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June 24th, 2014

Chasing the Light and Weather

Posted By Michael Frye
Rainbow, Crescent Beach, Crescent City, CA, USA
It should be obvious that weather and light are important aspects of landscape photography. No matter where you are, it pays to keep an eye on the weather, and to learn local weather patterns. We arrived in Crescent City, at the very northern edge of California, about five days before our redwoods workshop was set to begin. Our first night there some showers moved through, and at sunrise it was gray and raining. But online radar and satellite images showed that the showers might end soon, so I prepared to go out. Then through our hotel room window I saw a rainbow! We made a dash for the car, drove out to Crescent Beach, and luckily the rainbow was still there (right). 
June 19th, 2014

Waves and Slow Shutter Speeds

Posted By Michael Frye
Fog at the mouth of the Klamath River, Redwood NP, CA, USA
The far northern coast of California has many wonderful, wild coastal areas, providing great opportunities to make moody photographs of ocean scenes. It can be challenging to photograph these scenes, however, because things are constantly changing. In addition to that usual variable – the weather – you have to think about the tides and movement … 
April 3rd, 2014

Divided No More

Posted By Michael Frye
Half Dome and Yosemite Valley with fog, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Not long ago, photographers were divided into two camps: color photographers, and black-and-white photographers. Sure, there were some people who did both, and even some who did both well, but they were rare. Most photographers specialized in one medium or the other – and I use that word deliberately, because it almost seemed like they were different mediums, not just different palettes. 
March 12th, 2014

Photo of The Day by Michael Ryan

Posted By Ashley Myers-Turner
A Country View by Michael Ryan
    Michael Ryan submitted today’s Photo Of The Day to the Sunrise Assignment. In the image entitled ‘A Country View,’ Ryan captures the sun rising in Marin County, Calif. “This is another one of my favorite ‘close to home’ locations. I think every photographer should look in their backyard and to identify local icons. … 
February 27th, 2014

Photo Of The Day by Mark Bristol

Posted By Christopher Robinson
Eagle Falls Lake Tahoe by Mark Bristol
Mark Bristol’s photo of Eagle Falls above Lake Tahoe was sent to the Dry Assignment. The reason I selected this photo is because is shows how drought can sneak up on us. 
January 27th, 2014

Behind The Shot: ‘Zabriskie Point. Death Valley. July 5, 2011′ by Bill Leigh Brewer – Death Valley National Park, California

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Black and white image of Zabriskie Point from overhead in Death Valley National Park California landscape
This is one of those shots where I almost feel that I don’t deserve credit for the image. After all, Zabriskie Point is one of the most photographed places in the world. In fact, on this day, I almost skipped it in my drive through Death Valley National Park. I had already shot there on … 
December 20th, 2013

Of Geese and Shutter Speeds

Posted By Michael Frye
Formation of Ross's geese taking flight, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA
While composition and light are always vital, some aspects of wildlife photography are very different from landscape photography. With wildlife the subjects are moving, placing greater importance on anticipation, timing, and the ability to make quick decisions about framing and camera settings. 
December 6th, 2013

Behind The Shot: ‘Calla Lily’ by Yan Larsen – Big Sur, California

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Three exposure composite of calla lilies captured in Big Sur, California field of flowers
With all the warm weather we had this winter, not having much needed rain, I noticed Calla Lily at Big Sur blooming earlier in March 2013. After I had seen a few pictures, I knew I had to pay a visit ASAP, the flowers were probably past prime time. The day was the only day … 
December 5th, 2013

Aspens in the Snow

Posted By Michael Frye
Aspens and pines in an autumn snowstorm, Toiyabe NF, CA, USA; 1/8 sec at f/22, ISO 50
In October I fulfilled a long-time dream: to photograph autumn aspens in the snow. I posted one photograph from that snowy day here, and two more from the following morning here. But I made a lot of other images during that storm, and now finally have a chance to show you some of them. On … 
November 26th, 2013

What’s the Least Interesting Part of This Photograph?

Posted By Michael Frye
Moon rising between El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks from Valley View, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
The best compositions are simple; they present only the essentials, and leave out extraneous clutter. The most common mistake in photography – by far – is including too much in the frame. Anything that’s not adding to the photograph’s message is detracting from it. To help simplify your compositions, ask yourself, before you press the …