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Video: Autumn in Yosemite National Park


Autumn is a great time to be in Yosemite National Park. The summer crowds are gone, the temperatures cool down, and the leaves change color.

It is also an unpredictable time of year. Last year, it was dry. No snow yet and the waterfalls were down to a trickle. This year early winter storms dropped a ton of snow on the Sierras. A warm spell followed, melting all the snow in the valley. Temperatures were in the 60s during the day and the waterfalls were flowing well due to snow melt. The warm temperatures also delayed the leaves changing color. Thanks to mother nature, I arrived just in time for the peak fall foliage.

This year I spent 3 days filming around Yosemite. Because of the snow, Tioga pass and Glacier point road were closed to cars. Determined to get up to Glacier point and Sentinel Dome, I hiked up the 4 Mile trail. 2700 foot elevation. It was still icy in some parts and at the top there was about 1-2 feet of snow. I forgot my winter boots so I was hiking in trail walkers. Luckily it was warm during the day and my wool socks kept my feet relatively dry and comfortable. Still, it was a crazy hike — about 13 miles round trip from the valley to Glacier point to Sentinel dome. If you ever go, please make sure you go prepared. Winters are no joke up there.

In the editing room, I decided to make this film deliberately subdued and slow to reflect the characteristics of this time of year. It’s more of a film for meditation and contemplation than one to get you pumped up for a 13 mile hike across ice and snow. Some of this footage will probably end up in my Best of 2010 film, to be released soon. In the meantime, enjoy!

Special thanks to Angela Chung for helping to make this film possible.

Shot with a Canon 5D Mk II with a 16-35mm 2.8 L and 24-70 2.8 L.


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