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Shoreline, Mono Lake | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Shoreline, Mono Lake | G Dan Mitchell Photography A hazy summer morning along the shareline of Mono Lake.Shoreline, Mono Lake. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A hazy summer morning along the shareline of Mono Lake.Perhaps you see a few of my photographs and read the accompanying text… in which case you may already know my Mono Lake story: I’m attracted to the immense space and profound quite and stillness of the place, more so than specific…

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Autumn Aspens, Broken Boulders | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Broken Boulders | G Dan Mitchell Photography A group of autumn aspen trees grows in jumbled and rocky Eastern Sierra Nevada terrain.Autumn Aspens, Broken Boulders. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A group of autumn aspen trees grows in jumbled and rocky Eastern Sierra Nevada terrain.Aspen trees frequently grow on what we might regard as less-than-optimal soil and terrain, at least in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. While some manage to find a home in canyon…

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Made of Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Made of Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography Reflections in the windows of the One Front Street Building, San Francisco.Made of Sky. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Reflections in the windows of the One Front Street Building, San Francisco.Perhaps a decade ago I noticed that urban walkers, especially those from out of town, were adopting a new posture on big city streets. Many tended to walk along with heads forward and angled down, staring intently at…

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Cloud Shadows and Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Cloud Shadows and Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Cloud shadows on the surface of the Pacific Ocean off of Point Reyes National Seashore.Cloud Shadows and Fog. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A cloud shadow on the surface of the Pacific Ocean off of Point Reyes National Seashore.This is a rather subtle landscape or seascape photograph, perhaps to the point of minimalism. I made it on a foggy afternoon along the interior of Drakes Bay at…

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Three Aspens, Granite | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Three Aspens, Granite | G Dan Mitchell Photography Three autumn aspen trees standing against a granite wall, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Three Aspens, Granite. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Three autumn aspen trees standing against a granite wall, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Those of us who have spent a lot of time in the Sierra — and the story is similar for other locations — gradually accumulate “personal spots” that might not make much of an impression on others but…

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Aspen Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn aspen trees reflected in an eastrern Sierra Nevada pond.Aspen Reflections. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn aspen trees reflected in an eastrern Sierra Nevada pond.Each year at about this time I ask, “Is it ever too early to start thinking about fall color?” The answer, of course, is no. Autumn is my favorite season for all kinds of reasons — the colors, of course, but also the return…

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Windows and Fire Escape Shadows – Fine Art Photography Article

Windows and Fire Escape Shadows Shadows from a fire escape system fall across the facade of a San Francisco building.Windows and Fire Escape Shadows. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Shadows from a fire escape system fall across the facade of a San Francisco building.Yes, another of the photographs I make on walks in San Francisco — or used to make in the pre-pandemic days when I would regularly hop on a train to the City, something that…

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Blue Building, Evening | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Blue Building, Evening | G Dan Mitchell Photography Blue building and unusual plants in evening light, Mendocino, CaliforniaBlue Building, Evening. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Blue building and unusual plants in evening light, Mendocino, CaliforniaThis very blue building stands along a narrow road near the edge of a small Northern California coastal town that we visit from time to time. Late in the afternoon, as evening approached, I was out walking when I saw the building…

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Detail, Palace of Fine Arts – Fine Art Photography Article

Detail, Palace of Fine Arts Detail of a small section of the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.Detail, Palace of Fine Arts. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail of a small section of the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.Perhaps I was channelling my inner Atget when I made this photograph a few years back. I was wandering around San Francisco with a camera — a favorite activity in non-pandemic times — and I ended up…

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Virtual Surfaces | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Virtual Surfaces | G Dan Mitchell Photography Distorted reflections in the windows of a San Francisco building.Virtual Surfaces. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Distorted reflections in the windows of a San Francisco building.Almost every time I photograph in big city (and sometimes small city…) downtowns I end up getting distracted by the things reflected in the windows of tall buildings, and by how they relate to the forms of these architectural structures.Buildings of certain styles and…

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Buiolding and Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Buiolding and Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography One Front Street in black and white, San Francisco.Building and Reflections. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.One Front Street in black and white, San Francisco.At this point it is probably no secret that I like photographing urban subjects — not just nature — and that the urban landscape is near the top of my list. I’m fascinated by city subjects, from the bustle of people-filled scenes to the almost…

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Pacific Shoreline, Point Reyes | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Pacific Shoreline, Point Reyes | G Dan Mitchell Photography Rugged Pacific Ocean coastline at the furthest end of Point Reyes.Pacific Shoreline, Point Reyes. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Rugged Pacific Ocean coastline at the furthest end of Point Reyes.This photograph is literally of “Point Reyes,” as in the actual “point” after which the national seashore is named. It is a remarkable location in many ways. This peninsula extends a good distance out into the Pacific Ocean,…

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Elephant Seals in Surf | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Elephant Seals in Surf | G Dan Mitchell Photography Two young elephant seals sparring in the surf at Point Reyes National Seashore.Elephant Seals in Surf. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Two young elephant seals sparring in the surf at Point Reyes National Seashore.This pair of young elephant seals was part of a larger group hanging out along the beaches inside the bay at Point Reyes National Seashore. The group was on a beach at the bottom…

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4th Street Bridge | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

4th Street Bridge | G Dan Mitchell Photography Looking across the Fourth Street Bridge toward the lagoon at the outlet of Mission Creek.4th Street Bridge. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Looking across the Fourth Street Bridge toward the lagoon at the outlet of Mission Creek.This photograph comes from one of my frequent — or so they used to be — walks around San Francisco. My practice is to head up there on the train, arriving early in…

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Five | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Five | G Dan Mitchell Photography Stenciled numbers on a weathered wall next to a roll-up door.Double-Five. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Stenciled numbers on a weathered wall next to a roll-up door.Weathered, decaying subjects and subjects with strong patterns attract me, and this one works on both counts. I photographed it a few years ago while wandering around in San Francisco and poking my camera into odd little corners and alleys. This is in a…

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Surf, Rocks, Clearing Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Surf, Rocks, Clearing Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Morning fog begins to clear over rocky islands along the Pacific coast.Surf, Rocks, Clearing Fog. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Morning fog begins to clear over rocky islands along the Pacific coast.One of my habits is, when possible, to head for the Pacific Coast sound of Monterey early in the morning, especially on days when I think that there will be coastal fog and it will likely…

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Late Winter Morning , Richardson Bay – Fine Art Photography Article

Late Winter Morning , Richardson Bay Clouds and fog about Richardson Bay and San Francisco Bay on a winter morning.Late Winter Morning , Richardson Bayv. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Clouds and fog about Richardson Bay and San Francisco Bay on a winter morning.This photograph comes from a late-winter visit to redwoods north of San Francisco — the time of year where the trillium flowers are in bloom and when the approach of spring is evident.…

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Turnstile Structure, Night | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Turnstile Structure, Night | G Dan Mitchell Photography An abandoned turnstile structure under security lighting at a closed industrial facility.Turnstile Structure, Night. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.An abandoned turnstile structure under security lighting at a closed industrial facility.This 2012 day was completely full of photography, starting very early in the morning with coastal redwood forest and ending very late with night photography at this old, abandoned industrial facility along the San Francisco Bay shoreline. That…

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An Old Pier, Night | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

An Old Pier, Night | G Dan Mitchell Photography Night photograph of the pilings of an old pier reflected in still water.An Old Pier, Night. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Night photograph of the pilings of an old pier reflected in still water.Photographed a few years ago at night in very dim lighting, these old pilings under a ship yard pier were reflected in the smooth water, made even smoother by the effects of a long…

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Shop Windows, Night | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Shop Windows, Night | G Dan Mitchell Photography Lights left on for the night in a shop at the Mare Island Naval Ship Yard.Shop Windows, Night. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Lights left on for the night in a shop at the Mare Island Naval Ship Yard.Returning to this photograph a bit more than eight years after I made it, I no longer recall the specifics of the scene — the nature of the work done…

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Redwood Forest Plants | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Redwood Forest Plants | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail of plants growing on the redwood forest floor.Redwood Forest Plants. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail of plants growing on the redwood forest floor.We are perhaps spoiled somewhat here in my part of California. We take redwood forests for granted — both the coastal trees and the sequoias found in a few areas of the Sierra. Because I’ve been around these trees almost all my life, I forget…

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The Back Door | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

The Back Door | G Dan Mitchell Photography The rear entrance to a local market.The Back Door. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.The rear entrance to a local market.So, can we imagine that this is the, uh, “urban wilderness?” It does contains some relatively very wild areas, and there is wildlife of a sort. If you look around carefully enough at the right time you can find a degree of solitude.This is a back entrance to…

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Urban Scene from Pandemia | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Urban Scene from Pandemia | G Dan Mitchell Photography Vehicles and an old house in PendemiaUrban Scene from Pandemia. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Vehicles and an old house in Pendemia.Our world, and welcome to it. For the great majority of us, normal activities have been put on hold, including our regular trips into the natural landscape to make photographs. Some possibilities are opening back up — I’m hoping to visit redwoods and the coast before too…

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

Spring Flowers | G Dan Mitchell Photography Spring flowers in the hills of Central California.Spring Flowers. © Copyright 2019 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Spring flowers in the hills of Central California.Back in 2019 we had quite an impressive spring wildflower season in most of California. The quality and number of flowers is extremely precipitation dependent in California — and depending upon the moisture levels we can see a ho-hum season or something the bursts forth is spectacular form,…

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Balloons | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Balloons | G Dan Mitchell Photography Night photography in San FranciscoBalloons. © Copyright 2015 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Night photography in San Francisco.On a summer evening back in 2015 a group of photographers met up on San Francisco for night of street photography. Actually, we began in the very late afternoon, paused for a group dinner before sunset, and then emerged from dinner before dark and began wandering through areas around the Chinatown district, looking for subjects and…

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Winter Desert Evening | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Winter Desert Evening | G Dan Mitchell Photography Evening quiet comes to a wide desert valley in the northern reaches of Death Valley National Park.Winter Desert Evening. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Evening quiet comes to a wide desert valley in the northern reaches of Death Valley National Park.Mostly this scene brings back a memory of utter silence and solitude at the end of a day that had been quite full. I had started far away…

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Geese, Dusk Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Geese, Dusk Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography A group of geese departs into winter dusk sky above California’s Central Valley.Geese, Dusk Sky. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A group of geese departs into winter dusk sky above California’s Central Valley.The endings of these winter days out in the wetlands photographing birds and Central Valley landscapes can be as magical as their beginnings. The ideal morning begins with thick fog that gradually thins as the sun…

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Sunset Through the Copse | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sunset Through the Copse | G Dan Mitchell Photography Winter sun setting beyond a thicket of Central Valley wetland trees.Sunset Through the Copse. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Winter sun setting beyond a thicket of Central Valley wetland trees.My last real photographic expedition (aside from the ongoing neighborhood walks) was to more or less this place. That was more than three months ago now, back on March 13. I recall the trip well. In California we…

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Taking to the Air | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Taking to the Air | G Dan Mitchell Photography A flock of migratory geese takes flight on a foggy winter morning.Taking to the Air. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A flock of migratory geese takes flight on a foggy winter morning.This photograph comes from quite a few years back, so I may be manufacturing what seems like a reasonably clear memory of this morning. Perhaps I’ve experienced so many that they merge into a type rather…

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San Francisco Photography in the Fog – Time Lapse Photography Article

San Francisco Photography in the Fog Capturing San Francisco Photography in the Fog This is the first photography vlog I have created here at home in San Francisco California. I have feeling a bit burnt out lately. This was the perfect day to get out there, explore some new photography and get out of my comfort zone. I am so excited to not only share this video with you all, but also share this collection of images. San Francisco Fog…

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