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Travel Photography: Architecture—Three Quick Tips

Books have been written on how to capture a great architectural image. There are myriad aspects to take into consideration. Chapters are devoted solely to the topic of lighting, composition and perspective. Yes, it’s quite extensive and I’ve yet to mention the aspect of photographing interiors! But, here’s my take—in order to get started, a journey has to begin with a first step. Homer created a trilogy of epics placing the first letter of the first word onto a page. Aim your camera at a building and make that first press of the shutter. To get you started, I offer three Quick Tips so that first release nets a more successful image. Patterns, Shapes, Lines and Color: Whether you start your architectural journey photographing a solitary barn in the middle of a field or a big city skyscraper amidst its brothers, study the patterns, shapes, lines and color of the subject. Note how light emphasizes these designs. Zero in on the parts that provide the most compositional impact. What deter..
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Photo Of The Day By Erick Castellon

Photo By Erick CastellonToday’s Photo Of The Day is “Luck” by Erick Castellon. Location: Natural Bridges State Park, California. “It was a cold morning, not many folks were at the beach as it had been cloudy and overcast,” says Castellon. “As the sunrise got closer, the sky opened up to let some sunlight through.” See more of Erick Castellon’s photography on Flickr and Instagram. Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.
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Canon’s EF-M 28mm Macro For Mirrorless

Taken with the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM set to Normal mode (0.5x magnification), handheld. Exposure: 1/500 sec., ƒ/11, ISO 6400.Close-up photography is a great way to discover details of nature that can easily go unnoticed with the naked eye, and to create graphic compositions and abstractions. One of the challenges of macro work is lighting—as you get closer to your subject, you’re increasingly likely to block ambient light, requiring reflectors or specialized ring lights to provide fill. Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens for its EOS M mirrorless cameras has a unique solution to this, with an LED Macro Lite built-in. Two curved LEDs surround the front of the lens and provide six settings: both lights can be activated at once or independently, with two brightness levels. The LEDs are concealed behind a screw-off ring to which the lens cap mounts. The ring protects the LEDs when you’re not using them. I’ve been shooting with this lens and the EOS M5 camera, and the co..
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Macro Vision

Ponds should be on your radar to shoot live subjects. Water attracts wildlife, and frogs are easy to find. If you are lucky enough to find a pond with floating duckweed, you may find some frog heads peeking out. Fujifilm S5, Tamron SP 180mm F/3.5 Di 1:1 Macro. Exposure: 13 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 100.Mastering the art of macro and close-up photography in nature takes time and patience, but knowing the when, where and how of the art will increase your chances of finding fascinating subjects and creating successful images. For photographers who are limited on time and budget for traveling, close-up photography offers unlimited opportunities near home—or even at home. I have four parks within 20 minutes of my home with an abundance of great subjects, and my backyard has been designed with flowers and plants that attract live subjects like butterflies, dragonflies and other small critters. The cost includes just a little gas, park passes and resource books to identify the flowers, plants and bugs ..
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Columbia River Gorge Photo Locations

Only 30 miles east of downtown Portland lies a canyon of incredible beauty known as the Columbia River Gorge. Roaring through the middle of the canyon is the Columbia River, which serves as a natural border between southern Washington and northern Oregon in the great Pacific Northwest. A morning view looking east from the Vista House of the Columbia River and Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Sony a7R II, Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS, Singh-Ray LB Neutral Polarizer. Exposure: 1/125 sec., ƒ/11, ISO 100.The area was created during the most recent ice age when massive floods (known as the Missoula Floods) pushed through the canyon, carving steep layers of volcanic rock above the Columbia River. Following Interstate 84 out of eastern Portland, the scenery rapidly transforms from large city to beautiful wilderness in less than 30 minutes. The gorge itself offers a bevy of photographic opportunities, ranging from over 50 waterfalls to wildflower-covered hillsides in the spring. There are also pr..
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Photo Of The Day By Max Foster

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Desert Mirage” by Max Foster. Location: Toroweap Overlook, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. “A small rainstorm passes over the Grand Canyon at Toroweap Overlook on a warm spring day,” describes Foster. See more of Max Foster’s photography at maxfosterphotography.com. Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.
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Showcase: April 2017

Butterfly Morning Color By Archie Tucker“This image was captured during a morning walk in my neighborhood in Litchfield Park, Arizona. I spent a while capturing different compositions and getting the sunlight in the best direction, as the butterfly moved to several different locations. I had the camera set to aperture priority using the 12 fps mode to help ensure getting a sharp image. I set the aperture for several different openings to get the best combination of having the butterfly in focus while getting the background into a nice blur.” Sony a77, Tamron SP 90mm ƒ/2.8 Di Macro. Exposure: 1/200 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 200. See more of Archie Tucker’s photography at aotucker.com. Rosa Del Desierto By Rich Helmer“This image was taken in the San Tan Mountains of Arizona on a partly cloudy spring evening just after sunset. I was getting ready to pack it in since the sunset was sort of dull and uninspiring. Luckily, I stuck around a bit longer, because when the sun passed the horizon, the sky ..
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Smartphone + Instagram Assignment Winner Bruno Oliveira

Photo By Bruno OliveiraCongratulations to Bruno Oliveira for winning the Smartphone + Instagram Assignment with his image of fishermen at sunrise on the Li River in China. The image was taken with an iPhone 6. “It was a magical sunrise with the sun slowly rising behind the breathtaking karst mountains and the beautiful morning colors slowly developing,” says Oliveira. “The Cormorant fisherman (an ancient fishing tradition) on the river, the magical reflections on the water and the gorgeous sky colors with the mighty karst mountain on the background created a peaceful but intense scene that had to be captured and immortalized.” See more of Bruno Oliveira’s photography at www.eyegusto.com, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
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Lean Forward To Stand Up Straight In Your Wide Angle Selfies

Self Portrait at Dead Horse Point State Park - Leaning forward to appear upright.Have you ever taken a self portrait with a wide angle lens and noticed that due to the lens distortion it looks like you're leaning forwards or backwards? This is most noticeable when you tilt the camera up or down, exaggerating the distortion. You can often do a little trick to appear to be standing up straight (or sitting up straight) in such situations. Simply lean the opposite way from the distortion! If you're tilting your camera down and you appear to be leaning backwards, then lean forwards, and vice versa! In the shot above I had my camera tilted downwards to capture more of the foreground. I was shooting at 24mm and the wide angle distorition made it look like I was leaning backwards, even though I was standing up straight. So to compensate for that I had to lean forwards which made it look like I was standing up straight in the shot! Below is what it looked like when I was actually s..
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Photo Of The Day By Linn Smith

Photo By Linn SmithToday’s Photo Of The Day is “Full Flaps Down” by Linn Smith. Location: Florida. “For landing,” Smith explains, “white ibis has full flaps down with its legs to reduce landing roll.” Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.