G Dan Mitchell
Concerning Megapixels

(This is another in a series of articles based on posts I shared elsewhere. This one is based on a reply to a post concerning how important it is to move to a newer, improved sensor with higher photo site density. The immediate question had to do with how often the improvements would be significant enough to be seen, and the writer had correctly pointed out that there can be advantages to higher…

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Chinatown Street
Chinatown Street

Chinatown Street

Chinatown Street. New York City. August 10, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

A narrow, empty street curves past small shops in New York City’s Chinatown

First off, I’m obviously not a “real” New Yorker — I love the place, but I’m most certainly a visitor and a west coast guy at heart. However, that means that for me many things that might seem familiar…

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Print Review (Morning Musing for 8/19/14)

Print Review (Morning Musing for 8/19/14)

We are very fortunate to be part of a small group of photographers and friends who gather every six weeks or so in one of our homes for an informal print review. Each of the photographers is talented and expressive, and while our stylistic and subject preferences overlap, each has a unique style and photographic “voice.”

Print reviews, especially when the participants comprise a group of very…

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Manhattan Traffic
Manhattan Traffic

Manhattan Traffic

Manhattan Traffic. New York, New York. August 5, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Motion blur abstract of Manhattan traffic

OK, here we go! I’m about to share a string of urban photographs, many of which are from New York City, where I spent slightly more than a week in early August. We were there for several reasons. My wife was attending a music…

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"AutumnIsAroundTheCorner" Day (Morning Musing 8/18/14)

“AutumnIsAroundTheCorner” Day (Morning Musing 8/18/14)

Oaks and Grass, Late Summer

Oaks and Grass, Late Summer

Oaks and Grass, Late Summer. Santa Clara County, California. August 17 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Late summer morning fog clears about oak and grass-covered California hills. (And yes, it is the same image I shared earlier as today’s daily photograph.)

I first encountered “AutumnIsAroundTheCorner” day — which is my own invention, so…

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Oaks and Grass, Late Summer

Oaks and Grass, Late Summer

Oaks and Grass, Late Summer

Oaks and Grass, Late Summer

Oaks and Grass, Late Summer. Santa Clara County, California. August 17 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Late summer morning fog clears about oak and grass-covered California hills

Today’s photographic journey was a short one — back to a local park where I have photographed for quite a few years, though not recently. This is a place that I…

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Morning Musings (8/17/14)

If you don’t already follow The Online Photographer (or “TOP”), wander on over there and take a look. The slightly idiosyncratic blog often offers articles and commentary that provide interesting insights and which might make you look at things a bit differently. I read it regularly.

I’m mentioning TOP this morning because of something I saw there recently, a “something” that is directly related…

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Elephant Seals and Blue Water

Elephant Seals and Blue Water

Elephant Seals and Blue Water

Elephant Seals and Blue Water

Elephant Seals and Blue Water. Point Piedras Blancas, California. July 24, 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Elephant seals resting on a Southern California beach at the edge of the water

This time of year, a lotof elephant seal photographs are likely to be “elephant seals napping/resting/sleeping on beach” photographs, since that seems to…

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Elephant Seals, Point Piedras Blancas

Elephant Seals, Point Piedras Blancas

Elephant Seals, Point Piedras Blancas

Elephant Seals, Point Piedras Blancas

Elephant Seals, Point Piedras Blancas. Big Sur Coast, California. July 24. 2014. © Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Elephant seals massed along the edge of the beach at Point Piedras Blancas, California

Photographing elephant seals was not originally port of my (somewhat vague) plan when I set out for the Big Sur coast on this one day…

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Lenses For Sale

8/15/14 UPDATE: Two of the four lenses that I’m selling have now found new homes, but two Canon L primes are still available: EF 24mm f/1.4L II and EF 135mm f/2 L.

I am selling several excellent Canon lenses as part of move to consolidate and reconfigure some of my photographic equipment. Here’s the list – three primes and one zoom, three two L Canon L prime lenses and one Canon non-L:

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L IICanon EF…

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