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Landscape Photography Show13,036*Come join Yosemite Legend @108901599657368504920 and the @114888971165518552849 Team on Tuesday March 11th.*  One of the most popular Photographers on G+ will join us to talk about Creating a sense of depth in landscape photographs. Michael Frye is the author of several books including, The Photographer’s guide to Yosemite, Landscapes in Lightroom 5, Yosemite Meditations, and more. Michael loves to share his knowledge and help others with Landscape Photography and processing!  *Be sure to circle the @114888971165518552849 page!!  We have a new look and a new URL!!* *Share your favorite landscape photographs that show a sense of near to far depth to the event.  Maybe one of the panelists will select your photo as the Show Starter and give you a shout out on air!!* Join the fun on Tuesday March 11, 2014 PDT: 7 PM, MDT: 8 PM, CDT: 9 PM, EDT: 10 PM.  See you there!!Landscape Photography Show Episode #28 With Michael Frye2014-03-12 03:00:00680  
Landscape Photography Show13,036Come join the Landscape Photography Show Team on Tuesday February 25th, and hear the latest on Sony cameras from our special guest, Rob Shelley. A photo educator since 1998, Rob worked in product training for Canon and Nikon before joining Sony in 2011. He's now a Senior Product Trainer for Sony, and will be talking about mirrorless technology, including Sony's new A7 and A7R cameras!! Share your favorite landscape photographs to the event and tell us what camera you used to take the photograph.  Maybe one of the panelists will select your photo as the Show Starter and give you a shout out on air!! Join the fun on Tuesday February 25, 2014 at 7 pm MST.  See you there!!Landscape Photography Show #27 With Guest Rob Shelley2014-02-26 03:00:00150  
Michael Bonocore324,480_* SmugMug Is Looking For Your Cover Photos*_ Cover photos are bigger and better on Google+ now (http://bit.ly/WUbLtN), and, since I am in charge of updating our Google+ content I thought, hey, with all that space, why not feature YOUR photos in that prime real estate? Today, we are opening the door for your submissions. Each month, a panel of judges will pick one amazing photographer to feature on the @118357019708110162087 page to greet visitors. The winner will also be a judge in the next month's selection. You'll also receive a @118357019708110162087 hoodie and swag care package. To help get this party started, we have changed our cover photo to @112957708071337353347's amazing image, _"The Future Is Now"_, taken in Dubai, UAE. Elia is also our special guest judge for the first month of this cover photo hunt, and he can't wait to see the great images that we are confident you will submit! So, enough talking…how do you enter? *Sign up for the _SmugMug Cover Photo Submissions For April_ event. *Click the "Add Photos" Button in the event, and upload your submission. The new cover photos can be up to 2120px by 1192px, so please submit a photo with this minimum size requirement. Photos will be displayed in a 16:9 Aspect Ratio, so please make sure submissions as close to 16:9 as possible, so we don't lose any of the valuable image *One Photo per person *Take a look at all of the entries, and feel free to +1 and comment on the photos that you are drawn too. Clicking on "Actions"--->"Show Photo View" will display all of the photos in a beautiful gallery. *After the contest closes on March 29th at 11:59PM PST, a panel of judges, including +Elia Locardi, will select the winner, and the new cover photo and winner announcement will be made on April 1st, 2013. *Submissions will be judged on uniqueness, creativity, and overall "Wow" factor. *Sign up for the May event, which will also be open for submissions on April 1st. *You do not need to be a @118357019708110162087 customer to enter, so please share with your fellow photographers. That's it! So let's see it Google+. Will your photo be the next @118357019708110162087 cover photo? More about this photo from @112957708071337353347 travel photography blog at www.blamethemokey.com  _"The Meydan Bridge is a VIP entrance to the Meydan Racecourse, a mega structure in Dubai that is able to accommodate over 60,000 spectators in a 1 mile long grandstand. It was a strange feeling actually – to be standing on this opulent mega structure in the middle of the desert, miles away from the city, and with nobody around. Half the lights were dead too. I guess after Tom Cruise was finished driving over it in Mission Impossible 3, they really didn’t have a need to maintain it anymore. :)"_ Nikon D700  14-24mm  f/5.6  ISO 200SmugMug Cover Photo Submissions For April2013-03-08 00:00:00279  

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2015-02-16 01:56:07 (146 comments, 261 reshares, 2574 +1s)Open 

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/15/subject-meet-light/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography #wildl... more »

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2015-02-16 01:56:07 (146 comments, 261 reshares, 2574 +1s)Open 

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/15/subject-meet-light/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography #wildl... more »

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2015-02-16 01:56:07 (146 comments, 261 reshares, 2574 +1s)Open 

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/15/subject-meet-light/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography #wildl... more »

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2015-08-30 20:43:08 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

Methodist Church at Night, Bodie

This is another photograph from our recent Starry Skies Adventure workshop. On our last night we went to the ghost town of Bodie. This is always a special treat, as there's so much to photograph there.

This was one of the last photographs of the night. Several of us set up our cameras, and worked together on the lighting. One of the participants (Ed) lit the interior of the church by shining a flashlight through one of the windows on the opposite side while another member of the group tripped his shutter. Teamwork can often help in situations like this; +Claudia Welsh went with Ed while I stayed with the rest of the group, and since Claudia and I both had radios we were able to relay information to Ed about how to refine the lighting. The sky shows the northern part of the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy.

In case you missed it, myl... more »

Methodist Church at Night, Bodie

This is another photograph from our recent Starry Skies Adventure workshop. On our last night we went to the ghost town of Bodie. This is always a special treat, as there's so much to photograph there.

This was one of the last photographs of the night. Several of us set up our cameras, and worked together on the lighting. One of the participants (Ed) lit the interior of the church by shining a flashlight through one of the windows on the opposite side while another member of the group tripped his shutter. Teamwork can often help in situations like this; +Claudia Welsh went with Ed while I stayed with the rest of the group, and since Claudia and I both had radios we were able to relay information to Ed about how to refine the lighting. The sky shows the northern part of the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy.

In case you missed it, my latest blog post includes more photographs under the stars from this workshop:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/08/28/stars/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #nightphotographyfriday   #bodie   #ghosttown   #nightphotography  ___

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2015-08-28 17:09:36 (3 comments, 9 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

Under the Stars

As the Walker Fire died down the smoke dissipated, and we had remarkably clear skies during our Starry Skies Adventure workshop. I made this photograph on Tuesday night, August 18th, and you can see how quiet the fire was by then, but it still added a nice orange glow to the scene.

You can see more of my images from the workshop on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/?p=8107

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #monolake   #fire   #wildfire   #forestfire   #walkerfire   #nightphotography   #milkyway   #nightphotographyfriday   #skysunday

Under the Stars

As the Walker Fire died down the smoke dissipated, and we had remarkably clear skies during our Starry Skies Adventure workshop. I made this photograph on Tuesday night, August 18th, and you can see how quiet the fire was by then, but it still added a nice orange glow to the scene.

You can see more of my images from the workshop on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/?p=8107

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #monolake   #fire   #wildfire   #forestfire   #walkerfire   #nightphotography   #milkyway   #nightphotographyfriday   #skysunday___

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2015-08-23 20:55:55 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Helicopter Over the Walker Fire

I made this photograph last Sunday, as firefighters were mounting a concerted aerial attack on the Walker Fire near Mono Lake. We almost had to cancel our Starry Skies Adventure workshop because of the fire, but decided to go ahead with it, and we're glad we did. You can read about our adventures, and see more photographs of the fire, on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/08/23/dodging-walker-fire/

#walkerfire   #forestfire   #wildfire   #monochromemonday   #mountainmonday   #sierranevada  

Helicopter Over the Walker Fire

I made this photograph last Sunday, as firefighters were mounting a concerted aerial attack on the Walker Fire near Mono Lake. We almost had to cancel our Starry Skies Adventure workshop because of the fire, but decided to go ahead with it, and we're glad we did. You can read about our adventures, and see more photographs of the fire, on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/08/23/dodging-walker-fire/

#walkerfire   #forestfire   #wildfire   #monochromemonday   #mountainmonday   #sierranevada  ___

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2015-08-09 22:06:16 (86 comments, 115 reshares, 804 +1s)Open 

Lightning Over the Central Valley

Thursday brought more subtropical moisture into California. That night I saw distant flashes of lightning from my house, and decided to drive into the lower Sierra foothills to get a view west toward the thunderstorms that were moving through the Central Valley. It turned out to be a great spot, and I was able to capture this sequence of lightning bolts with clouds and stars above.

This is actually a blend of 13 different exposures over the course of about an hour. You can read about how this image was made on my blog...

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/08/09/lightning-central-valley/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #moodymonday   #longexposurethursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #stormyfriday   #lightning   #thunderstorm   #storm   #california   #sanjoaquinvalley  

Lightning Over the Central Valley

Thursday brought more subtropical moisture into California. That night I saw distant flashes of lightning from my house, and decided to drive into the lower Sierra foothills to get a view west toward the thunderstorms that were moving through the Central Valley. It turned out to be a great spot, and I was able to capture this sequence of lightning bolts with clouds and stars above.

This is actually a blend of 13 different exposures over the course of about an hour. You can read about how this image was made on my blog...

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/08/09/lightning-central-valley/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #moodymonday   #longexposurethursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #stormyfriday   #lightning   #thunderstorm   #storm   #california   #sanjoaquinvalley  ___

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2015-08-03 00:06:16 (12 comments, 14 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

When Does a Photograph Need a Focal Point?

When doing critiques I often encounter otherwise-wonderful images, with simple, strong compositions, great light, and nice color, but lacking an essential ingredient: a focal point. Viewers need something to latch onto, and if they don’t find it right away they feel lost. You have to take them by the hand and say, “Here, look at this.”

Finding a clear focal point can be difficult in forest scenes, like this one from the several autumns ago in the eastern Sierra. But the aspen left of center stands out because of its color, shape, and size, giving viewers something to latch onto.

My latest blog post includes more examples of photographs with and without focal points, discussing what makes them work - or not:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/08/02/photograph-need-focal-point/
#l... more »

When Does a Photograph Need a Focal Point?

When doing critiques I often encounter otherwise-wonderful images, with simple, strong compositions, great light, and nice color, but lacking an essential ingredient: a focal point. Viewers need something to latch onto, and if they don’t find it right away they feel lost. You have to take them by the hand and say, “Here, look at this.”

Finding a clear focal point can be difficult in forest scenes, like this one from the several autumns ago in the eastern Sierra. But the aspen left of center stands out because of its color, shape, and size, giving viewers something to latch onto.

My latest blog post includes more examples of photographs with and without focal points, discussing what makes them work - or not:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/08/02/photograph-need-focal-point/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #fallfriday   #aspens   #autumn   #autumnphotography   #fallcolor   #california   #californiaphotography  ___

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2015-08-01 21:25:28 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

This TED talk blew my mind. If you're like me, you won't look at the world the same way after seeing this.

This TED talk blew my mind. If you're like me, you won't look at the world the same way after seeing this.___

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2015-07-30 19:13:39 (23 comments, 41 reshares, 455 +1s)Open 

Mountain Mirror

The other day I posted a photo with a rippled reflection; here's one with an almost-perfect mirror, from near Tioga Pass in Yosemite. I like how the clouds and their reflections form a big X through the picture, a pattern that echoes some of the diagonals in the mountains - a design that helps draw your eye from the middle of the frame out to the corners.

If you missed it, here's a link to my post about mirrors vs. ripples, with more examples:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/26/mirrors-ripples/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #thirstythursday   #skysunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalpark   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #sierranevada  

Mountain Mirror

The other day I posted a photo with a rippled reflection; here's one with an almost-perfect mirror, from near Tioga Pass in Yosemite. I like how the clouds and their reflections form a big X through the picture, a pattern that echoes some of the diagonals in the mountains - a design that helps draw your eye from the middle of the frame out to the corners.

If you missed it, here's a link to my post about mirrors vs. ripples, with more examples:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/26/mirrors-ripples/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #thirstythursday   #skysunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalpark   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #sierranevada  ___

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2015-07-27 00:30:06 (36 comments, 65 reshares, 667 +1s)Open 

Mirrors and Ripples

I love mirror reflections, but I might like ripples even more. This is a recent photograph from Mono Lake. The water was rippled that morning, but not ruffled, and there were wonderful patterns and textures in the water. The lines of the waves even mimic the lines in the cloud reflections, helping to emphasize the patterns.

You'll find more images of mirrors, ripples, and even ruffled water in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/26/mirrors-ripples/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #wideanglewednesday   #thirstythursday   #sunrisesaturday   #monolake   #sunrise   #sunrisephotography   #monolakephotography  

Mirrors and Ripples

I love mirror reflections, but I might like ripples even more. This is a recent photograph from Mono Lake. The water was rippled that morning, but not ruffled, and there were wonderful patterns and textures in the water. The lines of the waves even mimic the lines in the cloud reflections, helping to emphasize the patterns.

You'll find more images of mirrors, ripples, and even ruffled water in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/26/mirrors-ripples/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #wideanglewednesday   #thirstythursday   #sunrisesaturday   #monolake   #sunrise   #sunrisephotography   #monolakephotography  ___

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2015-07-23 21:31:54 (18 comments, 30 reshares, 457 +1s)Open 

Back From the High Country

My Hidden Yosemite workshop with The Ansel Adams Gallery ended Sunday evening, and since then I’ve been catching up on work – and sleep! The days are long this time of year, which meant early starts and late evenings during the workshop, but it was all worth it, and we had a wonderful time.

We saw lots of clouds, both before, during, and after the workshop, which made the photography more interesting – though we also had to dodge some rain at times. Just part of the adventure. :) I made this image Thursday afternoon, after an intense thunderstorm forced us away from Tioga Pass. We ended up at Olmsted Point, where we found some great light and clouds. You can see more of my photos from the workshop here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/23/back-high-country/

#landscapephotography  +LandscapePhotog... more »

Back From the High Country

My Hidden Yosemite workshop with The Ansel Adams Gallery ended Sunday evening, and since then I’ve been catching up on work – and sleep! The days are long this time of year, which meant early starts and late evenings during the workshop, but it was all worth it, and we had a wonderful time.

We saw lots of clouds, both before, during, and after the workshop, which made the photography more interesting – though we also had to dodge some rain at times. Just part of the adventure. :) I made this image Thursday afternoon, after an intense thunderstorm forced us away from Tioga Pass. We ended up at Olmsted Point, where we found some great light and clouds. You can see more of my photos from the workshop here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/23/back-high-country/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #stormyfriday   #monochromemonday   #monochromephotography   #blackandwhite   #blackandwhitephotography   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #Yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography___

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2015-07-12 19:41:02 (13 comments, 17 reshares, 181 +1s)Open 

High Mountain Sanctuary

On Wednesday I’ll be starting my 10th Hidden Yosemite workshop. I always enjoy this class because we can do some hiking, get away from the crowds, and go to some of my favorite locations in the high country. It’s such a pleasure to feel the crisp, cool air, and see the intense light. And, of course, the area is wonderfully photogenic.

I made this image during the 2010 Hidden Yosemite workshop, at a lake just outside the park. And if you click the link below you'll find more of my favorite photographs from the high mountains in and near Yosemite. If you’ve been to this area before, I hope these images bring back some good memories. If you haven’t been there, then maybe these will inspire you to go.

I’m looking forward to a great week!
http://... more »

High Mountain Sanctuary

On Wednesday I’ll be starting my 10th Hidden Yosemite workshop. I always enjoy this class because we can do some hiking, get away from the crowds, and go to some of my favorite locations in the high country. It’s such a pleasure to feel the crisp, cool air, and see the intense light. And, of course, the area is wonderfully photogenic.

I made this image during the 2010 Hidden Yosemite workshop, at a lake just outside the park. And if you click the link below you'll find more of my favorite photographs from the high mountains in and near Yosemite. If you’ve been to this area before, I hope these images bring back some good memories. If you haven’t been there, then maybe these will inspire you to go.

I’m looking forward to a great week!

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/12/high-mountain-sanctuary/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #dawnonsunday   #skysunday   #mountainmonday   #thirstythursday   #sunrisesaturday   #sierranevada  ___

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2015-07-06 22:14:52 (21 comments, 46 reshares, 508 +1s)Open 

Sunset From Glacier Point

We made two separate trips to Glacier Point in Yosemite last week to photograph clouds. This image was made Tuesday evening, and I liked the wave-like shape of the orange cloud, and the way that shape was subtly mirrored in the landforms below. I've included more cloud photographs from last week, along with some thoughts about finding patterns, in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/06/cloud-patterns/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #sunsetsaturday   #skysunday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #halfdome   #nationalparks  

Sunset From Glacier Point

We made two separate trips to Glacier Point in Yosemite last week to photograph clouds. This image was made Tuesday evening, and I liked the wave-like shape of the orange cloud, and the way that shape was subtly mirrored in the landforms below. I've included more cloud photographs from last week, along with some thoughts about finding patterns, in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/06/cloud-patterns/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #sunsetsaturday   #skysunday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #halfdome   #nationalparks  ___

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2015-07-03 19:52:55 (30 comments, 32 reshares, 439 +1s)Open 

Fireworks

We had some pre-Fourth-of-July fireworks here Wednesday night. At about 11:00 p.m. I let our dog Rider out before going to bed, and noticed flashes in the sky to the south. Sleep could wait! Claudia and I headed to a nearby viewpoint on Triangle Road, and saw lightning in three separate storm cells to the southeast, south, and southwest.

When watching thunderstorms you often only see cloud-to-cloud lightning, but on this night we could see some distinct bolts hitting the ground. I watched closely to try to determine where the most lightning activity was taking place. My first try didn’t work, but then another spot further to the right seemed to become more active, so I pointed my camera there, locked the tripod, and captured a series of 30-second exposures (each at f/9.5, 800 ISO). This photograph is a blend of five separate frames capturing seven or eight lightningb... more »

Fireworks

We had some pre-Fourth-of-July fireworks here Wednesday night. At about 11:00 p.m. I let our dog Rider out before going to bed, and noticed flashes in the sky to the south. Sleep could wait! Claudia and I headed to a nearby viewpoint on Triangle Road, and saw lightning in three separate storm cells to the southeast, south, and southwest.

When watching thunderstorms you often only see cloud-to-cloud lightning, but on this night we could see some distinct bolts hitting the ground. I watched closely to try to determine where the most lightning activity was taking place. My first try didn’t work, but then another spot further to the right seemed to become more active, so I pointed my camera there, locked the tripod, and captured a series of 30-second exposures (each at f/9.5, 800 ISO). This photograph is a blend of five separate frames capturing seven or eight lightning bolts.

We don’t get many chances to photograph lightning here in California, and I’ve seen many promising storm cells fizzle as soon as I set up my camera. So it was fun to actually capture a nice series of jagged bolts this time. Last September I had some success photographing lightning near Bishop, on the eastern side of the Sierra, so maybe my luck is changing. :)

To my fellow U.S. citizens, Happy Fourth of July! Hope you get to see some great fireworks.

- Michael Frye

P.S. In my post about photographing lightning near Bishop last September I explain how to blend exposures together for an image like this:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2014/09/22/stormy-night/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #mountainmonday   #longexposurethursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #stormyfriday   #lightning   #thunder   #thunderstorm   #stormy  ___

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2015-07-01 23:14:49 (16 comments, 13 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

A Cure For Soft Lenses?

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a software cure for imperfect lenses? While there's no magic solution, and no real substitute for sharp lenses and good technique, I recently tried a new program called Piccure+, and found it works surprisingly well. Here's my review:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/01/cure-soft-lenses/

This photograph of a stormy morning at North Lake, on the eastern side of the Sierra, has soft corners created by a not-so-great wide-angle zoom. I used Piccure+ on this image to sharpen those corners; you can find closeup before-and-after examples by following the link.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #dawnonsunday   #mountainmonday   #thirstythursday   #stormyfriday   #sunrisesaturday   #sierranevada   #sierrasunrise  

A Cure For Soft Lenses?

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a software cure for imperfect lenses? While there's no magic solution, and no real substitute for sharp lenses and good technique, I recently tried a new program called Piccure+, and found it works surprisingly well. Here's my review:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/07/01/cure-soft-lenses/

This photograph of a stormy morning at North Lake, on the eastern side of the Sierra, has soft corners created by a not-so-great wide-angle zoom. I used Piccure+ on this image to sharpen those corners; you can find closeup before-and-after examples by following the link.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #dawnonsunday   #mountainmonday   #thirstythursday   #stormyfriday   #sunrisesaturday   #sierranevada   #sierrasunrise  ___

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2015-06-30 21:29:52 (23 comments, 67 reshares, 579 +1s)Open 

Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yosemite

Yesterday afternoon +Claudia Welsh and I drove up to Glacier Point in search of interesting light and clouds. Along the way we got sidetracked by a bear jam along the road, and ended up watching two bears (probably a male and female, since it's mating season) grazing in a meadow for an hour or so. Eventually a ranger arrived to clear the traffic jam. He was carrying a gun loaded with rubber pellets to encourage the bears to move away from the road, but he didn't need to use it because the bears seemed to recognize him and ran off.

We still had time to get to Glacier Point before sunset. Just after we arrived the sun broke through to light up Half Dome, with this nice zigzag cloud pattern above.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark  #yo... more »

Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yosemite

Yesterday afternoon +Claudia Welsh and I drove up to Glacier Point in search of interesting light and clouds. Along the way we got sidetracked by a bear jam along the road, and ended up watching two bears (probably a male and female, since it's mating season) grazing in a meadow for an hour or so. Eventually a ranger arrived to clear the traffic jam. He was carrying a gun loaded with rubber pellets to encourage the bears to move away from the road, but he didn't need to use it because the bears seemed to recognize him and ran off.

We still had time to get to Glacier Point before sunset. Just after we arrived the sun broke through to light up Half Dome, with this nice zigzag cloud pattern above.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nationalpark   #halfdome  ___

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2015-06-28 21:15:44 (4 comments, 30 reshares, 203 +1s)Open 

Photography Weather

After a long stretch of blue skies, subtropical moisture is moving into the Sierra Nevada this week. That means clouds, thunderstorms, maybe a rainbow or two, and possibly even a chance to photograph lightning – in other words, photography weather!

This is a typical weather pattern for the Sierra in summer. We’ll get stretches of clear blue skies, then subtropical moisture will move in for a few days, a week, or sometimes even longer, triggering afternoon showers and thunderstorms. 

Since the clouds are usually confined to the mountains, it’s pretty common for the sun to crawl underneath the clouds late in the day, creating spectacular sunsets, like the one in this photograph from an alpine lake in the Yosemite high country. And if sunlight hits rain clouds, look for rainbows. To see a rainbow you have to have the sun at your back, and thesun ha... more »

Photography Weather

After a long stretch of blue skies, subtropical moisture is moving into the Sierra Nevada this week. That means clouds, thunderstorms, maybe a rainbow or two, and possibly even a chance to photograph lightning – in other words, photography weather!

This is a typical weather pattern for the Sierra in summer. We’ll get stretches of clear blue skies, then subtropical moisture will move in for a few days, a week, or sometimes even longer, triggering afternoon showers and thunderstorms. 

Since the clouds are usually confined to the mountains, it’s pretty common for the sun to crawl underneath the clouds late in the day, creating spectacular sunsets, like the one in this photograph from an alpine lake in the Yosemite high country. And if sunlight hits rain clouds, look for rainbows. To see a rainbow you have to have the sun at your back, and the sun has to be hitting falling rain. Also, you’ll only find rainbows early and late in the day; if you put the sun behind you in the middle of the day, when the sun is high above, you’ll be looking at the ground, and you won’t find any rainbows there. :)

I hope some of you are able to get to the Sierra this week, or can photograph some interesting weather wherever you are. Good luck!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #sunsetsaturday   #nationalpark   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #sunset  ___

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2015-06-26 20:26:57 (31 comments, 42 reshares, 355 +1s)Open 

Lightroom's New Dehaze Control

Last week Adobe added an update to Lightroom CC that included a Dehaze control. I used it on this photo of a rainbow from Tunnel View in Yosemite, and It actually seems to work more effectively than just adding Contrast or Clarity. You can see a before-and-after comparison of this image on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/06/26/lightrooms-new-dehaze-control/

Unfortunately, this update is only available to Creative Cloud subscribers, not to people who own a standalone license to Lightroom 6. This continues Adobe's trend of moving people to a subscription-based licensing model, a trend I'm not terribly happy about. I have more to say about that in the blog post as well.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday  #yos... more »

Lightroom's New Dehaze Control

Last week Adobe added an update to Lightroom CC that included a Dehaze control. I used it on this photo of a rainbow from Tunnel View in Yosemite, and It actually seems to work more effectively than just adding Contrast or Clarity. You can see a before-and-after comparison of this image on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/06/26/lightrooms-new-dehaze-control/

Unfortunately, this update is only available to Creative Cloud subscribers, not to people who own a standalone license to Lightroom 6. This continues Adobe's trend of moving people to a subscription-based licensing model, a trend I'm not terribly happy about. I have more to say about that in the blog post as well.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #rainbow  ___

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2015-06-21 22:13:01 (26 comments, 73 reshares, 828 +1s)Open 

Photographic Memories

Today is the solstice, the official start of summer. It’s felt like summer for weeks here in the Sierra foothills. It’s been hot, and dry. Four (!) fires broke out near Mariposa and Oakhurst Thursday; fortunately they were all subdued quickly.

All of which makes me think about how nice and cool it was in the redwood forests. Temperatures were in the 50s and 60s the whole time we were there, thanks to the perfect, natural air conditioning along the northern California coast.

One of the wonderful things about photography is that it can remind us of past events. Looking at a photograph can instantly brings back memories of a particular time and place, and what it felt like to be there. For me, this image reminds me of those cool, damp, foggy days in the redwoods. I can almost smell the damp earth, and hear the thrushes calling. I hope it bringsbac... more »

Photographic Memories

Today is the solstice, the official start of summer. It’s felt like summer for weeks here in the Sierra foothills. It’s been hot, and dry. Four (!) fires broke out near Mariposa and Oakhurst Thursday; fortunately they were all subdued quickly.

All of which makes me think about how nice and cool it was in the redwood forests. Temperatures were in the 50s and 60s the whole time we were there, thanks to the perfect, natural air conditioning along the northern California coast.

One of the wonderful things about photography is that it can remind us of past events. Looking at a photograph can instantly brings back memories of a particular time and place, and what it felt like to be there. For me, this image reminds me of those cool, damp, foggy days in the redwoods. I can almost smell the damp earth, and hear the thrushes calling. I hope it brings back memories of cooler times and places to you too.

P.S. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #sunsunday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #treetuesday   #forestfriday   #redwoods   #redwoodforest   #sunbeams  ___

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2015-06-17 20:24:21 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 230 +1s)Open 

My Portfolio in Craft & Vision's Photograph Magazine

I’m honored to have a portfolio of my images, plus an in-depth interview, included in the latest issue of Photograph digital magazine from Craft & Vision. You'll also find a great collection of articles by +Guy Tal, +David duChemin, +John Paul Caponigro, +Bruce Percy, +Martin Bailey, and others. Issue 13 of Photograph is only $6 Canadian through June 24th:

http://bit.ly/1GPyZpt

This is one of the images from the portfolio. I noticed this beautiful magenta reflection in the Merced River outside Yosemite, the color coming from a blooming redbud lit by the sun on the opposite bank. I kept refining the composition, getting in tighter and tighter until the frame was filled with the essentials - the colorful reflection and the white water. Even though this wasn't a mirror reflection, I had to waitf... more »

My Portfolio in Craft & Vision's Photograph Magazine

I’m honored to have a portfolio of my images, plus an in-depth interview, included in the latest issue of Photograph digital magazine from Craft & Vision. You'll also find a great collection of articles by +Guy Tal, +David duChemin, +John Paul Caponigro, +Bruce Percy, +Martin Bailey, and others. Issue 13 of Photograph is only $6 Canadian through June 24th:

http://bit.ly/1GPyZpt

This is one of the images from the portfolio. I noticed this beautiful magenta reflection in the Merced River outside Yosemite, the color coming from a blooming redbud lit by the sun on the opposite bank. I kept refining the composition, getting in tighter and tighter until the frame was filled with the essentials - the colorful reflection and the white water. Even though this wasn't a mirror reflection, I had to wait for periods of calm wind, as smoother water made the reflection more vivid.


#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #zensunday   #minimalmonday   #wetwednesday   #inmotionthursday   #thirstythursday   #mercedriver   #spring  ___

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2015-06-14 23:36:05 (22 comments, 43 reshares, 472 +1s)Open 

Planning for Flexibility

When photographing, I rarely decide far in advance where to go. I’d rather wait until the last minute to assess the weather, then go where conditions seem most promising.

This is especially true along the northern California coast, where the fog often behaves in unpredictable ways. This photograph, made while scouting for our recent redwoods workshop, is a good example. One afternoon, while looking out of our hotel room window in Crescent City, I could see some fog along the coast to the south. Since afternoon fog is unusual, I decided to head in that direction. The fog kept shifting, but during a brief period we found some beautiful sunbeams cutting through the fog underneath the redwood canopy.

My latest blog post includes more photographs from the redwood country, and further thoughts on how to adapt to the weather, and find the bestp... more »

Planning for Flexibility

When photographing, I rarely decide far in advance where to go. I’d rather wait until the last minute to assess the weather, then go where conditions seem most promising.

This is especially true along the northern California coast, where the fog often behaves in unpredictable ways. This photograph, made while scouting for our recent redwoods workshop, is a good example. One afternoon, while looking out of our hotel room window in Crescent City, I could see some fog along the coast to the south. Since afternoon fog is unusual, I decided to head in that direction. The fog kept shifting, but during a brief period we found some beautiful sunbeams cutting through the fog underneath the redwood canopy.

My latest blog post includes more photographs from the redwood country, and further thoughts on how to adapt to the weather, and find the best photographic opportunities for the conditions at hand:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/06/14/flexibility/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #treetuesday   #forestfriday   #redwoods   #redwoodnationalpark  ___

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2015-06-13 21:18:26 (55 comments, 115 reshares, 1019 +1s)Open 

Tuolumne Sunset

This is another image from Thursday evening in the Yosemite high country at Tuolumne Meadows. Some beautiful clouds lingered till sunset, and I used the curving edge of the pond in the foreground to frame the reflection.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #sunsetsaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #tuolumnemeadows  

Tuolumne Sunset

This is another image from Thursday evening in the Yosemite high country at Tuolumne Meadows. Some beautiful clouds lingered till sunset, and I used the curving edge of the pond in the foreground to frame the reflection.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #sunsetsaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #tuolumnemeadows  ___

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2015-06-12 21:44:54 (22 comments, 39 reshares, 394 +1s)Open 

Tuolumne Cloud Formation

+Claudia Welsh and I did head up to the high country yesterday afternoon, and found some great clouds. We drove through a nice downpour near Crane Flat, then continued up to Tuolumne Meadows, where I photographed this beautifully-shaped cloud formation. I’m glad I finally made it up there!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #zensunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #tuolumnemeadows   #blackandwhitephotography  

Tuolumne Cloud Formation

+Claudia Welsh and I did head up to the high country yesterday afternoon, and found some great clouds. We drove through a nice downpour near Crane Flat, then continued up to Tuolumne Meadows, where I photographed this beautifully-shaped cloud formation. I’m glad I finally made it up there!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #zensunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #tuolumnemeadows   #blackandwhitephotography  ___

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2015-06-11 21:49:19 (34 comments, 73 reshares, 632 +1s)Open 

Into the High Country

I haven’t had many opportunities to get into the Yosemite high country since Tioga Pass opened, but I hope to head up there soon – maybe even this afternoon, since it looks like some clouds are building. Clouds and thunderstorms always make the summer days in the high country interesting, and potentially photogenic.

This photograph, from July of 2003, shows one of the most spectacular cloud formations I’ve ever seen. I almost missed this moment; I tell the full story behind this image on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/06/11/high-country/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #stormyfriday   #sunsetsaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #sunset   #storm  

Into the High Country

I haven’t had many opportunities to get into the Yosemite high country since Tioga Pass opened, but I hope to head up there soon – maybe even this afternoon, since it looks like some clouds are building. Clouds and thunderstorms always make the summer days in the high country interesting, and potentially photogenic.

This photograph, from July of 2003, shows one of the most spectacular cloud formations I’ve ever seen. I almost missed this moment; I tell the full story behind this image on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/06/11/high-country/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #stormyfriday   #sunsetsaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #sunset   #storm  ___

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2015-06-07 22:29:32 (18 comments, 24 reshares, 369 +1s)Open 

Back From the Redwoods

We had a wonderful time last week during our redwoods workshop. It was a really nice, fun group, with great camaraderie and lots of laughter, aided and abetted by the relaxed atmosphere at the fabulous Requa Inn. We got some fog, which is always a great complement to the forest scenes, and were also treated to a couple of beautiful sunsets along the coast.

This photograph is from Tuesday evening, when bands of clouds lit up just after the sun dropped below the horizon. Although I use both fast and slow shutter speeds in these situations, I always seem to like the effect of the slow shutter speeds better. This one was eight seconds, which was long enough to smooth out the water, but still retain a bit of texture. I can’t remember whether I used my four-stop or seven-stop neutral-density filter, but it was one of those.

Of course I made manym... more »

Back From the Redwoods

We had a wonderful time last week during our redwoods workshop. It was a really nice, fun group, with great camaraderie and lots of laughter, aided and abetted by the relaxed atmosphere at the fabulous Requa Inn. We got some fog, which is always a great complement to the forest scenes, and were also treated to a couple of beautiful sunsets along the coast.

This photograph is from Tuesday evening, when bands of clouds lit up just after the sun dropped below the horizon. Although I use both fast and slow shutter speeds in these situations, I always seem to like the effect of the slow shutter speeds better. This one was eight seconds, which was long enough to smooth out the water, but still retain a bit of texture. I can’t remember whether I used my four-stop or seven-stop neutral-density filter, but it was one of those.

Of course I made many more images, and I’ll post some of those when I can!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #moodymonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #sunsetsaturday   #redwoodnationalpark   #ocean   #oceanphotography   #coast   #pacificcoast   #pacificocean  ___

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2015-05-31 20:41:49 (23 comments, 51 reshares, 432 +1s)Open 

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 m... more »

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.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #fallfriday   #Canon5DS    #SonyA7r   #NikonD800   #NikonD810   #fallcolor  ___

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2015-05-30 22:28:28 (28 comments, 27 reshares, 323 +1s)Open 

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/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #forestfriday   #redwood   #redwoodnationalpark   #california   #californiaphotography  

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/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #forestfriday   #redwood   #redwoodnationalpark   #california   #californiaphotography  ___

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2015-05-25 00:24:59 (49 comments, 72 reshares, 1114 +1s)Open 

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/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #sunsunday   #mistymonday   #monochromemonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #forestfriday   #sunrisesaturday   #blackandwhitephotography   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  

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/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #sunsunday   #mistymonday   #monochromemonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #forestfriday   #sunrisesaturday   #blackandwhitephotography   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2015-05-22 22:00:21 (34 comments, 68 reshares, 605 +1s)Open 

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!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #sunsetsaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  

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!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #thirstythursday   #sunsetsaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2015-05-14 22:41:09 (40 comments, 50 reshares, 402 +1s)Open 

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), andstepped... more »

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/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #thirstythursday   #snowysaturday   #stormyfriday   #mountainmonday   #nationalaprksmonday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #elcapitan   #nationalpark  ___

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2015-05-10 20:32:27 (8 comments, 18 reshares, 143 +1s)Open 

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/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #startrailssunday   #nationalparksmonday   #nightphotographyfriday   #deathvalley   #deathvalleynationalpark   #nightphotography   #startrails  

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/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #startrailssunday   #nationalparksmonday   #nightphotographyfriday   #deathvalley   #deathvalleynationalpark   #nightphotography   #startrails  ___

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2015-05-03 21:15:13 (25 comments, 39 reshares, 283 +1s)Open 

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 thepin... more »

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.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #nationalparksmonday   #nightphotographyfriday   #deathvalley   #deathvalleynationalpark   #desert   #sanddunes  ___

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2015-04-30 19:42:53 (32 comments, 94 reshares, 921 +1s)Open 

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, whiteba... more »

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.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #sunrisesaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2015-04-26 20:33:08 (43 comments, 94 reshares, 1095 +1s)Open 

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.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #wildflowerwednesday   #forestfriday   #nationalpark   #yosemite  #yosemite... more »

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.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #wildflowerwednesday   #forestfriday   #nationalpark   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #dogwood   #spring   #wildflowers   #flowers  ___

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2015-04-24 19:53:43 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 164 +1s)Open 

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #deathvalley   #deathvalleynationalpark   #nationalpark   #desert   #sanddunes   #nationalparksmonday  

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #deathvalley   #deathvalleynationalpark   #nationalpark   #desert   #sanddunes   #nationalparksmonday  ___

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2015-04-16 23:04:21 (73 comments, 164 reshares, 1785 +1s)Open 

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 latestissue of Photog... more »

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalpark   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2015-04-09 20:08:17 (58 comments, 147 reshares, 1570 +1s)Open 

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/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #dawnonsunday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday  #sunri... more »

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/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #dawnonsunday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #sunrisesaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nationalpark___

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2015-04-08 17:22:30 (34 comments, 36 reshares, 664 +1s)Open 

Early Dogwoods

I’ve been helping my mom recover from eye surgery and move into assisted living, so life has been hectic, and I haven’t had much time for photography. But yesterday a rare and much-needed storm came through, and there were signs of clearing in the afternoon, so I took the time to go up to Yosemite Valley.

It didn’t clear after all. In fact it rained most of the time I was there, with the rain turning to snow in heavier showers. But rumors of dogwoods blooming turned out to be true. I found one particularly full dogwood along the Merced River, and was able to photograph it during a break between rain squalls and make the image you see here.

Most of the dogwood blossoms in the west end of the valley around Pohono Bridge, Fern Spring, and Valley View were still in that green stage, but there were a few trees in full bloom, with white blossoms. Ididn’... more »

Early Dogwoods

I’ve been helping my mom recover from eye surgery and move into assisted living, so life has been hectic, and I haven’t had much time for photography. But yesterday a rare and much-needed storm came through, and there were signs of clearing in the afternoon, so I took the time to go up to Yosemite Valley.

It didn’t clear after all. In fact it rained most of the time I was there, with the rain turning to snow in heavier showers. But rumors of dogwoods blooming turned out to be true. I found one particularly full dogwood along the Merced River, and was able to photograph it during a break between rain squalls and make the image you see here.

Most of the dogwood blossoms in the west end of the valley around Pohono Bridge, Fern Spring, and Valley View were still in that green stage, but there were a few trees in full bloom, with white blossoms. I didn’t make it to the eastern end of the valley, so it’s possible that some dogwoods there are further along, especially in sunnier areas like near the Ahwahnee Hotel. This dogwood bloom is about two to three weeks earlier than usual. But, like the redbuds, which also bloomed early this year, the dogwoods seem to be progressing slowly, so they may last awhile.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #wildflowerwednesday   #flower   #wildflower   #spring   #dogwood   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2015-03-31 18:18:47 (62 comments, 77 reshares, 677 +1s)Open 

Oak Tree and Lunar Eclipse Sequence, December 2011

I captured this lunar eclipse sequence in the Sierra Nevada foothills during December of 2011. But another total lunar eclipse will be visible in western North America this Saturday morning, April 4th. To find out more about this upcoming eclipse and how to photograph it, see my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/31/photographing-lunar-eclipse/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #moonmonday   #treetuesday   #nightphotographyfriday   #eclipse   #lunareclipse  

Oak Tree and Lunar Eclipse Sequence, December 2011

I captured this lunar eclipse sequence in the Sierra Nevada foothills during December of 2011. But another total lunar eclipse will be visible in western North America this Saturday morning, April 4th. To find out more about this upcoming eclipse and how to photograph it, see my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/31/photographing-lunar-eclipse/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #moonmonday   #treetuesday   #nightphotographyfriday   #eclipse   #lunareclipse  ___

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2015-03-29 23:42:06 (46 comments, 59 reshares, 482 +1s)Open 

Painted Hills in the Temblor Range, 2010

This was the most spectacular wildflower display I've even seen. The flowers often grew in pure stands, devoid of grass—a splash of yellow here, purple there. It looked like someone had dripped paint on the hills.

In this photograph, the two ridges cutting across the bottom part of the frame are actually separated from the top half of the picture by a deep canyon at least a quarter-mile wide. But you’d never know it, because the long focal length (120mm) flattened the perspective and brought in the distant hillsides, making them appear bigger and closer to the foreground ridges. This helped create a unified, rhythmic pattern of zigzags and diagonals from elements that were physically distant from each other.

In my latest blog post I describe how to use wide-angle lenses to expand space and create a sense of depth, oruse ... more »

Painted Hills in the Temblor Range, 2010

This was the most spectacular wildflower display I've even seen. The flowers often grew in pure stands, devoid of grass—a splash of yellow here, purple there. It looked like someone had dripped paint on the hills.

In this photograph, the two ridges cutting across the bottom part of the frame are actually separated from the top half of the picture by a deep canyon at least a quarter-mile wide. But you’d never know it, because the long focal length (120mm) flattened the perspective and brought in the distant hillsides, making them appear bigger and closer to the foreground ridges. This helped create a unified, rhythmic pattern of zigzags and diagonals from elements that were physically distant from each other.

In my latest blog post I describe how to use wide-angle lenses to expand space and create a sense of depth, or use telephoto lenses to compress space and emphasize patterns:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/29/lenses-perspective/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #wildflowerwednesday   #wildflowers   #spring   #california   #californiaphotography  ___

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2015-03-22 23:35:17 (28 comments, 27 reshares, 369 +1s)Open 

Happy Spring!

Although spring officially began two days ago, here in California we’ve had springlike conditions since February, while in the northeast spring is just a rumor. But flowers will bloom everywhere, eventually, and it’s a great season for photography.

Though I usually prefer to photograph flowers as part of a landscape, sometimes I enjoy doing closeups as well. This image was made in the Yosemite high country a few years ago, with part of a paintbrush in focus, and out-of-focus lupines in the foreground. This technique of using out-of-focus flowers to create a wash of color, and an impressionistic look, is fun to try, but tricky. It requires a densely-packed group of flowers, and a lot of experimentation. You'll find some tips on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/22/happy-spring/

#wildflowerwednesday  #... more »

Happy Spring!

Although spring officially began two days ago, here in California we’ve had springlike conditions since February, while in the northeast spring is just a rumor. But flowers will bloom everywhere, eventually, and it’s a great season for photography.

Though I usually prefer to photograph flowers as part of a landscape, sometimes I enjoy doing closeups as well. This image was made in the Yosemite high country a few years ago, with part of a paintbrush in focus, and out-of-focus lupines in the foreground. This technique of using out-of-focus flowers to create a wash of color, and an impressionistic look, is fun to try, but tricky. It requires a densely-packed group of flowers, and a lot of experimentation. You'll find some tips on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/22/happy-spring/

#wildflowerwednesday   #wildflowers   #spring  ___

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2015-03-21 19:09:23 (25 comments, 54 reshares, 481 +1s)Open 

Special Print Sale: One Day Left

Just a reminder that the special Ansel Adams Gallery print sale ends tomorrow, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. So until then you can get a 16×20 or 20×24 print of this image, Moon Rising Above Yosemite Valley, or Orchard and Sunbeams With Fog, for 25% off. Click this link to see all the details, and read the stories behind the photographs:

https://shop.anseladams.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=98

Special Print Sale: One Day Left

Just a reminder that the special Ansel Adams Gallery print sale ends tomorrow, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. So until then you can get a 16×20 or 20×24 print of this image, Moon Rising Above Yosemite Valley, or Orchard and Sunbeams With Fog, for 25% off. Click this link to see all the details, and read the stories behind the photographs:

https://shop.anseladams.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=98___

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2015-03-16 18:19:34 (35 comments, 54 reshares, 649 +1s)Open 

Special Ansel Adams Gallery Print Sale

I’m pleased to announce that once again The Ansel Adams Gallery is sponsoring a special print sale of two of my photographs, at 25% off the normal price. The two images we selected for this offer are Orchard With Sunbeams and Fog, Sacramento Valley, California (shown here), and Moon Rising Above the Valley, Yosemite National Park. These two photographs have never been exhibited at a gallery or sold before, although, as many of you know, both of these images were voted by my readers to be included in my best images of 2014, and the Orchard With Sunbeams and Fog photograph was the top vote-getter.

See my latest blog post to find out more about this print offer:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/16/special-ansel-adams-gallery-print-sale-3/

Special Ansel Adams Gallery Print Sale

I’m pleased to announce that once again The Ansel Adams Gallery is sponsoring a special print sale of two of my photographs, at 25% off the normal price. The two images we selected for this offer are Orchard With Sunbeams and Fog, Sacramento Valley, California (shown here), and Moon Rising Above the Valley, Yosemite National Park. These two photographs have never been exhibited at a gallery or sold before, although, as many of you know, both of these images were voted by my readers to be included in my best images of 2014, and the Orchard With Sunbeams and Fog photograph was the top vote-getter.

See my latest blog post to find out more about this print offer:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/16/special-ansel-adams-gallery-print-sale-3/___

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2015-03-15 21:14:07 (29 comments, 23 reshares, 416 +1s)Open 

Spring Runoff, Merced River

I made this photograph several years ago when high spring runoff filled the Merced River west of Yosemite. My friend Mike and I were attracted to this spot by the gold reflections in the water, from high clouds catching the late-afternoon sun. The lone, partially-submerged willow provided a great focal point, something for viewer's eyes to latch onto before traveling around the circular pattern in the waves. The shutter speed was two seconds, smoothing the water, creating a contrast in textures, and helping the willow to stand out against a less distracting background. It was one of those fortunate moments when everything came together, and the photograph seemed to compose itself.

It's been such a dry winter here that I'm wondering if we'll see runoff like this over the next couple of months. I hope so, but we need more snow!
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Spring Runoff, Merced River

I made this photograph several years ago when high spring runoff filled the Merced River west of Yosemite. My friend Mike and I were attracted to this spot by the gold reflections in the water, from high clouds catching the late-afternoon sun. The lone, partially-submerged willow provided a great focal point, something for viewer's eyes to latch onto before traveling around the circular pattern in the waves. The shutter speed was two seconds, smoothing the water, creating a contrast in textures, and helping the willow to stand out against a less distracting background. It was one of those fortunate moments when everything came together, and the photograph seemed to compose itself.

It's been such a dry winter here that I'm wondering if we'll see runoff like this over the next couple of months. I hope so, but we need more snow!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #minimalmonday   #ministractmonday   #zensunday   #thistythursday   #inmotionthursday   #spring   #mercedriver  ___

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2015-03-14 20:01:37 (69 comments, 124 reshares, 1687 +1s)Open 

A Good Year for Redbuds

This photograph is from 2002, but the redbuds along the Merced River Canyon (west of Yosemite along Highway 140) are looking great this year too. They're near their peak, or just before peak, right now. You can read a full report on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/14/good-year-redbuds/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #wildflowerwednesday   #wildlflower   #redbud  

A Good Year for Redbuds

This photograph is from 2002, but the redbuds along the Merced River Canyon (west of Yosemite along Highway 140) are looking great this year too. They're near their peak, or just before peak, right now. You can read a full report on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/14/good-year-redbuds/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #wildflowerwednesday   #wildlflower   #redbud  ___

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2015-03-12 20:44:34 (43 comments, 112 reshares, 1234 +1s)Open 

When Should You Include a Foreground?

In this photograph, made a number of years ago in White Sands National Monument, I liked the shapes of the dunes, but thought the lone yucca was even more compelling. So in this case, the foreground was essential; it's really the subject and focal point of the image.

But that's not always the case. Many great landscape photographs have no foreground whatsoever (Ansel Adams' Moon and Half Dome comes to mind). In my latest blog post I discuss when you need a foreground, when you don't, and why some foregrounds work better than others:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/12/include-foreground-landscape-photograph/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nationalparksmonday   #whitesands   #whitesandsnationalmonument   #dune   #sanddunes   #desert  #desert... more »

When Should You Include a Foreground?

In this photograph, made a number of years ago in White Sands National Monument, I liked the shapes of the dunes, but thought the lone yucca was even more compelling. So in this case, the foreground was essential; it's really the subject and focal point of the image.

But that's not always the case. Many great landscape photographs have no foreground whatsoever (Ansel Adams' Moon and Half Dome comes to mind). In my latest blog post I discuss when you need a foreground, when you don't, and why some foregrounds work better than others:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/12/include-foreground-landscape-photograph/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nationalparksmonday   #whitesands   #whitesandsnationalmonument   #dune   #sanddunes   #desert   #desertphotography  ___

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2015-03-05 23:02:22 (26 comments, 42 reshares, 584 +1s)Open 

March Light

It’s the time of year when both El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall get late-afternoon sunlight when seen from the west end of Yosemite Valley. Knowing this, I watched the weather closely on Monday. Some showers moved through, and it seemed like the last chance of seeing interesting clouds for awhile, so I decided to hike up above Tunnel View to a spot near Old Inspiration Point. I got there in time to catch one moment with beautiful cloud shadows. I especially like the shadow near the bottom of El Capitan.

I describe the March light in Yosemite in more detail, with a few examples, in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/05/march-light/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalparks   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography ... more »

March Light

It’s the time of year when both El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall get late-afternoon sunlight when seen from the west end of Yosemite Valley. Knowing this, I watched the weather closely on Monday. Some showers moved through, and it seemed like the last chance of seeing interesting clouds for awhile, so I decided to hike up above Tunnel View to a spot near Old Inspiration Point. I got there in time to catch one moment with beautiful cloud shadows. I especially like the shadow near the bottom of El Capitan.

I describe the March light in Yosemite in more detail, with a few examples, in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/03/05/march-light/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalparks   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2015-03-01 23:14:46 (23 comments, 35 reshares, 526 +1s)Open 

Rocks and Clouds

“Time, geologic time, looks out at us from the rocks as from no other objects in the landscape… Even if we do not know our geology, there is something in the face of a cliff and in the look of a granite boulder that gives us pause.” — John Burroughs

Photography has a great ability to showcase contrasting textures, which is perhaps why hard rocks and soft clouds fit together so well. In Yosemite the rocks are a given; they’re always there. It’s the clouds that are more elusive, especially during these dry years.

A few showers reached Yosemite on Friday night and Saturday, bringing only a tenth of an inch of rain, but creating a welcome opportunity to photograph some weather. The Yosemite webcams looked interesting yesterday afternoon, so I headed up to the valley and ended up at Tunnel View. While no light ever struck El Capitan orBridalveil ... more »

Rocks and Clouds

“Time, geologic time, looks out at us from the rocks as from no other objects in the landscape… Even if we do not know our geology, there is something in the face of a cliff and in the look of a granite boulder that gives us pause.” — John Burroughs

Photography has a great ability to showcase contrasting textures, which is perhaps why hard rocks and soft clouds fit together so well. In Yosemite the rocks are a given; they’re always there. It’s the clouds that are more elusive, especially during these dry years.

A few showers reached Yosemite on Friday night and Saturday, bringing only a tenth of an inch of rain, but creating a welcome opportunity to photograph some weather. The Yosemite webcams looked interesting yesterday afternoon, so I headed up to the valley and ended up at Tunnel View. While no light ever struck El Capitan or Bridalveil Fall, I found some beautiful dappled light and swirling clouds around Half Dome, creating that wonderful close juxtaposition between rocks and clouds that occurs in Yosemite perhaps more often than anywhere else.

I was also in the valley Friday evening for the +Yosemite Renaissance exhibit reception, and there were some nice clouds and moments of light that evening as well. The Renaissance reception is always a really fun event, and it was great to see a lot of friends there. Congratulations to everyone who has work in the show, including +David Hoffman, +Penny Otwell, +G Dan Mitchell, +Charlotte Gibb, +Franka M. Gabler, and others!

+Landscape Photography  #landscapephotography   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalpark   #nationalparkphotos   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #halfdome  ___

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2015-02-24 22:02:19 (26 comments, 26 reshares, 324 +1s)Open 

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/24/signs-spring/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #wildflowerwednesday   #wildflowers   #redbud   #spring  

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/24/signs-spring/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #wildflowerwednesday   #wildflowers   #redbud   #spring  ___

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2015-02-22 22:20:04 (31 comments, 55 reshares, 749 +1s)Open 

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 waterlevel... more »

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/22/birds-light-horsetail-update/

#birdphotographymonday   #birdphotography   #moonmonday   #wildlifewednesday   #wildlifephotography   #birdsinfocus   #sunsetsaturday   #sanjoaquinvalley   #geese   #moon   #venus  ___

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2015-02-16 01:56:07 (146 comments, 261 reshares, 2574 +1s)Open 

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/15/subject-meet-light/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography #wildl... more »

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/15/subject-meet-light/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #wildlifephotography   #birdphotography   #sunsunday   #wildlifewednesday   #birdsinfocus   #sunsetsaturday   #sunsetphotography   #sanjoaquinvalley   #birds   #wildlife  ___

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2015-02-13 01:36:55 (53 comments, 87 reshares, 844 +1s)Open 

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/12/yosemite-falls-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #waterfallwednesday   #longexposurethursday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #nationalparksphotography   #waterfallphotography   #nighttimephotography   #yosemite  #yosemite... more »

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:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/02/12/yosemite-falls-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #waterfallwednesday   #longexposurethursday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #nationalparksphotography   #waterfallphotography   #nighttimephotography   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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