Yosemite trades in light; in dawns and sunsets illuminating a cherished landscape, it is hard not to yield to a superlative scene. True light sees fit to accentuate each experience and remind us of what is magical.
Michael Frye, a resolute witness of the Sierra, is no stranger to beautiful horizons. He has been photographing Yosemite for 35 years, and during that time has enjoyed innumerable sunrises. But last month, he had an opportunity to photograph one of his finest: Swirling Clouds and Mist, Sunrise, Yosemite National Park. Couple with this another stunning morning during the autumn, Sunbeams, Mist, Half Dome, and the Merced River and it has been quite a successful year for Mr. Frye. In recognition, we are thrilled to offer collectors, friends and fellow art lovers, a chance to purchase these never-before-printed images from Yosemite at a discount prior to their availability within the general market place.
While Michael’s original prints normally sell up to $750 in these sizes, you can now add one to your private collection for 25% off the initial retail price. Each photograph is made by Mr. Frye, printed to current archival standards, signed and numbered, as well as mounted, matted and ready for framing. The time to purchase will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, June 17th and will expire upon the close of business, Sunday, June 23rd at 6:00 PM. Once the offer has expired, we anticipate an order fulfillment time of approximately four to five weeks to ensure the quality of each individual order. This inaugural printing offer is available for a very limited time, after which, the print will return to full price.
The gallery would also like to share with our followers the big news that Michael’s print prices, after many years, will be raised starting August 17th, 2019. Pricing will start at $450 for a nominal 16×20 print and increase from there. If you have been eager to add an original Michael Frye to your collection for some time, there is no better time than the present. See more of Michael’s outstanding work from throughout his career.
You are also welcome to email our curator, Evan Russel, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions about the prints, pricing or shipping.
I’ve watched many sunrises from Tunnel View, but this is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen.
It didn’t start out with much promise. When my wife Claudia and I arrived in Yosemite Valley we found lots of mist, but overcast skies. Some forecasts hinted that the skies might clear later in the morning, when the sun would be too high. Other forecasts showed little or no clearing all day.
But I thought it was likely that the sun would break through sometime that morning, so I hung around and photographed misty black-and-white scenes while I waited. I knew if the sun did appear early enough that morning it would be right between El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks, which could provide some unusually interested lighting.
By 6:35, about 45 minutes after sunrise, I could see a bright spot in the clouds where the sun was. A few minutes later the sun started to backlight the mist. Then for the next 90 minutes the sun, mist, and clouds put on a spectacular show. One beautiful view followed another, but this is my favorite moment from that morning.
I made this photograph on a late-November morning after an autumn storm. The ground and trees were soaking wet after three inches of rain, so when the sun would hit a spot for the first time it would evaporate that moisture, creating wonderful mist, and a succession of beautiful scenes. It was one of those magical Yosemite days when I wished I could be in twelve places at once.
Lacking the ability to clone myself, I worked my way around Yosemite Valley, trying to arrive in the right places at the right times to catch moments when the sun first reached the valley floor. One of my first stops that morning was at this view of Half Dome with the Merced River in the foreground. I got there just in time to catch the sun breaking through the mist, casting sunbeams and forming a beautiful corona. To top it off, the cottonwoods along the river still had color, and some wonderfully-patterned clouds were passing overhead and reflecting in the water.
There have been many mornings when I’ve risen early to photograph a sunrise, and thought later that perhaps more sleep would have been a better option. But you never know unless you get out there. And every so often I get to photograph a beautiful, special sunrise, like this one, and remember why I keep getting up early and trying – and why I photograph landscapes in the first place.
Michael Frye’s photographs show a restless creativity in depicting the world of nature, with subject matter ranging from wildlife, to the landscapes of Yosemite Valley, to boldly colorful nighttime images of the American West.
“My 30-year-old dictionary defines photography as “The art or process of producing images of objects upon a photosensitive surface (as film in a camera) by the chemical action of light or other radiant energy.” I’m not sure about “producing images of objects.” I tell students that we don’t photograph objects, we photograph the light reflected off of objects. A great subject with poor light will make a poor photograph; an ordinary subject with great light can make a great photograph.
But I like the part about “radiant energy.” Although I’m sure Webster’s didn’t mean it this way, I think the radiant energy comes mostly from the photographer, or from the interaction between the photographer and his or her subject.
The photographs on this web site encompass two distinct bodies of work, each using very different kinds of light. One group of images was made during the day, using all the wonderful forms and textures of sunlight. The other group was made at night, combining electronic flash and flashlights (often covered with colored filters) with the dim light of the moon and stars. Although the subject matter is similar, the look and feel of the images is very different. I try to use my main tool—light—to create a mood, whether the mood is lyrical, playful, or mysterious. ” ~Michael Frye
Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and is the author and photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite and Yosemite Meditations. He was also featured in the book Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers. His photographs have been published in over thirty countries around the world; magazine credits include National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, American Photo, Sunset, and Texas Highways. Michael lives with his wife Claudia and son Kevin in Mariposa, California, just outside Yosemite National Park. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite since 1983.