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Respectful Distance


Respectful Distance

When I first traveled to the Falkland Islands in the mid-1980s, I encountered very few other visitors. I was able to roam alone and marvel at the islands’ abundant wildlife. When I returned a few years ago, great changes had taken place.

Antarctica


Antarctica

I recently attended a fund-raising event held by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. It’s working, among other things, to preserve Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition base, which is suffering from recent climate change.

Do I Need Permission?


Do I Need Permission?

In the August 2009 issue of Outdoor Photographer, you discussed the difference between commercial and editorial uses of images and the need for releases. Please expand on the definition of editorial uses. Would I need a signed permission from the...

Monarchs In Motion


Monarchs In Motion

In the mountains of central Mexico, monarch butterflies gather each winter in one of the most dazzling displays of mass movement in the animal world. Many millions of them migrate there from across North America to escape the cold before traveling...

Create Artistic Blurs In-Camera


Create Artistic Blurs In-Camera

Impressionistic photography has caught on. The process of blurring photographs with a camera is everywhere.

The Perfect Solar Storm


The Perfect Solar Storm

I saw your photograph of the looping aurora borealis as one of the wallpapers within Microsoft Vista OS. Where did you take that photograph, and what’s the best time of year to try to capture the aurora?

Capturing Wildlife With An Infrared Trigger


Capturing Wildlife With An Infrared Trigger

In the neotropics, nocturnal bats fill many of the niches occupied by birds by day. But where birds use their superb sense of sight, bats exploit their specialized sense of hearing to find prey. They produce high-frequency clicking sounds and listen...

Try A Photo Bike-Tour


Try A Photo Bike-Tour

This issue’s column continues my discussion about adventure photography in New Zealand. My latest adventure Down Under was a bike trip across the South Island from the east coast to the town of Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park on the west...

Primal Perception


Primal Perception

The way we see color today is shaped by events from 35 million years ago, when some nocturnal primates shifted to a diurnal lifestyle, and began to seek out leaves and fruits by day instead of insects and other prey by night.

Also labeled: How-To

Local Knowledge


Local Knowledge

I’ve said it before, and I’m here to say it again. Get to know a landscape! Get to know your landscape, a favorite location where you can return often in all kinds of light and weather and season. Hopefully, this will be a place nearby where, by loo...

Also labeled: How-To, On Landscape

The Lowdown On Zooms


The Lowdown On Zooms

My son has a digital point-and-shoot camera with an 18x zoom, but when you zoom to the extreme end, the viewfinder displays a message that it’s a digital zoom, and the resulting quality isn’t very good. Is it also true that zoom lenses on D-SLRs don’t...

Also labeled: How-To, Tech Tips

Adventure, Kiwi Style


Adventure, Kiwi Style

As I write this, I’ve relocated and have been living for less than a week in my new home base on the South Island of New Zealand. The coastal town of Dunedin will be base camp for the next six months. From my experience, New Zealand could very well be...

Also labeled: How-To, Photo Adventure

Lights, Locomotive, Action!


Lights, Locomotive, Action!

One of my favorite things to do in between trips is to find photographic projects that are close to home. If I don’t have to lug my stuff through airports, on and off airplanes and in and out of taxis, I have that much more energy to make pictures. ...

Also labeled: How-To, Photo Traveler

Just A Little Background Information


Just A Little Background Information

I want to take wildflower images with the background thrown completely out of focus. The problem is that my telephoto lens (75-300mm) is an ƒ/5.6 lens, and I fear that it won’t do an acceptable job of making the background nothing more than color. Do I...

Also labeled: How-To, Tech Tips

Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away


Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away

Q I’m using a Nikon Coolscan V to digitize some of my film images into versions I can display or market online. I choose good, technically correct slides to convert. Typically, E-6 images (Velvia, Ektachrome VS, Ektachrome G...

Also labeled: How-To, Tech Tips

Once Is Not Enough


Once Is Not Enough

The pitfalls of modern mass tourism are nothing new. Way back in the ’60s, satirists were already beginning to decry the “been there, done that” mentality of the dedicated sightseer.

Also labeled: Photo Traveler

Making Better Nature Photos


Making Better Nature Photos

Photographers are always interested in the latest gear, how a new lens might help, in taking workshops and reading magazines like Outdoor Photographer, all in the effort to become a better photographer.

Also labeled: Digital Horizons

HDR


HDR

Last fall, I visited nearby Yosemite Valley to deliver a print and posters to The Ansel Adams Gallery. While heading home, I stopped at the Gates of the Valley turnout just in time for some sunset photography.

Also labeled: On Landscape

Close And Personal


Close And Personal

Is there a fundamental problem with using close-up filters on zoom lenses?

Also labeled: Tech Tips

The Tools For Travel


The Tools For Travel

It’s the time of year to leave some gentle hints for friends and family as to what toys a traveling photographer might want to receive during the holiday season.

Also labeled: Photo Traveler

Compendium 2008


Compendium 2008

One thing that I especially like about the photography business is that the majority of manufacturers care about us. Sure, they’d like us to spend money on their products, but they also like to make products that work.

Also labeled: Digital Darkroom

Resources To Help You Take Better Photos


Resources To Help You Take Better Photos

What I enjoy most about being a nature photographer is being in nature. Outside. Fresh air. Beautiful light. Peace and quiet. ...

Also labeled: On Landscape

Keeping Gear Safe


Keeping Gear Safe

I live in southern Utah where there’s an extensive ATV trail system and the possibility for some unique photographs.

Also labeled: Tech Tips

Digiscoping


Digiscoping

One of the biggest challenges photographing wildlife is having enough magnification. You want to fill the frame and utilize all of the resolution of your digital SLR, but for most of us that means having an extreme telephoto lens, which can be...

Also labeled: How-To

Time For Your Close-Up


Time For Your Close-Up

I have a 180mm macro and extension tubes, and I’m considering purchasing a 65mm macro. What kind of benefit would it really offer in terms of improved magnification and/or quality?

Also labeled: Tech Tips

Get Past The Snapshot


Get Past The Snapshot

Down, but not forgotten. Fallen, but still beautiful and at peace. Fallen leaves have an intriguing beauty and symbolism, and they have been an ongoing theme of mine, especially in the fall. There’s something magical about the transition of the s...

Also labeled: On Landscape

There And Back Again


There And Back Again

The question I’m asked most frequently at workshops and when talking with other photographers: Where is my favorite place to shoot photos? The intent of a question like this is to discover what’s at the core of what I like best when I look for a photo...

Also labeled: Photo Adventure

Sound Practices II


Sound Practices II

In this, the second installment of “Adventures in Multimedia,” I’ll discuss some basics about gathering and editing sound. Last issue, I covered choosing and using a digital sound recorder, whether it’s one of the dedicated units like the Olympus LS-10...

Also labeled: Photo Traveler

Autumn Light


Autumn Light

Every season of the year has its special qualities for the landscape photographer. Autumn is no exception. By the end of summer, I already find myself wondering where I’ll go to photograph and how the colors will be this year. Every autumn season is...

Also labeled: On Landscape

Getting The Most Out Of Fall Color


Getting The Most Out Of Fall Color

Fall is here, and my past experience is that I never come back with the brilliant leaf colors that were before my camera. Do I need special filters on my lenses, or is it all done in Photoshop?

Also labeled: Digital Horizons

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