Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Assignments: June 2012
Photo Assignments From The Editor Of Outdoor Photographer Magazine
I'm highlighting images from several recent OP Assignments In this issue. For some nature photographers, the quest for a special image draws them to venture to remote locales in the dead of night to be there when the sun rises. For others, the perfect photograph can be found close to a roadside turnout. Here, we have images that show both extremes. The common thread is in the inspiring nature of the images themselves.
When I saw Michael Sherman's photograph from the Grand Canyon, I wanted nothing more than to pack a bag and my camera and drive there right away.
Catching the perfect light the way he did wasn't an accident or simple luck. The photograph shows how preparation and a clear vision can result in a magnificent photograph. Larry Malvin took advantage of this year's heightened solar activity by planning to take a workshop on aurora photography. He was in a perfect place to capture some of the most dramatic Northern Lights activity in years. The photos by Mark N. Bristol and Javier Acosta are also standout shots in their respective Assignments galleries. You can read all of the stories behind these images on page 82.
I look through the Assignments galleries every day, and I always come away with something new to think about. If you haven't submitted to Assignments yet, go to the OP website. The galleries will inspire you, and I'll be looking for photographs to run in the magazine and even on the cover.
—Christopher Robinson, Editor
Photographer: Larry Malvin
Location: Approximately 270 miles north of Fairbanks, above the Arctic Circle, 20 miles north of Wiseman in the Brooks Range, Alaska
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm ƒ/4L USM, SLIK 700DX tripod
Situation: I was with a group of photographers on a Northern Lights photo workshop staying in tiny Wiseman, Alaska. We left town about 9:00 p.m. and drove on the frozen Dalton Highway about 30 minutes north to a clearing off the main road. After setting up and waiting about half an hour, the aurora started getting brighter and brighter, eventually dancing across the sky in swirls and bands, with a curtain of maroon ribbons falling from the sky. To minimize star trails, I experimented with different ISO settings and shutter speeds. This photo was taken at ƒ/4, with a shutter speed of 20 seconds and an ISO of 800.
Photographer: Mark N. Bristol
Location: East side of Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Equipment: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm ƒ/4L USM, Hoya Pro-1 polarizer, Kirk BH-3 ballhead, Manfrotto carbon-fiber tripod
Situation: This area is in the Lake Tahoe Basin in Nevada about halfway between Sand Point and the Highway 50 junction on the east side of Highway 28. It's near a very long turnout on the east side of the highway. This is a route I take three or four times a year to visit my brother-in-law in Carson City, and I stop here every time I pass through. I always bring my camera backpack when traveling. In the fall, the area is alive with color. This photo was taken in the late afternoon, and the snow was new from the previous evening. I spent about two hours watching and photographing as the light and shadows changed.
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