Every year in the month of February, a unique visual event occurs when the setting sun lights up the East side of El Capitan.  When conditions are right, Horsetail falls reflects a bright orange to red color.  This occurance was made famous by photographer Galen Rowell in his amazing photograph. The images shown above were taken at workshops in 2008 and 2011.

You can see more photos of this event by doing a Google search for "Horsetail Fall in Yosemite".

In addition to Horsetail, Seraphina will be taking us to photograph several other waterfalls and landscape locations including Yosemite Falls - the highest waterfall in North America.

• Learn how to photograph Winter Snow Scenes.

• Find the right Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO settings to create special effects.

• Use slow shutter speeds and ISO settings to produce dreamy images.

• Learn techniques to use to correctly meter to get proper exposure.

• Discover compositional elements that will add impact to your images.

• Work with filters to enhance your images.

• Benefit from working with visionary photographer and instructor Seraphina to develop your artistic vision.

This workshop will include 3 late afternoon opportunities in which to capture the Horsetail event - Sunsets on Friday, February 15, Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17. If you are not able to leave at 7:30 am on Friday morning, you can drive up on Friday night or early Saturday morning and join the group at the hotel.

In order to conduct these workshops, we have to purchase a permit to hold them in the park and that permit limits the number of photographers in the group to a maximum of 15 which includes the instructor and organizer so we will be limited to a maximum of 14 participants.

Cost: The price for the workshop is $195.00 not including your motel room, transportation or park entry.  We will be organizing car pools to save on gas.

Please Note: When you enter your RSVP for this event, you will be asked to answer a few questions.  It is very important that you send the answers since we need this information to be able to run the workshop.

Weather Conditions: The current forecast is for Sunny on Friday, Partly Cloudy on Saturday and Sunny on Sunday.  High temperatures in the mid 40's during the day and a low of 12 degrees at night.  We will be doing the Horsetails falls shoots until Sunset and will not be doing any organized events at night.

Workshop Schedule:  On Friday, we are leaving early so that we arrive in Yosemite in time to do the first Horsetail Falls shoot.  On Saturday morning and early afternoon, we will be shooting some of the other famous Yosemite waterfalls. On Sunday, we will again visit some waterfalls as well as other beautiful locations before completing the trip with a final Horsetail Falls shoot. It should be another amazing trip.

Check out the photos that photographers who attended our last Yosemite workshops posted:

(Try using the Slideshow feature to view images in this gallery).

Thanks and hope you can join us for another wonderful weekend in Yosemite.

Edward Woods


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  • Craig M.

    Thanks to Ed and Seraphina and all the attendees for an enjoyable weekend. It was nice meeting you all and sharing our enthusiasm for landscape work. I especially liked the way we could do our own thing during the day and then share dinner and experiences in the evening. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay on a few days after the official meetup and experienced the snow "storm" on Tuesday which, although it didn't leave much snow, coated trees and rocks with a nice dusting and froze the edges of the river into beautiful shapes and patterns. I just returned Friday and hope to have my images posted this wknd.

    February 23, 2013

  • Patricia D.

    Seraphina did an excellent job and I appreciated her input and knowledge! The location was great...What's not to like at Yosmite?

    February 19, 2013

  • Edward W.

    Although there was not much water, we did get good color on all 3 days. Weather was very warm - almost like summer which was very pleasant.

    February 19, 2013

  • Earl C

    A very educational and enjoyable workshop. Seraphina is a great educator and taught us the many elements of making award-winning photographs.

    February 18, 2013

  • Lawrence

    I really wanted to make this trip but was unable to get the time off from work. Hope you guys get the shot at Horsetail Falls!

    February 14, 2013

  • Vinay T

    I guess we all got the itinerary. Don't know whether its a good idea, but would anybody be interested in venturing out in the cold of the night ?

    Inspiration :­

    February 14, 2013

  • Frank K.

    Hi Ed, do we really need snow chains? Looks like the weather is going to be quite warm and none of stores gives full refund for snow chains even they are not used...

    February 12, 2013

    • Edward W.

      The choice is up to you. We recommended that you buy and carry chains but that is up to you. Here is a link to the Yosemite website about chains:­

      February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do I need any special filters for this workshop?

    February 8, 2013

    • Edward W.

      While you do not absolutely need filters, a polarizer and/or neutral density filter would be recommended especially a polarizer.

      February 8, 2013

  • Dese'

    Great, great workshop Ed and Seraphina. I leave that weekend for London, Edinburgh, and then Rome Italy, back early March. WIsh I could join you for this event. See you again this Spring.

    February 7, 2013

  • Frank K.

    Hi Ed, we'll be heading back to Bay Area on Sunday night, right?

    January 29, 2013

    • Edward W.

      Yes that is correct. Right after sunset on Sunday night.

      January 29, 2013

  • G Dan M.

    I won't be able to join the workshop, but your event coincides with the opening reception for the Yosemite Renaissance Festival show, and it features work from the park by a number of fine photographers and other artists. Drop by! :-)

    December 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, if you guys are looking for a hotel to stay, I can get deals at the Piccadilly Inn Shaw, which is about an hour away from the entrance.

    November 30, 2012

    • Edward W.

      Thanks but we have a great group rate of only $85 for a single room at a hotel very close to the entrance to the park.

      November 30, 2012

  • Sergey K.

    Hey Ed, who is the instructor on this workshop?

    November 14, 2012

    • Edward W.

      Seraphina Landgrebe and I will be the instructors for the workshop.

      November 17, 2012

    • Mary

      Great Ed, looking forward to the workshop.

      November 17, 2012

  • Yixi Y.

    There is a waitlist already?! It is a popular trip!

    November 14, 2012

  • Craig M.

    Been wanting to do this for a long time. Thanks.

    November 14, 2012

  • Stu S.

    Forgot about prior commitment - darn.

    November 14, 2012

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