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 / Photography
Outdoor Photographer

Outdoor Photographer October 2018

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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1 min.
cover shot

Photographer: Adam Jones Location: Sneffels Range, San Juan Mountains, Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, polarizing filter, Really Right Stuff tripod and ballhead. Situation: We were scouting the area a few days ahead of a fall color workshop. It’s always wise to recheck previously good areas to make sure they’re at peak color, and this time the slopes were the best I’ve seen. This image was captured on a drizzly, overcast day perfect for saturated color and blessed with no wind. This particular slope was truly spectacular: From a distance, it appeared covered in yellow carpet from the way the aspens were so densely arranged on the steep slope. Fall in the San Juans offers photographers a spectacular location for golden aspens, hillside…

2 min.
welcome, shutterbug subscribers!

With this issue, we’re excited to welcome former Shutterbug subscribers to the Outdoor Photographer community. The final issue of Shutterbug was June 2018, and for the remainder of your subscription, you’ll receive Outdoor Photographer instead. Though we were saddened when we learned that the venerable periodical was ceasing print publication after nearly half a century, we’re honored to provide Shutterbug subscribers with portfolios, instruction and inspiration from leading artists in landscape, wildlife and adventure photography. (If you’re a former Shutterbug subscriber with questions, contact info is below.) It’s good timing for you to join us with this issue, as fall color photography is something every nature photographer looks forward to each year, and the theme is perennially among our most popular. We start with a selection of top places for capturing autumn…

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Adam Jones has published award-winning photography in magazines, books and national advertising campaigns for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer and Honda. Jones also leads workshops and safaris around the world. Visit his website at adamjonesphoto.com. Stan Trzoniec has written over 3,500 magazine articles, with 900 magazine covers to his credit, and is now working on his 14th book. His specialties include fall photography, American railroads, birding and the outdoors. See more of his work at outdoorphotographics.com. 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 kevinmcnealphotography.com. If you’re a former Shutterbug subscriber and you’d prefer to receive a refund…

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Coles Corner By Steve West “One of my favorite ventures for fall foliage in Washington state is U.S. Highway 2 through Tumwater Canyon. It runs along the Wenatchee River between Coles Corner and the German-themed town of Leavenworth. After traveling from western Washington the night before, I rose to continuous downpour and thought about the warmth of the hotel room. No way—I was there to take some pictures. The rain didn’t stop but created softness in the end result. Mid-October is prime time in the canyon and offers some of the best fall color in the Pacific Northwest.” Bird’s Eye View By Clifford Paguio “Jonsrud Viewpoint in Oregon is one of my favorite places to photograph sunrises and fall foliage. After wandering around trying to find a different shot, I took my drone out, looking…

4 min.
new gear & tech

VERSATILE, MODULAR BACKPACK AND MESSENGER New from Manfrotto, the Noreg backpack and messenger bags feature a highly customizable, modular design to carry your photo gear and other essentials. Both the Noreg Backpack-30 and Noreg Messenger-30 enclose two detachable compartments that can be used independently of the bag itself: a camera unit and a laptop sleeve. The camera unit can accommodate a mirrorless camera body with a standard zoom attached and up to two additional lenses (depending on size), and the laptop sleeve fits models up to 15-inch. The modular system lets you pare down when convenient, so if you just need your camera gear, for example, you can remove that compartment and carry it as a shoulder bag on its own. Likewise, the laptop sleeve can be removed and used separately…

9 min.
up & away

In July of this year, on a hot day at the height of summer, I seized an opportunity to photograph the active eruption of Hawaii’s Kı¯lauea Volcano. A river of molten lava, glowing neon red, pulsed from the chasm known as Fissure #8. Generating huge explosions of noxious gas and steam, it flowed through once-tranquil neighborhoods and forested terrain into the sea. You don’t get near to this kind of action on the ground, so I worked from a small helicopter, doors removed, at the closest distance allowed of 3,000 feet. The experience of photographing this incredible phenomenon activated and exhausted all my senses. The sights were surreal, the heat extreme, the noise and vibration of the rotorcraft intense. While I love aerial photography and I’ve photographed from open helicopters, small…