Nature’s Color

The outdoors are saturated with vibrant colors.
Nature’s Colors photo contest winners and finalists

Grand Prize Alan Krakauer
Tundra Slumber
The Land of the Midnight Sun may be most famous for its big bears and immense landscapes, but sometimes it’s the small quiet moments that leave a lasting impression. One day in late August while hiking over the spongy Arctic terrain near Toolik Lake in northern Alaska, I found a sleeping red fox snoozing on a bed of vibrant late summer tundra. This is one of my all-time favorite photos in part because of the gorgeous fall-like colors, but even more because I’m not sure I’ve ever captured a picture of an animal that seems so at peace in its surroundings. I got my photos and continued on my way, and left the fox to its dreaming.
Canon 6D, Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6L, ISO 800, Aperture f/5.6, Shutter Speed 1/500sec, No flash or tripod.
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Second Prize William Stekelberg
Lake Martin Great Blue Heron
The photo was taken from a small boat on Lake Martin, Louisiana, near the town of Breaux Bridge. I was attracted to the way the late afternoon light was illuminating the heron while backlighting the foliage, which was in its “fall color” stage. The image has been cropped a little for compositional reasons.
Nikon D850, Tamron 150-600mm G2, handheld.
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Third Prize Perri Schelat
Moth Confetti
I created Moth Confetti last Fall, while walking along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, a stretch that forms the southwest boundary of Glacier National Park. In the Fall the water gets low making it possible to get down in the river and explore amongst pools and rocks. I took a walk in the river, hand holding my camera, which allowed more artistic freedom not being attached to a tripod. I came across a small pool of water wedged in between two boulders full of dead months floating on top of fallen aspen leaves. It was an interesting intimate scene almost an abstract. The water was slightly moving, light was low and I was hand holding. I used an higher ISO to get a fast shutter speed, which was complicated by the need for a small aperture to get greater depth of field from corner to corner. It was a challenge to get just the right balance and the result I wanted. In the end the image really spoke to my current interest and exploration of smaller scenes, while taking time to be more thoughtful and introspective in the field.
Nikon D810, Nikon 24-70mm with VR on F16, 1/160, ISO 1600, 70mm focal length, Global RAW file adjustments made in Lightroom. Basic local adjustments made in Photoshop.
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Finalist
Oracle by Abe Blair
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Finalist
Red Legged Honeycreeper by Kevan Sunderland
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Nature’s Colors Photo Contest Winners and Finalists
more at Outdoor Photographer

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Fadhel Almutaghawi | Shades of Colors

Fadhel Almutaghawi is a Bahraini photographer born in 1975 in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He started a serious passion on photography back in the 90’s, however his professionally appearance in the world of photography was in 2012 when he bought his first DSLR Camera. From then on, the photography became a passion and part of his dailylife, not just a hobby. He loves traveling as part of his profession, and he is very lucky to have the opportunity to spend some time with his camera to capture street photography scenes/subject and the people lifestyles with a storytelling photos. His life motto is: Photography is not just simply a profession… it’s passion.

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Fadhel Almutaghawi Photography
via Shades of Color Magazine

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A Splash of Colors

Siena International Photo Award is one of the photo contests with the highest international participation ever. 2018 edition has received nearly 48.000 images from amateur and professional photographers from 156 countries worldwide.

Floating Market
Description: Early in the morning before sunrise up to a hundred boats meet at the colorful Lok Baintan Floating Market in Indonesia. It is one of the oldest markets in Asia where the inhabitants still trade from traditional wooden boats.
Author: Sina Falker (DE), Location: Borneo (Indonesia)
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Game of Colors
Description: The Holi Festival is a yearly Indian celebration announcing the arrival of spring, with a colorful atmosphere that radiates love and happiness.
Author: Anurag Kumar (IN), Location: Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA)
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Playground
Description: The art of regeneration is an urban renewal project through public art and design. “Playground” is a public basketball court located in Alessandria (Italy) designed by the Italian artist GUE. Public art is a response to urban degeneration. It can contribute to civic identity, has educational value, promotes social change, and encourages economic development. It is a way to transform a space into a place.
Author: Ugo Galassi (IT), Location: Alessandria (Italy)
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Melody
Description: Some Miao girls in the Chinese province of Guizhou perform the traditional group dance “Jinji Dance”, somehow imitating the expressions and the shapes of peacocks in courtship.
Author: Wei Ye (CN), Location: Guizhou Province (China)
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Shades of Emerald
Description: A colorful aerial image of an Icelandic glacial lake taken from a small plane.
Author: Stas Bartnikas (RU), Location: Iceland
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Earth Rainbow
Description: This rock formation, in a desert plain, is called ‘Rainbow of the Earth’ by the Mongols. Originally a seabed, then covered by glaciers, over the centuries it became irregular and very colorful because of the presence of iron.
Author: Fabio De Gennaro (IT), Location: Tsagaan Suvarga, White Stupa (Mongolia)
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One Million Flamingos
Author: Franco Cappellari (IT)
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A Splash of Colors
more at Siena International Photo Award

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Landscapes and Cityscapes

Photography by Marek Biegalski

Sunbeam
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Brooklyn park view
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Manhattan sunset
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Rockabill Lighthouse
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Marek Biegalski
Landscape and Travel photographer
Photography tours and trips

more at 35photo

It Will Always Be About The Light | Landscape Photography Tips

Landscape photographs is one way for busy, modern people around the world to connect to Mother Earth. There is however a great difference between an original, vivid landscape photo full of meaning than a photo created without love. We asked the award-winning landscape photographer joseramos if he could share his best tips on how to create fine art landscape photos. Trust us, You don’t want to miss this!

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more in: “Fine Art: 5 Landscape Photography Tips”
by José Ramos
at viewbug

9th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 9th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest.

Grand Prize John Mariana
Morning At The Elk Rut—Cataloochee Valley

The Cataloochee Valley is a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in North Carolina between Knoxville and Ashville. Once a farming community, it was acquired by the National Park Service, and historic frame buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries have been preserved, surrounded by 6000-foot peaks. Elk were released in Cataloochee Valley in 2001 as part of an experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park. The herd can be seen regularly in the fields of the valley, especially during the Elk Rut from mid-September to mid-October in the early morning and evening hours.
Early on an October morning, I drove along the valley road and was struck by the sun rising over the nearby mountain and casting rays. The tree on the left was lit from behind, making it stand out from the background. As this bull elk roamed the field, I kept shooting and waiting for a strong composition and back light. The final image is a three-image panorama. The panorama provides the scale and the breadth of the scene that was just awesome.

Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 170mm. Exposure: 1/640 sec., ƒ/14, ISO 640.
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Second Place Brian Waddell
Latourell Falls

When I took this late-autumn photo of Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, I wanted to get off the main trail and away from people, so decided to walk along the old Columbia River Highway to look for a way up. I found a small game trail and started hiking it, being careful not to disturb the fragile moss and ferns that are part of the beauty of the Gorge. I hiked as far as I could until I got to a cliff wall. I then traversed over a couple hundred yards of slippery rocks at the bottom of the cliff until I found this perfect vantage point.

Nikon D7100, Tokina AT-X 11-16mm F2.8 PRO DX at 11mm, Singh-Ray polarizer. Exposure: 1/13 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 400.
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Third Place Arif Abdullah
Painted Sunset

Living in the San Francisco Bay area, I have the privilege of enjoying California’s Pacific coast quite often. No matter how many times I visit this majestic stretch, it never ceases to amaze me. The rugged beauty of Big Sur’s McWay Falls overlook at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park always takes my breath away irrespective of time and season. But surely, the magical sunset in autumn of 2016 that I tried to capture in this shot was unforgettable. The golden-yellow shades of the sky, the translucent turquoise waves, the shimmering waterfall and the evening mist juxtaposed so perfectly as if painted on an artist’s canvas. This image is composed of two exposures blended manually to bring out the wide dynamic range of the actual scene.

Sony a7R, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM at 19mm, Metabones adapter, Breakthrough Photography X4 polarizer, Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT tripod. Exposure (sky): 0.6 sec., ƒ/20, ISO 100. Exposure (foreground): 5 sec., ƒ/20, ISO 100.
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Finalist Dave Drost
Zion

Photo of the Virgin River flowing toward the Watchman mountain during a Fall sunset at Zion National Park.
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9th Annual Nature’s Colors Photo Contest Winners
see all the finalists at Outdoor Photographer