We have heard it many times, “a dog is man’s best friend”. What is not so usual is that a dog and an owl can find common ground. German nature photographer Tanja Brandt has captured a unique series of images that depict a special relationship between the German shepherd dog, Ingo, and Poldi, an owl.
Learning is usually fun, but sometimes it can be painful. Very painful, if you ask me. I will, for example, never forget when I once returned home after a very beautiful sunset to find that I blew the highlights of almost every single image. I learned a lot from that.
My philosophy when it comes to photography is not to avoid making mistakes, but to welcome every mistake as it happens. Our children learn the hard way. We as parents moralize and issue warnings but to no avail. They have to learn for themselves. Parents try so hard to shield their kids from the very pains they had suffered as kids, but the lessons of life just aren’t learned that way. I believe this to be true about photography too. We learn best the hard way.
So, which mistakes should we aim for when it comes to night photography? I have a few suggestions.
Capturing the perfect moment sometimes involves planning, but most often it is about being at the right place at the right time. When Our World in Focus announced The Perfect Moment Contest, they received entries from 50 countries. They write: “We were astounded by the variety, ingenuity and quality of entries in this year’s contest. Open to all genres, we were pleased to see images of landscapes, people, wildlife and more.”
Topaz has recently launched its newest version of DeNoise AI, and I have tested the software on a night image. Does this latest iteration of Topaz’ noise reduction program live up to the hype? According to Topaz, DeNoise AI has received several updates and improvements.
When you run the program you can choose between two modes: manual and auto. Auto comes with only one slider (Chroma Noise). In manual mode, you can also adjust the level of sharpening and noise reduction applied. In addition, you can also decide how the program displays the changes in real-time. I have only used the split-screen option when testing the software. The real-time preview isn’t very accurate. The processed image looks quite different from what the preview suggests.
I am not an avid user of Twitter, so yesterday, when I discovered that I can add a dark theme to twitter, I was pleasantly surprised. A dark background is a perfect environment for colors, contrast and shadow detail. Images deserve that.
You can enlarge an image when you click on it, and that is a very cool feature. Twitter also adds a frame that reflects the image’s color theme.
For several years I have believed that shooting with a medium format camera at high iso would yield a terrible result. I have thought that there is likely no point in even trying because the image will be ruined because of noise. However, this fall I brought my Pentax 645Z and the Pentax 25mm f4 out into the darkness where the zombies reign.
Pentax Pixel Shift is a fantastic feature when it comes to boosting the dynamic range, increase the level of detail and reduce the noise in an image. Many product photographers employ this feature for increased detail, but it can also yield great results for landscape photography. That said, the technology still faces some challenges when there is motion in a scene.
Now, Lightroom can handle Pixel Shift images, but it’s really lost even with the slightest blur. Think moving foliage for example. Pixel shift technology captures four images, so it takes the camera four times as much to take an image. This can add up to quite a bit of movement. Both Silkypix and RawTherapee have developed an algorithm to deal with movement. RawTherapee is even free. If you have the time, RawTherapee does a fabulous job with Pixel Shift and motion, but it has a steep learning curve.
It was last fall that Dick van Duijn and a friend headed out to the Brabant forests in the Netherlands. The aim was to shoot squirrels. They took shelter in a hide where they waited for the squirrels to show up. It actually took them a couple of days to get everything perfect with the squirrels sharp against the right backdrop of autumn colors.
There are plenty of photo competitions around. Some are free, some are paid. Some offer prizes and some only bragging rights. Our World in Focus is a site that aims to be cheap to enter, but still offer a worthy prize.
Their latest Landscape photography competition got some amazing entries, but the winners are nothing short of breathtaking. Hit the jump to see the top photos and get some insights on why each of the winners was selected.
Valtteri Mulkahainen is a physical education teacher from Sotkamo, Finland. When not teaching he is frequently out with the camera to capture the Finnish wildlife. He is also a very gifted landscape photographer. Valtteri’s winter images from the Finnish forests are magical.
It was a morning in June 2013 that Valtteri headed out to capture some of the wildlife around the town of Martinselkonen. A bear with some cubs suddenly arrived at a clearing. What then ensued caused the photographer to wonder whether he was dreaming or not. It seemed like the cubs began to dance in a circle.