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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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Ross's Geese in Fog, San Joaquin Valley

My approach to photographing wildlife is similar to my approach to photographing landscapes. I’m trying to incorporate the animals into the landscape, looking for ways to capture a mood and convey what it felt like to be in a particular place at a particular time, watching a unique and beautiful moment.

I made this photograph recently in the San Joaquin Valley. All the visual elements came together nicely to tell the story of a foggy morning in the marsh  - the geese, the fog, the pink sunrise color, the reeds, and the cottonwood trees. In my latest blog post I tell the story behind this photo, show a few more examples, and talk about how to find the elements that will tell a visual story and capture a mood:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2016/02/08/telling-visual-story/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #birdphotographymonday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #wildlifewednesday   #thirstythursday   #birdsinfocus   #sunrisesaturday   #dawnonsunday   #birdphotography   #wildlifephotography   #sanjoaquinvalley   #sunrise  
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A Clearing Storm by Starlight

Every storm has to end eventually, of course. But sometimes the timing seems less than ideal. I thought that on Sunday, when it kept snowing in Yosemite Valley all afternoon, and for several hours past sunset. But when the snow finally stopped I was able to photograph the clearing storm by starlight. This photograph shows Three Brothers, the Merced River, and Yosemite Point, all illuminated by the stars, with some help from the distant light of Yosemite Village.

I've posted another photograph from Sunday night on my blog, along with the full story of that beautiful night:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2016/02/02/clearing-storm-starlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #skysunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalparks   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nightphotography  
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Wonderful photo! +Michael Frye
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Thank you! For allow for sharing your work! For selection Grand talent .

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Stormy Weather

We had a great time during our workshop last week in Yosemite, with a wonderful group of people, and some interesting weather. Although we didn’t get any new snow, we were able to photograph two clearing storms, including this one from last Tuesday afternoon at Tunnel View. At one point the scene was completely obscured by fog, but then the fog started to thin out, revealing Half Dome and sunlit El Capitan through the mist. I've posted a few more images from last week on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2016/01/26/stormy-weather-2/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #stormyfriday   #snowysaturday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  
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+Margaret Tompkins I also do love the photos
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Misty Morning

On Friday morning a storm cleared around sunrise, and there were a couple of inches of new snow in the east end of Yosemite Valley. Half Dome stayed hidden in the clouds for awhile, but around eight o'clock the fog parted, and shortly after that I captured this scene of Half Dome, North Dome, and the misty valley.

Fog, mist, fresh snow, and a storm clearing just after sunrise – what more could you ask for? You can see a few more images on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2016/01/17/misty-morning-2/

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My Top Photographs of 2015

The votes are all in and counted, and I've posted  my top photographs of 2015!

We had an amazing response this year: a record-breaking 510 people looked through my initial selection of 46 images and voted for their favorites. Thanks to everyone who voted! Click this link to see the final selection:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2016/01/04/top-photographs-2015/

This photograph of Upper Yosemite Fall illuminated by the rising moon, from February 2015, got the fourth-most votes.

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Fantastic top image, have a great year ahead
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Picking My Best Images of 2015

Like champagne, Auld Land Syne, and the Rose Parade, it’s become a New Year’s tradition to invite my readers to pick my best images from the previous year. The link below will take you to my blog, where I've posted 46 of my best photographs from 2015. After you look through these, please post a comment, either here or on the blog, listing your ten favorites. The voting deadline is midnight Pacific time this Sunday, January 3rd.

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/?p=8734

Thanks for your help, and Happy New Year!
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It's Superb Owl Sunday...

... so it seemed appropriate to post a photograph of North America's largest representative, the great gray owl. I photographed this one many years ago in Yosemite. The Yosemite region is the southernmost edge of this owl's range; they're more common in the boreal forests of Canada. Great grays are more diurnal than most owls, and I found this one hunting along the edge of a meadow one morning. 

Enjoy Superb Owl Sunday! (And the game too.)

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Waiting for the Storm to Clear

Two weather systems have brought over two inches of precipitation to Yosemite Valley since Friday night. It was very warm at the beginning, with snow levels at 9,000 feet, but now the temperature has dropped, and it’s snowing in Yosemite Valley. I can even see flakes falling outside my window in Mariposa, at 2,800 feet, but it’s a little too warm for the snow to stick.

It looks like the storm might clear this afternoon, but these things are always hard to predict. The radar shows the tail end of the precipitation approaching, but that can be deceiving, as showers often linger over the mountains longer than you would otherwise expect. I’ll be keeping a close eye on things this afternoon, especially since there’s no precipitation in the seven-day forecast, so this might be the last chance to photograph a clearing storm for awhile. We’ll see what happens!

In the meantime, here’s a photograph from a clearing storm back in January of 2012. Chances are low that this current storm will bring an opportunity like this, but you can always hope.

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Horsetail Fall Forecast*

We’re getting close to Horsetail Fall season, and I’m getting lots of questions about the water flow and the right time of year to photograph it. Here's my prognosis:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/?p=8831

#landscapephotography   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #horsetailfall   #firefall  
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A Snowy Day

On Wednesday +Claudia Welsh and I were in Yosemite Valley during a snowstorm. At times the snow was heavy, and wet, with big, fat flakes falling. It’s difficult to keep the camera dry and prevent water drops from getting on the lens under those conditions, but if you can manage that stuff you can find some beautiful scenes. The falling snow thickens the atmosphere, creating a fog-like effect, and the falling flakes themselves add to the snowy mood.

Here's one photograph from that day along the Merced River, and you can see a bunch more on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2016/01/10/snowy-day/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #monochromemonday   #moodymonday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #wetwednesday   #winterwednesday   #thirstythursday   #stormyfriday   #snowysaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #winter   #snow  
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+Michael Frye Really like the snowy day shot.  Brings on the feeling of the quietness of a snowy day.  Under those conditions I try to use a lens hood combined with a storm jacket for the camera.  I have one from Stormjacket that fits over the camera and has an opening for the tripod which works well.
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Voting Deadline is Midnight Tonight

Just a reminder that if you want to vote for your favorite images of mine from 2015 the deadline is midnight tonight, Pacific time. Just follow this link to see the nominees and cast your vote:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2016/01/01/picking-best-images-2015/

And to those of you who have already voted – thank you very much!
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Where exactly is this Colorful dunes? So, lavish in colour. Me Encanto! 
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Happy New Year! May all your dreams take flight in 2016.

Claudia and I made it down to the San Joaquin Valley recently to photograph wintering flocks of birds. We had a great day, as we got to witness several mass goose takeoffs in beautiful light - including this one of Ross's geese in the late afternoon. I've included a few more images from that day on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/?p=8724


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Author of Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Masters, The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite, Light and Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, and Yosemite Meditations






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