24.3. How Can I Get the Best Shot?

You can get the best photographs of the meadows and river by getting out of the car and taking a walk. Except for the hardiest of skiers, the meadows are only accessible from June until the first big snow, which usually comes in October or November. The meadows are flat and the walking is easy, except for the fact you are at 9,000 feet in elevation and the air is thin. By just meandering through the meadows and following the river, you can discover many unique images. Because the river changes so much throughout the summer, no one great location exists — there are so many! The meadows also change a lot during the short season they are easily accessible. They change from lush green and full of wildflowers in the summer, as shown in figure 24.1, to golden brown in the autumn, as shown in figure 24.2. So if you have the opportunity, visit the area often and witness the changes. Having a little patience and an inquisitive mind is all you need to find subjects for great images. Plan to spend a few hours one morning or evening wandering about, keeping your eyes and mind open for photos.

Figure 24.1. Tuolumne Meadows is full of wildflowers in late June and early July. Taken at ISO 100, f/22, 1/20 second with a 24-105mm zoom lens at 40mm.
Figure 24.2. Tuolumne Meadows turns a golden brown in late September. Taken at ISO 100, f/14, 1/30 second with ...

Get Photographing Yosemite: Digital Field Guide now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.