Happy Thanksgiving!

Sandhill cranes and a foggy sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA

Misty sunrise with sandhill cranes, San Joaquin Valley, California

The Thanksgiving holiday is a good time to pause and think about all the things we have to be grateful for.

I’m very thankful for my family and friends. Our son recently got married to a wonderful woman, so I’m grateful that he’s settled and happy. I’m very lucky to have been married to the same kind and beautiful woman for over 35 years, and I hope our son’s marriage is as long and happy as ours.

And I’m always very grateful for the support I receive from you, my faithful blog readers. Your comments and emails help make writing this blog fun, and keep me motivated and inspired. Thank you!

Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving (or live in a country that celebrates it on a different day), I hope you all have a lot to be thankful for!

— Michael Frye

Natural Landscape Photography Awards Results

Luminous ravine, Death Valley NP, CA, USA

Luminous ravine, Death Valley

I’m honored to once again have one of my images included in the Natural Landscape Photography Awards. The image above from Death Valley won the third-place award in the Deserts category.

Congratulations to all the winners! You can see the competition galleries here. It’s a beautiful collection of photographs, and quite an honor to have my work included. As always, judging such things is highly subjective, and I’m sure there were many, many wonderful images submitted that didn’t get selected.


Interview in Elements Magazine

Moon setting on a misty night, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Moon setting on a misty night, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite

I’m honored to once again have my photography included in Elements magazine, this time accompanying an in-depth interview. Elements is such a beautiful publication, and always full of thoughtful, interesting articles about landscape photography. This latest November issue includes photography and writing by Charlotte Gibb, Michael Bollino, Sarah Marino, Bruce Barnbaum, Joe Cornish, Alexey Korolyov, and Ed Cooley. I’m enjoying all the wonderful images, and looking forward to reading everything in depth.

You can subscribe to Elements here. I hope you enjoy this issue!

— Michael Frye

Related Posts: New Article in Elements Magazine; Elements Magazine Celebrates Printmaking

Join Me at the Out of Olympic Photo Conference!


I’m thrilled to be joining the Out of Chicago team once again for a photography conference – this time in Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula. This will be an in-person event taking place next May 7-11, 2023.

I’m looking forward to photographing this beautiful place, with lush, moss-draped rain forests, wild coastal beaches, and rugged sea stacks. And I’ll be joining a wonderful cast of instructors: Nick Page, Charlotte Gibb, Sean Bagshaw, Sarah Marino, Anna Morgan, Joseph Rossbach, Kurt Budliger, TJ Thorne, Anna Morgan, Mark Denney, Benjamin Williamson, and Eric Bennett.


Creating Composition Out of Chaos Webinar


This Friday I’ll be joining the Out of Chicago team for a live webinar called Creating Composition Out of Chaos. My fellow panelists include some of my favorite photographers, like Charlotte Gibb, Sean Bagshaw, Anna Morgan, TJ Thorne, Sarah Marino, and Kurt Budliger. We’re sharing how we were able to create a compelling landscape or intimate scene composition when challenged by a chaotic environment. Register below to join us live and be notified when the recording is available.

Register for the Creating Composition Out of Chaos webinar, 1 p.m. Eastern time, 10 a.m. Pacific, Friday, August 19th

I hope to see some of you there!


Oak Fire Update

The slope below it burned, but our house is still intact.

The slope below our house burned, but the house is still intact.

First, thanks so much to all of you who have sent messages since my last post. While Claudia and I don’t have time to respond to them all individually right now, rest assured that we’ve read them all, and are very grateful for all the expressions of support. Your kindness is overwhelming, and greatly appreciated.

Please know that we’re fine, and our house is fine too. We were able to get into our neighborhood on Monday to assess our property, and the house and office are intact, with no damage that we can find. The fire burned almost to the edge of the house on the north side, and the edge of the deck on the west side, but didn’t reach the other sides, nor my office/studio building. We may have lost a few trees on our property, but the shade trees near our house and deck all seem okay.