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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Yosemite Association/Heyday Books; Trade Paperback Edition edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930238002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930238008
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature and has contributed to books about Yosemite as wells articles about photography in publications worldwide. He lived in Yosemite National Park for many years and maintains Michael Frye Photography studio in nearby Mariposa.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author and photographer of The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters, and ebook Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom with Craft and Vision. He is also prominently featured in the book Landscape: The World's Top Photographers. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world, including the magazines National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, American Photo, Sunset,Texas Highways, Britain's Professional Photographer, and Russia's Foto & Video. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California with his wife Claudia and son Kevin.

Customer Reviews

The book is well organized and easy to follow.
Adrian H. De Vega
...It has illustrations for all kinds of photographic techniques including advice on seasons, film, lenses needed, important time of days etc.
nilesh
You can also plan you photography activities around the Yosemite with the help of this book and make the best out of your Yosemite trips.
pokeba

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By D. Weaver on August 15, 2006
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We visited Yosemite in July and took this book along. It provided tons of useful information about where and when to get great shots, and directions to each spot. It was very useful, and at the price is also a real bargain.

While there, I did a Photo Walking Tour with a pro photographer who works in Yosemite, arranged through the Ansel Adams Gallery. To my surprise, during our hike she pulled a well-worn copy of *this* book out of her backpack and cited it as a good reference for shooting photos in Yosemite -- so that would be another helpful endorsement for it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Willis on November 3, 2005
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This book is a treat. Every page is in full color, with plenty of inspiring pictures to whet your appetite. But the really valuable aspect is that Frye describes exactly where, when, and how he got each shot. Frye is quite generous in sharing what he's learned about many locations in Yosemite during each season; he's lived there for over 20 years, so he knows what he's talking about. There's also a very practical discussion of photographic technique, yet the whole volume is remarkably compact for portability.

Highly recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By nilesh on June 11, 2001
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...It has illustrations for all kinds of photographic techniques including advice on seasons, film, lenses needed, important time of days etc. Definitely worth buying it. You can finish reading this book in couple of hours in car while somebody else is driving. i did the same. In my opinion it would really help if the authur included some kind of readmap you can follow so that u can be at right places at right time. (although considering the vastness of yosemite, i am sure it will be a difficult job) All in all great little book. i would recommend to buy it in advance...to take full advantage of authur's suggessions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on June 4, 2006
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I recently returned from a trip to Yosemite. I have to admit that I carried this book with me in my camera bag. It was literally that valuable that I did not leave the lodge without it. There are detailed instructions on where to go, when to go and how long it will take you to get there. The hiking instructions are right on, down to which switchbacks to follow. I especially liked the information on times to shoot the photos. The books tells you "Best Months" and "Best Light" for each location. The author also includes helpful informational topics, such as "Photographing Waterfalls", "Photographing Rainbows", and "Night Photography". Advanced photographers will not find this information useful, however, the novice will. In summary, this is the best $8.95 you can spend if you want great Yosemite photos!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen R. Adler on July 25, 2001
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I love this book!! Thank-you to Michael Frye for taking on this project. I hope he goes to other national parks and writes more books. Michael not only shows photos and tells where to get them, he goes into great detail about what time of day, type of film, use of filters, depth of field, exposure... everything a "professional photographer-in-the-making" can use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Schwegel on May 8, 2001
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Michael Frye has done a wonderful job guiding the photographer be they a novis or pro through most of Yoesmities jewels. His experience and wisdom of the art of photography are real treasures that make this book a "must" for anyone traveling to the area. Yosemites beauity and tips to capture it in pictures are explained in simple yet profound detail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randall Stewart on March 28, 2007
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I go to Yosemite evey 2nd year or so to shoot landscapes for a week. I saw this guide on my first trip. The author lived in the park for years, and has shot it in all seasons and weather conditions. I think there is literally no aspect of photgraphy in Yosemite which is not clearly addressed. If you want to shoot good pictures in and around Yosemete, this book will cut down planning and running around to minimum and guide you to some of the best photos you've ever taken. I cannot say enough good things about it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Little on June 30, 2006
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During my first visit to Yosemite this book was a lifesaver. I expected that the pull-outs, parking lots, and viewpoints in the Yosemite Valley would be well signed. They are not well signed. I would certainly not have been able to find or photograph many of the spectacular features of the Yosemite valley without the guidance of this book (okay, I probably could have managed, but the book made it MUCH easier). It was easily worth the price. The information about where and when (time of day as well as season) to shoot particular features was spot on from my limited experience. The photographs in the book are nice and give you an idea of what you will find at each viewpoint. The size of the book is great as it fit nicely in my camera backpack.

That said buyers should be aware that the main focus of this book is photography in Yosemite valley. Yosemite NP is a big place with many things to see and do. This book has extensive coverage of the Yosemite valley and highlights the best stuff in other areas of the park. Its treatment of hiking trails is brief as it hits only the highlights again. It is a great book at helping you photograph the amazingly beautiful Yosemite valley and the best stuff in the rest of Yosemite NP. If you are looking for information about less traveled spots in Yosemite NP or hiking trails then you should look elsewhere.
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