Yosemite 2017 by Solomon Klein

Old Barn off of 140 enroute to Yosemite

This past March, we were back in Yosemite for another Yosemite conference. It was a great conference, and if you're an Apple nerd, you should think of going sometime (If I may say so. I do help organize it ;D ). You can find a collection of photos from the conference here.

And the rest of my photos, you can find below (and above).

Starlight and Half Dome

Yosemite Creek (Yes, this is a creek)

A Silver Mist

Little Trees

In The Magic Hour

We made it up to Tunnel View Point at around 5:30 to catch the sunrise. Ended up not being too much of a deal, but it still was very much worth it. And very cold--it was like 12 degrees when we made it up there. Somehow, Mr. Peterson's Magic Hour came to mind while we were there, but we had our own twist to the lyric:

Come climb the hill with me
Come and be still with me
Come and freeze solid, if you will, with me

Moonset Waterfall

The Upper Falls

And that be that. Thanks for checking in, and see you around!

A purple flower, and little thing moments by Solomon Klein

A purple flower

A purple flower

This is a flower. It’s purple. We’ll call it a purple flower (I’m not really sure what it is).

I happened to spot it along a walkway that I frequently traverse. I think that that was the first time I’d ever seen that thing in that place. Not sure just how it got there; I’m told it’s wild.

The combination of oddity and, shall I say, sheer beauty compelled me to document this little gem of a scene. I couldn’t pass it up. But, all I had with me was my iPhone (a 5c, for Pete’s sake). It’d have to do. I lowered the device into the grass and made 4 or 5 exposures. The photo shown above is the keeper. I pocketed the phone and left.

That flower is now sitting in a vase somewhere. A little fella picked it for his momma. In a few days, a week maybe, it’ll wilt, die, and be gone. We won’t have that flower again.

[excuse me while I weep uncontrollably]

“But it’s only a flower! A little flower!”

<sniff> I know. <sniff> It’s only a flower. It’s just a little thing… But isn’t life made of little things?

“Little things are the stuff of big things.”

I’m pretty sure someone somewhere has said that at sometime. Not entirely sure—it may be original (if so, I’m sorry). But regardless, it’s very true. Little things add up after a while. We often miss them because they’re so little. Yet often those little things, those tiny moments, they’re the things we later look back on, and hold dear.

Play the hand you’re dealt  

I made this image with a tiny little camera on a three year-old smartphone. Now, I have better gear at my disposal, with nicer image sensors, better glass, better light-gathering abilities, and so on. But they were literally sitting eight feet underground in the basement. The moment and the inspiration happened right then and there. So, playing the cards I had, I took the shot. Sure, I might have been able to run downstairs, grab the Nikon, and run back outside and get the shot. I might have.

Say I did. Chances are, I wouldn’t have gotten this shot. I probably would have made something, possibly a great shot, but not something I like this much. Not to say the larger camera isn’t good. I make way more pictures with my SLR than my iPhone, and if I’m going out with the intention of photographing something, I bring my Nikon. It’s a much more capable camera than my iPhone, hands down.

But part of what makes this picture—at least, in my humble opinion—is how simple it was to create. I exerted, like, no energy at all to make this image, other than what it took to bring my 180 pounds of carbon-based materials to a stop. The rest: effortless.


Like they say, “the best camera is the one that's with you.” I carry my iPhone on my person at all times (mostly), and as a result, it gets used for these “little things” moments most of the time. It’s there. Always at the ready.

What camera you use for capturing these moments doesn’t really matter. But you should have something. Something ready to go at a moment’s notice.

So… yeah.