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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Shoot From The Hip

The instant feedback of digital cameras offers new possibilities for travel street scenes

As a young newspaper photographer in the mid-'70s, I used to look at the work of the great street shooters, from Robert Frank to Alex Webb, and wonder to myself how these shooters could get so close to their subjects without seeming to be noticed by them. They created these wonderful, layered street scenes, using wide-angle lenses, where subjects were just bursting out of the frame, looking like they were about to walk right into the photographer’s lens. Yet they seemingly had no awareness of the photographer’s presence whatsoever.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Grand Canyon Solo

Searching for unique photos puts our columnist in a tough spot

Damn the sheep, damn the light, I was alone and I was trapped! I was 20 feet above a deep pool, having squeezed myself behind a truck-sized capstone in an effort to climb out of a canyon narrows. Blocking my exit were several bowling ball-sized rocks, spaced like bars in a cage, sealing a way out!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Saint Mary Lake & Wild Goose Island, Glacier National Park, Montana

Saint Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island are located in Glacier National Park, known as the "Crown Jewel" of the National Park System and named for the glacial rivers of ice that carved its spectacular landscape. The park sits astride the Continental Divide in Montana’s northern Rockies. Glacier is unique among U.S. parks, as it shares a border with Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Rashomon Effect

Our perceptions of equipment strongly influence how we feel about it

Photographers love to argue about their gear. Are you a Canon shooter or a Nikon shooter? Maybe you have an affinity for Olympus or Pentax cameras. Or perhaps you love the technology companies and have something from Panasonic, Samsung or Sony.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Landscape Lenses

Focusing On Focal Lengths • Cave Photography • What You Should Bring • Tilt/Shift Lenses For Landscapes

One of the questions asked most frequently at my seminars is, What’s the most desirable focal length for landscape photography? I always answer that I use all focal lengths, and I tend to use the extremes—long telephotos and extreme wide angles—quite often. It’s all about perspective. If we can show the scene to the viewer in a different way than they see it on a day-to-day basis, there just might be a reason for them to look at our pictures.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Delta Mountains, Alaska

A five-hour drive north of Anchorage, Alaska, brings you to the eastern section of the Alaska Range and the beautiful Delta Mountains, where jagged peaks, splintered glaciers, boreal forests, turquoise lakes and milky rivers can be found. The Delta Mountains are the most accessible mountains in the range and are surrounded by three of Alaska’s main highways—the Glenn, the Richardson and the Alaska.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Lenses For Panoramics

Perspective Control In Panoramics • Tripod Shopping • Megapixel Printing • Is What You See, What You Get?

I’m interested in trying panorama landscapes. In a class I recently took, the instructor said that the only way to get a good panoramic landscape is to use a PC (perspective control) lens. It’s a lot of money! Is there another way?
Participant at Photoshop World
Boston, Massachusetts



Sunday, July 1, 2007

Scouting Report: Tanzania

Getting the most from a safari demands careful planning given today‚’s baggage restrictions

A photo safari to East Africa is surely one of life’s high points for any wildlife photography enthusiast, and a prime destination for many is the country of Tanzania. Located south of Kenya and including large parts of the Serengeti and the entire Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania never fails to deliver quality game viewing and photography. The fact that it’s politically stable and environmentally conscious makes it all the more appealing.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

New Tech Learning

Seeking inspiration, and a dash of knowledge

As a photographer interested in the creative process, I try to keep my eyes and mind open to diverse sources of inspiration. Most of these sources are visual in the form of books and browsing the web. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts,and am finding that they’re an exciting source of both information and ideas.

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