Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer is the time to be in Yosemite's Backcountry

Staff Photographers Evan Russel and Gabe Mange recently explored the Sawtooth Range in the northern part of Yosemite National Park. The photo above was made by Evan Russel.

Speaking of the backcountry, copies of First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite's Wilderness (signed by all five photographer's) are going fast. Reserve your copy today!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Two New One Day Workshops with Mike Osborne

The River Nobody Knows
November 21, 2009- How many times have you driven to Yosemite on Highway 140 and given only a passing glance to the 15 miles of the Wild & Scenic Merced River below the park boundary? The River Nobody Knows workshop offers you the opportunity to correct that oversight and photograph this unique and beautiful area.

The Mirror Image

November 10, 2009 The Mirror Image will focus on photographing the Merced River, the heart and soul of Yosemite Valley. Water is perhaps the most colorful and dynamic of all photographic subjects, nowhere is it more spectacular than when reflecting the autumn splendor of Yosemite Valley. Participants will explore the creative choices involved in making water and reflection photographs.

MIKE OSBOURNE recently retired after a thirty year career as a ranger in Yosemite National Park, including eight seasons as a wilderness ranger. Mike has actively photographed nature in Yosemite and other wild places for over thirty-five years. His images have been used in promotional programs and literature supporting the Yosemite Fund and the Yosemite Association. Mike is the author of the book Granite, Water & Light, and recently participated in a five-year project visually celebrating the Yosemite Wilderness with four other photographers called First Light: Five Photographers Explore the Yosemite Wilderness.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Big Turnout for First Light Reception & Book Signing

Last night park visitors and community members enjoyed the opening reception for the First Light exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Everyone had a wonderful time, including the five featured photographers seen here: (from left to right) Karl Kroeber, Scot Miller, Charles Cramer, Mike Osborne, and Keith S. Walklet. The show will continue at the Gallery until August 19.

Signed copies of First Light: Five Photographer's Explore Yosemite's Backcountry, are available on our website.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Ansel Adams Gallery Workshop Program is now on Facebook

You can now visit us on Facebook!

Stay tuned for the latest updates on our educational programs, photography tips, photo sharing, and lively discussions.

There is always something fun and exciting happening in the Yosemite Gallery photography community.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

This Week at The Ansel Adams Gallery

First Light Reception

July 17th, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Come enjoy the photography of Charles Cramer, Karl Kroeber, Scot Miller, Mike Osborne, and Keith S. Walklet at the opening reception for the exhibit celebrating their book, First Light.

Ansel Adams Gallery, 9031 Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
For more information call (209) 372-4413.

Making a Photograph: From Field to Print

July 18th and 19th

This two-day lecture/demonstration presents highlights from the longer workshops that Walklet and Cramer present for the Ansel Adams Gallery. Participants will learn valuable insights on photographing in the field, exposure for film and digital cameras, creating effective compositions, and techniques for optimizing these images to their fullest potential in Lightroom and Photoshop - all leading to the creation of compelling prints. This course will "open your eyes" to imagine the many possibilities within your image. We have a few spaces left for this 2-day workshop. For more information, please see our website or email us at

Wednesday Art Night

July 15th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

This week's Wednesday Art Night will feature the work of Ann Thiermann and Erika Perloff, both Plein Air pastel artists from the Santa Cruz area. Reception

Wednesday Art Night takes place weekly each summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day at The Ansel Adams Gallery, and features the work of visiting artists. These receptions are co-sponsored by The Ansel Adams Gallery and The Yosemite Association Art and Education Center. Wine for the event is graciously donated by Redwood Creek Winery.
Everyone is welcome!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Next Full Moon Night Photography Workshop is September 2

From Michael Frye's blog

"Monday's Full Moon Night Photography Workshop proved to be a lot of fun. After dodging mosquitos at Tenaya Lake we headed to Olmsted Point and it's photogenic collection of junipers—perfect subjects to light up at night. I demonstrated some light-painting techniques using simple flashlights, then the students set off to try it on their own. They took to it like ducks to water! It was fun to see people collaborating. Often two or three people would frame a view of the same tree and take turns handling the flashlights, discussing the results after each exposure. Digital cameras certainly make the learning curve much easier.

This outstanding photograph was made by one of the participants, Kyle Jones."

See our website for details on the next Full Moon Night Photography Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, September 2.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Painting With Penny Otwell

Cutting Loose With Color!

Let out the stops with color in this one day of "serious play" with watercolor painter Penny Otwell. Through guided examples of color combinations, loosen up and enjoy the process of watercolor painting outdoors in a fun and supportive environment.

Yosemite offers so many scenes to choose from so understanding composition will assist in your own interpretation of Yosemite. Learning to see well allows you to feel more strongly about what you choose to paint, so bring a small digital camera. Through demonstrations on compositional components, the importance of light and value, and using color, instructor Penny Otwell will help you make choices of your own interests.

This is an extremely fun one day workshop for artists of all levels. All materials needed for this class, and beyond - paints, palette, brushes, are included in the workshop tuition.
Next workshop: July 24
See website for more details, or contact us at

Friday, July 3, 2009

Need a Copy of the Photographer's Guide to Yosemite?

Unfortunately, The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite by Michael Frye is out of print, but should be available again in late August. We promise to let you know as soon as it arrives!

Until that time, if you need a copy while you are visiting the park, we have two loaner copies available at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Our staff photographers are also available either in the store or on the phone to provide up to the minute information on prime photographic locations in the Park.

Free Camera Walks, led by staff photographers, are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the summer. These depart from the Gallery porch at 8:30 AM and are limited to 15 people. Topics are basic information about using cameras, composition, exposure, and whatever questions come up. Both digital and traditional formats welcome. Call 888-361-7622, or stop by the store to sign up.

Our more intensive four-hour afternoon classes ($95.00) are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. You will learn the basics of operating the camera including how to work with depth of field, proper exposure, reading your histogram, ISO & shutter speed selection and more.