Sunday, April 28, 2013

40 Beautiful Landscape Photography

"In this article we have 40 Beautiful Landscape Photography and also some amazing nature photos that will take your breath-away. These photos were shot all around the World by the most professional photographers. Photography genre in which the artist makes a photograph of a concept or idea. Usually the conception of the idea precedes the realization of the photography. Enjoy all the beautiful photos. All photos are simply amazing … I could imagine having several of these as my desktop wallpaper."

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Guide to Creating Mood in your Images Click Here: A Guide to Creating Mood in your Images

A Guide to Creating Mood in your Images

Click Here: A Guide to Creating Mood in your Images

"Moody photographs, we all love them, but how can we take them ourselves? I guess first we need to know what mood means, it’s a pretty abstract concept after all. The dictionary defines it as “Inducing or suggestive of a particular feeling or state of mind” which would suggest that a moody photo is one that creates a feeling in the viewer. This can be easier said than done. So what do we need to do to add a feeling of mood to our images?"

"As we said at the top, mood is a highly subjective and sometimes difficult thing to a achieve. The above are just a few of many ways to create atmosphere and emotion in your images but the simplest rule of thumb is if the scene in front of you stirs your emotions, then there is a good chance you are on your way to a moody photograph."

Click Here: A Guide to Creating Mood in your Images

Friday, April 26, 2013

Night photography at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Night photography 
at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Saturday, May 11, 2013(7:00 PM to 1:00 AM)

540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY

** Sign up for this workshop and Gillette Castle
and receive a FREE post-processing class with Tom and Lisa ($55 value). **

We have special after hours access to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery! The cemetery usually closes at 4:30pm but we will be there after dark. We will meet at the gate by 7pm and shoot until 1am! This is a new moon, so you will control the ambient light with your exposures and the local light with your flashlight.
We will spend the first part of the session going over camera settings and tips for long exposures, light painting etc. We will be there for sunset at 8:03pm, but more importantly AFTER sunset, the blue hour and then the stars. We are meeting at 7pm so you have time to get your camera set up, look at some mausoleums, sculptures, etc.

Take exposures less than 30 seconds for pinpoint stars or 1-5 minutes to capture the star trails, point your camera at the north star and get star trails (8-60 minute exposures); light the headstones, walk among them and be a ghost in your own image, the sky is the limit.
Things to Bring:

  • dSLR
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Cable release (you will be shooting for more than 30 seconds so you need a cable release)
  • RED Flashlight (Walmart sells them or use red cellophane or red overheads from staples and tape to flashlight)
  • Small flashlight for light painting
  • Water, Snack (there is a bathroom on the premises)
  • Sturdy shoes (hiking boots provide good ankle support) and appropriate outdoor clothing, layers in case it gets cold, bug spray??
  • There is a bathroom on the premises

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hyperfocal Distance Photography: Calculations & Focus

Hyperfocal Distance Photography: Calculations & Focus

"the special focus condition called Hyperfocal Distance (HFD) and how you can employ it with today’s DSLR cameras to achieve the absolute greatest possible depth of field for any given situation. Hyperfocal focus will allow you to produce a DOF that extends from the nearest possible point to the camera through to infinity."

"Now here is the key point: HFD is calculated using only three numbers, the lens focal length, the f-stop used and the circle of confusion."

Read the entire article here: Hyperfocal Distance Photography: Calculations & Focus

"To round out your understanding of HFD, proceed to and download their free HFD calculator. Input of all values required on the data screen is pretty straightforward except the circle of confusion which you should initially set at.019mm for most handheld digital cameras. If you want to more know about circle of confusion, you can read further on their website. In any event, program the screen and output your HFD chart."

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Get a new headshot May 1st

Get a new headshot May 1st

Just $42, Sign up here 

This is a chance to get a good photograph of yourself to print, use as your profile on Facebook, Meetup, LinkedIn, your website, your business card, etc.

Come see our Studio and get your picture taken!! 

We know that, as photographers, we like being on the other end of the camera, but we all need a current headshot.

We have a bathroom where you can even change into a different outfit if you want something formal and something casual.

You will receive four copies of the (one) photograph that you pick (two copies will be in color and two copies will be in B&W. One of each will be high resolution sized for printing and the other pair will be sized and color spaced for the Internet). You may purchase additional pictures if you want more than one look.

We have a lot of friends who look like this

We want you to look like this

We normally charge $100 for a headshot session that includes the studio time, editing and one JPG file with shared rights for printing. Come to this event and it will cost you less than half that amount (only $42). Sign up here 

Check out some of our headshots here:

We will instruct you how to sit and look your best by demonstrating. We will take a traditional full face pose and a 2/3 view pose and we will have you smile and be serious to provide few different of images for you to choose from. The images will be posted in an online gallery for your to view and select from.

We perform custom post-processing/editing on the chosen image (we edit blemishes, lint, soften the face a little, etc. ). Note that we only remove beauty marks, moles, freckles and such if requested, each person can let us know if they would prefer a little "glamour editing" at NO additional charge)

What to wear
We recommend simple a outfit, nothing too busy (avoid stripes, plaids, etc). Jewel tones (blues, greens, maroon, etc.) photograph very well. Avoid tank tops, sleeveless tops as bare arms overpower the face and can make us appear heavier than we are. Avoid white shirts as the brightness draws the viewers attention away from the face. This will be a head and shoulders photograph, not a full frame photograph, you could wear sweats or shorts on the bottom but sometimes it is beneficial to be fully dressed as it changes your affect and the way that you carry yourself. Your clothing should be appropriate for the type of portrait you desire, casual or formal. You can bring two outfits if you want two different looks. If you know for sure that you want two different looks you can register for yourself and a friend and pay for two; you can also  purchase individual JPG files with shared rights later.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Picasa versus Flickr versus 500px versus SmugMug

A lengthy comparison of these four services. I use smugmug. lisa

Picasa versus Flickr versus 500px versus SmugMug

"I had a few people contact me wanting to discuss photo sharing sites... so I grabbed as much information from the web, from as many places as I could and came up with the following. I hope this helps...

OverviewWhether you enjoy simply sharing photos of your crazy Uncle or you’re a serious photographer that requires a professional level of features and capabilities, you will want to pick a service that best fits your budget and needs. There are many options available out there for you, but when you narrow your search down to what you believe to be the best fit for you; chances are that one or more of these three services will likely be among your considerations. So, I wanted to take a look at each, including the options, applications and other add-ons services that they have to offer."


Monday, April 22, 2013

Myths and Misconceptions in Digital Photography

Myths and Misconceptions in Digital Photography

Join Tim Grey  at Adorama in New York this Wednesday, April 24th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for an informative presentation about some of the most commonly misunderstood topics in digital photography. You'll receive a $25 coupon when you attend, effectively making the $25 presentation free. You can get all the details and register through the Adorama website here:

Learning Silver Efex Pro 2

Learning Silver Efex Pro 2
In case you missed the announcement late last week, I wanted to be sure you knew that I've released a new video training course to help you master "Silver Efex Pro 2" for creating black and white images from your color originals. This course features a full hour of high-definition video for only $9.99, available through Vimeo on Demand. You can get all the details here:

If you choose to purchase this video course, I would very much appreciate any feedback you may have, to help determine if viewers find Vimeo on Demand to be a good platform for video training content. You can send that feedback to me directly at Thanks!

Provence and the legendary Camargue Horses

Provence and the legendary Camargue Horses

Dates: June 6 to June 12, 2013

Locations:  Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Carmargue stallions at the Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Marseilles, Gordes, Plateau de Sault, Gorges de la Nesque, Cistercian Abbaye de Senanque. ochre valleys Luberon valley

Attendees: Minimum of 10, maximum of 12 - We leave June 5th

Fitness Level:Some physical activity involved in this photo tour. Some minor walks if you choose to take them and horse riding.

Price: $4795 USD

Deposit Required to secure spot: $750 (non-refundable after January 6, 2013)

Photo tour attendee to PRO Photographer ratio: 3-1 to 4-1

Our goal is to answer all of your questions while we spend our time together in France. But because of the nature of this photography tour, the key learning opportunities will be on:
Apertures & Shutter Speeds: We will discuss the different modes on your camera and the effect your aperture and shutter setting have on your images.
Composition: Learn how to improve your photography by applying ‘rules’ of composition.
Metering: While in the various cities we will encounter various high contrast situations within the architecture of the buildings. Proper metering techniques will play an important role in creating the best images you can while in France.
Autofocus & Techniques: Here you learn how to keep the focus on your subject whether taking a landscape image or photographing action!
Digital Darkroom: A Photographers Lounge photo tour is the perfect opportunity for any photographer to refine their post processing skills.
To start the tour we will bring the white ranch horses to different properties, allowing for a wide range of photogenic backdrops and behaviours. We photograph the white horses running through the shallow water of salt marshes and along the beach in the waves and salt spray. With shots of fighting stallions, mares with their dark foals in the fields or at the ranches, and detailed portrait head shots and guardian riders in their gear. We’ll have many opportunities to capture this time-honoured breed in a variety of environments unique to this seaside estuary.

We will also take advantage of the sweet light at sunrise and sunset to silhouette horses with or without riders. Schedule permitting, we shoot a traditional celebration where riders lead black bulls through the town.

During our first few days we will also shoot greater flamingos feeding, displaying and in flight at the Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Located in the middle of the Parc naturel rĂ©gional de Camargue, the bird park’s natural habitats primarily include marsh and ponds with remarkable proximity to migratory and resident birds, such as flamingos, herons, storks, ducks, raptors and other small waders.
During our second half of the trip you will stay three nights in the Parc Naturel du Luberon, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The Luberon valley is a picturesque landscape of vineyards, lavender fields flanking country roads, quaint delightful villages with local artisans shops, winding alleys and beautiful vistas

The true essense of Provence will be presented to you so that you can interpret through your lens.
To introduce you to the beauty of the Camargure stallions I found the following two and a half minute video on Youtube. After you view this you will get the flavour of the first half of our trip to the Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau area as well as the Camargue stallions. Please click play and enjoy the video.
Thank you totpassion for letting us show your video on our website
Accommodation in double/twin room in 3*** hotels : 3 nights in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer (Mas de Cocagne or similar), 3 nights in Gordes (Le Gordos or similar)
Group transportation by air conditioned minibus
Services of an English speaking driver
Entrance fees mentioned in the program
Services of PRO Photographers

International air fare to/from Marseille
Laundry, phone calls and other items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Other items not specifically included in the inclusions section

For photography related questions please contact Kevin at

Photos courtesy of Patrice Aguilar

Update Your Camera Firmware

Update Your Camera Firmware

“When was the last time you updated your firmware?”

"Just as there are bugs in computers and software that need to be addressed and fixed, or even just plain improved with a new feature, the same goes for cameras. After all, cameras are computers."

And to make your life easier, they  have noted some firmware links below for dSLRs.

"Each update will give a list is “issues” corrected. Some, you may not even have known you had, but do the update anyway."

Sunday, April 21, 2013

All about Tripods - How to pick the right tripod for YOU!

Learn how to Easily add a Dreamy Bokeh Feel to your Images

Learn how to Easily add a
Dreamy Bokeh Feel to your Images
with Beth Forester's NEW Video
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Camera Settings

73% of digital camera owners wish they had more control over their camera

Read more:

For Further Training on Camera Settings:

Check out Photo Nuts and Bolts - Know Your Camera and Take Better Photos by Neil Creek; a popular instructional eBook for any photographer who feels that they would like to know more about how their camera works, and how to become more confident at using it to take better photos. By the end of it you’ll understand camera settings and be in a much better position to make decisions on how to best use them rather than just sit in Auto mode.

It can be found here: Photo Nuts and Bolts eBook

How to photograph horses ~ portraits and action shots

How to photograph horses ~ portraits and action shots 

Taking a good photo of a horse might sound easy. But there is plenty to consider before you step up and prepare to shoot these large beautiful creatures!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Smithsonian has selected 50 finalists for their Photo Contest

Smithsonian has selected 50 finalists for their Photo Contest

Colorado-based photographer Colleen Pinski -->  last year's solar eclipse captured in New Mexico

Dave Morrow's shot of the Milky Way Galaxy "erupting" from Mount Rainier:

None of the photos shown here are done justice by the small size; be sure to click over to the Smithsonian to see 'em large, check out the rest, and/or vote for your faves.

See more -- Smithsonian has selected 50 finalists for their Photo Contest

The Last Pollen Spore Preparing to Leave a Ladybug Trying to Hold On, Because It Didn't Want to Be Alone(Photo by Hiep Nguyen Hoang (Hanoi, Vietnam). Photographed in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 2012.)

The 2013 Contest is now open for entries.

Sigma Corporation announces world's first F1.8 constant aperture zoom lens

Sigma Corporation announces world's first F1.8 constant aperture zoom lens

Sigma Corporation announces world's first F1.8 constant aperture zoom lens

New 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM features Global Vision Art lens design
RONKONKOMA, NY — Sigma Corporation of America (, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider for some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the market’s first zoom lens to achieve a maximum aperture F1.8 throughout the entire zoom range.
This revolutionary, wide aperture, standard zoom lens is created for DSLR cameras with APS-C size sensors, which translates to a focal range of 27-52.5mm on a 35mm camera. With a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches, and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.3, the 18-35mm is ideal for landscapes, portraits, still-life, studio, close-up and casual photography.
“Exceptionally fast apertures were previously unavailable in zoom lenses, so photographers turned to several prime lenses in a session to get bright images at various focal lengths. We’re incredibly excited to be the first manufacturer to bring the F1.8 standard zoom to the market and to provide photographers with a new level of creativity and convenience, with the outstanding image quality at the core of the new Sigma Global Vision,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America.
Amir-Hamzeh added that because developing a large aperture wide angle zoom lens can prove to be technologically and optically challenging, often resulting in various distortions, aberrations and field curvature, Sigma has tapped into its long history as a lens pioneer to overcome those issues in this new generation lens.
“Our experience with the wide angle designs of our 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM and our 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM, and our research and development in our Aizu factory have prepared us for this technological advancement,” he said. “Our wide, glass-molded aspherical lens and the incorporation of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass have optimized power distribution of the optical elements and compensated for various aberrations, as well as curvature of field at the widest angle. We’re extremely proud of this achievement.”
The 18-35mm is the latest addition to the company’s Art line of lenses, designed under the new Global Vision. The Global Vision lenses have a sleek new design with the manufacturing year stamped on the barrel, and are categorized by use into one of three groups: Art, Contemporary and Sports. The Art category delivers high-level artistic expression through sophisticated and abundant expressive power.
The new 18-35mm lens incorporates Sigma’s improved AF/MF switch and the use of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) compound material, which has a high affinity to metal parts, consistently performs well at extreme temperatures, and reduces the size and weight of the lens. It is also compatible with Sigma’s new USB Dock, which will be available in coming months, enabling photographers to update lens firmware and adjust focus parameters from their computers.
Convenient handling is achieved with internal focusing and zooming, which prevents changes to the size of the lens. Additionally, the front part of the lens does not rotate, so special filters like circular polarizers can be used.
The 18-35mm lens’ Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images, even in backlit conditions. The petal-type hood that is supplied with the lens will provide extra protection from flare and ghosting. Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures a silent, high-speed AF function and the optimized auto focus algorithm results in smooth focusing and full-time manual focusing capability. Lastly, the nine-blade, rounded diaphragm creates an attractive, round bokeh at large-aperture settings.


Lens Construction:17 elements in 12 groups
Minimum aperturef16
Filter size:72mm
Angle of view (SD1):76.5°-44.2°
Minimum focusing distance11in
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 3.1 inches x 4.8 inches
Number of diaphragm blades:9 (rounded diaphragm)
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4.3
Weight:28.6 oz
About Sigma Corporation 
For 50 years, Sigma Corporation’s expertise and innovation has driven the company’s core philosophy of “knowledge, plus experience, plus imagination,” with an emphasis on producing high-quality, high-performance photographic technology at moderate prices. This family-owned organization is the largest, independent SLR lens manufacturer in the world, producing more than 50 lenses that are compatible with most manufacturers, including Sigma, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax. Sigma Corporation also produces digital SLR cameras and high-definition digital compact cameras. The company is headquartered in Japan, with offices strategically located throughout Europe, Asia and North America. For information, please visit

Lightism-- Phi and the golden ration in your compositions

We have all heard about the rule of thirds, that tic-tac-toe- grid with the power points at the 4 intersecting dots. But the golden ratio and Fibonacci's number make for an even more pleasing composition. As a scietist and as an artist I find Phi very universally pleasing. Lisa

If God was a photographer – Advanced composition:

The golden ratio can be seen in artwork as early as 300 b.c, and in the 16th century it was dubbed the divine proportion. It is a mathematical formula called PHI and crops up in an extraordinarily diverse range of nature, artwork and design (from the Mona Lisa to the Great Pyramids) and has fascinated some of the greatest thinkers of our time. If you want to discover more, then The Golden Ratio: The story of PHI, the World’s most Astonishing Number is a fascinating read, or if you’ve only got 3 minutes and are a visual learner, then watch this.

Essentially, scientists have proven that when you read a picture your brain is looking for the presence of the Golden ration as it defines beauty.

For our purposes and to keep it simple, we are going to look at the Golden Spiral, as it is about placement and flow; helping guide the viewer’s eye and deliver satisfaction.

If God was a photographer - the Devine Proportion @

The Spiral is the natural path your follows as your brain tries to make sense of what it is viewing (like listening to a joke) and by placing the focal point at the end of the spiral you are delivering the punch line.

So, by understanding this, your compositions can deliver more impact and you’ll produce more successful pictures.

If God was a photographer - the Devine Proportion @ 

Look for the spiral when composing:
Anyone who has a smart phone or tablet can download a camera app which has a composition grid showing the spiral. DSLR users can use this to train their eye or in the short term in addition to their cameras.

If God was a photographer – Advanced composition:

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Focus Stacking in Macro Photography

Focus Stacking in Macro Photography

Thank you Gary for passing along this great link to me!

"depth of field (DOF) depends almost entirely on two factors: aperture value and magnification. The wider the aperture we shoot at, and the closer we get to the subject, the shallower the depth of field becomes. When doing macro work, we often shoot at 1:1 magnification or more, compelling us to be extremely close to the subject. This inevitably means that depth of field is extremely shallow - so shallow that in many cases, most of the subject goes out of focus, even if it’s as tiny as a fly, and even if we close the aperture to f/16 or more. This phenomenon simply results from the rules of optics, and can’t be solved conventionally unless we close the aperture so much that it will critically hurt image quality (and sometime even that doesn’t suffice). Yet it turns out that if we're willing to put in a little more effort and work carefully, we could take macro pictures at any magnification, with close-to-optimal apertures guaranteeing high quality and still get our desired depth of field – all by using a method called focus stacking."


Friday, April 19, 2013

LED Flashlight photography: How to make an Ice Light

LED Flashlight photography: How to make an Ice Light

"LED technology is currently developing at a rapid rate and in this article we look at how you can utilize the latest LED technology to light your images until the photographic lighting industry catches up. See how for under £20 you can make a portable, rechargeable light...
That’s it, now you’ve made  a £20 version of Westcott’s £500 Ice Light!… Either that or some may say a  light saber."

Read the rest here: LED Flashlight photography: How to make an Ice Light

Light Painting Tips and Techniques: Un-Polishing an Apple, or How to Fix a Specular Highlight

Light Painting Tips and Techniques: Un-Polishing an Apple, or How to Fix a Specular Highlight

This man is amazing! Perhaps NECCC can get him next year!

"This tutorial is about an interesting fix that we explored in the March Group Workshop on light painting.
When you light a shiny object, especially one that contains color or a pattern, the specular highlight that will occur is going to diminish the color and/or pattern or texture in that area. Some people refer to this as an area getting “blown out”. I’ve devised this method of getting rid of the problem, and it’s surprising how simple it is and how well it works. Take a look at this tutorial video to see how it’s done and give it a try yourself. This is the one of a series of tutorials that I’ve created involving my light painting process, and it is just a quick look at the kind of information that my students learn (although more in depth) at my workshops.
Please click on the “gear” icon on the lower right to increase the video resolution for better viewing quality… especially if you want to watch it full screen."

To see more of my videos on Light Painting technique by click HERE

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Join us for HDR at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum -- Sunday April 21st

Join Lisa and Tom for 

HDR at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum

We have permission to use tripods and have the place to ourselves!!

This Farmstead museum is chock full of things: kitchen, store, farm equipment, you name it. It has all of the details for macro and is also perfect for HDR. We will meet on Sunday at 12:15 and shoot from 12:30-3:30. Tom and I will be providing instruction on composition, exposure, HDR, etc. for the first part and then we will also be photographing this wonderful place.






We have posted some images in the photo album from our last trip there.

"The Museum property was once part of John Holcombe's "Plantation", according to his will of 1742. In 1968, the Farmstead was donated to the Hunterdon County Historical Society In 1984, the property was deeded to the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Inc. The Museum is housed in the restored three story bank barn that was built into the hillside to make both floors accessible from ground level. Livestock were kept on the lower level, crops above. Today, some of the exhibits arranged in the barn cover the tools and equipment used by the farmer to raise and harvest the crops that provided fodder for livestock and commodities to sell. Other displays cover the domestic chores of the farmer's wife in the preparation and preservation of food and the making of clothing. Early examples of now common implements and appliances give the visitor a sense of passing time. The Museum's volunteers and Trustees have restored the property and added outbuildings for the Post Office, General Store, Blacksmith Shop, Carriage Shed, and Print Shop."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

10 Top Photography Composition Rules

10 Top Photography Composition Rules

"There are no fixed rules in photography, but there are guidelines which can often help you to enhance the impact of your photos. These guidelines will help you take more compelling photographs, lending them a natural balance, drawing attention to the important parts of the scene, or leading the viewer's eye through the image. Once you are familiar with these composition tips, you'll be surprised at just how universal most of them are. You'll spot them everywhere, and you'll find it easy to see why some photos "work" while others feel like simple snapshots."

PDN The Great Outdoors – Enter Your Best Outdoor Image to Win

Great Outdoors Photo Contest, enter to win


ONE PROFESSIONAL GRAND-PRIZE WINNER will receive a Santa Fe-based workshop from the world-renowned Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, based on a Santa Fe Photographic Workshops tuition/fees credit of up to $1,500.The Workshops offer two-and-a-half day, four day and five day classes. With top-level photographers as instructors, classes are designed to offer a wide range of topics for all skill levels.
ONE AMATEUR GRAND-PRIZE WINNER will receive free tuition to MatadorU's Travel Photography Course and a one year subscription to MatadorAccess.
ALL AMATEUR FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will receive a one year subscription to MatadorAccess.
EIGHT PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will each receive a $100 Adorama gift certificate.
ALL PROFESSIONAL FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will receive a portfolio ($860 value).
Winning images be printed and displayed at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show July 31 - August 3rd 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The gallery will be on display for the event's 21,000 attendees which includes 1,000 outdoor brand representatives and related media players.
ALL FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will receive digital cameras.
WINNING IMAGES will be featured in PDN's August issue which has an additional print circulation to 5,000 photography industry creatives!


April 25, 2013


Professionals: $35
Amateurs: $12
* Late? Pay an additional $10 per image for the extended deadline: May 9th.

Click here for last year's winners gallery.




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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Proposed Changes to Yosemite’s El Capitan Meadow

Proposed Changes to Yosemite’s El Capitan Meadow

2013-04-16 17:43:01-04

El Capitan after an autumn snowstorm from El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
El Capitan after an autumn snowstorm from El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
I know many of my readers have a close connection with Yosemite, so I thought you would want to know about some proposed changes to El Capitan Meadow. In most of the proposed alternatives for the park service’s Merced River Draft Management plan, fencing and signs would be installed to keep visitors from trampling the meadow.
John Sexton wrote a thoughtful post on Facebook about this issue, which I recommend reading. El Capitan Meadow has long been a favorite spot for photographers in Yosemite. Ansel Adams made his Oak Tree, Snowstorm photograph from there. Galen Rowell captured one of his most famous images, Clearing Storm Over El Capitan, from this meadow. John posted one of his wonderful photographs on his Facebook post. El Capitan Meadow is certainly a favorite place of mine too, and I’ve made many images there, including all the ones included here.
I know that the park service has a difficult job. They have to balance preservation with public use and enjoyment of the parks. Meadows are fragile, and are easily damaged by too much foot traffic, and the easiest way to prevent that damage is to fence off the meadow.
On the other hand, what makes Yosemite Valley so wonderful, so extraordinary, is the juxtaposition of soaring cliffs with the serenity of the meadows and meandering river on the valley floor. There are other places with magnificent cliffs. There is no other place with an idyllic valley surrounded by such high walls. The quintessential Yosemite experience is to wander out into a meadow and stare up at the cliffs and waterfalls, and even lie down in the grass to soak up the tranquility. I would hate to see that experience taken away. There has to be a better solution than fencing and “Keep Out” signs for the valley’s meadows.
John has a good suggestion for El Capitan Meadow: to move the parking further away. One of the reasons this meadow gets so much foot traffic is that there’s a parking strip along the road for the entire length of the meadow. Removing this parking and making people walk, even a short distance, would greatly decrease the foot traffic, without installing unsightly and restrictive fences.
The comment period for the Merced River Draft Management plan ends Thursday, so there’s still time to make your voice heard. You can submit your comments here.
— Michael Frye
Oaks in autumn, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Oaks in autumn, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Swirling mist, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Swirling mist, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Snowy oaks, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Snowy oaks, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Oak tree in fog, autumn, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Oak tree in fog, autumn, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Oak, pines, and mist, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Oak, pines, and mist, El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

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