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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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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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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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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Dog, Pot, and Shoe | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Dog, Pot, and Shoe | G Dan Mitchell Photography A small scene at a reflecting pool.Dog, Pot, and Shoe. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.A small scene at a reflecting pool.Yes, you can check for yourself. There is a dog. And a shoe. And in the distance a large pot. Image the photograph in San Diego a few years ago. Oddly, I don’t remember making it now.Recently I was pondering various odd ideas that people hold…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Autumn Aspens, Lake, Wildfire Smoke – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Aspens, Lake, Wildfire Smoke Wildfire smoke drifts over the Sierra Nevada crest above a lake surrounded by autumn aspensAutumn Aspens, Lake, Wildfire Smoke. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Wildfire smoke drifts over the Sierra Nevada crest above a lake surrounded by autumn aspensThis is one of several photographs I made of this Eastern Sierra lake near the peak of autumn color this fall. I photographed it from two perspectives, both of which I had decided…

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

Shoreline Aspens, Autumn | G Dan Mitchell Photography Colorful autumn aspen trees line the shoreline of a Sierra Nevada lake.Shoreline Aspens, Autumn. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Colorful autumn aspen trees line the shoreline of a Sierra Nevada lake.Near the beginning of the second week of October I had the opportunity to travel to the Eastern Sierra Nevada. The plan was to travel solo, camp in some fairly deserted campgrounds, largely keep my distance from other…

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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 Lake, Dawn, Eastern Sierra – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Lake, Dawn, Eastern Sierra Dawn light comes to an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake surrounded by autumn aspen trees and reflecting distant peaks.Autumn Lake, Dawn, Eastern Sierra. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Dawn light comes to an Eastern Sierra Nevada lake surrounded by autumn aspen trees and reflecting distant peaks.Yes, this is a bit of an iconic spot, but with good reason. And this year the colors around this Eastern Sierra Nevada lake were exceptional. I…

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The Conscious Innovator, How Sheema Khalid Al-Nafisee is Changing the World – Photobook Photography Article

The Conscious Innovator, How Sheema Khalid Al-Nafisee is Changing the World After her career at Saudi Aramco, Sheema Khalid Al-Nafisee shifted her trajectory towards something more meaningful and close to her heart: Providing a clean and sustainable source of drinking water to the GCC.   It became clear to Sheema that water is life and investing in this type of venture would be beneficial to the region and beyond.  Thus, a new conscious mission was shaped – to deliver, through honesty…

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Pier, China Camp | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Pier, China Camp | G Dan Mitchell Photography An old pier at the historic China Camp State Park, San Pablo Bay.Pier, China Camp. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.DeAn old pier at the historic China Camp State Park, San Pablo Bay.scriptionChina Camp, along the shores of the San Pablo Bay lobe of San Francisco Bay has a remarkable history, one that I was unaware of until perhaps a decade ago despite living the Bay Area almost…

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Sierra Showers | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Sierra Showers | G Dan Mitchell Photography Aternoon thundershower clouds reflected in the surface of a raindrop-dappled alpine lake, Kings Canyon National Park.Sierra Showers. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Aternoon thundershower clouds reflected in the surface of a raindrop-dappled alpine lake, Kings Canyon National Park.As I was getting ready to post this photograph I was pondering, as usual, what to write about it. As I considered the focus of what I ended up writing here today…

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Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Autumn Reflections, Merced River. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Some years back, as is my annual tradition, I was in Yosemite Valley in autumn to photograph fall color and other aspects of the seasonal change. To be honest, I mostly avoid the Valley during the summer time.…

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Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Autumn Reflections, Merced River. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Some years back, as is my annual tradition, I was in Yosemite Valley in autumn to photograph fall color and other aspects of the seasonal change. To be honest, I mostly avoid the Valley during the summer time.…

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Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Autumn Reflections, Merced River. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Some years back, as is my annual tradition, I was in Yosemite Valley in autumn to photograph fall color and other aspects of the seasonal change. To be honest, I mostly avoid the Valley during the summer time.…

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Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Autumn Reflections, Merced River. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Some years back, as is my annual tradition, I was in Yosemite Valley in autumn to photograph fall color and other aspects of the seasonal change. To be honest, I mostly avoid the Valley during the summer time.…

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Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Autumn Reflections, Merced River. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Some years back, as is my annual tradition, I was in Yosemite Valley in autumn to photograph fall color and other aspects of the seasonal change. To be honest, I mostly avoid the Valley during the summer time.…

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Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Autumn Reflections, Merced River | G Dan Mitchell Photography Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Autumn Reflections, Merced River. © Copyright 2020 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.Autumn reflections in the surface of the Merced River, Yosemite Valley.Some years back, as is my annual tradition, I was in Yosemite Valley in autumn to photograph fall color and other aspects of the seasonal change. To be honest, I mostly avoid the Valley during the summer time.…

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