G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, the redwoods, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, the American Southwest, wildlife, urban landscapes, street photography, and night photography.
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Among other things I use this site to post “photographs of the day,” along with information and observations about the photos. I have been doing so for several years as a sort of “assignment to myself,” since the process encourages me to shoot more often and to seek out images in my archives that I may have overlooked. Practice may or may not make perfect, but it does help.
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Photography and Me
I can’t tell you what year I first used a camera, but I’m sure it was in elementary school. My father was a professor of instructional technology and a talented and dedicated amateur photographer. He had camera gear (including a big old Graflex) and a darkroom he would set up in the bathroom. He taught me to print black and white and he gave me a lot good advice that I probably didn’t appreciate nearly enough at the time.
By the time I was in high school I shot a lot of black and white, developing the film myself and printing at home or using the equipment in school darkroom. I now look back at a very large black and white image of some oak trees from that era which appears on the inside of the cover of my high school yearbook… and recognize that I was already “seeing” in some of the same ways that I do today. I believe that I acquired my first SLR around this time. By the time I was in my mid-twenties I had acquired a couple of Pentax 35mm cameras (MX and ME) along with a small set of lenses that I used a great deal on backpacking trips.
As time went on I began to feel that the camera gear was interfering with my backcountry experience, and the latter became more important to me than the former. Eventually I stopped carrying the Pentax cameras and extra lenses and “slipped” to the point that I was carrying only a small Olympus Zoom camera and mostly just recording my experience, as opposed to making photographs. I continued to spend a lot of time in the backcountry, but at that point in my life I felt unburdened when I left the camera gear at home. Ah, well…
Then came digital photography. I was doing digital quite early, initially using some cameras that seem remarkably crude by today’s stands, such as the early Apple “Quicktake” camera. I could make lots of photographs and quickly see and edit them, learning quickly from the process, and I could share pictures on the web. All of this rekindled my interest in photography.
Ultimately I learned that digital cameras and digital post-processing (e.g. – the “digital darkroom”) provide the means for creating very, very fine photographic images and prints. I am absolutely certain that many great photographic masters of the past would have embraced this equipment and these techniques wholeheartedly. I know that many of today’s masters do.
Dan Mitchell. Mission Peak. November 23, 2006. © Copyright Tom Clifton. Used by permission.
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G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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