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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy; Revised Edition edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930238290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930238299
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I like the book a lot and it gives good advice.
Craig Pessman
Love the book, had the Film Camera version and was happy to see an updated version.
James Struebing
This has been great to use in planning our trip to Yosemite.
Mary L. Tibble

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Orr on September 24, 2012
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The content in this book is *so* good. Seriously. It starts off by providing a map with keys to help you connect the content further on in the book to it's geographic location, and then it moves on to give detailed descriptions of all these different locations along with the time of year they're likely to be at their best. The second part of the book goes into detail about Yosemite as it changes month to month. And then finally, it ends with this incredible primer on everything digital landscape photography, from file format to the characteristics of different types and directions of light.

So the content is an absolute gem, as I saw it described in another review. However, the printing leaves a lot to be desired. The book itself is pretty small and the binding is very stiff, making it annoying to thumb through. It's one of those books that will spring shut unless you're really holding the page. Some of the pictures are so small they look like thumbnails.

Overall, I love it and can't recommend it strongly enough. I just wish it was larger and on higher quality paper. I actually recommend this book to friends simply planning to visit Yosemite since the descriptions and visuals are so good. It really gives you an idea of what to expect and plan for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Jeka on April 16, 2014
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Just started reading it a few days ok. Really like, it, concise, good information, helping me a great deal to plan my photo expedition to Yosemite. Extreme negative of the book is that it is printed, bound in China. Once you open the book and start reading it, the binding will break and pages start to fall out. Horrible book binding. I had to take scotch tape to hold the pages in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By goldengate98 on June 28, 2014
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Good guide and excellent starting point for places to go. Especially good for non-hikers to know how far to a particular vista. Could have offered a few ideas for camera settings. I am an experimenter by nature so it didn't matter but, others new to the DSLR world and landscape photography might find it interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dubs on July 8, 2014
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The info in this book if fine. But the production of the book itself makes it very hard to read. Its perfect bound and the margins aren't wide enough in the spine, making it hard to keep the book open let alone read it. Its also very small in size which isn't ideal when trying to view nice photos in detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Adams on August 14, 2014
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It's a beautiful book but it is poorly bound. Just opening the book causes pages to fall out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris on December 15, 2013
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Well written book that hits all the high points and must see places in the park. I also appreciated that the book tells you what places are good to visit based on the time of the day as well as the time of the year. I planned most of my day based on this book. Only reason I am giving it 4 stars is that after the end of the first day multiple pages were falling out. I had not abused the book at all. I ended up buying another copy in the gift shop since I lost a couple pages and the second book held up just fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Pessman on October 20, 2013
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I like the book a lot and it gives good advice. Brought me to places I probably wouldn't have went on my own or maybe found. Michael gives good advice and I liked the suggestions based on time of year. I wasn't very happy with the binding of the book. After one weekend of use the binding is coming apart and pages are loose. Not your traditional type of binding and I am not finding it very durable. I will definitely keep the book and use it again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard N DeLiberty on October 6, 2013
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I had a long planned first visit to Yosemite, and bought this just before I left. It's full of great advice and good information. Beware, though, it's real benefit isn't for somebody like me that scheduled a trip & then bought the book. It tells you what seasons to go to photograh which features, and what time of day to be there. Like.... don't go in August (which I did).
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