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Aerial view of mountains with a river flowing through the coastal plains of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Mason Cummings. Stomachs churned as our tiny plane jerked up, then left, right and back down. I glanced up and saw Nathaniel vomiting into a Ziploc bag. We passed a mere 100 feet over a
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For the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, I had a dream assignment photographing the national parks. I traveled to and photographed all 59 (at the time) of the U.S. national parks in one year for National Geographic. While other Nat Geo photographers were spending up to a year on assignment in a single
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For the photo adventure of a lifetime, use your skills to help document a scientific expedition. Become an Outdoor Photographer Member to access this On Location Article, plus techniques, inspiration and equipment reviews from the pros! By entering your email, you agree to our privacy policy and to receive emails from Outdoor Photographer.
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For photographing wildlife in winter, it’s hard to beat the abundance of opportunity and majestic surroundings in Jackson Hole. Become an Outdoor Photographer Member to access this On Location Article, plus techniques, inspiration and equipment reviews from the pros! By entering your email, you agree to our privacy policy and to receive emails from Outdoor
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Paul Nicklen on his career in conservation photography, climate change in the polar regions and his new book, Born To Ice, celebrating those ecosystems and their inhabitants. Become an Outdoor Photographer Member to access this On Location Article, plus techniques, inspiration and equipment reviews from the pros! By entering your email, you agree to our
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Giraffes. The first time Lepp took a digital camera on a photographic expedition, he was blown away by the extra reach offered by the APS-C digital sensor, which maximized the capabilities of a long lens. Captured on the Serengeti Plains with a 3-megapixel Canon EOS D30, this image is still viable 18 years later, despite
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Building thunder clouds capture a wild sunset along the banks of the North Platte River near Lewellen, Nebraska. “Day 52: Last night we nearly got flooded out of our camp on a mid-river sandbar, the rising water caused either by upstream rains, hydro-cycling from the nearby Columbus power plant, or both. Today, Pete and I
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Cheetah mother and cub, Ndutu, Tanzania, Africa. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM with Canon Extender EF 1.4X III. Exposure: 1/60 sec., ƒ/5.6, ISO 640. What makes a world-class nature photographer? What path might lead someone to a career making pictures of wildlife all around the world, for instance?
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Queen of the mountain. The Torres del Paine massif provides a stunning backdrop for the pumas. “There he is!” whispers my wife, Mary O. We’re near Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, sitting in a van in the cold rain. She has just spotted a large male puma making his way down the hill to
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Sunrise From Dead Horse Point. This was a shot I’d been dreaming of for at least a year before visiting this spot, the view from Dead Horse Point State Park into the canyons of Utah with a colorful sunrise, and I was incredibly lucky to get it on my first try. In April 2017, I set
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This past January, a newsflash spread like wildfire through the landscape photography community. According to a report circulating online, Zion National Park had banned use of tripods by photo workshop groups. If the claim were true, landscape photography workshops at Zion National Park would be essentially pointless, and many of my professional peers expressed shock,
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Explosions of earth. Skies darkened with ash. Blasts heard over 750 miles away. Who would think that a massive volcanic event would mark the creation of one of Alaska’s greatest wildlife treasures? The biggest eruption of the 20th century turned a mountain top into a caldera and a remote wilderness into Katmai National Park. Horned
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Conrad Anker, Bugaboos, British Columbia, Canada. When someone talks about Jimmy Chin hanging around, it’s usually in reference to him on some dizzying cliff, camera in hand. And that’s exactly where the Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based photographer, filmmaker and mountain sports athlete wants to be. At the dawn of the 21st century, his ability to capture
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Check out this feature article from our September issue of Outdoor Photographer. Subscribe to the magazine today! Figure 1. Meandering River near Kaldbaks Lake, Westfjords, Iceland, 2017. DJI Mavic Pro. Over the last several years, consumer drone technology has progressed at an impressive rate, making the use of drones for landscape photography more accessible to
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Nudibranch, Placida kevinleei, named after Kevin Lee, Watamu, Kenya, Africa. Some explorers have had mountains named after them. Some planets. Southern California-based underwater photographer Kevin Lee can boast of having a sea slug, Placida kevinleei, bear his name. And he is no less proud than his fellow adventurers. While Lee’s journeys have taken him to more than
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One of Duba’s fierce male lions patrols along the spillway, protecting his island territory at any cost. For three decades, award-winning Botswana-based filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and wildlife conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert have focused their efforts on documenting and conserving Africa’s wildlife. They founded the Big Cats Initiative, which currently funds over 100 projects in
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Two moon jellies swim in sync in the Inside Passage. I am an underwater photographer and feel lucky to be one. Ever since I decided I wanted to seriously pursue photography, I did so with the idea to use it as a vehicle to work in ocean environments around the world. Before photography, I went
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Like most photographers, I’m looking forward to and planning for fall photography, the cooler weather the season brings, and—most importantly—the colorful displays of nature before winter sets in. Fall colors can be so impressive, it really doesn’t matter where you go; there are many great locations to explore. Every photographer has his or her favorite
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