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150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Storm clouds over Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Storm clouds over Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Within National Parks is room – glorious room – room in which to find ourselves, in which to think and hope, to dream and plan, to rest and resolve.
— Enos A. Mills

Exactly 150 years ago, on June 30th, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant, giving Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the state of California to be preserved. This is the first instance of park land being set aside specifically for preservation and public use by action of the U.S. federal government, and set a precedent for the 1872 creation of Yellowstone as the first national park. (Yosemite National Park was created in 1890 to protect the lands surrounding Yosemite Valley, and in 1906 the valley and Mariposa Grove were returned to the federal government and incorporated into the national park.)

Photography played a vital role in the creation and passing of the Yosemite Grant legislation. The public thought that the early stories about Yosemite Valley were exaggerated, and drawings and paintings could be manipulated, so people only began to appreciate the magnificence of the valley when they saw proof in the form of photographs by Charles Weed and Carleton Watkins. Watkins’ photographs of Yosemite were displayed in the halls of Congress, and may also have been shown to president Lincoln by Senator John Conness. (You can see an exhibit of Watkins’ photographs at Stanford University in the San Francisco Bay Area through August 17th.)

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Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers is Now Available!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

YMA_Cover350Yosemite has long attracted adventurous people who come to climb, hang glide, ski, or hike through its rugged, wild terrain. Our latest book, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, celebrates this spirit of adventure with 45 of my photographs, paired with inspirational quotes about adventure and wild places from people like Galen Rowell, Bill Bryson, Terry Tempest Williams, Yvon Chouinard, Edward Abbey, John Muir, Cheryl Strayed, Lynn Hill, Ron Kauk, and many others, plus a forward by Royal Robbins.

This is the third book in the Yosemite Meditations series, following the original Yosemite Meditations, and Yosemite Meditations for Women. As in the previous editions, my wife Claudia did a great job of editing the book, finding great quotes, and pairing them with the photographs. You’ll find a few sample pages below.

You can hear a bit more about the new book in an interview I did for the Valley Edition show on KVPR, Fresno’s public radio station. The show aired yesterday, but you can listen to it online at their website (my segment starts at minute 28 and lasts about ten minutes).

If you order Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers directly from us through the “Add to Cart” button below, Claudia and I will both sign the book(s). You can also order from the publisher, the non-profit Yosemite Conservancy, or from Amazon.

We hope you like the book, and really appreciate your support! We also want to give our thanks to the Yosemite Conservancy for their continuing commitment to publishing high quality books about the park, and for all the great work they do to help Yosemite.

— Michael Frye

Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers
Hardcover with jacket; approx. 6×5 inches; 96 pages

9.95

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Borrowlenses Sale

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Foggy sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA

Foggy sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA

Borrowlenses.com 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.

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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.)

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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:

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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:

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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