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Switching. And Patience. (Morning Musings 9/18/14) (2 comments)
I’m going to get a new iPhone — mine is getting quite old! — but I’m definitely not going to camp out just to be first. My other phone is still working today, it will be working tomorrow, and I figure its good for at least a few more weeks after [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-18 19:28:23
Sierra Fall Color Speculation (Morning Musings 9/14/14) (6 comments)
Hi Wayne:

I agree that it does not have the soft palette that I so often favor in many of my photographs, so I think that what you were seeing was real.

I’m also watching the color change updates carefully. I think that it might be possible to [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-17 19:31:31
I’m Amazingly Humbled! Not. (Morning Musing 9/17/14) (8 comments)
I’m humbled that I managed to humble a humble guy like you… ;-)

Lots of people miss that distinction, so save the “I’m an immigrant” card for a time when you really need it!

By the way, I’m looking forward to our meet-up in late October.

D [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-17 19:29:18
“Secrets of Photography.” Not. (Morning Musings 9/16/14) (9 comments)
Dusty: Thanks for writing. You make a whole lot of important and pertinent points here, including about…

How we all see things that we aspire to understand or to be able to do ourselves, and the processes by which we try to understand how to do [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-17 10:05:22
Urban Life, Manhattan (2 comments)
Thanks, Mark!

Dan [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-11 09:55:42
Telescope Peak (2 comments)
Thanks, Courtney!

Dan [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-30 14:18:46
Photographing Icons — Pluses and Minuses (Morning Musings 8/29/14) (3 comments)
Dan,

Thanks for your reply.

I agree about the difficulty in shooting a familiar subject. When I approach one…even just knowing I will someday approach one has me second-guessing myself. My memory is tainted by all the images I’ve already se [...]

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Dusty
2014-08-30 09:01:37
Foregoing Seeing in Order to Capture (Morning Musing 8/27/2014) (2 comments)
It makes sense to me, Johann.

There are a few circumstances in which I will photograph in museums. (Obviously, since the photograph attached to the article was made in a museum!)

1. I like to photograph the spaces inside museums and the people occu [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-28 10:06:35
Sierra Nevada Fall Color (Morning Musings 8/25/14) (4 comments)
Knowing your subject and locations helps a lot — among other things it can help you find stuff when everyone else things there is nothing to see! (And your report of dates and the followup reminds me that some of favorite photographs of mine from B [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-25 13:22:12
A Bit More on Aperture Selection (Morning Musing for 8/23/14) (2 comments)
Jackson, at some point I should run off a series of images at whole apertures through about f/32 and share the examples. It may not be right away since I’ve got a few other things going right now.

A few years ago I did a sequence of tests with som [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-24 16:44:45
Flooded Field, Winter (2 comments)
Thank, Jerry. I think you are seeing much of what I saw/see in this image. When I made the photograph I believe I was thinking primarily of two things: the curves created in by the cropped plants in the water and the line of the levee on the horizon. [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-24 09:55:38
Making Aperture Selection Easy (Morning Musing for 8/22/14) (2 comments)
Indeed! Good to know, yes? Here’s a bit more detailed explanation:

Aperture selection, among other things, allows us to control depth of field (DOF)— the range of distances in front of and behind (if not focused on infinity) the subject that is [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-23 11:06:15
Print Review (Morning Musings for 8/19/14) (3 comments)
Thanks for the comments. It actually no longer surprises me much at all when my own preferences turn out to be different from the preference of others. I’ve long said that the photographer is the only person who will ever see the work in the way that [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-22 14:42:49
“AutumnIsAroundTheCorner” Day (Morning Musings for 8/18/14) (5 comments)
Edie, I’m certain that you do know these signs and feelings! Oddly, when I’m in the Sierra, the autumn wildfire smoke is probably one of the signals — that is a regular thing that time of year, alternately scary and aggravating and sometimes produ [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-19 11:41:45
Oaks and Grass, Late Summer (2 comments)
Thanks, Karl. These hills and oaks and grasses always remind me of how much I enjoy shooting subjects with which I have developed a long and intimate relationship. (I also like photographing the unfamiliar, but it is a very different kind of photogra [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-18 11:20:01
Morning Musings (8/17/14) (1 comments)
I am looking forward to seeing this…! [...]
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Jerry Cagle
2014-08-18 07:29:33
Monolith, Trees, and New Snow (2 comments)
Thanks for the comment, Craig! This subject provides some “interesting” compositional challenges. The subject is, of course, a long ways away from the camera position. The coloration of the face of Half Dome is actually quite subtle, and color balanc [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-13 16:46:59
Thoughts About the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS Lens (16 comments)
Hi Dan,
I will be visiting Yosemite in November and am hoping to rent a little more reach than what I have currently available. Have you had any experience with the 2x range extender? I was considering renting the 100-400 but I now think I may rent [...]
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Patrick Duffey
2014-08-12 07:52:50
Lens Protection: Ultraviolet (UV) Filter or Lens Cap and Hood? (63 comments)
Hi, Mike:

I don’t live in such a place, but I frequently shoot in Death Valley and along the Pacific coastline, where similar issues can arise. There are a few things to consider here.

First, if you are shooting with a sealed body camera, such as [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-08-08 04:28:10
Is It Ever Too Early To Dream of Aspen Color? (2 comments)
Wayne, I’m hoping to be able to get to Utah at some point during the color season there this fall — though that could encompass anything from the aspens near the end of September through the lower elevations color that comes much later. We’ll see!
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-07-29 12:30:30
Thanks (Almost) A Million (3 comments)
Thanks to both of you! [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-07-19 10:18:03
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II vs. 24-70mm f/4L IS vs. 24-105mm f/4 L IS (47 comments)
I did not use the first version of the 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens, so I cannot offer a comparison based on my own experience. If the original version of the lens is working well for you it probably makes sense to keep using that one since the new lens is n [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-07-18 07:14:43
Going Out, Slowly (10 comments)
Thanks, Steve.

I think that sometimes we are worried that if we are not constantly and perhaps even superficially busy that we might get bored or that we might not be accomplishing anything or that we could be wasting our time. But it is possible [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-07-15 17:09:40
Why I like DSLR Live View Shooting (24 comments)
Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your experience with live view and with the 3rd-party lenses. You make a good point that for folks who like to shoot these alternative lenses and work from the tripod, live view really lets you take full advanta [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-07-14 08:15:35
Evening Shower, Sierra Pond (2 comments)
Here you go, Ernie! http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2014/07/08/reader-question-photographing-in-the-rain

Dan [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-07-08 22:31:09
Updated Thoughts on Canon Ultrawide Zoom Lenses (2 comments)
All good points, Jerry. I’ll try to address them and more after I have a chance to put the lens through its paces in the next few weeks, and perhaps I’ll share some initial impressions sooner than that.

While I understand why IS is so often helpfu [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-07-06 12:06:56
A Blog Milestone Approaches – Close to 1,000,000 (5 comments)
I had thought about doing some sort of special print offer — perhaps one or two special images in a size or two at a significant discount…

Let me give that some thought.

Dan [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-07-03 10:49:18
Happy 150th Birthday Yosemite (1 comments)
Great write up, Dan. Brought back similar memories from my own childhood spent in the Sierra. Many thanks.

Alan [...]

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Alan Barnard
2014-07-02 18:01:22
Reader Question: Concerned About Image Theft (2 comments)
Excellent points, Bob. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to go to far into copyright issues in an article that was mainly about the concerns versus value of sharing photographs online.

People often confuse “registering” copyright with possessing it. As so [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-06-30 16:24:42
Desert Dawn, Storm Clouds (6 comments)
Thanks, David. No, I haven’t been sharing photographs there recently. But thanks for asking!

Dan [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-06-23 06:19:15

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