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Yosemite and pacific coast landscape advice

 
aeonnemesis
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Oct 11, 2008 03:00 |  #1

Hey guys, i'm starting a big world trip in a just under 2 weeks (can't wait).. i have most of it covered however im trying to work out what to do in the US (california).. i'm planning to drive up from LA to san fran and then head back through Yosemite.

Can anyone please help with some suggested photo ops for any of the following places? :)

1) pacific coast, big sur, carmel, monterey etc anything to look out for/go out of my way to photograph?
2) yosemite NP, i have 3 days here, are there any specific places/trails i should aim to do? Currently i just know theres the half dome and the falls.. i was planning to just "wing it" when i got there... but i might waste my time and miss some great opportunities.

any advice at all would be much appreciated :) PS: i am bringing my 17-40 and 70-200 on a 40D


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Oct 11, 2008 15:13 |  #2

I just finished doing a road trip from Canada down thru there. Check out Glacier Peak at Yosemite. In northern Cal you might want to check out the Redwoods in Redwood NP.

And Napa Valley is a great place to wander through as well.


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Oct 11, 2008 16:20 |  #3

cheers dude


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Oct 11, 2008 21:47 |  #4

W did the coast in April, so here you go:

Point Lobos about 2 miles south of Carmel (don't miss this place)
Pfieffer Beach - further south (another msut see)
Julia Pfieffer State Park - hike into the hills (take a tripod for the creeks, falls, and macro opportunities)
Hearst Castle
Whale watching in Monterey
17 mile drive through Pebble Beach (stop at the Lone Cypress tree)
McWay Falls
The bridges along Highway 1
Numerous observation points along Highway 1
The Pacific Grove area
Nepanthe for a meal
Just south of Cambria at the southern end of Big Sur, head east on Hwy 46 into the wine country for some very pretty scenery, but do it early in the morning
Monterey Aquarium

All of those are easy to find off Hwy 1. Have fun!


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Oct 11, 2008 22:13 |  #5

Just got back from Yosemite a bit ago. Two places that have to be on your must see. Glacier point, it's a 1/2 hour drive up there, a bit crowded when you get there but the view is outstanding. Check this out:
https://photography-on-the.net …570033&highligh​t=yosemite

The other place well worth visiting and you can make it the same day is drive up to Glacier point is to take Tioga road which is just north of the the valley and wind your way up to the Toulumine Meadow. It's a stunning place to spend the day. There is a very nice trail that weaves through the meadow. Wildlife is all over, the skies are a stunning blue as you up at almost 10,000 feet and there are photo-ops with almost every step. On your way up, or back down, stop at Olmsted point for a spectacular view of Half Dome.


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Oct 12, 2008 02:57 |  #6

Just got back from a few days at Yosemite today. Tioga Road was closed, as was Glacier Point Road, so you're pretty much confined to the valley unless they reopen. The waterfalls are pretty non-existent at the minute, Yosemite Falls is dry as a bone. The autumn colours aren't yet at their best, although by the time you get there they might be hitting their peak.

oh, and Curry Village was shut down because of the recent rock slide.


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Oct 12, 2008 06:33 |  #7

thanks for the suggestions and help guys :)

curry village was shut down?? crap, that's where im booked to stay the last few days of this month.. here's hoping they've cleared it up by then.. looks like i've had rotten luck with my timing.. first the aussie dollar plumits by 35% then malaysian airlines stuffs up half my flights 3 months after i've paid in full, and now it looks like i'll be sleeping in the backseat of my car in yosemite! haha :) things can only get better! ;)


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Oct 12, 2008 16:34 |  #8

I wouldn't worry about Curry Village. I should be open again by the end of the month, if it's not already. We were booked for thursday and friday night, and the rock slide happened on wednesday morning. only a few cabins/tents up in the back were affected, but they shut it down amidst fears of more slides. luckily we got accomodation up at Evergreen Lodge for the same nights, otherwise we would've been staying at home.


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Oct 14, 2008 12:10 |  #9

I did the trip from North to South a couple years ago. Bixby Bridge south of Monterey is always a nice shot. There will be a photo around every corner the entire trip. Bring lots of memory cards!


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Oct 14, 2008 15:13 |  #10

thanks for the advice :)

i've got 2x16gb and 1x8gb... but then im spending 4 weeks in peru and 1 week in thailand too. hope it's enough


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Oct 15, 2008 15:48 |  #11

NIce pictures! i was just there!!


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Oct 20, 2008 23:03 |  #12

I just posted elsewhere about this book - am I in violation if I mention it here? I picked it up in the gift shop of the Ahwanee Lodge in Yosemite Valley: The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite, by Michael Frye. $8.95. Good advice on the many locations worth shooting, with best times of day and of year and other good advice. Can be had from the Yosemite Association, P.O. Box 230, El Portal, CA 95318




  
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Oct 21, 2008 00:38 |  #13

Thanks for the advice on the book!! going to check it out!


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Oct 21, 2008 03:23 |  #14

Nice one, thanks for the info :) might check it out when im there


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