As the Blues Fall on Half Dome


I’m feeling inspired as of late.  I’m not sure what it is, or what it will be, but it’s happening.

As the Blues Fall on Half Dome

If there was the definition of ‘perfect timing’, showing up to Glacier Point on this night would have been captioned in it.  Not only was it described by a Ranger who happened to be at the lookout as ‘one of the most colorful that he’s seen recently’, but it was also quite a prolonged affair.  We all know those sunsets that the color is here and gone in what seems like seconds.  This was not one of those nights.

Sunset Glacier Point William Woodward

Willy Wonka Tree Farm

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If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my FB and G+ pages.  There’s a lot of real-time content over there that doesn’t all make it to the blog.  I’ll also do some sneak peaks, like a video that came out last week!

Willy Wonka Tree Farm

The way these trees spiral up to the sky, you’ll feel their Willy Wonka characteristics as soon as you walk up to them.  There are tons of little interesting stops along the Tioga Pass in Yosemite, and you can easily spend a day just popping in and out of different areas, taking mini hikes and seeing all sorts of different landscapes.  It’s almost as though these trees have a mind of their own as they grow, extending their arms in strange twists and turns, seemingly spinning around in a completely random way.

Willy Wonka William Woodward

High Above Yosemite Valley

New Orleans

Just booked a trip, heading down for Mardi Gras!  Should be an exciting week!


High Above Yosemite Valley

I wish I had a photo of the number of people atop Glacier Point this evening.  While locations can seem glamerous to the final shot, there are lots of times you’re fighting off other people in order to get the best angles.  Me personally, I go  for the approach of going where most people don’t want to be, like on top of the stone wall next to a cliff.  Doesn’t seem to attract a large number of tripods anyways, so if you’re not worried about suffering from vertigo, give it a try.  😀

As the lights faded and the sun had set well below the horizon, Yosemite Valley soon became quite dark, less the slowly increasing number of campfires, tent lights, flashlights, and cars moving about.   It’s a strange perspective, having the ground literally fall away before you, and overlooking a deep valley, bustling with campers, hikers, and climbers.  Since the mountain faces were so light, they really caught the light, while the trees in the valley faded to black.  As much as I love shooting HDR, sometimes the light just works for having a nice black color (I’m going to get in trouble for calling black a color) in your photo.   If I’ve said it once, though, I’ve said it a million times; the main ‘problem’ with shooting sunsets, is that dark comes right after.  And if you have to drive 1.5 hrs to set up camp, you might not get to bed too early.

Yosemite Valley William Woodward

Picture Perfect Reflections

Tutorials Update

If you haven’t been there recently, the TUTORIALS section of the website is getting a bit of an overhaul.  The flow is getting streamlined and new content is being constantly added as I learn and implement new techniques.

in the lakePicture Perfect Reflections

Sometimes, getting the shot means getting involved.  And sometimes involved means in the lake.  The first shot that I tried from the bank included more foreground than I was interested in, and took away some feeling from the reflections.  Also, as you can see in the shot to the right, I wanted to get as low and close to the water as possible.  Here’s a tip, when you’re shooting reflections, the closer you are to the reflective surface, the more mirrored your reflections will be.  It’s not always possible, but sometimes, as the saying goes, you’ve got to get your feet wet.

One small problem with getting in the water, though, was disturbing the water’s glass like surface.  I wanted to make sure that there were as few ripples as possible, so I ended up standing perfectly still for several minutes waiting for the water to be calm.  It took a little more time, but the end result was worth the effort.

Picture Perfect Reflections

Field of Bones

Server Down

We were down for a bit, but everything seems to be back up and running.  Hope you didn’t miss me too much 🙂

Field of Bones

Staying out of the valley at Yosemite has it’s perks. There are a significant less number of people strolling about, it’s a bit cooler, and you’ll have some awe inspiring views. Really anywhere in Yosemite that is true, but I particularly enjoyed the Tioga Pass.

Bones Tioga Pass William Woodward

Pink on the Back Side of Sunset

Projects and Projects

Phew, they seem like they never end!  I just finished up another big project from (technically) 2 years in the making.  Workflow work is never that gratifying as it’s being done, but it generally pays off.

Pin on the Back Side of Sunset

Sometimes the best thing you can do is change your perspective.  Sunsets are great and all, don’t get me wrong, but many times the soft light and colors that are cast directly behind a sunset can create an amazing scene as well.  Best thing you can do, keep your eyes moving, and don’t get caught with tunnel vision.  On the edge of Hume Lake valley, an unexpected but amazing (everything around Yosemite turned out pretty amazing…) stop.

Sunset California Hume Lake William Woodward