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May 17th, 2016

Exploring the Lofoten Islands

Posted By Michael Clark
Photography Sailing Expedition in Arctic Norway Lofoten islands, Norway – August 20 – 27, 2016 Now in its third edition, our sailing and photography expedition to the Norwegian Arctic islands of Lofoten is a rare chance to photograph pristine coastal locations which are inaccessible to others. To us, sailing rather than driving is the most …
March 2nd, 2016
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The Film Romance

Posted By Jay Goodrich
Snow Storm on Velvia by Jay Goodrich
My View of Digital It seems the photography industry is leaving its film roots far behind. Photographers are becoming more and more obsessed with numbers and less obsessed with perfecting their technique and showing the viewer something new. The latest generation of digital cameras are breaking resolution barriers with 50 megapixels in 35mm format and …
February 16th, 2016

Technique by Accident Can Still Be Good Technique

Posted By Jason Bradley
Good wildlife photos are often about being in the right place at the right time.  But right place and time is nothing without knowing the right technique.  Or in my case, during a recent shoot in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, Africa, it’s about using the right technique, by accident. 
May 28th, 2015
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Pedaling Through the Days of Our Youth

Posted By Jay Goodrich
Jay Goodrich Image About Pedaling in the Days of Our Youth 5
The First Pedal Strokes Do you remember your first time? It was probably a crisp spring morning. Your training wheels were gone and your dad or mom was holding the back of your seat. You began pedaling. Wobbly. Leaning left and right. Quickly realizing that every time you turned the handlebars your bike leaned even …
February 27th, 2015

The Virtues of Failure

Posted By Ian Plant
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”—Thomas Edison (© Ian Plant) We all fear failure. Sometimes we shrug it off and get on with things; sometimes that fear is crippling. Failure sucks. Failure hurts. Failure is embarrassing and demoralizing. Avoiding failure might seem like a wise strategy; to some, simply not trying at …
February 18th, 2015

3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Subject Before You Pull the Trigger

Posted By Jay Goodrich
Coot In Reflection by Jay Goodrich
In May of 2013, the sheer volume of images getting pushed to social media was staggering. The online photography forum Petapixel cited a 60 second video from another online community (BuzzFeed) that highlighted the numbers of what is getting published to the web every 60 seconds. It is completely overwhelming to know that 27,800 images were being …
September 18th, 2014

Seeing Subjects

Posted By Jason Bradley
OP recently put out a story called Seeing Science, written by Amy Gulick and featuring images by Frans Lanting. Needless to say, Frans is a seasoned photographer and has been covering natural history stories for National Geographic magazine for decades. In the piece, Amy highlights how Frans formulates images with narratives about science, and wrote …
August 22nd, 2014

Say Anything

Posted By Ian Plant
"Something Blue" - White Sands National Monument, USA (by Ian Plant)
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.”—”Say Anything” (1989) (© Ian Plant) If I were to pick a single actor …
August 6th, 2014

Getting Down to the Essentials

Posted By Michael Frye
Wildflower island and cascade, eastern Sierra; 100mm, 1/2 sec. at f/16, 100 ISO
It’s been an interesting summer in the Sierra. Last winter was one of the driest on record, but over the last month or so we’ve seen a steady flow of monsoonal moisture flowing up from the southeast, leading to frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms over the higher elevations. We even heard about an epic deluge …
June 19th, 2014

Waves and Slow Shutter Speeds

Posted By Michael Frye
Fog at the mouth of the Klamath River, Redwood NP, CA, USA
The far northern coast of California has many wonderful, wild coastal areas, providing great opportunities to make moody photographs of ocean scenes. It can be challenging to photograph these scenes, however, because things are constantly changing. In addition to that usual variable – the weather – you have to think about the tides and movement …