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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: 7 x 5 x 0.5 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: #801,472 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Amusing on June 1, 2008
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There are many glowing reviews of this book and it does provide the goods on how and where to go to get good shots. The maps (5) and sections are also quite simple to read. In addition, the sequential numbering of the points of interest is a help.

I was disappointed to find so much coverage of photographic technique. While some technique discussions directly relate to the unique character of Yosemite (for example talking about color and the lack of it in granite) most of it feels more like filler, and indeed makes it harder to navigate to the sections of interest.

The book also lacks an index so the only useful navigation tool is the brief table of contents. Without that table of contents it would be hard to find any particular section and even with it, you're going to have to resort to man-made book marks to find what you want. For example if Pohono Bridge and Fern Spring caught your fancy but you didn't remember to book mark it or remember its number you'll have to resort to scanning all of the maps and/or all of the numbered interest points because despite the page of content, there is no entry for this viewpoint in the table of contents (and remember there is no index).

I would prefer the maps be all together at the front or back so that it would work better as a reference book. I would also have liked to see some more examples of "out of the way" hikes to desirable vistas.

Finally, I would like the author to have provided some sort of "effort vs eye-appeal" rating to help me focus on which sunrise locations are the "not to miss" areas and which are "ok". Perhaps the author can even suggest a few itineraries.
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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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