In February 2012, Lerro Productions conducted a photo workshop tour in the world famous Yosemite National Park. For the park, this winter has been an interesting year in which the snowfall has been near record lows. Only 43% of the annual snowfall fell as of April 1st. The snow amounts we’re so low that Glacier Point Road and Tioga Pass Road didn’t close for the season until January. However, we got lucky because a large snowstorm hit just three days before we arrived. Another 2 inches of snow fell the night before we arrived as well.
We were treated with to not one but two clear sunsets in order to create the lava flow effect at Horsetail Falls. Although the water levels we’re low this year, the view was still spectacular. We shot from the close overlook the first night and then the further overlook the second night.
With low snowfall comes unique photo opportunities. We had the privilege of being able to travel to the Mariposa Grove in February; another rarity. At the grove, we photographed the Giant Sequoia Trees with a fresh coating of snow as well as moss and other spring foliage.
On the way back to Yosemite Valley, we encountered a coyote in the middle of the road. As we pulled over to get our cameras, it became apparent that the coyote was in danger. Several cars, without slowing down or swerving, almost hit the coyote as we walked along the center yellow line. We decided to interview and approached the coyote in order to scare it off the road. With a little luck, we walked off and into the woods. Once off the road, the coyote put on a show and allowed us to get close for a few pictures. For those who went camping with us during the tour, we were treated to hear the coyotes’ echoing in valley at 1am. It was an event that we’ll remember for a long, long time.
While we had great weather for the whole workshop, the last day of the tour featured the best opportunities for beautiful weather and light. As a weather front approached, clouds began to form around 7500ft, which helped created dramatic photos of El Capitan, Half Dome and the rest of Valley. During the afternoon, we drove up and down Yosemite Valley several times to photograph all the landmarks as the cloud formations changed.
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On February 8, 2012, Lerro Productions teamed up with Ron Burkhard to put on a photo charter at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. With the charter date set right in the middle of the two weekends that Nevada Northern was operating their own sponsored photo charters, it made for a great opportunity for people to make a week trip to the desert for railroad photography.
As with most of the Sierras, the Virginia Range in Nevada was experiencing near record low snowfall in 2012. Where we should have had an average of a foot of snow on the ground, there was only a coating in the shadows. However, we made the best of a warm sunny day and captured some great pictures. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad has given us an open invitation to come back and run another charter in the near future. There is also talk of the railroad acquiring and fixing up freight equipment in order to run a photo freight train. More info to come!
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After years of wanting to do a charter at the C&TSRR, we finally got our chance on September 21-22, 2011. We couldn’t of asked for better weather and our train was able to keep on schedule so we didn’t loose any photo opportunities.
After the Cumbres and Toltec charter, we headed over to Durango, CO for the Durango & Silverton’s annual fall photo train. For the 2nd year in a row, Lerro Productions was asked to put on the night photo sessions in the Durango yard. Here are a few pictures.
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Lerro Productions Presents:
The Valley Railroad Photo Charter with New Haven 3025
May 21-22, 2012
The Valley Railroad runs along the very scenic Connecticut River and features a number of bridges, rock cuts, open fields as well as several old railroad buildings. The charter will feature recently acquired and restored 2-8-2 #3025. The former Knox and Kane Railroad locomotive #58 has been beautifully restored to look like a New Haven Railroad locomotive.
As many of you know, the locomotives at the VRR face north during their passenger operations. This makes it very difficult for good photography on a sunny day. For this charter, we’ll raise the money to turn locomotive #3025 to face south, making this a very rare chance to photograph this line in optimal lighting conditions. We will also raise money in order to bring some of the railroad’s freight cars into operating order. The charter will feature one day will feature a freight consist with caboose and the 2nd day will feature a Pullman green passenger consist.
The Valley Railroad runs along the very scenic Connecticut River and features a number of bridges, rock cuts and several old railroad buildings. As many of you know, the locomotives at the VRR normally face north during their passenger operations. This makes it very difficult for good photography on a sunny day. For our charter, locomotive #3025 will be turned to face south, making this a very rare chance to photograph this line in optimal lighting conditions. Also for our charter, one day will feature a freight consist with caboose and the 2nd day will feature a Pullman passenger consist.
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Yosemite Photo Workshop Tour
Yosemite National Park is one of America’s most iconic landscapes and is world renowned through the artwork of the forefather of landscape photography, Ansel Adams and offers some of the most spectacular landscape photography opportunities anywhere in the world.
In Yosemite Valley, one is surrounded by 4,000-foot granite mountain walls that were cut by glaciers tens of thousands of years ago. You can hear the roar of the waterfalls as they fall as far as 2,800 feet. You’ll see the lakes and streams that supply the water to a variety of wildlife including deer and bear. And in the winter, Mother Nature creates a spectacular scene of all these elements topped off with snow that can last for months.
Join Lerro Productions as we explore and photograph this American Treasure. Photographers on this trip will learn how to photograph these scenes under a number of different lighting situations, including sunrise and sunset, back lighting and nighttime photography. Unlike most photo trips, we’ll emphasize not only on the day, but the mostly forgotten night scene of Yosemite. As the sun sets, we’ll be treated to the Milky Way and the countless number of stars in the night sky. In the middle of the night, the moon will rise and create a spectacular mix of astronomic light on the valley floor as well as the star-filled sky.
Each day of our trip will feature world famous locations such as “Half Dome,” “El Capitan,” “Cathedral Rock,” “Yosemite Falls” and many other locations in all different lighting conditions. The photographers will also be treated to the wildlife of Yosemite as well as the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees.
For more information, please visit: http://www.lerroproductions.com/yosemite2012.html
I am happy to announce that the Virginia & Truckee Charter on February 8th is going to happen. Sign up today and make your travel arrangements.
Our Virginia & Truckee Railroad photo charter in Virginia City, NV will include a full day with steam locomotive #29 and two coaches. Our train will travel along this very scenic railroad, which includes snow covered mountain backdrops, 4% grades, a 19 degree curve on a 4+% grade, and two active tunnels.
This charter falls between the weekends that the Nevada Northern Railway operates their winter photo charters and the Nevada Northern is offering a $50.00 discount on one of their weekend charters if you sign up for our V&T charter. The discount cannot be used for both Nevada Northern weekends, just one of them.
Virginia & Truckee – $300.00 – 19 Tickets left
Nevada Northern Charter Weekend (February 3-5 or February 10-12)
$375.00 (Originally $425.00)
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