Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Assignments: March 2012
Photo Assignments From The Editor Of Outdoor Photographer Magazine
Photographer: Jerry Cotten
Location: South of Lamesa, Texas
Equipment: Canon Rebel XSi, Tamron 18-270mm, Manfrotto tripod, cable release
The night I took this photo, it was very windy. I had to hang my heavy camera bag on the tripod to help stabilize it. Lightning was striking out of the cloud cover in the top of the photo. I took several photos of the lightning that weren't all that impressive, and then the wind blew the lower cloud across the sky into my frame. I was praying the lightning would strike at the right time, and it did! I've taken hundreds of lightning photos before, but this one is my best. I think what made the photo impressive, besides the strike, was the way the edges of the clouds were outlined because of the backlighting.
Photographer: John Vinson
Location: Maroon Bells from Maroon Lake, White River National Forest, Colorado
Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX, MC-30 remote, Tiffen circular polarizer
Maroon Bells is a Colorado icon, and if you plan on going there on a Sunday morning in the autumn, you'd better be ready for lots of company, not solitude. Since I was there well before sunrise, I was ready to head out, but couldn't resist taking a few more images along the lake as I headed back to the car. Since there were many people along the lake, I chose for a nice tight angle of the Bells rather than the typical wide-angle shot.
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