Yosemite Photographer Shares Art, Passion, and Life Stories Directing Yosemite Photo Workshops

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Al Golub Joins Faculty of Professional Photographers at YExplore and Will Lead Yosemite Photography Classes for Park Visitors


Mt. Ansel Adams by Al Golub

I am a storyteller with images. I have had the opportunity to work with photographers of all technical levels and artistic outlooks and have been able to help each communicate their unique vision with their own images. - Al Golub

YExplore, a leading provider of Yosemite Photography Workshops is pleased to announce the addition of one of one of the area's most venerable photographers to their professional faculty. Al Golub has been shooting Yosemite landscape images for many years and will now share his professional wisdom with nature lovers and photo enthusiasts directing programs for YExplore.

Owner and company spokesperson, John DeGrazio is thrilled with the announcement. "We are very pleased to welcome Al to the YExplore family. Meeting him has been one of the highlights of my time in Yosemite" DeGrazio states. "He is a brilliant photographer with an exceptional ability to teach all aspects of photography in Yosemite while weaving captivating tales of his own life history. It will only enhance the experience of our visitors who wish to learn from an extraordinarily talented teacher with such a remarkable personality."

The first time Al Golub visited Yosemite National Park, the beauty left him breathless. Many decades and hundreds of trips later, he continues to be awed by the magnificence of the rock formations, the wonder of the waterfalls, and the incomparable quality of the light in all seasons. He has photographed all aspects of Yosemite, from the accessible valley, to the more distant Nevada Fall, May Lake, Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, and remote areas only reachable by days of hiking. He is best known for his landscape photography in Yosemite's backcountry wilderness. His critically acclaimed images of Mount Ansel Adams have received coverage on network television and in scores of print publications worldwide. He has explored wide swaths of the Yosemite backcountry including lengthy trips through the Ansel Adams Wilderness. He was honored to be the only photojournalist to accompany a memorial trip into the wilderness to visit the mountain that bears the name of the iconic photographer.

Al has been a photojournalist most of his life, working for forty years at the Modesto Bee including holding the position of Director of Photography. He has won multiple awards in several subject areas. He taught digital imaging and photojournalism for the Yosemite Community College District in the Graphics and Art Departments. He taught photochemical photography for several organizations and was a photographer in the Air Force. "Al Golub is a pillar in the community of Yosemite photographers." DeGrazio continues. "It is a true honor for him to guide our Yosemite Photo tours. I am thrilled when I think about the expertise he will share with all the amateurs and professionals who enroll in our Yosemite photo classes with Al."

Al Golub will lead Yosemite digital photography classes in several areas throughout the national park in every season. All sessions are open to the public regardless of experience in the field of photography. Private sessions with Al will also be available.

Mr. Golub has also worked as a consultant and field tester for both the color and black & white film development divisions of Eastman Kodak. He is a Photoshop and Lightroom expert. His technical expertise in digital photography and photochemical/film is extraordinary. He currently continues to work photographing game action from the sidelines of the San Francisco Forty Niners and Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He is strongly committed to sharing the 'secrets' he has spent decades learning. Al is never happier than when he is taking photographs and sharing the experience with other photographers.

About YExplore
Founded in 2006, YExplore Yosemite Adventures is the only Yosemite Tour Company that offers custom guided Yosemite experiences (Adventure Hikes, Half Dome Hikes, Multi Day Backpack Trips, Nature Walks, Birding Walks, Wildflower Walks, Snowshoe Hikes and Photography Workshops) 12 months a year. Their mission is to encourage park visitors to connect with the natural world of Yosemite through outdoor experiences that deliver unique photographic opportunities and lasting memories. YExplore is a socially responsible company providing educational services that follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact in nature to ensure that the ecology of the park will not be compromised. John DeGrazio is the company's founder and continues to lead Yosemite trips with visitors from across the globe. Al Golub is a veteran Yosemite photographer of several decades. He will be leading Yosemite landscape photography classes for YExplore.

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