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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.
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Working With High-Resolution Cameras

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about Canon’s new 50-megapixel cameras, the 5DS and 5DS R. These models haven’t been released yet, but many Canon users are wondering whether they should upgrade.

Since these cameras aren’t available for testing yet, it’s hard to say anything definitive about them. But since I bought my 36-megapixel Sony A7r over a year ago I’ve learned a lot about working with high-resolution cameras, and some of those lessons might be relevant to people who are considering buying one of those new Canon models, or a 36-megapixel camera like the A7r, Nikon D800, or Nikon D810.

You can read my in-depth thoughts about these cameras, and how to get the most out of them, on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/05/31/working-high-resolution-cameras/

I made this photograph last fall in Colorado with my Sony A7r, and a really sharp old Nikon 50mm lens.

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Misty Morning

It rained in Yosemite Valley yesterday, so +Claudia Welsh and I rose early this morning and drove up to Yosemite Valley, looking for mist. And we found it, as you can see in this photograph from Cook's Meadow. It turned out to be a beautiful morning, and I chased the sun as it hit different spots in the valley and generated mist. You can see more images from this morning on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/05/24/misty-morning/

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High Country Weather

Tioga Pass in Yosemite opened on May 2nd, one of its earliest opening dates ever. Since then we've had a lot of unsettled weather, with off-and-on snow showers in the high country, so the road has closed, and reopened, and closed again. Today it's open, but who knows for how long?

But interesting weather always makes for interesting photography. I haven't had a chance to get up on the pass lately, but this is a photograph from a few years ago of a spectacular sunset at a high-country lake near Tioga Pass. I hope to head up there soon!

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My wife and I spent parts of three weekends in May in Yosemite, with two wonderful drives across Tioga, so +Michael Frye , I guess we have enjoyed it for you. Wonderful! Wonderful to enjoy for the nature and mood it carried, let alone exercise the cameras with.

We would have voted for the unsettled weather persisting further into our dry "summertime." But, we couldn't find the ballot to cast our choice on. Maybe we'll have frequent thunder storms find the mountains. I can remember a summer years ago when LA DWP had to let the Mono Basin streams pour past their diversion dams because all their reservoirs space down Owens Valley were full from frequent storms.
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Star Trails Over Manly Beacon

Manly Beacon is Death Valley’s most iconic feature, seen in millions of photographs from Zabriskie Point, including the image on the cover of the park map and brochure. So naturally I thought it would be fun to light it up at night! You can read the story behind this photograph on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/05/10/star-trails-manly-beacon/

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Aaa++++☆☆☆☆☆
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Lightroom 6: First Impressions

After months of rumors, last week Adobe finally released Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC. I was hoping for improvements to Lightroom’s retouching tools, and to the Adjustment Brush, which we didn't get. But there are some nice additions to the Develop Module, including an unadvertised feature that I stumbled open: the ability to brush over existing circles with the Spot Removal Tool.

But the biggest additions to Lightroom 6/CC are the ability to create HDR images and panoramas directly from Lightroom, without using Photoshop or another application. Even better, for the first time you can create HDR images and panoramas with a completely non-destructive workflow. The resulting merged files are DNGs, in which you can edit all the underlying settings of the original Raw files, including the camera profile, sharpening, noise reduction, white balance – everything. It’s like having a Raw file with a huge dynamic range, and being able to adjust that file with all the power and non-destructive flexibility of Lightroom’s Develop Module.

I re-processed this image from Tunnel View in Yosemite using Lightroom's new HDR Merge, and it did a great job, producing a natural-looking result, and doing it with a completely non-destructive workflow.

You can read my in-depth thoughts about the new version of Lightroom in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/04/30/lightroom-6-first-impressions/

I've already had people asking me whether I'll be updating my Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide ebook and video package. Yes, absolutely! And the update will be free to people who have already bought the book. But after the revised and expanded edition comes out, the price will go up. You can find more details about the revision near the end of the blog post linked to above.

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Nice Curves

I love abstracts, so the sand dunes in Death Valley are just heaven, with a seemingly infinite supply of beautiful patterns, shapes, lines, and curves. I found this design on an early-morning trip to the dunes last week, after a windstorm had swept the sand free of footprints.

I was hard to pick out just one image from the two mornings we spent in the dunes, so here's a link to some more photos:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/?p=7641

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Thanks Sheila, have yourself a Great and Fantastic Day. 🌹
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Snow?!

Some strange white stuff fell in Yosemite Valley Tuesday night.

Skies started to clear late Tuesday evening, and it looked like there was a decent chance of seeing an interesting sunrise Wednesday morning, so I set my alarm for 4:15 a.m. (it hurts to even write that number), and made the drive up from Mariposa to the valley.

I found only an inch or two of new snow, but that was enough, and it turned out to be a really beautiful morning. We had to wait a long time for snow, but it was worth the wait. I made this photograph from Tunnel View shortly after sunrise, and you can see more of my images from the morning on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/04/09/snow-2/

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Back in the Redwood Country

It's so nice to be back in the redwoods. We've had lots of fog this week, which is great weather for forest scenes, like this one from Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. I've posted a few more recent photographs from this area on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/05/30/back-redwood-country/

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The Lowly Normal Lens

The “normal” lens doesn’t get much love. Longer and shorter focal lengths seem more attractive, because they create unusual perspectives. But sometimes the normal lens (about 50mm for full-frame cameras, or 35m for APS-size sensors) is just right.

This image of a band of light on El Capitan in Yosemite might be my best-known photograph, and it was made with a normal lens on a Mamiya 645 camera.

I first tried my 45mm lens (equivalent to about 28mm on a full-frame sensor), but quickly realized it was too wide, because it made El Capitan look small and insignificant (imagine El Cap looking half the size it does here: half the height, half the width). On the other hand, I wanted to include the snow-covered rocks in the foreground, which wouldn’t be possible with a telephoto lens. So I switched to the normal lens for that format (80mm), and stepped back to include the snow-covered rocks. The longer lens made El Cap look larger and more prominent, which was essential for showcasing that dramatic light.

My latest blog post includes several more examples of using a normal lens to as either a long wide-angle or short telephoto:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/05/14/lowly-normal-lens/

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Stellar photographs. I'll bet National Geographic is knocking down your door!
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Sand Dune and the Milky Way

One night during our Death Valley workshop we went out to the sand dunes. After some searching, I found this wonderful dune with it’s rippled foreground textures. Lighting it was a group project; we all set up our cameras, and took turns lighting the dune from the left and the right, trying to find the right angles to highlight those ripples. Then we set our interval timers to record star trails – and took naps on the sand while we waited for the star-trail sequences to finish. After that the Milky Way was in the right position over the dune, so before moving our cameras we made some more exposures of pinpoint stars as well.

Recording all these exposures of the same composition gave us the option of including either star trails or pinpoint stars in the final image, and having the dune lit either from the left, the right, or both. I liked the pinpoint stars better, and chose to include lighting from both sides. The final image you see here is a composite of three exposures (assembled in Photoshop using the Lighten blending mode): one for the sky, one with the dune lit from the left (colored blue), and one with the dune lit from the right.

We had a wonderful night out in the dunes. It was utterly quiet, peaceful, and relaxing. One of the things I love about night photography is how you can experience an otherwise popular spot in a totally different way after dark. This was a night I’ll remember for a long time.

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Beautiful image! +Michael Frye  
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Please Comment &  +1 on the original post ! If you like this image you can also comment on this post and +1 for selection +A.P.A.P.Grand talent. Thank you! Krzysztof
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A Good Year for Dogwoods

The dogwoods in Yosemite Valley bloomed early this year, but they've lasted. It's turned into an exceptionally good year for them; you can read a detailed report on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/04/26/good-year-dogwoods/

I made this photograph yesterday afternoon near The Ahwahnee Hotel. It had snowed earlier in the day, and patches of snow on the ground cooled the moist air and created low-lying mist. I had visited this spot earlier in the day, but as sunset approached the mist increased, so I went back. This was made with the very last light, so the exposure was 20 seconds at f/13, 400 ISO.

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Knowing Where to Stand

Ansel Adams was quoted as saying, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” I’m sure he said this with tongue slightly in cheek – he knew full well that the art of photography was more complex than that. But he was trying to emphasize the importance of putting the camera in the right spot. Not just in the general vicinity, like “F/8 and be there,” but in exactly the right spot, and not an inch to the left, right, forward, back, up, or down.

Choosing where to place the camera is the first – and maybe most important – decision you make when composing a photograph. In this photograph of Half Dome in Yosemite, for example, the camera position was chosen to fit the reflection of the cloud into the little semicircle of leaves in the foreground.

I wrote an in depth article called "Knowing Where to Stand" for the latest issue of Photograph Magazine. It's normally $8.00 (Canadian), but since it's just been launched you can get a 20% discount until midnight Pacific Time on April 22nd. There’s no code to enter – that’s just the price until that time. Here's the link:

http://bit.ly/1G11hOA

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