Photo Workshops

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Fri & Sat Feb. 22-23, 2019

Horse Tail Falls - Sunset Fire Fall

Feb. 22 - Feb 23


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Fri & Sat Feb. 22-23, 2019

Horse Tail Falls - Sunset Fire Fall


Friday & Saturday Feb. 22-23, 2019. We will travel to Yosemite to attempt to capture the rare Horse Tail Falls Fire Fall AND do some amazing Astrophotography!

This RARE event only happens for a few days a year in mid February. And it only happens if there is enough snow in the basin above the falls and if it is a clear evening right at sunset!

See info at bottom of the page and link  for the NPS website information on the Fire Falls!

We will drive up to Yosemite early Friday morning, find the right spot for amazing photography and then stay overnight somewhere in the park after doing some Astrophotography. We will also have time to do some scenic shots during the day!

 SPECIAL RATE if you sign up through this link before Feb. 10th! And save more if TWO people sign up together.  Get your photo friends to sign up together and get a double savings on the rate!

ONLY $299 before Feb. 10th, $399 after.  2 photogs together save even more! LODGING IS NOT INCLUDED! Rate to come!


There is space for ONE person in my vehicle or you can drive yourself. We will drive in caravan (following Esch other).

If you come with us, we will split the gas costs.

NOTE:  You will get the meeting location details when you sign up and we will go rain or shine. This is a special time in Yosemite and we do not want to miss it.

We will also capture the scenic shots including Astrophotography for about 3 hours just after sunset.

We will go though the proper camera settings that will enable you to document this special event properly.  No more blurry or under-exposed photos We will get you in the right path to better photography / astrophotography with this workshop. Use out techniques for anything related to night photography.

What you need: A dslr camera, a wide angle lens like a 14mm or 16-35mm zoom or similar, a 200 mm or longer lens, a tripod, a lockable remote release cable and your enthusiasm.

Sign up ASAP!  There is very limited space.  Do not delay. Give yourself or someone you love that special gift. This workshop is unique and will give you the opportunity to capture amazing photos that rival those in nature magazines. 

Your guest without a camera are always welcome snd do not pay any fees. And our guarantee says if you are not satisfied with the images you do during the workshop, you can return to any future workshop for free!


"Horsetail Fall

Each year in late February, hundreds of spectators gather in Yosemite to witness this amazing event. But the Yosemite Firefall can be finicky. Although Horsetail Fall is visible from multiple viewpoints in Yosemite Valley, several factors must converge to trigger the Firefall. If conditions are not perfect, the Yosemite Firefall will not glow.

First and foremost, Horsetail Fall must be flowing. If there’s not enough snowpack in February, there will not be enough snowmelt to feed the waterfall, which tumbles 1,570 feet (480 meters) down the east face of El Capitan. Likewise, temperatures must be warm enough during the day to melt the snowpack. If temperatures are too cold, the snow will stay frozen and Horsetail Fall won’t flow. (Lack of runoff is also why there is no Firefall in autumn. Although the sun hits Yosemite Valley at the same angle in October as it does in February, Horsetail Falls is usually dry in October because the runoff that feeds it has long since dried up.)

Second, the western sky must be clear at sunset. If it’s cloudy the sun’s rays will be blocked and Horsetail Falls will not light up. Winter weather can be highly variable in Yosemite, however, and days that start off cloudy can clear up by sunset.

If everything comes together and conditions are just right, the Yosemite Firefall will light up for about ten minutes. To see Horsetail Fall glowing blood red is an almost supernatural experience.

The discovery of the natural Yosemite Firefall is not well documented. The Awahneechee Indians, who lived in Yosemite Valley for hundreds of years, most likely knew of its existence, but there is no evidence they passed this information on to white settlers. Yosemite Valley was discovered by white explorers in 1851, and although its natural wonders were heavily promoted afterwards, the natural Firefall was never mentioned. Even John Muir, who lived in Yosemite for several years and explored the park in obsessive detail, never mentioned the Firefall at Horsetail Fall."

 NPS website information on the Fire Falls! 

Feb. 22 - Feb 23