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July 2009


How-To

  • Ask The Pros!


    The Community section of OP on the web is an interactive area for readers, photographers and the OP editors to compare thoughts and ideas on photography, with topics like gear, wildlife, software, great photography spots and more.
  • Set Up Your Camera For Best Field Use


    Get the most from your camera by having it dialed in for nature photography


    Have you set up your camera to make it work optimally for you? Have you changed the camera from its default settings? Most photographers make the RAW or JPEG (or both) choice, but since they’re used to film cameras, many don’t realize that there are other important settings that should be changed and adjusted from the way the camera came to you.

Gear

  • Hard (Drive) Decisions


    In the era of high-megapixel cameras, storing your large image files requires the use of a separate hard drive



    You can set your watch by it—well, your calendar, anyway. Within 30 days of buying a new 12-megapixel camera, photographers everywhere are smacking themselves on the side of the head and asking, “Where am I going to keep all of these large image files?” Having a large number of large files is a good problem to have.
  • In Focus: July 2009


    Take more dramatic landscape shots with Nikon’s compact AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 10-24mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED.
  • Sticking With Film


    Fujichrome Velvia, the perennial favorite emulsion of nature photography pros, is still going strong


    For some nature photographers, the death of film has been greatly exaggerated. For as long as it has been around, Fujichrome Velvia has been among the most popular films, if not the most popular film, for nature photography.
  • The Accessories That Matter


    Tripods, filters and other handy extras for enhancing your photography



    All you really need to take photos is a camera, a lens and some film or a memory card. But there are lots of extras that can help make your photography more efficient, fun and creative.

Locations

  • Colorado National Monument, Colorado


    Colorado National Monument


    This image of a dead juniper tree, “Sunset Sentinel,” was captured during a warm summer afternoon, cliffside, at Coke Ovens Overlook inside Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, Colo.
  • Getting Connected


    Florian Schulz takes his Freedom to Roam project into the second phase—Baja to the Beaufort Sea


    For decades, conventional wisdom said that national parks, wilderness areas and refuges were the answer to preserving natural lands and providing sustainable wildlife habitats. But for some time, these large protected areas have been losing the native species they aim to protect.
  • In The Valley Of Kashmir


    John Isaac puts the exotic world of Kashmir into a universal perspective


    In 2008, photographer John Isaac published a book, The Vale of Kashmir. Its 160 images are the product of five years of dedicated photography, encompassing 11 trips to the troubled region—a valley straddling the border of India and Pakistan.
  • The Art Of Astrophotography


    Capturing the heavens can be a rewarding and altogether unique form of outdoor photography


    Astrophotography is a word that we seldom hear or read; however, this photography technique was used soon after the first image was recorded. In fact, astronomer Sir John Herschel was the first to use the term “photography,” and the first to apply “negative” and “E2 positive” in relation to photography.
  • Time For Elephants


    A Kenyan resident for nearly 30 years, Karl Ammann has enjoyed a long association with elephants combined with an unparalleled knowledge of the game parks. A wealth of images is the by-product.


    Time always has been the most overlooked or underexposed factor in wildlife photography. So much is made out of capturing the peak action or the decisive moment that little lip service is given to the all-important hours of planning, waiting and observing.

Columns

  • 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 with finely tuned ears for the echoes—then strike.
  • Taming The Skies


    Bringing The Sky Down To Earth • Real Real-Estate Images • Extended Autofocus • Film Everywhere, But No Place To Process • Gauging Filter Effects



    My true love is landscape photography and, in particular, I love sunset landscapes. One of the big problems I have in post production is optimizing both the sky and the land (and, sometimes, water).
  • Try A Photo Bike-Tour


    Explore a new location by bicycle for a more intimate connection with the landscape



    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 coast. 

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