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Photographing from a Kayak

written by: Chuck Graham

Some of my most memorable experiences with nature take place within my kayak. I can reach coves, beaches, rock outcroppings, and other locations otherwise inaccessible on foot, and paddling stealth-like makes me more acceptable to wildlife that would flee in most other situations. I’m also a photographer, so my two pastimes eventually went hand-in-hand. Shooting from a kayak offers photographers access to unique landscapes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hiked to a high spot on a island and seen a potentially beautiful islandscape from above, only to become frustrated be- cause I had no means of getting Read more »

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Images in the Wilderness

written by: David Shaw

The Wild Landscape The river, far below, looked like a thin silver ribbon as it wound in bends out of sight to the west. At nearly midnight the shadow of the mountains was finally encroaching on the wet tundra of the valley floor. But from my perch high above, the sun would remain for another hour at least. When I raised my camera to compose an image of some strange monolithic rocks, it occurred to me that I was quite possibly the first person to ever photograph those stones. When I clicked the shutter the mechanical sound and glow of Read more »

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The Event at Rebecca Farms

written by: Rick Sheremeta

When most people think about a sporting event, the sport of Eventing is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. In fact a good number of people may have never even heard of it. Eventing is a grueling test designed to assess the training, ability and strength of a horse, together with the bond and trust shared between horse and rider. The roots of Eventing began as a means of testing military horses that had to possess highly disciplined traits. The events are divided into three categories. The first, Dressage, is an equestrian art form likened to ballet. Dressage requires great Read more »

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Turkey and the Art of Travel Photography

written by: Steve Dreyer

There are many articles on travel photography that hit the usual “hot button” checklist, but many photographers want to make their images more unique than the typical photos seen in travel brochures or on the web. This article is about my recent trip to Turkey and how I approached several situations in the field. Turkey had never been on my list—until recently. A country divided between Asia and Europe, it seemed like a great place to make interesting images, even of often-photographed locations. I wanted to capture historical, cultural and modern aspects of the country during my trip. I spent Read more »

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Field Work

What Gear to Bring into the Field– and What to Leave Behind
written by: Pete Myers

As a fine–arts photographer, my summer fieldwork is critical to photographing enough images for a successful year. Last year I completed two trips: the first in July, when I was up in the far northwest corner of California, and the redwoods were my subject matter. For the second, in August, the bristlecone pines of the White Mountains in the eastern Sierra and the rock formations in Lone Pine played through my lens. My approach to photography is influenced by the work of aeronautic innovator Kelly Johnson, the legendary leader of the Lockheed Skunk Works. Johnson was responsible for coining the term Read more »

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Chasing Shadows

The Art of Photographing Sand Dunes
written by: Chuck Graham

Northwest winds finally relented after midnight, so I was anticipating natural works of art the following morning, 90 minutes west of where I live in Santa Barbara, CA. By the time I arrived at my destination it was still dark but I could hear the surf crashing on the windswept deserted beach at the Guadalupe—Nipomo Sand Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. The largest intact coastal dune ecosystem on the West Coast of the U.S., the refuge is one of my favorite places to photograph because of its 500-foot-tall dunes that ascend straight out of the Pacific Ocean. Stabilized by consistent northwest Read more »