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Pick the Right Friends… (Morning Musings 9/29/14) (4 comments)
Absolutely. In the same way that John Sexton is sometimes known as “Mr. Zone,” perhaps we should start calling Charlie “Mr. Curve.” ;-)

Dan [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-29 15:20:12
What’s With the Daily Photographs? (Morning Musings 9/28/14) (2 comments)
Ernie, although I typically queue up the photographs ahead of time, a bit of manual intervention is often required when they appear on social media sites — and my typical ritual is to get up very early, stumble in the semi-darkness to the kitchen, [...]
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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-29 10:09:41
Social Media and the Death of the Web (Morning Musings 9/27/14) (4 comments)
Hi Sean:

I’m with you in acknowledging that social media have brought me in contact with many, many wonderful people that I might not otherwise have gotten to know. I’ve always been a fan to the positive potential of these things, right from my fi [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-28 20:12:39
Only As Good As Your Poorest Picture? (Morning Musings 9/26/14) (3 comments)
“The perfect is the enemy of the good” embodies a very important point for life in general — not just photography. Behind it is a belief that perfection is actually an unrealistic and, frankly, impossible goal.

A much better and more useful on [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-26 11:53:38
Marmot Poo (Morning Musings 9/25/14) (4 comments)
As someone I know might say, “That’s an idea.” ;-)

Come to think of it, I probably do know more about marmot poo that one really needs to know….

Dan [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-26 09:13:00
Sierra Nevada Fall Color Season – Coming Sooner Than You Think! (27 comments)
Wayne, I hear you!

Early storms can mean boom or bust for aspen photography. On the plus side, last year I spent almost an entire day in snowfall as we drove down the east side from Monitor Pass to Bishop, going slowly and taking lots of side trip [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-26 07:13:43
Quotations and Photographs (Morning Musings 9/21/14) (4 comments)
It should be no surprise to you that I agree with you regarding the “no simple answers” point. (And if I were in the right mood, I might well answer the same questions in the context of music the same way: “yes.” ;-)

I posed this generalized list [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-21 11:17:28
Switching. And Patience. (Morning Musings 9/18/14) (4 comments)
Richard, I’m with you, and the great majority of serious photographers I know understand this, too. The advances are real, but they are also incremental, and not every advance is worthy of a response.

Now I’m certainly not suggesting that the new c [...]

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G Dan Mitchell
2014-09-19 07:03:37
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

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