The judges remarked, “This image and its huge impact held the judge’s attention for a long time. You can almost smell the smoke in the room. A travel image that will stand the test of time.”
We probably all know that HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. In all simplicity, this means images that cover the entire tonal range in a given scene. The photographer has been able to preserve the highlights and yet has enough shadow detail information. The photo avoids any clipped shadows or ‘black holes’ as I call them. The trouble with black holes is that they steal a lot of attention, and may draw the eyes to all the wrong places in an image. The same goes for severely clipped highlights. They are boring plain white, with hard transition lines.
There are three ways we can achieve a high dynamic range image. We will in the following briefly discuss each of them.
I accidentally stumbled across Bryce Mironuck’s images on 500px this fall. He is one of those rare undiscovered gems whose landscape images were a joy to discover. When I began examining his body of work it struck me how well balanced his images are and, not least, that they are characterized by strong compositions and a pleasant visual impact. In this interview we get to know Bryce a little better and also learn about how he approaches landscape photography.
Telescope manufacturer Celestron has produced a calendar you can download for free. It covers the most important celestial events in 2020. The calendar even comes with a Deep Sky Checklist.
A growing number of photographers are discovering the joys of night photography, thanks to Instagram and the much-improved camera sensors. To stand under a clear starry sky is utterly magical. I so vividly well remember the first time I captured the milky way. To see it in-camera made a massive impression on me. I was hooked.
There are many factors that create an impactful and pleasing to the eye image. To me, color is one of the key ingredients in creating a photograph. When we shoot in raw we have to “develop” the images ourselves, and that includes deciding on the colorwork. In fact, one of the reasons why I find photography so compelling is that it gives me room to develop an image and give it my personal interpretation.
Lightroom, Photoshop and many other editing programs come with many color enhancing tools. In this brief article, we will have a look at the color enhancing techniques I apply frequently and which can be carried out very swiftly in Lightroom. The HSL section in Lightroom may cause transition lines between colors (a.k.a. banding). This technique, however, won’t leave any harsh transition lines.
Photographers with an affection for the moon are in for a huge treat in 2020. According to astronomy experts, the year will offer thirteen full moons. That includes two supermoons and even a blue moon.
October, in particular, will be exciting. The month promises two full moons, with the second one being a blue moon. If you have already started planning for Halloween, you may consider changing plans – the blue moon will appear right on Halloween. In any event, a blue moon will assuredly add an eerie quality to Halloween. For moon enthusiasts, depending on the weather, it will undoubtedly be a trick or treat evening.
Marc Adamus is renowned for spending weeks in the wilderness, returning home with images that completely take our breath away. He is one of the most respected and famous landscape photographers working today. Marc has been (and still is) a pioneer forging a path for the rest of us. Many of those who succeed in the landscape photography genre do so because they are standing on Marc’s shoulders.
Marc recently visited Jasper Alberta and captured one of those rare phenomena which most of us never get a chance to see. Marc tells DIYP the story behind the image.
Itamar Campos is a Brazilian landscape and nature photographer whose “birds sitting on long lens” images have caused marvel among his peers and photographers in general.
The bird images are captured inside the Atlantic Forest which is 70km outside the city Curitiba, where Itamar resides. The city is located in the Parana state in the southern parts of Brazil.
Itamar tells DIYP that it is only during the coldest winter days that he heads out for bird photography. His secret spot is a small ranch in the middle of the Atlantic Forest. Eight hours of bird watching may result in as much as 2,000 to 3,000 images, but, according to Itamar, only 10 to 15 of them yield a satisfying result. A great image with which he is happy equals a good composition and a variety of birds on and around the Canon 400mm lens. How he manages to have up to five bird species in the frame is Itamar’s well-kept secret.
Svetlana Kazina recently captured a series of stunning iridescent clouds above Belukha mountain, which is Siberia’s highest peak (4,506 metres/14,783ft). Svetlana lives in the Altai Mountains which is a mountain range in Central and East Asia where Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan come together.
Cloud iridescence or irisation is a colorful optical phenomenon that occurs in a cloud and appears in the general proximity of the sun or moon. The colors resemble those seen in soap bubbles and oil on a water surface. Check out Wikipedia for more information.
When it comes to nature photography, should you shoot on a tripod or hand-held? Let me share some personal stories and then I would love to get your opinion.
I shoot the vast majority of my images on a tripod. I am fully aware that I sacrifice some flexibility in the field. However, such an approach gives me sharp images with a horizon in level. I predominantly shoot during the golden hour. This entails that I often shoot exposures where the shutter is open way longer than if I was shooting in bright daylight. If possible, I also almost exclusively shoot at base ISO. Base ISO means that the sensor produces very little noise and peaks in terms of dynamic range. I know that with my sub-par hand-held technique I’ll probably ruin many images during golden hour due to handshake. Even vibration reduction activated can’t save me there.