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Fence and Gate | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Fence and Gate | G Dan Mitchell Photography A gate in a fence along a trail, photographed on a neighborhood walk.Fence and Gate. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A gate in a fence along a trail, photographed on a neighborhood walk.As I have shared in the past, during the pandemic I have cut way back on longer photographic outings, which sadly means less time in places like the Sierra Nevada and similar. (I still go to…

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Winter Surf and Coastal Bluffs – Fine Art Photography Article

Winter Surf and Coastal Bluffs Winter surf rolls in beneath steep shoreline bluffs along the rugged Big Sur coast of California.Winter Surf and Coastal Bluffs. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Winter surf rolls in beneath steep shoreline bluffs along the rugged Big Sur coast of California.Although I have been down this section of California’s spectacular coast in the past few weeks, this photograph comes from a few years ago — in a very different time when…

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Morning Dance, Sandhill Cranes | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Morning Dance, Sandhill Cranes | G Dan Mitchell Photography A quartet of sandhill cranes dances in foggy morning light.Morning Dance, Sandhill Cranes. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A quartet of sandhill cranes dances in foggy morning light.About a week ago I made my first visit of the season to areas of California’s Central Valley where I like to photograph migratory birds in the late autumn and winter. Many birds have already arrived, but a month or…

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Pacific Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Pacific Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography High clouds above the Pacific Ocean are harbingers of an approaching weather system.Pacific Sky. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.High clouds above the Pacific Ocean are harbingers of an approaching weather system.Trips into the field to photograph have been difficult during the past few months. Aside from a fair amount of local photography — literally in the neighborhood — visits to more far-flung locations have been rare. I managed to get…

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Autumn Aspen Leaves Cluster | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspen Leaves Cluster | G Dan Mitchell Photography A cluster of Eastern Sierra Nevada aspen leaves in full autumn color.Autumn Aspen Leaves Cluster. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A cluster of Eastern Sierra Nevada aspen leaves in full autumn color.Here is is — finally — the photograph that should be the final one from this year’s autumn aspen color in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Like several of the others, I made this one while wandering about…

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Sur Point Lighthouse, Winter | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sur Point Lighthouse, Winter | G Dan Mitchell Photography Winter surf below Sur Point and the Sur Point Lighthouse.Sur Point Lighthouse, Winter. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Winter surf below Sur Point and the Sur Point Lighthouse.As happens from time to time, I made a series of photographs of this subject on this winter day. One advantage of digital photography is that it is possible — and useful! — to make quite a few exposures of…

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Autumn Trees and Morning Fog – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Trees and Morning Fog Autumn fog clears above wetland trees in California’s Great Central Valley.Autumn Trees and Morning Fog. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn fog clears above wetland trees in California’s Great Central Valley.This past week I made my first trip of this fall and winter season to California’s Great Central Valley. During other times of the year I usually pass through this landscape on my way to some other place — to the…

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Aspen Leaves and Branches | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Leaves and Branches | G Dan Mitchell Photography A cluster of colorful autumn leaves on the branches of an Eastern Sierra aspen tree.Aspen Leaves and Branches. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A cluster of colorful autumn leaves on the branches of an Eastern Sierra aspen tree.The fall color countdown continues with this (likely) second-to-last aspen color photograph from this year’s crop. To recap, this was a very strange year for California autumn aspen photography, with…

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Marin Hills Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Marin Hills Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Pacific ocean fog drifts among forested ridges north of San Francisco.Marin Hills Fog. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Pacific ocean fog drifts among forested ridges north of San Francisco.This is a reworking/rethinking of an older photograph from 2013. The previous interpretation was black and white — at that time I was shying away from cloudy, foggy images with a blue cast, but I’ve come to accept and like them…

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Mountains, Lake, Autumn Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Mountains, Lake, Autumn Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography Luminous autumn atmosphere above California mountains and lake.Mountains, Lake, Autumn Sky. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Luminous autumn atmosphere above California mountains and lake.While this may not seem like a typical “fall photograph,” that is how I’m describing it here. Allow me to explain. For decades I have been intrigued by autumn light — perhaps even longer than I’ve been attentive to fall foliage colors. Many years…

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Twin Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Twin Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography Two autumn aspen leaves in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Twin Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Two autumn aspen leaves in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Continuing the countdown to the end of this year’s batch of Eastern Sierra fall aspen color, here is another vertical format close-up of a pair of beautiful leaves, photographed in the soft light of a colorful grove still in the morning shadows of a nearby ridge.…

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Backlit Aspen Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Backlit Aspen Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography Eastern Sierra autumn aspen leaves against a splash of background color.Backlit Aspen Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Eastern Sierra autumn aspen leaves against a splash of background color.At this point I now appear to be down to just four more of my 2020 autumn aspen color photographs from the Eastern Sierra Nevada, and all of them are up-close photographs of just a few leaves like this one.…

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Yellow and Orange | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Yellow and Orange | G Dan Mitchell Photography A river of orange and yellow autumn aspen trees flows down to the shoreline of a Sierra Nevada lake.Yellow and Orange. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A river of orange and yellow autumn aspen trees flows down to the shoreline of a Sierra Nevada lake.This will be (I’m virtually certain!) the final photograph of the larger landscape of 2020 from this Eastern Sierra Nevada location in the Inyo…

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

Shoreline Aspens, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography Colorful autumn aspen trees line the shore of an Eastern Sierra lake reflecting high peaks in morning light.Shoreline Aspens, Autumn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Colorful autumn aspen trees line the shore of an Eastern Sierra lake reflecting high peaks in morning light.As I worked my way through what is actually a rather small collection of aspen color photographs I made this season I kept thinking that I…

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Aspen Leaves, Near and Far – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Leaves, Near and Far A group of autumn aspen leaves against a background of aspen forest, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Aspen Leaves, Near and Far. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A group of autumn aspen leaves against a background of aspen forest, Eastern Sierra Nevada.At some point during almost every aspen season I end up looking away from the big views and getting up close to the colorful leaves. I can think of several reasons that I…

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Autumn Aspens, Lake, Wildfire Smoke – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Lake, Wildfire Smoke Wildfire smoke drifts over the Sierra Nevada crest above a lake surrounded by autumn aspensAutumn Aspens, Lake, Wildfire Smoke. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Wildfire smoke drifts over the Sierra Nevada crest above a lake surrounded by autumn aspensThis is one of several photographs I made of this Eastern Sierra lake near the peak of autumn color this fall. I photographed it from two perspectives, both of which I had decided…

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Green Wall, Autumn Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Green Wall, Autumn Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography Doorway, green wall, roll-up door, a pylon, and autumn leaves at an urban business.Green Wall, Autumn Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Doorway, green wall, roll-up door, a pylon, and autumn leaves at an urban business.This is a photograph I made on one of my long, almost-daily “pandemic walks” that circle out from my neighborhood to include everything from residential neighborhoods to light industrial areas and more.…

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Alpine Lake in Shadow | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Alpine Lake in Shadow | G Dan Mitchell Photography Rocky terrain around a awilderness alpine lake in shadow, Kings Canyon National Park.Alpine Lake in Shadow. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Rocky terrain around a awilderness alpine lake in shadow, Kings Canyon National Park.I photographed this scene in a sort of light that I might not typically use for such a subject. This lake lies in a basin beneath some very tall and rugged peaks, and it…

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Alpine Lake, Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Alpine Lake, Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography Alpine terrain reflected in the surface of a small mountain lake, Kings Canyon National Park.Alpine Lake, Reflections. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Alpine terrain reflected in the surface of a small mountain lake, Kings Canyon National Park.This complex landscape is another from my 2013 summer expedition into the Kings Canyon National Park backcountry with a group of fellow photographers. Every summer (but not this past one, unfortunately) we…

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

Tall Aspens, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography A grove of tall aspen trees with autumn foliage in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Tall Aspens, Autumn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A grove of tall aspen trees with autumn foliage in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Before I posted this photograph I shared another one that focused on a grove of small, slender aspen trees. In the accompanying text I pointed out that such groves tend to be typical of…

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Golden Aspen Forest, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Golden Aspen Forest, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography A dense forest of golden Sierra Nevada autumn aspen trees.Golden Aspen Forest, Autumn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A dense forest of golden Sierra Nevada autumn aspen trees.After sharing a bunch of very colorful red and orange aspen leaf photographs recently, someone asked me about those colors, wondering if they were a stage in the color development that led to the yellow/gold leaves with which this person…

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The Last Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

The Last Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography A few sparse leaves in a high elevation grove of slender aspens in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.The Last Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A few sparse leaves in a high elevation grove of slender aspens in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.For some reason this little grove and I have a long-standing relationship. Quite a few years ago I noticed it while exploring a slightly less-visited spot in an…

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Fern Vortex | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Fern Vortex | G Dan Mitchell Photography A spiraling arrangement of fern fronds in Northern California redwood forest.Fern Vortex. © Copyright 2019 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A spiraling arrangement of fern fronds in Northern California redwood forest.We did not get back to the Redwood National and State Parks this past year — the time we would have gone coincided with that period when we were all locking down in response to the pandemic. In retrospect, it was perhaps…

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

Aspen Slope | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn aspens descend from a ridge to the shore of an Eastern Sierra Nevada subalpine lake.Aspen Slope. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn aspens descend from a ridge to the shore of an Eastern Sierra Nevada subalpine lake.This spot is probably familiar to you, especially if you use the version of the Mac OS that used a different photograph of the feature as its branding. This aspen forest or…

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Autumn Aspens, Eastern Sierra Lake – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Eastern Sierra Lake Faint wildfire smoke and fall aspen color around an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake.Autumn Aspens, Eastern Sierra Lake. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Faint wildfire smoke and fall aspen color around an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake.Along the same lines as another photograph I recently wrote about, this one is an alternate framing of a scene that I previously shared in a landscape mode photograph. (For folks unfamiliar with this terminology, “portrait” mode…

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Autumn Aspens, Hillside Grove | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Hillside Grove | G Dan Mitchell Photography A grove of autumn aspens ascends an Eastern Sierra hillside.Autumn Aspens, Hillside Grove. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A grove of autumn aspens ascends an Eastern Sierra hillside.If you we thinking that I’d be finished with this year’s fall color photographs by now… well, you’d be mistaken! And this won’t be the last one either. To review, it was a strange color season for me in the…

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Tall Trees, Early Color | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Tall Trees, Early Color | G Dan Mitchell Photography Tall aspen trees begin to take on fall colors, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Tall Trees, Early Color. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Tall aspen trees begin to take on fall colors, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Previously I shared a different view of this grove of aspens. (More on that below.) It is part of a large grove in the Eastern Sierra that is easily accessible. As a matter of fact, I…

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Rainbow and Afternoon Shower | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Rainbow and Afternoon Shower | G Dan Mitchell Photography A rainbow and afternoon showers in the Kings Canyon National Park high country.Rainbow and Afternoon Shower. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A rainbow and afternoon showers in the Kings Canyon National Park high country.This photograph is a somewhat different “take” on a scene and subject that I shared in another photograph a few weeks ago. A group of us had been camped near this little tarn (and…

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Flying Above the Flock | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Flying Above the Flock | G Dan Mitchell Photography Several Ross’s geese in flight above the flock on a foggy morning.Flying Above the Flock. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Several Ross’s geese in flight above the flock on a foggy morning.This photograph looks both backwards and forwards. It is retrospective in the sense that it comes from a season that has already passed and from eight years ago. I don’t recall if I was in this…

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Aspen Branch and Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Aspen Branch and Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography An aspen branch bearing leaves at the peak of autumn color, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Aspen Branch and Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.An aspen branch bearing leaves at the peak of autumn color, Eastern Sierra Nevada.This is another photograph made during a brief “up close and personal” ramble through an aspen grove that was absolutely full of the widest range of aspen color I have seen — the…

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