Naturaleza: fauna y flora

Naturaleza: fauna y flora

« Bufo calamita » – Luis Antonio Clemente
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« The look » – Javier Morales
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« ¡A comer! » – Javier Bueno
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« Mussol » – Vicente Puchol
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« Audrany » – Vicente Puchol
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Naturaleza: fauna y flora
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2016 Annual Readers’ Contest: The Winners and Finalists

« A truly amazing collection of work by our talented readers. »

Grand Prize Winner!
During one of his frequent work-related visits to the Northern California coast, Aaron Feinberg noticed that he had once marked a location in Google Maps and the Photographer’s Ephemeris, two apps he uses to keep track of shooting locations. “Driving there I had forgotten what had made me mark the spot, but, upon arriving, I had an idea,” he recounts. While the scenery was breathtaking, Feinberg wanted to do justice to the architectural form of the cave. “The sweeping walls of the cave draw the viewers into the frame, and the light and sky do the rest,” he says. To make his image match more closely what he saw, he made two exposures—one of the starry sky and one of the cave and surroundings—and composited them in post. “This twilight image was taken as a way to get enough depth of field using a lower ISO before the light dropped too much, and the sky image was taken with star-shooting settings.
TECH INFO: Nikon D800 with 14–24mm f/2.8 Nikon AF-S FX Nikkor lens at 14mm. Sky: 30 sec at f/3.5, ISO 3200. Cave: 4 sec at f/6.3, ISO 800. Edited in Lightroom 5 and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.
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Animals Category Winner
During an afternoon walk in early spring through Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, Christopher MacDonald spotted a fox perched on a snowbank. Having already set up with his tripod-mounted camera to shoot a pine marten hurrying up a tree, the photographer was able to instantaneously transition to photographing the fox once it appeared in his line of sight. “I love foxes as subjects, especially in the winter when their coats are full and colorful,” he says. “When I looked at the scene I knew I wanted a portrait that showed both the fox and the snow accumulation on its head. With the dark background and falling snow, a tighter shot seemed appropriate to me.” MacDonald worked to make his furry portrait subject stand out against the darkened forest background by using Photoshop to adjust levels, use selective sharpening, remove sensor spots, and reduce noise in the background. “I wanted the forest to blend away in the snow and just give the tinge of the pine colors,” he says.
TECH INFO: Tripod- and gimbal-mounted Canon EOS-1D Mark IV with 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L Canon EF IS lens at 300mm; 1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1000. Edited in Photoshop CC.
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Cities and Architecture: Winner
On a trip to Portland, Oregon, with his local camera club, Raymond Klein found himself standing at a tram station looking northeast over the Marquam Bridge. To the right of his view stood beautiful Mt. Hood, and Klein could not resist attempting to include the natural sight in his shot. Though impossible to compose in a single frame, assembling the cityscape and natural surroundings became feasible through a composite image. Klein captured images of the mountain, the clouds, and the bridge separately, moving his camera and swapping lenses as the beautiful sunlight hit each element of the scene. He took several exposures of these three subjects, allowing him to pick the best when creating the composite in postproduction. “I brought each image onto the screen and turned each into an individual layer; once I had completed [the process]…I felt I had achieved an image worth preserving,” he told us.
TECH INFO: Tripod-mounted Canon EOS Rebel T5i with both 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6mm Canon EF IS and 75–300mm f/4–5.6 Canon EF IS lenses. Mountain: 75–300mm lens at 200mm, 1/50 sec at f/7.1 ISO 100. Clouds: 18–55mm lens at 18mm, 1/50 sec at f/4, ISO 100. Bridge: 75–300mm lens at 110mm, 4 sec, f/22, ISO 100. Edited in Photoshop Elements 12.
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Landscape: Winner
When Janne Kahila first saw a photograph of the Vøringsfossen waterfall in Eidfjord, Norway, he knew he had to go see it for himself. “The valley and the
waterfalls from both sides made the scene look almost prehistoric, which really gripped my attention,” Kahila remembers. Visiting an hour before sunset on a September evening, the photographer composed using the flowing stream as a leading line for the viewer’s eye. Both overall and graduated neutral-density filters let him set a long exposure. “I was fascinated by the way the light diffused through the fog in the valley and reflected from the stream,” he says. Kahila crafted his panoramic final frame by merging in Adobe Photoshop three separate vertical images captured with the same camera settings, after editing each individually in Photoshop Lightroom.
TECH INFO: Canon EOS 6D with 16–35mm f/2.8 Canon EF USM lens with 8-stop graduated neutral-density and 6-stop neutral-density filters, mounted on a Velbon GEO E630 tripod. Exposure, 2 sec at f/9, ISO 200; edited in Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 5.
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Objects and Still Life: Winner
In his basement workshop, Rodney Furgason went back in time by exploring the inner workings of his grandfather’s pocket watch. “I was attracted to the old-school technology and precision of the gear works in the watch,” he explains. “It’s the opposite of all the digital tech we are exposed to now.” The photographer shot with his DSLR, with a macro lens and a ring light mounted on a Kirk focusing rail in order to capture the beautiful details hidden within the timepiece. “I like the almost abstract design of the shapes and repeating patterns of the gears as well as the tones and colors,” he says. Furgason shot five separate photos of the gears with slightly different focal points, creating a final composite image that’s sharp all the way through by stacking the group together in Helicon Focus software.
TECH INFO: Kirk FR-2 focusing rail-mounted Nikon D800 with 90mm f/2.8 Tamron SP Di VC Macro USD 1:1 lens and GiSTEQ Flashmate Model F-60N ring light; 1/6 sec at f/11, ISO 100. Edited in Helicon Focus 6.7 and Apple Aperture 3.6.
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2016 Annual Readers’ Contest: The Winners and Finalists
A truly amazing collection of work by our talented readers.
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The Power And Grace Of Horses

The Power And Grace Of Horses Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner « Prince of the Plains » by ronmcginnis
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Congratulations Runner Up « Speed » by jules1580
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Congratulations Runner Up « Angels_of_Camargue » by Rostovskiy
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Congratulations Runner Up « White Horses » by Masher
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Congratulations Amateur Winner « Camargue mares running head on » by Helkoryo
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Congratulations People’s Choice « Ghost From The Past » by Hestefotograf
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The Power And Grace Of Horses Photo Contest Winners
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Wolf Empire: An Intimate Portrait of a Species

Extraordinary photos that expose the elusive world of fur and teeth, light and shadow, and wolf behavior seldom seen by the human eye.

From award-winning photographer Scott Ian Barry comes Wolf Empire–the most comprehensive and stunning visual record of wolves ever published in black-and-white photography. In this world of fur and teeth, texture and shape, light and shadow, Barry creates a highly intimate look at wolves and their often mystifying way of life.

wolfempire02a wolfempire02b wolfempire02c wolfempire02d wolfempire02e wolfempire02f wolfempire02g wolfempire02h wolfempire02iEach high-quality photograph is accompanied by a narrative in which Barry relates the circumstances that led to the taking of the photo, or some unique personal observation about wolf behavior gathered from his more than thirty years of experience as a wildlife photographer. His great reverence for these magnificent animals comes through in frame after frame of wolves in varying degrees of harmony and aggression, excitement and tranquility, cooperation and solitude–all part of their experience and essential to their survival. Barry’s photographs show wolves for the individuals they are, a species as diverse as humans.
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Wolf Empire: An Intimate Portrait of a Species
by Scott Ian Barry

Queen of the Light

Queen of the Light
Interview with Piper Mackay

pipermackay02aPiper Mackayhas spent the last 12 years photographing the wilds of Africa, having swapped a career in fashion for a life behind the lens. She explains her journey into photography, how Africa captured her soul and her new infrared work with WPM.
Interview by Lorna Dockerill

pipermackay02b pipermackay02c pipermackay02dPiper Mackay is a cultural documentary and African wildlife photographer. Her images have graced the pages of Nature’s Best, National Geographic, National Geographic Explorer, WWF calendars, birders and numerous travel publications. Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to inspire others to explore, respect and preserve the beauty of our fragile planet.

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Mes 25 photos préférées de l’année 2016 par Daniel Dupont

Mes 25 photos préférées de l’année 2016
par Daniel Dupont

« L’année 2016 a été prolifique pour moi et en voici quelques faits marquants : La publication d’un cinquième livre aux Éditions Daniel Dupont : Techniques photo. L’animation de sept voyages ateliers. Un voyage exploratoire de 18 jours à Terre-Neuve. Une exposition de 52 photos à Causapscal. La participation au Salon de la photo de Québec et à celui de Laval… »

encore plus en visitant le site de Daniel Dupont

Capture the Cover

Capture the Cover
Competition winner

coverwp02aPravir Patel pockets our prize of $100 dollars for his outstanding image of a leopard which made our front cover. Pravir said: “After watching this young female leopard relaxing on a granite rock, she started moving from rock to rock and would occasionally pause in her tracks, allowing me to get some beautiful photographs of her.”
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This autumn we once again launched our cover competition to find the cover image for the Wild Planet Annual 2016. We received some superb photos, but it was Pravir Patel that won the place on our cover and the cash prize. In this gallery, we’re showcasing an array of inspiring submissions and some of our favourites from wildlife photographers all over the world who entered.

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