• moonrise lunar eclipse yosemite photography workshop


Take advantage of this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photography a lunar eclipse ... as is rises in full totality ... in Yosemite Valley ... over one of the most iconic granite landmarks known to man! We have scouted out the EXACT location for perfect alignment of the moonrise against Yosemite's granite landmarks, taking into account angle of view, degree of totality, line of sight, and the moon's track ... for the perfect and only photographic opportunity.

This one-time-only, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is the pure result of ironic timing, global location, and accessibility for ideal angles. Without the combination of these three factors, this photographic opportunity to capture a moonrise lunar eclipse in Yosemite Valley over an iconic landmark ... just wouldn't happen!

Eventbrite - SPECIAL EVENT: Moonrise Lunar Eclipse in Yosemite Valley

  WHEN: SEPT. 27, 2015
  TIME: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  TUITION: $295

    400-Level: Specialized
Highly intensive, small group courses that focus on a specialized genre or medium within the photographic industry.

Trails w/significant inclines/elevation changes, possible high altitude, possible full day from cars

COURSE CAPACITY: Minimum 5 students, maximum 10


HSW participants in our "Eastern Sierra & Owens Valley" workshop course, which ends at Noon on the same day, are automatically enrolled in this Special Event at no charge!
Enjoy this combined offer & register today for our highly-rated Eastern Sierra & Owens Valley course and get the Moonrise Lunar Eclipse event included at no cost!

The Special Event: Moonrise Lunar Eclipse in Yosemite Valley workshop course is a rare and unique opportunity to not only capture a full lunar eclipse in Yosemite Valley with a landmark icon, but also the opportunity to learn about lunar photography and how to read the calculations, determine the angles, and understand the exposure values for this tricky moonrise that occurs at the same time as sunset, continuing into the twilight and ending in the astronomical twilight window.

Learn how to use available software to read and determine the lunar measurements for ascension, declination, and tracking, coupled with satellite-based software to calculate viewing angles and focal lengths. Practical application of methods used will be displayed through the process of calculating this lunar eclipse event.
The lunar eclipse will begin immediately after the sun has set, resulting in very difficult exposure controls as the ambient light transitions from twilight to nautical twilight and ending in astronomical twilight. Coupled with the changing luminosity of the moon as it exits totality, exposure control for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is critical.
Learn the industry tricks of the trade to improve your lunar photography, while understanding how spacial distances impact how the mind perceives the moon.

The workshop instruction begins at 4:00pm in Yosemite Valley. At 5pm, workshop participants begin the hike (note 'Activity Level' below) to the pre-scouted, precise location to capture this unique angle of a rare astronomical event. The timing for this event is very precise:

6:44pm: Moonrise:
6:49pm: Sunset:
7:11pm: Eclipse Totality Begin:

7:46pm: Nautical Twilight Begins
7:47pm: Mid-Eclipse
8:17pm: Astronomical Twilight Begins
8:23pm: Total Eclipse Ends

Trails w/significant inclines/elevation changes, possible high altitude, possible full day from cars

PlaceholderImage_1x400TransparentWORKSHOP PREREQUISTES
This 400-Level: Specialized workshop course has specific prerequisites for all participants:

Requires understanding of camera operations & functions, standard photography principles of exposure & composition.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in regards to specific camera equipment that is recommended for this course. Understanding of the use of the equipment is expected, while specific instruction in the equipment related to the genre and topic will be provided.

All participants must watch the episodes of HSW.tv on content matter specific to this workshop course, as directed by their instructor. While the episode titles might reflect subject matter that is basic or rudimentary, all participants must watch each requisite episode as it is expected you will be knowledgeable and fluent on the concepts presented. (Each episode is comprehensive and short, about two minutes in length.)

"Logo_HSWtv_250x94pxBut I already know about exposure, your very first episode. It's the combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Do I really need to watch it?"

That's the extreme basic misconception about exposure. If you come to the workshop with that premise and not what Episode #1 details, then you will be behind right from the start. All students need to be able to understand the instruction presented by the instructor, based off of the principles in the HSW.tv episodes listed below.

For this workshop course, your instructor has requested that you watch and familiarize yourself with the following episodes:
  HSW.tv SEASON ONE: Episodes #1 through #11

PlaceholderImage_1x400Transparent Michael Mariant is a travel & documentary visual journalist based in California. And for this Lake Tahoe workshop, it is a coming home ... Michael is fourth-generation Tahoe, with ancestry in Virginia City dating back to 1870!

Following several years as a newspaper photojournalist and desk editor, Michael moved away from local and regional coverage and up to wire service photography. For over a decade, Michael has been a contract photojournalist for The Associated Press, responsible for coverage of the Central Coast of California along with sports and entertainment assignments in Los Angeles, notably anchoring the agency’s coverage of the Michael Jackson trial from 2003 to 2005.  Michael is also the consultant & multimedia coordinator for the Semester at Sea study abroad program, providing lectures & instructions to the college students while shaping the direction of the programs multimedia efforts in video & still photography through social media. While still taking on editorial and Associated Press assignments, Michael has shifted his shooting focus to commercial video & his B&W landscapes. Outside of shooting, Michael leads educational travel photography workshops as well as university & industry lecture engagements.

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MUG_AaronLambertAaron Lambert is the Director of New Media and a workshop instructor for High Sierra Workshops. As a former photographer and videographer for the State of California Chamber of Commerce, Aaron wore two hats simultaneously: photographing presidents, dignitaries and governors while editing video from the California State Senate and Assembly. Previously, Aaron spent 12 years as a photojournalist for several newspapers and magazines in California and Texas. His images have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times of London, The Washington Post, USA Today, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Yosemite is located in the central part of the Sierra Nevada mountains, easily accessible from several major cities as well as the closest city of Fresno.

Fresno-Yosemite International Airport (FAT)

Travel time from Fresno-Yosemite International Airport to Yosemite Valley is approximately 1.75 hours. There are several car rental operations located on-site at the airport.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO), via Highways 80, 580, 205, and 120, is approximately 4 hours.
Sacramento International Airport (SMF), via Highways 99 and 120, is approximately 3.5 hours.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
, via Highways 5, 99 and 41, is approximately 5.5 hours.


For this Special Event workshop, participants may elect to stay in Yosemite Valley following the conclusion of the shooting event at 10pm. Lodging options include Curry Village or Yosemite Lodge inside Yosemite Valley, or at one of the two hotels located in El Portal, immediately outside of Yosemite Valley.

Curry Village or Yosemite Lodge: Located in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite View Lodge: Located on Hwy. 140 right at the park boundary.
Cedar Lodge: Located further down Hwy. 140 away from the park boundary.


As time is of essence, and the academic instruction, travel time to shooting location, and shooting window does coincide with traditional dinner meal time ...


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: How big is the group? How many students are there in the workshop?
    A: This workshop is strictly limited to only 10 participants, to ensure the one-on-one educational environment in our 400-Level: Specialty courses as well as due to the limited space at the shooting location.
  2. Q: Is there a deadline to sign-up for this workshop? Does it sell out? Will you add more room if it does?

    A: The workshop registration closes one week before the start date. And space will be very limited. We inevitably receive emails from those who waited until it was too late, inquiring if more spots can be added. Unfortunately, to keep the small group size and to ensure the critical one-on-one educational environment between the instructor and student, we do not add additional seats.

  3. Q: Is there any special camera gear I need to bring?

    A: There is absolutely no requirement on which camera you bring. All cameras will work within the workshop curriculum.

    A sturdy, solid tripod is required. It can be anything from a Manfrotto aluminum tripod to the expensive carbon fiber tripods. We strongly advise against a “low-budget” tripod (in the sub $100 range), as they have never made it through any of the High Sierra Workshops. They are not designed to withstand regular tripod use, do not have the features and movements of higher quality tripods, and rarely if ever are solid and sturdy.

    As for lenses, you will need a long telephoto in the 200-300mm range. You can achieve this using a teleconverter on a 200mm lens or through the use of APS-C sensor sizes, either in a mirrorless or DSLR body. The difference between a 200mm and 300mm will effect the size of the moon (larger in the 300mm) but also how much of the scene is visible with the moon (more of the scene with the 200mm).

    In regards to carrying your camera equipment, a photo backpack, waistbelt and/or chest harness (such as those from ThinkTank) is recommended as it will be much easier to carry your gear in this manner than with a bulky camera bag.

  4. Q: What about non-photo gear? What do I need to bring?

    A: In the non-photographic equipment, a JACKET is a must.

    Good light-duty hiking boots with excellent traction are REQUIRED as we will be off-trail and might be doing some light scrambling at times and good foot traction and strong ankle support is necessary.

    A flashlight/head lamp is REQUIRED as our hike back after shooting will be in darkness.

    NOTE: Everyone is required to bring at least 1 water bottle of 32 oz. capacity.

    NOTE: Please read the “Lodging/Dining” tab for details about meals

Cancellation Policy:

In order to ensure availability for those on our waiting list, all workshop cancellations will have the following fees applied:

Cancellation up to and within 60 calendar days prior to workshop start date:
Full refund of workshop tuition; no cancellation fee (Refund applied within 3 business days of cancellation notice)

Cancellation up to and within 30 calendar days of workshop start date:
Refund of workshop tuition minus $100 cancellation fee (Refund/fees applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop; waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date)

Cancellation up to and within 7 calendar days of workshop start date:
No refund of workshop tuition (Waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date with applicable refund applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop)

Logo_DidYouKnow65px(transparent)Did you know that HSW offers GROUP DISCOUNTS? Groups of 3 or more participants receive a 5% discount on tuition, while groups of 5 or more participants receive a 10% discount on tuition.
Plus, intermediate and advanced-level workshops are limited to only five participants, so your whole group can exclusively attend a workshop course together!
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