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Yosemite Extreme Adventure Photography Workshop
Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service
This is an amazing workshop...but it is not for everyone. Given the extreme and remote nature, the challenging access of these locations, and with the requirement that participants must be able to perform moderate to difficult hikes, this workshop is ONLY for those looking for an extreme adventure. We will be hiking 4-8 miles a day at elevations as high as 10,600 feet (with breaks) in order to reach several amazing locations each day, and conduct quality photography.
This workshop is being led by Professional Photographer Mike Wardynski who has spent years exploring this region in search of seldom seen, one of a kind photography locations.
Yosemite National Park is arguably one of the most iconic and easily recognizable parks in the United States; towering cliffs of marbled granite and massive waterfalls plunging over them. It's a stunningly beautiful testimony to the power of nature and time...but, there is so much more out there than people realize!
Have you ever wanted to get off the beaten path and see some of the most unique, and historic areas that legends have been made of? Have you wanted to do more than see the beauty from a distance, and instead, actually capture where ancient peoples have walked and lived? This workshop is designed to do just that. Mike has spent years exploring and photographing these locations and has a deep understanding of this area.
The Ahwahneechee Native Americans lived in Yosemite for generations, followed by Europeans beginning in the mid 1800s. The rocky mountainous region was difficult for the early Europeans to navigate, with only about 650 of them traveling to Yosemite Valley from the mid 1850s to mid 1860s. After the Yosemite Valley Railroad was constructed, it made the trip much easier for visitors. Today, approximately 3.7 million people visit Yosemite National Park each year.
One early settler, John Muir, envisioned the Yosemite area and the Sierra as pristine lands. On September 30, 1890, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that essentially followed recommendations that Muir had suggested in two Century articles, "The Treasure of the Yosemite" and "Features of the Proposed National Park," both published in 1890, and Yosemite National Park as we know it began to take shape.
Today, many people’s first glimpse of Yosemite is through Ansel Adams’ photography. Adams was an environmentalist, member of the Sierra Club, and founder of the Zone system, but is perhaps best known for his beautiful photographs of Yosemite. He first visited Yosemite National Park in 1916 as a young boy and wrote, "the splendor of Yosemite burst upon us and it was glorious... One wonder after another descended upon us... There was light everywhere... A new era began for me."
This extreme workshop focuses on the history and exploration of some of the most pristine valleys, meadows, and wilderness Yosemite has to offer. Many of these locations are far off any paved roads. We will first travel by van, and then when the road ends, we'll hike into the valley to explore and photograph some of these amazing locations. The sights and scenery you will see will stay in your memory for life!
Join us as we go beyond the typical tourist experience and venture off road and into the past for an extreme adventure you will not soon forget!
The Itinerary: We will spend each day in the field hiking and navigating the amazing Yosemite National Park. This workshop will also include a post processing session.
Due to weather, light and other mother nature related conditions, the locations we visit will be determined the day prior for safety and to take advantage of the best possible lighting conditions.
What is Required
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Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging is included in the cost of this workshop. Lodging is double occupancy. Meals are not included. We will be out in the field each day and you should plan to purchase sack lunch type meals once you arrive in the Eastern Sierra. We will provide granola bars, water and other light snacks during the workshop.
Single Supplement: $300
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Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop meeting location. Once on location, we will provide transportation for all enrolled students over the course of the scheduled workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!