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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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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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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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Bay Reflections, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Bay Reflections, Morning | G Dan Mitchell Photography Bronze morning light reflects on the surface of San Francisco Bay and silhouettes Alcatraz and Treasure Islands.Bay Reflections, Morning. © Copyright 2013 Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Bronze morning light reflects on the surface of San Francisco Bay and silhouettes Alcatraz and Treasure Islands.Happy New Year! Let’s start 2021 with a sunrise. 2020 was a year we all want to put behind us as soon as possible — to move on as a…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Autumn Lake, Dawn, Eastern Sierra – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Lake, Dawn, Eastern Sierra Dawn light comes to an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake surrounded by autumn aspen trees and reflecting distant peaks.Autumn Lake, Dawn, Eastern Sierra. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Dawn light comes to an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake surrounded by autumn aspen trees and reflecting distant peaks.Yes, this is a bit of an iconic spot, but with good reason. And this year the colors around this Eastern Sierra Nevada lake were exceptional. I…

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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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Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.While I often refer to this part of the world as “red rock country,” in truth the rock is rarely actually red, and its coloration changes radically depending on when and where you see it. In deep canyons it can become, in…

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Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.While I often refer to this part of the world as “red rock country,” in truth the rock is rarely actually red, and its coloration changes radically depending on when and where you see it. In deep canyons it can become, in…

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Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.While I often refer to this part of the world as “red rock country,” in truth the rock is rarely actually red, and its coloration changes radically depending on when and where you see it. In deep canyons it can become, in…

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Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.While I often refer to this part of the world as “red rock country,” in truth the rock is rarely actually red, and its coloration changes radically depending on when and where you see it. In deep canyons it can become, in…

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Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.While I often refer to this part of the world as “red rock country,” in truth the rock is rarely actually red, and its coloration changes radically depending on when and where you see it. In deep canyons it can become, in…

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Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.While I often refer to this part of the world as “red rock country,” in truth the rock is rarely actually red, and its coloration changes radically depending on when and where you see it. In deep canyons it can become, in…

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Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.While I often refer to this part of the world as “red rock country,” in truth the rock is rarely actually red, and its coloration changes radically depending on when and where you see it. In deep canyons it can become, in…

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Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.While I often refer to this part of the world as “red rock country,” in truth the rock is rarely actually red, and its coloration changes radically depending on when and where you see it. In deep canyons it can become, in…

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Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.Sandstone Cliff, Morning Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail, sandstone cliff in morning light, Arches National Park.While I often refer to this part of the world as “red rock country,” in truth the rock is rarely actually red, and its coloration changes radically depending on when and where you see it. In deep canyons it can become, in…

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