Travel, People, Natural World …

Some “Featured Entries” and “Editors’ Pick” from the Smithsonian’s 17th Annual Photo Contest

The Solitary Tree of Lake Wanaka
The iconic solitary tree at Lake Wanaka, South Island (NZ). A picture of inanimate stoical quality that’s awe-inspiring. I hope this amazing tree survives the onslaught of attention from being famous, so may future generations can enjoy this natural landmark.
by Jensen Chua
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Cowboy by Denis Karasev
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Rush Hour in Ho Chi Minh City
Got stuck in a traffic jam at one intersection in Ho Chi Minh City, normally it is after working time about 5pm to 7pm. So many motorbikes with several vehicles, but no higher overpass are reasons that make traffic jams in this city.
by Huynh Thanh Huy
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Stepping Out of the Shadows
A woman carrying a striped black and white umbrella passes some gates.
by Laurence Bouchard
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Unreal
Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagen recalled millions of cars. Aerial image (photographed from a plane).
by Jassen Todorov
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more at Smithsonian Mag

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Street Scene

Henri Cartier-Bresson, credited as a pioneer in street photography, gave us the concept of the “decisive moment” in image making. Of his transition as an artist from painting to photography, he said, “I suddenly understood that a photograph could fix eternity in an instant.”
For our Street Scene 2019 Photo Contest, we want to see your best photographs that capture a candid moment, an interaction of people, places, forms and light that tell a unique story.

Morning cup
by Dennis Stroh
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Striped life
by Q-lieb In
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The Rain Waiter
by T.Nolan
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Avid Reader
by Thomas Barrat
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street musician
by Brut Carniollus
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Street Scene 2019 Photo Contest
more at Digital Photo

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Modes of transport

Transport is largely seen as something practical and often gets overlooked for its aesthetic qualities. But boats, cars, trains, planes, and more, can be visually outstanding in their own right; from the engineering to the strategy that goes into their operation – not to mention the natural beauty of the environments they travel through.

Travel by bicycle
by Mario Gustavo Fiorucci
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Boy on the back of the bicycle
by Tom Franklin de Waart
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Hot Pursuit
by Marco Tagliarino
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Diamond Lake
by Dmitry Skvortsov
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Together till the last lights of the day
by Marco Tagliarino
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Modes of transport
more at photocrowd

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Capture the City

Why not urban-ify your take on the traditional landscape? Focus on the lights and lives of a modern environment.
Shooting at night requires you to either boost up the ISO (then deal with any noise-related issues in post-processing) or to shoot longer exposures. If you’re going with the latter, you are going to need a tripod or similar support to help. Personally, I use a lightweight carbon-fibre travel tripod or a Gorillapod for my after-dark shots, but I have seen people improvise, resting cameras on walls and using bean bags to angle the lens. Try to expose for the highlights as you would in any other shot. You might even want to bracket your shots to capture as much detail lurking in the shadows as possible.

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Capture the City
by Dave Fieldhouse
more in Digital Camera World – May 2019

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“My mission is to create something that is not only eye-catching but also meaningful and storytelling”

Talented Japanese photographer Tristan Zhou is a self-taught photographer, retoucher, filmmaker and art director is currently based in Seattle, Washington, USA. Tristan shoots inspiring pictures that offers a unique view of Asians countries.

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The Idiosyncratic Eye

Photographer Rachael Smith brings together a collection of images from her globetrotting to demonstrate how a fresh perspective can stoke the magic in everyday life.

With some 35 countries under her belt, Palmerston North–based photographer Rachael Smith has seen her share of the world. For seven years, she has been honing her eye as a professional photographer, and, with her latest project, she is ready to share her distinct way of seeing with the world.

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The Idiosyncratic Eye
by photographer Rachael Smith
more in D-Photo

Creative Street Photography

Street photography looks immensely straightforward – snapshots of every day life – but truly artistic street photography is in fact one of the most difficult of undertakings. You have to see something brilliant and capture it in a heartbeat, getting the exposure and composition correct at the same time.

Pick Me by Neil Hargreaves
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Alone on the Street by Hana Peskova
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People in Color by SithuKyaw
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Promenade by Zeltner Evelyne
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Woman in Red by Jerome Hart
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Street Vendor, Hanoi, Vietnam by Stuart Meikle
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Creative Street Photography
more winning images at Photocrowd