G Dan Mitchell
Forest Floor, Late Summer

Forest Floor, Late Summer

Forest Floor, Late Summer

Forest Floor, Late Summer

Forest Floor, Late Summer. Yosemite National Park, California. September 6, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Late-summer forest floor littered with fallen cones, branches, needles, and leaves.

As summer comes to an end in the high country of the Sierra Nevada, as it was during my early September visit this year, the moisture, growth, and…

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Quotations and Photographs (Morning Musings 9/21/14)

Quotations and Photographs (Morning Musings 9/21/14)

Self-portrait with Friedlander Poster - SFMoMA

Self-portrait with Friedlander Poster – SFMoMA

With partially ironic intent, I’m going to begin this Morning Musings post with two quotations. I snagged from the web by doing a quick search on “quotations about quotations” and, in line with common web practice, I simply present them for what they appear to be — I have not checked to validate the sources. Hey, it’s the internet! ;-)

“In the garden…

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Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate. Chicago, Illinois. August 2, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Chicago’s Cloud Gate reflecting the city skyline

The Cloud Gate sculpture is one of the iconic sights of downtown Chicago, visited by many people and photographed by almost all of them! It stands in an accessible and central section of the lakeside Millennium Park, just across the…

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Aspen Color Update (Morning Musings 9/20/14)

Aspen Color Update (Morning Musings 9/20/14)

Aspen Tree, Morning Light - An aspen tree with morning backlight, photographed high above Bishop Creek Canyon

An aspen tree with morning backlight, photographed high above Bishop Creek Canyon *

Today’s Morning Musingspost is a brief summary of some things I’m hearing about the development of the eastern Sierra fall aspen color. With the exception of some things I saw a week and a half ago in the Yosemite backcountry, what follows is entirely second-hand information, gleaned from descriptions and…

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North Chicago River
North Chicago River

North Chicago River

North Chicago River. Chicago, Illinois. August 2, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

The North Chicago River and downtown area buildings

Early in the morning we took what I believe was the first boat on the Chicago River Tour, the (deservedly) popular way to see and learn about the architecture of Chicago that lines the river and its branches. Despite…

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The Young and the Old in the Backcountry (Morning Musing 9/19/14)

The Young and the Old in the Backcountry (Morning Musing 9/19/14)

Backpackers, Near MIlestone Basin

Backpackers, Near Milestone Basin*

I’m no longer the young person I was when I began backpacking at the age of just about 16, nor even the person who was young and footloose and fancy free in the Sierra during college and in his twenties. During the past few years, I and others have noticed a smaller number of young backpackers that we saw back in our youth. In a recent discussion, the subject of…

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Cliff, Slabs, and Sunset Tree

Cliff, Slabs, and Sunset Tree

Cliff, Slabs, and Sunset Tree

Cliff, Slabs, and Sunset Tree

Cliff, Slabs, and Sunset Tree. Yosemite National Park, California. September 9, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Hazy evening light slants across steep granite cliffs and slabs and trees

This was not quite the very last photograph I made on my recent 10-day Sierra sojourn, but it was close. Our exit from the backcountry was scheduled for…

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Switching. And Patience. (Morning Musings 9/18/14)

Switching. And Patience. (Morning Musings 9/18/14)

Friday Night, Manhattan

Friday Night, Manhattan

Today I’m going to muse about equipment, and how to respond to the ongoing and inevitable continuing improvements in the capabilities of photography gear. My primary context is the Canon DSLR gear that I use, though the issue that I’m “musing” about is a more general one.

I shoot mostly with a Canon 5D Mark II camera body and four or fewer lenses. (I also use a Fujifilm…

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Morning Light, Forest and Granite

Morning Light, Forest and Granite

Morning Light, Forest and Granite

Morning Light, Forest and Granite

Morning Light, Forest and Granite. Yosemite National Park, California. September 8, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Morning light on forests and granite terrain along the Tuolumne River on a day of rain and wildfire smoke

After about five days of beautiful late-summer conditions high in the northern Yosemite backcountry we descended…

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I’m Amazingly Humbled! Not. (Morning Musing 9/17/14)

I’m Amazingly Humbled! Not. (Morning Musing 9/17/14)

OK, this post is a) not really being posted in the “morning” (though I was musing about it then), and b) about as totally unrelated to photography as possible. Hey, its my blog!

Recently recipients of high honors or acclamations have been responding by saying, “I’m humbled.”

Probably not.

I just grabbed one definition of the word “humbled” off the web — from the Free Dictionary:

tr.v. hum·bledh…

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