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Monthly Archives: November 2016

22 Nov 2016

Behind the Photo: Morning Fire Detail

The night was a rocky one for me.

Thunderstorms battered the area with winds knocking my car around and lightning fracturing the sky. I was quite literally in the middle of the storm. I can only best describe it as a sight to be seen but not slept through.

So, being awake considerably earlier than usual, I was first in line to get up to Clingman’s Dome. But with the storms from the night prior, many threatening looking clouds lingered around. I was actually worried I wouldn’t get any star or sunrise photos.
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04 Nov 2016

Common Traits That Make Great Photos, Part 2

Outdoor Photographer | Russ Burden | October 24, 2016

Take a moment to think about the most famous photo you know. What made you choose that picture?

In last week’s tip (Common Traits That Make Great Photos, Part 1), I explained how dramatic light, good subjects and good composition can help you create images that leave an impact. This week, in part two of this two-part series, I’ll share three more common traits that make great photos.

Trait #4 – Decisive Moment: The decisive moment is a term made famous by Henri Cartier-Bresson. He was a street photographer who intuitively knew the precise second to press the shutter. He didn’t rely on high-speed motor drive. It’s a lot easier to capture the decisive moment with today’s technology and frame per second rate, but it still requires anticipation, knowledge of the subject and fast reflexes.

03 Nov 2016

Common Traits That Make Great Photos, Part 1

Outdoor Photographer | Russ Burden | October 17, 2016

Take a moment to think about the most famous photo you know. What made you choose that picture?

Think of another equally powerful one. What made you choose that image? Come up with an additional five. Were they all black-and-white, color or a combination? Were there emotional ties to any? Were any of family members? Were they of a specific genre—for instance nature, news event or portrait? Were there commonalities among them—things like dramatic light, strong composition, impact, saturated color, etc.? The reason I asked the above questions is to get you to think about why certain images leave an impact. In this two-part series, I share six common traits that make great photos that leave an impression.

02 Nov 2016

Help From Above: Aerial Photography For Science

Outdoor Photographer | Christopher Boyer | October 24, 2016

Aerial photography makes it possible to collect data for conservation research that would be difficult, if not impossible, to get on foot or by other means

It’s still dark when I climb into Red Plane, Four-Six-Bravo. As it is with my cameras, vision is not necessary to operate the buttons, dials and switches—muscle memory guides me through the startup sequence: magnetos, mixture, throttle, master, prop, starter button. The engine catches after the third revolution, oil pressure climbs into the green, and moments later I’m ascending southbound over Montana’s Gallatin Valley, a faint glow on the eastern horizon.

My GPS displays a tortuous path through some of the highest, most remote and most beautiful terrain in Montana and northern Wyoming, where I will locate and photograph 145 high-elevation ice patches scattered through the Teton, Gros Ventre, Hoback and Wind River mountain ranges.