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Afgelopen week teruggekomen van een geweldige fototrip naar India. Een belevenis en avontuur op zich, het land heeft een prachtige natuur met een grote diversiteit aan vogelsoorten en wilde dieren...
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Photo Of The Day By Kathleen Wasselle Croft

Photo Of The Day By Kathleen Wasselle Croft
Photo By Kathleen Wasselle Croft

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Eye of the Hammerhead” by Kathleen Wasselle Croft. Location: Bonaire, southern Caribbean.

“The hammerhead coral takes on many shapes,” says Croft. “It had an iridescent green core that attracts its prey.”

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 Max Foster

Photo Of The Day By Max Foster
Photo By By Max Foster

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Beginning” by Max Foster.

“Waves crash onto the rocky shoreline of north Florida as a colorful sunrise brightens the sky,” says Foster. Location: Florida.

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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Nikon Releases Z Series Firmware Version 2.0

Nikon Releases Z Series Firmware Version 2.0
The Nikon Z Series Firmware Version 2.0 is available for the Nikon Z 7 (pictured) as well as the Nikon Z 6.

Nikon has released Z Series Firmware Version 2.0 for the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, which introduces three major enhancements to the company’s full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The first is Eye-Detection AF for still photography, enabling the cameras to find and focus on human eyes. It’s available in both single-shot and continuous AF when the camera is set to Auto-area AF mode. You can further direct the system to track a specific eye in your frame.

Z Series Firmware Version 2.0 also improves autofocus performance in low-light scenes. We’ve asked for clarification from Nikon on these improvements, as there is some ambiguity in the official press release (below), and we’ll update this post when we receive a response. Our current understanding is that the improvements to low-light AF performance are two-fold:

Faster AF acquisition times for both still and video recording.Ability for the AF system to function in lower-light conditions than previously possible, but for still photography only. The Nikon Z 7’s detection range has been improved to -2 EV (from -1 EV), while the Z 6 has been improved to -3.5 EV (from -2 EV) and to -6 EV (from -4 EV) with the camera’s Low-light AF setting. The Low-light AF setting for the Z 7 is unchanged.

The third improvement is the addition of auto-exposure tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) capture mode. Previously, exposure was locked on the first shot during high-speed continuous shooting (at 9 fps with the Z 7 and 12 fps with the Z 6). Now, in addition to continuous AF, continuous auto exposure is now possible.

The Z Series Firmware Version 2.0 is offered as a free update and can be downloaded at: https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com

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The Art Of Seeing, Part 1

The Art Of Seeing, Part 1

There’s a magical moment in landscape photography when you find the right position, the subject is at the correct angle, bathed in perfect light, and, with your camera in hand, you capture “The Shot”—the perfect composition for the scene. These are the moments we all want to repeat, but for whatever reason, they are difficult to find. The more you learn about how much goes into creating such moments, the more you realize just how complex and involved they are to repeat.

This is the “Art of Seeing.”

I break the process of seeing down into three elements that I call the “creative trinity.” Subject, light and composition make up the trinity, and the fuel that fires it is timing.

In this three-part article series, I’m going to focus on the one element that deserves most of our attention: composition. Composition is the arrangement of subjects in the scene. There are many techniques to apply when making a successful composition, and there are many so-called rules that you’ve probably heard, such as the “rule of thirds.” The rule of thirds is a very basic technique to help minimize the potential issue of a boring or static composition that conveys no movement. This is just the tip of the iceberg; there are many other compositional rules and techniques to use. I refer to the rules and techniques of composition as a vocabulary. If you learn the vocabulary of composition, you’ll then have the skills to use all the various rules and techniques in your favor.

There are three basic skills you need to develop in order to successfully implement (and sometimes break) the rules of composition:

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Behind The Shot: Diamond Beach

Behind The Shot: Diamond Beach
Photo By Michael Murray

Our family drove an RV around Iceland’s Ring Road last summer. Having a moveable home base allowed us to see quite a lot of the fjord-tucked villages and vast coastline of the island. The RV also let us stay overnight near the locations I wanted to capture.

I was most excited to shoot on Diamond Beach. This stretch of black sand sits at the mouth of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Ancient pillars of ice calve off the glacier and flow out to sea only to be pushed back to land by the North Atlantic current. The ice washes ashore in chunks that range in size from baseballs to Volkswagen Beetles. We parked the RV on the bluff above the water for the night. Though there were many tourists and photographers on the beach during the day, I was alone when I woke up for the summer sunrise at 2 a.m.

For 10 minutes, I played chase with the waves. I’d plant my tripod, frame a shot and then retreat when a swell came in. I hadn’t thought to bring water boots on the trip. In fact, the shoes on my feet were a brand-new pair of hiking sneakers I had purchased the previous day as a vacation splurge. Even with a tethered release allowing me a couple feet of latitude, I couldn’t man my station long enough to achieve the white, wispy long-exposure look I wanted in the surf. That’s when I decided the shot was more important than the shoes. I allowed the next surge to fill my soles with arctic water. Now I was ready to work.

A 0.8-second exposure rendered the “ghostly” sea churn I envisioned. A variable ND filter I had picked up just before the trip for shooting Iceland’s waterfalls allowed me to dial in the exposure timing without having to change my aperture value. I moved from berg to berg looking for clean, clear ice and balanced frames. A little bit of orange entered the sky. With an 18mm wide-angle lens, I had to stand within a foot of the ice to anchor it properly in the foreground. During one exposure, as I was locked into the viewfinder, a large wave shot an anvil of ice into my shin and sent my rig teetering toward the surf. I caught it just before the tipping point. After an hour of shooting, I drained the arctic water and black sand from my shoes and returned to the warmth of the RV. I changed out of my wet clothes, set up my laptop in the bunk—careful not to wake my slumbering family—and greedily reviewed my morning’s work.

See more of Michael Murray’s work at natureindepth.com and on Instagram @wellframed.

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Photo Of The Day By Valerie Millett

Photo Of The Day By Valerie Millett
Photo By Valerie Millett

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Blue Hills” by Valerie Millett. Location: Mount Ellen-Blue Hills WSA, Utah.

“The Blue Hills, in the northern and western portion of the Wilderness Study Area in Utah, are low mesas and barren badlands carved by erosion from blue-gray marine shales,” explains Millett.

See more of Valerie Millett’s photography at valmillett.blogspot.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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Abstract Nature Assignment Winner Arpan Das

Abstract Nature Assignment Winner Arpan Das
Photo By Arpan Das

Congratulations to Arpan Das for winning the recent Abstract Nature Assignment with the image, “Layers of Lines.”

“This photo was taken at Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park,” says Das. “It’s simple to find a composition with a wide-angle lens; however, it’s really challenging to shoot intimate scenes like this with a tele lens. All I was looking for were repetitive patterns and layers. It took me hours to find something really interesting. The sunset light created the contrast I was looking for.”

Nikon D810, Tamron 150-600 G2 at 400mm. Exposure: 1/50 sec., f/9, ISO 64.

See more of Arpan Das’ photography at www.arpandas.com and on Instagram.

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Photo Of The Day By Stan Bysshe

Photo Of The Day By Stan Bysshe
Photo By Stan Bysshe

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Singing to the Web” by Stan Bysshe. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.

Nikon D5, 500mm f/4 lens. Exposure: 1/1000, f 7.1, ISO 1600.

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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reCOMPOSE Podcast 055: Lightroom Importing And Travel Workflow

reCOMPOSE Podcast 055: Lightroom Importing And Travel Workflow

This is another special episode of the reCOMPOSE podcast, in which Andy and Juan continue their Lightroom series with a discussion of importing images into Lightroom, as well as their traveling Lightroom workflow. Plus, Andy digs in a bit on the licensing issues with Lightroom, specifically when traveling without internet access. This last bit is super useful information—make sure not to miss it.

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Original author: Hosted By Juan Pons & Andy Williams
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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 “On Approach” by Linn Smith. Location: Lake Jessup, Seminole County, Florida.

“Three white ibis line up with a gentle downward slope on their last leg for approach to land on the shoreline of Lake Jessup located in Central Florida,” describes Smith.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 100-400mm f /4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens.

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 Elissa Title

Photo Of The Day By Elissa Title
Photo By Elissa Title

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Luminance” by Elissa Title. Location: Lake Elsinore, California.

“In a sea of flowers, I was trying to find a way to make just one flower stand out,” explains Title. “With light passing through the petals, I shot with my macro lens allowing for a shallow depth of field. I found a spot with some purple flowers and yellow mustard mixed in with the poppies and began shooting.”

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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The Moment Of Truth

The Moment Of Truth

When animals are active, interacting or whenever they’re in motion, the moment at which the shutter is pressed is crucial. There’s a fraction of a second in time that the movement or expression is optimum. Learning how to anticipate and capture that instant takes practice, knowledge of your subject, quick reaction time, persistence, instinct and, dare I even mention this, a stroke of luck.

An absolute essential ingredient that goes into knowing when to press the shutter is to become thoroughly familiar with your subject. You need to be able to anticipate its movement. If it flicks or turns its ears, does that demonstrate anything? If it begins to sniff the air, is this an indicator it will do something? Does a snort, growl or grumble illustrate anything? When a bird is prepared to take flight, what signs does it portray? Knowing what all these signs intimately is important to foretell what your subject will do. Whether you learn by trial and error or research the species before you head into the field, be sure to become familiar with its signs.

Patience and persistence are other ingredients that go into the recipe to capture the moment of truth. PATIENCE: There will be times when you’ll have to wait for that once-in-a-lifetime look, expression or action. You need to keep your eye glued to the viewfinder; you know that as soon as you take your eye away, the animal will do something amazing. You may think there’s something better around the corner and that may be so, but having patience can also reward you if you wait for the subject in your viewfinder to do something special. After all, if you do head around the corner, that’s when the subject you were just on will perform an amazing feat.

PERSISTENCE: There will be times when you have to work and rework the same subject to get that special image. This means returning to the same spot, hoping the animal will do something and being patient. You may be lucky and procure a great moment on the first go round, but you may have to return again and again if the potential is good. Good things come to those who are patient and persistent.

Many photographers stake their claim in their ability to consistently capture the moment of truth. Casual viewers of these types of images can often be heard saying how lucky that photographer was to be at the right place at the right time. Little do they know that on that specific press, a lot of time, sweat, enduring the cold, tolerating insects, etc. went into getting the shot. At times, you’ll be lucky and everything will fall into place with slight effort. But what many viewers don’t understand is that certain photographers are more consistently “lucky” and are able to reproduce this luck over and over again. Obviously, there’s a skill involved. Apply the above to make yourself one of the “luckier” ones.

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Photo Of The Day By Vassili Balocco

Photo Of The Day By Vassili Balocco
Photo By Vassili Balocco

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Ritorno al Lavoro” by Vassili Balocco. Location: Rome, Italy.

“The days begin to lengthen, the sun’s rays become warmer and the first bees return to their incessant work, a frenetic dance from flower to flower, an ancient poetry of repeating cycles, of the spreading life,” says Balocco.

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 Dawn Wilson

Photo Of The Day By Dawn Wilson
Photo By Dawn Wilson

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Gosling Playing in Spring Flowers” by Dawn Wilson. Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

“A Canada goose gosling plays with a dandelion in his beak while walking through a field of dandelions in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,” describes Wilson.

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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12 Glacier National Park Fun Facts

12 Glacier National Park Fun Facts
NPS Photo / Tim Rains

Montana’s Glacier National Park celebrates its 109th birthday on May 11, 2019. A popular park for landscape, nature and wildlife photographers, it’s also a great spot for fall foliage during the quieter months of autumn. Activities in the park include hiking, biking, rafting, boat tours, bus tours, camping, fly fishing and simply enjoying the forests, mountains, beaches, alpine meadows and glacial-carved valleys that make up some of the most incredible scenery on the planet.

In celebration of this “Crown of the Continent,” here are 12 Glacier National Park Fun Facts:

1. Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park was established in 1895, and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was established in 1932 when it was decided that the upper Waterton Valley wouldn’t be divided between the United States and Canada. This makes Glacier National Park part of the world’s first international peace park.

2. Lewis and Clark came within 50 miles of the park in 1805. It would be another 45 years before a series of expeditions led to what is now known as Glacier National Park.

3. Between 1910 and 1913, the Great Northern Railway built nine chalets. Visitors would travel by horseback from one chalet to another in order to see the park, which took several weeks to accomplish. In 1915, the average visitor spent over a month in the park.

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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 “Madison Plantation” by Tom Elenbaas. Location: Charleston, South Carolina.

“A beautiful spring day at the Madison Plantation in the Low Country of Charleston,” describes Elenbaas.

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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Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

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Photo Of The Day By Tom Thomson

Photo Of The Day By Tom Thomson
Photo By Tom Thomson

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Early Blooms” by Tom Thomson.

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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B&H Payboo Credit Card Reimburses Your Sales Tax

B&H Payboo Credit Card Reimburses Your Sales Tax

If you live in a state that requires collection of sales tax on internet orders, B&H Photo has launched a new credit card, Payboo, that will credit your purchase for the amount of the tax.

The official press release describes the process: “The Payboo Card delivers instant, immediate savings to B&H customers. For example, when a customer in Los Angeles buys a $3,000 camera, 9.5% sales tax, or $285, is added to the cost for a total of $3,285. However, if the same customer purchases the camera from B&H using the Payboo Card, a $285 reward is instantly applied to the order, and only $3,000 is charged to the card! The savings are instant – no future credits, points to accrue, or coupons to worry about. The customer is only subject to usual credit approval.”

Available to customers with a U.S. billing address and SSN or ITIN, the first step is to apply for the card, issued by  Synchrony Bank. The card has no annual fee but carries a relatively high APR of 29.99%, so to get the optimal benefit of the card, you’ll want to have cash on-hand to pay off your balance immediately.

The card can be used for B&H purchases only. Perhaps stating the obvious, the offer isn’t valid in states that don’t require the collection of sales tax on internet purchases, and some states that do require sales tax collection do not permit the benefit as described. The Payboo FAQ page provides a link to check your benefit based on your shipping zip code, so be sure to verify the benefits for which you are eligible before applying.

For additional details, see the Payboo FAQ page.

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Get Ready For Spring Assignment Winner Linn Smith

Get Ready For Spring Assignment Winner Linn Smith
Photo By Linn Smith

Congratulations to Linn Smith for winning the recent Get Ready For Spring Assignment with the image, “Special Spring.”

“Living out in the country provides an abundance of opportunities to closely observe many wildlife happenings,” says Smith. “Each day, one can view a new and unique experience in the animal kingdom. For this reason, I keep my camera ready for immediate action by resting it on a table by the front window. On this particular spring day, when many flowers were blooming throughout the yard, a cute squirrel seemed captivated with the new blossoms. Having the camera easily within reach afforded me the opportunity to record the squirrel’s enchantment with the vibrant budding.”

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. Exposure: 1/2000 sec., f/6.3, ISO 8000.

See more of Linn Smith’s photography at https://500px.com/linnsmith.

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Vogels kijken in de Extremadura
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Nog een paar maanden en dan op fotoreis naar India! Om niet helemaal onbekend aan te komen heb ik wat info verzameld over de plaatsen die wij gaan bezoeken tijdens de fototrip. India was niet echt...
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Spanje is zoals een brug tussen Afrika en Europa. Vogels die uit het westen en het centrum van Europa komen en die naar West-Afrika vliegen gebruiken verschillende routes en die gaan zowel door he...
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Uganda staat bekend om de vele wildparken. Deze wildparken bestaan grotendeels uit tropisch regenwoud en is de leefruimte van o.a. olifanten, buffels, nijlpaarden, giraffen, nijlpaarden en chimpan...

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Vroeg uit veren vandaag want we hadden al om 06:10 afgesproken op een parkeerplaats in Kalmthout waarna Glenn ons zou brengen naar de hut voor de uilensessie in de ochtend. De uilensessie duurde t...
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Vandaag naar de multisoortenhut 1 van Glenn Vermeersch geweest in Kalmthout. Het was mooi weer en beloofde een mooie dag te worden. In vergelijking met een aantal jaar geleden was de hut goed verb...
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Voor de eerste keer met fotomaat Jeroen naar hut 8 van Glenn Vermeersch geweest. Het was erg vroeg opstaan deze keer, tenminste dat dacht ik. Ik was in de veronderstelling dat de rit naar Kalmthou...
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​Van het weekend naar Schuilhut Drunen geweest en voor mij alweer de 3de keer dat ik er geweest ben Deze hut is een van mijn favoriete fotohutten gelegen op een mooie locatie met prachtige ac...
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Vandaag met fotovrienden boshut Lichtenberg van Arjan Troost bezocht. Het was vroeg opstaan (05:15!) om toch nog enigszins bijtijds in de hut te zijn. Het was voor mij de eerste keer dat ik deze v...
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Vandaag met fotovrienden Jochem en Jeroen naar vogelhuis Oosterhout geweest. Het was een regenachtige dag, koud, niet zo best licht dus een flinke uitdaging met de ISO's en sluitertijden om toch n...

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