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Photo Of The Day By Marti Phillips

Photo By Marti Phillips

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Marmolada” by Marti Phillips. Location: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

“Sunrise on Marmolada as seen from Refugio Lagazuoi, just a week before a large serac on the mountain collapsed due to warming temperatures, killing eleven and injuring eight hikers,” explains Phillips.

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Photo Of The Day By Debbie O’Dell

Photo By Debbie O’Dell

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Bull Elk” by Debbie O’Dell. Location: Park City, Utah.

“This bull elk walked out from behind the colorful scrub oak and gave me a quick look!” says O’Dell.

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High Falls Of The Pigeon River

High Falls of the Pigeon River sits on the border of Minnesota and Ontario, Canada, and is the tallest waterfall in Minnesota at 120 feet. The waterfall can be reached by hiking an easy 1-mile trail from the visitor center at Grand Portage State Park. The park is day-use only, but several other state parks along Lake Superior offer camping year-round. With numerous hiking trails, lakes, rivers, beaches and forests spanning the 150-mile shoreline, the North Shore of Lake Superior provides endless photographic opportunities.

Weather At Grand Portage State Park

Northern Minnesota experiences significant weather changes each season. In winter, it’s not unusual to experience several days of temperatures below zero, along with snowstorms and windy conditions in the area surrounding High Falls. Spring is relatively mild with temperatures in the 30s to 50s. Summer heat is tempered by the proximity to Lake Superior, which can keep temperatures 5 to 10 degrees cooler than farther inland. Autumn has the highest average precipitation levels but also brings a decrease in mosquitoes due to the first freezes of the year.

Photo Experience

High Falls is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Minnesota. The North Shore area of Lake Superior is known for its rocky and rugged terrain, and High Falls is no exception. At the end of the boardwalk trail, there’s a platform that offers unobstructed views of the falls. The foreground foliage nicely frames the falls while the mixed forest of evergreen and broadleaf trees rises above the falls on both sides of the river.

Overcast days offer the best chance at photographing the falls without harsh contrast, but since the waterfall faces east, sunset is also a great time to shoot. In the early morning, spray from the falls can create rainbows, which are a nice complement to the scene. I recommend using a wide angle to capture the falls and surrounding forest, but telephoto lenses can also be used to capture the intimate details of the water cascading down the rock ledges. With abundant foliage and water, a polarizer filter is a must. 

Best Times to Visit High Falls

Each season offers quite different conditions at High Falls. The first snow of winter is an amazing time to visit, with a blanket of white on the trees surrounding the unfrozen falls. Later in winter, the entire falls freezes, which makes it look like a gigantic ice sculpture. Perhaps the most photogenic time of year is autumn, when the surrounding foliage bursts with color, and the water flow is detailed and nuanced. Autumn is the busiest season on Minnesota’s North Shore, so it’s best to arrive early in the morning or near sunset to avoid the crowds at this time of year.

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Photo Of The Day By Bob Faucher

Photo By Bob Faucher

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Against the Odds” by Bob Faucher. Location: Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon.

“A solitary cottonwood dons its striking autumn colors, highlighted by afternoon sun, at the edge of a drab forest of black spruce in Yukon,” describes Faucher. 

EF 70-200mm @ 130mm. Exposure: 0.4 sec., f/22, ISO 100.

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Photo Of The Day By Bob Larson

Photo by Bob Larson

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Intimidation” by Bob Larson. Location: Prescott, Arizona.

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Beautiful Bokeh Assignment Winner Troy Harrison

Congratulations to Troy Harrison for winning the recent Beautiful Bokeh Assignment with the image, “Tangled Up in Blue Herons.”

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

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Fall For The Wild

Fall ushers in new frontiers for wildlife photography. The shortening of the days profoundly affects both plants and animals, and there’s a sense of quickening to everything, an urgency in the air that’s contagious. Fall wildlife photography provides perhaps the best opportunity to show the connection between animals and their habitats in colorful, vivid ways.

A great gray owl hunts in shade against a backdrop of sunlit fall foliage in Wilson, Wyoming.

It’s a crucial season for wildlife in North America. Animals are either preparing for migration with its host of challenges or hunkering down in place for winter and the lean, hard times that season inevitably means for any creature that lives outdoors 100 percent of the time. Blue jays and squirrels are busily gathering and stashing acorns, migrating warblers are alternately resting and frenzy feeding before continuing for thousands of miles to their wintering grounds. Though birds and many animals are done raising families until the spring, autumn means mating season for some ungulates such as elk and moose. The young of many species, like foxes, are dispersing from their families and learning to survive on their own.

Finding Your Subject

Bull moose in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

This fall, consider investing time in photographing a particular species that interests you. I firmly believe that spending deep time with one species is the best way to come away with unique and powerful images. Of course, this may mean traveling to a place where that species can readily be seen, such as moose in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming; the elk of Benezette, Pennsylvania; or the black bears of Albemarle Peninsula, North Carolina.

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Photo Of The Day By Jeff Harshaw

Photo By Jeff Harshaw

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Singing In The Rain” by Jeff Harshaw. Location: Colorado.

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Fall Foliage Photo Tips

Autumn color is right around the corner. Given the latitude and/or height above sea level at which you dwell, it’s time to dust off your photo gear, jump in the car and enrich your foliage portfolio. Oceans of varying hues of green will soon give way to blazing warm-colored leaves and golden grasses. The green that dominated summer will pass its monochromatic baton to autumn’s blaze. For image makers who love color, it’s a glorious time. Be it a grand landscape or a lonely fallen leaf, there’s a plethora of subject matter. Incorporate all or a combination of the following fall foliage photo tips to impress your friends, family or coworkers with your photo magic.

Include Wildlife

If you’re a regular reader of my weekly tips, you’re familiar with one of my favorite expressions, “The background is equally as important as the subject.” A fantastic subject shot against a busy background nets a busy image. A fantastic subject shot against a fantastic background produces a winner. A clean fall background can be a fantastic backdrop for a wildlife subject. Look for situations where the background can be thrown out of focus into a wash of color. Seek out the angle where the animal is surrounded by warmth. Look for a situation where the color of the animal harmonizes with the backdrop. Be aware how the light on the animal plays against the light on the background. Each of these factors will make or break the image.

Control Depth Of Field

In some situations, it’s better to have an out-of-focus background that’s a wash of color that complements the subject. On the other hand, foreground to background sharpness often works better for the grand autumn landscape. The recipe for the out-of-focus scenario includes a long lens, a wide-open aperture and a subject that has separation. The recipe for the everything-in-focus image includes a wide-angle lens, a small lens opening and the use of the hyperfocal setting on your lens to maximize sharpness throughout.

Isolate Details

Most photographers tend to photograph the grand autumn landscape. A sweeping vista of maple covered New England mountains, huge stands of aspens blanketing the Rockies and the sprawling red tundra of the high country are fantastic subjects. But contained within any of these scenarios, as you walk from composition to composition, enable your “telephoto eyes.” Rather than stare at just the expanse before you, look down at the intimate details on the ground or at eye level. Look up at just a few majestically colored branches juxtaposed against a clear autumn blue sky. Quite often, the quintessential fall photograph is above or below your line of vision. Don’t overlook the possibility of capturing an autumn slice-of-life image. Break out the macro and fire away.

Get Down Low

A magnitude of fall foliage images are made with the camera placed atop a fully extended tripod at the photographer’s eye level. More thought needs to go into creating an image made from a unique perspective. To make yours different, get down low to the ground. If a forest floor is blanketed with a layer of fallen leaves, get down to ground level and use the leaves as a foreground. If your kids are playing in a pile of leaves, lay on the ground to tell the story of what’s going on.

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Photo Of The Day By Rom Savage

Photo By Rom Savage

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Pines” by Rom Savage. Location: Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming.

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Photo Of The Day By Kevin King

Photo By Kevin King

Today’s Photo of the Day is “After the Squall” by Kevin King. Location: Yukon, Northwestern Canada.

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Photo Of The Day By Rick Dunnahoo

Photo By Rick Dunnahoo

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Lost Lake Cloudy Dawn” by Rick Dunnahoo. Location: Crested Butte, Colorado.

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Summer Sunrises And Sunsets Assignment Winner James Day

Congratulations to James Day for winning the recent Summer Sunrises & Sunsets Assignment with the image, “Agathla Peak.” This image was taken near Monument Valley, Arizona. See more of Day’s photography at www.jdaypix.com.

View the winning image and a selection of submissions 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 Derek Peckenpaugh

Photo By Derek Peckenpaugh

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Cherohala Skyway” by Derek Peckenpaugh. Location: Tennessee.

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The Best Camera Backpack For Nature Photography

Considering the time and expense outdoor photographers invest in building a system of cameras, lenses and accessories, how that equipment is carried in the field shouldn’t be an afterthought. A photo backpack needs to be comfortable all day, provide durable protection and allow instant access to the gear you need so you can respond quickly to the scene. The new K&F CONCEPT Alpha Backpack 25L is not only stylish, it’s comfortable, incredibly versatile and highly configurable to suit your unique needs.

Key Features For Photography Backpacks

When choosing a photo backpack, there are several important features to consider. While a photo backpack may look like a typical backpack from the outside, the differences are immediately evident once you peer inside.

Front and side access panels provide immediate access to the main compartment.

Convenient Access To Your Camera & Accessories

Conditions often change rapidly in the field, and you can miss a great shot if you’re fumbling with your equipment. Among the most important features to look for in a photo backpack is a design that allows you to quickly retrieve the gear you need. The K&F CONCEPT Alpha Backpack 25L includes multiple access points to ensure that you can get to a lens or accessory swiftly.

The pack provides a spacious main compartment that’s accessible from the front and either side, as well as a top compartment where you can store additional photo gear or personal items. Plus, Alpha’s pockets are secured with waterproof zippers to help safeguard your gear from an unexpected shower.

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Photo of the Day By Holly Jansen

Photo By Holly Jansen

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Twin Lakes Sunset” by Holly Jansen. Location: Mammoth Lakes, California.

“Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes area of the Eastern Sierra is beautiful and pristine, especially early morning and late evening,” explains Jansen. “We visit this area frequently, but this time there were only a few clouds in the sky except for this one evening.”

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Photo Of The Day By Bill Sisson

Photo By Bill Sisson

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Secret Beach” by Bill Sisson. Location: Oregon.

“Secret Beach in Oregon is not secret, but it’s not easy to find,” explains Sisson. “A short, steep hike down to this beach brings you to one of the prettiest places on the Oregon coast. I have been here at various times of day and night, trying to photograph the scene with different light and compositions. And I have been dissatisfied with most of the images because of the lighting and composition. I liked this image, however, because the diffuse side lighting helped bring out textures in the rock faces and reduce the strong contrasts that can appear in this scene. I used a 2.5 second exposure to blur the waves and surf some.”

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Nikon Introduces NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8

NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8

Nikon today announced a new full-frame wide zoom for its Z mirrorless system, the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8. The new lens will be available in October 2022 with a list price of $1,199.

The price is one of the key specifications of this lens. Nikon already offers a constant ƒ/2.8 wide zoom, the highly regarded NIKKOR Z 14-24mm F/2.8 S, but as a premium S line lens, it retails for $2,499. The new NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8 gives Z system photographers a more affordable fast aperture wide zoom option.

For landscape compositions with close-up foreground elements, the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8 can focus as close as 7.6 inches at the wide end of the zoom range and 10.3 at the tele end; that’s actually better than the 14-24mm’s 11 inches. It’s also lighter than the 14-24mm F/2.8 by about 30 percent and an inch shorter at 4 inches in length.

Weather sealing locations of the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8

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Exploring Fall Color

This pond didn’t look like much from the road where I saw it, but I figured it was worth exploring a bit more up close. As it turned out, with a little help from my circular polarizer to control how the reflection appeared in the water, I was able to get several images from this little pond that have ended up in calendars and have been very successful prints.

While every season has something unique to offer nature photographers, fall has to be the absolute best time of year for landscape images. The brightly colored leaves, increased chances of dramatic weather and, in some parts of the country, the chance of an early snowstorm that puts a white dusting on trees and makes the colors really pop all combine to make this an incredibly photogenic time of year. Here I’ll share my best advice to help you get the most out of your next autumn adventure.

Reading The Light

The biggest part of landscape photography is learning to read the light. Yes, we all get hung up on gear and camera settings, but over time as you grow as a photographer, those things become easier, and it’s ultimately your ability to read and adapt to the light that will set your work above others.

One of the first things about reading light is understanding the type of light that’s best for a given subject. While the principle applies in all outdoor photography, it is even more noticeable when shooting fall color. The first lesson: Don’t trust your eyes. By that, I mean the human eye and mind do an amazing job at compensating for harsh lighting and shadows in a way that your camera just can’t. Learn to perceive how your camera “sees” and its limitations, rather than how your eyes see. This will enable you to make technical adjustments to compensate for issues like extreme contrast in a scene.

Shooting Fall Color In The Shade

While it may seem counterintuitive, if you really want to make those fall colors pop and have great detail in your photos, then shooting when your subject is in the shade or under overcast skies is best.

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Photo Of The Day By Michael Swindle

Photo By Michael Swindle

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Oregon Coast” by Michael Swindle.

“Gold-hued sea grass with sea stacks rising out of the Pacific Ocean,” describes Swindle.

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