These are snaps from Dave Wyman's photo tour of Yosemite for serious photographers. It was pretty much the same as last month's tour, except by prohibiting DSLRs we figured we'd keep out the riff-raff.
Note that half of these shots were made with a lens that was made in 1934, and they look just fine.
17 November 2011, Thursday top
Today I flew into Yosemite from New York City via San Francisco and a rental car.
Beer and Sodas, Route 94, 11:26 AM. (2010 Canon S95 at 18.2mm, Pro (P) mode chose f/5.6 at 1/1,000 at AUTO ISO 80.)
We met the group at Cedar Lodge.
Rockwell and the Bear Family, 4:40 PM. (2010 Canon S95 at 8.6mm, Pro (P) mode chose f/2.8 at 1/50 at AUTO ISO 320.)
Of course shooting at f/3.5 means the foreground is soft; tough.
18 November 2011, Friday top
This really should have been in black-and-white, however there was no differentiation between the stones and the background.
I flipped the negative to make this shot read from left to right.
This snap is all about the basics. There's a shape along the top from the right, and another shape that comes up from the lower left. It has nothing to do with water or land.
With a SUMMICRON, it's never to dark to shoot.
19 November 2011, Saturday top
I jacked the highlights and shadows around in Aperture.
It looked crappy as-shot, and I had no hope for it, but heck, I snapped it anyway.
Horseplay, 7:37 AM. (2010 iPod Touch, f/2.4 at 1/120 at AUTO ISO 160.)
We found a disoriented photographer trying to get back up. We took his picture; otherwise we don't know what happened to him. Poor guy., and I thought this was a tour for serious photographers.
Tunnel View at Dawn, 7:45 AM. (2010 Canon S95 at 9.6mm, Pro (P) mode chose f/4 at 1/250 at AUTO ISO 80.)
More Horseplay at the Big Trees, 2:23 PM. (2010 Canon S95 at 6mm, Pro (P) mode chose f/3.2 at 1/30 at AUTO ISO 80.)
So much for any hopes of this being a trip for serious photographers. The joke's on me as usual.
Big Trees, 3:01 PM. (2010 Canon S95 at 12.8mm, Pro (P) mode chose f/3.5 at 1/80 at AUTO ISO 640.)
The sun almost came out, and in so doing, spread soft warm light on the trees.
20 November 2011, Sunday top
We were going to head straight home, but just for kicks we headed into the park for one last look in case it was snowing.
There was no color, so throwing it all the way to black and white removes the distraction of sucky color and makes what's left so much more powerful.
Chapel in Snow, 9:32 AM. (2010 Canon S95 at 12.8mm, Pro (P) mode chose f/3.5 at 1/80 at AUTO ISO 100.)
Yay! Christmas snow!!!
This tree was insane, and it was sitting across from the Cedar Lodge the whole time.
I flew back to New York from LAX, so we headed south on Route 99.
These homes were built in 1934, just like the lens I used to photograph them in the drizzle. I think my 1934 lens works just swell, and it weighs half what a new lens does. Even uncoated, it looks great. Winner!