Outdoor Photography

Photo By Beth Young Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Sutter Buttes and Blooming Almond Orchards” by Beth Young. Location: Yuba City, California. “Blooming almond orchards at the base of the world’s smallest mountain range, the Sutter Buttes, during a warm February when the bugs and mosquitoes were fierce!” describes Young. “Almonds are California’s most
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Photo By Jake Pineda Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Salt River Sunset” by Jake Pineda. Location: Mesa, Arizona. “The sun setting over the salt river in a very picturesque location of the Superstition Mountain range,” describes Pineda. Nikon D810. Exposure: 14mm, 1/40 sec., f/10, ISO 64. Photo of the Day is chosen from various
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Summer brings warm weather, long days and family vacations—elements that add up to make it the busiest time of year in the national parks. That makes some folks shy away, but savvy photographers know plenty of opportunities still abound for making beautiful images in the most amazing of America’s wild places. To that end, we asked
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Photo By David Heilman Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Yoga Crane” by David Heilman. Location: Door County, Wisconsin. “We have two sandhill cranes that visit our yard on a daily basis,” says Heilman. “This image was taken late in the day when one of them must have needed a nap.” Sony A9, Sigma 150-600mm
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Did you miss a Photo Of The Day last month? View all of May’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 Assignments, Galleries and Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the website homepage,
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Photo By Tom Thomson Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Singing his Heart Out” by Tom Thomson. Location: Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville, Tennessee. “A Carolina wren calling for a mate,” describes Thomson. “This was taken at Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Radnor is 20 minutes from my home. It was closed last
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Congratulations to Scott Anderson for winning the recent Close To Home Assignment with the image, “Buck Falls.” See more of Anderson’s photography at scottmanderson.zenfolio.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! Winner: “Buck Falls” By
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Our group had landed a prime campsite just across the Colorado River from Deer Creek Fall, and we weren’t about to let a little rain dampen our spirits. The rain continued as I spread my tarp, assembled my cot and looked skyward for relief. While the sun was still buried in dark clouds, a patch
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Photo By Timothy Joyce Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Douglas Falls” by Timothy Joyce. Location: Canaan Valley, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia. Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the
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I’m a firm believer that a great way to become a better photographer is to deconstruct images that have excellent composition, great light, photogenic subjects and clean backgrounds. I can remember being a teen thumbing through magazines and issues of National Geographic. I looked at tens of thousands of images on those pages yet I
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Photo By Ron Edman Carrizo Plain National Monument is a large grassland plain located on the southeastern edge of San Luis Obispo County in California. The prominent features of the plain are Soda Lake, an alkali lake that, depending on rainfall, can vary greatly in size, and Painted Rock, which is a large rock alcove
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Congratulations to Mahendra Singh Chouhan for winning the recent Contrasting Scenics And Landscapes Assignment with the image, “Essence of Estes Park.” See more of Chouhan’s photography on Facebook and Instagram.  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
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The Bisti Wilderness is located approximately 35 miles south of the city of Farmington along New Mexico State Road 371. It’s a part of the larger Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, which is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The entire wilderness lies within the San Juan Basin. An evening storm passes over the Egg Garden in
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Photo By Terrence Trevias Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Across The Way” by Terrence Trevias. Location: Svalbard. “Vantage point after climbing one of the mountain peaks while landing on Prins Karls Forland in Svalbard,” describes Trevias. “The views were breathtaking and exhibited the diverse nature of the landscape as the seasons began to shift
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“While hiking with family near Logan Pass at Glacier National Park, we were entertained by the Columbian ground squirrels chirping at us and scurrying around the wildflowers like they were late for work,” says photographer Jerry Jackson. “These high-altitude squirrels hibernate up to eight months of the year, which may explain their hurried behavior as
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If you’ve been into photography for any length of time, you’re likely familiar with the expression ƒ/8 and be there. It originated back in the days of film and was coined by the famous street photographer Arthur Fellig, AKA Weegee. Simply stated, back when earlier cameras and lenses were manufactured, ƒ/8 provided the sharpest aperture
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While I used a tripod to create this image of Crater Lake many years ago, with the stabilization tech now available I could have easily shot this image hand-held at the 1/6 sec. exposure it was made at. It’s a new world of lightweight backcountry shooting when images like this are possible without a tripod.
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Photo By Mark Koskulitz Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Gates of the Valley” by Mark Koskulitz. Location: Yosemite National Park, California. Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all
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Photo By Harry Lichtman Washington state is home to some of the most dramatic and accessible coastlines in the U.S. Second Beach, near the town of LaPush, is a gem of the National Park System and boasts sea stacks, arches, tidal pools and expansive areas of sandy Olympic coast. During a spring visit to Olympic
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“Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, just outside of Denver, Colorado, is a remarkable place to photograph grassland species like bison, prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, raptors, coyotes, meadowlarks and variety of songbirds,” photographer Emma Balunek observes. “I visited one morning after a fresh snow hoping to make wildlife images and found a group of bison
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The definition of travel is “to go on a journey, often of some length which typically occurs abroad.” That being said, people travel to work, the store and the mall, so travel needn’t be restricted by a designated number of miles or a definite time duration. There’s neither a minimum on the number of hours,
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Photo By Tanner Thibert Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Pacific Northwest Forrest Road” by Tanner Thibert. Location: Greenwater, Washington. Shot with a GoPro HERO6 Black, Thibert describes the image as, “An aerial photo showing a mountain forest road curving through the tree line in Greenwater, Washington.” See more of Tanner Thibert’s photography at www.tannerthibert.com.
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Photo By Douglas Arnet Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Abiqua” by Douglas Arnet. Location: Near Scotts Mills, Oregon. “This is the mysterious, weird, amazing and iconic Abiqua Falls in Oregon,” says Arnet. “Just to start, it’s on land owned by Benedictine monks. There are no signs marking the road or trail to the falls.
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Composing wild-life subjects in motion, like this pair of capuchin monkeys, can be quite challenging, particularly if they’re moving erratically. But with the E-M1 Mark III’s fast burst mode and its ability for you to quickly set or reset the camera’s focus point using the camera’s new joystick, you can be reasonably sure you’ll not
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Our annual Travel issue for 2020 features a photographer’s guide to photographing the unique habitats and wildlife of Borneo, a rare opportunity to encounter orangutans in the wild. Photographer Mark Edward Harris shares the best places to go for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Next on our itinerary is India, a place of rich culture and history
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Learning the basics of night landscape photography will open up a whole universe of photographic possibilities. Combine your new knowledge with solid preparation, the right gear and good field technique, and you’ll able to photograph the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, lunar eclipses, the aurora and the landscape by moonlight. Milky Way near the
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The color that’s portrayed in a photo has a subconscious impact on the viewer. To analyze every hue and how they impact the brain necessitates a chapter of text. Here’s the abridged version: Blue:  tranquility, peacefulness, confidence   Yellow: warmth, caution, energy   Green: life, freshness, growth  Purple: luxury, passion, wisdom   Red: danger, heightened emotion, excitement, love 
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