Tag: Mariposa


One of my friends let me borrow his flash recently. I had a good time trying it out and decided to get one. I took it with me on our trip up to Mariposa and took a ton of practice shots. I’ll just share a couple that I thought came out ok. I was practicing with Long Exposure and the Flash. There was a full moon that lit up the sky and it made for a nice backdrop.


Yosemite for New Years

This year we had planned to spend New Years out in Joshua Tree. We had both been looking forward to it for the entire month and this was to be our first time away from home for the holiday. Over christmas though we go some intel from my Aunt that Yosemite had snow on the valley floor. So we decided to head north instead, in search of snow and adventure.

We got to Yosemite on the 30th and were lucky to find clear skies. Some clouds, but no rain. There was snow everywhere, but the roads were clear so driving was no problem. We had chains in the truck just in case, but we didn’t need them.

Serbrina had no memories of ever experiencing snow, so I was really excited for her to get there and play in it. She was very excited to touch it for the first time, as an adult at least.

Unfortunately for me she figured out what to do pretty quick!

After two failed attempts to get to Bridalveil Falls, we made it this time. There was finally enough parking spots for us. The water was even higher than when we were there in November.

Looking back on where I’ve been.

It was a great trip and we were lucky to have great lighting for some picture taking.

If you want to see the photos larger you can find them here on my smugmug.



While up in Mariposa we were lucky enough to have a huge bonfire. When they do their yard maintenance it doesn’t go into a trash can like us city folk. Nope, they just burn it. So after our dinner we all went outside and enjoyed the huge fire.

I had my tripod so I tried some long exposure shots. My friend Doug has been teaching me how and when to use the flash. I wish I would’ve known some of the techniques then. I’ll just try again next time. Here are some of the ones that I like.

My Aunt, nephew and her new dog.

Me and my lady.