On The Edge

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots of people on the edge in this photo contest

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “The Seeker ” by exploredexposure
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Congratulations Runner Up “Playing in the sky again ” by jamesrushforth
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Congratulations Runner Up “RoqueNublo10 ” by AnotherDayisNOW
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Congratulations Amateur Winner “S@Santa Rita Flats” by butchpomtier
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Congratulations People’s Choice “A Woman’s Wrath ” by ryanbuchanan
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On The Edge Photo Contest Winners
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The American Landscape

The American Landscape 2018 Annual Photo Contest Winners

Grand Prize Peter Coskun
Serenity
When I made my first trip to Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, I had a vision of what I wanted to photograph. It unfortunately was a dry year, and many of the waterfalls and creeks were at low flow. A friend of mine invited me to join a hike to one of the more remote waterfalls. We made our way up the trail only to have to drop back down a very steep embankment full of slick moss, mud and poison oak. When we got to the bottom where the creek was, I saw the scene that most come here to photograph. Being rather uninspired by the conditions, I thought I had made the hike with no photo reward, and wandered across the creek to explore a bit when I came across this vine maple that perfectly framed the waterfall. I knew right then and there this was the shot.

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM at 17mm, Oben CT-3481 tripod, B+W circular polarizer. Exposure: 1.6 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 100.
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Second Place Christopher E. Axe
Garrapata Sea Arch
This image was taken in Garrapata State Park in Big Sur, California, at a place called Soberanes. The name Soberanes is from the name of a ranch that occupied this location before it became a state park. It was a Sunday when I spotted these large nimbus clouds developing to the north. It’s unusual to see this type of cloud on the central coast of California, so I grabbed my camera gear and headed to Garrapata. I realized that to capture the clouds I would need a subject to photograph in a northward direction. My first thought was to go to Soberanes and photograph the famous sea arch from the high cliffs overlooking the ocean. As I arrived, the clouds continued to develop and now left the entire coastal area around Soberanes in shadow and gave the ocean a dark blue-gray look.

Sony a7R II, Sony FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM, Gitzo GT2545T Series 2 Traveler tripod. Exposure: 1.5 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 50 (foreground); 1/3 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 50 (sky).
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Third Place Miles Morgan
Turbulence
At 14,505 feet, Mt. Whitney towers above the Owens River Valley as the highest summit in the contiguous United States. Ravaged by frequent winter storms, the Eastern Sierra mountains rip the oncoming clouds apart, leaving roiling eddies and swirling mists. On rare occasions, you can actually see the air violently tumbling over the ridges and between the peaks. On this, the last morning of our trip, our standard shooting methodology had become routine. Vicious overnight winds had rocked my tent and destroyed any semblance of sleep, but nice colorful light treated my friends and I to a spectacularly photogenic morning. Mt. Whitney was wearing her usual cloudy cloak. Vivid sunrise concluded, we mounted a laughable attempt at 30 mph windswept drone photography. Struggling to control our crafts in the gusts, I took a casual glance at the Sierras. And then, suddenly, there she was. Whitney had shredded the clouds enough to expose her spires for a just a few moments, and the spastic mounting of long lenses commenced. What was an afterthought shot became the best moment of my trip. Doesn’t it always seem to happen that way?

Nikon D850, AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR at 280mm, Really Right Stuff TVC-43 tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead, Breakthrough Photography X4 CPL filter. Exposure: 1/2000 sec., ƒ/5.6, ISO 200.
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Finalist: The Two Step Falls by Like He
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The American Landscape 2018 Annual Photo Contest Winners
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An inspiring approach to photography

Clean, spare, and meditative, joSon’s photography reveals a mind of extraordinary focus as well as a deep sense of captivating simplicity. Perhaps these qualities can be attributed to the fact that joSon lived in a Buddhist temple from age 10 to age 18, gardening, drawing, and teaching art to the resident monks. When he turned 18, the temple master told him he was destined for artistry, noting that, “Life chooses us and takes us places.” Here, joSon shares how his experiences played a role in shaping his life as a photographer, and why his images incorporate what he was looking for in the temple—a deep desire for peace, combined with an inspired approach to life.

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Spotlight
Insights and ideas from joSon, Adobe® Photoshop® user

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Beautiful Landscapes of Catalonia by Carlos Girona

Carlos Girona is a talented self-taught photographer, retoucher, and traveler based in Catalonia, Spain. Carlos focuses on traveling and landsaping. He travels all over the Spain to capture spectacular nature and urban landscapes.

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Beautiful Landscapes of Catalonia by Carlos Girona
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The Nature Conservancy

2018 Photo Contest Winners

Grand Prize
Stallions Playing | Camargue, France
“The power of the animal kingdom.” Photo by Camille Briottet, Lyon, France.
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Second Place
The End is Near | Iceland
“This ice could be thousands of years old, and only recently broke off the Vatnajokull Glacier at Jokulsarlon Bay in Iceland, and will soon melt into the sea. Taken July 2017 in Iceland.” Photo by Andre Mercier, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Third Place
Frog Hug | Arkansas
“Down at the mud puddles on our road, we found several young bullfrogs hopping around. Up on our hilltop, wet spots are few and far between, so our mud puddles are home to a constant flow of tadpoles, frogs and toads. My daughter loves all critters, her goal is to create a wildlife rehab center someday. She constantly inspires me with her care towards every living thing.” Photo by Terra Fondriest, Arkansas, USA.
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People’s Choice Award Winner
Watching You Watching Me | Canada
“Red Fox in Bonavista, Newfoundland in July 2017.” Photo by Megan Lorenz, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.
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The Nature Conservancy
2018 Photo Contest Winners
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Serenity | Iceland
“Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall in Iceland, January 2018. The places that are hardest to get to are often the best and most peaceful.” Photo by Jeremy Stevens, Fallsington, Pennsylvania, USA.

’scapes

I guess you could call me an ‘obsessive photographer’, having been passionate and single-minded about photography for almost sixty years. I was brought up in the Sussex countryside, and loved roaming the woods and felds when I was a kid. So when I was given an Agfa Silette 35mm camera for my 21st birthday, I naturally went into the landscape for my images. It wasn’t long before I bought an enlarger as I wanted to make prints myself rather than have them processed elsewhere. Of course, it was all black and white then – colour was complex and expensive.

The craft of making pictures in a darkroom was a steep and challenging learning curve, but one that I found very exciting. To be able to transform an uninteresting ‘straight’ print into something expressive and special was very fulflling. I quickly learned to use tonal controls like burning and dodging where the whole mood and feel of a picture could be greatly enhanced.

Those darkroom skills stood me in good stead when I started making digital prints, as I apply similar principles and methods. I rarely do anything to an image that I couldn’t previously have done in the darkroom, except for removing unwanted intrusions or distractions. Digital processing of course makes things much easier, as there is very fne control over every aspect of the process – and it is usually reversible if things go wrong.

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’scapes
Cameracraft Portfolio
by Colin Westgate

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Anything Water

Anything Water Photo Contest Winners
Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best water photos in this photo contest.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Standing Proud” by douglasrichardson
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Congratulations People’s Choice “Rubble” by thurstonphoto
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Congratulations Honorary Mention “Silent Killer” by harryyoungimages
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Congratulations Runner Up “*** Stand Up N Get Counted ***” by shutterchemistry
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Anything Water Photo Contest Winners
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