Outdoor Photographer January/February 2021

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Re-Think Your Winter Landscapes Tips for creating a portfolio of winter photographs with a variety of creative approaches. Tip Of The Week Available on our website—or delivered directly to your inbox—our “Tip of the Week” provides shooting and processing techniques to sharpen your photography skills. Sign up today. Assignments Share your best shots in our weekly “Assignments” photo challenges. Submit images that fit the week’s theme—you may be our next Assignment winner. Wild By Nature Melissa Groo’s recurring column on wildlife photography considers all of the elements for success, from equipment to techniques and good field ethics. Connect With Us Get the latest news and be inspired by great photos from the Outdoor Photographer community. Newsletter Subscribe today for updates on the latest features, how-to articles and photography news. http://outdoorphotographer.com/newsletter/…

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cover shot

Photographer: Paul Zizka Location: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Situation: Vermilion Lakes is one of the most photographed locations in Banff National Park and happens to be a 10-minute drive from my home. I’ve photographed it countless times, in all seasons and conditions, and at times feel that I’ve run out of ideas for fresh compositions there. On this occasion, I first went during the day and took note of some patches of bubbles as I explored the lake. Knowing they wouldn’t last very long, I returned that evening to get some shots. As it turned out, the conditions provided an opportunity for me to create something new. This one came together as a process of solving a puzzle with the composition.…

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in this issue

Adventure sports photography is a natural progression for landscape photographers who want to incorporate action into their portfolios. Backcountry skiing is one of the more challenging sports to capture, and not just from a photographic perspective. To get shots like those in Liam Doran’s “Backcountry Ski Adventure,” you’ll need to be able to hike in snow and to ski yourself. “There are no chairlifts, no restaurants, no groomed terrain, no ropes to tell you where you can and can’t ski, no opening or closing time,” Doran explains. “It’s simply you, your partners, your gear and the knowledge and skill to travel safely and comfortably through the mountains seeking light and snow while surrounded by endless alpine photo opportunities.” While the subject calls for skills beyond the camera, if you’re so…

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Taking Flight By Jeff Brenner “Last November, I set out to Yosemite in order to see the valley in its most scenic state. While in the park, I came across this young coyote hunting in a snow-covered meadow. I intently watched him for at least an hour. Due to the unusual lack of people in the park, the only sounds I heard were the ravens cawing throughout the valley, the water moving along the Merced River and the crunching of snow from the coyote’s paws. This experience captured the essence of Yosemite in the winter and is one of the many reasons I love this place so much.” See more of Jeff Brenner’s work at jeffnbrenner.com. ➤ Sony a7R IV, Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS. Exposure: 1/600 sec., ƒ/2.8, ISO 320. Ice Cave, Glacier…

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new gear

NEW NIKON Z SYSTEM CAMERAS & LENSES Nikon introduced the second generation of its debut full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II. The new models retain similar market positioning and emphasis as their predecessors but feature several enhancements to the original Z 6 and Z 7 models introduced in 2018. The Z 7II is the high-resolution model, and it retains the 45.7-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor in the Z 7 but doubles the processing power with dual EXPEED 6 processors. The Z 6II is similar in this regard; it’s the same 24.5-megapixel BSI sensor in the original Z 6, now with dual processors. Positioned as the “versatile” model, the Z 6II is lower in resolution but has some advantages in terms of speed. The Z 6II can shoot at up to…

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photographing owls

For many wildlife photographers, owls are winter’s most prized subjects. There’s just something about these elusive creatures that sends us into a frenzy. Is it their large, forward-facing eyes? Their mysterious, silent flight? The way they swiftly seize their prey? They’re simply captivating, whether they’re perched in a tree, framed by branches or hunting on spectacular, silent wings. Finding Owls There’s definitely a science to finding owls. Enhancing your naturalist skills will greatly increase your chances. Do extensive online research into the different species. Learn about each species’ habitat, preferred trees to roost or nest in and their hunting strategies. What time of day or night are they most active? Look at photos online and observe how different owls blend into their environment. Study owl sounds. I once found a young barred owl…