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Outdoor Photographer December 2018

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Photographer: Paul Nicklen Location: Hudson Bay, Canada Equipment: Canon film camera, 70-200mm, 1.4x tele-converter, Fujifilm Provia. Situation: A lone polar bear sniffs the cold Arctic wind for signs of a seal. I took this picture in 1996 while working as a guide for Tundra Buggy. My strategy was to be out every day with the bears for an entire season. The light was very flat. It was late in the day, and I knew my only option was to make the image high-key. I’ll wait for as long as it takes to get the right light, the right mood, the right weather, and I always let the animal dictate the encounter. When all of these conditions come together, that’s when I feel the magic happening. Growing up in the Arctic, I learned how to be…

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in this issue

A sense of adventure is inherent in the practice of photography in wild places. In this issue, we feature the work of photographers who take risks and put themselves in extreme situations and conditions to make their images. Paul Nicklen’s initiation as a professional photographer—one that led to the eventual achievement of working for National Geographic—was an act of youthful rebellion. Disillusioned with the restrictions of his job as a wildlife biologist working with numbers rather than his creative instincts, he resigned his post and promptly set out on a three-month solo expedition in the Canadian Barren Lands. “I was 26,” he recalls. “I had a plane drop me off. I was living on the tundra with wolves and bears, not seeing another person for three months.” That experience was the…

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Paul Nicklen has documented both the beauty and plight of our planet for over 20 years through photography and filmmaking. He is also co-founder of the non-profit SeaLegacy, dedicated to raising awareness for ocean conservation. See more of his work at Michael Clark has been a pro adventure sports photographer for 23 years, with clients including Apple, Adobe, Nikon, Microsoft, Nokia, Red Bull, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Surfer, Rock and Ice, and Outdoor Photographer. See more of his work at Based in Washington state, Kevin McNeal focuses on grand, colorful landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. His award-winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States. See more of his work at Follow us at @outdoorphotographer…

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How To Use Histograms For precise exposures that best capture a scene’s dynamic range, ignore what the image preview looks like and rely on the histogram. Assignments Sharpen your skills and share your best shots in our weekly “Assignments” photo challenges. Submit your images that fit the week’s theme—you may be our next Assignment winner. Improve Your Wildlife Photography Mastering wildlife photography takes patience, knowledge of your subject and an ethical approach. Browse Melissa Groo’s “Wild By Nature” columns for insights and techniques. Tip of the Week Available on our website—or delivered directly to your inbox—our free “Tip of the Week” provides shooting and processing techniques to sharpen your photography skills. Sign up today. 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,…

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The Departing Night By Matt Meisenheimer “The Snake River is one of the iconic rivers out west, and it just happens to flow by some of the most majestic mountains in North America in Grand Teton National Park. I took this shot on a spring morning at the base of the river just outside Jackson, Wyoming. Conditions didn’t look promising as the peaks were enshrouded in clouds when I first arrived, but as the sun began to rise, the peaks were slowly revealed. It turned out to be a fantastic morning, and I captured this frame during the pre-sunrise alpenglow.” See more of Matt Meisenheimer’s work at Bandon Beach By Keith Lisk “The Oregon Coast offers endless opportunities for great images. While on a weeklong trip down the coast, we arrived at Bandon Beach near…

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editors’ picks

CAMERAS BEST NEW FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS SYSTEM: NIKON Z 2018 was a turning point for full-frame mirrorless systems, with both Canon and Nikon introducing new cameras and lens mounts after years of speculation and wondering when they would enter this market. Sony has had this segment all to itself since introducing the a7 and a7R in 2013, and in that time has seen its market share explode due to the popularity, performance and consistent development of that system. It was inevitable that Canon and Nikon would need to address the photographers who were leaving their systems for Sony’s mirrorless options. Both companies made a strong debut, and though there’s a lot to like about both the Canon EOS R and Nikon Z series cameras, Nikon takes the top spot for introducing not one but…