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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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Fog and Reeds | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Fog and Reeds | G Dan Mitchell Photography Dense winter tule fog, tule islands, and a wetland pond.Fog and Reeds. © Copyright 2021 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Dense winter tule fog, tule islands, and a wetland pond.From time to time I like to do visual experiments, seeing how minimal the content of the image can be and still work. Sometimes these photograph balance on an edge between portrayal of the real and pure color and form. I feel…

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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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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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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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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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Winter Reeds | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Winter Reeds | G Dan Mitchell Photography Early winter wetland reeds transition from green to yellow to brown.Winter Reeds. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Early winter wetland reeds transition from green to yellow to brown.These reed thickets grow in all sorts of wetland areas in my “neck of the woods” — in and around ponds, along creeks, and so forth — forming a sort of living landscape that changes continuously throughout the year from season to season.…

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

Aspen Cascade | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn aspen trees spill down a small valley in the Eastern Sierran Nevada.Aspen Cascade. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn aspen trees spill down a small valley in the Eastern Sierran Nevada.There is no escaping the fact that this is an iconic Eastern Sierra fall color subject. Heck, even Apple used it for one of their operating systems! It was a bit of a surprise to me that I…

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

Autumn Forest | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn oak leaves add color to a dark forest scene, Yosemite Valley.Autumn Forest. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn oak leaves add color to a dark forest scene, Yosemite Valley.This seems like an interesting location to me for several reasons. It is in Yosemite Valley, and in a place where many people often stop, park, and get out of their cars to gaze at an iconic feature of 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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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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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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A Forest After Fire | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

A Forest After Fire | G Dan Mitchell Photography A dark forest, several years after a managed fire.A Forest After Fire. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A dark forest, several years after a managed fire.For obvious reasons, wildfire has been on my mind a lot during the past few weeks. Back in August a spectacular and extremely unusual series of electrical storms rolled across the San Francisco Bay Area, touching off scores of small fires that…

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A Forest After Fire | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

A Forest After Fire | G Dan Mitchell Photography A dark forest, several years after a managed fire.A Forest After Fire. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A dark forest, several years after a managed fire.For obvious reasons, wildfire has been on my mind a lot during the past few weeks. Back in August a spectacular and extremely unusual series of electrical storms rolled across the San Francisco Bay Area, touching off scores of small fires that…

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A Forest After Fire | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

A Forest After Fire | G Dan Mitchell Photography A dark forest, several years after a managed fire.A Forest After Fire. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A dark forest, several years after a managed fire.For obvious reasons, wildfire has been on my mind a lot during the past few weeks. Back in August a spectacular and extremely unusual series of electrical storms rolled across the San Francisco Bay Area, touching off scores of small fires that…

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