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Michael Frye
Works at Michael Frye Photography. Landscape & Nature Photographer, Author, Teacher. Author of Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Masters, The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite Book and iPhone App, eBooks for Craft & Vision - Exposure For Outdoor Photography and Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom. Workshop Instructor for The Ansel Adams Gallery since 1995 specializing in blending elements of both field work and digital darkroom techniques, helping participants discover their own unique vision.
Lives in Mariposa, CA
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Should Your Next Camera Be a Sony?

I've been using a Sony A7r for about two months now, and it's an outstanding camera. Since it's a mirrorless camera, I've had to learn to live without an optical viewfinder, but the electronic viewfinder has its advantages, and the image quality is amazing. You can read my full review of the A7r on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2014/04/18/sony-a7r/

This photograph of willows along the Merced River in Yosemite was made with the A7r. It's an image with lots of fine detail, and the camera captured all of it beautifully. I've made some huge prints of this file - up to 40x60 inches - and the prints show excellent detail. Big resolution in a small package!

  #landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +BTP Landscape Pro +BTP Editor's Choice (Best Top Photographer's page) +Tree Tuesday  #yosemite   #sierranevada    #sony   #sonya7r   #mirrorless  
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You're welcome +Michael Lauer, and thank you. You might also like this review:

http://www.ejphoto.com/Quack%20PDF/Sony%20Alpha%207R%20Review.pdf
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Snow at Last

In this dry winter, snow has been rare in Yosemite Valley, but last Tuesday night the valley got about six inches of new snow. Wednesday the skies cleared, and mist rose around the cliffs – a beautiful morning for photography.

I drove up to the park early and started at Tunnel View, then moved to several other places in the valley, and didn’t stop photographing until the sun had melted most of the snow out of the trees. This is a photograph of one of my favorite oak trees in the valley decked out in snow. You can see a few more images from that morning on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2014/04/08/snow/

Apparently many other photographers were waiting for an event like this, because I saw lots of people out with cameras and tripods. It would be great to see what everyone else captured, so if you were there last Wednesday please post a link to your images in the comments!

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This almost makes me like winter.
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Poppies Are Still Going Strong

The poppies in the Merced River Canyon, west of Yosemite, have defied my expectations. Not only did they survive the series of storms over the last two weeks, but the bloom has expanded further up the hillsides to some of the highest ridge tops, and east towards El Portal. The stretch on the north side of the river, about three miles east of Briceburg (and opposite the Slate Creek Bridge), looks particularly good, as does Grandy’s Hill a couple of miles further east.

The poppies near the beginning of the Hite’s Cove Trail have faded, which is not surprising, since they’ve been blooming for a couple of weeks now. That means the most easily-accessible spot for poppies isn’t as spectacular anymore, but there are still poppies there, and further along the trail you’ll find a variety of other wildflowers – not large swaths, but good subjects for closeups. And there are plenty of other good places for poppies if you look around; just drive up the canyon on a sunny afternoon and you can’t miss them.

Although early-blooming spots like Hite’s Cove are starting to fade, other places are just getting started, so I’d guess that there will be good displays for at least another week, maybe longer. This all looks very similar to 2012, which is the second-best poppy bloom I’ve seen in this area. This photograph, made yesterday afternoon, shows what some of the hillsides look like now.

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Divided No More

I made this photograph Friday morning in the Merced River Canyon, west of Yosemite. I hoped to find fog, and luckily it lasted a couple of hours, long enough for me to find a number of different compositions, including this one with redbuds set underneath some large valley oak trees.

This image depends on color for much of its impact, but the previous morning I had been photographing in black and white at Tunnel View. This represents a big change in photography. Not long ago photographers were divided into two camps: color photographers, and black and white photographers. But digital photography has blurred the lines, making it easy to work with both palettes, and I think that's a good thing. I've been gratified to see more and more photographers doing great work in both black and white and color.

I delve into this subject in more depth in my latest blog post, and - for those of you who are attracted to the color of poppies and redbuds - give an update on the flowers in the Merced River Canyon:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2014/03/30/divided

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Magical!
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Poppies and Canyon Oak, Sierra Foothills

I made this photograph yesterday in the Merced River Canyon, west of Yosemite. It's hard to tell here, but I was actually looking straight down a steep hillside toward the oak, using the curving lines of the little gully to lead the viewer's eye to the tree.

As you can tell from the photo, there are still lots of poppies in this area. I just posted a report about the flowers - and the effect the upcoming storms might have on them - on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2014/03/24/wildflower-update/

#landsacapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #wildflowerwednesday   #floralfriday   #flowers   #wildflowers   #poppies   #california  
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Beautiful image! +Michael Frye 
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Lunar Eclipse Over the Trona Pinnacles

Not satisfied with how the rock formations in Yosemite lined up with the lunar eclipse on Monday night, I drove down to the Trona Pinnacles, in the Mojave Desert near Ridgecrest, California. +Claudia Welsh and I spent the night there photographing this long sequence of the moon before, after, and during the eclipse as it passed over a group of towers. You can read the full story about how I photographed and assembled this sequence on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2014/04/17/lunar-eclipse-trona-pinnacles/

And I also want to give a big thank you to +David Hoffman for the use of his lens for this image. :)

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #eclipse   #lunareclipse   #tronapinnacles   #moon   #moonmondays   #wideanglewednesday   #longexposurethursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #photoplusextract  
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Thanks +Andrea Boyle - it was a Canon 17-40 f/4 @ 17mm.
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Photographing the Lunar Eclipse

On the night of April 14th and 15th viewers in North and South America will be able to see a total lunar eclipse. Most people should be able to see the whole eclipse sequence (weather permitting), though viewers in the far northeast will miss the very end of the event.
I’ve photographed several lunar eclipses, and they’re spectacular events to view and photograph. This one is special, however, because it’s the first time I might be able to see the whole eclipse sequence from beginning to end. In California the eclipse will seen almost due south. This is not a great alignment for Yosemite Valley, though it should be possible to see the eclipse over Cathedral Rocks or Sentinel Rock. But California is a diverse state with many other possible locations, so I’ll be thinking about other possible locations between now and the 14th.

If you’re interested in photographing the eclipse, I’ve written a guest post about it for the Borrowlenses.com blog. Although I’ve posted other articles about eclipses before, this new article is the most complete and comprehensive, with details about focusing in the dark, revised exposure times, how to align the eclipse with a foreground object (like a building, mountain, or tree), and more.

This is one night when I hope the clouds will stay away. :-)

— Michael Frye

http://www.borrowlenses.com/blog/2014/04/photographing-the-lunar-eclipse/

Lunar Eclipse Sequence, 1:23 a.m. to 4:49 a.m., August 28, 2007, Yosemite NP, CA

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Love the creativity here...this is awesome!
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Rainbow Weather

Yesterday was a wonderful day for photography in Yosemite Valley, with beautiful, misty, clearing-storm scenes in the morning, capped off by this rainbow arching over the valley in the afternoon. You can read the full story behind this image on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2014/03/31/rainbow-weather/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #moodymonday   #nationalparksmonday   #stormyfriday   #yosemite   #yosemitephotography   #yosemitenationalpark  
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Half Dome and Rainbow from Tunnel View

It's raining in Yosemite Valley this afternoon, with snow at higher elevations. There's more rain in the forecast for Saturday, and again Monday. Keep it coming - we need all we can get!

I made this photograph from Tunnel View during one of my January Lightroom workshops. Just as some rain showers were starting to clear this rainbow appeared right in from of Half Dome.

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Redbud and Reflection

The redbuds are starting to bloom in the Merced River Canyon west of Yosemite. They're not at peak yet, but they're getting there.

I found this redbud along the banks of the Merced River a few years ago. The water provides a nice, clean, undistracting background, so I often look for situations where I can isolate a redbud, or even part of the redbud, against the river. Here the golden reflections (from sunlight hitting a grassy hillside across the river) were an added bonus. 

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #yosemite   #yosemitephotography   #flower   #wildflower   #wildflowerwednesday   #floralfriday  
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loving your work +Michael Frye :)
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