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March 2006


How-To

  • Depth Of Field


    It's easy to put this versatile creative control to work for you



    Here’s a handy creative control that takes up no space in your gadget bag (and costs nothing!): depth of field, the zone of apparent sharpness in a photo in front of and beyond the focused subject. With great depth of field, everything from nearby objects to a distant background will appear sharp in a photo; with limited depth of field, only the focused subject—or a portion of it if depth of field is really limited—will appear sharp.

Gear

  • Nikon D200


    A new D-SLR with pro-level resolution and features in a durable body


    Whenever a new camera hits the market, there’s an inevitable flood of information and misinformation surrounding the launch. In the case of the Nikon D200, the Internet rumor mills were fueled with all sorts of speculation about the camera’s specifications and capabilities, mostly centered around the image sensor. Would Nikon introduce its first model with a full-frame image sensor? The answer is no. The D200 is built with a Dx-sized sensor just like all other Nikon digital SLRs, but to focus exclusively on that is to miss the forest for the trees. Like the pricier D2x, which debuted in the spring of 2005, the D200 is built with refinements and technology that question the need for the full-frame sensor in the first place.
  • Custom Photo Transportation


    OP's photo vehicle demonstrates ways to customize an SUV for photographic use



    When our publisher, Steve Werner, directed us to outfit a vehicle that would demonstrate how one could use a four-wheel-drive SUV specifically for photography, it sounded intriguing, but what could we get together that would work in the field? And could we do it all-digital to reflect the keen interest our readers have in digital?

Locations

  • David Muench's Favorite Places


    The master photographer shares his personal picks of the country's national parks




    David Muench enjoys the exciting blend of history and landscape that exists in Big Bend, where the Rio Grande serves as a watery border between the United States and Mexico. With more than 800,000 acres of land, the park features a rich collection of some 1,200 species of plants, including more than 60 cactus species, massive canyons and an expansive desert—all against the beautiful backdrop of the Chisos Mountain Range.• Park Headquarters: Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Private Journey Public Lands


    David Muench continues his lifelong exploration of our connection to the national parks and the wilderness within them



    Our national parks often bring to mind icons of the American landscape: Delicate Arch in Arches, El Capitan in Yosemite, or Mount McKinley in Denali. These and many other locations found within the country’s national parks not only are emblematic of the United States’ natural beauty, but also are an important part of its history.

Columns

  • The Seduction Of Saturation


    Avoid garish, unnatural colors with these tips



    Color is something that gives nature life. Certainly, black-and-white photography is fun and a great way to photograph, but it doesn't represent nature the way that color does. For that reason, nature photographers have long used enhanced color films, from Kodachrome to Velvia, to make the colors of nature really pop.
  • Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark, California


    The out-of-this-world formations of the Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark have been used as a backdrop in a number of science-fiction films. There are about 500 towers of various shapes that reach as high as 140 feet above the base. The formations are the weathered remnants of tufa (a form of calcium carbonate) towers created under water between 10,000 and 80,000 years ago in an ancient lake that’s now dry.

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