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January 19th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Final Resting Stop” by Tad Bowman – Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Utah

Little Wildhorse Slot Canyon in Utah with striations and symmetry of the rocks with patterns and striations
I’m a Colorado-based landscape photographer and for the better part of my time I have focused on composing images of majestic mountains and beautiful foliage. I never really had a huge desire to visit the desert Southwest. However, five years ago I decided to make a visit since it was relatively close. After a winter …
January 12th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Aiguille du Midi, Mer de Glace Glacier, and Innominata Ridge” by Jonathan Griffith – Chamonix, France

Yoshiko Mayazaki heading back up to the Aiguille du Midi as a winter storm clears for sunset
The mountains to me represent a simple and basic place removed from all the human-created stresses and pressures of society. You create your own personal challenge and that’s what I really like about Alpine climbing – it has minimal competitiveness to it. One ascent can never be compared like-for-like. Conditions and the very nature of …
January 5th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Photographing Snowflakes Series” by Don Komarechka – Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Macro close-up of snowflake crystals highly detailed black background focus stacking multiple exposure
Snow: most “fair weather photographers” avoid it, but it can be the most captivating subject you put in front of your camera all winter. With enough magnification in your lens, you can capture an unseen world of natural beauty just two feet from your back door. There are a number of challenges you’ll need to …
December 29th, 2014

Behind The Shot: ‘Brojonoto’, ‘Ngamen’, and ‘The Two Romances’ from a series called “The Last Breath of the Prince” by Diego Zapatero – Java Island, Indonesia

Ngamen Explanation: A scene of ngamen, how they call the dance on the streets for collecting money, how it was 100 years ago in the province.
In my work, I travel Southeast Asia to seek out the deepest and most genuine stories to substantiate my photo documentary projects. Step-by-step I was led towards my passion of cultural exploring, by heritage, and from a keen interest in Indonesian culture. I would like to define my work as anthropologic visual stories; that´s what …
December 23rd, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Minimalist In White” by Valerie Millett – White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Subtle gradation between the desert sand and setting sun - sunset sky pink twilight
My photography is based in the American Southwest and my motivation to explore a new location is simple curiosity. My interests in hiking, camping and backpacking and the various information resources I peruse on a daily basis keep a steady stream of luscious landscapes, descriptions and images constantly feeding my imagination and sense of adventure. …
December 19th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Christmas Lights on Nubble Lighthouse” by Adam Woodworth – York, Maine

Composite photograph of several long nighttime exposures of Nubble Lighthouse against the Atlantic Coast in York, Maine
This photo was taken the day after Christmas in 2013. A snowstorm was moving across parts of New England and my day started out by heading north with the hopes of going to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. But the heavier snow up that way and bad traffic on the highway made me turn …
December 15th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Fast(sea)food” and “Squid vs Sea Turtle” by Christian Miller – Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Queensland, Australia

Squid used as bait to feed a young sea turtle being rehabilitated in the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Queensland Australia
I would say I almost had an obsession with exotic animals from a very young age. Back then I was drawing them, using only photographs or documentaries as reference, but they were created but other people. It was clear later in life that I had to take my own pictures, and somewhat merge art and …
December 9th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Minnesota” by Annie Griffiths – Superior National Forest

STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS National Geographic. Photo by Annie Griffiths/National Geographic Creative Minnesota Morning sunlight burns through fog over Superior National forest.
Autumn in Minnesota is magical. Everyone loves the annual display of colors as trees and forests change color brilliantly. As a photographer, my favorite part of autumn is the morning mist that happens when the cool night air creates morning fog. I wanted to show this phenomenon while on assignment in northern Minnesota for National …
December 2nd, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey Through Our Endangered Polar Regions” by Camille Seaman – Antarctic and Arctic

TED talks fellow Camille Seaman documenting the ice loss and melting in polar regions
Being in the Ross Sea on board the Russian icebreaker I/B Kapitan Klebnikov was an amazing opportunity for me as a photographer back in December of 2006. It was an expedition that would visit many of the great Antarctic explorers huts and routes. We were less than 700 miles from the geographic South Pole but …
November 24th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “The End” by Ryan Dyar – Hilo, Island of Hawaiʻi, Hawaii

Hawaiian lava flowing into the ocean creating mist spray against the surf
When good friend Miles Morgan and I embarked on our trip to Hawaii to photograph the lava flows, I spent the long flight day-dreaming of what was in store over the next several days. Beautiful beaches, warm air, good food, getting to shoot with my favorite people, more food, epic landscapes, food, etc, food, etc. …