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Monthly Archives: September 2016

21 Sep 2016

Techniques For Fall Color Photography

Chimney Tops Panorama – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Outdoor Photographer | Text & Photography By Kurt Budliger | September 21, 2016

No matter where you live or travel this fall season, try these 10 creative techniques to make your best autumn images yet

As a Vermont-based photographer, there is no better time of year to be prowling the back roads than late September and early October. In fact, there is no place I would rather be, and I plan my entire schedule around being home for this amazing time of year. If you have never experienced an autumn season in New England, you definitely should add it to your bucket list. For those who can’t make the pilgrimage to New England, there are many other fantastic locations throughout the U.S. and abroad for great fall color. No matter where you live or travel this fall season, try these 10 creative techniques for fall color photography to make your best autumn images yet.

14 Sep 2016

Seeing In Black And White

Perfect Fins – Arches National Park, Utah

Outdoor Photographer | Text & Photography By William Neill | September 14, 2016

When you get to a certain age, one often looks back at events that shaped who you are, and how you got there.

I am from the Baby Boomer generation, so forgive me for dwelling on the past for a moment here. I have been making many black-and-white images lately, and often while doing so, I’ve remembered a few of the key influences that have affected my explorations into monochromatic photography.

In college, I took two basic black-and-white photo courses in my university’s art department. My professor disliked Ansel Adams’s work, was not into “pretty” nature photography, and had a distain for color images. As a somewhat rebellious 21-year-old growing up in the 1970s, his opinions were a “perfect storm” for me to resist his efforts to guide my creative efforts away from what inspired me to photograph: wilderness and color imagery. The professor and I battled through our opposing viewpoints for those two semesters. I wanted to do color so badly that I started toning my black-and-white darkroom prints with a blue tint! Not a good look, but I was a stubborn redhead! The reason I made photographs was to record and share the natural beauty I was experiencing in wild places.