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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crane Quartet, Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Crane Quartet, Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Four sandhill cranes walk thorugh shallow water in front of a larger flock on a very foggy morning.Crane Quartet, Fog. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Four sandhill cranes walk thorugh shallow water in front of a larger flock on a very foggy morning.As you can imagine, quiet and lonely places have their practical appeal these days. If I’m going out to photograph, especially if I’m driving somewhere, right…

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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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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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Wetlands Cranes, Dawn | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Wetlands Cranes, Dawn | G Dan Mitchell Photography A flock of sandhill cranes at a wetland pond at dawn.Wetlands Cranes, Dawn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A flock of sandhill cranes at a wetland pond at dawn.This group of sandhill cranes was “hanging out” along wetland ponds earlier this autumn, standing quietly in the soft light of a foggy morning. These noble birds are found across vast areas o f America, and at this time of…

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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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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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Sur Point, Cliff, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sur Point, Cliff, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography Looking south into brilliant autumn light over Big Sur cliffs and Sur Point.Sur Point, Cliff, Autumn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Looking south into brilliant autumn light over Big Sur cliffs and Sur Point.This photograph was made from the same location as the one I shared yesterday and, obviously, it includes the same primary subject. That is Sur Point, just north of the town of Big Sur…

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Layered Fog, Big Sur Coast – Fine Art Photography Article

Layered Fog, Big Sur Coast Layers of thin, low-level fog hug the rugged Big Sur coastline of CaliforniaLayered Fog, Big Sur Coast. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Layers of thin, low-level fog hug the rugged Big Sur coastline of CaliforniaOver the course of many trips down through the Big Sur coast of California I have gotten acquainted with a range of weather, atmosphere, and light conditions. My favorites come during part of the year that starts…

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Autumn Surf and Fog, Big Sur Coast – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Surf and Fog, Big Sur Coast Big waves from a distant Pacific storm pound the rugged Big Sur coast.Autumn Surf and Fog, Big Sur Coast. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Big waves from a distant Pacific storm pound the rugged Big Sur coast.Two things led us to make a quick trip down to the Big Sur coast this week. First, weather reports were predicting unusually large surf, generated by a distant storm to the north…

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Central Valley Winter Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Central Valley Winter Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography Pre-sunrise winter sky and thin fog above Central Valley wetlands.Central Valley Winter Sky. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Pre-sunrise winter sky and thin fog above Central Valley wetlands.These days it is hard to precisely put my finger on the character of California’s Great Central Valley, comprised of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys and the delta where they merge with the San Francisco Bay. Many years ago…

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

Point Sur, Winter Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Winter surf and light beneath the lighthouse at Point Sur.Point Sur, Winter Light. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Winter surf and light beneath the lighthouse at Point Sur.This photograph is at the historic Point Sur, a rocky hill that would be a monumental sea stack if it were not still tenuously connected to the mainland by a low, sandy peninsula. (I’ve always wondered how often that peninsula…

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Thinning Tule Fog, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Thinning Tule Fog, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn trees begin to emerge from thinning morning tule fog, Central Valley.Thinning Tule Fog, Morning. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn trees begin to emerge from thinning morning tule fog, Central Valley.As I post this photograph and text it is mid-September, although the post is being queued up for the first day of October. Most of you will see it on October 1. (If you see it…

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Landing in Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Landing in Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Geese land in morning tule fog, California Central Valley.Landing in Fog. © Copyright 20202012G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Geese land in morning tule fog, California Central Valley.Back when I first began photographing this subject, I tended to think of these conditions as being barely worthy of photographing. Challenges abound — it is hard to stop the motion of flying birds when using a long lens in low light, the thick fog…

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Geese in Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Geese in Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Geese feed in a California Central Valley pasture on a foggy morning.Geese in Fog. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Geese feed in a California Central Valley pasture on a foggy morning.As I work my way through the raw file archives from past years — a wonderful exercise in this pandemic-limited times — I don’t just think about the images as photographs. I also recall the experiences of making…

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Autumn Wetlands | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Wetlands | G Dan Mitchell Photography Late-autumn colors in California Central Valley wetlands.Autumn Wetlands. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Late-autumn colors in California Central Valley wetlands.As I continue my pandemic project of reviewing years of raw files — and discovering and rediscovering all sorts of interesting things — I have now arrived at the very end of 2012. I’m currently working on the final week or so of autumn and above to move into winter and…

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