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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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Signs of Spring

This is a photograph from late March of 2013, but apparently the redbuds are already starting to bloom in the Merced River Canyon, west of Yosemite. +Claudia Welsh drove up to the park on Saturday, and reported seeing a couple of redbuds in full bloom, with many more just getting started. That's about a month early, which shows how warm it's been this February!

I talk about the prospects for redbuds, poppies, and Horsetail Fall in my latest blog post:

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Yosemite Falls by Moonlight

I was in Yosemite Valley on Monday evening photographing the suddenly-full waterfalls, when it occurred to me that it might be the perfect night to make a photograph I had been thinking about for a long time, with Upper Yosemite Fall backlit by the rising moon.

As it turned out, conditions couldn't have been better. The long hike in the dark made it a rather epic journey, but it was a magical night. You can read the whole story behind this photograph on my blog:

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Another Beautiful Moonrise

During my workshop in Yosemite last week we photographed a spectacular moonrise on Monday evening from Tunnel View. A band of lenticular clouds hung in the sky in the distance, and just before the moon rose the sun broke through the clouds behind us and lit up El Capitan and Half Dome with vivid shades of orange.

In a recent interview I did for +David Johnston and his Photography Roundtable podcast, we talked about using telephoto lenses for landscapes, and how using a longer lens is one way to simplify a composition. I use whatever lens seems appropriate for the situation – the lens that allows me to include all the essentials, but only the essentials.

In this photograph, that meant using my 70-200mm zoom at 183mm in order to fill the frame with the moon, Half Dome, that lenticular cloud, and the v-shaped notch below and to the left of Half Dome. A wide-angle lens for this scene, at that moment, would have turned El Cap, Half Dome, and the moon into tiny objects, and filled most of the frame with the not-so-interesting sky above, or the dark foreground, diluting the impact of the photograph.

You can find the podcast on iTunes, or listen to the entire interview on the Photography Roundtable website (it's free of course):

And while you're there, check out the interviews with +Ian Plant+Joshua Cripps+Colby Brown, +David duChemin, +Richard Bernabe, and many others.

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Geese and the Setting Sun

This is an image from last weekend, when the fog layer in the San Joaquin Valley was breaking up late in the afternoon. The light and clouds were beautiful, so I found a place where lots of Ross's geese were flying back and forth, and tried to capture formations of birds against the sun.

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Awesome pic, loving the moody sky backdrop. The geese offer quite the poetic movement against the foreboding sky.
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Sunrise Over a Sea of Fog

I featured this image on my blog yesterday, but thought I would share it directly here on G+ as well. This is another photograph from last Thursday morning from the Sierra foothills. I found a spot just above the fog layer with a view to the southeast, including that double-topped hill poking up out of the fog, and caught the sunrise coloring the clouds above.

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That is sweet its like ice glazed and topped with pecans in orange-pine ice-cream!
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Oceans of Fog: Part Two

Yesterday I posted a photograph of fog from last Wednesday morning, but the fog show on Thursday morning might have been even better. It didn’t look very promising at first, as there was no fog near my home town of Mariposa. But driving down into the lower foothills we found a spot just above the fog layer, and were treated to a beautiful sunrise.

I made this photograph just after the sun came up. Soft backlight filtered through some high clouds, bringing out beautiful textures in the fog. I used a telephoto lens (169mm) to compress the space, which helped create layered patterns out of ridges and bands of fog, and made the distant peaks of the southern Sierra look big enough to become part of the composition and the story.

You can see two more images from the same morning on my blog:

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Moon, Venus, and Ross's Geese

I’ve been working on a book deadline, so haven’t been able to get to Yosemite Valley and check on Horsetail Fall recently. But I did break away from the desk on Friday to go down to the Central Valley and photograph birds.

At first the light was rather uninspiring, because the fog I was hoping for had lifted into a low overcast. But it turned out to be a great day. I photographed one of the biggest goose takeoffs I’ve ever seen, with perhaps 30,000 birds lifting off at once. Later, the sun broke through the stratus deck to create some beautiful sunbeams, and at dusk Venus and the crescent moon appeared. Geese were coming in to roost in one of the ponds, so I tried to catch small groups of birds flying in front of these celestial objects.

You can see a few more photographs from that day, and also read my report about the water level in Horsetail Fall, in my latest blog post:

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Nicely done Michael
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Subject, Meet Light

It should come as no surprise to any photographer that the interaction between subject and light is important. In fact, I’d say that this interaction is the essence of the whole thing; it’s what photography is all about.

On this evening in the San Joaquin Valley I tried to create an interesting interplay between subject and light by putting a flock of Ross's geese between me and the setting sun, hoping to capture birds flying in front of that beautiful sky. I got more than I could have hoped for, as the entire flock took off just before sunset.

You can see +Claudia Welsh's video of this event, and get the full story behind this photograph, by following this link:

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After the Storm

Yosemite Valley got about three inches of rain from the storms over the weekend. That’s not a drought-busting amount, but it helps, and I’m grateful for every drop.

This photograph was made in between storms. Early Sunday morning I looked at the satellite and radar images online, and saw thin, high clouds moving in ahead of the next system. Thinking that those clouds might light up at sunrise, I made the trip up to Tunnel View. Soon after I got there a bit of color appeared behind Half Dome, and then within minutes the whole sky caught on fire. It turned into the most colorful sunrise I’ve ever seen from that spot.

We got more rain Sunday night, and when I went up to Yosemite Valley yesterday afternoon the waterfalls were roaring. This high flow in February provides some unusual photographic opportunities, and gives hope that Horsetail Fall will be flowing during the window of best light next week. You can read more about the water and prospects for Horsetail in my latest blog post:

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Will the Approaching Storm Revive Horsetail Fall?

Horsetail Fall is essentially dry right now, but a large, wet, warm storm is on the way. If the snow levels are lower than predicted, Horsetail's watershed could get some snow, which could keep it flowing during the window of best light around the third week of February. Here's a link to my latest blog post, with my thoughts about the prospects for Horsetail Fall this month:

Even in an "average" year, Horsetail Fall is hard to predict. It needs enough water, but also clear skies to the west at sunset at the right time of year. This photograph from the mid-90s shows exceptional conditions, with a flow high enough two separate strands of falling water, along with that backlit, sunset glow that Horsetail is famous for.

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I hope so!!  If it does, please share the photos!!  Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!!  Please see the about tab of +Landscape Photography !!  We have great new curators.  It's my pleasure to share your amazing photo to the +Landscape Photography page!  Check out all the great photos there including yours!!  
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How to Shade Your Lens

While natural light comes in an infinite variety of beautiful flavors, backlight might be my favorite. In this photograph of oaks in Yosemite Valley from last November, backlight made the autumn leaves glow, and highlighted the sunbeams slanting through the mist.

But while backlight can be beautiful, it’s difficult to work with because you have to deal with lens flare. Here's a little tutorial showing how to shade your lens to eliminate flare:

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Oceans of Fog

Last Wednesday morning I drove up a hill near my home town of Mariposa to try get above the deep fog layer. I found this spectacular view, with the dawn coloring the sky above distant peaks of the southern Sierra, and a sea of fog below. A 30-second shutter speed blurred the motion of the clouds and helped create the pillowy texture.

You can see more photographs from that morning in my latest blog post:

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