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July 2nd, 2014

Behind The Shot: ‘Johnny Walker’ by Clint Ralph – KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A Jackal buzzard seemingly walking taken in the Drankensburg mountain range KwaZulu-Natal South Africa on a cliff
This vulture hide is situated at the top of the Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on the edge of a cliff. The thermals created by the cliff create the ideal flying environment for the very rare and endangered Bearded vulture and Cape vulture. My partner and I had made our way up the steep … 
July 2nd, 2014

Photo Of The Day by Mike Boer

'Tranquility' by Mike Boer
Today’s Photo of the Day was taken at Letchworth State Park by Mike Boer and submitted to the Outdoor Photographer Your Favorite Places Gallery. Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Your Favorite Places and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage and several images from the … 
July 1st, 2014

Sigma’s dp2 Quattro “Try Before You Buy” Loaner Program

Sigma dp2 Quattro
A camera is an important purchase. Not only is it a significant financial investment, it’s also a primary tool for creating your images. You need to be confident in it’s functionality and comfortable with it’s feel in your hand. Because of this, it can sometimes feel daunting to make a camera decisions without taking it for a … 
July 1st, 2014

Photo Of The Day by Long Nguyen

'Spirit Falls' by Long Nguyen
Today’s Photo of the Day was submitted to the Brooks, Streams & Rivers Assignment by Long Nguyen. “Spirit Falls is on the Little White Salmon River in the Columbia River Gorge on the Washington side. The hike down to the falls is a scramble down a steep moss covered talus slope. It was short hike … 
June 27th, 2014

Behind The Shot: ‘Steller Sea Lion’ by Richard Salas – Hurst Island, British Columbia, Canada

Underwater close up shot of pinniped sea lion's face photography Subal housing
Steller Sea Lion: 700 pounds of six-foot rambunctious puppy dog! I was teaching a photo workshop up at God’s Pocket Resort, a land-based diving operation in B.C., Canada. Only accessible by boat, God’s Pocket Resort is the only resident of Hurst Island. They generate their own electricity and water and ferry in food from town. … 
June 27th, 2014

Apple Halts Future Development Of Apple Aperture-Creates Migration Path For New OSX Photos App

Photos for OS X
Apple confirms that Aperture will fade away in favor of the new OSX Photos app.  
June 26th, 2014

Nikon Announces D810

Nikon D810
Nikon has just announced the new 36.3 megapixel CMOS sensor D810 – the much anticipated upgrade from the D800 and D800E that were released in 2012. While the D810 isn’t a complete overhaul, there are some key features that photographers will be eager to explore with some hands on testing. One is the removal of … 
June 25th, 2014

Behind The Shot: ‘Milky Way Over Screw Auger Falls’ by Adam Woodworth – Grafton Notch State Park, Maine

Long night exposure of the Milky Way over Screw Auger Falls gorge in Grafton Notch State Park Maine
Ever since I returned to landscape photography in 2008 I have been amazed by the places I’ve visited in my journeys through my original home state of Maine, and my current home state of New Hampshire. Screw Auger Falls in Maine’s Grafton Notch State Park, almost straddling the border of the two states, is a … 
June 25th, 2014

Photo Of The Day by Dean Cobin

'Lower Falls' by Dean Cobin
Today’s Photo of the Day was taken at the Lower Falls along Peter’s Kill in Minnewasaka State Park Preserve, New York, by Dean Cobin. The image was submitted to our Brooks, Streams & Rivers Assignment. “Up close and personal at the lower falls, the flow was just right and I choose a shutter speed which captured … 
June 24th, 2014

Chasing the Light and Weather

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Rainbow, Crescent Beach, Crescent City, CA, USA
It should be obvious that weather and light are important aspects of landscape photography. No matter where you are, it pays to keep an eye on the weather, and to learn local weather patterns. We arrived in Crescent City, at the very northern edge of California, about five days before our redwoods workshop was set to begin. Our first night there some showers moved through, and at sunrise it was gray and raining. But online radar and satellite images showed that the showers might end soon, so I prepared to go out. Then through our hotel room window I saw a rainbow! We made a dash for the car, drove out to Crescent Beach, and luckily the rainbow was still there (right).