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

Juniper, Sandstone Cliff | G Dan Mitchell Photography An old juniper tree growing at the base of a sandstone cliff, Capitol Reef National Park.Juniper, Sandstone Cliff. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.An old juniper tree growing at the base of a sandstone cliff, Capitol Reef National Park.As I recall it now, quite a few years later, this tree stands on a rise at the base of a large section of sandstone cliff in a place where…

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Shoreline, Mono Lake | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Shoreline, Mono Lake | G Dan Mitchell Photography A hazy summer morning along the shareline of Mono Lake.Shoreline, Mono Lake. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A hazy summer morning along the shareline of Mono Lake.Perhaps you see a few of my photographs and read the accompanying text… in which case you may already know my Mono Lake story: I’m attracted to the immense space and profound quite and stillness of the place, more so than specific…

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Red Rock Face | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Red Rock Face | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail of a sandstone face, Capitol Reef National Park.Red Rock Face. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail of a sandstone face, Capitol Reef National Park.Many times when I have photographed in red rock country I find myself looking for other subjects that work with the sandstone to produce compositions — juxtapositions of features, trees, a bit of sky or clouds, water, light and shadow, and all of the…

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Dusk, From Boulder Mountain | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Dusk, From Boulder Mountain | G Dan Mitchell Photography A distant peak in sunset light beyond autumn aspens in the Boulder Mountain area.Dusk, From Boulder Mountain. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A distant peak in sunset light beyond autumn aspens in the Boulder Mountain area.This photograph marks a step in my process of learning about the remarkable landscape of southern Utah. I’ve written previous about how I managed to miss photographing Utah for a long time…

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

Autumn Aspens, Broken Boulders | G Dan Mitchell Photography A group of autumn aspen trees grows in jumbled and rocky Eastern Sierra Nevada terrain.Autumn Aspens, Broken Boulders. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A group of autumn aspen trees grows in jumbled and rocky Eastern Sierra Nevada terrain.Aspen trees frequently grow on what we might regard as less-than-optimal soil and terrain, at least in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. While some manage to find a home in canyon…

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Made of Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Made of Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography Reflections in the windows of the One Front Street Building, San Francisco.Made of Sky. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Reflections in the windows of the One Front Street Building, San Francisco.Perhaps a decade ago I noticed that urban walkers, especially those from out of town, were adopting a new posture on big city streets. Many tended to walk along with heads forward and angled down, staring intently at…

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Cloud Shadows and Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Cloud Shadows and Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Cloud shadows on the surface of the Pacific Ocean off of Point Reyes National Seashore.Cloud Shadows and Fog. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A cloud shadow on the surface of the Pacific Ocean off of Point Reyes National Seashore.This is a rather subtle landscape or seascape photograph, perhaps to the point of minimalism. I made it on a foggy afternoon along the interior of Drakes Bay at…

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Three Aspens, Granite | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Three Aspens, Granite | G Dan Mitchell Photography Three autumn aspen trees standing against a granite wall, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Three Aspens, Granite. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Three autumn aspen trees standing against a granite wall, Eastern Sierra Nevada.Those of us who have spent a lot of time in the Sierra — and the story is similar for other locations — gradually accumulate “personal spots” that might not make much of an impression on others but…

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

Aspen Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn aspen trees reflected in an eastrern Sierra Nevada pond.Aspen Reflections. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn aspen trees reflected in an eastrern Sierra Nevada pond.Each year at about this time I ask, “Is it ever too early to start thinking about fall color?” The answer, of course, is no. Autumn is my favorite season for all kinds of reasons — the colors, of course, but also the return…

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Windows and Fire Escape Shadows – Fine Art Photography Article

Windows and Fire Escape Shadows Shadows from a fire escape system fall across the facade of a San Francisco building.Windows and Fire Escape Shadows. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Shadows from a fire escape system fall across the facade of a San Francisco building.Yes, another of the photographs I make on walks in San Francisco — or used to make in the pre-pandemic days when I would regularly hop on a train to the City, something that…

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Blue Building, Evening | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Blue Building, Evening | G Dan Mitchell Photography Blue building and unusual plants in evening light, Mendocino, CaliforniaBlue Building, Evening. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Blue building and unusual plants in evening light, Mendocino, CaliforniaThis very blue building stands along a narrow road near the edge of a small Northern California coastal town that we visit from time to time. Late in the afternoon, as evening approached, I was out walking when I saw the building…

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Edge of the Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Edge of the Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Light at the edge of a Pacific Coast fog bank on a summer evening.Edge of the Light. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Light at the edge of a Pacific Coast fog bank on a summer evening.By this point I am quite familiar with this coastline below California’s Monterey Peninsula — I’ve been visiting almost continuously since I was a child and my parents took the family down…

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Table and Window | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Table and Window | G Dan Mitchell Photography A table in a room at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon.Table and Window. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A table in a room at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon.Considering its location, jammed into an urban block in Portland, this garden is a remarkably quiet and serene place. In fact, my visit convinced me that this feeling is contagious, altering the attitudes and behavior of…

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Garden Gate | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Garden Gate | G Dan Mitchell Photography An entry gate to the Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon.Garden Gate. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.An entry gate to the Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon.Some years back our youngest son and our daughter-in-law lived in the lovely and quirky city of Portland, Oregon. Since it is (just barely, if you have a lot of endurance!) a one-day drive from the San Francisco Bay Area we managed to get up there…

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Detail, Palace of Fine Arts – Fine Art Photography Article

Detail, Palace of Fine Arts Detail of a small section of the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.Detail, Palace of Fine Arts. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail of a small section of the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.Perhaps I was channelling my inner Atget when I made this photograph a few years back. I was wandering around San Francisco with a camera — a favorite activity in non-pandemic times — and I ended up…

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Virtual Surfaces | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Virtual Surfaces | G Dan Mitchell Photography Distorted reflections in the windows of a San Francisco building.Virtual Surfaces. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Distorted reflections in the windows of a San Francisco building.Almost every time I photograph in big city (and sometimes small city…) downtowns I end up getting distracted by the things reflected in the windows of tall buildings, and by how they relate to the forms of these architectural structures.Buildings of certain styles and…

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Buiolding and Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Buiolding and Reflections | G Dan Mitchell Photography One Front Street in black and white, San Francisco.Building and Reflections. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.One Front Street in black and white, San Francisco.At this point it is probably no secret that I like photographing urban subjects — not just nature — and that the urban landscape is near the top of my list. I’m fascinated by city subjects, from the bustle of people-filled scenes to the almost…

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Wall and Benches | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Wall and Benches | G Dan Mitchell Photography A wall and two benches in a Japanese garden.Wall and Benches. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A wall and two benches in a Japanese garden.This is a “quiet photograph” made at the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon a few years ago when we were there for a family visit. It was not a photography trip, and I had intentionally travelled light, carrying only a camera and one lens.…

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Pacific Shoreline, Point Reyes | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Pacific Shoreline, Point Reyes | G Dan Mitchell Photography Rugged Pacific Ocean coastline at the furthest end of Point Reyes.Pacific Shoreline, Point Reyes. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Rugged Pacific Ocean coastline at the furthest end of Point Reyes.This photograph is literally of “Point Reyes,” as in the actual “point” after which the national seashore is named. It is a remarkable location in many ways. This peninsula extends a good distance out into the Pacific Ocean,…

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Waterfall and Pond | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Waterfall and Pond | G Dan Mitchell Photography A waterfall empties into a small pool, Portland Japanese Garden.Waterfall and Pond. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A waterfall empties into a small pool, Portland Japanese Garden.This is a portrait-orientation photograph of the same subject I recently posted in landscape orientation — a beautiful and quite peaceful scene from the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon.With some subjects I go ahead and photograph both waits — vertical and horizontal —…

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Elephant Seals in Surf | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Elephant Seals in Surf | G Dan Mitchell Photography Two young elephant seals sparring in the surf at Point Reyes National Seashore.Elephant Seals in Surf. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Two young elephant seals sparring in the surf at Point Reyes National Seashore.This pair of young elephant seals was part of a larger group hanging out along the beaches inside the bay at Point Reyes National Seashore. The group was on a beach at the bottom…

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4th Street Bridge | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

4th Street Bridge | G Dan Mitchell Photography Looking across the Fourth Street Bridge toward the lagoon at the outlet of Mission Creek.4th Street Bridge. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Looking across the Fourth Street Bridge toward the lagoon at the outlet of Mission Creek.This photograph comes from one of my frequent — or so they used to be — walks around San Francisco. My practice is to head up there on the train, arriving early in…

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Leaves in Shade | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Leaves in Shade | G Dan Mitchell Photography Large leaves photographed in shade, Portland, Oregon.Leaves in Shade. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Large leaves photographed in shade, Portland, Oregon.This is an update and a little bit of a reinterpretation of a photograph from 2012 and rediscovered during my pandemic review of old image files. I made the photograph back in 2012 on a vacation visit to Portland, Oregon. Photographically speaking, I travelled light on the trip,…

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Rivets and Rust | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Rivets and Rust | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail of weathered and distressed steel structure on the Steel Bridge, Portland, Oregon.Rivets and Rust. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail of weathered and distressed steel structure on the Steel Bridge, Portland, Oregon.I made this photograph at about the same time as another one that I posted recently — it also featured a close-up view of the weathered structure of an old steel bridge with rivets, colorful stains, and…

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Sculpted Sandstone | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sculpted Sandstone | G Dan Mitchell Photography Detail of a section of eroded sandstone cliff at Arches National Park.Sculpted Sandstone. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Detail of a section of eroded sandstone cliff at Arches National Park.To be honest, I’m not sure I could find this bit of sandstone cliff again if I went back to Arches National Park and looked for it. I think I have a vague idea of where it was, but if…

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Garden Steps | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Garden Steps | G Dan Mitchell Photography Steps follow a curving path down an incline at the Portland Japanese Garden.Garden Steps. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Steps follow a curving path down an incline at the Portland Japanese Garden.Although it seems odd to me now, this is one of those photographs that I “left behind” at the time I made it. I no longer recall whether that was a matter of becoming distracted by something else…

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Waterfall and Pond, Japanese Garden – Fine Art Photography Article

Waterfall and Pond, Japanese Garden Waterfall, pond, and trees in a quiet Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon.Waterfall and Pond, Japanese Garden. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Waterfall, pond, and trees in a quiet Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon.Some years back we used to get to visit Portland, Oregon somewhat regularly when we had family in the area. (Our youngest son lived there for a few years.) Portland is a rather unique place, especially in the central core. I…

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Detail, Steel Bridge | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Detail, Steel Bridge | G Dan Mitchell Photography Structural detail of the Steel Bridge, Portland, OregonDetail, Steel Bridge. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Structural detail of the Steel Bridge, Portland, OregonThis might be the most unimaginatively named steel bridge in the United States — as far as I can tell it is actually called “Steel Bridge.” Which it is. The bridge crosses the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, where its double-deck structure (with a center section…

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Five | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Five | G Dan Mitchell Photography Stenciled numbers on a weathered wall next to a roll-up door.Double-Five. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Stenciled numbers on a weathered wall next to a roll-up door.Weathered, decaying subjects and subjects with strong patterns attract me, and this one works on both counts. I photographed it a few years ago while wandering around in San Francisco and poking my camera into odd little corners and alleys. This is in a…

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Green River Canyon | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Green River Canyon | G Dan Mitchell Photography A hazy evening overlooking the Green River Canyon as sunset.Green River Canyon. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A hazy evening overlooking the Green River Canyon at sunset.The story of this photograph — and this version of the image — is a bit involved for the usual two-paragraph post, but here goes. The first part concerns the fact that this is not a new photograph, but that I created and shared…

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