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Outdoor Photographer April 2021

Outdoor Photographer’s blend of big, beautiful portfolios, in-depth how-to features, buyer’s guides and product reviews combine to make it the premier magazine about nature photography. Our expert staff of editors and columnists is committed to giving you the tools, techniques and inspiration to capture your favorite subjects in a whole new light. Whatever your interest, Outdoor Photographer will inspire and inform you. Special Introductory Offer

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English
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Madavor Media, LLC
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11 Issues

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Focus On The Details Tips for getting better results in macro and close-up photography. By Darrell Gulin. 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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Photographer: Gary Hart Location: Onomea Bay, Hawaii Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Situation: An abundance of plunging waterfalls, lush rainforests and tidepool-studded volcanic beaches make the Hilo side of the Big Island my favorite place to photograph in Hawaii. Arriving at this little cove on Onomea Bay in the pre-sunrise darkness, I was pleased to see all the ingredients were in place for a vivid Hawaiian sunrise. A recent downpour had scoured the air of color-robbing impurities, and a thin layer of broken clouds spread overhead. Near the horizon was an opening in the clouds where the sun’s first colorful rays would soon pass. Aware that sunrises at the lower latitudes come faster than mid-latitude photographers like myself are accustomed to, I knew I didn’t have a…

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At a Summit Nature & Conservation Photography Workshop a few years ago, while reviewing portfolios of workshop participants, one young photographer asked me for advice in getting started as a conservation photographer. I replied that there were probably better people to ask—among the faculty at that particular workshop are some of the top pros who dedicate their careers to conservation work—but I observed that one qualification that tends to be common among the leading photographers is a background in, or at least a strong connection to, scientific research. When you examine the biographies of many Outdoor Photographer contributors or fellows of the International League of Conservation Photographers, natural science education and research are consistently part of the picture. Sebastian Kennerknecht received his Bachelor of Science in ecology and evolution from the…

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2 min
showcase

Fiddlehead Falls By Carr Ward “We got up at 3 a.m. to make the three-hour drive down to Arkansas where this waterfall is located. We drove to the trailhead, parked, then hiked in before the sunrise. Upon arrival, the first thing I noticed was this amazing root system from a tree growing out of the bank of the waterfall pool. This photo was the first one I took as the sun began rising behind the waterfall.” Black Lace And Romance By Dan Mottaz “I’ve always felt that composition is where the art is. That thought was at the forefront of my mind when trying to create a unique image in such a well-photographed place as Bandon, Oregon. In the after-sunset, blue-hour light, I found a tidepool, framed it off center and cut off the circle…

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4 min
new gear

COMPACT, MORE AFFORDABLE MEDIUM FORMAT Fujifilm’s new GFX100S mirrorless medium format camera offers similar performance to the GFX100, which debuted in 2019, but with a smaller form factor and a considerably lower price. Like the GFX100, the GFX100S features a 102-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor with in-body image stabilization but improves upon the earlier model with an additional stop of stabilization: 6 stops in the GFX100S versus 5 (or 5.5 with the GF63mmF2.8 R WR lens) in the GFX100. Medium format digital cameras universally lag behind smaller-sensor cameras in terms of continuous shooting speeds, so they’re not ideal for fast-moving subjects like wildlife or sports. The Fujifilm GFX100S can shoot up to 5 fps for up to 42 JPEGs or 16 compressed RAW in a single burst—slow by comparison to full-frame cameras, but…

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lockdown editing

Naturally, many photographers have been frustrated over the past year with the pandemic lockdowns, closures and restrictions. In coping with these difficult times and searching for small silver linings, I have noticed a theme that has emerged amongst photographers. We have been relegated to looking backward, to dig back into our archives to see what we might have missed. The lockdowns offer the opportunity to discover additions to our portfolios and learn valuable lessons from our successes and failures. I’ve written here in the past about the importance I give to this “learning loop.” Typically, most of us spend more time photographing than editing the results because it’s more fun to be out there experiencing nature. Now, we can use the downtime to find overlooked gems and learn or relearn from…

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