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Jul
26

Photo Of The Day By Nam Hui Cho

Photo Of The Day By Nam Hui Cho

Photo By Nam Hui Cho

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Spirit Undersurface” by Nam Hui Cho.

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
26

Create Abstract Images

Create Abstract Images

In every art form, specific connections can be made between real life and the given medium. A connection is a great way to get an artist fired up to pick up a camera, grab a paintbrush, ignite the welder or head to the studio. Some connections are triggered by thoughts, words, emotions, feelings, an incident that occurs, etc. I often make a connection when a specific word pops into my head and think, “How can I capture that word in a still photograph?” As I walked to the mailbox today, I glanced at each neighbor’s landscaping. Upon seeing a section of yard, immediately the word abstract crossed my mind when I looked more closely at a specific section of each garden. That’s it, the next Tip of the Week topic: abstract images — a connection was made!

What can I do with the word abstracts when it comes to photography? Strategies that immediately came to mind are zoom in, isolate, do some macro, find the picture within the picture, create a dreamy effect, get lost in post-processing, etc. As I walked from the mailbox back to my home, I made another connection to some psychology classes I took many years ago. I started to view everything as if it were a giant Rorschach test. I looked past the reality of every subject and tried to think of ways I could portray it to get past its reality.

The beauty of creating abstract images is it doesn’t matter whether I start with a large subject and extract a small section or begin with a macro subject and get even closer—the goal is the same. Create an image where a piece of the whole is as powerful, if not more so, than an image of the entire subject.

Abstracts can be powerful on many different levels. Some abstract images are easily discernible but still qualify as they’re a deviation from the reality of an obvious overall scene. For instance, if you photograph a reflected mountain in a still lake, since it’s upside down and appears in a body of water, it qualifies as an abstraction of the overall scene. Throw a stone into the water to create ripples to bring it to the next level. Add a soft-focus filter to continue the progression.

It’s fun to watch the faces of people as they view a series of abstract images. When a conversation is initiated, it starts with, “So what do you think this is?” If there’s silence, I can see the wheels turn inside the minds of the viewers as they conjure up their thoughts. This is very powerful as it compels the viewer to study the photograph for a longer period of time and gets them thinking about your work. With a subject that’s easily identifiable, a quick viewing is often all that’s necessary to communicate why an image was made. But with abstract images, it requires an actual thought process to synthesize the subject. The longer a photographer can get someone to view their work, the greater the possibility the photographer’s name will be remembered.

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Jul
25

Photo Of The Day By Randy Traynor

Photo Of The Day By Randy Traynor

Photo By Randy Traynor

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge” by Randy Traynor. Location: St. Marks, Florida.

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
24

Photo Of The Day By Kristen Ryan

Photo Of The Day By Kristen Ryan

Photo By Kristen Ryan

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Moody Tetons” by Kristen Ryan. Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

“A gorgeous morning in the Tetons becomes stormy within a couple of hours,” explains Ryan. “I loved the way the brighter clouds hung above the Grand as a little sun peeked through from the east.”

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
23

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 “Milford Sound Morning” by Kathleen Wasselle Croft. Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand.

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
22

Last Frame: There’s Something On My Foot, Isn’t There?

Last Frame: There’s Something On My Foot, Isn’t There?

Photo By Donnell Allen

“Watching these small burrowing owls is entertaining, and photographing them is a fun challenge,” says Donnell Allen. “I sat in my car for over two hours watching and photographing this particular owl flying around hunting bugs and looking for the perfect abandoned prairie dog hole for him and his mate.

“After eating his fill of bugs, he flew in with this mud clod attached to his claws on one foot. He would drop it, pick it back up, fly it to another spot and repeat. It seemed like he was playing with a toy. His expressions were comical, and I couldn’t help laughing out loud as I was shooting. This shot was one of my favorites as he was looking directly at me, daring me to take his picture. Definitely an enjoyable early morning spent photographing an incredible little creature.”

See more of Donnell Allen’s work at donnellallen.myportfolio.com.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 at 600mm. Exposure: 1/2500 sec., ƒ/7.1, ISO 500.

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Jul
22

Photo Of The Day By Troy Harrison

Photo Of The Day By Troy Harrison

Photo By Troy Harrison

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Mirror, Mirror” by Troy Harrison. Location: Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Southwest Florida.

“A little blue heron and a fan of reed grasses are perfectly reflected in the still morning waters of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge,” describes Harrison.

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
21

Liquid Landscapes Assignment Winner Harry Lichtman

Congratulations to Harry Lichtman for winning the recent Liquid Landscapes Assignment with the image, “Rundle Awakens.” See more of Lichtman’s photography at www.harrylichtman.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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Jul
21

Photo Of The Day By Rebecca Wilks

Photo Of The Day By Rebecca Wilks

Photo By Rebecca Wilks

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Monumental” by Rebecca Wilks. Location: Monument Valley, Arizona.

“Monument Valley from Hunt’s Mesa,” describes Wilks. “I rarely emphasize the sky there, but this was a special night.”

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
20

Chasing Wildcats

Chasing Wildcats

The University of California Santa Cruz sits nestled amongst towering redwood trees, flanked by maritime chaparral, oak savannas and coastal wetlands teeming with life. It was here, while falling in love with the rich biodiversity of this place, that I began my career in conservation photography. In the classroom, I studied how animal behavior is shaped by ecology and evolution. Outside the classroom, I spent my days searching for salamanders and photographing habituated deer browsing the manicured bushes of the dorms.

An almost fully grown bobcat kitten I named Henry scents the air for his mother, who was hunting gophers just on the other side of the hill in Santa Cruz, California.

The meadows surrounding the school are prime habitat for bobcats, and what began as mere interest quickly became an obsession. Tracking became my college sport. Sunrise would find me searching for signs of Lynx rufus throughout the Great Meadow, determined to outsmart camouflage with observation.

After a few brief glimpses of that elegant, long-legged combination of confidence and nonchalance wandering into the woodland’s edge, I finally met a pair of cats that would give me a generous window into their lives. One day on the way home from school, I spied a female bobcat in a meadow hunting for gophers among the short, green grass. By this time, I had started learning how to read cat behavior. As she hunted, ears perked, eyes focused on a single spot, I was able to approach within 30 yards and saw she was joined by her almost fully grown kitten, who I named Henry.

Henry watched quietly, learning how to listen for gophers, how to leap for the catch and, finally, how to dispatch the prey. My 100-400mm lens shook in my hands as adrenaline free-flowed through my body—a reaction I’ve learned to control with time and experience but which rendered most of my shots of that day unusable. Nevertheless, I returned to the spot every day for the next two weeks.

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Jul
20

Photo Of The Day By Steve Hirsch

Photo Of The Day By Steve Hirsch

Photo By Steve Hirsch

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Murawai Beach” by Steve Hirsch. Location: Muriwai, New Zealand.

“On the west coast of the northern island of New Zealand is a famous beach for surfers, birders and photographers,” says Hirsch. “Murawai never disappoints for a fabulous sunset.”

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
19

Photo Of The Day By Garry Everett

Photo Of The Day By Garry Everett

Photo By Garry Everett

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Storm Light” by Garry Everett. Location: Mammoth Lakes, California.

“Getting lingering summer storm clouds over the Eastern Sierras in the sunrise light is a little unusual,” says Everett. “This image captures the first light hitting the mountain range as the storm clouds above provide some color as they are under lit by the rising sun.”

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
19

Photographing People In The Landscape

Photographing People In The Landscape

Many photographers’ early work started with making snapshots of people. Whether it was of friends, family or strangers on the street, it’s what got them started. Then travel photography became important. Then it was time to add gorgeous landscapes to their repertoire. To relive the memories of the experience with your travel mates and loved ones, people were added to scenics. Don’t include a person just for the sake of convenience. The placement of the person is critical if you want to proudly hang the image on a wall. When photographing people in the landscape, follow these tips to get better pictures while you simultaneously create art.

When one travels to brand-new scenic locations, it presents photographic challenges to come home with great images of the environment. What time does the sun rise? What time does it set? In which direction do the primary topographic features align with the angle of the sun? Answering these questions is critical. When you arrive at your destination, the first step is do your homework so you’ll know what to expect. Not doing so will lead to frustration and a waste of precious time since vacations have a set number of days.

Show The Environment When Photographing People

The purpose of this type of image is to capture the person in his or her surroundings to show the feel of the location. I liken this to an actor in an Oscar-winning setting. First and foremost, I look for “the perfect stage” and simply wait for the actor to appear. Oftentimes, finding the location is the more difficult challenge. Explore your locations to seek a setting that exemplifies what the area is all about. Once it’s found, wait patiently for the actors. This means the clothing is appropriate, the person symbolizes the country, the person walks into the proper location to create a great composition and the light is right for the scene. When all this comes together, press the shutter. Your patience will be rewarded with an image about which you’ll feel proud.

Show Eye Contact When Photographing People

For the times you get close to your subjects, have them make eye contact with the camera. This nets an image that makes a connection with the viewer of the photograph. A feeling of friendliness is conveyed when a large grin is displayed. Let the setting dictate the “feel” of the expression you request. A hard or stern, serious look can also work. Both are powerful and exude personality. Let the look be determined by each given circumstance so both the photographer and subject feel comfortable.

Alternatively, there are times when it’s more effective to not have your subject make eye contact as you want to depict a look that says “stand off.” Work with your subject to achieve the effect you want as a final result. When traveling in the U.S. and other countries where, for the most part, photography is accepted, to have the subject make eye contact is easy. But this may not be so in other countries around the world. In some cultures, there exists a belief that if a photograph is made of a person, part of their soul is taken away. This makes establishing eye contact very difficult. Respect the individuality of the people of the country in which you travel and work within these limitations.

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Jul
18

Photo Of The Day By Philip Kuntz

Photo Of The Day By Philip Kuntz

Photo By Philip Kuntz

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Sawtooth Sunrise Splendor” by Philip Kuntz. Location: Idaho.

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
17

Photo Of The Day By Jeff Nigro

Photo Of The Day By Jeff Nigro

Photo By Jeff Nigro

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Ruby Beach” by Jeff Nigro. Location: Olympic National Park, Washington.

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
16

Behind The Shot: Lobospheres

Behind The Shot: Lobospheres

Photo By David Ellis

When I was in high school, I was hanging out at a friend’s house and picked up a copy of color photography pioneer Ernst Haas’s The Creation that was sitting on a coffee table. Until that moment, photographs for me were those stiff representations of forced family events, but Haas’ sense of light, color and texture, as well as his clever abstractions of ordinary things, was a revelation. “You can do that with a camera,” I marveled. Little did I know that Haas would inform my photographic journey for decades to come.

Living in California, I’ve photographed the northern coastline dozens of times. The place I keep going back to is Weston Beach at Point Lobos, a windswept state reserve a few miles south of Carmel on Pacific Coast Highway. When you step onto that crescent of striated granite and sandstone, you’re walking in the footsteps of giants. Everywhere you turn, you see the contours and reflections of Edward, Brett and Cole Weston’s luminous masterworks.

About 10 years ago, I started to see Weston Beach a bit differently. It was a crisp, sparkling morning with an extremely low tide. As I scrambled over the slippery rocks, a chorus of faces, mini-landscapes and mythical creatures emerged. It was impossible to “unsee” them. Subliminally channeling Haas, I began photographing them in vivid color. I visualized this particular image as a self-contained impressionist landscape. It is one of more than 100 photographs that comprise “Lobospheres,” a project I’ve been working on for more than a decade.

Technically, I like to keep things simple. Over the years, I’ve used many cameras and formats for “Lobospheres,” from medium format film to Micro Four Thirds, but always shot hand-held and in available light. I’ve found that the diffused light is best for minimizing reflections and revealing the saturated colors that make these images so rich. This image was made mid-afternoon in hazy sunlight. The final file was lightly processed in Lightroom, with minor color and contrast enhancements.

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Jul
16

Photo Of The Day By Yvonne Baur

Photo Of The Day By Yvonne Baur

Photo By Yvonne Baur

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Last Lava Sunrise” by Yvonne Baur. Location: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.

“When I headed out that morning to shoot the lava flow high on a cliff just outside Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, I didn’t know that it would be the last time I’d see the 61g lava flow,” explains Baur. “It was the end of April 2018 and the flow had retreated high on the Pali, so it involved a long hike to get there. I started at 4 a.m. and did the roughly 5.5 miles trek in the dark. My hope was to be next to the surface flow around sunrise. The flow had retreated an additional mile since the day before, so I had to hurry up the steep cliff to be there on time. I made it just in time and enjoyed an insane sunrise at the lava with nothing else around me but shallow earthquakes every few minutes. Just a few days later the area was shut down due to increased seismic activity, and soon after, the eruption in Leilani Estates, which was my old neighborhood, happened. I’m glad I had that one more trip out to the lava and it didn’t disappoint at all.”

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
15

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 “Valley of Nightmares” by David Shield. Location: Ah Shi Sle Pah Wilderness Study Area, New Mexico.

“When I planned to visit and photograph this area commonly known as the Valley of Dreams, I had no idea that spending the night here would be more challenging than getting to this particular viewpoint,” says Shield. “Access to the trailhead is via a series of unmaintained roads, and once the trailhead is reached, there’s no actual trail into this wilderness area. Storm clouds quickly rushed over the Valley of Dreams during sunset, not only leaving this moody scene but also resulting in a fairly wet first part of the night and a camping experience that included not a single moment of sleep. At the end of it all, this was still one of my most memorable photography adventures.”

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

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Jul
14

The American Landscape 2021 Contest Finalists

The American Landscape photo contest celebrates the incredible beauty and diversity of America’s wild places. This year the contest received more that 1,300 entries, and we’re pleased to present to you the finalists in the slideshow below. The winners will be selected soon—follow us on social media to be among the first to know when they’re announced.

Our 2021 Wildlife photo contest is accepting entries now through August 10, 2021. Enter your best wildlife photographs today for a chance to win exciting prizes and be published in Outdoor Photographer magazine.

[See image gallery at www.outdoorphotographer.com]

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Jul
14

Photo Of The Day By Rebecca Wilks

Photo Of The Day By Rebecca Wilks

Photo By Rebecca Wilks

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Torpedo” by Rebecca Wilks.

“A house finch, going about his business, shot from a blind,” describes Wilks.

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, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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