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Borrowlenses Sale

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Foggy sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA

Foggy sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA is having a sale, with 25% off all of their rental equipment – a good time to test that camera or lens you’ve been wanting to try! The sale only lasts until midnight tonight.

As you know, I’ve used Borrowlenses many times to test equipment, and found their prices reasonable and service excellent. This sunrise photograph from the San Joaquin Valley was made recently with a rented Canon 6D. I also just finished testing a Sony A7r, and I’ll have more to say about both of these cameras soon.

On another note, I had a good time as the guest on the Google+ Landscape Photography Show last night. We had a technical glitch (not unusual with these things), but overall I thought it went well. This was a good chance for me to expand on some of the topics I discussed in my post Creating Depth: Beyond the Wide-Angle Formula, so if you enjoyed that article you might want to watch the replay of last night’s show here.

– Michael Frye

Join Me on the Landscape Photography Show Tomorrow

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Beam of light striking Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Beam of light striking Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

I’m honored to be the guest on the Landscape Photography Show‘s hangout on Google+ tomorrow evening (March 11th), at 7:00 p.m. Pacific time. I’ll be talking about creating depth in landscape photographs – a rich topic that will allow me to expand on some of the ideas presented in my post Creating Depth: Beyond the Wide-Angle Formula, and delve into other related subjects.

If you can attend the live event you’ll have a chance to ask questions and join the conversation, but the show will also be recorded so you can watch it later on YouTube. You have to be a Google+ member to watch it live, but joining is free and easy. I hope to see you there!

— Michael Frye

PhotoPills Winners

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

We had a great response to the PhotoPills giveaway, with nearly 300 people putting their names into the hat. We assigned each person who entered a number, and used a random number generator to select the five winners. And the winners are…

John (email starts with jwtrone)
Mike Lynch
Dk Tanaka
Howard Snyder
Susan Markovic

Congratulations to the winners! You’ll each receive an email shortly from Claudia with a code for downloading a free copy of PhotoPills. And if you didn’t get lucky this time, the app is only $9.99, and well worth the price.

Thanks to all of you who participated, and good luck with your moon photos!

— Michael Frye

PhotoPills Giveaway!

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Moonrise, Sierra foothills, Mariposa Country, CA, USA

Moonrise, Sierra foothills, Mariposa Country, CA, USA

In my December post Moonstruck I talked about the two best apps for figuring out sun and moon positions: PhotoPills and The Photographer’s Ephemeris.

I’ve relied on The Photographer’s Ephemeris for many years; it’s a great tool. PhotoPills is newer, but as I’ve become more familiar with it I’ve used it more and more. PhotoPills has a couple of very useful extra features, like it’s Augmented Reality mode, which allows you to superimpose the future path of the sun, moon, or other celestial object over a live picture (on your iPhone) of the scene in front of you. Even better, if you want to photograph the sun or moon lined up with a certain object – a building, or a mountain, for example – you can search for the times when that will happen, and see a list of results which includes moon phases, and the days when your desired alignment corresponds with the “magic” hour.

How to Win a Free Copy of PhotoPills:

This app is normally only $9.99, but Rafael Pons at PhotoPills has generously offered to give away five copies of this app to my readers. To have a chance to win, just post a comment below saying you’re interested. There’s one catch: you must own an iPhone or iPod Touch! PhotoPills is only available for the iPhone so far. (A universal app formatted for the iPad is in the works, but not available yet.) You have until midnight tomorrow (Monday, January 13th) Pacific time to post a comment and have a chance to win.


Improve Photography Podcast Interview

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Saguaro cacti at night, Saguaro NP, AZ, USA

Saguaro cacti at night, Saguaro NP, AZ, USA

Last month Jim Harmer at Improve Photography interviewed me for his popular podcast, and that interview is now live. You can listen to the podcast directly on Jim’s site, or find it in iTunes.

One of the topics we discussed is creative ruts, and how to get out of them. I told the story of how I got out of such a rut in the early ’90s by experimenting with different subjects, techniques, and equipment. I used flash for the first time, which led me to trying flash at night, and eventually to my series of colorful, surreal, nighttime landscapes. The photograph above is perhaps the most recognizable image from that series, but you can see more examples here. (If you click on the thumbnails you’ll find descriptions of how each photograph was made.)


Jim Goldstein’s Blog Project

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Snowy black oaks, late autumn, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

One of my top ten images: Snowy black oaks, late autumn, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Part of the reason for putting together my top ten photographs of the year was to submit the collection to Jim Goldstein’s blog project – a collection featuring the top images of 2013 from a wide range of photographers. He had a tremendous response this year, with over 300 submissions. If you’re looking for some inspiration, or just want to see some beautiful photography, this is a great list to peruse. I haven’t seen everything yet, so this is by no means a comprehensive selection, but here are some entries that caught my eye and feature some excellent work:


2013: My Top Ten Images

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top ten photographs of 2013!

We had truly an amazing response this year: 396 people looked through my initial selection of 49 images and posted their picks here on the blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and by email. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through these photographs and voice your opinions! I also really appreciate all the kind words expressed along with the votes. I wish I could respond to every comment, but please know that I’ve read them all and am very grateful for all your support. And last but not least, many thanks to my wonderful assistant Claudia who tallied all those votes!

To express our gratitude to all of you we’ve decided to give away another print to one of the voters. We assigned each person who voted a number, and used a random number generator to pick the recipient. And the winner is… Judy Heiser! Judy will receive a signed, numbered, matted 16×20 print of her choice from among the 49 original selections. Congratulations Judy!

So here’s the list of the ten images which received the most picks, and the number of votes they each received:


Voting Deadline is Midnight Tonight

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Mist, sunlight, and a California black oak, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

41. Mist, sunlight, and a California black oak, Yosemite

Just a reminder that if you want to vote for your favorite images of mine from 2013 the deadline is midnight tonight, Pacific time. And to all of you who have already voted – thank you very much!

— Michael Frye

2013: Picking My Best Images

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve recovered from your New Year’s Eve celebrations. ;)

Like champagne, Times Square, and Auld Lang Syne, it’s become a New Year’s tradition on this blog to pick out my best images from the past year, and once again I’m inviting you to help make these difficult choices. I’ve posted 49 of my best photographs from 2013 below, in chronological order. After you look through these please post a comment listing your ten favorites. (Click on the images to see them larger.) Once the votes are in I’ll put the top ten on this blog, and submit the finalists to Jim Goldstein’s blog project, where he’ll be showcasing the best images of the year from over 100 photographers. The voting deadline is Friday, January 3rd, at midnight Pacific time.

As always, I reserve the right to override the votes if one of my favorites gets panned. But I have yet to exercise this power — the last three years I went with the votes because, well, we’re all better at judging other people’s photographs than our own.

Thanks for your input — I appreciate your help!

—Michael Frye



Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Sunbeams from Tunnel View, spring, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Sunbeams from Tunnel View, spring, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Happy New Year everyone! To all my readers, thank you so much for your support during the past year. Your participation makes writing this blog fun. I have lots of exciting plans for this blog, and look forward to another great year in 2014!

And don’t forget, tomorrow I’ll be posting the nominees for my best photos of 2013, and you’ll get a chance to vote for your favorites and help me pick the top ten. The image above was the top vote-getter from two years ago.

— Michael Frye