The Cranes Dance | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

The Cranes Dance | G Dan Mitchell Photography A group of “dancing” sandhill cranes in early morning light.The Cranes Dance. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A group of “dancing” sandhill cranes in early morning light.This photograph is a companion to another that I shared a couple of weeks ago of this same group. It was early on a morning of thin fog, and the first direct sunlight had not yet arrived. As I worked my way…

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The Cranes Dance | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

The Cranes Dance | G Dan Mitchell Photography A group of “dancing” sandhill cranes in early morning light.The Cranes Dance. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A group of “dancing” sandhill cranes in early morning light.This photograph is a companion to another that I shared a couple of weeks ago of this same group. It was early on a morning of thin fog, and the first direct sunlight had not yet arrived. As I worked my way…

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Cranes in Motion | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Cranes in Motion | G Dan Mitchell Photography A flock of sandhill cranes taking flight above wetlands on a Central Valley autumn morning.Cranes in Motion. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A flock of sandhill cranes taking flight above wetlands on a Central Valley autumn morning.This photograph follows one that I shared a few days ago. In that photo a group of sandhill cranes was standing in and along the edge of a pond, and I mentioned…

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Flock of Cranes in Flight – Fine Art Photography Article

Flock of Cranes in Flight A flock of sandhill cranes in flight against clear blue sky.Flock of Cranes in Flight. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A flock of sandhill cranes in flight against clear blue sky.Today’s post gives me an excuse to explore a few technical (and aesthetic) considerations about photographing birds, so I’m sharing this photograph both as an image and as an illustration of a few things I’ll mention below. I made the photograph…

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Cranes, Pond, Autumn Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Cranes, Pond, Autumn Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography A small flock of sandhill cranes stands in a wetland pond in early morning autumn light.Cranes, Pond, Autumn Morning. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A small flock of sandhill cranes stands in a wetland pond in early morning autumn light.I’m a big fan of these flat landscapes of trees and grasses and ponds and birds, especially between the last month or so of autumn and the end…

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

Geese, Autumn Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography Geese return to Central Valley wetlands under dramatic autumn sky.Geese, Autumn Sky. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Geese return to Central Valley wetlands under dramatic autumn sky.This has been a strange autumn in California in a host of ways. The state has been contending with the effects of warmer and drier conditions and declining precipitation for at least a decade now, and late-autumn is now part of the…

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The Perch | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

The Perch | G Dan Mitchell Photography A hawk perches on the topmost branch of a wetland copse beneath Central Valley autumn sky.The Perch. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A hawk perches on the topmost branch of a wetland copse beneath Central Valley autumn sky.This little clump of wetland trees is very familiar to me at this point, since I’ve photographed in this area for several years, typically during late autumn and winter months. I like…

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Autumn Haze, Big Sur Coast – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Haze, Big Sur Coast Autumn haze hugs the rugged Big Sur coastline.Autumn Haze, Big Sur Coast. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn haze hugs the rugged Big Sur coastline.One of the things that I’ve missed during the past few months is the opportunity to experience landscape on the grand scale. Given the impediments to long-distance travel during the pandemic, a lot of my photography has been done very locally — on daily walks, on hikes in…

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Two Shores, Autumn Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Two Shores, Autumn Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn light and atmosphere above water and California mountains.Two Shores, Autumn Light. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn light and atmosphere above water and California mountains.Have I mentioned that I like atmospheric haze? Light coming from straight in front of the camera position? Reflections? The large landscape? Strong contrasts between light and dark? Well, I do.I made this photograph while driving back from an early morning visit…

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Cranes Before Sunrise | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Cranes Before Sunrise | G Dan Mitchell Photography Sandhill cranes in wetlands before sunrise.Cranes Before Sunrise. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Sandhill cranes in wetlands before sunrise.There are many special times of day out in the wetlands at this time of year, but I love these moments just before sunrise, especially on foggy mornings. The fog, even somewhat thin fog like this, shrinks your world and makes the scene more intimate. It also mutes the light…

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Crane Departure, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Crane Departure, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography Sandhill cranes take to the air in morning light above Central Valley wetlands.Crane Departure, Morning. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Sandhill cranes take to the air in morning light above Central Valley wetlands.In my experience, bird photography often involves a whole lot of sitting around, thinking about where the birds might be, stopping and watching and hoping that they will engage in some interesting behavior. The actual picture…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Two Red Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Two Red Leaves | G Dan Mitchell Photography A pair of very red autumn aspen leaves in a grove in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Two Red Leaves. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A pair of very red autumn aspen leaves in a grove in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.This pair of leaves reminds me just a bit of the photograph on the cover of my book, California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra. Like…

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

Aspen Leaves, Autumn Color | G Dan Mitchell Photography Eastern Sierra Nevada aspen leaves at their peak of fall color.Aspen Leaves, Autumn Color. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Eastern Sierra Nevada aspen leaves at their peak of fall color.Most of the time I tend to treat aspen trees as part of the larger landscape, perhaps with a grove or a few trees as the subject, or even including some trees of a larger scene. But every…

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Autumn Aspens, Brush, and Talus – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Brush, and Talus A row of colorful autumn aspen trees standing between alpine willows and talus, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Autumn Aspens, Brush, and Talus. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A row of colorful autumn aspen trees standing between alpine willows and talus, Eastern Sierra Nevada.These trees grow in an area widely regarded as iconic for fall color photography in the Sierra Nevada, though if they appear in the usual photographs at all they are perhaps…

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