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Friday, December 1, 2006

Infrared Photography

IR Possibilities • Flying With Photo Gear • LCD Viewing • Image Compatibility • Brightness/Contrast Methodology • Sensors & Wide-Angles

I have a Fuji FinePix S20 Pro, which I read a few months ago is supposedly capable of making infrared digitals. Any idea how I would do that?
Rick Matukonis
Via the Internet


Friday, December 1, 2006

Home Field Training

Mentally prepare yourself to think like a pro adventure photographer

home field trainingAt first glance, it would seem that unless you’re a full-time adventure athlete, photographing action and adventure photography is something to which you’ll have little opportunity to apply yourself. I believe that nothing could be farther from the truth. When considering the steps to shooting action photos, there are many ways you can use these ideas when practicing and honing your photographic skills far from the mountains or wild rivers.

Friday, December 1, 2006

What The Road Passes By

There's more to a landscape than an iconic vantage point

what the road passes byWhen I first started making photographs, I was an avid backpacker. I was energized by my explorations and the beauty I saw and wanted to share my treks with friends and family. As with anyone starting out, my photographs were beginning efforts. My subjects were the mountains of Glacier National Park, which are full of photographic potential, but my enthusiasm for my subject matter far outweighed my ability to convey the emotions of my experiences in the images.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Mount Shuksan, Washington


Mount Shuksan, WASHINGTONMount Shuksan rises in the North Cascades just south of the Canadian border. It’s easily accessible by paved road 55 miles east of Bellingham, Wash., on State Route 542, the Mount Baker Highway. The last 24 miles, from the town of Glacier, has a National Forest Scenic Byway designation. The road winds along the North Fork Nooksack River and climbs to a 5,000-foot elevation at Heather Meadows. This subalpine setting includes several small lakes, a picnic area, visitors center and well-maintained hiking trails. In the winter, it’s a popular developed ski area. From these meadows and Artist Point, a few miles farther, there are excellent views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, including Mount Baker (10,778 feet) and Mount Shuksan (9,131 feet).

Friday, December 1, 2006

Spot Be Gone

Cloning is an important tool for nature photographers. Here are some tips for using it.

spot be goneThis past summer, I saw the late-afternoon landscape reproduced here. I loved the light, the contrast of the river and its green trees with the dry landscape around it. Unfortunately, no matter what I did, I couldn’t get rid of some spots of flare that appeared when I used a graduated filter (split ND). Without the filter, no spots. With the filter, spots.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Book 'Em, Dano!

Books offer the ultimate showcase for your photography—here's how to get your own

There’s no stronger urge among serious travel and nature photo enthusiasts than to share our work. We go to great lengths to perfect our craft. We travel to the four corners of the earth and wait for the absolute best conditions to capture our imagery, so it’s only natural that we’d want people to see and share in the fruits of our labors. There’s no stronger urge among serious travel and nature photo enthusiasts than to share our work. We go to great lengths to perfect our craft. We travel to the four corners of the earth and wait for the absolute best conditions to capture our imagery, so it’s only natural that we’d want people to see and share in the fruits of our labors.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Photographers In Harm's Way

How Far To Go For The Ultimate Photograph? • Reciprocity Compared • Digital Black-And-White • Snowy Details

There seems to be no end to the dangerous things photographers will do to get the ultimate photograph. Each of us has to decide how far to push the limits, but collectively, we're all influenced by other photographers' failed attempts. I'm increasingly concerned by the imposition of more rules and restrictions to our access in both public and private locations due to the government's or the private owner's perceived need to protect themselves from liability and to protect ourselves from our own recklessness.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Always Take The Next Step

Progressing as a photographer and artist means striving to see things in a new way

I’m always looking for the next step for my photography, asking myself, "Where can I take it from here?" I’m a big Tiger Woods fan, and one thing I admire in him is his constant desire to improve, no matter what level of greatness he has achieved. He seems to genuinely take pleasure in his hard work and training. The question, specifically for landscape photographers, is how can we take our own technique and creative vision to a higher level?

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Boulder's Flatirons, Colorado

Rising more than 2,000 feet above the plains, the Flatirons rock formation is the iconic backdrop of Boulder, Colo. These iron-rich sandstone formations were tilted on-end 300 million years ago when continents collided and the ancestral Rockies were uplifted. At 5,430 feet of elevation and 28 miles from Denver, Boulder is where the Great Plains meet the foothills of the Rockies.

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