A bountiful trip to Yosemite.

Bridalveil Falls with some snow dusting and cloud burst makes for a crisp feeling photo.


Looking back to a trip to Yosemite on Memorial weekend in 1980 proved to provide some amazing images. Several of the photos are appearing after debuting on Instagram a little over a week ago. The negatives stored in archival binders in archival sleeves.

I was a photo student when I took these landscapes. I attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. Their Photography program was one of the best, comparable to university photography programs. The equipment manager at OCC, Dick Knox loaned me a Mamiya 645S camera and an 80mm and 150mm lens. I packed black and white film, but also shot color negative and chrome film.

That weekend OCC invited Ansel Adams to speak in the Auditorium, so going on this trip made me miss the opportunity to meet the landscape icon. John Upton who headed the photo program arranged talent in the field to lecture at OCC.

The roads entering the Yosemite National Park were icy. The weather that evening changed overnight, and it snowed that morning leaving the valley covered in fresh snow! Most of my post contain snow in the photo. I hope you enjoy the series.

This view is from Inspiration Point at Yosemite National Park.


Pastoral view on the valley floor showcasing a majestic tree.


Along the Merced River in Yosemite Valley with snow-capped mountains in the background. The puffy clouds provide some visual interest.


This view was the first scene I photographed after waking up. I walked from Camp Curry to this vista. I call it “W is for Winter.”


Hiking up Yosemite Falls is quite an undertaking especially when you get to the switchbacks toward the top. This snow covered scene was just incredible. I call this photo “Tree Relationship.”


Icicles were everywhere. This detail I thought was interesting.


At the top is Yosemite River that feeds into Yosemite Falls. The fog was waxing and waning, so I took many exposures. This image seems to work for me.


At the top of Yosemite Falls looking down shows the water continuing to the right toward the Lower Falls and Yosemite Village to the left. The sound of the waterfall was incredible.


Sentinel Dome from the valley floor shrouded in clouds and dusted with snow produces a dramatic vista.


A close-up of Sentinel Dome from the valley floor. The snow and clouds embellish this beautiful scene.



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