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February 2nd, 2016

Behind The Shot: “Milky Mobius” By Aaron Meyers—Alabama Hills, California

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
"Milky Mobius" by Aaron Meyers
As a photographer living in California, I realize I’m quite spoiled and thanks to my job at a photography company, SmugMug, I’m fortunate enough that I leave the office and explore as much as I can. SmugMug took the entire company on a retreat to Park City, and we brought along Ben Von Wong and …
December 23rd, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Star Power” By Harry Lichtman—Moat Mountain, New Hampshire

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Harry Lichtman
Shooting into the sun has its challenges, but special considerations can help control the wild light and bring an image to a new level. Sun stars are compositional elements that can add drama to an image if used under the right situations. I try not to let a sun star overwhelm the image, but instead …
December 16th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Yosemite Lightning Strike” By Nolan Nitschke—Yosemite National Park, California

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo By Nolan Nitschke
In 2006, at the inception of my career in landscape photography, I set out with a very specific photographic goal that, at the time, seemed nearly impossible. The year before, while lugging my camera gear and trying to follow in the footsteps of legendary Range of Light photographers Galen Rowell and Ansel Adams, a thought …
December 9th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Lines” By Cmoon View—Unteraar-Glacier, Bernese Alps, Switzerland

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Cmoon View
We made a 16 km tour to the Unteraar-Glacier and back, in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. The Unteraar-Glacier is the bigger one of the two glaciers, where the Aare-River has its source. Imagine, there’s a very long glacier lake, where you walk along the shore, on the mountain slope, on a small path. After the lake …
November 10th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Rock And Fire” By Michael Dalberti—Moe’s Valley, Southern Utah

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
You never know when conditions are going to be perfect.  I find the best shots are the ones I don’t expect.  I learned early on that if I go out to take pictures and expect to come out with the best shots every time, I’m going to be disappointed.  Sometimes you have to enjoy yourself …
November 3rd, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Autumn Call” By Mark Bridger—Richmond Park, London, England

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
autumn red_web
I’m an enthusiastic semi-pro photographer who took up this hobby about seven years ago when my wife bought me my first camera for my 40th birthday, a Canon 40D.  I live in a small town in the Southeast of England a few miles from London and work full time as a graphic designer at a …
October 26th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “King Of The South” By William Patino—Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
By William Patino
This photo was captured in one of my favorite locations in the world, the Hooker Valley in the Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand. Like most mountains, Mt. Cook/Aoraki tends to hide behind clouds, and on this occasion, we arrived during a snowstorm. Knowing how fast the conditions can change in the mountains, I still …
October 20th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Placid Water” By Sherwin Calaluan— Wedge Pond, Alberta, Canada

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Wedge Pond is located in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada, and sits below Mount Kidd. This small, shallow pot lake is a great location in the fall, as it’s ringed by a variety of trees and catches the mountain’s reflection in its quiet waters. During our first visit of the season, my photo buddy Mark and …
September 29th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “The Beacon And The Color Of Light” By Harry Lichtman—Grinnell Point, Glacier National Park, Montana

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
So often, photographers talk about the color of light and its influence on the interpretation of a landscape. That’s probably why landscape photographers chase the warm colorcast that’s produced near sunrise and sunset. This phenomenon was never so evident to me as in an image I took in Glacier National Park during sunrise. The view …
September 1st, 2015

Behind the Shot: “Curious Fox” and “Sunset Stalking” By Andy Trowbridge— Dovrefjell National Park, Norway

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
"Curious Fox" By Andy Trowbridge
The Arctic fox is one of the most seriously endangered mammals in mainland Norway. It was only a wild dream five years ago to think it would be possible to photograph this species on the mainland. However, a 20-year decline in the population appears to have been reversed with the success of a joint Norwegian-Swedish …