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Using the Gold-N-Blue Polarizer

In Polarizing Filters by George WilsonLeave a Comment

In mid-February 2020, my good friend and photography mentor, George Wilson and I departed in the darkness of the early morning for the drive from Orlando, FL to Smyrna Dunes Park, several miles north of the Kennedy Space Center. Our goal was to catch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean before walking north along the boardwalk towards Ponce de Leon Inlet to photograph the sand dunes. We arrived at the entrance gate just as it was opening, and the Ranger gave us …

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In Equipment & Technique, Polarizing Filters by Tom BolLeave a Comment

I recently walked in the door from photographing bears for two solid weeks. 16,000 images of bears doing about everything you can imagine. Honestly, we had some of the best weather I have ever seen in Alaska in this area (I was there in June, and it rained multiple days). And we also got lucky with a very strong red salmon run. My main setup was a D6 with 500mm 5.6 PF for tight wildlife, and a Z7II with 24-200mm for scenic …

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The Benefit of Using The Vinny Colucci Extended Grad Filter

In Equipment & Technique, Polarizing Filters by Vinny ColucciLeave a Comment

The Extended Grad Filter is an extension of the Galen Rowell graduated filters. The filter is available in 1-Stop through 4-stop densities. The typical soft grad filter is dark along the top end of the filter. It is placed over the bright part of the sky to even out the exposure with the rest of the scene. This works very well in somewhat even lighting at early morning or the end of the day when you have lower warm light. …

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Expect The Unexpected

In Polarizing Filters by Don SmithLeave a Comment

Life is full of unexpected moments, so why would it be any different for our photography? There are not a lot of what I would call “truisms” when it comes to the art side of our craft, but one truism should be counted on, and that is, to always expect or anticipate the unexpected. This can apply to nature and to the human beings who interact with nature. Yet here’s the key, when the unexpected happens, be ready to react. …

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In ND Filters by Don Smith1 Comment

 Waning Light at Black Sand Beach, Vik, Iceland. Sony a7RIV, Sony 24-105mm, f/14, 30 seconds, ISO 100, Singh-Ray 5-stop Mor-Slo ND French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson by all accounts was the earliest pioneer of street photography and a master at capturing unique candid moments – later to be termed a “decisive moment.” He was also a co-founder of Magnum Photos. In 1952, Cartier-Bresson published a book of images that was titled in English, “The Decisive Moment.” It included a portfolio of …

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Yosemite Moonbows

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters by Russ Bishop8 Comments

Moonbow and starry sky over Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite National Park is a mecca for adventure and nature photography with its steep granite walls, lush meadows, alpine spires, and booming waterfalls. I’ve spent four decades exploring its unique features and it always feels like home whenever I return. But as with any well-loved location, it’s easy to find yourself in a creative quandary when it comes to seeking out new perspectives. With iconic landmarks around every turn, …