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Winter Waterfowl Assignment Winner Gene Nemeth

Congratulations to Gene Nemeth for winning the Winter Waterfowl Assignment with the image, “Synchronized.”

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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Behind The Shot: Bison In Snow

Behind The Shot: Bison In Snow

Photo By Albert Wollerton

I first visited Yellowstone National Park in the fall of 1969, four months after returning from Vietnam. I had a Beseler Topcon 35mm SLR film camera, but I wouldn’t have called myself a photographer. A friend and I backpacked into the mountains of Yellowstone’s Beartooth Pass, and while I came back with some nice images, I always wanted to go back to see more of the park.

It was not until January 2017 that I made it back to Yellowstone, almost 50 years after my first visit. I was traveling in Yellowstone with five other members of the National Photography Enthusiasts Group (NPEG). The group’s members around the country hold and lead “Groupshoots” in areas where they’re familiar with the photo opportunities. NPEG’s founder, based in Bozeman, Montana, hosted this Groupshoot. The park was beautiful and very different in the winter, offering a whole new perspective of the wildlife with a lot less people.

The six of us spent the first few days driving around Lamar Valley near the park’s northeast entrance. Lamar Valley is known for its wildlife, and we saw foxes, moose, elk and bison. I really wanted to get a shot of a bison covered in snow, and while we had seen several, I didn’t have that one really memorable image yet.

On January 26, six days into the trip, we took a snow coach into areas closed off to cars due to the heavy snow. Working our way through a lot of pullouts close to the Madison River, we stopped to see what might be around. It was 8 degrees Fahrenheit out and serene with no wind, and we spent quite a bit of time in this spot. I eventually spotted this bison lying behind a snowbank, his face covered with snow and framed with some trees.

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Photo Of The Day By Joanna Proffitt

Photo Of The Day By Joanna Proffitt

Photo By Joanna Proffitt

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Wanderings” by Joanna Proffitt. Location: Flagstaff, Arizona.

“Using intentional camera movement, I created this abstract photograph that invites the viewer to appreciate the forest landscape in a new way,” says Proffitt.

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 74: Documentary Photography

reCOMPOSE Podcast 74: Documentary Photography

In this episode of reCOMPOSE, Andy and Marc talk to photographer B. D. Colen about situational photography. They discuss what influenced his career and how it affected his personal work and the lessons he gives while teaching photography.

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Exploring The Outer Banks With The Fujifilm GFX 100

Exploring The Outer Banks With The Fujifilm GFX 100

Mirrorless medium format cameras like the Hasselblad X1D II and Fujifilm’s GFX series offer landscape photographers the stunning image quality of a medium format sensor in bodies that are relatively compact, field-ready and easy to handle.

Frame from 4K video captured by Dave Pardue with the Fujifilm GFX 100.

Dave Pardue at our network site Imaging Resource took the Fujifilm GFX 100 to the Outer Banks of North Carolina back in January to give it a hands-on test. Pardue found a lot to like about the camera, which features 100-megapixel resolution and in-body image stabilization—the first medium format camera to offer this. “There’s really nothing like the GFX 100 anywhere near this price,” Pardue concludes.

Imaging Resource gave the Fujifilm GFX 100 a rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 in its review. Check out the review on the Imaging Resource website for an in-depth discussion of the camera’s features plus a hands-on walkthrough video.

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Photo Of The Day By Nick Paoni

Photo Of The Day By Nick Paoni

Photo By Nick Paoni 

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Sunset Sets” by Nick Paoni. Location: Seaside, Cardiff State Beach, California.

“I really enjoy shooting waves at sunset,” says Paoni. “For this shot, I used intentional camera movement to smooth the ocean and produce an artistic effect. It took a lot of tries and patience, but I finally found just the right sequence of swells coming towards the beach to get this triplet set. The images were captured at Seaside, Cardiff State Beach, California.”

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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COVID-19 And The National Parks: Should The Parks Be Closed?

COVID-19 And The National Parks: Should The Parks Be Closed?

The Daily Beast’s Miranda Green reported that a park employee at Lyndon B. Johnson Historic Park in Texas sent a staff-wide email demanding park closures. Photo credit: NPS/Cynthia Dorminey.

We love our national parks, and as we all grapple with adjusting to staying at home, away from public places and gatherings, the idea of wide-open wild places is incredibly appealing for many of us. But even if our national parks have ample room for “social distancing,” keeping them open is an enticement to ignore “stay at home” orders. More importantly, it puts park rangers and staff unnecessarily in harm’s way.

The Daily Beast’s Miranda Green today reported that many of the National Park Service’s rangers and employees are growing impatient with the leadership at NPS and the Interior Department, and urging closure of the parks. One park employee sent a staff-wide email demanding park closures in an act of insubordination that reportedly resulted in his email account being suspended, at least for now. Another park’s Human Resources employee resigned over NPS response to COVID-19.

Green reports that currently, the majority of national parks are open, and that leadership has been inconsistent in policy response. Park supervisors have been given the discretion to close individual parks, but park entrance fees have been temporarily waved in an apparent encouragement for the public to visit. Currently atop the NPS website homepage is an advisory that states, in part: “The National Park Service is modifying its operations on a park-by-park basis in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities. While most facilities and events are closed or canceled, many of our outdoor spaces remain accessible to the public.”

Green notes that at least seven employees have tested positive for the virus. Her article, “National Park Staff Revolts, Says Shut Them Down,” is worth a read, providing an overview of the tensions between employees and administrators and circumstances on the ground at several of our national parks.

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Photo Of The Day By Saniapenkar

Photo Of The Day By Saniapenkar

Photo By Saniapenkar

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Balance” by Saniapenkar.

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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Photos Of The Day For March 2020

Did you miss a Photo Of The Day last month? View all of March’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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The Future of Nature Photography

The Future of Nature Photography

What does the future hold for nature photographers—their equipment, techniques, approaches, output, influence and access to nature subjects themselves? Here are perspectives from two Outdoor Photographer contributors, long-time columnist and nature photography icon George D. Lepp, and Aaron Baggenstos, award-winning nature and wildlife photographer and photo tour leader.

As photographers, we can make a continuing commitment to conservation. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya is an example of a location where visitors can interact with orphaned wildlife and make a difference through their entrance fees and donations. Supporting such organizations will ensure images like these silhouetted Masai giraffes are possible for many future generations to come. Photo by Aaron Baggenstos.

Kathryn Vincent Lepp: DSLRs replaced film SLRs quicker than we expected. Will the same hold true as better mirrorless cameras are introduced?

George D. Lepp: Back in the early days of my career—I’ve been at it for more than 50 years—new camera bodies came along approximately every seven or eight years, a new lens occasionally, and even new film every now and then. The digital revolution changed all that. Now camera bodies and lenses are upgraded every three to four years, but markets are declining for DSLRs and especially compacts. This suggests that development and production may slow a bit in the near future.

I do expect a wholesale move to mirrorless, but with an emphasis on video, which in my opinion is where the field is moving. The ability to extract high-resolution frames from video captures is, to me, the biggest game changer affecting how we capture and how we produce our still photography.

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Photo Of The Day By Garry Everett

Photo Of The Day By Garry Everett

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Liquid Light” by Garry Everett. Location: Yosemite Valley, California.

“Early-morning light on the Merced River with dogwoods in bloom,” describes Garry Everett.

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 Jessica Nelson

Photo Of The Day By Jessica Nelson

Photo By Jessica Nelson

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Tetons” by Jessica Nelson. Location: Moose, Wyoming.

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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6 Creative Macro Background Tips

6 Creative Macro Background Tips

I primarily photograph wildlife. This means I seldom work in a controlled environment. I love the challenge of capturing subjects in natural light, in their own environment and on their terms. But when it comes to flowers, which don’t move, and some insects that have been raised under controlled conditions, I sometimes succumb and take charge of the entire shoot: lighting, background and positioning of them.

Since many of us have a little more free time on our hands these days, there’s never been a better time to find some macro subjects in your own backyard. Here are six macro background tips and tricks.

Artificial Background Materials

I often use an artificial background, which is simply a sheet of colored or hand-painted cardboard. I usually use a sheet of black oaktag, but when I want a more natural look, I use one that’s solid green or one that I’ve painted a mottled green.

Illuminating With Flash

My main lights are flash and I incorporate anywhere from two to four units. If the background piece is a solid color, its placement isn’t as critical. If I use my hand-painted mottled version, I place it out of the range of focus of the aperture at which I make the photo. I do this so the mottling on the cardboard appears to blend together in a soft and pleasant way.

Flash To Control Light

I use flash as it gives me full control of the light. I can individually adjust the output of each, so if I want to provide a highlight on one side of the subject, I simply increase the power of the flash on that side. As a result, I can produce any light ratio I desire. I always use one flash on the right side of my subject and another on the left. If I power them evenly, it gives the appearance of even wraparound light. If I increase the power of one and base my aperture on its given output, I create the look of a stronger light source coming from either the right or left. I base this on my desired composition and the effect I want in the end. 

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Photo Of The Day By Marcel Fagin

Photo Of The Day By Marcel Fagin

Photo By Marcel Fagin

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “White Rhino Family” by Marcel Fagin. Location: South Africa.

“A rhino family grazes in the morning,” describes Fagin, who shot the image with an iPhone 8.

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 Stan Bysshe

Photo Of The Day By Stan Bysshe

Photo By Stan Bysshe

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Blue Wave” by Stan Bysshe. Location: Curacao.

Nikon D2Xs, 10-17mm Tokina fish-eye lens, Aquatica housing, INON strobes. Exposure: 1/125 sec., f/8, ISO 100.

“A large school of bogas pass over a Caribbean reef,” describes Bysshe.

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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2019 Great Outdoors Photo Contest Finalists

We received more than 600 submissions to the 2019 Great Outdoors Photo Contest. The contest drew an exceptional selection of images, making the judges’ job quite difficult, and now we’re happy to present the 22 finalist images in this slideshow.

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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 “Contending Rivals” by Linn Smith. Location: Oviedo, Florida.

“Vying for territory, a great egret and great blue heron come close to colliding with one another in seeking to get a choice spot on a marsh in Lake Jessup,” describes Smith.

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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Canon EOS 90D Review For Nature And Wildlife

Canon EOS 90D Review For Nature And Wildlife

Every photographer views new products in personal terms: How will this camera, lens or accessory help me to achieve my photographic goals? When you’ve worked in the business as long as I have, each new photographic tool is also evaluated in the context of its predecessors and, to a lesser extent, the possibilities of the future. That is, how does this equipment meet, advance or disrupt the technological trends?

Great Catch. A river otter enjoys a catfish among the cattails edging a lake in Central Oregon. To capture this portrait from the opposite shore with the EOS 90D, Lepp used an EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM lens with an Extender EF 2x III (1200mm), achieving an angle of view of 1920mm with the 1.6x crop factor of the camera’s APS-C sensor. Exposure: 1/250 sec., ƒ/11, ISO 1600.

When it comes to camera bodies, whether DSLR or mirrorless, our current expectations are that new models will offer improved sensitivity, accuracy and speed along with high-resolution video capture and in-camera functions such as focus and exposure bracketing. How does Canon’s new mid-range DSLR, the EOS 90D, stack up to its predecessors and the standards of the moment?

While Canon places the EOS 90D as the linear successor to the 80D, it might also be seen as an upgrade to the professional-level EOS 7D Mark II, which I purchased when it was introduced in late 2014. Fast, at 10 fps, and with an improved autofocus system, the 7D Mark II also captures video in full HD at 60 fps. The 20.2 megapixel APS-C sensor offers a useful 1.6x crop factor, but it’s relatively small, so not as capable at higher ISOs. In 2016, I transitioned to the high-end, 20.2-megapixel full-frame EOS-1D X Mark II, with superb high ISO quality, but I missed the 7D Mark II’s crop factor for when I really needed telephoto reach.

Am I ever satisfied? No, but I’ve hoped for another APS-C camera that improves on the EOS 7D Mark II. In the EOS 90D, Canon combined and upgraded the best features of the 7D Mark II and the 80D, then added 4K video capability, 120 fps full HD video and in-camera focus bracketing. The EOS 90D promises excellent image quality at 1600 ISO, and the APS-C sensor has 32.5 megapixels of resolution.

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Motion Blur Assignment Winner Terrence Trevias

Congratulations to Terrence Trevias for winning the recent Motion Blur Assignment with the image, “In A Hurry.”

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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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 “Frosted Ridge” by Gary Sherman. Location: New Hampshire.

See more of Gary Sherman’s photography at garyshermanphotography.smugmug.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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