Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Workshop • California, USA November 2022 By Jeff Sullivan Photography Workshops


$1,595 USD

Group Size

8 Persons

Yosemite Fall Colors, Moon and Lunar Eclipse Photo Workshop in California, USA in November 2022.

To catch optimal color in Yosemite Valley, it is best to know the relative timing of the peak color of various tree species, at different elevations, and how the season shifts from year to year. There are also unique compositions and lighting situations that a photographer comes across that may last only 15 minutes, so you have to spend enough time in the Park to find them in the first place. Then, upon your return, arrive at each spot at exactly the right time. We even note all of the rainbows we see in Yosemite’s waterfalls, so we can search forward to determine when those rainbows will happen again, so we can bring photography workshops back on days when the sun or moon position repeats that geometry to reproduce a rainbow or moonbow there!

This workshop will include intimate and grand landscapes teeming with fall colors including dogwoods, oaks and cottonwoods. We will also be able to shoot moonlit fall nightscapes at night in addition to daytime fall landscapes. With relatively early nightfall we can also spend some time capturing some moonlit night photography including long exposure ‘leaf trails’ in the Merced River. We have already figured out where and when to take photographers to catch a great composition of the full moon rise over Half Dome at sunset! We will also have the option to pursue images of a total lunar eclipse. This lunar eclipse will be exceptionally long with 86 minutes of totality. You can’t ask for a more beautiful place to photograph this unique phenomenon! We are not just taking you on a photo tour of a stunning national park, we are anticipating and guiding you to some of the best seasonal and astronomical opportunities.

Serendipity and less structured creative time is important as well. While we are maximizing opportunities and use of time, we are also anticipating weather and prepared to abandon the photographic opportunity list when serendipity offers us better options. Ground fog is a great example. When we see that the conditions are likely to be just right, sometimes it is better to be down by a meadow instead of enjoying a higher, more panoramic view. The value of local experience and local knowledge cannot be overstated.

Your local guides, Jeff Sullivan and Lori Hibbett, have lived less than 60 miles from Yosemite National Park since 2010, but they have been exploring the Sierra Nevada and Eastern Sierra region since the 1960s and 1970s. Co-founders of Great Basin School of Photography, they have been leading photography workshops in Bodie, Yosemite, the Eastern Sierra region, Nevada ghost towns and Death Valley for a dozen years. By 2023 they will have arranged and guided approximately 50 workshops to lead photographers to some of the best seasonal compositions in Yosemite National Park!

Jeff wrote the book on landscape photography in California: ‘Photographing California Vol. 2 – South’ (320 pages, available on Amazon), which includes an extensive chapter on Yosemite. He was the winner of the 2011 International Astronomy Photographer of the Year ‘People and Space’ special prize by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, home of the Prime Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time. In 2012 and 2017 he was named a Top 100 Travel Photographer in the World. A dark sky advocate and avid time-lapse astrophotographer, his blog is ranked as a Top 30 Astrophotography Blog. He has been practicing photography since the 35mm darkroom class he took in 8th grade, digital imaging since 1984 and digital photography since 2001.

Lori first fell in love with photography when she was an instructor for wilderness survival expeditions in the Sierra Nevada, which she led through UCLA Extension with survival expert Ron Hood for ten years. Shooting all over the West alongside Jeff since 2010, she has been named one of the top 100 female photographers, one of the best nature photographers in the world. Her images have been published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Random House, numerous magazines, calendars, and other publications. She also produces astrophotography time-lapse video and is a dark sky advocate.

Many workshops will show you a handful of nice images. Our value proposition is very different; check out the sample images on our website. Jeff’s Yosemite albums on Flickr have over 800 images! When we advertise a photography workshop, we are not trying to impress anyone with a small handful of lucky moments that may be from a different season. We don’t pawn you off on employee instructors, who may be less motivated and may not have taken the photos their employer is presenting. We are the principals, we lead the workshops. We obviously know local weather and conditions well. We can show you locations and compositions that only the locals know. With us you will know exactly what you are getting, and we are proud of the expertise, techniques and local knowledge that we offer in all of our photography workshops.

We also lead winter/Horsetail Falls and Spring/moonbow trips to Yosemite, as well as visits to the High Sierra in Yosemite during our Bodie and Eastern Sierra Night Photography trips. This is one of our most popular Yosemite photo workshops, sign up early so you don’t miss this opportunity to run around the park and photograph locations that we love to share with our clients.


03 Nov 2022


5 Days

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