Tree Or Island?

Sometimes, seemingly boring and uninteresting places have the considerable potential. It is the ordinary water reservoir, located next to an industrial plant. It looks quite ordinary from the ground, but after rising into the air and changing the perspective, suddenly the pipe which goes into the small island, starts looking like a tree. Dark water and birds float on the surface resemble a night sky with stars. An unusual picture in an ordinary place. Shot on DJI Mavic Pro, DNG, little postprocess in Lightroom, 90m AGL. Cracow, Poland

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Photo of The Day
Tree Or Island?
by Patryk Morzonek

via Siena International Photo Awards

Rick Sammon’s Evolution of an Image : A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creative Photographic Process

Rick Sammon’s Evolution of an Image illustrates the creative photographic process from start to finish. In this book, Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon pulls back the curtain to prove that creating amazing photographs is a well-thought-out process that involves several stages.

Comprising 50 case studies that examine photographs taken by Rick around the world in a wide variety of shooting situations, Evolution of an Image shows the power of creative thinking, getting it right in the camera, and the careful use of image processing using Lightroom.

By including his outtakes — and the reasons that he considers them outtakes — Rick suggests the steps that every photographer should take in order to improve their images. Combining technical advice with tips on lighting, composition and using Lightroom, this book will motivate and encourage those looking to evolve as creative photographers and digital darkroom artists.

Key features include:
• More than 200 before-and-after photographs
• Fully illustrated sections on wildlife, seascape, landscape, scenic, action and people photography
• Screen grabs showing Rick’s Lightroom adjustments
• Suggestions on working in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as well as Adobe Photoshop
• Special section on Rick’s ‘Sammonisms,’ or quick tips on getting the best in-camera image
• Advice on evolving as a photographer
• Inspirational photographs from Provence, the Palouse, Kenya, Antarctica, Iceland, Alaska, Mongolia, Myanmar, Colorado and more
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Rick Sammon’s Evolution of an Image : A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creative Photographic Process
via books

Au coeur du Kamchatka

Ce n’est pas pour rien que le volcan Bakening est appelé le cœur du Kamchatka – il est magnifique !! Les mots ne peuvent pas décrire, il faut le voir! Et ce n’est pas l’hiver, mais juillet. Un vrai lac de glace dans la caldera d’un volcan! Pour voir cette beauté, il valait la peine de traverser des passages difficiles et plusieurs kilomètres à travers champs et forêts en compagnie de milliers de moustiques du Kamtchatka affamés! —Elena Pakhalyuk

В сердце Камчатки
Не зря вулкан Бакенинг называют сердцем Камчатки – он прекрасен!! Словами не описать, это надо видеть! И это не зима, а июль. Настоящее ледяное озеро в кальдере вулкана! Чтобы увидеть эту красоту стоило пройти сложные перевали и многие километры по полям и лесам в компании тысячи голодных камчатских комаров! —Elena Pakhalyuk
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via 35photo

Photographer Sergey Polyushko | Полюшко Сергей

Photographer Sergey Polyushko | Полюшко Сергей

Абиссинский котенок
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Photographer Sergey Polyushko | Полюшко Сергей
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Filter holders | Testbench Round-Up

If you’re serious about landscape photography, you’ll need some drop-in flters. James Abbott looks at some of the best flter holder options available.

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Filter holders | Testbench Round-Up
via Amateur Photographer Magazine

2017 Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year

Amateur and enthusiast photographers from all around the country have gathered their best images and submitted them to the expert judgement of our panel of industry leaders — Brett Stanley, Charles Howells, Katherine Williams, Kaye Davis, Mark Gee, Michael Miller, Richard Wood, Peter Robertson, and Simon Devitt.

For several years, the Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year has been the country’s largest amateur photography contest and certainly the most popular online gallery of its kind. Each year, the quantity of entries increases, and so, too, the calibre of images improves. 2017’s contest received a record 9337 submissions across the 11 categories, many of which prove that advanced photographic technologies and techniques, such as focus stacking, aerial imaging, and timelapse, are no longer reserved for the pros.

Grand Prize Winner
Sarah Caldwell / Houston Main Street Metro
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Landscape Category 1st place
Andy Thompson / Hawea Iinversion
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Travel Category 1st place
Javan NG / Morning Rush Hour at Grand Central Terminal in New York
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Action Category 1st place
Bill Hodges / Surfboat Chaos
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Macro Category 1st place
Murray McCulloch / Vespula Vulgaris
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Congratulations to the winning images of our 2017 Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year competition.

more in D-Photo Issue 79

2016 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic: the winners!

2016 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic: the winners!

panpotyhelenwhittle01a panpotyhelenwhittle01bNew South Wales photographer Helen Whittle has won the major prize in the 2016 Photographer of the Year, the largest competition for amateur photographers in the Southern Hemisphere.
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panpotytoddkennedy01c panpotytoddkennedy01dTodd Kennedy
2016 Travel Photographer of the Year
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panpotyandysmith01e panpotyandysmith01fAndy Smith
2016 Landscape Photographer of the Year
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panpotyneilvincent01g panpotyneilvincent01hNeil Vincent
2016 Nature Photographer of the Year
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panpotyyiannisyiasaris01i panpotyyiannisyiasaris01jYiannis Yiasaris
2016 Black and White Photographer of the Year
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panpotyshinayarosehumphreys01kShinaya Rose-Humphreys
2016 Junior Photographer of the Year
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2016 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic: the winners!
more at Australian Photography