Valley Portal

I made this photograph on Monday, December 7, during a beautiful winter storm in Yosemite Valley (see this post for more info). Frankly, I haven’t worked in such poor conditions for some time! When I first spied this scene, it was windy and snowing heavily. I did not let this stop me from setting up the camera, yet for nearly an hour following the setup, I fought to expose a sheet of film. The snow was deep; my dark cloth was blowing around; my ground glass and lens kept fogging; snow kept landing on the front element of the lens; I was covered in snow; and ultimately, it was simply snowing too heavily to make the photograph I had hoped to make. But I couldn’t quit it, as the idea of this image gnawed at me. So I fought the conditions for an hour, using randomly placed expletives along the way, and finally got my negative exposed. And then the idea of the image once again bugged me and bugged me until I finally got the chance to develop film a couple of days ago.

And now I am at peace. When I have business to attend to and can’t get away, this photograph will serve as my magical portal to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Happy Holidays, folks! Thanks for staying tuned to my blog during 2009!

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Yosemite Meadow

Yosemite Meadow

Yosemite Meadow

I made this photograph in early November 2008 in one of Yosemite Valley’s numerous meadows. It was a chilly, frosty morning, and the last bits of early morning mist were evaporating as I tripped the shutter. I was initially drawn to the contrast between the darker tree trunk and the higher-key balance of the scene, although the texture of the frosted and dried grasses and flowers throughout the meadow really put it over the top for me. Out came the camera.

I used my vintage Wollensak Verito lens at a wide aperture (f8), and combined with camera movements, I placed the focus (pun intended) solely on the trunk and foreground grasses which left the rest of the scene soft and dreamy. Despite how cold it was that morning, this photograph evokes for me a warm, soft place to take respite and ponder the beauty of the Valley and life itself.

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On Exhibit: Yosemite Valley

Bridalveil FallsI’m proud to announce that my photograph of Bridalveil Falls (left) will be exhibited in Yosemite Renaissance XXIII at the Yosemite Museum Gallery from March through May 2008. I hope you’ll join me on February 29, 2008, 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the opening reception at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in Yosemite Valley.

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