Amazing Autumn in Yosemite National Park

2010 Fall colors in Yosemite National Park. Shot around Yosemite Valley, Four Mile Trail, Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome.

Fall is a fun time to be in Yosemite National Park. The summertime people are gone, the temperatures cool off, as well as the leaves change colour.

It is also an erratic time of year. Last year, it was dry. No snow yet and the waterfalls were down to a trickle. This year early winter storms went down a ton of snow on the Sierras. A warm spell followed, melting all the snow in the valley. Temperatures were hovering in the 60s during the day and the waterfalls were flowing well because of snow thaw. The warm temperatures likewise postponed the fallen leaves changing color. Thanks to nature, I got here in the nick of time for the peak autumn leaves.

This year I spent 3 days shooting around Yosemite. As a result of the snow, Tioga pass as well as Glacier point road were closed to cars. Determined to get to Glacier point and Guard Dome, I hiked up the 4 Mile path. 2700 foot elevation. It was still icy in some areas and on top there was about 1-2 feet of snow. I overlooked my winter boots so I was treking in trail walkers. Fortunately it was warm throughout the day and my wool socks kept my feet fairly dry and comfortable. Still, it was an insane walk– about 13 miles round trip from the valley to Glacier point to Sentinel dome. If you ever go, please make sure you go geared up. Winters are no joke up there.

In the editing area, I determined to make this movie deliberately controlled and slow to show the attributes of this season. It’s even more of a video for mind calming moment and contemplation than one to get you pumped up for a 13 mile walk over ice and snow. Some of this video footage will most likely end up in my Top of 2010 movie, to be released soon. In the meantime, experience what the video will bring to you!

Special thanks to Angela Chung for aiding to make this movie possible.

Captured with a Canon 5D Mk II with a 16-35mm 2.8 L and 24-70 2.8 L.

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