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Evening Fog, Pacific Ocean | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Evening Fog, Pacific Ocean | G Dan Mitchell Photography Fog begins to appear near dusk along the Pacific Coast below San Francisco.Evening Fog, Pacific Ocean. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Fog begins to appear near dusk along the Pacific Coast below San Francisco.Today’s photograph is… quiet… and peaceful. While the world at large is never completely that way, I suppose that the intensity of the craziness has been dialed back at least a bit during the…

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Evening Fog, Pacific Ocean | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Evening Fog, Pacific Ocean | G Dan Mitchell Photography Fog begins to appear near dusk along the Pacific Coast below San Francisco.Evening Fog, Pacific Ocean. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Fog begins to appear near dusk along the Pacific Coast below San Francisco.Today’s photograph is… quiet… and peaceful. While the world at large is never completely that way, I suppose that the intensity of the craziness has been dialed back at least a bit during the…

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Bench and Shadows | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Bench and Shadows | G Dan Mitchell Photography A bench and shadows, photographed through a window, Portland, Oregon.Bench and Shadows. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A bench and shadows, photographed through a window, Portland, Oregon.This photograph may be a bit difficult to explain, especially to the satisfaction of those who might be looking for the usual landscape and nature images. For the most part, I don’t think I will try to explain it too much, except…

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Leaves in Rain | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Leaves in Rain | G Dan Mitchell Photography Leaves in rain, Portland, Oregon.Leaves in Rain. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Leaves in rain, Portland, Oregon.Californians have been dealing with strange weather patterns for more than a decade now — a five-year drought, a few years of way above average rainfall, and then the current season that has been almost completely rainless up until now. As I write this the pendulum is apparently about the swing the other…

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Point Reyes, Clearing Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Point Reyes, Clearing Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Morning fog clears aove the hills and bays of Point Reyes National Seashore.Point Reyes, Clearing Fog. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Morning fog clears aove the hills and bays of Point Reyes National Seashore.Living in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Point Reyes National Seashore is merely a longish day trip for me. I haven’t been there since the onset of the pandemic, but in more…

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Spring Flow | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Spring Flow | G Dan Mitchell Photography Rushing spring water and reflections, Merced River.Spring Flow. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Rushing spring water and reflections, Merced River.For a place made of stone, the Sierra is a surprising transitory scene. Summer is brief, and wildflowers bloom and are soon gone. Color comes to aspens in the fall and is gone weeks later. Spring is the time of rushing water in the Sierra, from the high country to…

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Forest and Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Forest and Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Sunlight begins to thin the morning fog in a Monterey Peninsula forest.Forest and Fog. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Sunlight begins to thin the morning fog in a Monterey Peninsula forest.Today we visit the California coast below the Monterey Peninsula, at the Point Lobos State Reserve. (That is the actual name, though many of us casually refer to it as a state “park.”) I have gone to this…

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Sandstorm Rising | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstorm Rising | G Dan Mitchell Photography Clouds from a desert sandstorm rise above Death Valley National Park sand dunes.Sandstorm Rising. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Clouds from a desert sandstorm rise above Death Valley National Park sand dunes.Today I am sharing yet another of the Death Valley photographs from my spring 2013 visit when, among other things, I had a couple of opportunities to photograph in sandstorm conditions. Like many photographers I tend to photograph…

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Dunes, Sandstorm, and Mountains | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Dunes, Sandstorm, and Mountains | G Dan Mitchell Photography A Death Valley sandstorm builds above sand dunes, obscuring distant desert mountains.Dunes, Sandstorm, and Mountains. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A Death Valley sandstorm builds above sand dunes, obscuring distant desert mountains.Once again I am discovering how many promising photographs get left behind when I first assess them shortly after making the photographs… and how valuable it is to revisit the original files later on. I typically…

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Abandoned | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Abandoned | G Dan Mitchell Photography Abandoned vehicles at a desert mining site.Abandoned. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Abandoned vehicles at a desert mining site.When you travel even a bit in the desert landscape (at least the California version that I know) you will invariably come across all kinds of evidence that you are not the first visitor. The original residents left behind fragile, compelling, and sometimes beautiful evidence in the form of rock art. (If…

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Look | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Look | G Dan Mitchell Photography A “LOOK” sign at a light rail crossing.Look. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A “LOOK” sign at a light rail crossing.It seems to me that few photographers are able to resist at least occasionally photographing signs that catch their attention. (Not everyone will admit to it though!) I’m pretty sure I recall that my father collected them, and I’ve done it fitfully for decades. (Many years ago I was an…

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Dunes, Sandstorm, Distant Mountains | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Dunes, Sandstorm, Distant Mountains | G Dan Mitchell Photography Distant mountains are barely visible beyond sandstorm clouds and desert dunes.Dunes, Sandstorm, Distant Mountains. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Distant mountains are barely visible beyond sandstorm clouds and desert dunes.This was not the most intense sandstorm I have experienced and photographed — I have some interesting stories about those! — but it was a pretty good one. Driving down the east side of Death Valley near the turnoff to…

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Sand Dune Plants, Evening | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sand Dune Plants, Evening | G Dan Mitchell Photography Low plants eke out an existence on Death Valley sand dunes.Sand Dune Plants, Evening. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Low plants eke out an existence on Death Valley sand dunes.Since travel to places as distant as Death Valley National Park is off the table right now, I’m vicariously experiencing one of my favorite places to be in the winter by reviewing my raw file archive from a…

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Evening Dunes | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Evening Dunes | G Dan Mitchell Photography Abstract interpretation of sand dunes in evening light.Evening Dunes. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Abstract interpretation of sand dunes in evening light.For this photograph I decided to move further from supposed reality than usual. In my view, no photograph actually portrays “objective reality” accurately. That’s a good thing, and I prefer subjective reality in photographs. In other words, I’m interested not so much in what the photograph claims to…

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Beneath Desert Mountains, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Beneath Desert Mountains, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography Desert mountains and morning light spreading across an alluvial fan.Beneath Desert Mountains, Morning. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Desert mountains and morning light spreading across an alluvial fan.This is more or less where I had hoped to be in January, even up until a couple of months ago. At that time, careful travel into lonely places was still a reasonable option, especially since I stop only for…

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Dunes and Mountains, Rising Dust – Fine Art Photography Article

Dunes and Mountains, Rising Dust A desert sandstorm raises towers of dust against a background of rugged mountains obscured by haze.Dunes and Mountains, Rising Dust. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A desert sandstorm raises towers of dust against a background of rugged mountains obscured by haze.Continuing here with the 2013 series of Death Valley National Park photographs and, at the moment, a series of photographs made in and around the edges of a big dust storm…

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Flock of Cranes, Tule Fog – Fine Art Photography Article

Flock of Cranes, Tule Fog A flock of lesser sandhill cranes reflected in a pond on a winter morning of tule fog.Flock of Cranes, Tule Fog. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A flock of lesser sandhill cranes reflected in a pond on a winter morning of tule fog.This photograph comes from late last year, a few days before Christmas, when I spent a day photographing birds in the Central Valley of California. I picked a particularly…

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Desert Mountains, Blowing Dust | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Desert Mountains, Blowing Dust | G Dan Mitchell Photography Immense desert mountains partially obscured by blowing dust.Desert Mountains, Blowing Dust. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Immense desert mountains partially obscured by blowing dust.For some reason, this week I seem to be reviewing photographs from Death Valley and many of them want to be monochrome. This is the second in two days. Recently I’ve been thinking about the subject of rugged, desert ridges receding into distant haze,…

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Dunes, Sandstorm | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Dunes, Sandstorm | G Dan Mitchell Photography Diffused light and atmosphere as a sandstorm rises above desert dunes.Dunes, Sandstorm. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Diffused light and atmosphere as a sandstorm rises above desert dunes.This photograph comes from a memorable early spring visit to Death Valley National Park back in 2013. (I know… what visit to Death Valley isn’t memorable, right?!) This day brought a fairly big sandstorm to the Valley, and I worked on photographing…

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Winter Sun, Fog, Trees | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Winter Sun, Fog, Trees | G Dan Mitchell Photography Morning sun glows weakly through tule fog to silhouette a grove of winter cottonwood trees.Winter Sun, Fog, Trees. © Copyright 2021 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Morning sun glows weakly through tule fog to silhouette a grove of winter cottonwood trees.This New Year’s Day my photography was supposed to focus on migratory birds, but somehow I ended up with a bunch of landscape photographs! This is a bit ironic, since…

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Building and Los Angeles Sky – Fine Art Photography Article

Building and Los Angeles Sky Southern California sky reflected on the surfaces of a modern tower.Building and Los Angeles Sky. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Southern California sky reflected on the surfaces of a modern tower.Although it seems like it should have been an obvious thing, I recall realizing for the first time that the appearance of modern reflective towers like this one comes more from what is not the building than what is. With the…

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Walkway, Arch, and Stairs | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Walkway, Arch, and Stairs | G Dan Mitchell Photography Architectural details at Balboa Park, San DiegoWalkway, Arch, and Stairs. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Architectural details at Balboa Park, San DiegoOne thing that has fascinated me as I’ve spent more time reviewing old files during the pandemic is the variations in how much I recall about the original experience of making the images. In some cases the recollection is so clear that I literally remember almost…

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Fog and Reeds | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Fog and Reeds | G Dan Mitchell Photography Dense winter tule fog, tule islands, and a wetland pond.Fog and Reeds. © Copyright 2021 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Dense winter tule fog, tule islands, and a wetland pond.From time to time I like to do visual experiments, seeing how minimal the content of the image can be and still work. Sometimes these photograph balance on an edge between portrayal of the real and pure color and form. I feel…

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Garden Wall Arches | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Garden Wall Arches | G Dan Mitchell Photography A texture wall with archest next to a small garden, Balboa Park.Garden Wall Arches. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A texture wall with archest next to a small garden, Balboa Park.This photograph comes from a set that I made during a visit to the San Diego area back in 2013. We were in the Los Angeles Basin, and decided to head south for a short visit. We ended…

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Winter Trees, Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Winter Trees, Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Tule fog surrounds a stand of. barren winter trees, Central Valley.Winter Trees, Fog. © Copyright 2021 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Tule fog surrounds a stand of. barren winter trees, Central Valley.Something tells me that California Central Valley residents might disagree with me when I say that the winter tule fogs are among the biggest attractions of the region. I understand that days (or weeks!) of the gray can be depressing,…

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White Pelicans, Sunset Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

White Pelicans, Sunset Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography A small flock of white pelicans clusters together, rellected in a wetland pond at sunset.White Pelicans, Sunset Light. © Copyright 2021 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A small flock of white pelicans clusters together, rellected in a wetland pond at sunset.One of the things I like about white pelicans is that they were always here, in the places I frequently visit, and I somehow managed to remain completely unaware of…

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Wetlands, Winter Sunset Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Wetlands, Winter Sunset Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography Clouds from an approaching winter weather system above Central Valley wetlands at sunset.Wetlands, Winter Sunset Sky. © Copyright 2021 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Clouds from an approaching winter weather system above Central Valley wetlands at sunset.Who can resist a winter sunset sky, a reflecting pond, a few bits of vegetation, and distant mountains? I know I cannot. Recently I have written about sunsets several times — once to describe one…

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Bay Reflections, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Bay Reflections, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography Bronze morning light reflects on the surface of San Francisco Bay and silhouettes Alcatraz and Treasure Islands.Bay Reflections, Morning. © Copyright 2013 Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Bronze morning light reflects on the surface of San Francisco Bay and silhouettes Alcatraz and Treasure Islands.Happy New Year! Let’s start 2021 with a sunrise. 2020 was a year we all want to put behind us as soon as possible — to move on as a…

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Sandhill Cranes and Tree, Tule Fog – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandhill Cranes and Tree, Tule Fog A flock of lesser sandhill cranes in a wetland pond in front of a solitary tree in winter tule fog.Sandhill Cranes and Tree, Tule Fog. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A flock of lesser sandhill cranes in a wetland pond in front of a solitary tree in winter tule fog.Sometimes the way that photographs come into existence seems strange. We put a lot of effort into doing all the things…

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Sandhill Cranes, Tule Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandhill Cranes, Tule Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography A flock of lesser sandhilll cranes in a wetland pond on a foggy winter morning.Sandhill Cranes, Tule Fog. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A flock of lesser sandhilll cranes in a wetland pond on a foggy winter morning.Unlike most winter drivers in California, I was thrilled when I ran into serious fog about an hour before arriving at my intended photography location. I chose this day to…

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