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Keep It Wild

Keep It Wild
Aerial view of mountains with a river flowing through the coastal plains of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Mason Cummings.

Stomachs churned as our tiny plane jerked up, then left, right and back down. I glanced up and saw Nathaniel vomiting into a Ziploc bag. We passed a mere 100 feet over a jagged ridge and were once again thrown around like rag dolls. Beneath us, mountain ranges were sliced open by the blue and white waters of a wide braided river. We’d been flying for an hour and hadn’t seen a road, trail or any sign of human touch.

A series of 20,000-year-old caribou trails emerged on a mountainside. The Gwich’in people, who have lived on this land with the caribou for the entirety of their cultural memory, say that the caribou trails in the mountains of the refuge are like the lines in an elder’s face.

Our team headed into Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home of wolverines, grizzlies, snowy owls and a herd of 200,000 caribou. This was the first in a series of expeditions organized by the International League of Conservation Photographers to document the incredible landscapes, wildlife and people that depend on the refuge. Our small but strong team of four—Nathaniel Wilder, Bethany Pacquette, Katie Schuler and myself—hoped our images and stories would be part of a groundswell of voices calling for the refuge’s protection.

Flying into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by bush plane takes one directly over the impressive Brooks Range and majestic Canning River valley. Photo by David Thoreson.

As we approached our landing strip, I saw the white face of the flat coastal plain and Arctic Ocean over the last mountain range. The coastal plain is the heartbeat of the refuge. In summer it is a lush field of flowers and grasses and is abuzz with wildlife and bugs. Hundreds of thousands of migrating birds come to nest, rear and feed in the small lakes and ponds that mark the landscape. Grizzly bears roam the open plains in search of young caribou, but it is the caribou bringing the landscape to life.

The 200,000-strong porcupine caribou herd complete the longest known mammal migration on the coastal plain, where they give birth to 40,000 calves in the first week of June every year. We were here to photograph and film this exceptional event, but nature lobbed us a surprise this year. An extremely late spring saw the coastal plain covered in snow and ice, which is no place for caribou calves or their paparazzi.

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Atmospheric Landscapes Assignment Winner Danielle Austen

Congratulations to Danielle Austen for winning the recent Atmospheric Landscapes with the image, “Rise.” Austen is an award-winning fine art photographer who specializes in documenting intimate portraits of the environment. See more of her work at www.danielleausten.com.

View the winning image and a selection of submissions in the image gallery below. And be sure to check out our current photography assignment here and enter your best shots!

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Photo Of The Day By Kris Walkowski

Photo Of The Day By Kris Walkowski
Photo By Kris Walkowski

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Mesa Arch” by Kris Walkowski. Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Photo Of The Day By Sharon Philpott

Photo Of The Day By Sharon Philpott
Photo By Sharon Philpott

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Glowing Dunes” by Sharon Philpott. Location: Death Valley National Park, California.

See more of Sharon Philpott’s photography at www.sharonkphilpott.com.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Photo Of The Day By Matthew Morrissette

Photo Of The Day By Matthew Morrissette
Photo By Matthew Morrissette

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Rialto Enchantment” by Matthew Morrissette. Location: Olympic National Park, Washington.

“I captured this image during a spring workshop with Joe Rossbach and Kurt Budliger,” explains Morrissette. “As a photographer, I dream of sunsets like this one, where it looks like the atmosphere catches fire. There’s a nervousness and anxiety when setting up on an evening like this one. Are you going to be able to capture something that even hints at the splendor you‘re witnessing?”

See more of Matthew Morrissette’s photography at www.amorrissetteperspective.com.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

With nearly 80,000 acres of freshwater and brackish marshes, open water, alkali mudflats, uplands and river delta, the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is an oasis in the desert of northern Utah for birds, animals, insects, plants and people. The refuge is on the western edge of the Central Flyway and the eastern edge of the Pacific Flyway. It provides critical habitat for more than 200 migrating species of birds that use the area for resting and refueling as well as nesting areas for more than 60 species. From the 12-mile self-guided auto tour route, there are grand sweeping views of the Wasatch and the Promontory mountain ranges to the east and west. To the south, on clear days, Antelope Island can easily be seen.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is about 60 miles north of Salt Lake City and is near the town of Brigham City. The James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center and refuge headquarters are about a quarter mile from Interstate 15 at exit 363, while the self-guided auto tour route is another 12 miles west from there on a paved road. Total distance to and from, including traveling the auto tour route, is 36 miles.

Weather

The weather at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge varies with the seasons. Winter can be cold, snowy and windy, so dressing for the weather is critical. Summers can be quite warm, while spring and fall are pleasant. Caution is advised on the gravel auto tour route during winter because of snow and ice. During other seasons, when there has been rain, the road can become muddy. During the spring snow melt, the Bear River can rise and make the paved road out to the auto tour route impassable, so checking the refuge website for road conditions is advisable.

Photo Experience At Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

As a bird photographer, I visit Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge often throughout the year for the birds, wildlife, scenic views, and the peace and quiet found at the refuge. During the winter, the sounds of thousands of tundra swans echo over the marshes. In spring, migrant wading and shorebirds arrive by the tens of thousands and stay until fall migration. Even though birds are my primary subjects, I can’t resist taking images of the mammals, insects, flora and surrounding landscape I see while traveling the auto tour route.

I used an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II lens mounted on a Nikon D810 to create this image of the marsh at the refuge from the auto tour route in early autumn, with clouds, birds scattering across the water and the Promontory mountain range in the background.

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Photo Of The Day By Jeff Grabert

Photo Of The Day By Jeff Grabert
Photo By Jeff Grabert

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Footsteps” by Jeff Grabert. Location: Death Valley National Park, California.

“When I got to the top of a sand dune in Death Valley National Park, I turned and saw that I had created a perfect trail of footsteps that meandered over multiple dunes all the way to the back of the scene,” says Grabert. “It was quite unintentional, but it made for a nice image.”

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Close To The Edge

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Photo Of The Day By Siu Lau

Photo Of The Day By Siu Lau
Photo By Siu Lau

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Sunrise at Torres del Paine” by Siu Lau. Location: Chile.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Photo Of The Day By Bryan Johnson

Photo Of The Day By Bryan Johnson
Photo By Bryan Johnson

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Golden Waves” by Bryan Johnson. Location: Colorado.

“Billions of grains of sand settle into intricate designs of golden ripples and waves,” describes Johnson.

See more of Bryan Johnson’s photography at www.bryanjphoto.com

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Photo Of The Day By Linn Smith

Photo Of The Day By Linn Smith
Photo By Linn Smith

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Combating Heat” by Linn Smith. Location: Oviedo, Florida.

“During hot weather, a cattle egret with breeding colors ruffles its feathers,” explains Smith. “Bringing the feathers close to its body eliminates insulating air pockets that allow body heat to escape.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Editors’ Picks: Best Photo Gear 2019

Editors’ Picks: Best Photo Gear 2019

Our annual selection of the best photo gear of the year includes the top cameras, lenses and photographic accessories that we feel represent the advancements made in the art and technology of nature photography. While not a comprehensive collection of all of the noteworthy gear introduced in 2019, each of our Editors’ Picks has some unique quality or capability that made it stand out for us as among the best of the best.

Camera Of The Year: Sony a7R IV

With its 61-megapixel back-illuminated sensor, the Sony a7R IV is not only the highest-resolution Alpha camera yet, it’s currently the resolution leader in full-frame cameras. Considering the size and processing requirements of those files, it’s also incredibly fast, capable of capturing images at up to 10 fps while maintaining continuous autofocus and autoexposure tracking, and sustaining that speed for seven-second bursts. The sensor’s big resolution also makes the camera’s APS-C crop mode more useful, recording 26.2-megapixel files with the advantage of the telephoto magnification effect that comes with crop-mode shooting.

The high-resolution theme continues with the camera’s 5.76 million-dot UXGA OLED Tru-finder EVF. Sony has put a lot of thought and development into its EVFs, and it shows. Shooting with the a7R IV, you’re likely to forget you’re looking through an electronic viewfinder at all—it’s that close to an optical viewfinder experience—yet you still enjoy all the benefits (like focus peaking display) that an EVF offers.

Dynamic range is also improved in the a7R IV compared to its predecessor, with up to 15 stops of range when shooting at “lower sensitivities.” (Sony does not officially state the upper ISO limits of this capability.) The focusing system in the a7R IV is a hybrid system with 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection AF points. The intelligence behind the AF system is also upgraded in the a7R IV, with advanced Real-time Tracking plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording and—for the first time in a Sony camera—Real-time Eye AF for movie recording.

The a7R IV’s combination of massive resolution and speed, plus its advanced AF system and software, make it the stand-out camera of the year. And, considering the performance characteristics, its list price of $3,500 may sound pricey but is actually a solid value compared to the top-tier mirrorless and DSLR competition. Contact: Sony, sony.com.

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Photo Of The Day By Craig Bill

Photo Of The Day By Craig Bill
Photo By Craig Bill

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Moonbeam” by Craig Bill. Location: Death Valley National Park, California.

See more of Craig Bill’s photography at CraigBill.com.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Leading Lines Assignment Winner Kyle Jones

Congratulations to Kyle Jones for winning the recent Leading Lines Assignment with the image, “North from the Wave.” See more of Jones’ photography at www.imageskylejones.com.

View the winning image and a selection of submissions in the image gallery below. And be sure to check out our current photography assignment here and enter your best shots!

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Photo Of The Day By Sumistha Das

Photo Of The Day By Sumistha Das

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Swimming Bear” by Sumistha Das.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Sigma Introduces Premium 24-70mm F2.8 For Full-Frame Mirrorless

Sigma Introduces Premium 24-70mm F2.8 For Full-Frame Mirrorless

Sigma today announced a new zoom for its growing lineup of lenses for full-frame L-mount and Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless systems, the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art. Sigma’s Art designation is given to its top-tier lenses.

For landscape and nature photography, the 24-70mm is arguably the most important zoom one can own, making this a key lens for the L-mount, which was developed by Sigma, Leica and Panasonic for their respective full-frame mirrorless cameras. This lens joins the 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art as the second zoom in the new series of lenses which are also offered in Sony E-mount.

Sigma states that the new lens will deliver “best-in-class optical performance,” and while availability is expected in mid-November, pricing has not yet been announced.

For additional details, see the press release below.

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Photo Of The Day By Christopher Fridley

Photo Of The Day By Christopher Fridley
Photo By Christopher Fridley

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Clear Lake Twilight” by Christopher Fridley. Location: Skagit County, Washington.

“A usually wind-blown mountain lake shows off its calm, colorful and peaceful side on a rare occasion during autumn,” says Fridley.

See more of Christopher Fridley’s photography at christopherfridley.zenfolio.com.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Let The Fog Roll In

Let The Fog Roll In

I love photogenic scenes and situations that speak to me. Those that have a mysterious quality, evoke a soft mood, connote stillness, convey a peaceful easy feeling and intimate tranquility, all cater to the serenity of my inner psyche. I love golden sunrises and sunsets as they dispense gorgeous light on landscapes and animals. I adore bright overcast conditions with soft wraparound light so I can make wildlife images throughout the day. I love dawn and dusk as the soft pinks and pastels that illuminate the sky reflect those colors onto the land. While I do LOVE the above three qualities of light, they don’t evoke sentiments that speak to me. The one quality of light that provides one-on-one conversation is fog. Its ethereal character can’t be matched by any other form of light.

I consider the light, mood and atmosphere of fog magical. Subjects recede into a wash of mist that hides background distractions. It provides layering that’s impossible to replicate unless it exists. It provides a glow factor when accompanied by a soft sun. It allows you to include the ball of the sun without blowing out the highlights as fog tames its intensity. It camouflages distractions as they’re hidden under layers of gray and mist. It allows you to make multiple images of the same area. As the fog rolls in and out, the composition constantly changes. It’s obvious that its unique qualities can’t be reproduced by any other form of light. This is why fog is so appealing.

Depending where you live, you may be fortunate enough to make fog images all year round. In some areas, fog is much more seasonal. And unfortunately, there are many locations that aren’t conducive to foggy weather patterns. This means travel time, but it’s so worth it. Fog mostly appears in the morning hours after the cold surface of the earth cools moist warmer air directly above it. As you can see, precise conditions need to align for it to form. Along coastal areas and where larger lakes and other bodies of water exist, more than likely weather patterns will align. A very slight wind is beneficial as it keeps the fog moving. The more it moves and swirls, the more diversity it provides to create different compositions.

When you do encounter fog, be cognizant of the exposure. Constantly monitor your luminosity histogram as fog tends to underexpose the file. Fog is actually brighter than most photographers think. The meter will try to darken it to 18 percent gray. With this in mind, add PLUS compensation to the reading. It will constantly change as the fog rolls in and out, so always check your histogram after every exposure. Depending on the conditions, the fog can be heavy. This being the case, carry an absorbent rag to periodically wipe condensation off your filter, camera and lens.

Compositionally, place a key element in the foreground to be the dominant subject. It will stand prominently since it’s close to the camera. Whatever is placed closest to the front element will be bold while everything else recedes into layers of mist and mood. Watch the density of fog in the middle and background planes to make sure subjects in those areas are visible. Be patient and when the mood is spot on, click the shutter.

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Photo Of The Day By Bob Bader

Photo Of The Day By Bob Bader
Photo By Bob Bader

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Landing Site” by Bob Bader. Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa.

“On safari in South Africa, I caught this oxpecker about to land on the horn of a grazing rhinoceros,” describes Bader.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Photo Of The Day By Barbara Hinton

Photo Of The Day By Barbara Hinton

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Elephant Family” by Barbara Hinton. Location: Amboseli National Park, southern Kenya.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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