Building and Los Angeles Sky – Fine Art Photography Article

Building and Los Angeles Sky Southern California sky reflected on the surfaces of a modern tower.Building and Los Angeles Sky. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Southern California sky reflected on the surfaces of a modern tower.Although it seems like it should have been an obvious thing, I recall realizing for the first time that the appearance of modern reflective towers like this one comes more from what is not the building than what is. With the…

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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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Tower, Night Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Tower, Night Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography A tower against night sky at the historic Mare Island Naval Ship Yard.Tower, Night Sky. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A tower against night sky at the historic Mare Island Naval Ship Yard.This is not the first nor the only photograph I’ve made of this structure. It comes from the historic Mare Island Naval Ship Yard in the San Francisco Bay Area, the place where I did my…

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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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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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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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696 | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

696 | G Dan Mitchell Photography Rollup doors on building 696, San Jose.696. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Rollup doors on building 696, San Jose.This photograph is a bit of a study in “accidental geometry” that I encountered while on a walk earlier this fall. The two roll-up doors are almost but not quite perfect mirror images, but the surrounding walls are almost opposites, light and dark, and the whole thing is set off by horizontal…

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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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Central Valley Winter Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Central Valley Winter Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography Pre-sunrise winter sky and thin fog above Central Valley wetlands.Central Valley Winter Sky. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Pre-sunrise winter sky and thin fog above Central Valley wetlands.These days it is hard to precisely put my finger on the character of California’s Great Central Valley, comprised of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys and the delta where they merge with the San Francisco Bay. Many years ago…

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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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Two Shores, Autumn Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Two Shores, Autumn Light | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn light and atmosphere above water and California mountains.Two Shores, Autumn Light. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn light and atmosphere above water and California mountains.Have I mentioned that I like atmospheric haze? Light coming from straight in front of the camera position? Reflections? The large landscape? Strong contrasts between light and dark? Well, I do.I made this photograph while driving back from an early morning visit…

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Cranes Before Sunrise | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Cranes Before Sunrise | G Dan Mitchell Photography Sandhill cranes in wetlands before sunrise.Cranes Before Sunrise. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Sandhill cranes in wetlands before sunrise.There are many special times of day out in the wetlands at this time of year, but I love these moments just before sunrise, especially on foggy mornings. The fog, even somewhat thin fog like this, shrinks your world and makes the scene more intimate. It also mutes the light…

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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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Mountains, Lake, Autumn Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Mountains, Lake, Autumn Sky | G Dan Mitchell Photography Luminous autumn atmosphere above California mountains and lake.Mountains, Lake, Autumn Sky. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Luminous autumn atmosphere above California mountains and lake.While this may not seem like a typical “fall photograph,” that is how I’m describing it here. Allow me to explain. For decades I have been intrigued by autumn light — perhaps even longer than I’ve been attentive to fall foliage colors. Many years…

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San Pablo Bay | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

San Pablo Bay | G Dan Mitchell Photography Old pilings in tidal flats along the edge of San Pablo Bay.San Pablo Bay. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Old pilings in tidal flats along the edge of San Pablo Bay.This photograph comes from a wonderful visit to a spot along the shoreline of San Pablo Bay, which is essentially a lobe of San Francisco Bay. While the entire Bay Area, especially those areas that are right along…

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Rainbow and Afternoon Shower | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Rainbow and Afternoon Shower | G Dan Mitchell Photography A rainbow and afternoon showers in the Kings Canyon National Park high country.Rainbow and Afternoon Shower. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A rainbow and afternoon showers in the Kings Canyon National Park high country.This photograph is a somewhat different “take” on a scene and subject that I shared in another photograph a few weeks ago. A group of us had been camped near this little tarn (and…

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Fisherman’s Shed | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Fisherman’s Shed | G Dan Mitchell Photography A shed used by fisherman at the historic China Camp, San Pablo Bay.Fisherman’s Shed. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A shed used by fisherman at the historic China Camp, San Pablo Bay.The subject is a small building on a pier at the historic settlement of China Camp, on the San Pablo Bay lobe of San Francisco Bay. Beginning in the 1800s this area was the home to many immigrants…

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Autumn Wetlands | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Wetlands | G Dan Mitchell Photography Late-autumn colors in California Central Valley wetlands.Autumn Wetlands. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Late-autumn colors in California Central Valley wetlands.As I continue my pandemic project of reviewing years of raw files — and discovering and rediscovering all sorts of interesting things — I have now arrived at the very end of 2012. I’m currently working on the final week or so of autumn and above to move into winter and…

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Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.Autumn, Red Rock Country. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.As best as I can recall — it was eight years ago! — I must have stopped alongside the road through Capitol Reef National Park to make this photograph, probably not far from the Fruita park facilities and campground. The…

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Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.Autumn, Red Rock Country. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.As best as I can recall — it was eight years ago! — I must have stopped alongside the road through Capitol Reef National Park to make this photograph, probably not far from the Fruita park facilities and campground. The…

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Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.Autumn, Red Rock Country. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.As best as I can recall — it was eight years ago! — I must have stopped alongside the road through Capitol Reef National Park to make this photograph, probably not far from the Fruita park facilities and campground. The…

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Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.Autumn, Red Rock Country. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.As best as I can recall — it was eight years ago! — I must have stopped alongside the road through Capitol Reef National Park to make this photograph, probably not far from the Fruita park facilities and campground. The…

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Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.Autumn, Red Rock Country. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.As best as I can recall — it was eight years ago! — I must have stopped alongside the road through Capitol Reef National Park to make this photograph, probably not far from the Fruita park facilities and campground. The…

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Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.Autumn, Red Rock Country. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.As best as I can recall — it was eight years ago! — I must have stopped alongside the road through Capitol Reef National Park to make this photograph, probably not far from the Fruita park facilities and campground. The…

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Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.Autumn, Red Rock Country. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.As best as I can recall — it was eight years ago! — I must have stopped alongside the road through Capitol Reef National Park to make this photograph, probably not far from the Fruita park facilities and campground. The…

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Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.Autumn, Red Rock Country. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.As best as I can recall — it was eight years ago! — I must have stopped alongside the road through Capitol Reef National Park to make this photograph, probably not far from the Fruita park facilities and campground. The…

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Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn, Red Rock Country | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.Autumn, Red Rock Country. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn colors appear in red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park.As best as I can recall — it was eight years ago! — I must have stopped alongside the road through Capitol Reef National Park to make this photograph, probably not far from the Fruita park facilities and campground. The…

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