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Assignments: March 2012

Photo Assignments From The Editor Of Outdoor Photographer Magazine

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Photographer: Ryan Watkins
Location: Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6, Velbon tripod with pan and tilt head, Adorama cable release

Although I'm from Michigan, my favorite place to shoot is the beautiful Canadian Rockies. It was overcast the entire day, and it seemed unlikely that I'd get any pleasing golden-hour landscape images. I was near Field, British Columbia, and I just had finished photographing the Takakkaw Falls when I started back down the serene mountain pass. Suddenly, the beautiful golden-hour light broke through the clouds, illuminating this peak and giving it the crisp red hue. I had to shoot in the middle of the road to prevent any trees from obscuring the picture. The stark contrast between the red jagged mountain and smooth blue sky makes this image one of my personal favorites.

The images we spotlight here come from a few different Assignments. The common theme that unites them is how the photographers chose longer focal lengths to isolate the subjects to a degree. In Ryan Watkins' shot in Yoho National Park, he used the telephoto perspective to create an imposing and dramatic monolithic image. Carl Eberhart demonstrated solid technique by capturing the Milky Way, which is rapidly becoming washed out by light pollution, while maintaining sharp, pinpoint stars. John Vinson dodged the crowds at the Maroon Bells and used a slight telephoto instead of the usual wide-angle lens to put his stamp on this popular vista. Rick Furmanek didn't struggle to include the full trees from root to crown. Instead, he let silvery-white bark contrast with the rich yellows in the leaves to convey the feeling of fall amongst the aspens. Jerry Cotten's wild, once-in-a-lifetime portrait of a lightning strike gives a sense of the power and fury within common storm clouds.

Go online and submit your own photos to the Assignments galleries.
—Christopher Robinson, Editor

Photographer: Carl Eberhart
Location: Southeastern Tennessee, 25 miles northeast of Chattanooga
Equipment: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 17-70mm, Heliopan circular polarizer, SLIK carbon-fiber tripod, Giottos MH-1300 ballhead

I enjoy shooting the Milky Way when it's visible. This was taken in July, 2010, following a rare cold front. The sky still had lots of light pollution to the right of the image, which I tried to negate with a polarizer on the lens and Adobe Camera Raw in the computer. You can barely still see part of the "dark rift" of the galaxy. I ran out in front of the camera and fired a flash several times handheld to illuminate the trees.

Photographer: Rick Furmanek
Location: White Mountains, Arizona
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM, Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 carbon-fiber tripod, Vanguard GH-100 Pistol Grip ballhead, Canon cable release

My wife and I spent three days deep in the White Mountains exploring every nook and cranny of each unmarked dirt road, searching for the right combinations of fall color. Early in the morning on the second day, after shooting some macro shots of aspen leaves, we happened upon this little grove of color and contrast that provided exactly what I was in search of.


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