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.
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.
You know that humans enjoy smelling flowers, its not a big surprise. A squirrel enjoying an intimate moment with a flower is way rarer. In June, Dutch photographer Dick van Duijn had a close encounter with a squirrel smelling a flower. He was both prepared and in a position to capture this beautiful moment.
It was during a journey to Vienna, Austria, that Dick captured the squirrel which walked over to a flower and began sniffing it. It even gave it a hug, it seems like. That capture by Dick while the squirrel closed its eyes is absolutely priceless. Interestingly, Dick visited Vienna to shoot and observe ground squirrels, so only half a coincidence there.
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.
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.
Want to photograph beautiful and dreamy waterfall images? Then you are in the right place. Because today I am going to show you six proven techniques to photograph beautiful waterfall images. These same techniques helped me to create awesome waterfall images every time. Let’s do this!
Nature Photographer of the Year has just announced its 2019 winners. The judges selected some of the finest images that had been submitted for the contest, and they will remind you just how magical our nature is and why you need to be kind to it.