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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Extra Digital Gear

Two pieces of equipment in sometimes overlooked categories offer specific and valuable benefits for the digital photographerTwo pieces of equipment in sometimes overlooked categories offer specific and valuable benefits for the digital photographer

As you can imagine, a lot of digital gear comes through our offices. If you saw the volume of equipment we see, you’d realize there’s no question that today’s market is oriented toward digital. You’ll find some of this gear in our "Editors’ Picks" feature in this issue; we chose items that we thought you might find of special interest and that would be useful for outdoor photographers.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

West Texas is home to one of the state’s finest national parks, where you’ll find the highest point in the Lone Star State. Located about 100 miles east of El Paso, Guadalupe Mountains National Park rests on the New Mexico border. Hike the trails at this national park, photograph its wildflowers, observe its wildlife and, in essence, you’re exploring what once was an undersea reef.

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Watch Out For Unintended Noise

Noise is an important issue that's often overlooked in discussions about digital image processing

Noise in photos seems a little like plaque on teeth. Nobody wants to have it, the dental hygienist will say you have too much, and no one talks about it in polite company. While noise is a common problem in digital photography, you almost never see anything about it in the books on Photoshop or other digital subjects. About the only reference to it is the software that can minimize it.

Saturday, October 1, 2005

The Connecticut Highlands, Connecticut

Connecticut is primarily known for its seaports, exclusive New York suburbs and big insurance companies, but tucked away in the northwestern corner of the Nutmeg State is a mountainous region offering a landscape full of diverse photographic opportunities. Here, the Litchfield Hills rise up from the banks of the Housatonic River to create the Connecticut Highlands, which feature rolling farmlands, covered bridges, frothy white-water and 50-plus miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

The Better Print

If a good print matches the monitor, how can it be made better?

What’s a good print from your photo? How can you make one better? Many people will answer that a good print matches the monitor and a better one matches it better! There’s no question that having a properly calibrated monitor is critical to getting a quality print, but simply saying a print must match that monitor in order to be good is misleading to the goal of getting a better print.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota

Located along the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is one of a series of picturesque parks located between Duluth and Grand Marais in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. If you’ve never been to northern Minnesota, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the rugged landscape.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Three Capes Scenic Drive, Oregon

Ninety miles southwest of Portland, Ore., is the Three Capes Scenic Drive, a 40-mile drive through one of the most spectacular stretches of scenery on the Oregon coast. The three capes—Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda—are the main destinations on the loop, each with its own distinctive attractions.

Friday, July 1, 2005

Color Space Wars

Successful use of digital photography sometimes means challenging the conventional wisdom

I heard a new Hollywood movie is coming from George Lucas, The Color Space Wars. It will be filled with drama, innuendo and a lot of fighting about ultimate right and wrong—something in which all nature photog-raphers will be interested. Or not. Maybe there’s no war after all and Adobe RGB (1998) has won. Color space is an important concept for digital photography, but discussion about it has taken a direction that’s distinctly not helpful for photographers. You'll deal with color space as you set your camera, if you process RAW files, and whenever you use Photoshop.

Friday, July 1, 2005

Madera Canyon Recreation Area, Arizona

Over the broad Santa Cruz River Valley and bordered by mountain ranges to the north and west, Madera Canyon is a small, intimate chapel of textures, shapes and colors. An hour south of Tucson and east of Highway I-19, Madera Creek originates near 9,453-foot Mount Wrightson and winds through pine-oak forests and granite outcrops to the high desert far below. Part of Coronado National Forest, the canyon’s main attractions are hiking and bird-watching. The canyon is home to a host of colorful and unique species including the elegant trogon, whose breeding range is located here in Arizona’s "sky islands."

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