My Favorite Fall Color Locations in Yosemite

While Yosemite National Park is not on the radar for fall colors to the extent that, for example, New Hampshire and Vermont are, landscape photographers can still “reel in some keepers” if they know the best locations and the best times to catch the respective areas at peak color.

Of course with nature, there are seasonal variations for timing of fall color due to autumn average temperature ranges, etc. from one year to the next.  The best conditions are warm, sunny days, and crisp nights without a hard freeze.  A storm sweeping in with strong winds can strip the trees of autumn leafs overnight as well.  Probably the best conditions for dramatic fall color landscape photography, is after a light snow, which flocks the brightly colored trees and bushes in a dramatic color contrast.  The downside of this situation is that usually the light snowfall is followed with freezing temperatures that turn the gold leafs to muddy brown.  Still, to be present during that short period of time is a photographer’s delight.

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My Favorite Wireless Triggering Device

I like using flash for my outdoor photography: occasionally with nature subjects and quite often with adventure imagery and there are many options to choose from. I have quite a few and I started using them many years ago in my commercial photography.

I started with the Quantum Radio Slaves as triggers and they worked great allowing me to trigger flash/strobes or trigger my camera as well. They are still out there but no longer the market leader as far as I can tell. That goes to Pocket Wizard, which I also have a few of.

Mine is an older version that still going strong and I use it as well for triggering strobes or flash. These guys make many variations and have a solid reputation for quality. I also have a TT1 and TT5 for my Canon flashes and unlike other PW’s, the TT1/TT5 allow the use of TTL with flash while other PW’s only trigger the flash. But it is this unit that I am quite impressed with.

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Some Useful Tips on Protecting Your Images

It’s old news that photographer’s rights are under assault and have been for many years. Most of the problem has to do with the advent of the web and the world’s mindset that what is online is free.

There is outright image theft, there is pinning on Pinterest without permission, there is duplication of blog posts, and often under the guide of “gee I didn’t know” or “I thought I could use them for free.”

I have found exact copies of Pro Nature posts running on Russian websites and one Pro Nature contributor found images from her guest posts pinned on Pinterest and from there images copied and posted on another website.

Then as if struggling photographers don’t have enough challenges, Facebook and Instagram’s new Terms of Service are no help to photographers. So is there anything you can do about it?

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OpenSea Diary: Mora and Moynihan Film the South Pacific

In a recent post we wrote about Mora and Moynihan and the preparations to embark on a sailing adventure across the South Pacific filming nature, the environment and the cultures. Here is the first of their many (to come) field reports.

Opensea Film and Photography duo, Nia and Jon Moynihan, have set sail again across the Pacific. This time we have crossed 1,100 nautical miles of deep blue water to reach the Melanesian shores  of Vanuatu – a nation known for the happiest people in the world. Along the way we have come to more realizations about the conviction it takes to
photograph the natural world. Though the long passage was filled mostly with beautiful weather, at times the extremities of the wind strength and the wave size was overwhelming.

Sometimes we ask ourselves “what makes people do it?” What makes a person head out into the middle of nowhere? Maybe for us its to be alone, away form the world, and then to arrive in new places filled with adventure and the unknown. Perhaps its also the peace and mental tranquility that comes with being the only person around for hundreds of miles, only accompanied by the repose of nature, birds, and sea creatures. Therese a sense of connectedness that comes over a person when confronted with the strength of raw nature.

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5 Tips for Creating Worthless Photography

Not every photographer is in the business to license their imagery and earn an income and profit, but for those photographers who are working hard to make a decent living, a strategy for success is crucial.

As we know creating great photography is only one small part of success as a professional nature photographer.  You also need a strategy for successfully marketing and meeting the needs of image buyers.  Images that created with more than the ‘pretty picture’ mindset can and often do perform better in the markets. But maybe that is not important.

Bottom line is if the imagery is not selling it could be that you are creating worthless photography and why it is worthless could be for many reasons and maybe these:

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Legendary Landscape Photographer David Muench Shares His Photography Portfolio: The Wind River Range

David Muench is legendary in the American landscape photography community. For 50 years he has explored the United States capturing the land and wilderness with his 4×5 view camera. He has discovered and photographed a diverse range of unique and beautiful locations, many captured with his camera for the first time. Some of David’s discoveries are popular locations with landscape photographers today. In our latest interview with David Muench, he presents his portfolio of photographs from  the Wind River Range in Wyoming. More stunning photography and some in-depth perspectives on how this master of the landscape works.


To see David’s new book, his website, and workshops, read on……

Watch the video on YouTube: Legendary Landscape Photographer David Muench Shares His Landscape Photography Portfolio: The Wind River Range

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Photograph Hidden Yosemite & the Hoover Wilderness – a photographer’s guidebook by George Graves

Photographer George Graves has spent the past forty years hiking and photographing the central Sierra Nevada Range and is now publishing a photographer’s guide to “Hidden Yosemite and the adjacent Hoover Wilderness” with some of his favorite photographic sites.

It is hard to believe that in this popular and highly “people impacted” area that there are new perspectives and creative visions to be captured by photographers.  This eBook might be surprising in what locations are still largely unvisited and un-photographed – subjects just waiting for photographers.

By means of high quality photographic images and detailed informative text, this publication will equip photographers with the “where and how to” knowledge to bring home unique and distinctive images in these two wilderness areas. The book is only $8!

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