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January/February 2011


How-To

  • Be There! With GPS And TOPO Maps


    Scout locations from home to find your best vistas



    In our hectic day-to-day lives, we carve out the time to pursue our common passion: nature photography.
  • Making Best Use Of HDR


    Tom Till is a master of Southwest landscapes. Recently, he’s been using HDR software to overcome some of the challenges of these high-contrast scenes without generating the bizarre-looking, hyperreal effect that’s objectionable to many nature shooters


    I was an early adopter of graduated neutral-density filters to tame the huge discrepancies between mesa-top sunlight and the dark shadows of the canyon depths.
  • Prepare For A Photo Expedition


    Tom Bol offers his insight on how to get ready when you’re going to be out for more than just a day hike


    "ONE MORE STEP." This mantra is bouncing around in my brain as my body tries to follow suit.
  • Think Differently About Your DSLR


    How experimentation can pay big creative dividends


    Whether you enjoy creating by pencil, brush or camera, the challenge of keeping your creative level at its peak can be daunting.

Gear

  • Gadget Bag: Memory Cards


    Capacities and speeds continue to improve, giving you more options for still and HD-video shooting


    When digital was first catching on, it seemed like there were new memory-card formats coming out almost as fast as new cameras.
  • Get Ready For The Cold


    Tips, tricks and gear for shooting when the mercury drops


    Over the past two decades, I’ve accumulated three years’ worth of time in an unheated tent in the Arctic, including about six months at temperatures from -40° F to -65° F. Cold is no stranger.
  • Get The Most Out Of Variable Aperture Lenses


    Often dismissed by “serious” photographers, these lenses offer some significant advantages



    Zoom lenses come in two varieties: fixed-aperture (70-200mm ƒ/2.8, for example, where the maximum aperture is ƒ/2.8 at all focal lengths) and variable-aperture (70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6, for example, where the maximum aperture decreases from ƒ/4 at the 70mm setting to ƒ/5.6 at the 300mm setting).
  • In Focus: January/February 2011



    The Pentax K-5 is housed in the same water-resistant, weather-sealed body as its predecessor, the K-7, but it’s packed with pro-level upgrades that include a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 7 fps frame rate and full 1080p HD video at 25 fps.
  • Nikon D7000


    16.2 megapixels, full HD video, new AF and metering systems, and dual card slots are some of the main features in this new midrange DSLR


    Nikon’s eagerly awaited replacement for the D90 turned out to be a model fitting nicely between the D90 and the D300S.

Locations

  • Horsetail Fall In February


    For just a few days each year, this Yosemite landmark is illuminated by the sun for a special display


    There’s a waterfall in Yosemite National Park that, every February, becomes the object of attention for photographers worldwide.
  • Insider’s Passage


    Get a look at America’s Last Frontier from a seasoned nature photographer who makes his home in Alaska


    When Seward, Alaska-based photographer Ron Niebrugge needs something great to photograph, he doesn’t have to look far.
  • Tiger Trek


    An acclaimed wildlife photographer goes to India in search of its national treasure


    The routine is always the same. Once I’ve decided to leave my home in New York to travel to my native India to photograph the tigers, I know I have a long haul in front of me.

Columns

  • Ancient Connections


    Three Rivers Petroglyph: When we ride in search of the unique, magic rides shotgun



    I’ve visited the Three Rivers Petroglyph site, a unique place in the Chihuahuan Desert, many times over the years.
  • Ice And Time



    Every iceberg is a floating record of time, a frozen snapshot of events that occurred over many millennia.
  • Keep Your Powder Dry


    Dry In A Drizzle Or A Downpour • Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button? • Noise Reduction: On Or Off? • Waves And Bends • New Endeavors



    Some of the newer professional DSLRs and lenses are very well sealed, and you can work safely with them in damp conditions short of a downpour.
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


    Covering a majority of the northeastern corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park and, for nature photographers especially, one of its most celebrated.

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