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Landscape Photography Show13,480*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 03:00:00675  
Landscape Photography Show13,480Come 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 Bonocore427,771_* 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 00:00:00273  

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A Surreal Sunset

This sunset over Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, with backlit Horsetail Fall on the right, might be the most amazing light show I've ever witnessed. You can read the story behind this photo on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/26/surreal-sunset/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #mountainmonday #sunsetsaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nationalparks #horsetailfall #firefall #yosemitefirefall

Most reshares: 44

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2017-06-22 20:37:11 (19 comments; 44 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

Sunset and Azaleas, Yosemite

After photographing the double rainbow from Tunnel View last Sunday (see my previous post), I headed down to El Capitan Meadow and caught this sunset above oaks, azaleas, and Lower Cathedral Rock.

This was a challenging composition. It was difficult to find a viewpoint that included all the different elements I wanted, but wasn't too busy or confusing. I describe the process of finding this composition in my latest blog post:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/22/sunset-and-azaleas/

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

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2017-01-05 00:01:21 (20 comments; 7 reshares; 174 +1s; )Open 

My Top Photographs of 2016

The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top photographs of 2016:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/01/04/my-top-photographs-of-2016/

We had an amazing response this year: a record-breaking 728 people looked through my initial selection of 47 images and voted for their favorites. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through these photographs and voice your opinions!

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

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2017-08-13 20:17:36 (9 comments; 12 reshares; 121 +1s; )Open 

Eclipse Tips

The total solar eclipse in the United States is just over a week away (August 21st), and eclipse mania is sweeping the nation. There are many, many articles on the internet describing how to photograph the eclipse, but I try to cover some topics that haven’t been discussed much elsewhere:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/08/13/eclipse-tips/

This is a composite image of the annular eclipse on May 20th, 2012, from Lassen NP.

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #nationalparksmonday #lassennationalpark #eclipse #solareclipse #eclipsephotography

Eclipse Tips

The total solar eclipse in the United States is just over a week away (August 21st), and eclipse mania is sweeping the nation. There are many, many articles on the internet describing how to photograph the eclipse, but I try to cover some topics that haven’t been discussed much elsewhere:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/08/13/eclipse-tips/

This is a composite image of the annular eclipse on May 20th, 2012, from Lassen NP.

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #nationalparksmonday #lassennationalpark #eclipse #solareclipse #eclipsephotography___

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2017-08-06 21:45:09 (13 comments; 31 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

The Sony Star-Eater Issue

There’s been a lot internet chatter lately about the so-called “star-eater” issue with Sony cameras. Naturally I was concerned about this problem, since my main camera is the Sony a7r II, and I make many nighttime images with it. I was also puzzled, since I hadn’t seen any noticeable difference in my star photos since installing the firmware update last August that supposedly caused this "star-eater" problem. (I made this photograph this past April in Death Valley, using my a7R II and the "star-eater" firmware, and it shows plenty of small stars, even when viewed at 100%.) So I decided to make my own tests with the a7R II, and here are the results:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/08/06/the-sony-star-eater-issue/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #deathvalley#nightp... more »

The Sony Star-Eater Issue

There’s been a lot internet chatter lately about the so-called “star-eater” issue with Sony cameras. Naturally I was concerned about this problem, since my main camera is the Sony a7r II, and I make many nighttime images with it. I was also puzzled, since I hadn’t seen any noticeable difference in my star photos since installing the firmware update last August that supposedly caused this "star-eater" problem. (I made this photograph this past April in Death Valley, using my a7R II and the "star-eater" firmware, and it shows plenty of small stars, even when viewed at 100%.) So I decided to make my own tests with the a7R II, and here are the results:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/08/06/the-sony-star-eater-issue/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #deathvalley #nightphotography #milkyway #sonystareater___

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2017-08-03 22:51:58 (8 comments; 16 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Nighttime Reflections

During our recent Starry Skies Adventure workshop we got to photograph some beautiful clouds and stars reflected in a lake in the Yosemite high country. This image is actually four frames stitched together into a vertical panorama. You can read the story behind this photo here:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/08/03/nighttime-reflections/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #thirstythursday #nightphotographyfriday #mirrorsandreflections #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nightphotography #milkyway

Nighttime Reflections

During our recent Starry Skies Adventure workshop we got to photograph some beautiful clouds and stars reflected in a lake in the Yosemite high country. This image is actually four frames stitched together into a vertical panorama. You can read the story behind this photo here:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/08/03/nighttime-reflections/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #thirstythursday #nightphotographyfriday #mirrorsandreflections #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nightphotography #milkyway
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2017-07-30 22:56:17 (5 comments; 12 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Lightning at Mono Lake

During our recent Starry Skies Adventure workshop we photographed distant lightning at dusk from Mono Lake. Or at least we tried to; the sporadic lightning was difficult to capture. But in one of my frames I got lucky and captured some distinct bolts beyond the tufa formations in the foreground. Here's the full story behind this photo:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/07/30/lightning-at-mono-lake/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #moodymonday #longexposurethursday #monolake #lightning

Lightning at Mono Lake

During our recent Starry Skies Adventure workshop we photographed distant lightning at dusk from Mono Lake. Or at least we tried to; the sporadic lightning was difficult to capture. But in one of my frames I got lucky and captured some distinct bolts beyond the tufa formations in the foreground. Here's the full story behind this photo:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/07/30/lightning-at-mono-lake/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #moodymonday #longexposurethursday #monolake #lightning
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2017-07-16 21:31:30 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

Deep Freeze in the Yosemite High Country

This past winter’s record-setting snowpack in the Yosemite high country has left tons of snow and ice lingering into July. That meant we couldn’t get to certain locations during our recent workshop, but as compensation we got to photograph roaring creeks and rivers, and partially-frozen lakes. Here's one ice abstract from a high-country lake, and you can see a bunch more in my latest blog post:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/07/16/deep-freeze-in-the-high-country/

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

Deep Freeze in the Yosemite High Country

This past winter’s record-setting snowpack in the Yosemite high country has left tons of snow and ice lingering into July. That meant we couldn’t get to certain locations during our recent workshop, but as compensation we got to photograph roaring creeks and rivers, and partially-frozen lakes. Here's one ice abstract from a high-country lake, and you can see a bunch more in my latest blog post:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/07/16/deep-freeze-in-the-high-country/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #wetwednesday #thirstythursday #sunsetsaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #ice
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2017-07-02 19:18:48 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

Seizing an Opportunity

I had long wanted to photograph this particular section of redwood forest in the fog, but this spot just doesn't get fog very often. I finally got my chance near the end of May, while scouting for our workshop, and found some of the most vivid rhododendrons I'd ever seen glowing in the fog. You'll find more images and the story behind this photo on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/07/02/seizing-an-opportunity/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mistymonday #treetuesday #wildflowerwednesday #forestfriday #redwoodnationalpark #delnorte #redwoods #rhododendrons #wildflowers

Seizing an Opportunity

I had long wanted to photograph this particular section of redwood forest in the fog, but this spot just doesn't get fog very often. I finally got my chance near the end of May, while scouting for our workshop, and found some of the most vivid rhododendrons I'd ever seen glowing in the fog. You'll find more images and the story behind this photo on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/07/02/seizing-an-opportunity/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mistymonday #treetuesday #wildflowerwednesday #forestfriday #redwoodnationalpark #delnorte #redwoods #rhododendrons #wildflowers___

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2017-06-25 22:15:58 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 108 +1s; )Open 

Lupines and Fog

Before our recent redwoods workshop Claudia and I drove inland, toward the higher elevations of Redwoods National Park, and found a beautiful, dense patch of lupines in one of the “prairies,” as they call them in that part of California – an open, grassy area amid the dense surrounding forests.

Two days later we came back at sunrise, and found the lupines at the top of a fog bank. As the sun rose over trees it lit the flowers and created sunbeams cutting through the fog. You'll find a couple more photographs of those lupines on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/25/lupines-and-fog/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunsunday #mistymonday #nationalparksmonday #wildflowerwednesday #sunrisesaturday #lupines #wildflowers #redwoodnationalpark

Lupines and Fog

Before our recent redwoods workshop Claudia and I drove inland, toward the higher elevations of Redwoods National Park, and found a beautiful, dense patch of lupines in one of the “prairies,” as they call them in that part of California – an open, grassy area amid the dense surrounding forests.

Two days later we came back at sunrise, and found the lupines at the top of a fog bank. As the sun rose over trees it lit the flowers and created sunbeams cutting through the fog. You'll find a couple more photographs of those lupines on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/25/lupines-and-fog/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunsunday #mistymonday #nationalparksmonday #wildflowerwednesday #sunrisesaturday #lupines #wildflowers #redwoodnationalpark
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2017-06-22 20:37:11 (19 comments; 44 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

Sunset and Azaleas, Yosemite

After photographing the double rainbow from Tunnel View last Sunday (see my previous post), I headed down to El Capitan Meadow and caught this sunset above oaks, azaleas, and Lower Cathedral Rock.

This was a challenging composition. It was difficult to find a viewpoint that included all the different elements I wanted, but wasn't too busy or confusing. I describe the process of finding this composition in my latest blog post:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/22/sunset-and-azaleas/

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

Sunset and Azaleas, Yosemite

After photographing the double rainbow from Tunnel View last Sunday (see my previous post), I headed down to El Capitan Meadow and caught this sunset above oaks, azaleas, and Lower Cathedral Rock.

This was a challenging composition. It was difficult to find a viewpoint that included all the different elements I wanted, but wasn't too busy or confusing. I describe the process of finding this composition in my latest blog post:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/22/sunset-and-azaleas/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunsetsaturday #skysunday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #wildflowerwednesday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography
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2017-06-20 22:58:46 (17 comments; 23 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

Double Rainbow from Tunnel View, Yosemite

I’m always looking for interesting weather. On Sunday the forecast called for a chance of showers and thunderstorms, so that afternoon Claudia and I decided to brave the weekend traffic and head up to Yosemite Valley.

The combination of an approaching rain squall, with sunshine to the west, brought the potential for a rainbow, so we headed up to Tunnel View. After an hour of watching faint rainbows appear and disappear, the rain finally intensified, and so did the rainbow. Here's the full story behind this photo:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/20/double-rainbow/

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

Double Rainbow from Tunnel View, Yosemite

I’m always looking for interesting weather. On Sunday the forecast called for a chance of showers and thunderstorms, so that afternoon Claudia and I decided to brave the weekend traffic and head up to Yosemite Valley.

The combination of an approaching rain squall, with sunshine to the west, brought the potential for a rainbow, so we headed up to Tunnel View. After an hour of watching faint rainbows appear and disappear, the rain finally intensified, and so did the rainbow. Here's the full story behind this photo:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/20/double-rainbow/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #wetwednesday #stormyfriday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #rainbow
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2017-06-18 21:02:08 (17 comments; 18 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Death Valley under the Moon and Stars

It’s been a busy spring, so I have a backlog of images that I haven’t been able to post yet. Among those images are most of the nighttime photos I made during our two Death Valley workshops, including this panorama of the sand dunes under the Milky Way. This is a six-image panorama, lit with low-level continuous lighting from two LED light panels on stands, and stitched together with Lightroom’s Panorama Merge.

You'll find more details about how I made this image on my blog, where you can also see six more nighttime photos of Death Valley:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/18/death-valley-under-the-moon-and-stars/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #deathvalley #deathvalleynationalpark #nationalparks #milkyway

Death Valley under the Moon and Stars

It’s been a busy spring, so I have a backlog of images that I haven’t been able to post yet. Among those images are most of the nighttime photos I made during our two Death Valley workshops, including this panorama of the sand dunes under the Milky Way. This is a six-image panorama, lit with low-level continuous lighting from two LED light panels on stands, and stitched together with Lightroom’s Panorama Merge.

You'll find more details about how I made this image on my blog, where you can also see six more nighttime photos of Death Valley:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/18/death-valley-under-the-moon-and-stars/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #deathvalley #deathvalleynationalpark #nationalparks #milkyway
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2017-06-11 23:31:01 (4 comments; 19 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

The Primeval Coast

We recently returned from our annual trip to the northwest corner of California, land of fog, ferns, giant redwoods, and wild, rugged stretches of coastline. I always love going back to this area with its damp, primeval moodiness. And once again we had a great time during our workshop, enjoying the wonderful food and atmosphere at the Requa Inn, and spending time with a fun group of participants.

I made this photograph during our workshop along a remote stretch of coast in Redwood National Park. After the sun had set we saw this little strip of orange light near the horizon through a gap in the clouds. I used a 10-stop neutral-density filter to lengthen the shutter speed to 30 seconds (at f/8, 200 ISO; focal length 111mm) in order to smooth out the water.

You can see more photos from our recent trip here:
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The Primeval Coast

We recently returned from our annual trip to the northwest corner of California, land of fog, ferns, giant redwoods, and wild, rugged stretches of coastline. I always love going back to this area with its damp, primeval moodiness. And once again we had a great time during our workshop, enjoying the wonderful food and atmosphere at the Requa Inn, and spending time with a fun group of participants.

I made this photograph during our workshop along a remote stretch of coast in Redwood National Park. After the sun had set we saw this little strip of orange light near the horizon through a gap in the clouds. I used a 10-stop neutral-density filter to lengthen the shutter speed to 30 seconds (at f/8, 200 ISO; focal length 111mm) in order to smooth out the water.

You can see more photos from our recent trip here:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/06/11/the-primeval-coast/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #longexposurethursday #thirstythursday #redwoodnationalpark #pacificocean___

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2017-05-21 21:35:32 (13 comments; 34 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

Moon Setting over Yosemite Valley and Horsetail Fall

Earlier this spring I headed up to Yosemite Valley in the wee hours of the morning to photograph the moonset lighting Horsetail Fall. The moon didn't set at the perfect angle for Horsetail (the moon didn't set at the right angle for that anytime this spring), but it was close, and the mist on the valley floor was an unexpected bonus.

I first photographed Horsetail Fall by moonlight in 2010, but the ensuing drought limited my opportunities to try again. This year, finally, there was enough water. You'll find the full story behind this photograph on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/05/21/moon-setting-over-yosemite-valley-and-horsetail-fall/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mistymonday #moonmonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #yosemite... more »

Moon Setting over Yosemite Valley and Horsetail Fall

Earlier this spring I headed up to Yosemite Valley in the wee hours of the morning to photograph the moonset lighting Horsetail Fall. The moon didn't set at the perfect angle for Horsetail (the moon didn't set at the right angle for that anytime this spring), but it was close, and the mist on the valley floor was an unexpected bonus.

I first photographed Horsetail Fall by moonlight in 2010, but the ensuing drought limited my opportunities to try again. This year, finally, there was enough water. You'll find the full story behind this photograph on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/05/21/moon-setting-over-yosemite-valley-and-horsetail-fall/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mistymonday #moonmonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #horsetailfall #firefall #nationalparks
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2017-05-18 18:41:45 (6 comments; 11 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

The Fate of our National Monuments

Earlier this spring, Claudia and I, along with our friend Robert, spent five days photographing flowers in Carrizo Plain National Monument. We marveled at the vast fields of flowers. As I wrote in an earlier post, we found acres and acres of tidytips, phacelia, hillside daisies, fiddlenecks, and goldfields, growing together in dense mats, uninterrupted by shrubs or even a blade of grass. We had to tiptoe carefully to avoid crushing flowers at every step.

We saw pronghorn antelope and tule elk, both reintroduced to this area. We saw three endangered San Joaquin kit foxes. It truly seemed as if we’d stepped back in time, and were seeing what California looked like 200 years ago.

As many of you know, the Department of the Interior is “reconsidering” the status of 22 national monuments, along with 5 marine national monuments.Carri... more »

The Fate of our National Monuments

Earlier this spring, Claudia and I, along with our friend Robert, spent five days photographing flowers in Carrizo Plain National Monument. We marveled at the vast fields of flowers. As I wrote in an earlier post, we found acres and acres of tidytips, phacelia, hillside daisies, fiddlenecks, and goldfields, growing together in dense mats, uninterrupted by shrubs or even a blade of grass. We had to tiptoe carefully to avoid crushing flowers at every step.

We saw pronghorn antelope and tule elk, both reintroduced to this area. We saw three endangered San Joaquin kit foxes. It truly seemed as if we’d stepped back in time, and were seeing what California looked like 200 years ago.

As many of you know, the Department of the Interior is “reconsidering” the status of 22 national monuments, along with 5 marine national monuments. Carrizo Plain is one of the national monuments on this list, along with Grand Staircase – Escalante, the new Bears Ears National Monument, and many more. I rarely talk about politics, but this is an issue that directly affects landscape photographers. Whatever your views are about these proposed changes, I urge you to express those views during the comment period, which has already begun. You can do so here:

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001

The comment period for Bears Ears ends on May 26th, so there’s not much time left. The comment period for the other monuments ends June 10th.

It’s one thing to consider issues like this in an abstract sense – the value of preserving natural places vs. the value of oil extraction, for example. But it’s another to actually see these places, and what’s at stake. With that in mind, photographer Kevin Ebi has put together a free ebook called Land Almost Lost, with photographs of all 22 monuments under review, featuring work from ten photographers (including some of my images of the Carrizo Plain). It’s free, and I encourage you to download it, and share it with anyone who might be interested. Here’s a link to the free ebook:

http://www.landalmostlost.com

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #carrizoplain #nationalmonuments #landalmostlost___

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2017-05-14 23:13:39 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

High Water in Yosemite

This past winter brought near-record amounts of snow to the higher elevations of Yosemite, and now all that snow is melting and filling the rivers, creeks, and waterfalls. About a week-and-a-half ago, warm temperatures were predicted to create minor flooding in the Yosemite Valley, so Claudia and I drove up early and found a beautiful, water-filled park. The meadows were partially flooded, and the waterfalls roaring. We hadn’t seen such high water since June of 2011, but this time the deciduous trees still had that fresh, bright-green color, and the dogwoods were still blooming.

This photograph was made near Gates of the Valley (aka Valley View). I had photographed these alders before, but never with their feet completely surrounded by water. It was a challenge to get the camera in the right position, with separation between the three trunks, and the sunp... more »

High Water in Yosemite

This past winter brought near-record amounts of snow to the higher elevations of Yosemite, and now all that snow is melting and filling the rivers, creeks, and waterfalls. About a week-and-a-half ago, warm temperatures were predicted to create minor flooding in the Yosemite Valley, so Claudia and I drove up early and found a beautiful, water-filled park. The meadows were partially flooded, and the waterfalls roaring. We hadn’t seen such high water since June of 2011, but this time the deciduous trees still had that fresh, bright-green color, and the dogwoods were still blooming.

This photograph was made near Gates of the Valley (aka Valley View). I had photographed these alders before, but never with their feet completely surrounded by water. It was a challenge to get the camera in the right position, with separation between the three trunks, and the sun partially hidden behind one of those trunks.

You can see more images of the high water in Yosemite here:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/05/14/high-water-in-yosemite/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #dawnonsunday #sunsunday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #treetuesday #sunrisesaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #highwater #nationalparks
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2017-05-02 23:24:34 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Spring in Yosemite

Yosemite is beautiful right now, with dogwoods blooming and waterfalls roaring. But avoid the weekends if at all possible, because the traffic is crazy:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/05/02/spring-in-yosemite/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #treetuesday #wildflowerwednesday #thirstythursday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #spring #dogwoods #wildflowers

Spring in Yosemite

Yosemite is beautiful right now, with dogwoods blooming and waterfalls roaring. But avoid the weekends if at all possible, because the traffic is crazy:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/05/02/spring-in-yosemite/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #treetuesday #wildflowerwednesday #thirstythursday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #spring #dogwoods #wildflowers___

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2017-04-13 15:20:10 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

The Painted HIlls

In past years I've made a couple of trips to the Temblor Range, bordering the Carrizo Plain, and found wonderful flowers there. After five years of drought this area finally bloomed again, and I had a chance to go back. This is a photo from high up in the hills, with desert candles, blazing stars, phacelia, and hillside daisies. You can see more photos from this area on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/04/13/painted-hills/

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

The Painted HIlls

In past years I've made a couple of trips to the Temblor Range, bordering the Carrizo Plain, and found wonderful flowers there. After five years of drought this area finally bloomed again, and I had a chance to go back. This is a photo from high up in the hills, with desert candles, blazing stars, phacelia, and hillside daisies. You can see more photos from this area on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/04/13/painted-hills/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #wildflowerwednesday #carrizoplain #wildflowers #spring
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2017-04-09 22:06:38 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

The Floweriest Piece of the World

“The valley of the San Joaquin is the floweriest piece of world I ever walked, one vast level, even flower-bed, a sheet of flowers, a smooth sea ruffled a little by the tree fringing of the river and here and there of smaller cross streams from the mountains.” — John Muir

The once-vast flower beds of California's Central Valley that Muir described were paved over and plowed under a long time ago. Yet there is a small corner of California that, in a good year, still resembles Muir's description: the Carrizo Plain. Here's an account of our recent visit to this amazing place:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/04/09/floweriest-piece-world/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #dawnonsunday #moodymonday #wildflowerwednesday #sunrisesaturday #carrizoplain #wildflowers #sunrise

The Floweriest Piece of the World

“The valley of the San Joaquin is the floweriest piece of world I ever walked, one vast level, even flower-bed, a sheet of flowers, a smooth sea ruffled a little by the tree fringing of the river and here and there of smaller cross streams from the mountains.” — John Muir

The once-vast flower beds of California's Central Valley that Muir described were paved over and plowed under a long time ago. Yet there is a small corner of California that, in a good year, still resembles Muir's description: the Carrizo Plain. Here's an account of our recent visit to this amazing place:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/04/09/floweriest-piece-world/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #dawnonsunday #moodymonday #wildflowerwednesday #sunrisesaturday #carrizoplain #wildflowers #sunrise___

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2017-04-07 22:06:50 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

An Elemental Landscape

I made this photograph from Twenty Mule Team Canyon during one of our recent trips to Death Valley. We had some great sunset clouds that evening to go with the beautiful, sculpted badlands in the foreground. I also think this image has a sense of depth, despite being made with a telephoto lens. In my latest blog post I talk about photographing the elemental landscapes of Death Valley, and about creating a sense of depth in photographs:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/04/07/an-elemental-landscape/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunsetsaturday #nationalparksmonday #deathvalley #deathvalleynationalpark #nationalparks

An Elemental Landscape

I made this photograph from Twenty Mule Team Canyon during one of our recent trips to Death Valley. We had some great sunset clouds that evening to go with the beautiful, sculpted badlands in the foreground. I also think this image has a sense of depth, despite being made with a telephoto lens. In my latest blog post I talk about photographing the elemental landscapes of Death Valley, and about creating a sense of depth in photographs:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/04/07/an-elemental-landscape/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunsetsaturday #nationalparksmonday #deathvalley #deathvalleynationalpark #nationalparks
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2017-03-28 21:48:23 (7 comments; 13 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Zodiacal Light

During our recent workshop in Death Valley we saw this faint wedge of light in the western sky above Manly Beacon, which turned out to be zodiacal light - something I've never seen before. What's zodiacal light? Here's a basic explanation, along with the story behind this photo (yes, that's a dust cloud behind Manly Beacon):

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/03/28/zodiacal-light/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #nightphotographyfriday #skysunday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotography #zodiacallight #nationalparks #deathvalley

Zodiacal Light

During our recent workshop in Death Valley we saw this faint wedge of light in the western sky above Manly Beacon, which turned out to be zodiacal light - something I've never seen before. What's zodiacal light? Here's a basic explanation, along with the story behind this photo (yes, that's a dust cloud behind Manly Beacon):

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/03/28/zodiacal-light/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #nightphotographyfriday #skysunday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotography #zodiacallight #nationalparks #deathvalley
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2017-03-26 21:12:02 (6 comments; 16 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

Wildflower Season

On our way back from Death Valley last week +Claudia Welsh and I stopped at Red Rock Canyon State Park, and found some nice patches of flowers. This photo includes goldfields and two species of monkeyflowers.

We've already seen some great blooms this spring in some parts of southern California, and there should be more to come. But I don't expect a great poppy bloom in the Merced River Canyon west of Yosemite. You can read more about how I made this photo, and my thoughts about the flower season in California, on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/03/26/wildflower-season/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #wildflowerwednesday #redrockcanyon #desert #wildflowers #california

Wildflower Season

On our way back from Death Valley last week +Claudia Welsh and I stopped at Red Rock Canyon State Park, and found some nice patches of flowers. This photo includes goldfields and two species of monkeyflowers.

We've already seen some great blooms this spring in some parts of southern California, and there should be more to come. But I don't expect a great poppy bloom in the Merced River Canyon west of Yosemite. You can read more about how I made this photo, and my thoughts about the flower season in California, on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/03/26/wildflower-season/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #wildflowerwednesday #redrockcanyon #desert #wildflowers #california___

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2017-03-13 18:40:59 (10 comments; 9 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

Sunset over Yosemite Valley: A Special Offer

When I posted this photograph of Horsetail Fall and the sunset over Yosemite Valley a couple of weeks ago, many people asked about purchasing prints. Well I’m happy to announce that The Ansel Adams Gallery has decided to offer this image at a discounted price as part of their “Unique Offer” series. For a limited time you can get signed, numbered, matted, limited-edition prints of this photograph at 25% off the normal price, in three different sizes: 13×20, 16×24, and 20×30.

The sale lasts one week, ending at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th. Visit the Ansel Adams Gallery website to purchase a print or get more details:

http://bit.ly/2nxesQl

And if you missed my original post about this image, and want to read the story behind it, here's a link:
https:... more »

Sunset over Yosemite Valley: A Special Offer

When I posted this photograph of Horsetail Fall and the sunset over Yosemite Valley a couple of weeks ago, many people asked about purchasing prints. Well I’m happy to announce that The Ansel Adams Gallery has decided to offer this image at a discounted price as part of their “Unique Offer” series. For a limited time you can get signed, numbered, matted, limited-edition prints of this photograph at 25% off the normal price, in three different sizes: 13×20, 16×24, and 20×30.

The sale lasts one week, ending at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th. Visit the Ansel Adams Gallery website to purchase a print or get more details:

http://bit.ly/2nxesQl

And if you missed my original post about this image, and want to read the story behind it, here's a link:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/26/surreal-sunset/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #yosemite #yosemitephotography #horsetailfall #firefall #yosemitenationalpark___

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2017-03-09 23:50:30 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

A Photographer's Playground

I love photographing sand dunes. +Claudia Welsh and I were in Death Valley for a couple of days last week with our friend Robert Eckhardt, and made several trips into the dunes, which was pure fun. This is one of my favorites, but you can find several more images on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/03/09/photographers-playground/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #nationalparksmonday #nationalparks #deathvalley #sanddunes

A Photographer's Playground

I love photographing sand dunes. +Claudia Welsh and I were in Death Valley for a couple of days last week with our friend Robert Eckhardt, and made several trips into the dunes, which was pure fun. This is one of my favorites, but you can find several more images on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/03/09/photographers-playground/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #nationalparksmonday #nationalparks #deathvalley #sanddunes
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2017-02-26 21:02:19 (25 comments; 30 reshares; 171 +1s; )Open 

A Surreal Sunset

This sunset over Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, with backlit Horsetail Fall on the right, might be the most amazing light show I've ever witnessed. You can read the story behind this photo on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/26/surreal-sunset/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #mountainmonday #sunsetsaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nationalparks #horsetailfall #firefall #yosemitefirefall

A Surreal Sunset

This sunset over Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, with backlit Horsetail Fall on the right, might be the most amazing light show I've ever witnessed. You can read the story behind this photo on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/26/surreal-sunset/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #mountainmonday #sunsetsaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nationalparks #horsetailfall #firefall #yosemitefirefall___

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2017-02-23 23:47:58 (14 comments; 19 reshares; 121 +1s; )Open 

Snowy Sunrise, Yosemite

Despite all the precipitation this winter there haven't been many opportunities to photograph a clearing storm in Yosemite around sunrise or sunset - until yesterday. The timing was perfect yesterday, with the clouds breaking just at sunrise. A dusting of new snow added a nice touch to this scene of Yosemite Valley with Half Dome and North Dome.

You'll find a couple more photos from yesterday morning on my blog, along with a more detailed story:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/23/snowy-sunrise/

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

Snowy Sunrise, Yosemite

Despite all the precipitation this winter there haven't been many opportunities to photograph a clearing storm in Yosemite around sunrise or sunset - until yesterday. The timing was perfect yesterday, with the clouds breaking just at sunrise. A dusting of new snow added a nice touch to this scene of Yosemite Valley with Half Dome and North Dome.

You'll find a couple more photos from yesterday morning on my blog, along with a more detailed story:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/23/snowy-sunrise/

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

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2017-02-15 23:18:31 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Waterworld

California got doused by another series of storms last week, leading to some exceptionally high water in Yosemite. Here's one of my photographs from last Thursday, and you can see more of my images from last week on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/15/waterworld/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #waterfallwednesday #thirstythursday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #california #flood #highwater

Waterworld

California got doused by another series of storms last week, leading to some exceptionally high water in Yosemite. Here's one of my photographs from last Thursday, and you can see more of my images from last week on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/15/waterworld/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #waterfallwednesday #thirstythursday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #california #flood #highwater
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2017-02-10 20:52:21 (8 comments; 13 reshares; 113 +1s; )Open 

Horsetail Fall Season

It looks like there should be plenty of water in Horsetail Fall this month. My latest post details where and when to see the best light:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/10/horsetail-fall-season-2/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunsetsaturday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #waterfallwednesday #thirstythursday #horsetailfall #firefall #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nationalparks

Horsetail Fall Season

It looks like there should be plenty of water in Horsetail Fall this month. My latest post details where and when to see the best light:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/02/10/horsetail-fall-season-2/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunsetsaturday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #waterfallwednesday #thirstythursday #horsetailfall #firefall #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nationalparks
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2017-01-31 23:22:12 (13 comments; 12 reshares; 139 +1s; )Open 

The Big Snow

About nine days ago Yosemite got hit with the second of two back-to-back snowstorms. When Claudia and I drove up to Yosemite Valley after the storms we found about 18 inches of snow in the meadows, more than we'd seen in years. Here's a photo from that Monday afternoon. You can see more photos, and read my thoughts about finding the foregrounds for these images, in my latest blog post:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/01/31/the-big-snow/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #winterwednesday #snowysaturday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #halfdome #winter

The Big Snow

About nine days ago Yosemite got hit with the second of two back-to-back snowstorms. When Claudia and I drove up to Yosemite Valley after the storms we found about 18 inches of snow in the meadows, more than we'd seen in years. Here's a photo from that Monday afternoon. You can see more photos, and read my thoughts about finding the foregrounds for these images, in my latest blog post:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/01/31/the-big-snow/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #winterwednesday #snowysaturday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #halfdome #winter___

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2017-01-19 20:46:29 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 111 +1s; )Open 

A Wild Week in Yosemite

As most of you probably heard, Yosemite got hit with some wild weather last week, including some minor flooding. Yosemite Valley was closed for a few days, forcing me to delay the start of my workshop with The Ansel Adams Gallery. But when we finally got to the valley we had some great conditions, including snow, clearing storms, mist, and frazil ice in the Merced River. This is a photograph from Friday morning, with fresh snow on alder trees along the river, and frazil ice flowing and swirling underneath.

You can read about our adventures and see more post-flood images on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/01/19/a-wild-week-in-yosemite/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #thirstythursday #snowysaturday #nationalparksmonday #treetuesday #winterwednesday #winter #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography... more »

A Wild Week in Yosemite

As most of you probably heard, Yosemite got hit with some wild weather last week, including some minor flooding. Yosemite Valley was closed for a few days, forcing me to delay the start of my workshop with The Ansel Adams Gallery. But when we finally got to the valley we had some great conditions, including snow, clearing storms, mist, and frazil ice in the Merced River. This is a photograph from Friday morning, with fresh snow on alder trees along the river, and frazil ice flowing and swirling underneath.

You can read about our adventures and see more post-flood images on my blog:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/01/19/a-wild-week-in-yosemite/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #thirstythursday #snowysaturday #nationalparksmonday #treetuesday #winterwednesday #winter #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #frazilice #nationalparks
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2017-01-05 00:01:21 (20 comments; 7 reshares; 174 +1s; )Open 

My Top Photographs of 2016

The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top photographs of 2016:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/01/04/my-top-photographs-of-2016/

We had an amazing response this year: a record-breaking 728 people looked through my initial selection of 47 images and voted for their favorites. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through these photographs and voice your opinions!

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

My Top Photographs of 2016

The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top photographs of 2016:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/01/04/my-top-photographs-of-2016/

We had an amazing response this year: a record-breaking 728 people looked through my initial selection of 47 images and voted for their favorites. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through these photographs and voice your opinions!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #winterwednesday #thirstythursday #nightphotographyfriday #snowysaturday #moodymonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #nationparks #nightphotography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography
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2017-01-01 20:42:47 (2 comments; 15 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

My Best Images of 2016: The Nominees

Like champagne, Auld Land Syne, and the Tournament of Roses Parade, it’s become a New Year’s tradition to pick my best images from the past year, and once again I’m inviting you to help me make these difficult choices. I’ve posted 47 of my best photographs from 2016 my blog, in chronological order. After you look through these, please post a comment, either here or on the blog, listing your ten favorites:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/…/12/31/best-images-2016-nomin…/

You don’t have to list your ten favorites in any order, or even name them – just numbers will do. (The numbers are in the captions underneath the photographs. Also, you can click on the images to see them larger.) Once the votes are in I’ll post the top ten on this blog, and submit the final group to Jim Goldstein’s blog project, where he’ll be showcasingthe best images of th... more »

My Best Images of 2016: The Nominees

Like champagne, Auld Land Syne, and the Tournament of Roses Parade, it’s become a New Year’s tradition to pick my best images from the past year, and once again I’m inviting you to help me make these difficult choices. I’ve posted 47 of my best photographs from 2016 my blog, in chronological order. After you look through these, please post a comment, either here or on the blog, listing your ten favorites:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/…/12/31/best-images-2016-nomin…/

You don’t have to list your ten favorites in any order, or even name them – just numbers will do. (The numbers are in the captions underneath the photographs. Also, you can click on the images to see them larger.) Once the votes are in I’ll post the top ten on this blog, and submit the final group to Jim Goldstein’s blog project, where he’ll be showcasing the best images of the year from over 300 photographers. The voting deadline is this Tuesday, January 3rd, at midnight Pacific time.

As always, I reserve the right to override the votes if one of my favorites gets panned. But I’ve rarely had to exercise this power because my readers have excellent taste. 🙂

Thanks for your input — I appreciate your help!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography___

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2016-12-31 20:06:43 (12 comments; 13 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful year in 2017.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting the nominees for my best photos of 2016, and you’ll get a chance to vote for your favorites and help me pick the top ten. Keep an eye out for the post!

I made this image of Half Dome and the Merced River in Yosemite early last Saturday morning (Christmas Eve). You can read the story behind this photo here:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/31/happy-new-year-5/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #snowysaturday #moodaymonday #moonrisemonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #nightphotography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #moonlight #halfdome

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful year in 2017.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting the nominees for my best photos of 2016, and you’ll get a chance to vote for your favorites and help me pick the top ten. Keep an eye out for the post!

I made this image of Half Dome and the Merced River in Yosemite early last Saturday morning (Christmas Eve). You can read the story behind this photo here:

https://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/31/happy-new-year-5/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #snowysaturday #moodaymonday #moonrisemonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #nightphotography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #moonlight #halfdome___

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2016-12-28 23:10:21 (10 comments; 13 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Editing Your Work

It’s become a tradition to ask my readers to help pick my best images of the year, so on January 1st I’ll be posting the nominees for 2016 and asking all of you to vote for your favorites. It’s always fun to see what people pick!

Last year readers voted this snow scene along the Merced River in Yosemite into the top ten. It actually got the fifth-most votes, which was a pleasant surprise for an intimate landscape like this.

While it’s fun to invite readers to vote for their favorite images of the year, I don’t often have that much help with editing. Here are some thoughts about the often-challegning task of editing your work, and picking your own top ten:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/28/editing-your-work/

#landscapephotogoraphy +Landscape Photography #winterwednesday #thirstythursday #snowysaturday#national... more »

Editing Your Work

It’s become a tradition to ask my readers to help pick my best images of the year, so on January 1st I’ll be posting the nominees for 2016 and asking all of you to vote for your favorites. It’s always fun to see what people pick!

Last year readers voted this snow scene along the Merced River in Yosemite into the top ten. It actually got the fifth-most votes, which was a pleasant surprise for an intimate landscape like this.

While it’s fun to invite readers to vote for their favorite images of the year, I don’t often have that much help with editing. Here are some thoughts about the often-challegning task of editing your work, and picking your own top ten:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/28/editing-your-work/

#landscapephotogoraphy +Landscape Photography #winterwednesday #thirstythursday #snowysaturday #nationalparksmonday #nationalparks #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #winter
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2016-12-24 23:28:01 (3 comments; 14 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

Merry Christmas!

Claudia and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! And happy first day of Hanukkah! We hope you have a wonderful holiday, full of peace, joy, and the love of family and friends
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I made this photograph on the same night as the moonrise from Gates of the Valley image in my last post. After leaving the Gates I headed up to Tunnel View. For some reason I thought the moon would be behind Cathedral Rocks from there, but instead the moon was plainly visible right over the valley. I would usually avoid photographing right into the moon, for the same reasons I would usually avoid photographing right into the sun: a high probability of lens flare, and extreme contrast. But on that night the backlit mist and clouds were beautiful, so I gave it a try.

Again I bracketed exposures, but in the end I only used one frame. I decided that detail in the moon itself wasn’tn... more »

Merry Christmas!

Claudia and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! And happy first day of Hanukkah! We hope you have a wonderful holiday, full of peace, joy, and the love of family and friends
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I made this photograph on the same night as the moonrise from Gates of the Valley image in my last post. After leaving the Gates I headed up to Tunnel View. For some reason I thought the moon would be behind Cathedral Rocks from there, but instead the moon was plainly visible right over the valley. I would usually avoid photographing right into the moon, for the same reasons I would usually avoid photographing right into the sun: a high probability of lens flare, and extreme contrast. But on that night the backlit mist and clouds were beautiful, so I gave it a try.

Again I bracketed exposures, but in the end I only used one frame. I decided that detail in the moon itself wasn’t necessary, so I worked with one of the lighter exposures in my bracketing sequence (4 seconds at f/4, 3200 ISO) which had good detail in the clouds and mist. Lightroom’s Highlights and Shadows tools made it easy to balance the contrast and bring out detail in the darkest and lightest tones. There’s obviously a lot of flare around the moon, but I thought the flare actually added something to the photograph. (I also cloned out one small reddish spot of flare.)

Although there’s no snow in this image, Claudia and I thought it had a Christmas feeling. If I squint I can almost see some reindeer and a sleigh flying by!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moonmonday #moonrisemonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #nightphotographyfriday #nightphotography #moonrise #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #christmas
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2016-12-20 21:27:56 (15 comments; 31 reshares; 121 +1s; )Open 

Moonrise from Valley View

As I described in my last post, I drove up to Yosemite Valley last Friday afternoon to see and photograph the high water. Then after sunset I hung around for awhile, waiting for the moon to rise. It turned out to be a spectacular show. You can read the story behind this photo here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/20/moonrise-from-valley-view/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #thirstythursday #nightphotographyfriday #mistymonday #moonrisemonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #nationalparks #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nightphotography #moonrise

Moonrise from Valley View

As I described in my last post, I drove up to Yosemite Valley last Friday afternoon to see and photograph the high water. Then after sunset I hung around for awhile, waiting for the moon to rise. It turned out to be a spectacular show. You can read the story behind this photo here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/20/moonrise-from-valley-view/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #thirstythursday #nightphotographyfriday #mistymonday #moonrisemonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #nationalparks #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #nightphotography #moonrise___

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2016-12-18 20:32:21 (13 comments; 38 reshares; 152 +1s; )Open 

High Water in December

On Thursday night a large rainstorm hit California. The National Weather Service predicted minor flooding in Yosemite Valley during the night, so the park service pre-emptively closed all the roads in Yosemite Valley at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

That was disappointing, since I wanted to drive up to the valley the next morning to see the high water. As it turned out, the Merced River didn’t reach flood stage, everything was fine, and they reopened the roads at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. By that time it was too late to drive up and catch the morning light, so I decided to head to the park in the afternoon.

When I arrived in the valley the river and waterfalls were roaring. It looked like spring, except for the bare trees and the low winter sun. From Swinging Bridge I saw a rainbow on Upper Yosemite Fall. I’d never seen a rainbow from this spot in my30-... more »

High Water in December

On Thursday night a large rainstorm hit California. The National Weather Service predicted minor flooding in Yosemite Valley during the night, so the park service pre-emptively closed all the roads in Yosemite Valley at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

That was disappointing, since I wanted to drive up to the valley the next morning to see the high water. As it turned out, the Merced River didn’t reach flood stage, everything was fine, and they reopened the roads at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. By that time it was too late to drive up and catch the morning light, so I decided to head to the park in the afternoon.

When I arrived in the valley the river and waterfalls were roaring. It looked like spring, except for the bare trees and the low winter sun. From Swinging Bridge I saw a rainbow on Upper Yosemite Fall. I’d never seen a rainbow from this spot in my 30-plus years in the area, but a combination of exceptionally high water and December lighting angles had created this unusual sight.

I hung around the valley after sunset, waiting for the moonrise. That turned out to be spectacular, and I’ll post a photo soon.

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mirrorsandreflections #nationalparksmonday #waterfallwednesday #thirstythursday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #yosemitefalls #rainbow
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2016-12-12 00:29:28 (10 comments; 18 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Misty Night

After a long dry spell we finally got some rain. The first storm arrived Thursday, and then a second, wetter system reached us yesterday. I made this photograph just after midnight on Thursday (well actually early Friday morning) at Gates of the Valley in Yosemite, as the clouds were catching hints of pink from the setting moon, with a few stars poking through.

Here's the story behind this photo:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/11/misty-night/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mistymonday #moodymonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #thirstythursday #nightphotographyfriday #nightphotography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography

Misty Night

After a long dry spell we finally got some rain. The first storm arrived Thursday, and then a second, wetter system reached us yesterday. I made this photograph just after midnight on Thursday (well actually early Friday morning) at Gates of the Valley in Yosemite, as the clouds were catching hints of pink from the setting moon, with a few stars poking through.

Here's the story behind this photo:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/11/misty-night/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #mistymonday #moodymonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #thirstythursday #nightphotographyfriday #nightphotography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography
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2016-12-05 21:03:58 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

Collaboration

Landscape photographers usually work alone, or with a few other people. But in our night-photography workshops there’s often a lot more collaboration. It’s common for groups of people to work on photographing the same subject, taking turns with light-painting, and exchanging ideas about how best to light and photograph the scene.

In this photograph my friend and assistant +Charlotte Gibb had the idea of pointing a flashlight upward from behind the arch, which I think added a lot to the image. You can read the story behind this photograph here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/05/collaboration/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #nightphotographyfriday #skysunday #nightphotography #milkyway #alabamahills

Collaboration

Landscape photographers usually work alone, or with a few other people. But in our night-photography workshops there’s often a lot more collaboration. It’s common for groups of people to work on photographing the same subject, taking turns with light-painting, and exchanging ideas about how best to light and photograph the scene.

In this photograph my friend and assistant +Charlotte Gibb had the idea of pointing a flashlight upward from behind the arch, which I think added a lot to the image. You can read the story behind this photograph here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/12/05/collaboration/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #nightphotographyfriday #skysunday #nightphotography #milkyway #alabamahills___

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2016-12-01 00:25:12 (11 comments; 16 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

First Snow in Yosemite

The first snow of the season fell in Yosemite Valley Saturday night, so of course Claudia and I had to go up and see the snow. Getting to the valley Sunday morning was a challenge; Highway 140 between the entrance station and the valley hadn’t been plowed, and it was a mess. But we made it up to Tunnel View, where I made this photograph around 9:00 a.m. You can see a few other snowy scenes from that morning on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/30/first-snow-3/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #winterwednesday #snowysaturday #mistymonday #moodymonday #moutainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #winter #snow

First Snow in Yosemite

The first snow of the season fell in Yosemite Valley Saturday night, so of course Claudia and I had to go up and see the snow. Getting to the valley Sunday morning was a challenge; Highway 140 between the entrance station and the valley hadn’t been plowed, and it was a mess. But we made it up to Tunnel View, where I made this photograph around 9:00 a.m. You can see a few other snowy scenes from that morning on my blog:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/30/first-snow-3/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #winterwednesday #snowysaturday #mistymonday #moodymonday #moutainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #winter #snow___

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2016-11-28 19:56:33 (3 comments; 9 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Print Sale Ends Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the special Ansel Adams Gallery print sale ends tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time, so you still have time to get 25% off two of my images: El Capitan by Moonlight, and Half Dome and North Dome from the Four-Mile Trail. You can see all the details about the sale on The Ansel Adams Gallery’s website:

http://shop.anseladams.com/Unique_Offer_s/98.htm

The response to this offer so far has been wonderful; thanks so much for your support!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #mountainmonday #winterwednesday #snowysaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #halfdome #fourmiletrail

Print Sale Ends Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the special Ansel Adams Gallery print sale ends tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time, so you still have time to get 25% off two of my images: El Capitan by Moonlight, and Half Dome and North Dome from the Four-Mile Trail. You can see all the details about the sale on The Ansel Adams Gallery’s website:

http://shop.anseladams.com/Unique_Offer_s/98.htm

The response to this offer so far has been wonderful; thanks so much for your support!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #mountainmonday #winterwednesday #snowysaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #halfdome #fourmiletrail
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2016-11-24 23:47:48 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 113 +1s; )Open 

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving Day I want to express my appreciation to everyone here on G+. It’s great to discuss photography with people who share the same passion!

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

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunrisesaturday #dawnonsunday #mistymonday #moodymonday #treetuesday #sunrise #sanjoaquinvalley #thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving Day I want to express my appreciation to everyone here on G+. It’s great to discuss photography with people who share the same passion!

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

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #sunrisesaturday #dawnonsunday #mistymonday #moodymonday #treetuesday #sunrise #sanjoaquinvalley #thanksgiving___

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2016-11-21 23:12:45 (15 comments; 43 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

Special Ansel Adams Gallery Print Sale

Just in time for Black Friday The Ansel Adams Gallery is sponsoring another special print sale of two of my photographs, at 25% off the normal price. The two images we selected for this offer are Half Dome and North Dome from the Four-Mile Trail, Yosemite, and El Capitan by Moonlight, Yosemite (shown here).

You can see all the details and read the story behind each image on The Ansel Adams Gallery's site:

http://shop.anseladams.com/Unique_Offer_s/98.htm

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #mountainmonday #nightphotographyfriday #nightphotography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #moonlight

Special Ansel Adams Gallery Print Sale

Just in time for Black Friday The Ansel Adams Gallery is sponsoring another special print sale of two of my photographs, at 25% off the normal price. The two images we selected for this offer are Half Dome and North Dome from the Four-Mile Trail, Yosemite, and El Capitan by Moonlight, Yosemite (shown here).

You can see all the details and read the story behind each image on The Ansel Adams Gallery's site:

http://shop.anseladams.com/Unique_Offer_s/98.htm

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #mountainmonday #nightphotographyfriday #nightphotography #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #moonlight ___

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2016-11-21 01:22:50 (3 comments; 13 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

Six Essential Camera Settings

I made this image about five years ago at Tenaya Lake in Yosemite, as an overcast day turned into a surprisingly colorful sunset.

When photographing saturated warm colors like this it's important to check the red channel in your histogram. In my latest blog post I talk about RGB histograms and five other essential camera settings that many photographers - even experienced ones - often overlook:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/20/six-essential-camera-settings/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #mountainmonday #sunsetsaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #phototips

Six Essential Camera Settings

I made this image about five years ago at Tenaya Lake in Yosemite, as an overcast day turned into a surprisingly colorful sunset.

When photographing saturated warm colors like this it's important to check the red channel in your histogram. In my latest blog post I talk about RGB histograms and five other essential camera settings that many photographers - even experienced ones - often overlook:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/20/six-essential-camera-settings/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #moodymonday #nationalparksmonday #mountainmonday #sunsetsaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #phototips___

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2016-11-18 00:08:04 (2 comments; 11 reshares; 69 +1s; )Open 

Craft and Vision Sale

Black Friday arrived early at +Craft & Vision, and everything is 50% off until midnight on Saturday. That discount includes Exposure for Outdoor Photography, my ebook about understanding the essential technical fundamentals of photography. The book starts with a comprehensive discussion of histograms and the different ways of adjusting exposure, then goes deeper by taking you through ten practical, real-life examples where I’ve used these basic principles to control the exposure, the sharpness, and the photograph’s message.

This photograph of a small waterfall in Yosemite was used for the fifth example in my Exposure for Outdoor Photography ebook, where I discuss using slow shutter speeds. Normally the book is only $5.00, but through Saturday it's only $2.50, which is quite a steal! Here's a link to the book on the Craft and Visionweb... more »

Craft and Vision Sale

Black Friday arrived early at +Craft & Vision, and everything is 50% off until midnight on Saturday. That discount includes Exposure for Outdoor Photography, my ebook about understanding the essential technical fundamentals of photography. The book starts with a comprehensive discussion of histograms and the different ways of adjusting exposure, then goes deeper by taking you through ten practical, real-life examples where I’ve used these basic principles to control the exposure, the sharpness, and the photograph’s message.

This photograph of a small waterfall in Yosemite was used for the fifth example in my Exposure for Outdoor Photography ebook, where I discuss using slow shutter speeds. Normally the book is only $5.00, but through Saturday it's only $2.50, which is quite a steal! Here's a link to the book on the Craft and Vision website:

https://craftandvision.com/collections/technique/products/exposure

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #thirstythursday #nationalparksmonday #nationalparks #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #waterfall___

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2016-11-17 00:33:08 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Yosemite Renaissance Deadline Extended

This is a quick post to let you know that the deadline for entering the 32nd annual Yosemite Renaissance competition and exhibit has been extended to November 20th, so you still have time to enter. You can find out all the details and enter online here:

https://onlinejuriedshows.com/Default.aspx?OJSID=8689

This is a great organization and competition, and the opening reception (February 24th, 2017) 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. This photograph of reeds and reflections was in the 2009 exhibit
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Full disclosure here, my wife Claudia is a(volu... more »

Yosemite Renaissance Deadline Extended

This is a quick post to let you know that the deadline for entering the 32nd annual Yosemite Renaissance competition and exhibit has been extended to November 20th, so you still have time to enter. You can find out all the details and enter online here:

https://onlinejuriedshows.com/Default.aspx?OJSID=8689

This is a great organization and competition, and the opening reception (February 24th, 2017) 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. This photograph of reeds and reflections was in the 2009 exhibit
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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.)
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2016-11-13 23:11:19 (5 comments; 21 reshares; 101 +1s; )Open 

Moonrise over the Cathedral Range, Yosemite

Yesterday afternoon I hiked up to a Yosemite lake to photograph the moon rising above the Cathedral Range. Conditions couldn't have been better, with some high clouds, beautiful light, and calm water to reflect the moon.

You can read the full story behind this photo, along with some thoughts about when and where to photograph the "supermoon," in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/13/moonrise-cathedral-range/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moonrisemonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #moonrise #supermoon

Moonrise over the Cathedral Range, Yosemite

Yesterday afternoon I hiked up to a Yosemite lake to photograph the moon rising above the Cathedral Range. Conditions couldn't have been better, with some high clouds, beautiful light, and calm water to reflect the moon.

You can read the full story behind this photo, along with some thoughts about when and where to photograph the "supermoon," in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/13/moonrise-cathedral-range/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moonrisemonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #moonrise #supermoon___

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2016-11-07 00:12:47 (4 comments; 12 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

Intimate Landscapes with Wide-Angle Lenses

I’ve made many images of intimate landscapes over the years, and the vast majority of them were taken with a telephoto lens (usually my 70-200mm zoom). But lately I’ve found myself using wide-angle lenses more and more for smaller scenes. Here's one example from October 13th, with dogwoods and ferns in the forest understory in Yosemite; the focal length was 35mm.

It can be challenging to simplify these compositions with shorter focal lengths, but the payoff is a greater sense of depth. You can read more about this, and see several other examples, in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/06/intimate-landscapes-wide-angle-lenses/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moodymonday #treetuesday #wideanglewednesday #fallfriday #yosemite #yosemitephotography #yosemitenationalpark #autumn#fa... more »

Intimate Landscapes with Wide-Angle Lenses

I’ve made many images of intimate landscapes over the years, and the vast majority of them were taken with a telephoto lens (usually my 70-200mm zoom). But lately I’ve found myself using wide-angle lenses more and more for smaller scenes. Here's one example from October 13th, with dogwoods and ferns in the forest understory in Yosemite; the focal length was 35mm.

It can be challenging to simplify these compositions with shorter focal lengths, but the payoff is a greater sense of depth. You can read more about this, and see several other examples, in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/06/intimate-landscapes-wide-angle-lenses/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moodymonday #treetuesday #wideanglewednesday #fallfriday #yosemite #yosemitephotography #yosemitenationalpark #autumn #fallcolor___

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2016-11-02 21:48:36 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

A Beautiful Autumn Day in Yosemite

After a rainy weekend, +Claudia Welsh and I drove up to Yosemite Valley Monday morning and found exceptionally high water levels. So I spent the morning looking for juxtapositions of autumn leaves against the Merced River, as in this photo of a big-leaf maple above the water. You can see more photos from that day and read my Yosemite fall color report here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/02/autumn-day-in-yosemite/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #wetwednesday #thirstythursday #fallfriday #nationalparksmonday #treetuesday #yosemite #yosemitephotography #nationalparks #autumn #fallcolor

A Beautiful Autumn Day in Yosemite

After a rainy weekend, +Claudia Welsh and I drove up to Yosemite Valley Monday morning and found exceptionally high water levels. So I spent the morning looking for juxtapositions of autumn leaves against the Merced River, as in this photo of a big-leaf maple above the water. You can see more photos from that day and read my Yosemite fall color report here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/11/02/autumn-day-in-yosemite/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #wetwednesday #thirstythursday #fallfriday #nationalparksmonday #treetuesday #yosemite #yosemitephotography #nationalparks #autumn #fallcolor___

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2016-10-30 22:02:08 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Mobius Arch at Night, Alabama Hills

We just finished a nighttime workshop in the Trona Pinnacles and Alabama Hills. The forecast for our last evening wasn’t promising, calling for mostly cloudy skies and a 70 percent chance of showers. But just after dark we got this fortuitous rift in the clouds, with the Milky Way poking through and the underside of the clouds lit by the glow from Lone Pine. You can read the full story behind this photo here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/10/30/rift/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #nightphotographyfriday #nightphotography #alabamahills #mobiusarch

Mobius Arch at Night, Alabama Hills

We just finished a nighttime workshop in the Trona Pinnacles and Alabama Hills. The forecast for our last evening wasn’t promising, calling for mostly cloudy skies and a 70 percent chance of showers. But just after dark we got this fortuitous rift in the clouds, with the Milky Way poking through and the underside of the clouds lit by the glow from Lone Pine. You can read the full story behind this photo here:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/10/30/rift/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #skysunday #nightphotographyfriday #nightphotography #alabamahills #mobiusarch___

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2016-10-23 19:12:47 (3 comments; 9 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

Autumn on the East Side

We just finished our Eastern Sierra Fall Color workshop, and start another workshop tomorrow, so I just have time for a quick post. But we had a lot of fun last week with our group. Autumn arrived early on the east side, and then a storm came through just before the workshop, closing many Sierra passes and blowing leaves off the trees. But we still found some beautiful color. Here's an image from Bishop Creek Canyon last Wednesday.

Though the color is fading in the eastern Sierra, the autumn foliage in Yosemite Valley typically peaks around the end of October and beginning of November. I made a detour into Yosemite Valley on our way over to the east side on October 13th. At that time it looked like the color was changing early – especially the big-leaf maples. I haven’t been back to the valley, but I talked with Evan Russel at The Ansel AdamsGal... more »

Autumn on the East Side

We just finished our Eastern Sierra Fall Color workshop, and start another workshop tomorrow, so I just have time for a quick post. But we had a lot of fun last week with our group. Autumn arrived early on the east side, and then a storm came through just before the workshop, closing many Sierra passes and blowing leaves off the trees. But we still found some beautiful color. Here's an image from Bishop Creek Canyon last Wednesday.

Though the color is fading in the eastern Sierra, the autumn foliage in Yosemite Valley typically peaks around the end of October and beginning of November. I made a detour into Yosemite Valley on our way over to the east side on October 13th. At that time it looked like the color was changing early – especially the big-leaf maples. I haven’t been back to the valley, but I talked with Evan Russel at The Ansel Adams Gallery today, and he said that there are some colorful dogwoods along Highway 120, and the big-leaf maples are still vibrant in many places in the valley. The oaks, cottonwoods, and dogwoods in the valley still have a way to go, so there should still be some good color in the valley for another couple of weeks.

I’ll post more photos when I have a chance!

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #treetuesday #fallfriday #autumn #autumncolor #fallcolor #aspens #easternsierra
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2016-10-09 21:31:31 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Aspen Kaleidoscope

Over the years I’ve learned to pay attention to what my eyes are drawn too. I may head to a spot with a certain image in mind, but if my attention gets pulled to something else there’s probably a good reason for it.

I went to this spot trying to get a view of an aspen-covered hillside - which I did. But these multi-colored trees close by also caught my attention, so focused on them, looking for patterns to give the color some structure and design.

You can see that aspen-covered hillside photograph, and another abstract, in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/10/09/aspen-kaleidoscope/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #treetuesday #fallfriday #fallcolor #autumncolor #aspens #easternsierra

Aspen Kaleidoscope

Over the years I’ve learned to pay attention to what my eyes are drawn too. I may head to a spot with a certain image in mind, but if my attention gets pulled to something else there’s probably a good reason for it.

I went to this spot trying to get a view of an aspen-covered hillside - which I did. But these multi-colored trees close by also caught my attention, so focused on them, looking for patterns to give the color some structure and design.

You can see that aspen-covered hillside photograph, and another abstract, in my latest blog post:

http://www.michaelfrye.com/2016/10/09/aspen-kaleidoscope/

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #treetuesday #fallfriday #fallcolor #autumncolor #aspens #easternsierra ___

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