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Landscape Photography Show13,477*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 03:00:00679  
Landscape Photography Show13,477Come 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 Bonocore372,106_* 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 00:00:00278  

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2015-12-17 23:30:17 (43 comments; 26 reshares; 307 +1s)Open 

A Snowy Morning

It snowed Sunday night, and on Monday morning I drove up to Yosemite Valley and photographed some of the snowy beauty along the Merced River. These golden, zigzag reflections caught my eye, and I've also included several other images from that morning on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/17/snowy-morning/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #thirstythursday   #snowysaturday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #winterwednesday   #yosemite   #yosemitephotography   #yosemitenationalpark   #winter   #snow  

Most reshares: 76

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2015-12-01 21:39:28 (39 comments; 76 reshares; 402 +1s)Open 

El Capitan by Moonlight

In case you didn't see this on my blog, here's another photograph from last Wednesday evening. After making the image at Tunnel View from my last post, I headed down to Yosemite Valley. The clouds and mist lingered for awhile, so I was able to capture some nice moonlit moments with El Capitan and the Merced River. Again, you can read the story behind this photograph (and the previous one) on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/29/clearing-storm-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalparks   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  

Most plusones: 402

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2015-12-01 21:39:28 (39 comments; 76 reshares; 402 +1s)Open 

El Capitan by Moonlight

In case you didn't see this on my blog, here's another photograph from last Wednesday evening. After making the image at Tunnel View from my last post, I headed down to Yosemite Valley. The clouds and mist lingered for awhile, so I was able to capture some nice moonlit moments with El Capitan and the Merced River. Again, you can read the story behind this photograph (and the previous one) on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/29/clearing-storm-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalparks   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  

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2016-02-08 22:38:34 (3 comments; 10 reshares; 132 +1s)Open 

Ross's Geese in Fog, San Joaquin Valley

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

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

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

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Ross's Geese in Fog, San Joaquin Valley

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #birdphotographymonday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #wildlifewednesday   #thirstythursday   #birdsinfocus   #sunrisesaturday   #dawnonsunday   #birdphotography   #wildlifephotography   #sanjoaquinvalley   #sunrise  ___

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2016-02-07 23:58:06 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 126 +1s)Open 

It's Superb Owl Sunday...

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

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

#owl   #greatgrayowl   #yosemite   #superbowl  

It's Superb Owl Sunday...

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

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

#owl   #greatgrayowl   #yosemite   #superbowl  ___

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2016-02-03 00:50:41 (15 comments; 40 reshares; 254 +1s)Open 

A Clearing Storm by Starlight

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #skysunday  #mirro... more »

A Clearing Storm by Starlight

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #skysunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalparks   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nightphotography  ___

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2016-01-31 20:42:47 (16 comments; 23 reshares; 217 +1s)Open 

Waiting for the Storm to Clear

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

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

Waiting for the Storm to Clear

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #winterwednesday   #snowysaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nationalparks  ___

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2016-01-27 00:33:57 (6 comments; 33 reshares; 188 +1s)Open 

Stormy Weather

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #stormyfriday   #snowysaturday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  

Stormy Weather

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #stormyfriday   #snowysaturday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2016-01-20 18:12:43 (17 comments; 24 reshares; 221 +1s)Open 

Horsetail Fall Forecast*

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

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

#landscapephotography   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #horsetailfall   #firefall  

Horsetail Fall Forecast*

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

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

#landscapephotography   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #horsetailfall   #firefall  ___

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2016-01-17 21:37:04 (19 comments; 33 reshares; 312 +1s)Open 

Misty Morning

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #winterwednesday   #snowysaturday   #sunrisesaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #halfdome   #nationalpark  

Misty Morning

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #winterwednesday   #snowysaturday   #sunrisesaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #halfdome   #nationalpark  ___

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2016-01-10 22:22:11 (26 comments; 19 reshares; 254 +1s)Open 

A Snowy Day

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #monochromemonday   #moodymonday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #wetwednesday   #winterwednesday   #thirstythursday   #stormyfriday   #snowysaturday  #yosemite   #... more »

A Snowy Day

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #monochromemonday   #moodymonday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #wetwednesday   #winterwednesday   #thirstythursday   #stormyfriday   #snowysaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #winter   #snow  ___

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2016-01-05 01:31:38 (28 comments; 30 reshares; 284 +1s)Open 

My Top Photographs of 2015

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

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #waterfallwednesday   #longexposurethursday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nationalparks   #nationalparkphotography   #nightphotography  #moonlight  ... more »

My Top Photographs of 2015

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

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

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

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

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #waterfallwednesday   #longexposurethursday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nationalparks   #nationalparkphotography   #nightphotography   #moonlight  ___

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2016-01-03 21:41:48 (11 comments; 29 reshares; 186 +1s)Open 

Voting Deadline is Midnight Tonight

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

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

And to those of you who have already voted – thank you very much!

Voting Deadline is Midnight Tonight

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

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

And to those of you who have already voted – thank you very much!___

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2016-01-01 21:58:12 (10 comments; 13 reshares; 185 +1s)Open 

Picking My Best Images of 2015

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

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

Thanks for your help, and Happy New Year!

Picking My Best Images of 2015

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

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

Thanks for your help, and Happy New Year!___

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2015-12-31 22:47:19 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 93 +1s)Open 

Happy New Year! May all your dreams take flight in 2016.

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

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



Happy New Year! May all your dreams take flight in 2016.

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

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

___

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2015-12-29 23:38:43 (14 comments; 12 reshares; 165 +1s)Open 

Morning Light, Gates of the Valley, Yosemite

After the big rainstorm last week I drove up to Yosemite Valley early Wednesday morning, and found myself at Gates of the Valley as the sun started to hit El Capitan and light up the clouds above. I ended up using a slow shutter speed (15 seconds) to smooth the water, and stitched four frames together to create this black-and-white panorama.

By my very high standards this wasn’t the most exciting morning in Yosemite Valley, but there were ten minutes of beautiful light, and the resulting photograph has a certain hard-to-define mood that has grown on me. You can find an in-depth explanation of how this photograph was made on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/29/morning-light-gates-valley/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #lon... more »

Morning Light, Gates of the Valley, Yosemite

After the big rainstorm last week I drove up to Yosemite Valley early Wednesday morning, and found myself at Gates of the Valley as the sun started to hit El Capitan and light up the clouds above. I ended up using a slow shutter speed (15 seconds) to smooth the water, and stitched four frames together to create this black-and-white panorama.

By my very high standards this wasn’t the most exciting morning in Yosemite Valley, but there were ten minutes of beautiful light, and the resulting photograph has a certain hard-to-define mood that has grown on me. You can find an in-depth explanation of how this photograph was made on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/29/morning-light-gates-valley/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #longexposurethursday   #longexposurephotography   #thirstythursday   #snowysaturday   #sunrisesaturday   #skysunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #blackandwhitephotography  ___

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2015-12-28 00:55:13 (25 comments; 43 reshares; 272 +1s)Open 

Half Dome, North Dome, and the Merced River by Moonlight, Yosemite

This is another moonlit photograph from last Saturday night. When I first arrived at this spot Half Dome was completely obscured by fog. But I waited, and soon Half Dome and North Dome started to appear through the mist. I made a series of images with similar compositions as the clouds and mist shifted, but I particularly liked the light in this one. Sony A7rII, Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens, 20 seconds at f/4, 4000 ISO.

I just posted a few more images from that night on my blog, along with some additional details about how these photographs were made, and the technical tradeoffs involved in night photography:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/27/moonlit-night/

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Half Dome, North Dome, and the Merced River by Moonlight, Yosemite

This is another moonlit photograph from last Saturday night. When I first arrived at this spot Half Dome was completely obscured by fog. But I waited, and soon Half Dome and North Dome started to appear through the mist. I made a series of images with similar compositions as the clouds and mist shifted, but I particularly liked the light in this one. Sony A7rII, Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens, 20 seconds at f/4, 4000 ISO.

I just posted a few more images from that night on my blog, along with some additional details about how these photographs were made, and the technical tradeoffs involved in night photography:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/27/moonlit-night/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #moonmonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #winterwednesday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #halfdome   #nightphotography   #moonlight  ___

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2015-12-24 19:58:28 (20 comments; 13 reshares; 184 +1s)Open 

Merry Christmas!

To all of you who celebrate the day, Claudia and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful holiday, full of peace, joy, and the love of family and friends.

This is another moonlit photo from Saturday night (actually early Sunday morning). After making the image from the previous post at Gates of the Valley I headed up to Tunnel View. When I arrived the valley was hidden by a thick bank of fog, but eventually the mist parted, revealing stars, Jupiter, and cliffs lit by the setting moon. Claudia thought this had a Christmas feeling to it, and I had to agree, so it seemed like an appropriate photograph to post today.

We hope you have a great holiday season!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #mistymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday  #winter... more »

Merry Christmas!

To all of you who celebrate the day, Claudia and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful holiday, full of peace, joy, and the love of family and friends.

This is another moonlit photo from Saturday night (actually early Sunday morning). After making the image from the previous post at Gates of the Valley I headed up to Tunnel View. When I arrived the valley was hidden by a thick bank of fog, but eventually the mist parted, revealing stars, Jupiter, and cliffs lit by the setting moon. Claudia thought this had a Christmas feeling to it, and I had to agree, so it seemed like an appropriate photograph to post today.

We hope you have a great holiday season!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #mistymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #winterwednesday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nightphotography  ___

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2015-12-21 00:56:56 (20 comments; 38 reshares; 341 +1s)Open 

Gates of the Valley by Moonlight

A small storm cleared after dark yesterday, so I drove up to Yosemite Valley and spent several hours photographing by the light of a two-thirds-full moon.

This image from Gates of the Valley was made around 12:40 a.m. I stitched four frames together in order to fit everything in, and blended the images with Lightroom's Panorama Merge. You can read the story behind the photo on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/20/gates-valley-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #winterwednesday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nightphotography   #moonlight  

Gates of the Valley by Moonlight

A small storm cleared after dark yesterday, so I drove up to Yosemite Valley and spent several hours photographing by the light of a two-thirds-full moon.

This image from Gates of the Valley was made around 12:40 a.m. I stitched four frames together in order to fit everything in, and blended the images with Lightroom's Panorama Merge. You can read the story behind the photo on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/20/gates-valley-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #winterwednesday   #thirstythursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nightphotography   #moonlight  ___

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2015-12-17 23:30:17 (43 comments; 26 reshares; 307 +1s)Open 

A Snowy Morning

It snowed Sunday night, and on Monday morning I drove up to Yosemite Valley and photographed some of the snowy beauty along the Merced River. These golden, zigzag reflections caught my eye, and I've also included several other images from that morning on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/17/snowy-morning/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #thirstythursday   #snowysaturday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #winterwednesday   #yosemite   #yosemitephotography   #yosemitenationalpark   #winter   #snow  

A Snowy Morning

It snowed Sunday night, and on Monday morning I drove up to Yosemite Valley and photographed some of the snowy beauty along the Merced River. These golden, zigzag reflections caught my eye, and I've also included several other images from that morning on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/17/snowy-morning/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #thirstythursday   #snowysaturday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #winterwednesday   #yosemite   #yosemitephotography   #yosemitenationalpark   #winter   #snow  ___

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2015-12-13 21:27:06 (11 comments; 9 reshares; 138 +1s)Open 

A Poor Autumn

In most people’s estimation – including mine – this year was a poor one for fall color on the eastern side of the Sierra. Some aspen groves just turned brown and dropped their leaves early, probably because they were stressed by the drought. Other more well-watered groves turned late. It was hard to find areas where most of the trees were at peak color at the same time.

And yet, despite all that, we found some wonderful color on the east side this fall. I had a great time photographing the aspens before, during, and after our workshops. I posted a couple of eastern-Sierra grand landscape scenes earlier, but here is one of my more intimate landscapes from over there this fall, and you can see several more on my blog: 

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/13/poor-autumn/

Whether the color is early or late, good orbad, t... more »

A Poor Autumn

In most people’s estimation – including mine – this year was a poor one for fall color on the eastern side of the Sierra. Some aspen groves just turned brown and dropped their leaves early, probably because they were stressed by the drought. Other more well-watered groves turned late. It was hard to find areas where most of the trees were at peak color at the same time.

And yet, despite all that, we found some wonderful color on the east side this fall. I had a great time photographing the aspens before, during, and after our workshops. I posted a couple of eastern-Sierra grand landscape scenes earlier, but here is one of my more intimate landscapes from over there this fall, and you can see several more on my blog: 

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/12/13/poor-autumn/

Whether the color is early or late, good or bad, there’s always something to photograph over there in October. Nature is resilient, and ever-beautiful.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #fallfriday   #sierranevada   #easternsierra   #autumn   #fall   #autumnphotography   #fallcolor   #autumncolor   #aspens  ___

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2015-12-07 01:06:13 (20 comments; 9 reshares; 172 +1s)Open 

Autumn Reflections

Fall is such a wonderful season, but it's over so quickly. Here's an October photograph from the Eastern Sierra that I haven't had a chance to post yet, with aspens reflected in a beaver pond. I really liked the colors and textures of the reeds and willows in this scene.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #treetuesday   #thirstythursday   #fallfriday   #autumn   #fall   #autumnphotography   #fallcolors   #easternsierra   #sierranevada  

Autumn Reflections

Fall is such a wonderful season, but it's over so quickly. Here's an October photograph from the Eastern Sierra that I haven't had a chance to post yet, with aspens reflected in a beaver pond. I really liked the colors and textures of the reeds and willows in this scene.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #treetuesday   #thirstythursday   #fallfriday   #autumn   #fall   #autumnphotography   #fallcolors   #easternsierra   #sierranevada  ___

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2015-12-01 21:39:28 (39 comments; 76 reshares; 402 +1s)Open 

El Capitan by Moonlight

In case you didn't see this on my blog, here's another photograph from last Wednesday evening. After making the image at Tunnel View from my last post, I headed down to Yosemite Valley. The clouds and mist lingered for awhile, so I was able to capture some nice moonlit moments with El Capitan and the Merced River. Again, you can read the story behind this photograph (and the previous one) on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/29/clearing-storm-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalparks   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  

El Capitan by Moonlight

In case you didn't see this on my blog, here's another photograph from last Wednesday evening. After making the image at Tunnel View from my last post, I headed down to Yosemite Valley. The clouds and mist lingered for awhile, so I was able to capture some nice moonlit moments with El Capitan and the Merced River. Again, you can read the story behind this photograph (and the previous one) on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/29/clearing-storm-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #winterwednesday   #nightphotographyfriday   #snowysaturday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #nationalparks   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2015-11-29 23:34:38 (31 comments; 30 reshares; 335 +1s)Open 

A Clearing Storm by Moonlight

Wednesday night I got to photograph a beautiful clearing storm from Tunnel View in Yosemite by moonlight. I've posted the story behind this photograph on my blog, where you can also see two more images from that evening:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/29/clearing-storm-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #moonrisemonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #longexposurethursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #stormyfriday   #snowysaturday   #nightphotography   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #moonlight   #nationalpark  

A Clearing Storm by Moonlight

Wednesday night I got to photograph a beautiful clearing storm from Tunnel View in Yosemite by moonlight. I've posted the story behind this photograph on my blog, where you can also see two more images from that evening:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/29/clearing-storm-moonlight/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #mistymonday   #moodymonday   #moonrisemonday   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #longexposurethursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #stormyfriday   #snowysaturday   #nightphotography   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #moonlight   #nationalpark  ___

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2015-11-27 20:44:53 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 140 +1s)Open 

50 Percent Off Everything at Craft & Vision!

Today and tomorrow, everything is 50% off at Craft & Vision. And better yet, they’re donating 20% of every sale to the Red Cross to support Syrian refugees.

This photograph of Half Dome and high water during the spring of 2011 is part of my article "Singing the Blue Sky Blues," about capturing great images on sunny days, in the latest issue of Craft & Vision's Photograph magazine. All issues of Photograph, along with all the Craft & Vision ebooks, are on sale. Here's a direct link to their store:

http://bit.ly/1SnZXYz

And here's a link to my blog post which lists some of the Craft & Vision ebooks I recommend:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/27/50-percent-everything-craft-vision/

#landscapephotography  +LandscapePh... more »

50 Percent Off Everything at Craft & Vision!

Today and tomorrow, everything is 50% off at Craft & Vision. And better yet, they’re donating 20% of every sale to the Red Cross to support Syrian refugees.

This photograph of Half Dome and high water during the spring of 2011 is part of my article "Singing the Blue Sky Blues," about capturing great images on sunny days, in the latest issue of Craft & Vision's Photograph magazine. All issues of Photograph, along with all the Craft & Vision ebooks, are on sale. Here's a direct link to their store:

http://bit.ly/1SnZXYz

And here's a link to my blog post which lists some of the Craft & Vision ebooks I recommend:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/27/50-percent-everything-craft-vision/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #sunrisesaturday   #dawnonsunday   #mirrorsandreflections   #mountainmonday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #wetwednesday   #thirstythursday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2015-11-26 20:11:00 (14 comments; 14 reshares; 196 +1s)Open 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have many things to be thankful for today. First and foremost, I’m grateful to all of you here on G+ for your support, participation, and thoughtful commentary.

I’m also grateful for the rain and snow we’ve had recently. We need a lot more, but the winter rainy season is off to a good start.

And I’m very thankful for my friends, and my wonderful family. I’ve been truly blessed to be married to the same kind and beautiful woman for almost 30 years.

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I hope you all have many things to be grateful for today. Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have many things to be thankful for today. First and foremost, I’m grateful to all of you here on G+ for your support, participation, and thoughtful commentary.

I’m also grateful for the rain and snow we’ve had recently. We need a lot more, but the winter rainy season is off to a good start.

And I’m very thankful for my friends, and my wonderful family. I’ve been truly blessed to be married to the same kind and beautiful woman for almost 30 years.

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I hope you all have many things to be grateful for today. Happy Thanksgiving!___

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2015-11-22 21:09:42 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 115 +1s)Open 

Fog and Clouds Over Mono Lake

On this October morning we had planned to go the June Lake Loop, but some interesting clouds prompted me to photograph sunrise along the lakeshore. As the sunrise color faded, I noticed a layer of fog forming over the lake. We drove up toward Conway Summit to get above the fog, and stopped along the road, where I stayed for about 30 minutes photographing the shifting fog and clouds. This is a blend of three exposures using Lightroom’s new HDR Merge.

Mono Lake is an amazing place. I was able to photograph the lake under a variety of conditions this summer and fall, and posted a small portfolio of these image on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/22/moods-mono-lake/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #sunsunday   #mistymonday   #moodymondday   #monolake  

Fog and Clouds Over Mono Lake

On this October morning we had planned to go the June Lake Loop, but some interesting clouds prompted me to photograph sunrise along the lakeshore. As the sunrise color faded, I noticed a layer of fog forming over the lake. We drove up toward Conway Summit to get above the fog, and stopped along the road, where I stayed for about 30 minutes photographing the shifting fog and clouds. This is a blend of three exposures using Lightroom’s new HDR Merge.

Mono Lake is an amazing place. I was able to photograph the lake under a variety of conditions this summer and fall, and posted a small portfolio of these image on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/22/moods-mono-lake/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #skysunday   #sunsunday   #mistymonday   #moodymondday   #monolake  ___

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2015-11-17 23:30:53 (17 comments; 7 reshares; 117 +1s)Open 

September's Lunar Eclipse

Here, finally, is my photograph of the lunar eclipse on September 27th. We had planned to go to the Alabama Hills, but high clouds forced us to change plans, so we ended up at Joshua Tree National Park.

I went a bit wild with the colors on the Joshua trees, but it seemed to fit. I could title this "Alien Landing Zone." This was, as you can imagine, a complex sequence to photograph and assemble; my latest blog post has the whole story:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/17/septembers-lunar-eclipse/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #nightphotographyfriday   #nationalparksmonday   #joshuatree   #joshuatreenationalpark   #desert   #nightphotography   #lunareclipse   #lightpainting  

September's Lunar Eclipse

Here, finally, is my photograph of the lunar eclipse on September 27th. We had planned to go to the Alabama Hills, but high clouds forced us to change plans, so we ended up at Joshua Tree National Park.

I went a bit wild with the colors on the Joshua trees, but it seemed to fit. I could title this "Alien Landing Zone." This was, as you can imagine, a complex sequence to photograph and assemble; my latest blog post has the whole story:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/17/septembers-lunar-eclipse/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #nightphotographyfriday   #nationalparksmonday   #joshuatree   #joshuatreenationalpark   #desert   #nightphotography   #lunareclipse   #lightpainting  ___

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2015-11-16 00:47:59 (7 comments; 9 reshares; 150 +1s)Open 

First Snowfall

We had a dusting of snow in Yosemite Valley on Tuesday morning. I looked for some trees that might still have fall color, and a coating of snow, and found this beautifully-shaped oak with golden leaves.

I've posted a few more images from that storm on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/15/first-snowfall/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #fallfriday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #autumn   #autumncolors   #fall   #fallcolors   #autumnphotography  

First Snowfall

We had a dusting of snow in Yosemite Valley on Tuesday morning. I looked for some trees that might still have fall color, and a coating of snow, and found this beautifully-shaped oak with golden leaves.

I've posted a few more images from that storm on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/15/first-snowfall/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #fallfriday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #autumn   #autumncolors   #fall   #fallcolors   #autumnphotography  ___

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2015-11-13 14:56:37 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Last Chance for a Discount on My Lightroom eBook

A quick reminder that the price for my Landscapes in Lightroom ebook and video package will go up on Sunday (at midnight Pacific time) from $14.95 to $27.00. This is your last chance to get the new edition at the old price! The new version has been updated for Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC, and includes eight step-by-step examples, plus ten video tutorials. Visit this page for more information:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/landscapes-in-lightroom/

#landscapephotography   #lightroom   #digitaldarkroom  

Last Chance for a Discount on My Lightroom eBook

A quick reminder that the price for my Landscapes in Lightroom ebook and video package will go up on Sunday (at midnight Pacific time) from $14.95 to $27.00. This is your last chance to get the new edition at the old price! The new version has been updated for Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC, and includes eight step-by-step examples, plus ten video tutorials. Visit this page for more information:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/landscapes-in-lightroom/

#landscapephotography   #lightroom   #digitaldarkroom  ___

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2015-11-09 00:29:52 (15 comments; 20 reshares; 223 +1s)Open 

More Colorado Aspens

As I said recently, I had many opportunities to photograph aspens as part of a larger landscape this fall. But of course I photographed more intimate scenes as well, and I’ve included a selection of smaller-scale aspen photographs from Colorado in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/08/colorado-aspens/

One of the things I looked for this year in Colorado was aspens next to water. The small, remote pond in this photograph had a beautiful stand of aspens growing next to it. The trunks remind me of a baleen whale’s teeth.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #treetuesday   #thirstythursday   #fallfriday   #colorado   #autumn   #fall   #fallcolors   #aspens  

More Colorado Aspens

As I said recently, I had many opportunities to photograph aspens as part of a larger landscape this fall. But of course I photographed more intimate scenes as well, and I’ve included a selection of smaller-scale aspen photographs from Colorado in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/08/colorado-aspens/

One of the things I looked for this year in Colorado was aspens next to water. The small, remote pond in this photograph had a beautiful stand of aspens growing next to it. The trunks remind me of a baleen whale’s teeth.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #mirrorsandreflections   #treetuesday   #thirstythursday   #fallfriday   #colorado   #autumn   #fall   #fallcolors   #aspens  ___

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2015-11-06 22:51:13 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 95 +1s)Open 

Yosemite Renaissance Competition Deadline

This is a quick post to let you know that the deadline for entering the 31st annual +Yosemite Renaissance competition and exhibit is approaching on November 15th. You can find out all the details and enter online here:

http://www.yosemiterenaissance.org/yr31prospectus.html

This is a great organization and competition, and the opening reception (next February 26th) is always a really fun event. The competition is “intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite.” I’ve been honored to have my photographs accepted into the Yosemite Renaissance exhibit a number of times, and always felt I was in good company with many wonderful artists in each show. The photograph above was in the 2013 exhibit.

Full disclosure here, my wife Claudia is a (volunteer) member or the Board of Directors for YosemiteRenais... more »

Yosemite Renaissance Competition Deadline

This is a quick post to let you know that the deadline for entering the 31st annual +Yosemite Renaissance competition and exhibit is approaching on November 15th. You can find out all the details and enter online here:

http://www.yosemiterenaissance.org/yr31prospectus.html

This is a great organization and competition, and the opening reception (next February 26th) is always a really fun event. The competition is “intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite.” I’ve been honored to have my photographs accepted into the Yosemite Renaissance exhibit a number of times, and always felt I was in good company with many wonderful artists in each show. The photograph above was in the 2013 exhibit.

Full disclosure here, my wife Claudia is a (volunteer) member or the Board of Directors for Yosemite Renaissance. Because of that potential conflict of interest, I won’t be entering this year, but I encourage you to enter if you think you have some good, original work depicting Yosemite or the Sierra Nevada. (A tip: they’re looking for things that are different, original, and artistic, rather than traditional interpretations of classic views.)

I hope some of you make it into the exhibit, and maybe I’ll see you at the reception!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #fallfriday   #forestfriday   #snowysaturday   #nationalparksmonday   #treetuesday   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography  ___

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2015-11-05 18:11:07 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 178 +1s)Open 

An Early Winter Storm in Yosemite 

On Monday a large, winter-like storm reached California, dropping over two-and-a-half inches of rain in Yosemite Valley, and from one to two feet of snow at higher elevations. The winter wet season is off to a good start.

I’m not celebrating too much yet, however, because I remember this happening before. During the last four water-starved winters several large, early-season storms have created initial optimism, only to be followed by months of sunny skies. Let’s hope that this is just the first of many big storms to arrive this winter.

Naturally I had to get out and photograph the storm, and its aftermath. This image is from Tuesday morning at Tunnel View, with beautiful mist wrapped around the cliffs.

I've posted more images from the storm on my blog, along with an updated Yosemite Valley fall color report:
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An Early Winter Storm in Yosemite 

On Monday a large, winter-like storm reached California, dropping over two-and-a-half inches of rain in Yosemite Valley, and from one to two feet of snow at higher elevations. The winter wet season is off to a good start.

I’m not celebrating too much yet, however, because I remember this happening before. During the last four water-starved winters several large, early-season storms have created initial optimism, only to be followed by months of sunny skies. Let’s hope that this is just the first of many big storms to arrive this winter.

Naturally I had to get out and photograph the storm, and its aftermath. This image is from Tuesday morning at Tunnel View, with beautiful mist wrapped around the cliffs.

I've posted more images from the storm on my blog, along with an updated Yosemite Valley fall color report:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/?p=8419

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

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2015-11-03 20:26:27 (13 comments; 20 reshares; 259 +1s)Open 

Processing Autumn Landscapes

Here's another photograph from Colorado last month, made at the Dallas Divide near Ridgway. In autumn, this well-known spot can be as popular with photographers as Tunnel View. This was a gorgeous sunrise, with the sun breaking through the clouds to light the snowy mountains.

It can be challenging to process high-contrast scenes like this, especially when they have important, colorful subjects in the shade – like aspens. You need to lighten the shadows even more than normal to bring out the color, and it’s hard to do that in natural-looking way, while keeping contrast and depth. In my latest blog post I describe how I processed this image and brought out detail in the foreground:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/03/processing-autumn-landscapes/

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Processing Autumn Landscapes

Here's another photograph from Colorado last month, made at the Dallas Divide near Ridgway. In autumn, this well-known spot can be as popular with photographers as Tunnel View. This was a gorgeous sunrise, with the sun breaking through the clouds to light the snowy mountains.

It can be challenging to process high-contrast scenes like this, especially when they have important, colorful subjects in the shade – like aspens. You need to lighten the shadows even more than normal to bring out the color, and it’s hard to do that in natural-looking way, while keeping contrast and depth. In my latest blog post I describe how I processed this image and brought out detail in the foreground:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/03/processing-autumn-landscapes/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #mountainmonday   #fallfriday   #sunrisesaturday   #sunrisephotography   #colorado   #aspens   #autumn   #fall   #autumncolor   #fallcolor   #autumnphotography  ___

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2015-11-01 21:02:37 (11 comments; 16 reshares; 202 +1s)Open 

Autumn Landscapes

With their straight, white trunks and colorful leaves, aspens are great subjects for intimate landscapes. But in both Colorado and the eastern Sierra this fall we had lots of interesting weather, with great clouds, which created many opportunities to capture images of aspens as part of a larger landscape, with mountains in the background. I’ve posted a couple of these photographs already, but here's one more, and I’ve also included a few others in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/01/autumn-landscapes/

This photograph is from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Driving over Lizard Head Pass we came around a bend and spotted these sunbeams coming through the clouds. Claudia found a place to pull over, and I scrambled to set up my camera as quickly as possible. Wind was blowing rain right towardthe... more »

Autumn Landscapes

With their straight, white trunks and colorful leaves, aspens are great subjects for intimate landscapes. But in both Colorado and the eastern Sierra this fall we had lots of interesting weather, with great clouds, which created many opportunities to capture images of aspens as part of a larger landscape, with mountains in the background. I’ve posted a couple of these photographs already, but here's one more, and I’ve also included a few others in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/11/01/autumn-landscapes/

This photograph is from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Driving over Lizard Head Pass we came around a bend and spotted these sunbeams coming through the clouds. Claudia found a place to pull over, and I scrambled to set up my camera as quickly as possible. Wind was blowing rain right toward the camera, so it was a challenge to keep water drops off the lens. I stayed for at least 20 minutes capturing images of the sunbeams as they moved and changed, but this was the very first frame.

The high contrast made this a challenging photo to process. I'll talk more about processing high-contrast, colorful scenes like this in my next post.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #sunsunday   #moodymonday   #mountainmonday   #fallfriday   #stormyfriday   #colorado   #sanjuanmountains   #autumn   #fall   #autumnphotography   #autumncolors  ___

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2015-10-30 00:10:12 (17 comments; 28 reshares; 248 +1s)Open 

Clouds Lit by the Rising Moon, Yosemite Valley

After photographing sunset at Tunnel View yesterday, I waited for the moon to rise. The clouds from the afternoon showers were dissipating, but enough of them hung around to create a colorful moonrise. Here’s one of the photographs I made as the moon rose and lit the clouds overhead.

We also had some nice light at Tunnel View at sunset, and our trip to Yosemite Valley gave me a chance to check on the fall color. You can read my blog post for the fall color report:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/10/29/stormy-afternoon-fall-color-report/

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Clouds Lit by the Rising Moon, Yosemite Valley

After photographing sunset at Tunnel View yesterday, I waited for the moon to rise. The clouds from the afternoon showers were dissipating, but enough of them hung around to create a colorful moonrise. Here’s one of the photographs I made as the moon rose and lit the clouds overhead.

We also had some nice light at Tunnel View at sunset, and our trip to Yosemite Valley gave me a chance to check on the fall color. You can read my blog post for the fall color report:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/10/29/stormy-afternoon-fall-color-report/

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2015-10-25 23:07:39 (17 comments; 33 reshares; 255 +1s)Open 

Yosemite Valley Fall Color

This is a photograph from 2006, when I found a beautiful layer of big-leaf maple leaves coating the shoreline of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, with El Capitan in the background.

Will we get any color in the Valley this year? On my way home Thursday I drove the loop around Yosemite Valley to check on the fall color progression. The first thing that struck me was the cottonwoods, which have all dropped their leaves without turning yellow. Is this a sign of the drought? Maybe, but I saw the same thing happen in 2011, after one of the wettest winters and springs on record for Yosemite Valley. There are a lot of factors that affect fall color, so it’s hard to pinpoint one cause.

Some of the black oak leaves also seem to be turning brown. I’d say half of the oaks look fine (though still mostly green), and half appear to be wilting.more »

Yosemite Valley Fall Color

This is a photograph from 2006, when I found a beautiful layer of big-leaf maple leaves coating the shoreline of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, with El Capitan in the background.

Will we get any color in the Valley this year? On my way home Thursday I drove the loop around Yosemite Valley to check on the fall color progression. The first thing that struck me was the cottonwoods, which have all dropped their leaves without turning yellow. Is this a sign of the drought? Maybe, but I saw the same thing happen in 2011, after one of the wettest winters and springs on record for Yosemite Valley. There are a lot of factors that affect fall color, so it’s hard to pinpoint one cause.

Some of the black oak leaves also seem to be turning brown. I’d say half of the oaks look fine (though still mostly green), and half appear to be wilting.

On the other hand, the big-leaf maples and dogwoods look pretty normal, though they’re turning late. Many maples sport a few brown leaves, but that’s actually pretty typical. The rest of the leaves are either healthy green or starting to turn yellow, and once they all turn yellow you won’t notice the brown leaves. Most of the dogwoods look quite normal overall, though they’re turning late.

Without color from the cottonwoods, and half of the oaks, it won’t be a top-tier fall in Yosemite Valley. But the maples and dogwoods are the most colorful autumn trees in Yosemite Valley, and could still put on a good show. If so, it will be a late one, as most of those trees are still green. The maples along Southside Drive underneath Middle Cathedral Rock (and directly across the Valley from El Capitan) are often the first trees to turn in the Valley, and they were only perhaps 30 percent yellow when I drove by on Thursday. It looks like we’re a good two weeks away from the best color. I’m sure I’ll be back in Yosemite Valley again soon, and I’ll let you know how things are progressing.

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2015-10-22 19:06:07 (18 comments; 9 reshares; 232 +1s)Open 

Heading Home

After nearly a month on the road in Colorado and the eastern Sierra, Claudia and I are heading home today. But before making the drive I thought I’d post a brief report about fall color on the east side.

Colder weather and wind this week have caused many leaves at higher elevations to drop off, yet there are some beautiful patches of color at lower elevations, along with many still-green aspens. Lower Lundy Canyon (up to the end of the dirt road) looks really nice right now, with about 70 percent of the trees turning, 20 percent green, and 10 percent bare. The June Lake Loop from Grant to Silver lakes has plenty of color, but is still only perhaps 50 percent yellow and orange, with 50 percent green. Lee Vining Canyon is maybe 60 or 70 percent green, with the rest either yellow, bare, or brown. Up a little higher, Conway Summit has some large bare patches, but af... more »

Heading Home

After nearly a month on the road in Colorado and the eastern Sierra, Claudia and I are heading home today. But before making the drive I thought I’d post a brief report about fall color on the east side.

Colder weather and wind this week have caused many leaves at higher elevations to drop off, yet there are some beautiful patches of color at lower elevations, along with many still-green aspens. Lower Lundy Canyon (up to the end of the dirt road) looks really nice right now, with about 70 percent of the trees turning, 20 percent green, and 10 percent bare. The June Lake Loop from Grant to Silver lakes has plenty of color, but is still only perhaps 50 percent yellow and orange, with 50 percent green. Lee Vining Canyon is maybe 60 or 70 percent green, with the rest either yellow, bare, or brown. Up a little higher, Conway Summit has some large bare patches, but a few groves there are still quite colorful.

We’ve had a blast photographing the autumn aspen show in Colorado and California, but it will be nice to get home!

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #easternsierra   #autumn   #fall   #autumnphotography   #aspens   #thirstythursday   #fallfriday   #forestfriday  ___

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2015-10-18 18:53:22 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 138 +1s)Open 

Eastern Sierra Fall Color Update

The past week has been very warm, so there hasn’t been a big color change at the lower elevation aspen groves in the eastern Sierra during that time. But there’s definitely more color in those areas, and some great spots, although much of the June Lake Loop and Lee Vining Canyon are still green. Conway Summit, which is a little higher, has some very colorful groves, although it also has some bare trees, and green ones as well. Several spots in the greater Lee Vining area seem to have more oranges and reds than usual.

We also found some beautiful color in Bishop Creek Canyon. North Lake is past peak, though there was still some nice color along the shore. But lower down we found lots of colorful trees, especially along the road to South Lake.

We had heavy rain this morning in Lee Vining, which may have knocked some leaves down, butthe... more »

Eastern Sierra Fall Color Update

The past week has been very warm, so there hasn’t been a big color change at the lower elevation aspen groves in the eastern Sierra during that time. But there’s definitely more color in those areas, and some great spots, although much of the June Lake Loop and Lee Vining Canyon are still green. Conway Summit, which is a little higher, has some very colorful groves, although it also has some bare trees, and green ones as well. Several spots in the greater Lee Vining area seem to have more oranges and reds than usual.

We also found some beautiful color in Bishop Creek Canyon. North Lake is past peak, though there was still some nice color along the shore. But lower down we found lots of colorful trees, especially along the road to South Lake.

We had heavy rain this morning in Lee Vining, which may have knocked some leaves down, but there’s been little wind, so most of the color still seems to be intact. And all those green aspens at lower elevations should start turning quickly with the arrival of cooler weather.

I made this photograph Friday morning along the June Lake Loop, with some beautiful mist wrapping around Carson Peak.

#landscapephotography   #easternsierra   #sierranevada   #fall   #autumn   #fallcolor   #autumncolor  ___

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2015-10-12 19:28:50 (9 comments; 6 reshares; 147 +1s)Open 

 Fall Color in the Eastern Sierra

After returning from Colorado, and spending a couple of days at home, Claudia and I are back in the eastern Sierra. Yesterday we scouted areas around Lee Vining, and most of the aspen groves here are at about the stage you would expect for the second week of October. That means that the lower-elevation aspens still have a lot of green, and more color can be found in the mid- and high-elevation areas. The best color we saw was in Warren Canyon (in upper Lee Vining Canyon), where this photo was made, and also around Conway Summit (including the lowest part of the road to Virginia Lakes), and Dunderberg. The June Lake Loop and lower Lee Vining Canyon still show a lot of green. We didn’t visit Lundy Canyon yet, but heard there was some nice color there.

We also found some aspen groves that seem to have lost their leaves prematurely. These tend tobe... more »

 Fall Color in the Eastern Sierra

After returning from Colorado, and spending a couple of days at home, Claudia and I are back in the eastern Sierra. Yesterday we scouted areas around Lee Vining, and most of the aspen groves here are at about the stage you would expect for the second week of October. That means that the lower-elevation aspens still have a lot of green, and more color can be found in the mid- and high-elevation areas. The best color we saw was in Warren Canyon (in upper Lee Vining Canyon), where this photo was made, and also around Conway Summit (including the lowest part of the road to Virginia Lakes), and Dunderberg. The June Lake Loop and lower Lee Vining Canyon still show a lot of green. We didn’t visit Lundy Canyon yet, but heard there was some nice color there.

We also found some aspen groves that seem to have lost their leaves prematurely. These tend to be in drier areas, so that might a sign of the drought. But these places are a minority, and most of the aspens look healthy and are changing according to their normal schedule.

The large, lower-elevation groves in Lee Vining Canyon and along the June Lake Loop are showing signs of changing, and look like they’ll be most colorful next week. Again, it’s typical for those areas to peak around the third week of October. In the meantime, you have to look a little higher!

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2015-10-07 20:22:18 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Lightroom eBook Updated!

Here it is! The latest update to my ebook, Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide, is now available. This new edition is revised and updated for Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC, and includes two new examples and videos demonstrating how to use the most significant new features – the HDR Merge and the Panorama Merge.

For a limited time this new edition is available at the old price of 14.95, but after that it will go up to 27.00. Click here to find out more:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/10/07/lightroom-ebook-updated/

P.S. if you bought the first version, Landscapes in Lightroom 5, you’re entitled to a free update. You should have received an email with a link for downloading the new edition, but if you missed that, just email us at support@michaelfrye.com and we’ll give you a codefor a... more »

Lightroom eBook Updated!

Here it is! The latest update to my ebook, Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide, is now available. This new edition is revised and updated for Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC, and includes two new examples and videos demonstrating how to use the most significant new features – the HDR Merge and the Panorama Merge.

For a limited time this new edition is available at the old price of 14.95, but after that it will go up to 27.00. Click here to find out more:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/10/07/lightroom-ebook-updated/

P.S. if you bought the first version, Landscapes in Lightroom 5, you’re entitled to a free update. You should have received an email with a link for downloading the new edition, but if you missed that, just email us at support@michaelfrye.com and we’ll give you a code for a free download.

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2015-10-06 21:47:42 (13 comments; 14 reshares; 170 +1s)Open 

Colorado Color

We’ve had a wonderful time in Colorado – again. The color hasn’t been as good as last year, but all the locals said that was one of the best autumns they’ve seen. This year the color was shaping up nicely around the San Juan Mountains in the southwestern part of the state, but then last Friday strong winds blew the leaves off many of the aspen leaves. Some areas seem to have received especially strong winds, leaving either bare trees or green ones, and few yellow leaves. But other places weren’t affected much at all, so there were still large swaths of spectacular color.

Here’s a photo from last week near Red Mountain Pass, outside of Ouray. This was made before the wind storm, but this is a high-elevation, early-changing spot, so some of the leaves had already fallen. Sometimes, however, a mixture of colorful leaves and bare trees is more interestingthan just a... more »

Colorado Color

We’ve had a wonderful time in Colorado – again. The color hasn’t been as good as last year, but all the locals said that was one of the best autumns they’ve seen. This year the color was shaping up nicely around the San Juan Mountains in the southwestern part of the state, but then last Friday strong winds blew the leaves off many of the aspen leaves. Some areas seem to have received especially strong winds, leaving either bare trees or green ones, and few yellow leaves. But other places weren’t affected much at all, so there were still large swaths of spectacular color.

Here’s a photo from last week near Red Mountain Pass, outside of Ouray. This was made before the wind storm, but this is a high-elevation, early-changing spot, so some of the leaves had already fallen. Sometimes, however, a mixture of colorful leaves and bare trees is more interesting than just a mass of color; in this case the bare patches helped to make the diagonal lines of color stand out and create a pattern.

I would have posted more images by now, but had some computer issues, which are no fun anytime, but especially problematic when you’re on the road. Things are back up and running, at least for now, thanks to the helpful people at HUB Telluride. Hopefully I’ll be able to process more images soon, including that eclipse sequence from Joshua Tree.

We’re heading back to California today – first home, and then across the mountains for our Eastern Sierra Fall Color workshops. More aspens – can’t wait! I’ll give you a first-hand report about the fall color in the eastern Sierra when I get there.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #fallfriday   #forestfriday   #Colorado   #aspens   #fallcolor   #autumn   #autumnphotography  ___

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2015-09-30 21:03:45 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 150 +1s)Open 

From Eclipse to Aspens

I had planned to go to the Alabama Hills or Death Valley for last Sunday’s lunar eclipse, but high clouds streamed in from the Pacific and threatened to block the view. So at the last minute Claudia and I decided to go further south, toward clear skies that were visible on satellite photos. We ended up in Joshua Tree National Park – along with many, many other people who seemed to think this was a good place to view the eclipse.

They were right of course – it was a great place. And the skies cooperated for the most part. I captured a sequence that I think will work, but I haven’t had a chance to process it yet, because the next morning we started driving to Colorado. We loved our autumn visit last year, and just had to go back. Colorado welcomed us with some nice clouds on our first afternoon; I’ve included one image from that evening above,taken in ... more »

From Eclipse to Aspens

I had planned to go to the Alabama Hills or Death Valley for last Sunday’s lunar eclipse, but high clouds streamed in from the Pacific and threatened to block the view. So at the last minute Claudia and I decided to go further south, toward clear skies that were visible on satellite photos. We ended up in Joshua Tree National Park – along with many, many other people who seemed to think this was a good place to view the eclipse.

They were right of course – it was a great place. And the skies cooperated for the most part. I captured a sequence that I think will work, but I haven’t had a chance to process it yet, because the next morning we started driving to Colorado. We loved our autumn visit last year, and just had to go back. Colorado welcomed us with some nice clouds on our first afternoon; I’ve included one image from that evening above, taken in the mountains near Telluride.

We’ll be here for another week, then will be heading back to our favorite aspen haunts in the eastern Sierra. I guess I can’t get enough aspens! I’ll post more photos when I can.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #fallfriday    #autumn   #fall   #autumnphotography   #autumncolor   #fallcolor   #colorado   #aspens  ___

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2015-09-24 23:56:27 (15 comments; 18 reshares; 195 +1s)Open 

Off the Beaten Path Exhibit at the G2 Gallery

I just sent my prints to the G2 Gallery in Venice, California, for their upcoming exhibit, “Off the Beaten Path: Views From Yosemite.” This looks like a wonderful show, with photographs by Alan Ross, Robin Black, Art Wolfe, Franka Gabler, Ian Shive, Clyde Butcher, Marc Muench, and many others. They chose two of my Yosemite wildlife images for the exhibit, Curious Deer, and Coyote in Snow. The show runs from September 29th to November 15th. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the reception on October 3rd, but I’m sure I’ll be missing a fun event. If you’re in southern California I hope you’ll have a chance to check out the show or attend the reception. You can find more information and see some photographs from the exhibit here:

http://www.theg2gallery.com/exhibits/off_the_beaten_path/index.html

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Off the Beaten Path Exhibit at the G2 Gallery

I just sent my prints to the G2 Gallery in Venice, California, for their upcoming exhibit, “Off the Beaten Path: Views From Yosemite.” This looks like a wonderful show, with photographs by Alan Ross, Robin Black, Art Wolfe, Franka Gabler, Ian Shive, Clyde Butcher, Marc Muench, and many others. They chose two of my Yosemite wildlife images for the exhibit, Curious Deer, and Coyote in Snow. The show runs from September 29th to November 15th. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the reception on October 3rd, but I’m sure I’ll be missing a fun event. If you’re in southern California I hope you’ll have a chance to check out the show or attend the reception. You can find more information and see some photographs from the exhibit here:

http://www.theg2gallery.com/exhibits/off_the_beaten_path/index.html

#wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #deer   #muledeer   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #nationalpark___

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2015-09-22 22:53:03 (6 comments; 18 reshares; 117 +1s)Open 

This Sunday's Lunar Eclipse

We’re going to get another chance to photograph a lunar eclipse this Sunday evening in North America and South America (or early Monday morning in Europe and Africa).

This eclipse also coincides with the moon’s perigee, meaning that the moon will be at its closest point to the earth during its orbit, and will look bigger than usual. The media is going to make a big deal about this “supermoon,” but the moon will only look seven percent larger than average, a difference that won’t be readily apparent to the naked eye, much less in photographs.

However, every total lunar eclipse is special – a spectacular event to view and photograph. And unlike the last one in April, this one will feature a long total eclipse phase.

My latest blog post gives all the details about where and when you can see the eclipse, the path themoon will t... more »

This Sunday's Lunar Eclipse

We’re going to get another chance to photograph a lunar eclipse this Sunday evening in North America and South America (or early Monday morning in Europe and Africa).

This eclipse also coincides with the moon’s perigee, meaning that the moon will be at its closest point to the earth during its orbit, and will look bigger than usual. The media is going to make a big deal about this “supermoon,” but the moon will only look seven percent larger than average, a difference that won’t be readily apparent to the naked eye, much less in photographs.

However, every total lunar eclipse is special – a spectacular event to view and photograph. And unlike the last one in April, this one will feature a long total eclipse phase.

My latest blog post gives all the details about where and when you can see the eclipse, the path the moon will take, and how to photograph the eclipse:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/09/22/lunar-eclipse/

I made this photograph on April 14th, 2014, at the Trona Pinnacles in the Mohave Desert. I captured 38 (!) frames of the moon, each ten minutes apart, before, during, and after the eclipse. I also made an exposure for the stars and sky when the moon was fully eclipsed, and made several more exposures while lighting the pinnacles. All these frames were blended together in Photoshop to create the final image.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #longexposurethursday   #nightphotographyfriday   #longexposurephotography   #nightphotography   #lightpainting   #eclipse   #lunareclipse   #tronapinnacles  ___

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2015-09-22 00:45:16 (7 comments; 17 reshares; 137 +1s)Open 

Early Fall Color Report

Okay, first, before you get too excited, this photograph is from 2003. But fall color is starting to appear in the upper-elevation aspen groves in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. I was just over there for the Millpond Music Festival in Bishop, and had a chance to check on the autumn color progression:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/09/21/early-fall-color-report/

Early-autumn aspen photographs often include a mix of green and yellow leaves, as in this image from Lee Vining Canyon. It's an appealing color combination, especially with some orange or red mixed in.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #fallfriday   #forestfriday   #autumn   #autumnphotography   #autumncolor   #fall   #fallcolor   #aspens   #easternsierra

Early Fall Color Report

Okay, first, before you get too excited, this photograph is from 2003. But fall color is starting to appear in the upper-elevation aspen groves in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. I was just over there for the Millpond Music Festival in Bishop, and had a chance to check on the autumn color progression:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/09/21/early-fall-color-report/

Early-autumn aspen photographs often include a mix of green and yellow leaves, as in this image from Lee Vining Canyon. It's an appealing color combination, especially with some orange or red mixed in.

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #fallfriday   #forestfriday   #autumn   #autumnphotography   #autumncolor   #fall   #fallcolor   #aspens   #easternsierra___

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2015-09-16 19:14:46 (11 comments; 16 reshares; 202 +1s)Open 

Bodie at Night

This is a photograph from one of our nighttime sessions at Bodie last week. I loved this wagon wheel poking out of the ground, and worked with one of our participants, Jeff, to light this scene. We started with an exposure for the sky, then lit the wagon wheel, getting close with a flashlight outfitted with a homemade snoot to try to light only the rim and spokes. Then Jeff lit the shed on the right from two different angles, and I lit the two-story buildings from both sides. The six separate frames (one for the sky, one for the wagon wheel, and two each for the shed and buildings) were blended in Photoshop using the Lighten blending mode.

You'll find more Bodie night images from last week in this post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/09/16/bodie-night/

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Bodie at Night

This is a photograph from one of our nighttime sessions at Bodie last week. I loved this wagon wheel poking out of the ground, and worked with one of our participants, Jeff, to light this scene. We started with an exposure for the sky, then lit the wagon wheel, getting close with a flashlight outfitted with a homemade snoot to try to light only the rim and spokes. Then Jeff lit the shed on the right from two different angles, and I lit the two-story buildings from both sides. The six separate frames (one for the sky, one for the wagon wheel, and two each for the shed and buildings) were blended in Photoshop using the Lighten blending mode.

You'll find more Bodie night images from last week in this post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/09/16/bodie-night/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nightphotographyfriday   #bodie   #bodiestatehistoricpark   #ghosttown  ___

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2015-09-14 23:05:58 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 98 +1s)Open 

Inside Bodie

We had a great time in Bodie last week. On Tuesday morning we had a permit to photograph inside some of the buildings – a rare opportunity. These interiors are in a lovely state of decay, and it seemed there were wonderful compositions everywhere you looked. And the light was beautiful too. I found myself in the right place at the right time to capture sunlight hitting the green bottle in this photograph from inside the Wheaton and Hollis Hotel.

You can see more photographs from that morning here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/09/14/inside-bodie/

#bodie   #bodiestatehistoricpark   #california   #ghosttown  

Inside Bodie

We had a great time in Bodie last week. On Tuesday morning we had a permit to photograph inside some of the buildings – a rare opportunity. These interiors are in a lovely state of decay, and it seemed there were wonderful compositions everywhere you looked. And the light was beautiful too. I found myself in the right place at the right time to capture sunlight hitting the green bottle in this photograph from inside the Wheaton and Hollis Hotel.

You can see more photographs from that morning here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/09/14/inside-bodie/

#bodie   #bodiestatehistoricpark   #california   #ghosttown  ___

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2015-09-11 20:48:53 (8 comments; 28 reshares; 168 +1s)Open 

Tufa and Milky Way, Mono Lake

I made this image last Saturday, just before our Bodie workshop. I loved the shapes and textures of this tufa formation, and it lined up perfectly with the Milky Way. This is two separate exposures - one for the sky, one for the light-painting on the tufa - blended together in Photoshop. You can read more about how I made this photograph on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/09/11/tufa-milky-way/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nightphotographyfriday   #skysunday   #monolake   #tufa   #milkyway   #milkywayphotography   #nightphotography  

Tufa and Milky Way, Mono Lake

I made this image last Saturday, just before our Bodie workshop. I loved the shapes and textures of this tufa formation, and it lined up perfectly with the Milky Way. This is two separate exposures - one for the sky, one for the light-painting on the tufa - blended together in Photoshop. You can read more about how I made this photograph on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/09/11/tufa-milky-way/

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #nightphotographyfriday   #skysunday   #monolake   #tufa   #milkyway   #milkywayphotography   #nightphotography  ___

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2015-09-07 00:53:11 (9 comments; 22 reshares; 221 +1s)Open 

Autumn is Coming

Fall is such brief and beautiful season. I want to savor every moment of it, and get out with my camera as much as possible. It's early September, but it won't be long until we see leaves turning in the higher elevations. Can't wait.

I made this photograph several years ago in my favorite autumn haunt, my October home-away-from-home, the eastern Sierra. It was late October, but the June Lake Loop was still gorgeous. I was exploring one of my favorite groves in the area, and decided to climb the hill behind it. I made a long circuit, and as I was coming back down the hill I noticed this stand of aspens with big, beautiful white trunks.

If you're hoping to photograph the eastern Sierra this fall, there's a wonderful new resource available. +G Dan Mitchell's new book, California's Fall Color: A Photographer's Guide to... more »

Autumn is Coming

Fall is such brief and beautiful season. I want to savor every moment of it, and get out with my camera as much as possible. It's early September, but it won't be long until we see leaves turning in the higher elevations. Can't wait.

I made this photograph several years ago in my favorite autumn haunt, my October home-away-from-home, the eastern Sierra. It was late October, but the June Lake Loop was still gorgeous. I was exploring one of my favorite groves in the area, and decided to climb the hill behind it. I made a long circuit, and as I was coming back down the hill I noticed this stand of aspens with big, beautiful white trunks.

If you're hoping to photograph the eastern Sierra this fall, there's a wonderful new resource available. +G Dan Mitchell's new book, California's Fall Color: A Photographer's Guide to Autumn in the Sierra, is full of great information about where and when to photograph the autumn foliage in California, and includes lots of Dan's beautiful photographs for inspiration. Here's a link to the book on Amazon:

http://amzn.to/1JZRa90

#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography  #treetuesday   #fallfriday   #autumn   #fall   #fallcolor   #easternsierra  ___

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2015-08-30 20:43:08 (8 comments; 14 reshares; 131 +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; 123 +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; 88 +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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