The Land Before Time – Michael Kittell   10 comments


The Land Before Time - Michael Kittell

The Land Before Time – Michael Kittell

Wow- checkout more spectacular landscapes on Michael’s facebook and website

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Enter Michael

I have been a photographer for a number of years, and have only recently started to do so professionally. I’m an alpine climber, so most of my work focuses on mountains, climbing, and climbing culture.

Sometimes you just get lucky. I was recently on a photography trip to the Palouse Country in Washington State. I was photographing some flowers in the evening light, when I turned around for a moment and saw this outrageous (and ephemeral) scene… the shadow of Steptoe Butte was stretching miles long under the dying thunderheads, and a rainbow was touching down. Unbelievable.

Nothing was added or removed. Only rather slight changes made to contrast, exposure, and saturation.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/2.8 L
Settings: 1/30 sec, f/10, ISO 250

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Devils Backbone – Justin Gazlay   4 comments


Devils Backbone - Justin Gazlay

Devils Backbone – Justin Gazlay

Checkout Justin’s blog –, google+ –, and facebook –

A few of my favourite photos from Justin’s blog:

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Enter Justin

Hello, my name is Justin. I am an amateur photographer. I have been taking photos for the last 3 years or so. I was a film major in College. This gave me a basic understanding of how the camera works and how to achieve certain varying depth of field and exposures.

About 3 years ago I stumbled upon Trey Ratcliff’s blog. I was so amazed at what could be created through the HDR process and immediately had to try it our for myself.

I had basically no success with it when I started as my results looked very strange and awful. So I continued to take bracket shot of scenes with a high dynamic range but I didn’t start to figure out how to process them with success until about 1 year ago.

Of course not all of my photos are HDR, as many scenes have a low dynamic range, but a majority of them are. I really prefer to shoot landscapes and nature. Really the only portraits I do are of my family.

I took this photo last Thanksgiving near my parents house. We were staying there for the holiday and my brother-in-law wanted to go for a hike early Thanksgiving morning. I somewhat begrudgingly agreed (who wants to get up early on a holiday?). We went up to this jagged rock formation right along the foothills that is called the Devil’s Backbone. Once I was there I was very glad I agreed as the clouds were making some really interesting shapes. I took this from one of the highest points along the trailing, looking back at the Devil’s Backbone. In order to get all the detail in the rocks and the brightly illuminated clouds I bracketed the shot with 3 exposures at -2, 0, +2.

For my bracketed shots I combine them first in Photomatix. I then bring the tonemapped version from Photomatix into Photoshop along with all of the originals. In Photoshop I use layers and masks to blend different parts of the originals into the Photomatix version.

After I combined these in Photomatix and then Photoshop I realized that I found the lines in the rocks, foothills and clouds the most interesting part of the photo. I decided on a black and white treatment to help really focus on this aspect of the photo. I performed the black and white conversion in Lightroom.

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm
Settings: 1/50 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 24mm

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Bastei, Elbe, Germany – Boris Buschardt   8 comments


Bastei, Elbe, Germany - Boris Buschardt

Bastei, Elbe, Germany – Boris Buschardt

Bori’s landscapes are absolutely breathtaking- i’m sure you will agree: I’ve really struggled to pick “favourites” but here are a few more tasters!

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Enter Boris

I started with travel photography 27 years ago at the age of 17 with a two month trip through the USA. My first serious camera was a Nikon F3 with just a 50 mm lens. As a student I spent nearly three months in the rainforest of Costa Rica taking macro images of insects, frogs and reptiles.
Since 1999 I’ve specialised in landscape photography in and around the wild places of this planet. I’m always looking for dramatic and beautiful light and clean compositions. My preferred subjects at the moment are flowing water and rainforests. Typically I use lenses in the range between 15 mm and 60 mm and often GND and ND filters.

The image was shot on a weekend photography trip together with some friends from the Fred Miranda Alt Forum. Since I know this place very well, the hardest things was to get up early enough to be there one hour before sunrise. And we really had some luck with the fog combined with some great light, which you won’t get very often at this place.

All post processing was done in Lightroom besides some slight adjustments of white point, black point, contrast etc. I used the great digital GND function of LR to darken the sky a bit.

Camera: Leica M9
Lens: Leica Super-Elmar 3.8/18mm Asph
Settings: 1/2 sec, f/11, ISO 160, 18mm

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Fyledalen Sparrowhawk – Alan Jones   14 comments


Fyledalen Sparrowhawk - Alan Jones

Fyledalen Sparrowhawk – Alan Jones

Checkout more of Alan’s work on his site: here are a few of my favourites:

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Enter Alan

My first camera was a Kodak Brownie so I guess I’ve been taking photographs for a while.

I’m an architect and a conservationist so the subjects range from landscapes and wildlife to people and buildings. I like the images to stand alone and not necessarily tell a story so visual impact is important.

This image is from a walk through Fyledalen, a wooded valley in southern Sweden beyond my garden. The image captures two dramatic moments a few minutes apart; a sudden burst of sunlight through the tree canopy and a hunting sparrowhawk that flew low across a wooded clearing in pursuit of prey. The first image capturing the shaft of sunlight called out for a focal point so I have added the bird, rendered the result in monochrome and pushed the contrast.

A lot of digital images are manipulated and generate debate about how honest a photograph is or should be. The final result here captures exactly the events of the occasion and has the visual impact I wanted but is it honest?

That’s an answer for someone else to provide.

Camera: Nikon D80
Settings: 1/60 sec, f/4.2, ISO 250, 70mm

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Shipwrecked, Florida – Karsun Designs Photography   6 comments


Shipwrecked, Florida - Karsun Designs Photography

Shipwrecked, Florida – Karsun Designs Photography

We have featured Karsun Designs Photography before, with their stunning Peacock: . You can checkout their website and like them on facebook Here are a few more of my faves:

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Enter Kim

We love anything to do with the weather, the beach or abandoned things. While we love taking photos of people as well, this is our first love.

We had read about this boat washing up on the beach on July 4th and wanted to check it out. Due to the weather, our ”swim with the dolphins” tour was rescheduled so we headed out to try to find it. We hit some storms on the way but by the time we arrived at the beach the rain had stopped.

We knew the general location but had to ask someone how to find it. We were able to park nearby and take a beautiful walk to the beach on a set path and there it was.

We don’t know how long it’ll stay there so we’re glad we were able to get its photo.

Camera: Nikon D3100
Settings: 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 100
Post Processing: Adobe Lightroom 

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Autumn Reflection, Loch Drunkie, Trossachs – Stuart Lamont   6 comments


Autumn Reflection, Loch Drunkie, Trossachs - Stuart Lamont

Autumn Reflection, Loch Drunkie, Trossachs – Stuart Lamont

Spectacular shot, and plenty more where that came from! Checkout Stuart’s website – here are a few more of my faves:

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Enter Stuart

I’ve been taking photo’s on and off now for over 25 years, but most of that time I was taking photographs of the kids and family, it wasn’t till I joined the local camera club in 2004 that my interest in Landscape photography developed. I drew great inspiration from fellow members and I knew that this was the type of photography I wanted to do.

This shot was taken late October last year, I was actually out for a Sunrise shot at a different location a few miles away, however all of a sudden I was surrounded by about 8 other photographers who had the same idea. I decided that I would relocate, I had been to this loch before but when I drove down the hill on that particular morning the scene before me just took my breath away, the Loch was so still and the reflection was like a mirror, the colour of the trees also gave the image a boost, I couldn’t get the camera bag & tripod out of the boot quick enough and immediately headed to the loch side, this is actually a vertical panoramic shot, 4 x shots were taken and stitched in Photoshop to produce the image, I wanted to capture the whole loch side without any distortion so I thought this would be the best way of doing it rather than just one wide-angle shot, the clouds look like the image was a long exposure due the soft feel to them. The 4 x images were then processed in Lightroom 4 and then stitched in CS5 to produce the final shot.

Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: 16-35 F4VR
Settings: 1/15 sec, f/16, ISO 100, 28mm

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