Yosemite Photo Workshops

2020 WorkshopsSchedule

Yosemite Photo Workshops

2020 WorkshopsSchedule

Yosemite Photo Workshops

2020 WorkshopsSchedule

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Yosemite - Horsetail Fall Workshop February, 2020

TWO sessions from which to choose:
Sat-Sun-Mon 
2/15/20 to 2/17/20

AND
Wed-Thur-Fri
2/19/20 to 2/21/20

$750.00 per person, non-shooting guests welcome at no charge.

Session #1, 2/15/20 to 2/17/20

Session #2, 2/19/20 to 2/21/20

Sold Out!

Winter in Yosemite! No crowds, no waiting, easy parking and the opportunity for spectacular winter weather photography!


Three full days shooting the incredible Horsetail Fall phenomenon that occurs only during the last two weeks of February. 

The Merced River will be running very slow, so we can do reflections galore!

We'll teach motion blur, use of polarizers to deepen the colors of Yosemite Valley, and take you to photo vistas in areas not in the guidebooks! Plus, we'll have the park to ourselves in the off-season.

We'll also shoot other iconic locations in Yosemite Valley.

Notice:
You may have heard about the huge crowds that convene for this event, but this past year the Park Service has been aggressively thinning out dead trees on Yosemite Valley floor and this has opened up numerous additional vistas that did not exist before.  I will scout this out prior to your arrival and we'll avoid the crowds and may just capture some brand new images never before possible!

See this video for more details on Horsetail Fall:

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Yosemite - Horsetail Fall Workshop February, 2020

TWO sessions from which to choose:
Sat-Sun-Mon 
2/15/20 to 2/17/20

AND
Wed-Thur-Fri
2/19/20 to 2/21/20

$750.00 per person, non-shooting guests welcome at no charge.

Session #1, 2/15/20 to 2/17/20

Session #2, 2/19/20 to 2/21/20

Sold Out!

Winter in Yosemite! No crowds, no waiting, easy parking and the opportunity for spectacular winter weather photography!

Three full days shooting the incredible Horsetail Fall phenomenon that occurs only during the last two weeks of February. 

The Merced River will be running very slow, so we can do reflections galore!

We'll teach motion blur, use of polarizers to deepen the colors of Yosemite Valley, and take you to photo vistas in areas not in the guidebooks! Plus, we'll have the park to ourselves in the off-season.

We'll also shoot other iconic locations in Yosemite Valley.

Notice:
You may have heard about the huge crowds that convene for this event, but this past year the Park Service has been aggressively thinning out dead trees on Yosemite Valley floor and this has opened up numerous additional vistas that did not exist before.  I will scout this out prior to your arrival and we'll avoid the crowds and may just capture some brand new images never before possible!

See this video for more details on Horsetail Fall:

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Yosemite - Early Spring Waterfalls May, 2020

TWO sessions from which to choose:
Mon-Tues-Wed

5/11/20 to 5/13/20

AND

Fri-Sat-Sun
5/15/20 to 5/17/20

$750.00 per person, non-shooting guests welcome at no charge.

Session #1, 5/11/20 to 5/13/20

Session #2, 5/15/20 to 5/17/20
Three full days shooting the incredible moving water phenomenon that occurs in spring. This is the season that Yosemite's Waterfalls are at their most spectacular. We'll do motion blur on some of the world's most beautiful and impressive waterfalls as well as the raging waters of the Merced River. I'll teach use of polarizers to deepen the colors of Yosemite Valley, and take you to photo vistas in areas not in the guidebooks! The oppressive crowds have not yet descended on Yosemite, so we will avoid the congestion.

It's not guaranteed, but often at this time Glacier Point Road is open allowing access to Glacier Point, Washburn Point, Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. If it's been a light snowpack year there's an outside chance the Tioga Road will be open giving us access to Tuolumne Meadows, Tioga Pass and the Yosemite high country. A short drrive from Tioga Pass is Mono Lake!

We'll also shoot other iconic locations in Yosemite Valley.
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Yosemite - Early Spring Waterfalls May, 2020

TWO sessions from which to choose:
Mon-Tues-Wed

5/11/20 to 5/13/20

AND

Fri-Sat-Sun
5/15/20 to 5/17/20

$750.00 per person, non-shooting guests welcome at no charge.

Session #1, 5/11/20 to 5/13/20

Session #2, 5/15/20 to 5/17/20
Three full days shooting the incredible moving water phenomenon that occurs in spring. This is the season that Yosemite's Waterfalls are at their most spectacular. We'll do motion blur on some of the world's most beautiful and impressive waterfalls as well as the raging waters of the Merced River. I'll teach use of polarizers to deepen the colors of Yosemite Valley, and take you to photo vistas in areas not in the guidebooks! The oppressive crowds have not yet descended on Yosemite, so we will avoid the congestion.

It's not guaranteed, but often at this time Glacier Point Road is open allowing access to Glacier Point, Washburn Point, Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. If it's been a light snowpack year there's an outside chance the Tioga Road will be open giving us access to Tuolumne Meadows, Tioga Pass and the Yosemite high country. A short drrive from Tioga Pass is Mono Lake!

We'll also shoot other iconic locations in Yosemite Valley.
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Yosemite - Early Spring Waterfalls May, 2020

TWO sessions from which to choose:
Mon-Tues-Wed

5/11/20 to 5/13/20

AND

Fri-Sat-Sun
5/15/20 to 5/17/20

$750.00 per person, non-shooting guests welcome at no charge.

Session #1, 5/11/20 to 5/13/20

Session #2, 5/15/20 to 5/17/20
Three full days shooting the incredible moving water phenomenon that occurs in spring. This is the season that Yosemite's Waterfalls are at their most spectacular. We'll do motion blur on some of the world's most beautiful and impressive waterfalls as well as the raging waters of the Merced River. I'll teach use of polarizers to deepen the colors of Yosemite Valley, and take you to photo vistas in areas not in the guidebooks! The oppressive crowds have not yet descended on Yosemite, so we will avoid the congestion.

It's not guaranteed, but often at this time Glacier Point Road is open allowing access to Glacier Point, Washburn Point, Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. If it's been a light snowpack year there's an outside chance the Tioga Road will be open giving us access to Tuolumne Meadows, Tioga Pass and the Yosemite high country. A short drrive from Tioga Pass is Mono Lake!

We'll also shoot other iconic locations in Yosemite Valley.
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The Italian Dolomites Workshop September, 2020

Tues. - Sun, 9/22/20 to 9/28/20

Go Here for details on this very special trip!

$3,200 per person, food (breakfast and dinner) and lodging included.
$2,250 for non-shooting guests

Deposit, $1,000

Full Pay, $3,200

6 full days shooting the incredible Dolomite mountains in northeast Italy!

The Italian Dolomites Photo Workshop! 7 full days shooting the dramatic, awesome Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy. We'll be in the Ampezzo Valley region of the Dolomites (Cortina D'Ampezzo) for some of the most beautiful mountains in Europe.  The weather changes constantly, creating some of the most incredible landscape photography in the world. We only have room for 10 students in this special workshop, with food (breakfast and dinner) and lodging included.

Non-shooting guests welcome at a reduced fee!

Falzarego Pass, Passo Giau, Lagazuoi, Lago Misurina, Tre Cime, Sesto, and many other shooting locations only a life-long local guide will know.

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The Italian Dolomites Workshop September, 2020

Tues. - Sun, 9/22/20 to 9/28/20

Go Here for details on this very special trip!

$3,200 per person, includes breakfast and dinner, and all lodging.
$2,250 for  non-shooting guests.

 

Deposit, $1,000

Full Pay, $3,200

6 full days shooting the incredible Dolomite mountains in northeast Italy!

The Italian Dolomites Photo Workshop! 7 full days shooting the dramatic, awesome Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy. We'll be in the Ampezzo Valley region of the Dolomites (Cortina D'Ampezzo) for some of the most beautiful mountains in Europe.  The weather changes constantly, creating some of the most incredible landscape photography in the world. We only have room for 10 students in this special workshop, with food (breakfast and dinner) and lodging included.

Non-shooting guests welcome at a reduced fee!

Falzarego Pass, Passo Giau, Lagazuoi, Lago Misurina, Tre Cime, Sesto, and many other shooting locations only a life-long local guide will know.

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The Italian Dolomites Workshop September, 2020

Tues. - Sun, 9/22/20 to 9/28/20

Go Here for details on this very special trip!

$3,200 per person, includes all lodging and breakfast and dinner.
$2,250 for non-shooting guests.

Deposit, $1,000

Full Pay, $3,200

6 full days shooting the incredible Dolomite mountains in northeast Italy!

The Italian Dolomites Photo Workshop! 7 full days shooting the dramatic, awesome Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy. We'll be in the Ampezzo Valley region of the Dolomites (Cortina D'Ampezzo) for some of the most beautiful mountains in Europe.  The weather changes constantly, creating some of the most incredible landscape photography in the world. We only have room for 10 students in this special workshop, with food (breakfast and dinner) and lodging included.

Non-shooting guests welcome at a reduced fee!

Falzarego Pass, Passo Giau, Lagazuoi, Lago Misurina, Tre Cime, Sesto, and many other shooting locations only a life-long local guide will know.

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Yosemite - Fall Colors Workshop November, 2020

TWO sessions from which to choose:

Mon-Tues-Wed 11/2/20 to 11/4/20

AND

Fri-Sat-Sun 11/6/20 to 11/8/20
 

Session #1, 11/2/20 to 11/4/20

Session #2, 11/6/20 to 11/8/20

The brilliant fall colors of Yosemite.  Majestic oaks with their huge plumes of color, golden ferns that carpet the valley floor, and the dogwoods that line the riverbank.  

Yosemite in fall is one of my favorite seasons.  No crowds, no traffic, no lines, no wating for anything!  Plus, this time of year storms can rage one day and be sunny the next giving us a variety of shooting conditions most people do not experience.

We'll shoot the valley and head up Glacier Point Road for Sentinel Dome sunset shoot, Glacier Point itself with a complete bird's eye view of Yosemite Valley, Washburn Point for the high country, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. 

We might head up Tioga Road for a special sunset shot of the backside of Half Dome from Olmstead Point. 

 

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Yosemite - Fall Colors Workshop November, 2020

TWO sessions from which to choose:

Mon-Tues-Wed 11/2/20 to 11/4/20

AND

Fri-Sat-Sun 11/6/20 to 11/8/20

$750.00 per person, non-shooting guests welcome at no charge.

 

Session #1, 11/2/20 to 1/4/20

Session #2, 11/6/20 to 11/8/20

The brilliant fall colors of Yosemite.  Majestic oaks with their huge plumes of color, golden ferns that carpet the valley floor, and the dogwoods that line the riverbank.  

Yosemite in fall is one of my favorite seasons.  No crowds, no traffic, no lines, no wating for anything!  Plus, this time of year storms can rage one day and be sunny the next giving us a variety of shooting conditions most people do not experience.

We'll shoot the valley and head up Glacier Point Road for Sentinel Dome sunset shoot, Glacier Point itself with a complete bird's eye view of Yosemite Valley, Washburn Point for the high country, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. 

We might head up Tioga Road for a special sunset shot of the backside of Half Dome from Olmstead Point. 

 

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Yosemite - Fall Colors Workshop November, 2020

TWO sessions from which to choose:

Mon-Tues-Wed 11/2/20 to 11/4/20

AND

Fri-Sat-Sun 11/6/20 to 11/8/20

$750.00 per person, non-shooting guests welcome at no charge.
 

Session #1, 11/2/20 to 1/4/20

Session #2, 11/6/20 to 11/8/20

The brilliant fall colors of Yosemite.  Majestic oaks with their huge plumes of color, golden ferns that carpet the valley floor, and the dogwoods that line the riverbank.  

Yosemite in fall is one of my favorite seasons.  No crowds, no traffic, no lines, no wating for anything!  Plus, this time of year storms can rage one day and be sunny the next giving us a variety of shooting conditions most people do not experience.

We'll shoot the valley and head up Glacier Point Road for Sentinel Dome sunset shoot, Glacier Point itself with a complete bird's eye view of Yosemite Valley, Washburn Point for the high country, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. 

We might head up Tioga Road for a special sunset shot of the backside of Half Dome from Olmstead Point. 

 

 

Terms and Conditions

In the unlikely event that the workshop does not fill enough spaces to warrant continuing, the class will be canceled and a full refund given. You will be notified at least two weeks in advance if a workshop is not going to take place.  The Yosemite Photography Workshop is not responsible for non-refundable airline reservations in the event of workshop cancellation.  I strongly recommend retaining trip insurance.

Participant-initiated cancellations received 60 days or later before the workshop will receive no refund. Participant-initiated cancellations received prior to 60 days will receive a refund minus $300. Due to the unusual complexity and extensive planning required for these workshops, no refunds will be offered for participant-initiated cancellations after 60 days prior to workshop date unless the spot can be re-filled.

Bears
Bears are a natural part of the national park environment.  It's not likely, but it is entirely possible we will see bears.  There are NO grizzly bears in the Sierra Nevada range.  Our species is 100% black bears, also known as 300 pound furry chickens. 
  If you follow the protocol for food handling we will have no problem with bears.

Weather
Yosemite Photo Workshops accepts no responsibility for extreme weather conditions that prohibits us from moving about as we wish, or accessing certain areas of the park.  Each student accepts responsibilitiy for providing your own tire chains in winter.  Carrying them at all times is required by park policy, and at various times you may be asked to show them in your car at checkpoints established by the park rangers.  

It is not uncommon for Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas to experience extended periods of electrical failure during bad weather, particularly in winter.  Yosemite Photo Workshops accepts no responsibility for inconvenience resulting in park closure or extended periods of road closures.  If the workshop is unable to function due to either weather or park closure (which, in 11 years of operation, has never happened), a spot in a future workshop within 18months will be offered to affected students.  No refunds will be given.

Testimonials

"This was the best day shooting I've ever had" -Mark, from California
"Me Too" - Tony, from California

Yosemite Photo Workshops operate under a Conditional Use Authorization (CUA) permit #8800-11-290 issued by the Office of Special Park Uses, Yosemite National Park, El Portal, CA. Workshop liability insurance provided by Great American Insurance Group ©2020 Phil Hawkins Photography 5132 N. Palm, #118 Fresno, CA 93704 559-307-7773 philhawkinsphoto.com