Among millions of hectares of fields there is one that stands out in a special way. The blooming oilseed rape in the shape of a heart in this picturesque environment paints harmoniously the concept of love for nature.
Island of Love by Jeremiasz GÄ…dek
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A striking aerial photo of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone, the biggest hot spring in the United States and third in the world.
Mirror of the Land by Shihui Liu
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An apparently abstract aerial image paints a group of flamingoes in flight, creating a sense of peace whilst magnifying the surrounding nature.
“For me, time, timing and timelessness are vital components of photography,” says Daniel Ronnback, and nowhere is that truer than with his recent project centring on Norway’s Lofoten Islands. The adventure shoot saw Daniel scaling some of the archipelago’s most vertiginous peaks in both summer and winter conditions, meaning he was really aware of the distinct changes in landscape.
Wildlife photography Adventuring in her Native Canada and Beyond
Valberg points out that making a living as a wildlife photographer is not the easiest thing to do, especially before you’ve had a chance to make a name for yourself. For nearly two decades, she took wildlife photos as a hobby and earned a living through wedding and portrait photography. She employed a team of photographers at her thriving Ottawa, Ontario, studio, which at one point averaged 115 weddings a year.
About 12 years ago, Valberg decided to scratch the wildlife photography itch, setting out to publish a photography book on Canada’s wild places. It would have a positive environmental message—“what we have in our own country and what we have to lose if we don’t take better care of it,” she explains. She began the project at the top of the world near Pond Inlet, Canada, on the floe edge, “where the ice ends and the water opens up.” In springtime the ice begins to thaw and break off, drawing an array of wildlife who come to feed—narwhals, polar bears, walrus, seals, various species of birds. “As I stood there and waited for the animals to come to me, I went, OK, this is truly my calling. I need to do this all the time.” After that point, Valberg’s portrait and wedding work shifted to a side hustle. These days, she makes her living making wildlife photos.
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Photographing natural landscapes is always exciting and we go to beautiful locations to discover, explore and capture our experience. Gaining the confidence and understanding of how to build these images to an award-winning standard can be a very fulfilling and worthwhile pursuit and empower you to share more of your work and grow much more into your potential as an image-maker. This eBook has been developed over time to contain some great tools and reflections to this end.
I have handpicked a selection of landscape images that have received an array of national and international photographic awards and accolades to showcase and explore in depth key aspects of composition, technique, light and storytelling that help contribute to their success.
Unlock the ingredients to stunning photos you’ll be proud of
“My goal with this book is to share my knowledge, accelerate your journey to creating award winning imagery and hopefully save you valuable time and avoid much of the heart break I have been through in the process.“ Ignacio Palacios
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