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Jul
01

Spring In Bloom Assignment Winner Gerry Groeber

Congratulations to Gerry Groeber for winning the recent Spring In Bloom Assignment with the image, “Superstition Bloom.” See more of Groeber’s work at www.gerrygroeber.com.

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

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Jul
01

Photo Of The Day By Christoph Stopka

Photo Of The Day By Christoph Stopka

Photo By Christoph Stopka

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Guffey Falls” by Christoph Stopka. Location: Guffey Falls, Colorado.

“Guffey Falls in Central Colorado is a very unusual place,” explains Stopka. “To get there you have to hike through a picturesque alpine valley with green meadows full of wildflowers—but suddenly you enter a completely different world: Massive sandstone formations rise seemingly out of nowhere and a creek plunges into a wide-open natural pool. And the only color all around you is orange. Actually, all shades and variations of orange. Naturally, the beautiful little waterfall becomes the focal point in this serene setting, which—frankly—resembles more a desert oasis than a high altitude mountain location.”

Nikon D810. Exposure: 2 sec., f/18, ISO 64.

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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Jul
01

Photos Of The Day For June 2020

Did you miss a Photo Of The Day last month? View all of June’s selections in the gallery below.

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

[See image gallery at www.outdoorphotographer.com]

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Jun
30

Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park

Located in South Carolina, just a half-hour’s drive from the capital city of Columbia, Congaree National Park preserves the largest remaining old-growth bottomland forest in North America. Congaree isn’t exactly a swamp, because most of the time no standing water covers the floor, but the Congaree River floods the area about 10 times per year. This lesser-known and uncrowded park combines the watery environment of the Everglades with the towering old-growth forests of the West. It’s a small 41 square miles, but you can’t explore it by driving. Hiking and canoeing are the only ways to immerse yourself in the primeval forest.

Starting from the visitor center, the flat, easy 2.4-mile Boardwalk Loop Trail is the obvious introduction to the park. The first section is elevated as much as 6 feet, while the second section rests directly on the forest floor, offering a close view of mysterious cypress knees. Along the Bluff Trail (1.7 miles), you’ll discover a forest of pines made distinct from the bottomland forest by just a tiny elevation difference. In late May, you can observe synchronous fireflies there within a more relaxed environment than at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Paddling on Cedar Creek provides you with a unique perspective and a memorable experience. The park offers free guided canoe tours, or you can rent from outfitters in Columbia.

Weather At Congaree National Park

Congaree has a humid subtropical climate. In the spring and fall, temperatures (in the 70s) and humidity (3 inches of monthly precipitation) are moderate. Summer is hot (in the 90s) and humid, with frequent thunderstorms (4.5 inches of monthly precipitation), and brings lots of mosquitoes. Winters are mild (daytime 50s, snow and freezing night temperatures possible). At that time, flooding, favorable for photography, is the most likely to occur, but the trees are bare.

Photo Experience

In Congaree, open views are relatively rare, so most of the time you’ll be photographing deciduous forest scenes with the additional creative possibilities offered by water. Moderate wide-angle to telephoto lenses are enough. Even if you come when the forest isn’t flooded, you can still find water in creeks and lakes. In dry conditions, my favorite spot is Weston Lake, an abandoned channel of the Congaree River where I photographed trees growing out of the water, emblematic of the South. The Boardwalk Trail ends there, but to find more viewpoints, I continued along the shores of Weston Lake on the 2-mile Weston Lake Loop Trail. On that day, with variable weather, I waited for a cloud to obscure the sun and lower the contrast so that the trees back in the forest would be visible, adding a bit of depth to the photograph. OP

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Jun
30

Photo Of The Day By Stclair Macaulay

Photo Of The Day By Stclair Macaulay

Photo By stclair macaulay

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Bigger Mouth” by stclair macaulay. Location: Prince Edward Island.

Canon EOS-1D X. Exposure: 1/5000 sec., f/2.8, ISO 200.

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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Jun
29

Photo Of The Day By Douglas Croft

Photo Of The Day By Douglas Croft

Photo By Douglas Croft

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Lilac-Breasted Roller” by Douglas Croft. Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Nikon D7000. Exposure: 1/2000 sec., f/8, ISO 400.

“I didn’t go to South Africa to photograph birds, but then I saw a lilac-breasted roller and I was hooked,” recalls Croft.

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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Jun
29

Freaky Photo Fallacies

Freaky Photo Fallacies

For this Photo Tip of the Week, I want to lighten things up a bit yet still provide information that can up your photo game. The idea came to mind when I heard someone mention a tried but true, often used statement: There are two sides to every story. This got me thinking. Each of you who are reading this is a hard-working photographer and you care about the craft. But what about non-photographers? I provide for you a look at what we do from their perspective in regard to how hard we work, how difficult it is to bag a great image and other aspects. Enjoy the read.

The Wildlife Photographer: I finally got THE SHOT I wanted after driving the same road for days, getting out of bed at 4:30 a.m. to arrive at my destination by sunrise, hoping the subject will be close to the road, hoping its head angle goes hand in hand with the angle of the early-morning sun and appears in an environment where the background is clean with no distractions. To have all these factors fall into place takes dedication, effort, energy, out-of-pocket expenses, sleep deprivation and, most of all, an investment in time spent with the animal.

The Outsider: I really like your photo of the ______. It must be nice to simply take your camera with you on a trip, point it at a subject and come back with a great image—you guys really have it easy and you get paid to do it. What a cushy life!

Reality: As a wildlife photographer, you know the hard work it takes to get “the shot.” The light has to be right, which translates to the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset. Use these times to make your best images. Be persistent. Great behavior isn’t captured every minute of every day.

The Wildlife Photographer: I want to capture peak action of a predator/prey hunt in the Serengeti. I’ve followed the same group of animals for days with no luck. I drove the park a myriad of times with no luck. I looked out the window and saw thick, low-level clouds but went out anyhow hoping for an opening. I secured all the necessary permits so I could drive where I want. On the sixth day, I got an image that was close, but another animal walked into the shot at the peak moment and photobombed the event. I won’t give up.

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Jun
28

Photo Of The Day By Tom Elenbaas

Photo Of The Day By Tom Elenbaas

Photo By Tom Elenbaas

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Rhododendrons and Redwoods” by Tom Elenbaas. Location: Del Norte Coast Redwoods National Park, California.

“This image was captured along the Damnation Creek Trail in Northern California’s Del Norte Redwoods this past May [2019] when the Rhododendrons were in full bloom,” explains Elenbaas. “I was particularly struck by the single bloom nesting in the center of the image framed by the ‘V’ in the branch of the Rhododendron. The light fog in the background adds just a touch of mystique to the image.”

See more of Tom Elenbaas’ photography at www.tomelenbaas.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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Jun
27

Photo Of The Day By Heather Nicole

Photo Of The Day By Heather Nicole

Photo By Heather Nicole

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Zen” by Heather Nicole. Location: Alaska.

“A young coastal brown bear cub enjoys a quiet moment of Zen in a peaceful meadow,” says Nicole.

Canon EOS 70D, Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011. Exposure: 1/800 sec., f/5.6, ISO 800.

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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Jun
26

Photo Of The Day By A. Bender

Photo Of The Day By A. Bender

Photo By A. Bender

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Huddled” by A. Bender. Location: Nagano, Japan.

“An older female Japanese macaque, outcast from her troop for unknown reasons, huddles by herself against the freezing temperatures and falling snow.”

Nikon D500, Tamron 100-400mm lens. Exposure: 1/640 sec., f/6.3, ISO 2500.

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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Jun
25

Photo Of The Day By Gary Sherman

Photo Of The Day By Gary Sherman

Photo By Gary Sherman

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Einn Hestur” by Gary Sherman. Location: Hofn, Iceland.

“A lone Icelandic horse grazes at low tide at the base of Vestrahorn Mountain in Hofn, Iceland,” describes Sherman.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Exposure: 1/50 sec., f/10, ISO 100.

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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Jun
24

Olympus Plans To Sell Its Camera Business

Olympus Plans To Sell Its Camera Business

Olympus Corporation announced that it has signed a “memorandum of understanding” to separate its Olympus Imaging Business Unit into a new company—referred to in the press release as simply “NewCo” for the present time—which will be sold to Japan Industrial Partners. The companies expect to have a formal agreement in place by September 30, and to finalize the transaction by the end of this year.

What this means exactly for Olympus shooters is not clear, though the press release states that NewCo will be the “successor of reputable brands such as ‘OM-D’ and ‘ZUIKO,’” with the implication that NewCo will continue to develop and support new products in those lines.

Olympus cites the contraction of the digital camera market and three consecutive years of operating losses as the reasons motivating this decision. The intent is that the new company will be able to streamline its operations to reduce costs. “Olympus considers that, by carving-out the Imaging business and by operating the business with JIP, the Imaging business’s corporate structure may become more compact, efficient and agile.”

During the process, Olympus’s imaging division will continue to operate as usual and intends to launch new products already planned.

For more information, see the “Signing of Memorandum of Understanding for Divesture of Imaging Solutions Business” at the global Olympus website: https://www.olympus-global.com/ir/data/announcement/2020/contents/ir00013.pdf

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Jun
24

Pick A Color Assignment Winner Beth Baker

Congratulations to Beth Baker for winning the recent Pick A Color Assignment with the image, “Oregon Rainforest.” See more of Baker’s photography at www.bethbakerphotos.com

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

[See image gallery at www.outdoorphotographer.com]

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Jun
24

Photo Of The Day By Jody Partin

Photo Of The Day By Jody Partin

Photo By Jody Partin

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Summer Garden” by Jody Partin. Location: Wisconsin.

Nikon D810. Exposure: 1/640 sec., f/6.3, ISO 400.

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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Jun
23

How To Use HDR For Nature Photography

How To Use HDR For Nature Photography

Photographers have always struggled with photographing high-contrast scenes often found at sunrise or sunset. High dynamic range, or HDR techniques can help you capture those scenes with greater detail and a “natural” look, if you use the technique properly.

This image from Glacier National Park was shot with a Singh-Ray GND filter way before HDR came of age. While the GND filter worked well for the composition, I wish I had predicted the future and also bracketed frames for future use when HDR became easer.

Back in the film days, photographers like Galen Rowell helped to pioneer the use of rectangular graduated neutral density filters (GND filters) that were clear on one end and dark on the other. These filters were primarily applied by landscape photographers to darken skies or mountains in order to balance with foreground exposures more closely. Use of these filters made it possible to photograph high-contrast scenes that were previously impossible to properly expose in a single frame.

This image illustrates how a graduated neutral density filter can be used to darken the sky to match the foreground.

While technically possible with film, the advent of digital photography brought with it the new technique of blending multiple exposures of the same scene to create a single HDR image. This new technique quickly caught on and became wildly popular, so much so that it created an entirely new style of images showing more detail in the shadows and highlights than the human eye could see in real life. While this trend became popular, it also created a bit of a backlash among more traditionally minded photographers as well as photo editors. We would hear things like, “that image doesn’t look real” or “that photo looks Photoshopped.” I would argue that it also helped erode the general public’s appreciation of a truly well-crafted, properly exposed—and natural-looking—landscape image.

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Jun
23

Photo Of The Day By David Shield

Photo Of The Day By David Shield

Photo By David Shield

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Remote Monument Valley Sunrise” by David Shield. Location: Monument Valley, Arizona.

“After setting up to shoot the classic Monument Valley scene from Hunts Mesa, a colorful sunrise inspired me to quickly change plans and capture this lesser photographed scene instead,” says Shield.

Nikon D810, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8. Exposure: 4 sec., f/22, ISO 100.

See more of David Shield’s photography at www.davidshieldphotography.com.

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Jun
22

Photo Of The Day By Theresa Ditson

Photo Of The Day By Theresa Ditson

Photo By Theresa Ditson

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Electric Dusk” by Theresa Ditson. Location: Prescott, Arizona.

“A stacked long-exposure image of three lightning strikes as an isolated summer monsoon storm moved across my view,” describes Ditson. ‘I was grateful to have witnessed this storm become so powerful but also grateful that it ultimately began to recede!”

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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Jun
22

Photographing Silhouettes, Part 3

Photographing Silhouettes, Part 3

In this week’s tip, I take you on a final journey into the land of silhouettes. The main focus of part 1 was to help you see what a silhouette is, learn how to create them and wind up with powerful images. In part 2, I targeted what to look for with regards to light and how to obtain a good exposure to create the silhouetted subject. In this final part of the series, I take you on a voyage that stops at a number of ports. In each, I explore the various components of composition. If this is your first week to join the cruise, be sure to look back at the previous two week’s sojourn so you can dive deeply into the world of successfully photographing silhouettes.

Images that stop you in your tracks and make you say “wow” have three important criteria in common: the light is excellent and complementary to the subject, proper exposure is made based on studying the histogram and the composition leaves the viewer finding balance and harmony of how the subjects interrelate. The rules that apply to good composition of any subject matter also apply to silhouettes. The rule of thirds should be used, the subject should be of adequate size relative to the rest of the photo’s real estate, the use of a leading line should not be overlooked and all components of the subjects should be in balance and have symmetry.

The rule of thirds suggests you place the main subject at a “power point” within the frame. These power points appear near the top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right positions within the viewfinder. If you were to trace an imaginary tic-tac-toe board over the ground glass, the power points appear where the lines intersect: top third—right or left, bottom third—right or left and middle third—right or left. When a power point is used to position a subject, the photo has much more impact than if the subject was placed dead center. A centered important element produces a static and mundane design.

When it comes to image real estate, exhaust all possibilities. Make images where you use a telephoto in addition to a medium wide. Doing so provides a photo where you construct a tight portrait and an environmental portrait. You now have two different images of the same subject. Repeat the same so you cover both a vertical and horizontal format. You now have four potentially great images. In that photography is a subtractive process (you see the entire scene and you eliminate clutter based on the  composition), a full-frame grab of the subject can eliminate a lot of potential distractions. In an environmental portrait, make sure the silhouette and background shapes make sense.

Leading lines bring the viewer’s eye to the primary focal point. Elements are composed so every part of what remains in the silhouette is built with balance and harmony. If there are secondary subjects, be sure to find a location where they, too, are placed relative to the rules of good composition. For instance, let’s say you are inside a cave. Right on the edge of the opening stands a bull elk in silhouette. Place the lead actor, the elk, in the bottom of the frame and make the arch of the cave the supporting actor. You now have a silhouetted elk within a silhouetted arch—there’s balance and harmony and the rim of the cave acts as a leading line to the elk.

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Jun
21

Photo Of The Day By Beth Mancuso

Photo Of The Day By Beth Mancuso

Photo By Beth Mancuso

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Glacier National Park Self Portrait” by Beth Mancuso. Location: Montana.

“I shot this on our summer road trip to Montana,” recalls Mancuso. “We spent a week at Glacier National Park, and it’s the most beautiful place I have ever visited!”

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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Jun
19

Photo Of The Day By Gene Putney

Photo Of The Day By Gene Putney

Photo By Gene Putney

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Hungry” by Gene Putney. Location: North Park, Colorado.

“One of my favorite annual photo excursions in late summer is photographing moose in Northern Colorado,” says Putney. “In August, I went for two days and had a variety of good photo opportunities. One of my favorite images I captured is this moose calf that was enjoying itself as it ate in a patch of wildflowers.”

Nikon D500. Exposure: 1/320 sec., f/6.3, ISO 400.

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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