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Starry Skies

Despite smoke from the Ferguson Fire, we had surprisingly good conditions for our nighttime workshop in the eastern Sierra last week. Smoke tends to settle into valleys at night, but we found beautifully clear skies at 10,000 feet, where I made this photograph of the Milky Way, mountains, and reflections. You'll find more images from the workshop on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2018/08/12/starry-skies/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #mountainmonday #thirstythursday #nightphotographyfriday #milkyway #stars #easternsierra
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Monsoon Sunsets

Every summer we get periods of monsoonal moisture pushing up into California from the south, producing afternoon showers and thunderstorms. One of those periods coincided with our recent workshop in the Yosemite high country, and we got to photograph some beautiful sunrises and sunsets, including this sunset reflected in an alpine lake.

But with this weather pattern there's always a chance that you'll get caught in a downpour. We had to wait out a thunderstorm to photograph this scene...

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2018/07/29/monsoon-sunsets/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #sunsetsaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotograhy
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Smoky Landscapes

Unusual conditions can provide interesting opportunities for photographs. Any unusual conditions – even things we don’t normally think of as photogenic. Photographers typically avoid smoke, for example, but smoke can create some wonderful atmospheric effects.

On this morning at Mono Lake a thin band of smoke to the east helped turn the sun into a nice orange ball as it crested the horizon, just as an osprey flew back to its nest. More on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2018/07/22/smoky-landscapes/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunsunday #sunrisesaturday #monolake
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Summer Wildflowers in Yosemite

I just finished teaching a workshop, so I’m catching up on posting images from earlier this summer. This is a photograph of shooting stars in a high-country meadow. It was handheld (a rarity for me) at 1/200th sec., f/4, ISO 400. I’m almost always using medium to small apertures to get everything in focus, but once in awhile it’s fun to use a wide aperture to throw the foreground and background out of focus.

I've posted more early-summer wildflower images on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2018/07/19/summer-wildflowers-2/

#wildflowers #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nationalparks #nationalparksmonday #wildflowerwednesday
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Image-Adaptive Behavior in Lightroom's Tone Controls

There’s a lot going on under the hood in Lightroom – things that aren’t obvious, and aren’t talked about much, not even by Adobe. For example, all the Tone sliders in the Basic Panel are image-adaptive – that is, their behavior changes based on the image content. The two most important image-adaptive behaviors are the automatic highlight recovery, and the automatic black-point adjustment, which kick in when a raw file has overexposed highlights or underexposed shadows.

This seven-minute video explains how the automatic highlight recovery and automatic black point adjustment work:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2018/07/08/image-adaptive-behavior-in-lightrooms-tone-controls/

The full 44-minute video about the Basic Panel Tone Controls has much more, and is only one of 17 videos included in the new edition of my Landscapes in Lightroom ebook and video package. There's still time to get a copy at the old price of $26.95, but tomorrow at midnight the price goes up to $39.00! Click this link to learn more:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/landscapes-in-lightroom/

#landscapephotography #digitaldarkroom #lightroom #adobelightroom
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Owl Encounter

On one of our recent trips to the Yosemite high country to photograph flowers, Claudia and I found this great gray owl along the edge of a meadow. I hadn't seen one of these beautiful creatures in about ten years, so it was a special sight. You can read the full story about our encounter, and see Claudia's video of this owl, on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2018/07/05/owl-encounter/

#wildlifephotography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #greatgrayowl

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The Profile Browser in Lightroom Classic

Adobe introduced the Profile Browser in Lightroom Classic in April, and gave us many more choices for profiles, but also completely changed some essential aspects of Lightroom - especially how images are converted to black and white. I just posted a new free video that explains how the Profile Browser works:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2018/07/02/the-profile-browser-in-lightroom-classic/

For this photograph from Death Valley I used the new Adobe Landscape profile, which seems to be designed specifically for high-contrast images. It also often completely over-saturates the colors, but luckily that’s easy to fix!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #digitaldarkroom #lightroom
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Lightroom eBook Updated!

The latest update to my ebook, Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide is now available! This new edition is revised and updated for Lightroom Classic CC, and includes a brand new example where I take you step-by-step through processing a Milky Way photograph, plus six new videos about the Range Mask, the Profile Browser, fixing coma, removing color fringing around stars, and more.

I’ve also completely revamped the video about the tone controls – the most important part of processing any image. The ebook now includes 17 videos altogether, totaling 3 hours and 45 minutes of runtime.

For a limited time this new edition is available at the old price of $26.95, but after July 9th the price goes up to $39. Click here to find out more:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/landscapes-in-lightroom/

#landscapephotography #lightroom #digitaldarkroom
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Yosemite High-Country Panorama

Landscape photography doesn’t often lend itself to advance planning, because the weather is just too unpredictable. But a photograph like this requires planning, and hoping that the weather cooperates. I hoped for clear skies, and calm winds so that stars would be reflected in the lake.

I got one out of two, since the wind never died. But that encouraged me to move higher, away from the lakeshore, and find this composition. In the end I think this view captures the feeling of a high-country lake better than a lakeside image would have.

You can read more about this photograph here:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2018/06/24/high-country-panorama/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nationalparks
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Lupines in the Fog

I made this photograph late last month in the hills above the northern California coast. It was a rainy, foggy day - just perfect for a scene like this! I've posted more images of lupines and fog on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2018/06/17/lupines-in-the-fog/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mistymonday #wildflowerwednesday #lupines #wildflowers #redwoodnationalpark #nationalparks
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