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The snow really adds to this photo! It was worth sloshing around in the snow and ice to get this photo. -Added to the Cream of the Crop pool as most favorited.

There are few places on earth more emotionally moving than Yosemite under a full moon.

This HDR of the chapel and Yosemite Falls is a great example of what I'm talking about.

I roamed Yosemite Valley for hours after photographing the moonbow earlier this month and had a wicked time...but precious little sleep.

If you haven't heard about the moonbow, click on the link below to see more about this incredible phenomenon : www.firefallphotography.com/moonbows-yosemite-photographi...

 

Remember, photography is about more than just pretty pictures!

 

Jeff

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In the spring of 1878, the California State Commissioners of the Yosemite Grant received an application “from the Rev. J.K. McLean and others, representing an association known as the Sunday School Union, for permission to erect in the Yosemite Valley a chapel, which should be used for undenominational purposes.” The application was granted, and a “handsome, tasteful building” was erected the following year near where the present Four Mile trailhead is located today. *NPS.gov

 

Shot HDR in Photomatix Pro +/- 2 EV then layered in PSE9

   

Yosemite falls, being 1000 feet taller than the Empire State Building, is visible from many places within Yosemite National Park. As I strolled around Yosemite Chapel, I came across this view of the falls in the far distance.

On my walk to work today; this is the bridge from Cooks Meadow, crossing the Merced River to the Yosemite Chapel. A place of worship should be a sanctuary, but sadly many are not. I have spoken with Targeted Individuals that have had their congregations turn on them, harass, stalk and shun them. I know of people that go to this chapel that actively participates in the Community Based Stalking and Workplace Mobbing; in Yosemite National Park. I know my comments offend many here in the Park, but they need to be said, they need to be heard.

People used to be burned alive, because people with influence rallied others and called them Witches. People used to be hanged, because people with influence rallied others and called them Negroes. Millions were murdered, because people with influence rallied a Nation and called them Jews. And, people think Gang Stalking, Community Based Stalking and Workplace Mobbing are far fetched.

Today, people with influence rally others using fear, manipulation, false accusations and innuendos; to stalk, harass, bully, psychologically torture Targeted Individuals (TIs).

After my last photo and post (Frosty) I knew there would be retaliation and there was. These atrocities need to be told. It frustrates and angers me, because we as a people need to be better than this, we as a country need to be better than this. Again, the sad truth is we are not. This Mobbing Mentality has spread into almost every community in America. It can be called Gang Stalking, Community Based Stalking and Workplace Mobbing. These people somehow try to justify their actions, but there is no justification for these atrocities. The truth is that many people who speak out in America are Targeted, even our children.

A few examples:

Girl gets raped. She goes public about assault. Victim questioned about her validity and shamed by whole town (16-year-old rape victim Steubenville, Ohio).

A 14-year-old girl rape victim who angered her neighbors in a small town had her house burned down after she came forward and implicated a local football star in the assault. Her family shunned, her mother (a veterinarian) was fired from her job two weeks after the incident (Maryville, MO).

2012, over 24,000 sexual assaults reported in US Military. Victims shunned by their units, their Chain of Command, false statements and diagnosis placed in their medical records to prevent them from any form of VA disabilities or compensation (San Francisco Chronicle).

This is America today; we have to be better than this….

 

•The truth about Yosemite: www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Sexual-Harassment-Common-in...

 

Please help stop and expose Gang Stalking, Community Based Stalking and Workplace Mobbing by signing the following petitions. These immoral acts are allowed in Yosemite National Park by Law Enforcement and its Contractors. Thank you for taking the time to visit my photostream.

www.change.org/petitions/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris...

www.change.org/petitions/u-s-congress-outlaw-organized-ga...

www.change.org/petitions/taps-petition-to-investigate-org...

 

Chapel in Yosemite National Park. Used Nik Viveza and Nik Color Efex Pro. Viveza to bring out the shadows, Color Efex Brilliance/Warmth and Tonal Contrast.

The Yosemite Valley Chapel was built in the Yosemite Valley of California in 1879. It is the oldest standing structure in Yosemite National Park.

 

The wooden chapel was designed by San Francisco architect Charles Geddes in the Carpenter Gothic style. It was built by Geddes' son-in-law, Samuel Thompson of San Francisco, for the California State Sunday School Association, at a cost of three or four thousand dollars.

 

The chapel was originally built in the "Lower Village" as called then, its site at the present day trailhead of the Four Mile Trail . The chapel was moved to its present location in 1901, as the old Lower Village dwindled.

 

Source: Wikipedia

After exploring Tioga Pass and Mono Lake, we only had an hour before Sunset to Explore the Valley Floor

After the storm returned and I headed down into Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, I stopped at the Chapel for a couple of shots. I was hoping to get something special with my large format camera, but the snow was falling to the point that I opted to leave the 4x5 in the Jeep and got this with my Canon 40D.

 

If you press 'L' or click on it, you can view it large and on black in Lightbox and you will really be able to see the snow fall.

 

Camera: Canon EOS 40D

Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @18mm

Exposure: 1/60 sec @ f/8 ISO 100

 

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Yosemite Valley is about 7 miles long and makes up less than 1% of Yosemite National Park. The south wall of the valley is shown here along with Sentinel Rock overlooking the chapel.

 

Yosemite National Park sits in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range . . . And just as a truly great piece of music is not judged by one single note but how a variety of notes are put together with the many instruments, such is Yosemite. It doesn't have the highest mountains or the deepest rivers . . . but, wow, how they are all put together.

 

The chapel is a landmark in Yosemite Valley, and has regular services and weddings. I suspect they will have something special tomorrow on Christmas Eve.

 

Built in 1879, the simple building is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can look out the windows and see Yosemite Falls.

Yosemite Chapel with Yosemite Falls in the background in the fall

Click here for a better, larger view on black

I've always considered myself extrememly fortunate to be among the very few that can say they are a native of Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, since my parents divorced when I was quite young, I did not grow up in the park. Fortunately, almost everyone in my mom's family worked in the park at one time or another (I'm about the only one that has not), and my maternal grandparents worked in the park for many decades...(my grandmother just recently retired after more than 50 years of service in the park). As a result, I was lucky enough to spend quite a large amount of time in Yosemite in my younger years.

 

Even with all of the time that I have spent in the park over my lifetime, I am still in awe of the beauty that is there no matter where you go...whether it's down in the valley or up in the high country, there is no other place on Earth that can rival the granduer of Yosemite.

 

The Chapel in Yosemite is located in the valley about a mile from where both my brother and I were born. My brother was baptized in the Chapel and my now ex-wife and I were married there.

 

This picture was taken in early January 2004 while the Chapel was still adorned for Christmas and the park had just received fresh snowfall the previous day.

 

Camera: Fuji Finepix S3000

Exposure: 1/250 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 100

 

This image is (c) Douglas Bawden Photography, please do not use without prior permission.

 

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The chapel is the oldest structure in Yosemite Valley.

While, I'm not the first person to post a photo of the classic Yosemite Chapel in the snow... I felt it was a very fitting image to capture on a Christmas Day outing with my wife and I took to Yosemite for the freshly fallen snow the night before.

 

Having only been to Yosemite in the spring and summer months, it really does take on a different visual beauty to it in the winter snow.

 

Happy Holidays

Had to walk in deep snow to get out behind the chapel.

Photomatix tone compressor used, then some perspective correction and light/color enhancement in ACDSee.

 

Compare with springtime view and another winter view.

Some folks think that Yosemite is perfection on Earth. Although I'll be the first to admit that it is an incredible wonder, this shot proves that it isn't without flaw.

That's because the Milky Way is on the wrong side of the valley...it doesn't rise over Yosemite Falls. Which means, yes, that this photo is impossible. It is pure imagination...a merge of two different images that make me smile.

So, please don't drive all the way to Yosemite, set up behind the chapel and then get confused when the Milky Way rises behind you instead of over Yosemite Falls!

Jeff

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Yosemite Chapel after fresh snow, Yosemite National Park, CA

 

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Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls as viewed from across the Merced River, near the Chapel. The Yosemite Valley is constantly changing (well, duh, everything is). Glaciation, rain, wind, snow-melt, etc. constantly reshapes the valley's vissage, allowing for somewhat predictable, yet almost always unique compositional opportunities. I visited Yosemite Valley during this time because I knew the nearly 3/4 moon was going to rise over Half-Dome, thanks to my handy FREE ipod app: Moon Globe. The nerd in me really wanted to duplicate some of Ansel Adams' more famous pieces. Well, the evening of the 3/4 moonrise it was really cloudy, which didn't allow for the composition I wanted. Fortunately, the other nerd in me took advantage of the rest of the time I was there and created my own compositions.

 

For this image, I combined 4-HDR frames taken with my 15mm Canon fisheye (on my Canon 40D, so with 1.6 crop my 15mm is more like a 24mm) using Photomatix Pro's Batch Processing, then Photoshops "Photomerge", resulting in this pano-stitch. I decided not to stamp out the cars in the parking lot across the meadow. If you go to Yosemite, you will have to contend with vehicles in lots of your photos.

 

I created an Ansel Adams' style Black and White (by Ansel Adams style, really I mean it's a Pantoned BW) from this site of a different composition. Make sure you check it out too.

 

Prints available at my printshop.

Yosemite

I did a day trip to the big Y, yesterday. I found this bit of water that made for a great reflection. I used my Playpod to get really low and take advantage of the small puddle to get the reflection I was seeing.

  

yosemite chapel along southside drive

This was the first keeper from this past weekend that we spent up in the first snow in Yosemite Valley.

 

I call it 'Yosemite Chapel' because it's at the other end of the meadow from it, but not right next to it, and I don't know what else to call it.

 

Not the most snow we've ever had in the Yosemite Valley, but the conditions were utterly, incomparably ideal. Mist, fog, snow, shifting clouds, fall color, you-name-it.

Right after the failed attempt for sunrise, I headed to the chapel to see whats what.. Too cold, the fall was frozen. Elza would love it here.

Photo taken Jan 9, 2003

One from my old archives, never been posted or published anywhere. You saw it here on Flickr first. Oh yeah, and that's the Half Dome back there in the background. I don't think you can get a shot of that from this location any more.

I have now visited Yosemite National Park twice for short periods of time. I will never get enough of Yosemite. While we were on an early morning walk, we came to a bridge on the Merced River. Across the river, Yosemite Chapel was in view through the back-lighted trees. Then, beyond the chapel the face of Yosemite Valley's south wall is visible. It all appeared so remarkable at the time.

 

I envy those who are able to make repeated trips to Yosemite National Park and explore its many faces.

I've always considered myself extrememly fortunate to be among the very few that can say they are a native of Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, since my parents divorced when I was quite young, I did not grow up in the park. Fortunately, almost everyone in my mom's family worked in the park at one time or another (I'm about the only one that has not), and my maternal grandparents worked in the park for many decades...(my grandmother just recently retired after more than 50 years of service in the park). As a result, I was lucky enough to spend quite a large amount of time in Yosemite in my younger years.

 

Even with all of the time that I have spent in the park over my lifetime, I am still in awe of the beauty that is there no matter where I go...whether it's down in the valley or up in the high country, there is no other place on Earth that can rival the granduer of Yosemite.

 

The Chapel in Yosemite is located in the valley about a mile from where both my brother and I were born. My brother was baptized in the Chapel and my now ex-wife and I were married there.

 

This picture was taken in early January 2004 while the Chapel was still adorned for Christmas and the park had just received fresh snowfall the previous day. The sun had just dipped below the rim of the valley when I took this photo.

 

Camera: Fuji Finepix S3000

Exposure: 1/105 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 100

 

This image is (c) Douglas Bawden Photography, please do not use without prior permission.

 

Enjoy my photos and please feel free to comment. The only thing that I ask is no large, flashy graphics in the comments.

 

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One of the highlights of my trip to Yosemite National Park. Such a beautiful place, surprised that there was not more foot traffic or photogs at this location.

Yosemite Chapel

Yosemite National Park

The Chapel in Yosemite is located in the valley about a mile from where both my brother and I were born. My brother was baptized in the Chapel and my now ex-wife and I were married there.

 

This image is (c) Douglas Bawden Photography, please do not use without prior permission.

 

Enjoy my photos and please feel free to comment. The only thing that I ask is no large, flashy graphics in the comments.

 

Visit My Website - Visit My Blog

I've always considered myself extrememly fortunate to be among the very few that can say they are a native of Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, since my parents divorced when I was quite young, I did not grow up in the park. Fortunately, almost everyone in my mom's family worked in the park at one time or another (I'm about the only one that has not), and my maternal grandparents worked in the park for many decades...(my grandmother just recently retired after more than 50 years of service in the park). As a result, I was lucky enough to spend quite a large amount of time in Yosemite in my younger years.

 

Even with all of the time that I have spent in the park over my lifetime, I am still in awe of the beauty that is there no matter where you go...whether it's down in the valley or up in the high country, there is no other place on Earth that can rival the granduer of Yosemite.

 

The Chapel in Yosemite is located in the valley about a mile from where both my brother and I were born. My brother was baptized in the Chapel and my now ex-wife and I were married there.

 

This picture was taken in early January 2004 while the Chapel was still adorned for Christmas and the park had just received fresh snowfall the previous day. Half Dome can be seen in the background through the snow covered trees.

 

Camera: Fuji Finepix S3000

Exposure: 1/220 sec @ f/4.8 ISO 100

 

This image is (c) Douglas Bawden Photography, please do not use without prior permission.

 

Enjoy my photos and please feel free to comment. The only thing that I ask is no large, flashy graphics in the comments.

 

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Yosemite Chapel at Yosemite National Park

From this website:

 

"The Yosemite Chapel was first used June 7, 1879 by delegates from 23 states attending a National Sunday School Convention. The building seated 125 comfortably. During that convention eminent ministers such as the Revs. Joseph Cook and Matthew Simpson, both from Boston, preached God's word, and naturalist John Muir spoke of the geologic process in the formation of the Valley.

 

Former President Ulysses S. Grant visited Yosemite Valley in October of 1879, and when he died in 1885, memorial services for Grant were held in the Chapel. Sir Arthur Sullivan of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan team was the organist for Grant's memorial service.

 

In the fall of 1901, the Chapel was moved from its original site near the base of the four-mile trail, to its present site to join the community activity, hotels and other businesses which had already moved "up" the Valley.

 

Between September, 1965 and April, 1966 the Chapel's foundation was raised five feet so that worshippers and flood waters would have to ascend much higher before entering. In its original location the building had been set low, which allowed recurrent floods to enter and damage floors, carpets and the furnace. Of course, it wasn't high enough for the great flood of January of 1997, when the chapel was flooded, and repaired, once again.

 

The Chapel was named in the National Register of Historic Places on November 12,1973. It was the first structure in Yosemite National Park to be added to the register."

 

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In Yosemite National Park

Just reserved a heated tent at Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) for this weekend. With the storm just passed over today, I just can't wait. Here 's a little preview from 3 years ago.

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