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March 2010


How-To

  • Avian Abstracts


    A different interpretation of bird photography that departs from the usual sharp, literal imagery to which we’re accustomed


    Abstraction is defined as “freedom from representational qualities in art.” That’s what I tried to do with my series of avian abstracts—to make a series where form is translated into another form, where you as a viewer have to make up your own mind as to what it represents.
  • Be Adventurous


    Pro tips on how to take amazing sports-action shots


    The great American author Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”
  • Film Vs. Digital


    A look at some of the differences between shooting in Ansel Adams’ era versus today



    When we examine legendary photographers like Ansel Adams, we realize that, by today’s standards, the equipment they used was more of a handicap than a secret ingredient.
  • The Digital Zone System


    If you thought DSLRs and new technology made the Zone System obsolete, think again. Updating the classic Ansel Adams tool for proper exposure will make your digital photographs as good as they can be.


    When Ansel Adams developed the Zone System with Fred Archer in 1940, he gave photographers a tool great for controlling their images—but only with black-and-white film, and only with view cameras, where sheets of film could be processed individually.
  • Transforming Large Format


    Landscape master Jack Dykinga’s new “secret” view camera is in the form of a modern DSLR



    Jack Dykinga doesn’t treat his newest camera as a state secret, although it would be understandable if he did. After all, he calls it a “secret large-format camera.” And it’s made by Nikon.

Gear

  • DSLRs To Shoot Like Ansel Adams


    The great master of nature photography didn’t shoot with a digital camera, but if Ansel Adams was alive today, we’re pretty certain he would. Here, we look at some of the latest cameras and at the features in which Adams might have been most interested.



    The legendary Ansel Adams was certainly one of our best-known landscape photographers. He made so many iconic images of the American landscape that he, himself, became an icon.
  • Gadget Bag: SDHC Memory Cards


    Secure Digital memory cards are becoming more popular in all sorts of cameras, and as maximum limits approach terabyte capacities, the format is poised to be the mainstay for still and HD video shooting in the future



    Despite strong competition from CompactFlash, the Memory Stick family and xD Picture Cards, the Secure Digital High Capacity memory card format—known as SDHC, for short—leads today’s popularity parade for digital image storage.
  • In Focus: March 2010


    Take the size of a pocket point-and-shoot, add to it the interchangeable-lens capability of a DSLR, and what you get is the Olympus PEN E-P2.
  • What Lens Would Adams Use?


    To get the very best sharpness, colors, contrast and overall image quality, you need to use the best lens possible


    Ansel Adams used the sharpest lenses he could find for his cameras, experimenting with a number of them to discover the best ones for his work, be it a 70-year-old, 12-inch Voigtlander, the renowned 12-inch Goerz Dagor or the latest 121mm Schneider Super Angulon.

Locations

  • Beyond The Usual Yosemite


    Ansel Adams’ famous images of Yosemite helped make it a photographer’s mecca. Today, finding your own vision of one of our most well-known national parks requires getting off the beaten trail.


    When you’ve been photographing Yosemite National Park for as long as I have, there comes a point at which you just can’t shoot another one from Tunnel View.
  • Point Reyes National Seashore And Pierce Point Elk Reserve California


    Point Reyes National Seashore is located along northern California’s spectacular coast. Accessible via scenic U.S. Highway 1, Point Reyes is 40 miles north of San Francisco.

Columns

  • Meditations In Black-And-White


    A business proposal led to a new avenue of creativity



    I recently had a client ask to see some images—black-and-white nature photographs for a corporate environment.
  • Trying Infrared


    Infrared, Inside Out • From CRT To LCD, And Even LED • 2X Or Not 2X • Separate The Pros From The Cons



    What are the advantages, if any, of having a digital camera converted solely to infrared capture versus using the B+W 093 IR filter on my DSLR?

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