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Photograph Yosemite: Capturing Waterfalls, Cliffs and Domes

Improve your photography skills alongside a photography expert in idyllic Yosemite National Park. You’ll learn a variety of techniques and explore the region’s natural beauty.
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Program No. 8713RJ
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6 days
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1,199
California

Photograph Yosemite: Capturing Waterfalls, Cliffs and Domes

Improve your photography skills alongside a photography expert in idyllic Yosemite National Park. You’ll learn a variety of techniques and explore the region’s natural beauty.
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6 days
Starts at
1,199
Program No. 8713 RJ
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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 three full days of embracing nature through photography. Your expert instructor, Nancy Robbins, is a professional specializing in this breathtaking region and will share her favorite places in the Park. Your photo workshop comes full-circle with a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery in the park.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn to photograph water to achieve stunning results, from the “cotton candy” effect of a fast-moving stream to reflections of a gently rippling lake.
  • Capture spectacular sunrise photographs from the famous Tunnel View.
  • 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.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
"Photographer's Guide to Yosemite"
by Michael Frye
"Ansel Adams and the American Landscape"
by Jonathan Spaulding
"A Sense of Yosemite"
by Nancy Robbins (Photographer), David Mas Masumoto (Contribution by)
Yosemite: Volume One
by William Neill
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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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Oakhurst
D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Lodge check-in from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in Lyles Dining Hall to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. We'll enjoy our get-acquainted social hour that includes drinks and appetizers.

Dinner: At Lyles Dining Hall, we will enjoy a buffet of rotating entrees, sides, salads, vegetables, and desserts. Coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks are included.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Field trips off site will be by shuttle. Field trips to and from Yosemite are around 35 miles each way on country roads. Classes will be held in Lower Lyles West or the chapel, a short walk from Lyles. Please note this is not an active outdoor program, however this and the field tip on Day 5 may include walks/hikes of varying lengths to enhance and illustrate the subjects being taught. If mobility is an issue, please contact the coordinator for further information. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We will then enjoy a short, award-winning video from the National Park Service about Yosemite National Park. The balance of the evening is left free to relax after our day's journey.

DAY
2
Skills Assessment, Basic Instruction
Oakhurst
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.).All experience levels, beginning to advanced, digital or film cameras, welcome. Minimal walking around campus.

Breakfast: At Lyles Dining Hall, we will enjoy a buffet of rotating breakfast items like eggs, hot/cold cereals, fruit, toast or muffins, yogurt, and granola. Coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks are included.

Morning: We will enjoy class time with our instructor, a local professional photographer, who will appeal to all ability levels with hands-on training and leave us ready to capture the magnificent landscape of Yosemite.

Lunch: At Lyles Dining Hall, we will enjoy a buffet meal that may include a sandwich bar or a hot entrée. Other offerings include a homemade soup of the day and salad bar, along with a dessert. Coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks are included.

Afternoon: We will return to class. If weather permits, we'll take a photo walk around the campus, located on 160 forested acres and including a pond, alive with waterfowl. We’ll test our skills as we explore the grounds.

Dinner: Dining hall buffet.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening presentation from a local expert, which could range from a live animal presentation, living history performance, musical or artistic guests, or lectures on human and cultural history of the area.

DAY
3
Yosemite Valley Photo Walk
Oakhurst
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle. Approximately 70 miles, 3 hours of riding today on country roads. Walking up to 6 miles on uneven but mostly level terrain.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: We will board the shuttle to explore Yosemite National Park with our expert instructor.

Lunch: Sack Lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll take advantage of our instructor's inside knowledge of famed views in Yosemite. Depending on conditions, we will be photographing past sunset to capture the unique colors cast in Sierra Nevada range.

Dinner: At a sunset photo location, we’ll enjoy a boxed dinner provided by ECCO. Hot drinks are provided.

Evening: After a late return to campus, we will enjoy an evening at leisure.

DAY
4
Yosemite Valley Free Time
Oakhurst
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Getting on/off shuttle. Approximately 3 hours of driving today. Range of activities dependent on free time choices.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: We will board the shuttle for another day in Yosemite.< br> Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lunch: Yosemite sack lunch.

Afternoon: We will continue our free time in the Park. Take advantage of the free shuttle system to get to and from desired destinations within Yosemite Valley, tag-a-long on a scheduled Park Ranger walk or talk (if available), or simply relax and enjoy the beauty of Yosemite! < br> We will meet at a designated location and time for our return by shuttle to ECCO.

Dinner: Dining hall buffet.

Evening: We will enjoy our evening presentation from a local expert.

DAY
5
More Photography in Yosemite
Oakhurst
B,L,D
Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Getting on/off shuttle. Approximately 70 miles, 3 hours of riding today on country roads. Walking up to 4 miles on uneven but mostly level terrain.

Breakfast: Sack Breakfast Bar.

Morning: After grabbing our breakfasts, we will board the shuttle for Yosemite Valley, departing an hour and a half before sunrise. We will stop at some of the most iconic destinations on earth. Additionally, our instructors will give us an insider-look of the valley to get unique shots. Bring your creativity!

Lunch: At the Yosemite Lodge cafeteria near the base of Yosemite Falls, we will enjoy many hot options, with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our photographic exploration in Yosemite Valley on foot with our instructor. The shuttle departs for ECCO by 2:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dining hall buffet.

Evening: We will meet with our Group Leader to discuss the procedure for the following days’ field trips, then enjoy our evening presentation from a local expert.

DAY
6
Photo Critique in Lyles Hall, Program Concludes
Oakhurst
B,L

Activity note: Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Lodge check-out by 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: At our 9:00 a.m. class, we will have the opportunity to show each other the photos we've taken all week. Our instructor will critique our photos at request.

Lunch: Dining hall buffet. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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