Photographs: Birds

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ross’s Geese in Flight | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Ross’s Geese in Flight | G Dan Mitchell Photography A large group of Ross’s geese in flight above California’s Central Valley.Ross’s Geese in Flight. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A large group of Ross’s geese in flight above California’s Central Valley.Recently I shared another photograph of Ross’s geese made on the same day as this one. The two photographs could not be more different! I made that other photograph in fading evening light, and I opted…

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Sudden Flight | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sudden Flight | G Dan Mitchell Photography A flock of Ross’s geese takes to the air at the end of the day.Sudden Flight. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A flock of Ross’s geese takes to the air at the end of the day.As an afternoon of migratory autumn/winter migratory bird photography runs on into sunset and then twilight, it is inevitable that there will eventually be too little light to photograph the way I might during…

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

Geese, Dusk Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography A group of geese departs into winter dusk sky above California’s Central Valley.Geese, Dusk Sky. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A group of geese departs into winter dusk sky above California’s Central Valley.The endings of these winter days out in the wetlands photographing birds and Central Valley landscapes can be as magical as their beginnings. The ideal morning begins with thick fog that gradually thins as the sun…

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Taking to the Air | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Taking to the Air | G Dan Mitchell Photography A flock of migratory geese takes flight on a foggy winter morning.Taking to the Air. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A flock of migratory geese takes flight on a foggy winter morning.This photograph comes from quite a few years back, so I may be manufacturing what seems like a reasonably clear memory of this morning. Perhaps I’ve experienced so many that they merge into a type rather…

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G Dan Mitchell Photograph: Northern Harrier Taking Flight – Fine Art Photography Article

G Dan Mitchell Photograph: Northern Harrier Taking Flight A northern harrier lifts its wings as it begins to take off from a fence post on a foggy morning.Northern Harrier Taking Flight. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A northern harrier lifts its wings as it begins to take off from a fence post on a foggy morning.We were slowly passing along a gravel road when we spotted this bird perched on a nearby fencepost. Most often when…

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