Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Are you using the latest Apple iMac for photo editing?

It is being reported that some users are having “color gradient flaws” on their displays. Some users are experiencing color fading or conspicuous color banding. Read the article at to learn more.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Photographer groups complain about NPS photo rules

PDN has an excellent article detailing the latest round in this recurring battle over what constitutes a “professional” photo shoot in a National Park.

These two quotes are a little scary for those of us who like to wander about the parks with our big and expensive cameras:

Ranking committee member Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) challenged the journalists on why they opposed paying greater fees than the general public.

"By God, you pay $15,000 for a camera and yet you object over a $200 fee that gives you carte blanche?" he said to Overman. "You must be part Scotch."

Steve Scott, chairman of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, said under the proposed rules [Ansel] Adams might have been charged $250 for every day he spent in Yosemite.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Tioga Pass Closed for the Season

Yosemite's Tioga Pass was open much longer than normal this year, but the latest storm has finally closed it. You can still see it via webcam, and keep an eye out for cross country skiers. Until next year Tioga.....

Yosemite News Release
December 7, 2007
For Immediate Release
Winter Conditions Close the Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road For the
Season in Yosemite National Park

Winter conditions bring the opportunity for a variety of cold- weather
activities, including snow-shoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, ice
skating, and winter hiking and backcountry use.

Heavy snow and ice from the recent storm have closed the Tioga Road, the
Glacier Point Road, and the Mariposa Grove for the winter season. These
roads close every year when heavy snowfall and/ or ice cause impassable
road conditions.

The Glacier Point Road from Badger Pass to Glacier Point is closed for the
season. The road from Chinquapin to Badger Pass Ski Area is open for
administrative use only at this time. This portion of the road will re-open
to the public when the Badger Pass Ski Area opens for the season.

Motorists are asked to use extra caution on roadways and to watch for snow
removal equipment. Conditions in the park can change very quickly, and icy,
wet road conditions may exist even when the weather is clear. All park
roads are subject to chain control or temporary closure due to hazardous
winter driving conditions. Motorists must carry tire chains while traveling
in the park during winter months. Chains may become mandatory on any park
road at any time. The following chain control guidelines exist:

"R-1" requires vehicles to have mud and snow tires or tire chains
"R-2" requires vehicles to have 4-wheel drive or tire chains
"R-3" requires all vehicles to use tire chains.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions, as well as for winter
activity information in Yosemite please call 209/ 372-0200 or visit us on
the web at For information on road conditions outside
Yosemite National Park, please call Caltrans at 800/ 427-7623.

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