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Outdoor Photographer September 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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Photographer: Justin BlackLocation: Beneath Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps, South Island, New ZealandEquipment: Nikon D810, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, Really Right Stuff tripod and ballheadSituation: It’s with good reason that motion picture director Peter Jackson chose New Zealand as his location for the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth: The variety of incredible landscapes found in such a compact area is simply astounding, especially on the less-populated South Island. A visitor here doesn’t drive long distances between scenic locations, as one stunning landscape simply flows into the next. Towering mountains, alpine glaciers, steep-walled fjords punctuated by plummeting waterfalls, crystal-blue lakes, pristine turquoise rivers, primordial tree fern rainforests and rugged wind-swept coastlines are all contained within an area the size of the state of Illinois. For passionate…

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In this issue, we’re considering new perspectives in nature photography from the viewpoints of talent, technique and technology.In our feature story “Leading The Field,” we talk with Ashleigh Scully, who represents for us the next generation of wildlife photographers. “For me,” says Scully, speaking of her photographic motivation, “first is definitely the love of nature and wildlife.” Still in high school, Scully is already quite accomplished, having received several awards for her work. It’s inspiring to see someone so young with a focus on making an impact through images. In our interview, Scully describes her approach to photography and her drive to make images that capture the personality and emotion of her subjects and their familial interactions—images that she hopes will foster support for wildlife conservation.Sometimes finding a new perspective…

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Ashleigh Scully is a 16-year-old wildlife photographer from New Jersey with a focus on conservation. Her goal is to produce images that give a glimpse into the emotions of wildlife, exposing individual and family behaviors. She hopes that her images will inspire other young people to pick up a camera. See more of her work at, author and conservationist Michael Forsberg has spent much of his career working in North America’s Great Plains. His long-term projects have focused on cranes, grasslands and watersheds. He currently serves on the faculty at the University of Nebraska and is a senior fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. See more of his work at Black’s photographs have been published widely and featured in numerous exhibitions. In collaboration with organizations like…

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Congratulations to the winners of The American Landscape 2018 photo contest! To see all of the finalist images, visit PRIZESerenity By Peter Coskun“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,…

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tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 di iii rxd

With Sony’s mirrorless systems growing in popularity among outdoor photographers, where the relatively small size of the body, high-resolution sensors, image quality and features (like silent shutter) make them attractive tools, it’s natural that third-party lens makers are offering alternatives to Sony’s own optical lineup.The newness of the system, compared to DSLR lines like Nikon and Canon, means there have been less optical choices for Sony E-mount than for more mature systems. To be fair, the Sony system originally hails from Minolta (A-mount), which Sony purchased, but it’s the mirrorless Alpha (E-mount) camera line that’s disruptive and relatively nascent.When the Sony mirrorless cameras first arrived, the most common lament was that there weren’t enough native lenses. That was lessened a touch by a selection of Zeiss lenses, but it took…

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lake manawa state park

LocationLake Manawa State Park is a 1,529-acre nature area located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The park attracts photographers, anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts from all over western Iowa, nearby Omaha, Nebraska, and beyond.The park’s centerpiece is Lake Manawa, whose natural simplicity belies its storied past. The lake, whose name is derived from a Native American word meaning “peace and comfort,” was formed during flooding of the Missouri River in 1881. Recognizing the commercial potential of the lake, developers quickly established a “bathing resort” along the south shore, as well as a boardwalk and pier along the north shore, which attracted wealthy residents and affluent travelers. Within a few years of its formation, Lake Manawa had been dubbed “Coney Island of the Midwest” and eventually played host to a zoo,…