cross McKinley Avenue, which becomes Peach Avenue. Turn right at the on-ramp to Fwy 180 headed westbound. Merge onto Hwy 41 northbound (toward Yosemite). Stay on Hwy 41 for approximately 45 miles. You will drop down into a valley where the town of Oakhurst is located. At the traffic signal at the intersection of Hwy 41 and Hwy 49, YOU WILL NOT TURN. This is just for identification purposes. Stay on Hwy 41 approximately 4 miles north of Oakhurst. ECCO is on the right. Our driveway on HWY 41 is just a few feet after you pass Road 632. We share a driveway with Christ Church. On our driveway, continue past the church and a small retirement community. The driveway ends at ECCO.
  From Northern California BE AWARE THAT GPS AND ONLINE MAPS OFTEN LEAD YOU DOWN THE WRONG DRIVEWAY. PLEASE REFER TO THESE DIRECTIONS. Take Hwy 99 south. Exit on Hwy 140 east (toward Yosemite). At the intersection with Hwy 49, turn right. Hwy 49 dead ends at Hwy 41 in Oakhurst. Turn left on Hwy 41. ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49. Stay on Hwy 41 approximately 4 miles north of Oakhurst. ECCO is on the right. Our driveway on HWY 41 is just a few feet after you pass Road 632. We share a driveway with Christ Church. On our driveway, continue past the church and a small retirement community. The driveway ends at ECCO.
  From San Francisco Airport BE AWARE THAT GPS AND ONLINE MAPS OFTEN LEAD YOU DOWN THE WRONG DRIVEWAY. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS. Take Hwy 101 south to Gilroy. Exit eastbound on Hwy 152 and stay on 152 until it merges southbound with Hwy 99. Exit on Hwy 145. At the end of the offramp turn left. Go over the freeway and turn right. Turn right again on Cleveland Avenue. Continue on Cleveland about a mile to 145. Turn left on 145. Go about 20 miles then turn left on Hwy 41. Once you drop down into Oakhurst, ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49 on Hwy 41. Our driveway on HWY 41 is just a few feet after you pass Road 632. We share a driveway with Christ Church. Once on our driveway, continue past the church and a small retirement community. The one mile driveway ends at ECCO.
  From San Francisco International Airport (Option 2) BE AWARE THAT GPS AND ONLINE MAPS OFTEN LEAD YOU DOWN THE WRONG DRIVEWAY. PLEASE REFER TO THESE DIRECTIONS. From SFO go either to Oakland or across the Hayward Bridge (92) to Hwy 580. Travel 580 east (toward Stockton) to Hwy 205 (toward Stockton) east to Hwy 120 (Manteca) to Hwy 99 (Fresno/LA). Travel south on 99 to Merced, exit Hwy 140 east to Mariposa. Turn right onto Hwy 49, follow Hwy 49 to Hwy 41 at Oakhurst. Turn left onto Hwy 41 and travel north about 4 miles. Our driveway on HWY 41 is just a few feet after you pass Road 632. We share a driveway with Christ Church. Once on our driveway, continue past the church and a small retirement community. The one mile driveway ends at ECCO.
  From Southern California: BE AWARE THAT GPS AND ONLINE MAPS OFTEN LEAD YOU DOWN THE WRONG DRIVEWAY FOR ECCO. PLEASE USE THESE DIRECTIONS. Take Interstate 5 north to Hwy 99. Take Hwy 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno take Hwy 41 north toward Yosemite. ECCO is approximately 1 hour from Fresno. On Hwy 41 you will go up into the Sierra foothills and then drop down into the valley where Oakhurst is located. Although you will stay on Hwy 41, your first landmark will be the traffic signal at Hwy 41 and Hwy 49 in Oakhurst. Continue north, toward Yosemite for approximately 4 miles. ECCO will be on the right-hand side of the road just past Road 632. We share a driveway with Christ Church. Once on our driveway, continue past the church and a small retirement community. The one mile driveway ends at ECCO.
  From Yosemite Valley BE AWARE THAT GPS AND ONLINE MAPS OFTEN LEAD DOWN THE WRONG DRIVEWAY TO ECCO. PLEASE REFER TO THESE DIRECTIONS. ECCO is approximate 1-1/2 hours from Yosemite Valley. As you exit YV, follow the signs toward Hwy 41. while traveling out of the park, you will pass the turnoff for Glacier Point and Badger Pass as well as the Wawona Hotel. Exit through the south gate of the park and continue on Hwy 41. ECCO is on the left approximately 12 miles south. Our sign may be difficult to see from that direction, so watch for the Christ Church sign. Turn left there and follow the signs to ECCO about a mile back. Landmarks to find our driveway are that it is between the roads of Cedar Valley and Rd 362. If you see Road 632 or the Bass Lake cut off (Rd. 222), you have gone too far. Once on our driveway, you will pass Christ Church and a small retirement community. The one-mile driveway ends at ECCO.
Elevation Note: ECCO's elevation is approx. 3,100 ft. On field trips bus may briefly stop at an elevation of 6,000.

Equipment Requirements: Bring the following with you, as it applies to your type of camera: 1.Camera and lens (camera can be any type: SLR, point-and-shoot or digital 2.Camera Instruction Manual (very important) 3. Film (note that b/w film cannot be one-hour processed) 4. Tripod 5. Laptop for viewing your digital photos (optional) 6. Filters 7. Polarizer 8. Cable Release 9. Samples of your work 10. Cable to connect your camera to a television and, most importantly - your enthusiasm and eagerness to learn
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals and Orientation
(Sunday, May 4)
   
 Dinner: Please plan to arrive at ECCO between 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Unfortunately, staff may not be available to assist outside of those hours. After check-in, take time to relax before our get-acquainted social hour. During our social hour, we will have a short orientation time to help answer your questions and properly welcome you to our home. Dinner follows at 6. We regret that we cannot hold dinners for those who arrive late so please plan accordingly.
 Evening: After dinner, the group leader completes orientation ECCO, then the instructor will give an introduction to the class material. The evening closes with a 20 minute, award winning video entitled "The Spirit of Yosemite." Lyles hall is accessible 24 hour and is a wonderful place to lounge in your free time. We have wifi, cable TV, a warm wood stove, comfortable couches, reading material, puzzles and games. It is a wonderful place to nurture new friendships.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Class to Assess Skills and Learn Basic Instruction Followed by Free Time
(Monday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Lyles Hall. Class follows at 9:00 a.m. with an introduction to photography, assessment of skill levels and basic instruction. Get acquainted with your instructor, a professional photographer who has specialized in the Sierra Nevadas for over 20 years. Note that following the basic information, class will be held outside to the extent weather permits.
 Lunch: 12 noon - Lunch in Lyles Hall followed by class, a photo discussion with instructor
 Afternoon: Beginning at 2:30 p.m. enjoy free time - an opportunity for participants to explore our surrounding area or just relax.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Hall at 6:00 p.m. After dinner, meet with your group leader to discuss the procedure for the following days' field trips.
 Evening: Evening Programs are optional, but usually highly valued as an entertaining and educational cap to the day. Presentations could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area. Our presenters are professionals who enjoy expanding guest's knowledge on Yosemite.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Itinerary Subject to Change - Photo Walk in Yosemite Valley
(Tuesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. in Lyles Hall.
 Morning: Please note that the schedule for this day is subject to change from what is described here in order to take advantage of the best photo opportunities in Yosemite Valley. Your group leader will give you detailed information upon your arrival.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in Yosemite Valley. After lunch, participate in a photo walk in Yosemite Valley with instructor. Those who do not wish to walk are free to explore the Valley's wonders on their own. (Free shuttle buses are available on the valley floor.)
 Afternoon: Photo walk in Yosemite Valley with instructor. Those who do not wish to participate in the photo walk are free to explore the Valley's wonders on their own. (Free shuttle buses are available on the valley floor.) We will stay through sunset, so be prepared an extraordinary day of photography.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Hall at 6:00 p.m. After dinner, meet with your group leader to discuss the procedure for the following days' field trips.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening presentation of either live birds of prey, living history, musical guests, or art presentation.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Itinerary Subject to Change - Photo Walk in Yosemite Valley
(Wednesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. breakfast in Lyles Hall. At 8:45 a.m., board bus for destination in Yosemite. Destination will be determined based on weather, road conditions and available photo opportunities. Bus will depart by 9:00 a.m., as soon as all participants are on board.
 Morning: Photo walk in Yosemite Valley.
 Lunch: Hot lunches are provided at the Yosemite Lodge cafeteria.
 Afternoon: Our photo adventure will lead to Yosemite's high country. We'll make our way to Glacier Point to catch the last colors of the sun paint the granite palate of Half Dome. This dynamic sunset is called an alpenglow.
 Dinner: In our effort to provide you with your best photographic experience we will provide dinner within the park (box dinner provided by ECCO). Dine in the same amphitheater, which overlooks the valley, at Glacier Point that historic pioneers of Yosemite did.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Class to Share Your Photos with Instructor and Other Participants
(Thursday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. breakfast in Lyles Hall. Please vacate your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. so our housekeeping staff may prepare for our next group's arrival; however your program continues with class following breakfast. Please return keys and evaluations to your group leader.
 Morning: At 9:00 a.m. class convenes. This is your opportunity to show your fellow students and your instructor the photos you've taken during your stay at ECCO and your field trips to Yosemite Valley. Your instructor will critique your photos at your request.
 Lunch: Lunch and farewell.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Oakhurst Bass Lake
Bass Lake is one of the most popular vacation spots in Central California. The lake was created back in 1899. It was enlarged 6 years later, and work on the present dam began in 1909. At 3,500 feet in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, the 4-mile long lake is on the north fork of Willow Creek which is a tributary of the San Joaquin River. Its waters turn powerful, electricity-producing turbine engines for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the world's largest non-government utility. Because of its altitude, it's not unsual for Bass Lake to have snow on the ground for several weeks during the winter--not tons of snow...but enough snow to carry chains in your trunk...and, as locals put it, enough snow to be beautiful but not bothersome. Bass Lake is popular for all of the right reasons. It's close to California's Central Valley (1 hour from Fresno) via Highway 41 and only 20 minutes from Yosemite. Nature lovers appreciate the lake, and so do fishermen--it's stocked with trout, bass, salmon, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Water skiers appreciate the warm water--75 to 78 degrees in the summer. The lake has excellent marina facilities.
  Fresno Flats Historical Site
Fresno Flats Historic Park recaptures the flavor of 19th Century life in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains of Central California. Eastern Madera County is the southern end of the historic Mother Lode gold fields, but the people who settled here came not so much for gold but more to build their lives and raise their families, making their living as farmers, merchants and using the rich natural resources of the mountains. The museum complex is built around two restored and furnished homes dating to the 1870s. Both have been designated by the State of California as Points of Historical Interest for their unique construction styles once common throughout Northern California, but virtually unknown today. They were saved from demolition, moved to Fresno Flats Historical Park and restored by the volunteers of Sierra Historic Sites Association, as were a pair of early-day one-room schools, two 19th Century jails and several other farm buildings. For additional information, visit www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org/about.html
  Sierra Mono Museum
Sierra Mono Indian Museum Roads 225 & 228, North Fork 9:00 - 4:00 Tuesday-Saturday 559-877-2115 Admission: $3/Adults $2/Seniors $1/Students The North Fork Mono Tribe is the original inhabitant of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The tribe consists of two clans: the golden eagle and the coyote, both of which are represented at the entrance to the museum. The Mono way of life is featured in the museum through examples of fishing, hunting, acorn gathering, cooking, healing, basketmaking, games and ceremonies. Also featured is the Tettleton Wildlife Collection, one of the finest in California.
  Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a restoration of the old narrow gauge Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company Railroad. A section of the original railbed has been reconstructed using the same techniques used at the turn of the century. Two vintage Shay steam locomotives have been brought in from the Westside Lumber company and restored to provide authentic motive power for the trains. Shay number 15 was built in 1913 and weighs 60 tons. Number 10, built in 1928 weighs 83 tons and is the heavest operating narrow guage Shay locomotive today. Railcars once used to provide transportation for logging and track repair crews have been refurbished and are now operated for passenger excursion. Antique Model "A" Ford gas engines power the trolley-like "Jenny" cars over the route. For additional information, visit www.ymsprr.com/
  Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
Check out the Yosemite-Sierra Visitors' Bureau for the wealth of activities available to visitors to our area, from photo, art and antique galleries to outdoor recreation activities to many sites of historical interest. For additional information, visit www.yosemitethisyear.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


"Photographer's Guide to Yosemite"


Author: Michael Frye


"Ansel Adams and the American Landscape"


Author: Jonathan Spaulding


Yosemite: Volume One


Author: William Neill


Description: Our expert instructor highly recommends William Neill's blog and ebook. Find the blog at www.williamneill.com/blog/ and Find his ebook at www.williamneill.com/store/ebooks/yosemite-volume1/index.html





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