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Thinking About Yosemite’s Horsetail Fall

Published February 25th, 2012

Horsetail Fall. Yosemite National Park, California. February 15, 2010. © Photograph and text copyright 2010 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

The silver strand of Horsetail Fall and water reflecting on surrounding cliffs in late afternoon light, Yosemite Valley.

This being February, it seems that Horsetail Fall has again (and more every year) become a hot topic. Horsetail Fall, sometimes referred to as the “Natural Firefall” is the increasingly famous seasonal waterfall that can appear along the east face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. At about this time of year, when all the conditions fall in place, the ribbon of water from the fall may be spotlighted by the last light of the setting sun and create a beautiful band of glowing, colorful water against the dark backdrop of steep granite.

The conjunction of elements required to produce the most spectacular Horsetail Fall “event” is complex. First, it depends on the geological coincidences of the placement of the fall in ...

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Me. On Google+

Published August 5th, 2011

Like everyone else these days, I'm on Google+. should get you there. Astonishing as it may seem, I have over 4000 "followers" as of this date.


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Back from Yosemite High Country

Published July 30th, 2011

I spent four days photographing in the Yosemite Sierra Nevada high country along Tioga Pass road and trails extending from it during the final week of July. Photographs from this shoot will appear here this week.

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Published July 8th, 2011

Looks like I'll be doing some street and architectural photography in San Francisco on Friday, mostly while wandering about on foot.

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Figuring Out 500px

Published July 5th, 2011

After less than 24 hours of belonging to 500 px, I've figured out that...

... this isn't Flickr. Though I'm not quite certain how it fits in just yet. Some thoughts and observations.

1. I was surprised by how quickly I got feedback from various other 500px users. I don't know it this is because of the number of users, the newness factor, or because people here are more inclined to connect.

2. The format that I use for online photograph posting elsewhere - with a border and text "branding" - may not work as well here. I need to think this through in terms of my own web workflow and in regards to certain other issues.

3. The option to sell prints through 500px seems interesting, probably in tandem with custom print sales through my own blog - but I haven't quite gotten my mind around how that would work just yet.


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Getting Started at 500px

Published July 5th, 2011

I am a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, and night photography.

My primary web presence is the "Dan Mitchell Photography" blog at, where I post a photo daily, along with occasional commentary and reviews.

The buzz is that I need to be on 500px, so I'm giving it a try!

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