Half Dome and the Night Sky, the Milky Way, Yosemite, Night Sky and Yosemite, Half Dome
Alpenglow on McVay Falls, Big Sur Coastline
Tuolumne Meadows and the Milky Way
Dusk, Southern California Pier, Manhatten Beach Pier, Pacific Ocean
Early Autumn at the Walden Woods, Walden Pond, New England Fall Colors
Dawn, Autumn and the Lake Sabrina Skyline, Eastern Sierra, Fall Colors
Dawn - Bear Creek Spire and Little Lakes Valley
Aspendell Fall Colors
North Lake Skyline

We welcome you to explore the world of Vern Clevenger Photography, where each image is a perfect living moment captured and interpreted through a deep understanding that few photographers possess.
Each print is meticulously prepared.
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For life.


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I just wanted to say a big Thank You for the great weekend we had shooting at Big Sur.  I thought the Location was amazing and I came home with lots of images to keep me busy for a while. This is my second workshop (the first one was shooting in the Mammoth Lakes area). Big Sur is an amazing location that I could have kept shooting for several days more.  I do hope to continue to attend these events and would be interested in getting a group together for a backcountry High Sierra trip someday.  I felt the trip was a huge success, both with the locations and the post processing work in Lightroom.  I will also take you up on your offer to print and frame at least one of my my images, possibly both that you loaded on your computer (Falls and Coastline).

Thanks again,

Tim Kephart 2014 and 2-15

I have known Vern’s work for many years. His composition, photography skills and  expertise in photo printing create wonderful images. During my time as a corporate executive, his large prints lined the walls of my office and reminded me of the beautiful Eastern Sierra. I've recently taken up photography as a hobby and was able to attend his workshop, The Alabama Hills, in January 2015. Vern is a marvelous teacher!  He knows the right locations to get nice photos and he takes time with each student, offering suggestions and helping us learn his methods of composition.  The handouts he provides explain his process in a way that makes sense. This was a terrific experience. I have since taken his Lightroom 5 workshop and again was impressed with his teaching ability.  His wife, Margaret, keeps things running smoothly with coffee, tea  and yummy munchies always nearby. 

Jim Thomsen 2015

I’m very fortunate to live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and have been able to go out with Vern on three of his workshops. Each time I learned more than I had thought about. I was able to be with Vern as he and I captured a really nice shot of the Milky Way over the Minarets. I also have taken a Lightroom workshop that improved my ability to do post processing. I do feel that I would like to go out again, and won’t pass up a chance to go out shooting with Vern in a workshop in the future.

Phil Watts 2014 and 2015

Thanks so much for the private day workshop.  I came into the day with 3 pages of detailed questions on gear, the latest gadgets, camera settings, techniques and all variety of questions.  You answered all of these, but I also learned that amateurs read too much and worry too much about a lot of stuff that doesn't matter, and that pros keep it simple – from gear to technique.  But most importantly, you showed me the light.  That it’s about light and composition, and light, and light…

In one day, with your 100% focus on my questions and work, I learned as much in any 3 day workshop I’ve taken.

Don Chambers

O.K. Vern did it again! Another really informative workshop; this time about Adobe Lightroom. On the first day, Vern took us through the basics, and the most important parts of using the program, step by step, from downloading and backing up image files to tuning up, finishing off, and then fine tuning our captures in the field. We went out the next morning at dawn, got some sunrise shots, and returned to the gallery to work them over with his guidance. I think all of us in the workshop had a great learning experience, and: we walked away with some fun new photos to share.

Tom Peckenpaugh 2014

One last thought... I would also like to personally thank Margaret for her hard work during this workshop. She was such a delight to be with and she truly added so much warmth and fun. I feel that she put many of the participants at ease in keeping an eye on them - especially during that last day with the small hike that we took. She was always making sure that everyone was doing ok and keeping an eye out for any concerns.

With this team effort, you two are the perfect match and make this such a fun learning experience. It’s more like we are out with two very dear friends who make us feel welcome and important. By far, not a typical workshop!

What a remarkable job you both do. Your hard work shows on every level -The attention to detail and sincere caring for the participants is evident every step of the way. Vern’s workshops are by far the best workshops I have ever had and I can’t wait to take another one... hopefully very soon!

Diane Stevenson 2014

"I have been taking workshops with Vern for the last 3 years and while I have taken workshops with others the vast majority of what I have learned about photography is from Vern.  Vern's ability to feel and see an image is incredible and his knowledge of the Eastern Sierra, as a photographer, is unrivaled.  I have gone from being a complete beginner to advanced photographer with people now asking me for my images.  What I have learned about composition with Vern is unmatched by anything else I tried.   Most workshops focus primarily on shooting, but Vern does it all from shooting at great locations,  going through the basics of photography and then critiquing images.  He's passionate that you learn something, and that you walk away from the workshop with as Vern would say "with a printable image".   Vern always takes the time to help you out and provide the feedback that you need.   He also pushes you to see the image that you might not have seen yourself some of my favorite aspen images have been a result of this.  I attribute what I have learned to Vern. Take a workshop with him and you will understand.   Vern is honest, caring and all around great person.  I have captured some of my very best images while I have been with Vern." 

 Renee Rivera, September 2013

Vern's work is an amazing blend of magic at the moment and the technical skill to capture that magic. I don't know how hard he works at tracking the magic down, but he gets beauty I've never seen before. And I actually mean it!

Eric Jager 2013

We have acquired many pieces of Vern’s work over the years and you can see many of them in Canyon Lodge.  Our guests love them.  You can view them on the WEB page and I’ll bet you will love them too!

Bill Cockroft
Senior Vice President
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area LLC


Thank you again for creating and leading the "Autumn Spectacular" workshop in Mammoth.   I was able to experience for the first time how a real professional chooses a site, works the site, creates a vision, uses the light, composes the image and applies the correct technique to capture the image in accordance with the vision. Both you and Margaret created a friendly environment which maximized the learning experience.

Glen Schofield 2012

There are things that no one can teach - You can! There are places no one knows - You do! And all that is wrapped in a friendly and effective attitude! What else can we ask for? I'll be happy to join future workshop should my travel plans coincide with them.
Thank you very much.

Benny Hanigal 2011

To appreciate the Sierra Nevada range’s jaw-dropping beauty, drop by Vern Clevenger’s gallery  in town. (Mammoth Lakes) His color photos (prints start at $149) of nearby canyons, lakes and mountain vistas are ubiquitous around town, as is the man himself. Vern’s scruffy yellow jacket and unruly hair have been a familiar presence at Mammoth since the early ’70s. He is a modern-day version of Ansel Adams, who more than anyone put this corner of California on the map.

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Art Festivals

Discover the fun!

Art Festivals are special venues. They are often outdoors and create a "gallery" where kids are welcome. Food and good wine are always close by. But most of all, they are a community of art lovers sharing a great day together.

Discover the fun and return with an investment. 

Visit the Art Festival page now for the current schedule and plan to have some fun!