Photographs: Ocean & Coast

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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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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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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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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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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Precursors to a Storm | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Precursors to a Storm | G Dan Mitchell Photography High clouds over the Pacific Ocean herald an incoming weather front.Precursors to a Storm. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.High clouds over the Pacific Ocean herald an incoming weather front.To be honest, the storm whose arrival was heralded by these clouds did not turn out to be much of a storm at all. It rained a bit further north in the state, but not much happened south…

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Autumn Haze, Big Sur Coast – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Haze, Big Sur Coast Autumn haze hugs the rugged Big Sur coastline.Autumn Haze, Big Sur Coast. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn haze hugs the rugged Big Sur coastline.One of the things that I’ve missed during the past few months is the opportunity to experience landscape on the grand scale. Given the impediments to long-distance travel during the pandemic, a lot of my photography has been done very locally — on daily walks, on hikes in…

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Winter Surf and Coastal Bluffs – Fine Art Photography Article

Winter Surf and Coastal Bluffs Winter surf rolls in beneath steep shoreline bluffs along the rugged Big Sur coast of California.Winter Surf and Coastal Bluffs. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Winter surf rolls in beneath steep shoreline bluffs along the rugged Big Sur coast of California.Although I have been down this section of California’s spectacular coast in the past few weeks, this photograph comes from a few years ago — in a very different time when…

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Pacific Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Pacific Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography High clouds above the Pacific Ocean are harbingers of an approaching weather system.Pacific Sky. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.High clouds above the Pacific Ocean are harbingers of an approaching weather system.Trips into the field to photograph have been difficult during the past few months. Aside from a fair amount of local photography — literally in the neighborhood — visits to more far-flung locations have been rare. I managed to get…

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

Sur Point Lighthouse, Winter | G Dan Mitchell Photography Winter surf below Sur Point and the Sur Point Lighthouse.Sur Point Lighthouse, Winter. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Winter surf below Sur Point and the Sur Point Lighthouse.As happens from time to time, I made a series of photographs of this subject on this winter day. One advantage of digital photography is that it is possible — and useful! — to make quite a few exposures of…

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Sand to Horizon | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sand to Horizon | G Dan Mitchell Photography Incoming winter surf along California’s Big Sur coast.Sand to Horizon. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Incoming winter surf along California’s Big Sur coast.Winter is always my favorite season along the California coast, especially the spectacular coastline south of Monterey, sometimes called the “Big Sur” coast. This is a spectacular meeting of land and see, where a single road tenuously traverses coastal mountain ranges, occasionally descending to the waterline,…

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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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Sunset Bluffs, Pacific Coast | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sunset Bluffs, Pacific Coast | G Dan Mitchell Photography Late-autumn sunset light on California coastal bluffs south of San Francisco.Sunset Bluffs, Pacific Coast. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Late-autumn sunset light on California coastal bluffs south of San Francisco.My recollection of this photograph is that I had gone to the coast between San Francisco and Santa Cruz on this late-autumn evening partially because I had heard that people I knew were meeting up there to photograph…

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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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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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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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Surf, Rocks, Clearing Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Surf, Rocks, Clearing Fog | G Dan Mitchell Photography Morning fog begins to clear over rocky islands along the Pacific coast.Surf, Rocks, Clearing Fog. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Morning fog begins to clear over rocky islands along the Pacific coast.One of my habits is, when possible, to head for the Pacific Coast sound of Monterey early in the morning, especially on days when I think that there will be coastal fog and it will likely…

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