An ‘Open Letter’ to Landscape Photographers: It’s Time for an Etiquette Check

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Have you ever noticed that when you go to a Costco gas station, the rows of vehicles can be so orderly with everyone nicely lined up with a general polite and cordial demeanor. But once those friendly drivers park their fueled cars in the lot and trek inside the Costco store, all matters of civility, politeness and order disappears the moment you approach one of the food sample stands. Shoppers jockey their carts for position to seize that small pizza sample, blocking the little ones from taking cups of trail mix, and snatching that last mini-cup of yogurt like it’s the last one cup of yogurt for all of mankind. [Read more…]

These Are the Most Stunning Landscape Images from Google Earth

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Sanlurfa Merkez, Turkey

Google Earth is an incredible program with many practical applications.  For instance, I use it frequently for creating custom files for my handheld GPS and for mapping upcoming outdoor excursions.  One of the most powerful features of Google Earth is its stunning satellite imagery which covers the four corners of the globe.  This means that, for those too lazy/broke to travel the globe in real life, you can take in the splendors of the earth right from your desktop.  And, since Google Earth Pro went free earlier this year, you can “capture” it all in stunning HD.

Earth View is boasts having “a collection of the most beautiful and striking landscapes found in Google Earth.”  These images comprise varied settings from deserts to oceans, from prairies to mountains…and pretty much everything in between.  All of the hard work of location scouting has been done for you, the photos have been captured, and all you have to do is simply revel in a whole lot of awesome.

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See How a Photographer Created These Stunning Photos of Iceland

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So often, we see videos of photographers sharing about the creation of their images after the fact.  While this is great for presenting the information in a more detailed and refined fashion, it’s easy to lose some of the uniqueness that went into the whole process.

Photographer Thomas Heaton, on a recent trip to Iceland, filmed his process in real time.  In the video, he gives us a true glimpse behind the lens, discussing the use of polarizers, neutral density filters, and delayed exposure to create a series of stunning images from the beautiful landscape.

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Top 3 Landscape Photography Techniques To Learn

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Once you have acquired a core understanding of the importance of light and atmosphere in landscape photography (click here for our Top 3 Landscape Photography Tips), there are actually quite a few advanced landscape photography techniques to learn that can help you to progress from good landscape photography to great landscape photography.

In this article, I am going to share what I consider the top three landscape photography techniques to learn.

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Top 3 Landscape Photography Tips

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When I first started with photography, landscape photography was my primary interest.

But, no matter what I did, I couldn’t figure out why my landscape photos didn’t look nearly as amazing as I wanted them to look.

As it turns out, there are three really simple landscape photography tips to learn that will drastically transform your landscape photography – and the best part is they have nothing to do with camera gear, settings or location.

Continue reading for my top 3 landscape photography tips.

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Photographer Spends Four Months Each Year Capturing Awesome Shots of Siberia’s Lake Baikal

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Lake Baikal, located in Southern Siberia, is the largest, deepest, oldest and among the clearest lakes in the world.

Judging by Alexey Trofimov’s photos it is also one of the most attractive.

Every winter when the lake freezes, the crystal clear water forms spectacular slabs of turquoise ice, making the UNESCO World Heritage Site all the more special.

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Consider Using Long Lenses For Landscape Photography

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Do you use long lenses for landscape photography?

When most people think about landscape photography, they often think Wide. Using wide angle lenses is very common with landscape photography and for a good reason. Wide lenses have some great advantages for landscape photography. They capture a wide view of the scene; they provide great depth of field; and they create a deep perspective which emphasize the foreground and minimize the background. But in many cases they’re not the best choice, and you shouldn’t fixate on shooting wide every time you see a great landscape.

Using long (or tele) lenses allows you to capture amazing scenes you wouldn’t be able to shoot with a wide angle lens for several reasons:

  1. The immediate foreground (which is closer to you) is not always interesting, and it doesn’t have to be included in the frame in every shot. Sometimes you only want a more distant part of the scene.
  2. Landscape is not always about huge and wide scenes, it can also be more intimate and include a small part of a scene like part of a water stream or mountain edge.
  3. A long focal lens does exactly the opposite of a wide lens in terms of perspective – long lenses compress foreground and background so you can capture and balance them both.

Here are some examples:

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Photographer Brings Back The Glory Of Old US Locomotives

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It was not so long ago that quickly getting from one place to another meant hoping on a big train. Today of course we have airplanes and bullet trains, but those things of beauty still hold their own.

Photographer and engineer Matthew Malkiewicz shares his passion for those beasts by traveling all over the United States and documenting their RAW POWER.

Matthew, a self-taught photographer, and a full-time engineer got his passion for trains when he was small. In an interview with Bored Panda, Matthew shared that

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