Jordan: Lost City Of Arabia

The fabled lost city of Petra needs no introduction… hidden away in the heart of the Jordanian desert for centuries, Petra obtained a mythical status with much speculation as to whether it existed at all. When the Swiss explorer Burckhardt befriended the local Bedouins in 1812, he ‘discovered’ the magical city, and it finally became known to the western world.

However, there is much more to Jordan than just Petra and on this diverse trip we’ll enjoy a incredible variety of experiences. Whether it’s exploring the superbly preserved ancient streets of Roman Jerash or camping under a canopy of stars in the red desert sands of Lawrence’s Wadi Rum; or whether it’s floating in the magical waters of the Dead Sea and staying with local villagers in the northern hills, Jordan has so much to offer anyone who has ever dreamt of travelling to this Middle Eastern gem.
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Jordan: Lost City Of Arabia
more at Wild Frontiers Travel

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Romantic Road Shots with Destiny

“I want to go on a road trip, just you and me. The highway, the radio, the blue sky, the backroads, and with our windows down, we’ll talk about everything and nothing. We’ll sing our hearts out, and we’ll make memories that we’ll never forget. Just you and me…” -Anonymous via Wordporn

Photo by Gennady Shatov
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“Winter road” by Regina Šarkuvienė
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“On Highway 136 crossing the Coso Range, Eastern California” by Dr. Hans-Ulrich Schlageter
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Photo by Mauro Morando
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“November’s Color Palette” by Carlie Hensley
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Romantic Road Shots with Destiny
more at gurushots

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The power of change

Sometimes, we need to consider making big changes. Tracy Calder talks to three photographers who embraced change – be it camera systems or their very way of life

Elia Locardi changed careers, and everything else!
Elia and Naomi’s top tips:
1- Prioritise life experience over making money. Everyone is different but think about what really matters.
2- The barrier between getting what you want and not getting what you want is trying – you have to try.
3- Don’t put off things that are important to you, just to maintain a lifestyle you don’t really want.
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Jody MacDonald changed from amateur to pro
Self taught
Due to the isolation, Jody honed her photography skills through trial and error. ‘At the time I didn’t have access to the internet so I couldn’t just look up tutorials or go on YouTube,’ she recalls. ‘I just had to figure it out!’
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Kate Hopewell-Smith – changed manufacturers, careers and camera systems
Kate’s top tips
1- You’ve got to hold a camera and work with it to know if it’s for you. Don’t expect to be able to do this by reading reviews or reading the manual.
2- To begin with, using a new camera is a nightmare, but you will get used to it. And however intelligent the camera’s software is, you will need to be able to take control of the settings yourself.
3- Customise your camera. Brent and I have ours set up the same so we can, quite literally, throw them at each other during a shoot; but that’s quite unusual!
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The power of change
read more at Amateur Photographer

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Walking in Montenegro

Montenegro may be one of the world’s smallest countries and yet it is undoubtedly also one of its most beautiful. Only two-thirds the size of Wales, the country’s diversity is absolutely striking. From Europe’s deepest canyon to some of its wildest mountains, Montenegro also claims a dramatic coastline to rival anything you will have seen before.

Proud to have been the only country in the region to have successfully defended itself against the might of the Ottoman Empire, Montenegro has a truly unique culture. From its mountain-top fortresses and medieval walled cities to its remote villages and varied cuisine, Montenegro is an exciting destination that offers not only some magnificent walking but also an insight into a lifestyle most of Europe abandoned centuries ago.

Things will be sure to change, but for now, Montenegro’s multi-faceted charms still largely remain a secret.

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Walking in Montenegro
more at wild frontiers travel

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Natural World; Travel; People; The American Experience; Altered Images; Mobile

Winners & Finalists of Our 17th Annual Photo Contest Will Be Announced This Spring
The categories are:
Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.
Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.
People: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals.
The American Experience: Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in this country.
Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects.
Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

Lazy Days
A wall in the harbor, summer feeling and a beautiful teen completing the frame. I love those lazy days where everything you do is walk and get the sun on your face. Summer memories (O Vicedo, Spain)
by Bego Amare
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Cave Fishing
Father and son catch fish inside a cave in south Vietnam during the monsoon season.
by Duangmon C
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Happy New Year
It is never easy to secure the best spot for New Year’s Eve fireworks in London. I arrived at least 5 hours earlier to get a nice spot to enjoy the fireworks, but my view was blocked by the selfie stick, which looked even higher than London Eye!
by Bertha Wang
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Typhoon Disaster
In 2018, the typhoon in Hong Kong caused the glass windows of the building to be broken, and the workers repaired them afterwards.
by Tsui Piu
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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
My daughter Chloe climbed atop a boulder at a Walker Canyon trailhead. She is admiring the poppy-covered hills in Lake Elsinore, witnessing her first California super bloom.
by Starla Little
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Esteiro
Esteiro is a top beach for surf lovers. In northwest Spain, the place gets amazing with sunset light, as the light hits the water in contrast with the dangerous rocks. The place is not very crowded as it is often windy and cold. That is the reason why surfers and local people love it, same as me.
by Bego Amare
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Winners & Finalists of Our 17th Annual Photo Contest Will Be Announced This Spring
more at Smithsonian Magazine

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National Park Photography Expeditions

If you’re truly interested in landscape art photography, if you want to capture and create images that are at the next level, want to learn postproduction skills that render personal, interpretive work, then National Park Photography Expeditions (NPPE) is the workshop for you. Here you will learn the What, Why, and the all-important How of advancing a personal vision, extending your emotional range through composition, and how to use postproduction tools to bring your vision to life in a personal way.

We are landscape art photography teacher(s), and our role is to nurture your creative itch— that deep internal whisper that says I have something to say that is beyond taking a pretty picture. It’s that feeling that drives you to express yourself in ways that are meaningful, significant, and to create landscape images that are a ‘Vision beyond Documentation.’

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Create, Learn, and Grow with Us
National Park Photography Expeditions
via outdoor photographer

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How to look at a photo and how to learn from looking at it

In The Photographers Eye, Michael Freeman showed what a photographer needs to do in the instant before the shutter is released. In the sequel, The Photographers Mind, he explained the way that professional photographers think a picture through before taking it. Both of these international best-sellers featured Michaels own photography: stunning landscapes, revealing portraits, and fascinating street photography.

Now, in The Photographers Vision, he examines the work of photographys greats, explaining how to look at a photo and how to learn from looking at it. The featured work includes some of the most distinguished names in photographys history: Nick Knight, Frederick Henry Evans, Frans Lanting, Tim Page, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, Paul Outerbridge, Walker Evans, Cindy Sherman, Elliott Erwitt, Trent Parke, Jeff Wall, Paul Strand, Romano Cagnoni, Horst Faas, James Casebere and many more, making this book visually stunning as well as intellectually authoritative.

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The Photographer’s Vision: Understanding and Appreciating Great Photography
by Michael Freeman

via good reads

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