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October 11th, 2013

The Gifts of Weather

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Clearing storm on the Stirling Ranges, Western Australia
Sometimes, the best pictures we get are 180 degrees from the ones we were after. This is nearly always true when the weather is wacky and unpredictable, and brilliant blue skies are punctuated by passing showers. I set out this day to photograph the sunset on Bluff Knoll, the highest mountain in Australia’s Stirling Ranges. … 
October 3rd, 2013

Hello OP Readers!

Posted By Jason Bradley
Hello world of outdoor photographers!  Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Jason Bradley.  I’m a nature and underwater photographer based in Monterey, California; I teach workshops in the field and in the classroom on many different topics; I partner with Wetpixel.com to lead expeditions for underwater photographers; I’m a new Focal Press … 
September 12th, 2013

Paradise Falls, Glacier NP

Posted By Joseph Rossbach
Modern digital cameras and their  resolution and dynamic range available today amaze me! While in Glacier on this last trip, I found myself shooting a particular scene that I would never have even tried to get away with on film or even without some serious exposure blending just a few years ago. A very contrasty … 
August 6th, 2013

Light Against Dark, Dark Against Light

Posted By Michael Frye
Dogwood blossoms, Yosemite. These backlit flowers stand out cleanly against a dark, shaded background.
Many of the most effective photographs share a simple lighting concept: they either place a light subject against a dark background, or a dark subject against a light background. This first photograph of two dogwood blossoms is a perfect example of a light subject against a dark background. In fact the background isn’t just dark; it’s completely black, so there’s nothing to compete visually with the flowers. The contrast creates a simple and dramatic image. 
July 25th, 2013

Behind The Shot: ‘Beachy Head Haar’ by Rhys Davies – Beachy Head, East Sussex, Southern England

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Fog rolling over a cliff chalk headland in East Sussex Southern England with tourists for scale
I’d visited Beachy Head in East Sussex without a camera on a couple of occasions in late 2009, however it wasn’t until an unusually warm day in March of 2010 that I was able to return with a plan to take a few images of this spectacular coastline. Most of the day was spent driving … 
June 5th, 2013

When the Sky Defines the Composition

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Mallos de Riglos, Spain
The small village of Riglos, on the southern fringes of the Spanish Pyrenees, is not on the way to anywhere, but makes a worthwhile detour, if only for the dramatic rock spires – very popular with Spanish climbers – that rise up behind it. This was a place that demanded more time, and different light, … 
May 1st, 2013

Size Matters

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Steve Shuey below Falls Creek Falls, Washington State
I’m pretty old school; when I am out in nature, I am typically working hard to exclude any sign of humans from my landscape pictures. So when my friend Steve Shuey and I were photographing this spectacular waterfall in the Cascade mountains, I took care to crop out cut logs and any sign of the … 
April 24th, 2013

Lightroom 5 Beta

Posted By Michael Frye
As many of you know, Adobe released Lightroom 5 Beta last week. Now that I’ve had a chance to give it a thorough test drive, here are my thoughts about the new features: Advanced Healing Brush The Spot Removal tool has received a major upgrade – finally! You can now brush over an area you … 
April 9th, 2013

Light and Mood With Intimate Landscapes

Posted By Michael Frye
Sunlight slanting across Crane Flat Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
A Trip to Crane Flat During a recent series of weather systems in Yosemite, I kept checking the radar and satellite images online, looking for an opportunity to photograph a clearing storm. One morning looked promising, so I drove up to Yosemite Valley early, but found no snow. It looked like the snow level had … 
April 2nd, 2013

Photo Of The Day by Leland Howard (4/2/2013)

Posted By Christopher Robinson
Leland Howard Coyote Gulch
Today’s Photo Of The Day is by Leland Howard. He submitted the photo of Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah to the People In The Landscape Assignment.