Dronescapes explores the brand new world of drone photographers using distance to offer a new perspective on the world around us.
Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, USA By Romeo Durscher
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Lake Guerlédan, France By Nicolas Charles
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Miami, USA By iMaerial_com
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil By Alexandre Salem
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Saint-Malo, France By Easy Ride
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Today Dronestagram is the world’s leading drone photography website, boasting a community of over 10,000 members that continues to grow and rediscover the world around them. Although not often talked about, the abilities of quadcopters go far beyond beautiful landscapes and surveillance – drone photographers explore textures, light and shadow, the interaction between wildlife and technology, as well as the art of perspective and dilapidated buildings.
Born in Iran and living in Germany ever since, Benny is one of the most successful wildlife photographers of this century. Until now he has organized and carried out numerous film, photo, environmental protection, and adventure expeditions to several countries. He is famous for his extreme close-up portraits of dangerous wildlife of Africa by approaching within feet of the animals.
More than 20 years ago, I came in contact with several environment protection organizations and learned about the various abuses caused to wild animals by greedy people and companies. They ruthlessly destroyed nature and had already exterminated many species of animals, while others were on the brink of it.
When we started helping out endangered species, mainly elephants, whales and rhinoceroses, we had to take several extensive measures to protect them.
Hamiltons presents Salt: Vanity, an exhibition of the most recent work by Australian photographer Murray Fredericks. The Vanity series is a continuation of Fredericks’ renowned Salt series, previously exhibited at Hamiltons in Salt, 2007, Salt II, 2009 and Recent Work, 2014 – 2015. In this next cycle of the project, Fredericks introduces a mirror into the previously undisturbed landscape.
Australian photographer Murray Fredericks’ long relationship with Lake Eyre, where his most recent series Vanity has been produced, commenced in 2003, and to date consists of twenty journeys to the centre of the lake where he photographs for weeks at a time in the vast and infinite landscape. Fredericks is not interested in documenting the literal forms of the landscape. He views the landscape as medium in itself which, when represented in a photograph, has the potential to convey the emotional quality of his experience and relationship to the lake.
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Tips and tricks for high contrast scenes by Dietmar Temps
It’s summer, time for travelling and also peak season for nature and travel photography. Digital cameras are still getting better and better and easier to use. However, sometimes it is quite disappointing that a picture such as a historic city alley either is partly underexposed with huge dark shadow areas, or the roofs and the sky are extremely overexposed. Although it is possible to review the image immediately in the display on the camera, the problem can often only be addressed at home in the post-processing workflow, and then it might be too late to fix the image in order to get a beautiful photograph.
Experienced photographers can handle dynamic ranges of 10 to 11 EV
Many travel and landscape photography pictures have very high contrast. “Dynamic range” is the term for the range of light intensity from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights and it is measured in “exposure values” (EV), also commonly called “stops”. Our eyes are able to adapt to see high contrast scenes but the dynamic range of the sensor of a digital camera is limited. Unfortunately the dynamic range of monitors, photographic paper or print is even more limited. A dynamic range of an image of about 8 to 9 EV is usually no problem. Experienced photographers can handle dynamic ranges of 10 to 11 EV quite well with exact exposure settings and with the help of calibrated monitors. But what about high contrast scenes with a dynamic range of 14 EV and higher? In particular landscape photography offers a wide range of high contrast scenes: idyllic sunsets by the seaside, backlit photography or scenes in high mountain regions.
An important rule in photography is to avoid high contrast in the first place. Many professional landscape photographers shoot only early in the morning or between late afternoon and evening because the light is much softer. Long shadows can be avoided when the sun is at the back of the photographer. Foreground subjects in backlit photography should be placed in front of a dark background because the high contrast can only be recognized as a small light fringe around the foreground subject. Long shadows might be wonderful for creative photography, but the final picture should offer enough details in dark shadow areas as well. The dynamic range of a scene can be simply reviewed with the help of the brightness histogram on the rear screen of the camera or manually calculated with contrast measurement. If the dynamic range of a scene or subject exceeds 10 or 11 EV the photographer should probably try out one of the following approaches.
Travel Photography: Tips and Tricks for High Contrast Scenes
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Welcome to the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards. Competition entries open until 18 August 2017.
The RSPCA Young Photographer Awards is open to anyone aged 18 or younger. The aim of the competition is to encourage young people’s interest in photography and their appreciation and understanding of the animals around them.
Kyle Moore | Rainy Days
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Magnus McLeod | Unlucky perch
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Owen Gee | Draw the long straw
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Jake Kneale | Where now?
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Mairi Eyres | Ant on patrol
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RSPCA Young Photographer Awards
Competition entries open until 18 August 2017
more info at rspca