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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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How Dangerous are America’s National Parks? – Fine Art Photography Article

How Dangerous are America’s National Parks? New study by Outforia lists the U.S. most dangerous national parks Stats and infographics in this post are used with permission. See the full Outforia report here. As a landscape photographer, I spend a lot of time in parks of all kinds, including national parks. I love a good hike in a beautiful place, but I’m not an extreme outdoorsman nor do I care to stand on a high precipice to capture a risky…

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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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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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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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Video teaser for new Texas photographs by Keith Dotson – Fine Art Photography Article

Video teaser for new Texas photographs by Keith Dotson Join me for a 3-minute synopsis of my recent journey across the high deserts and mountains of far West Texas. The video includes a portfolio of some of my new photographs shot on the journey. New Texas photographs by fine art photographer Keith Dotson.See the new photographs and the entire Texas portfolio here: Texas Austin Houston San Antonio Rest of Texas (includes the new West Texas photographs) Selfie in the Monahans…

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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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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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Abandoned Buildings in a Small Desert Town – Fine Art Photography Article

Abandoned Buildings in a Small Desert Town Desert Road Trip: First in a series of articles about my recent West Texas photo journey I made a recent sojourn to the desert and mountains of West Texas. This is the first report from that trip. I traveled with a list of things to see and a defined itinerary, but this was my first of many unexpected stops. I was drawn from the interstate by a siren song . . . actually,…

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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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Winter Mist, Tomales Bay | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Winter Mist, Tomales Bay | G Dan Mitchell Photography Morning mist rises above Tomales Bay on a cold winter morning.Winter Mist, Tomales Bay. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Morning mist rises above Tomales Bay on a cold winter morning.One advantage of living near iconic locations (in this case, the Point Reyes National Seashore) is that I can go there on short notice at times when few other visitors are around. Being only a short distance north…

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

Sur Point, Autumn Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography Precursor clouds from an incoming weather front in the sky above Sur Point.Sur Point, Autumn Sky. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Precursor clouds from an incoming weather front in the sky above Sur Point.The mound at the lower right in this photograph is Sur Point, the site of an old lighthouse facility along the Big Sur coast of California. The historic facility has been there for a…

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