Fresno Camera Club Outings

Next Outing:

Horsetail Falls, February 18th, meet at the El Capitan Picnic Area.  Get their early!  Sunset in Yosemite will be 5:41 p.m.

Previous Outings:

Mariposa Civil War Reenactment - April 18, 2016

We had a fun time at the Civil War Reenactment!

 

Wildflowers - February 28, 2016

   

Horsetail Falls - February 20, 2016

Another fun year at Horsetail Falls, two groups photographed at different locations

Mariposa Civil War Reinactment - April 19, 2015

A great time was had by all as we shot the Mariposa Civil War Reenactment.  See the May 2015 Highlights for more photos!

Photo by Art Serabian

Wildflowers - March 15th

We had a wonderful time shooting the wildflowers!

Yosemite - February 15, 2014

We had a great time up in Yosemite!  There was great company, beautiful views and the color change was amazing, one day we might even get a waterfall to go along with it.

Fresno Camera Club group shot by Paul Smiley Another group shot, by Paul Smiley
Great idea of us all using our cameras
Color Change
by Art Serabian
Shot of many of the photographers that showed up that day.  We noticed that where ever we "set up camp" everyone figures they should set up around us.

Photo by Art Serabian

 

Mariposa Civil War Re-enactment April 20, 2014

A fun time was had by those who attended the Mariposa Civil War Re-enactment. 

Here are a few images from Dee Humphrey:

         

Yosemite - Horsetail Falls Field Trip - February 16, 2014

We had a wonderful time in Yosemite, it was a beautiful day.  We were excited to see a bit of water flowing!  But mother nature had different plans, just as we saw a small bit of color, the clouds made their appearance.

Pine Flat Lake - Wildflowers - March 24, 2013

Those of us who visited the Pine Flat Lake area found  good  stands of wildflowers. Many good shots were had by the half dozen who attended.  Although the wildflowers numbers were down, due to the lack of rainfall, the quality was as good as ever.  Lupine, Poppies, Fiddlenecks, and many more wildflowers, were on display in their glory. 

After a picnic lunch and lots of wildflower images in our cameras, we went in separate directions to take advantage of the areas other photogenic spots. The area has a number of wooden "shacks" and  rusted old farm equipment.  It was a beautiful day to shoot and we all took advantage of it.

Yosemite - Horsetail Falls Field Trip - February 17, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013 was the Fresno Camera Club field trip to Yosemite.  The prime time for photographing the phenomenon of golden orange sunset light reflecting on Horsetail falls and the granite walls adjacent, is mid February.  We were there and we were prepared.

The throngs of photographers from around the world was an astonishing site to behold.  We talked to people from Ohio, China, Monterey and England.  Having set up our tripods about noon, we proceeded to eat barbeque hot dogs, potato salad and chips for our group of about fourteen.  We then ate cake and visited, adjusted our cameras and waited, in anticipation, for five hours.  It sounds like a long wait, but we made the best of it, and most said that they would do it again.

Elizabeth had the foresight  to bring a propane heater, as it was cold and damp.  Jonathan would still be there, cast in a frozen block of ice, had the heater not been available. 

After visiting with the other photographers, the time came and as the sunlight hit the granite, shutters began their harmonious clicking, photographers frantically made multiple camera adjustments while simultaneously pushing the remote shutter releases in an effort to get as many shots as possible, before the light gave way to darkness.  

As we exited a dark and cold Yosemite, we couldn't wait to get our cold and tired bodies home to our computers and immediately view the fruits of our labor.  We went straight to bed, the images could wait until tomorrow.

Merced Wildlife Refuge Field Trip - January 27, 2013

The dozen or so camera club members, who participated in the field trip to the Merced Wildlife Refuge, had a very memorable experience. Birds were in abundance, and mostly, avoided the paparazzi; who were us.  We did manage to get some good shots of waterfowl, ascending into the sky, as they were attempting to flee our prying telephoto lenses.  After an afternoon of photography, we were rewarded with a very nice sunset. I am sure that many of us have our sunset shots listed in our favorites file in the computer. A good meal at Yukon Jacks afterward, had us discussing the merits and patience of the true nature photographer.

Yosemite National Park - February 2012

The Weather Man and Mother Nature play a significant role in planning a Photographic Excursion. Our recent field trip to Yosemite was an example of relying on the information obtained from both the Weather Man and Mother Nature, who gave us all indications of snow in Yosemite, in fact, the Weather Man warned us that we might get snowed on in Yosemite the day of our field trip!

As we arrived at a dry and dusty Yosemite, we realized that we were the victims of something that we just cannot control; the weather. Despite the lack of snow, we had a terrific outing, after all Yosemite is probably the only place in the world where one can take beautiful photographs in any weather conditions.

We photographed waterfalls, springs, bridges, trees, Half Dome, El Capitan, the Merced river and each other. After lunch at the Yosemite Lodge we photographed more. Several of the fourteen who attended, stayed for the annual Horstail Fall, “Firefalls”. Horsetail falls with the orange, setting Sun turning the falls into a wonderful, glowing light show, occurs only at this time of the year. One out-of-town photographer said “I’ve been trying to get this shot for seven years”. He got the shot, as well as our members who waited anxiously, for four hours to do so.

It was a great day, and after the first couple of shots, we disregarded the fact that there was no snow. If our trip to Yosemite next year will be as fun and exhilarating as this years, it will be a great success.