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, night photography,  travel photography, and street photography.

He  exhibits, sells prints, licenses photographs, and writes on photographic subjects. His photography has been exhibited at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, the annual Yosemite Renaissance exhibition, the Harvey Milk Photo Center, San Francisco ArtSpan Open Studios (with the night photography group Studio Nocturne SF), The Stellar Gallery, and other locations including public and private facilities in Death Valley National Park, the Carmel area, San Francisco, Chicago, and in Europe and Australia. His photographs appear in books and magazines, and he presents talks on photographic subjects. He was a Yosemite Renaissance artist-in-residence in Yosemite National Park in 2018, and a show featuring work from the residency was presented at Gallery Five in the spring and summer of that year. Since 2011 he has photographed in the Sierra Nevada backcountry each summer with the “First Light” group.

Mitchell has had a prolific online presence since the late 1990s. He has shared daily photographs with commentary at his website (www.gdanmitchell.com) for nearly fifteen years. He is active on social media as “gdanmitchell,” and he founded the  8,000-member “Sierra Nevada: Photographs From The Range Of Light” Facebook community.

Mitchell is the author of California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra (Heyday Books, Berkeley), 2015.

G Dan Mitchell Photography

1165 Lincoln Ave. #8655
San Jose California 95155

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G Dan Mitchell Photographing in the Sierra Nevada
G Dan Mitchell Photographing in the Sierra NevadaPhotography by Charles Cramer, used by permission of the photographer.

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For nearly a decade I have posted a “photograph of the day,” along with information and observations about the photos. The website also hosts articles on a range of photography subjects.

All photographs and text are © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved unless otherwise explicitly indicated. My photographs have not been placed in the public domain, and any use requires advance permission. Many images may be purchased as prints and/or may be licensed for other uses with permission. See the Purchasing Photographs page for more information.

Photography and Me

I began photographing when I 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 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 school darkroom. I look back at a large black and white image of 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 acquired my first SLR around this time. By mymid-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 Sierra Nevada backpacking trips.

As time went on I began to feel that the camera gear was interfering with my backcountry experience, and  eventually I stopped carrying the Pentax cameras and extra lenses. In fact, for a while I carried only a small Olympus Zoom camera and mostly just recorded 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 in the 1990s 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 great photographic masters of the past would have embraced this equipment and these techniques wholeheartedly. I know that many of today’s masters do.

G Dan Mitchell, Mission Peak. November 23, 2006. © Copyright Tom Clifton
Dan Mitchell. Mission Peak. November 23, 2006. © Copyright Tom Clifton. Used by permission.


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G Dan Mitchell
G Dan Mitchell — photographed by my brother, Pacific Northwest photographer Richard Mitchell

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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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12 thoughts on “About”

  1. Dan,

    Have you ever thought of leading photo field trips? You seem to like to teach on line, how about in person?

  2. Hi Dan,

    I am a photography student at Itchen College in Southampton and I am doing my essay about you and your work and I wondered if you could give me some information about where you get your inspiration from? This would be a great help to me if you could reply.
    I would also like to know more about how you got into photography apart from your dad. Again this would be of great help.



  3. hi Dan

    I was looking for photos of the “fire waterfalls” in Yosemite National Park and your pictures on flickr led me here. I love your photos! They allow me to see the beauty in places I am unlikely to ever go. I am so awed by the beauty of nature and you have captured it so gorgeously. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

    All the best,

  4. Hi Dan,

    I wanted to find out about your website, are you using WordPress? or did you create the website in another format?


  5. Dan,

    It was great to finally meet you after following your blog for so long. You had mentioned the epson printer model number but I don’t remember which one you said you had. Can you tell me again please.


    1. Hi, Neville! Great to meet you and get to talk a bit as well. Hopefully we’ll run into one another again at some of the future meet-ups. I’m using the Epson 7900 printer these days.

      Take care.


  6. Hi Dan: I work for a Bay Area city and live in Boulder Creek. My job can be very stressful, so often when I am home at night I get on my laptop in search of beautiful photographs. They sooth me. They amaze me. And they remind me that there is incredible beauty in the simplest of things all around us when we choose to look.

    Tonight I stumbled upon some of your photographs on Flickr and was so touched by many of them. You must have beautiful eyes!

    So I write only to say that you have a new fan and to give you thanks for sharing your gifts that bring me and so many others such uplifting beauty.

    Mimi in Boulder Creek

    1. Hi Mimi:

      Thanks for writing and sharing that. I’m always happy to hear that my photography communicates with someone, and I’m glad to hear that you share my joy if finding “beauty in simply things.”

      Take care,


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G Dan Mitchell, photographer and visual opportunist. Posting daily photographs since 2005, along with articles, reviews, news, and ideas.

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