Our Natural World

Our Natural World Photo Contest Winners

ournaturalworld12aCongratulations Grand Jury Winner “AUS_Wyndham36″ by ejpeiker
“What an amazing image this is! This was taken from above and what we see is a river with branches of inlets coming off of it like limbs of a tree. I love seeing nature reflect itself in patterns and textures. I felt this image was worthy of the Grand Prize because of it’s unique perspective of the world and the beauty of the nature’s art. Beautifully captured. Congratulations!” – Laurie Rubin
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ournaturalworld12bCongratulations Runner Up “The early bird catches all.” by marnarojas
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ournaturalworld12cCongratulations Runner Up “Elowah Falls in December with High Water by Michael Matti” by MichaelMatti
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ournaturalworld12dCongratulations Runner Up “Lonely Tree” by travisdaldy
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ournaturalworld12eCongratulations People’s Choice “Punch Bowl Falls” by jxsnyder
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Our Natural World Photo Contest Winners
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USA Landscape Photographer of the Year

The USA Landscape Photographer of the Year reveals the country’s vast and sublime geography.

usalpoty12aSunrise Illuminates Mount Rainier by Alex Noriega
Overall Winner, Adult
Nikon D600, 35mm, f/11, ISO 100. ‘Mount Rainier in Washington dominates the landscape,’ says Alex. ‘I knew I wanted something with a mid ground, and not a simple mirrored reflection from the shore of a lake. I found that spot here, high above Upper Tipsoo Lake, where the trees seemed to perfectly cradle the distant mountain and display the autumn foliage.’
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usalpoty12bHalema’uma’u Crater by Raiatea Arcuri
Youth Winner, My USA
Sony Alpha 7S, 24mm, 20secs at f/2.8, ISO 500. ‘This was captured along the Kilauea Iki trail in Volcanoes National Park,’ says Raiatea. ‘I hiked down into the crater to capture some timelapse shots. However, my lenses fogged up and, disappointed, I hiked back to the top. When I got there, I was greeted by an amazing spectacle. The smoke plume coming out of the active crater looked twisted like a hurricane.’
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usalpoty12cMammatus Makers by Terry Koyama
Winner, Environmental Value
Sony Alpha 7R II, 16-35mm, 1/4sec at f/4, ISO 100. ‘On this day there was storm activity in Kansas,’ says Terry. ‘Mammatus clouds could be seen for miles. The view from the wind turbines was surreal. As the sun set, the sky had an otherworldly red-orange glow.’
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usalpoty12dWaimea Bay Beast, Oahu, Hawaii by Terry Koyama
Winner, Black & White
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 200-400mm, 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 800. ‘Although Waimea Bay was breaking, it was not an epic day compared to its big wave standards,’ says Terry. ‘But as the swells rolled into the inside there was more than enough energy to bring the shore break alive. The conditions were ideal as these enormous waves crashed on the shore producing huge explosions of white water.’
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usalpoty12eMain Strike by James Menzies
Winner, Classic View
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 17-40mm, 20secs at f/10, ISO 320. ‘For many years I have been travelling to Arizona for monsoon storm chasing for two weeks in the season,’ says James. ‘Until my birthday this year, I had failed to obtain any real lightning at the Grand Canyon. On this day an approaching storm started dropping a few bolts, so I got into position at Lipan Point on the South Rim just in case it lasted a bit longer. As the storm approached the canyon around sunset, the lightning increased. As it started rolling over the North Rim, it let loose with one of the most prolific lightning displays I have ever seen. I could feel the heat of the lightning as it was only striking one or two miles away.’
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usalpoty12fCoastal lava tubes by Raiatea Arcuri
Overall Youth Winner
Sony Alpha 6000, 12mm, 0.4sec at f/11, ISO 100. This was captured along the Kona coast on the Big Island of Hawaii,’ says Raiatea. ‘What makes the Big Island special is the presence of lava tubes. Some of these tubes at the coast cause amazing water motion as the waves push water in and out. It can be an epic experience capturing it! The water can surge up to your waist and recede into the tube, creating a nice waterfall.’
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usalpoty12gA Mysterious Lone Figure by Az Jackson
Winner, My USA
Canon EOS 5D, 24mm, 1/40sec at f/5.6, ISO 800. In this image taken in Brooklyn, New York, we find the lone figure of a man holding an umbrella while walking from the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge. As you can see, the mist surrounds him and helps to create an image of atmosphere. It’s further assisted by the fact that Az has chosen to convert his image to black & white, emphasising the graphic scene.
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usalpoty12hPolytechnic University of Florida by Souvik Dutta
Urban adult – Winner
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usalpoty12iThe Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Fort Point in San Francisco by Kyle Wolfe
Urban youth – Winner
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USA Landscape Photographer of the Year
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Portfolio Nature | Montier

Portfolio Nature
Les plus belles images du festival de Montier

montier12aLaurent Grigord
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montier12bM. Goh
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montier12cDavid Gaultier
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montier12dXavier Delorme
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montier12eTony Crocetta
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Portfolio Nature
Les plus belles images du festival de Montier

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Create Your Own Style in Street Photography

Street photography has grown and rebelled against dogmas. It’s time for your own style.
Photos & Text: Gathot Subroto

gathotsubroto12a gathotsubroto12b gathotsubroto12c gathotsubroto12d gathotsubroto12eIt is frequently asked why those people, including me, choose street photography; why don’t they choose such other photography genres as landscape, fashion, culture, food and others? Certainly the answers could be diverse, different from one to another.

One of the most general reasons is its practicality. Street photography is easy to do. We just go out and interact with public spaces around us. All the places offer different stories and interactions making the street photography not expensive. Wo don’t need to go far away by plane to find its subjects, and also don’t need to buy expensive photography equipments.

I myself knew street photography because of my curiosity and I wanted to try something new. It was the beginning before I then explored and felt that there was something interesting in the genre.

gathotsubroto12fGathot Subroto
Active in photography since 1990 when he was involved in publishing his campus magazine, he has learned photography autodidactically. He works now as a civil servant at the Indonesia Ministry of Finance. He is one of Indonesian X-photographers – official photographers of Fujifilm Corp.

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Exposure 101st Edition

FOCUS First: A System for Better Photos

Recently Mark Alberhasky, photographer and leader of mentor and private photo treks, told us about a particularly effective mnemonic he’s been giving his students to help them organize their thoughts when approaching a subject. He’s found that a simple, useful, structured system goes a long way in helping them achieve better images, and his mnemonic for that system—FOCUS—not only presents important ideas in an order that makes sense in the creative process, it also suggests to the students that to get better images, they’ve got to think before they shoot. “Great shots are the product of creative intent,” Mark says, “and as soon as the students start thinking about the mnemonic, they’re engaging in the creative process.”

Here’s how FOCUS works:

markalberhasky12aFOCUS = OPTIMIZE ISO


markalberhasky12cFOCUS = UNLEASH THE INNER YOU

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FOCUS First: A System for Better Photos by Mark Alberhasky
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When the Past Speaks

When the Past Speaks
For eight years Mark Luscombe-Whyte refined the wet plate collodion process by taking images of his neighbours in rural France. The results go beyond a simple translation of a technique to a set of portraits full of narrative.
Anna Bonita Evans reports.

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“The look you get through wet plate isn’t particularly flattering, it can make a subject look 10 years older than they are – or as if they’ve spent a lot of time under a sunbed – but I still couldn’t get it out of my mind.”

“I often think about what potters say: when throwing a pot it’s the first 1000 that are the hardest. It’s the same with collodion.”

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Mark Luscombe-Whyte Photography
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Black+White Photography January Issue 198

The Big B&W Issue

Lens Magazine | The Big B&W Issue
Fine Art Photography Magazine – December 2016

lensmagazine12a“This recognition, in real life, of a rhythm of surfaces, lines, and values is for me the essence of photography; composition should be a constant of preoccupation, being a simultaneous coalition – an organic coordination of visual elements.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
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lensmagazine12cAmir Appel
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The Big B&W Issue
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