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 […]

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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.

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.

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.

International Community Creates Massive Marine Reserve

Adventure Journal | Brian Khan | October 31, 2016

24 countries agree to preserve 600,000 square miles of Antarctic waters.

The creatures of the Southern Ocean just got a lot more space to roam freely. On Thursday, 24 countries and the European Union agreed to set aside a 600,000-square-mile swath of ocean — roughly twice the size of Texas — off the coast of Antarctica as a marine protected area.

It’s taken years of negotiations to get to this point, but the end result is the largest marine protected area ever created. More than two-thirds of the ocean set aside was designated a marine reserve, closing it to fishing and making it a particularly safe space for marine life to weather the pressures of climate change and overfishing. It’s a technique that’s had success in other parts of the world and in addition, scientists will also be able to use the Ross Sea as a baseline in the coming years to assess the impacts of climate change on the marine food web.

Behind the Photo: South Fork

My first backpacking trip happened in one of my favorite parks. I had built up the Tetons in my mind for so many years and yet when I arrived, it still managed to surpass all of my dreams. Our trip consisted of a simple out and back, overnight trip up Cascade Canyon to a campground about a mile down the South Fork of the Teton Crest Trail. The hike was easy going and the views were spectacular. Along the way […]

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Utah Sells Critical Desert Land to Farm Corporation

Adventure Journal | Steve Casimiro | October 20, 2016

Really think the feds should turn over lands to the states? Environmentalists are up in arms over land dump to private hands.

Comb Ridge is a dramatic reef of rock that stretches for 80 miles across northern Arizona and southern Utah and has served as barrier, landmark, and home back through the millennia. And through all those years, across the majority of that land, it’s remained open and public. But the state of Utah, which is the most vociferous of the states demanding the federal lands be turned over to state control, just sold 391 acres of Comb Ridge to a private party, Lyman Family Farms.

The transaction went through despite the strong opposition of locals and environmentalists.

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.

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