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Photograph of the day: Stone Steps. San Francisco, California. May 29, 2015. © Copyright 2015 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Stone steps in front of a San Francisco building

I sometimes wonder how it is that I enjoy such different photographic subject. Photographing natural subjects seems so different from photographing the constructed world of the city. In some ways, shooting in the urban landscape exercises different parts of my visual system than shooting in the natural world, and it encourages me to photograph in ways I might not try much in my landscape photograph. To some extent I always regard photography as a kind of hunting, and I'm on the prowl for things that are visually interesting. Those are available in abundance in the city, especially when it comes to interesting geometries and wild colors. In the city I virtually always work on foot and without a tripod, quickly spotting and photographing subjects and then moving on. The quickness of the work fine tunes my ability to see.

There was no particular plan that took me here this time — I was following a relatively random route across The City, dictated by whims, which direction had the green light, and whatever seemed interesting.... (continued: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2015/06/02/stone-steps)

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Photograph of the day: Lamp, Narrow Street. Salzburg, Austria. July 17, 2013. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

A lamp, old buildings, and a narrow street, Salzburg, Austria

With this photograph I’m back to that theme of the lamps on the walls of Salzburg, Austria. As I mentioned in an earlier post, once I noticed them I began to see them everywhere, always attached to the exterior walls of buildings and always with the same lamp shape, the same curving stem, and the same two bars to brace it.

This one is actually in part of the Salzburg castle, if I recall correctly. It was getting to be late in the afternoon and the angle of the sun was becoming lower, creating more shadows with their blue-toned light... (continued: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2015/05/31/lamp-narrow-street)

#salzburg   #austria   #castle   #street   #travel   #travelphotography   #street   #europe   #europeanphotography   #eu  
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Photograph of the day: Sierra Crest, Reflections, Morning. Eastern Sierra Nevada, California. July 4, 2006. © Copyright 2006 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Morning light on peaks reflecting in an eastern Sierra lake.

Almost a decade ago I met my brother Richard and his family for a backpacking trip into the eastern Sierra in the area between about the Minarets and Thousand Island Lake. It is almost hard to recall a time when the Sierra was this wet and this green at this point in the season — let's hope for a turn-around in the weather and a season or two like this one.

The weather during this trip was in the wet phase of a common Sierra summer pattern, where days of "perfect" (perfectly boring!) blue sky weather eventually lead to a build-up of clouds and a few days of thunderstorms. We had some precipitation on most days, including at least one when we were caught by surprise on a day hike to a nearby lake... (continued: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2015/05/30/sierra-crest-reflections-morning)

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Morning light on peaks reflecting in an eastern Sierra lake.
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Photograph of the day: Dawn, Eastern Sierra, Mono Lake. Sierra Nevada, California. July 3, 2007.© Copyright 2007 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Dawn light comes to the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada and Mono Lake.

Some years back I visited Mono Lake very early one morning with my brother, Richard, who is also a dedicated landscape photographer. My recollection is that we had arrived separately in the eastern Sierra and somehow ended up meeting here near the town of Lee Vining and heading out to this familiar spot before dawn to make photographs.

I never know exactly what will turn up here. Yes, I can always photograph those tufa towers, but I’m usually especially interested in interesting atmospheric effects: haze, clouds, broken dawn light, the glow on the peaks of the eastern Sierra, reflections in the morning-smooth water... (continued: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2015/05/29/dawn-eastern-sierra-mono-lake)

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Dawn light comes to the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada and Mono Lake.
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(“A Photograph Exposed” is a series of posts looking more closely at the background of some of my photographs.) Two Islands, Fog. San Joaquin Valley, California© November 27, 2012. Copyright 2015 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. This simple-looking…
(“A Photograph Exposed” is a series of posts looking more closely at the background of some of my photographs.) Two Islands, Fog Two Islands, Fog. San
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Photograph of the day: Lake, Rocks, and Clouds. Yosemite National Park, California. July 2, 2007. © Copyright 2007 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Evening clouds reflected in the surface of an alpine lake with a cluster of rocks

I recently revisited this older photograph, one that I had shared in a color rendition in the past, and this time I felt like I wanted to see it in monochrome. This is a sort of scene probably familiar to anyone who has spent much time in the high country of the Sierra Nevada, that region where lakes, large sub-alpine meadows, sparse trees, and surrounding peaks come together to produce a landscape like no other.

This is a lake I visit frequently, typically several times each season. I visit it for several reasons, ranging from practical to aesthetic. The lake is not too far from roadways, and it is common that I find that I have enough time available on a late afternoon to park my car, load up my pack, and do the short but steep hike up and over a nearby ridge to get to this alpine world... (continued: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2015/05/26/lake-rocks-and-clouds)

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Photograph of the day: Brown Pelican in Flight. Monterey Bay, California. July 28, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Brown pelican flight above the shoreline of Monterey Bay, Moss Landing,

Rediscovering this photograph and a few of its buddies makes for a bit of an odd story. Earlier today I got a message telling me that one of the drives attached to my computer was nearly full. That seemed a bit surprising, but it also was clearly an issue I had to address, so I set about looking for unnecessary files on that volume. In doing so I “discovered” a folder full of raw files and a few Photoshop files that I had apparently transferred to the computer last year… and then forgot. Most of the files there turned out to be unneeded, and I reclaimed 5GB of disk space by deleting them. But among there were s small number of shorebird photographs that I had forgotten.

The photographs came from an amazing and surprising spur-of-the-moment visit to Monterey Bay last June. For weeks I had been hearing stories of whales coming very close to the shoreline, and I had even observed a few from the cliffs in the Big Sur area. A news story claimed that they were now inside Monterey Bay... (continued: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2015/06/01/brown-pelican-in-flight)

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Brown pelican flight above the shoreline of Monterey Bay, Moss Landing, California
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Several months ago Canon announced that it would release two new high-megapixel DSLR cameras in the 5D series, the 5Ds and the 5Ds R in June. June is now only a couple of days away. Although I don’t have any inside information, there are hints that the…
Canon has said that the new high-megapixel DSLR 5Ds and the 5Ds R DSLRs would appear in June 2015, and there are hints that the release could come as early as
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(The “A Photograph Exposed” series explores some of my photographs in more detail.) Shoreline Reflections, Trees and Rocks. Yosemite National Park, California. June 30, 2010. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. Black and white photograph of…
Black and white photograph of silhouetted trees and boulders and their reflections lining a flooded section of the shoreline of Tenaya Lake.
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Photograph of the day: Narrow Street, Heidelberg. Heidelberg, Germany. July 10, 2013. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

People stroll past a restaurant along a narrow street of Altstadt-Heidelberg

Here is another photograph from our 2013 visit to Heidelberg, Germany. (And London, and Bavaria, and Salzburg. Can we go back, now?) We stayed within walking distance of the altstadt section of Heidelberg, the old town area along the Neckar River and near the castle, and we walked over by way of the Philosophen Weg many times, hiking up and over a small hill between where we stayed and this popular area... (continued: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2015/05/28/narrow-street-heidelberg)

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People stroll past a restaurant along a narrow street of Altstadt-Heidelberg
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Photograph of the Day: Lamp, Shadow. Salzburg, Austria. July 17, 2013. © Copyright 2013 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

A lamp casts a shadow across a textured wall, Salzburg, Austria

This is another take on the ubiquitous Salzburg lamps found attached to the walls of many buildings. In the afternoon the light passes right across the textured surface of this wall, producing shadow that is much longer than the lamp itself.

I don’t know what the actual story is regarding these lamps, but once I recognized them I started seeing them all over the place... (continued: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2015/05/27/lamp-shadow)

#travel   #travelphotography   #salzburg   #austria   #europe   #europeanphotography   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography   #monochrome   #monochromephotography  
A lamp casts a shadow across a textured wall, Salzburg, Austria
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Two Rocks, Morning, Racetrack Playa. Death Valley National Park, California. April 3, 2006. © Copyright 2006. G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. Moving rocks, lenticular clouds — morning on the Racetrack Playa. This photograph from Death Valley’s…
This photograph from Death Valley's Racetrack Playa is one of the first I made when I began photographing this landscape seriously, and it may still be my
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