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13 Dec 2016

Recreation Is Tougher on Critters Than You Might Think

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Adventure Journal | Taylor Grant | December 13, 2016

Non-motorized has more impact than motorized? A new study shows some surprising results.

Most of us human-powered adventurers like to think we move through the wilderness with a minimum of impact. Leave no trace, right? That’s for motorcycles and ATVs and snow machines. Well, not so fast. A new study, or rather, a meta-study of other studies, found that the effect of human recreation on animals is tangible, substantial, widespread, and greater than previously thought.

The study was a joint effort by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Colorado State University, and University of California-Berkeley. It looked at 274 other studies worldwide and found that they documented human impact on animals in 93 percent of the cases, most of it negative. Surprisingly, signs pointed to non-motorized recreation having a greater negative effect that motorized.

06 Dec 2016

How the Parks of Tomorrow Will Be Different

National Geographic | Michelle Nijhuis | November 20, 2016

America’s most special places will always be beautiful, but a warming climate forces us to accept that they can’t be frozen in time.

Assateague Island National Seashore, which sits on a 37-mile-long sliver of land just off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, is gradually shuffling west. Over centuries, as hurricanes and nor’easters drive sand from its Atlantic beaches across the island and into its bayside marshes, the entire island is scooting closer to the coast.

“It’s neat, isn’t it?” says Ishmael Ennis, hunching against a stiff spring wind. “Evolution!” He grins at the beach before him. It’s littered with tree stumps, gnarled branches, and chunks of peat the size of seat cushions—the remains of a marsh that once formed the western shore of the island. Later buried by storm-shifted sand, it’s now resurfacing to the east, as the island shuffles on.

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.

18 Oct 2016

Planet Earth II – The Planet’s Wilder Side

Fstoppers | Wouter du Toit | October 18, 2016

We know that if something is narrated by David Attenborough, it’s going to be special.

And to make it even more of a go-see, the original score is produced by award-winning Hans Zimmer who gave us the score to Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Inception to name a few. BBC used the latest filming technologies to get up close and personal to these creatures we seldom see or think about as being part of this eco-system on Earth.

The shots are incredible. The camera gets up close to the animals. Whether it’s birds, a monkey jumping from one branch to the next in a dense forest or the battles between two males just shows how much more there is to see in this natural kingdom and how new technologies can make it possible.

07 Oct 2016

Finding The Right Track

Mountain Goat at Logan Pass - Glacier National Park, Montana

Outdoor Photographer | Text & Photography By Melissa Groo | January 14, 2016

Now, more than ever, we need an open discussion on the ethics of wildlife photography

This is the best time in history to be a wildlife photographer, and this is the worst time in history to be a wild animal. That statement might sound extreme, but consider the facts.

It has never been easier to find a wild subject. Online databases, photography forums, texting and social media yield instant information on the location of a bird or other animal—often with GPS coordinates. Workshops that promise spectacular shots of wildlife in thrilling destinations abound. Thermal-imaging devices locate dens and nests; camera traps, drones and buggies find and track elusive animals.

03 Oct 2016

Seven Life Lessons Photographer Jimmy Nelson Has Learned From Photography

Fstoppers | Dustin Levine | October 3, 2016

Photographer Jimmy Nelson has spent over 30 years traveling around the globe taking pictures, mostly photographing indigenous cultures by using his camera as a tool to make contact and build relationships with unknown communities around the planet.

In this video, Nelson shares seven life lessons that he has personally learned through his photography experiences during his worldwide adventures.

The Seven Lessons

  • Humor
  • Knowledge
  • Vulnerability
  • […]
02 Oct 2016

Focus, Near And Far

Outdoor Photographer | George Lepp | October 2, 2016

Glass Vs. Air For Close Focus

Q: When would it be best to use macro diopters vs. extension tubes? I do a lot of backpacking, and I’m looking to make my camera kit as versatile as possible with the least amount of weight. –Seminar Participant

A: A great variety of tools and techniques will bring you closer to your subject, but the fact that you’re looking to stay compact and lightweight for backpacking will narrow the choices somewhat.

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.