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David W. Shaw Posted: Mar 11, 2014 Published: Jan 01, 2014 1 comments
The arctic sun was just about to make its brief dip below the mountainsto the north when I arrived at a cluster of strange monolithic rocks on the ridge. I cursed myself for not carrying my tripod on the evening hike, but I hadn’t expected to stumble on something quite so strange and photogenic. I braced myself on a tussock of soft tundra and began snapping images of the glowing rocks. I clicked the shutter, recomposed, then clicked again. As I made images, it occurred to me that I was quite possibly the first person to photograph these rocks. They weren’t marked on any map, and the nondescript ridge was just one of many in this part of the range. That, I thought to myself, is one of the great things about photography in the Brooks Range, it was unlikely that anyone had made the same composition before.
Chuck Graham Posted: Nov 19, 2012 Published: Oct 01, 2012 7 comments
“A super wide-angle lens will encompass Mount Whitney and Mount Russell with Iceberg Lake in the foreground.”

Mount Whitney, located on the eastern fringe of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, is the tallest peak in the Eastern Sierra and the contiguous United States. A four-hour drive north of Los Angeles, its lofty summit at 14,494 feet is sought after by hikers and climbers from all over the world. It’s also a favorite of landscape photographers seeking to capture the right compositions as soft pink and orange hues soak into the gritty granite mountain at dawn.

Rich Sheremeta Posted: Jan 17, 2014 Published: Feb 01, 2014 0 comments
Wildlife photographers with any interest in photographing big Alaskan brown bears should certainly consider the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, professed to have the highest concentration of large adult brown bears in the world with over 70 bears having been seen at any one time. The sanctuary is located on the Alaskan Peninsula about 100 air miles west of Homer and is only reachable by floatplane.
Lorin R. Robinson Posted: Feb 04, 2014 Published: Dec 01, 2013 0 comments
Photographers who also love to travel are probably most prone to this collecting imperative. High on my list was Peru. For those who have traveled there, Machu Picchu was probably a primary destination. And why not? Machu Picchu is one of the few Incan sites to remain essentially intact following the 16th century Spanish conquest of the Kingdom of the Incas—for the simple reason that the invaders never found it.
Chris Murray Posted: Jun 25, 2013 Published: May 01, 2013 9 comments
Straddling a beautiful stretch of the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Virginia, Shenandoah National Park is a hiker’s and photographer’s delight. Located only 70 miles from the nation’s capital, Shenandoah provides an oasis of nature surrounded by ever-encroaching civilization. Long and narrow, the park runs north/south along a ridge crest characterized by rolling hills and mountains, quiet hollows, rushing streams and waterfalls, and verdant forests. Running through the park is Skyline Drive, a 105-mile scenic roadway that meanders along the crest of the Blue Ridge. Along this roadway are 75 overlooks offering unparalleled views of the piedmont to the east and the valley and mountains to the west. The park is also host to a 101-mile segment of the venerable Appalachian Trail as it winds its way from Georgia to Maine.
Rick Sheremeta Posted: Jan 03, 2014 Published: Nov 01, 2013 0 comments
Winter is an extraordinary time in Yellowstone. Temperatures often plummet well below zero. Moisture ejected into the icy air from myriad thermal features creates a microclimate that turns into a wintry fairyland. The colder it becomes, the more pronounced these effects, and the more beautiful the surroundings become. Whether it’s wildlife, geothermal features, extraordinary scenery, or any combination thereof, Yellowstone National Park (YNP) is, hands down, one of the best places in the world to view and photograph these treasures.
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Chuck Graham Posted: Dec 01, 2009 1 comments

The Carrizo Plain National Monument, located in California’s Central Valley (a four-hour drive north of Los Angeles), is known as California’s “Serengeti” because of its plethora of wildlife diversity thriving in the last of California’s historic grasslands. This 50-mile stretch of sweeping grasslands lies between the Caliente and Temblor Mountain Ranges, one of my...

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David W. Shaw Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

The trip began poorly. The remote, unmaintained road dropping from the Andes to the Amazon was a mess. All day we had struggled to prevent the bus from becoming fossilized in the muck. Hours of labor, and we were covered in a thick layer of red, Amazonian mud. After dark, it started to rain. Huge drops pounded our hair, arms, and soiled clothes. Someone pulled out soap, another...

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Clint Farlinger Posted: Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

I just dumped more sand out of my camera bag. This has been a fairly regular activity of mine for the last couple of months, ever since I visited Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado during a nasty wind. The physical exhaustion caused by climbing North America’s tallest dunes (750 feet, nearly straight up, in sand), the feeling of sand in my eyes and the resurfacing of...

Jack Neubart Posted: Dec 01, 2010 4 comments

Berlin is a vibrant city, alive with a history, culture, and counterculture all its own. I didn’t expect to fall in love with it, but did. Interestingly, everywhere you turn in this metropolis you see huge derricks craning their necks in the midst of constructing yet another building. While many scenes may reflect this burgeoning vitality, there are countless views free of any construction...

Rick Sammon Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Many amateur photographers have a simple remedy for shooting in low-light conditions--they turn on their flash units and blast the hell out of a scene or subject. Well, that technique sure is effective. For a more pleasing and more creative picture...

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Mike Norton Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

If a perfect place for landscape photography were to be built, what amenities would be included? Most photographers would want mountains, lakes, an assortment of trees, a U-shaped valley, a stream, easy access, protected land, a trail system, eastern or western exposure, wildflowers, a different look for each season, a beaver dam, driftwood, boulders, blue sky, high clouds, fog...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: May 01, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Roger W. Hicks, All Rights Reserved

We fly less than we used to. Terrorists don't worry us: realistically, flying is still far safer than driving. But we don't like the hassle, three-hour check-ins, restricted carryons, frequent x-rays, and endless security checks. In that sense, the terrorists have made us (and many other people) change...

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Rosalind Smith Posted: May 01, 2005 2 comments

Photos © 2004, Nevada Wier, All Rights Reserved

As the sun sets above an ancient wooden bridge in Myanmar, three women push their bicycles along the weathered structure, the scene dramatically silhouetted against a brilliant orange sky.

Nevada Wier has photographed the old bridge many times during her multiple visits to Myanmar. Today she has captured her...

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Daryl Hawk Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

Helicoptering over the dramatic Southern Alp mountain range at sunrise. Traversing a glacier filled with mighty cascades of ice tumbling down a valley toward the sea. Tramping on the world's best nature trails. Driving past stunning and magical scenery that constantly changes at every turn. Hanging out in pubs with the world's friendliest people--the Kiwis. New...

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