Tidal stream, Arnhemland.
It's interesting what 'the judges' pick as being successful photographs. At the recent WPPI Awards held in Las Vegas, this print was lucky enough to earn a Gold Award, while three others from the same shoot and area earned Silvers or a Silver with Distinction. What makes this image better than the others?
You can see the other images by clicking through to the website, but I am going to suggest that I really don't know! I can't know, because I'm the author. I have so much baggage attached to these images that it is hard to be objective - and I don't want to be objective.
Unlike the other images, this photograph has very distinct lines breaking up the frame. Looking like a dirt road, they are tidal watercourses in Arnhemland photographed from a helicopter while on my photo workshop last year. The other images are more random in their design and not as compositionally obvious, and sometimes I think that the photographs that are elevated to Gold status are helped by being a little more straightforward.
Soberanes Point, California.
Phase One XF 100MP, 240mm Schneider lens, 1/1000 second @ f9, ISO 50.
For photographic historians, the name Point Lobos will be closely associated with photographers Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. On my recent Southwest USA expedition with Tony Hewitt, accompanied by Barbara, Katherine, Marie and Grant, we planned to visit the famous headland only to be met by closed roads. Huge swells pounded the coast and the rangers appeared worried that tourists like us would be swept off the rocks.
And just maybe they were right. The challenge for photographers when travelling is to adapt to the circumstances presented to them and fortunately, Tony and I remembered another couple of locations further south. Just before Soberanes Point, we pulled off the road for a smorgasbord of opportunities: back lighting, plumes of sea spray, breaking waves, jagged rocks.
Interpretation of a raw file (or of a negative, as Ansel Adams would say), is incredibly important. The raw file is merely the collection of pixels in a format that can be adjusted during post-production. You can see my unadjusted raw file here...
Late afternoon - Yazd's Amir Chakmak Square, Iran
Photographs by Nuran Zorlu
Nuran Zorlu is a commercial photographer in Sydney - and a passionate traveller, historian and gourmet! He has visited Iran a couple of times and has published a book of photographs on the country, its architecture and culture. I'm not quite sure what I'm getting myself into with our tour to Iran later this year, but I'm sure it will be a lot of fun! Nuran was speaking to me about the importance of taking enough time at travel destinations to ensure you get the best light - as his three photographs from Yazd show.
Compact, High Capacity and – importantly – Rugged!
Peter Eastway reviews LaCie’s Rugged Mini on a trip to beautiful Bhutan and why it provided such a valuable sense of security.
As seen in Better Photography Magazine as a special promotion.
With the technology we have today, there is no reason to lose a photograph. Ever.
Naturally that assumes your camera is working properly, but once that photograph is recorded correctly onto your camera’s memory card, it should never be lost.
Different photographers have different strategies. For instance, if you are shooting a lot of photographs in a short period of time, such as at a wedding, then it makes sense to use a camera with two memory card slots and to record each image to both cards - so if one card were to fail, you have a second. Other photographers are happy to review their photos from time to time during a shoot, because if the camera can read the memory card, the files should be okay (assuming the memory card doesn’t fail later on, of course).
Sailing in Scorsby Sund, Greenland.
Photo from the Better-Moments travel photography website.
May I give you a sales pitch for sailing with me on a small wooden schooner in Greenland (and a side-trip to Iceland if you wish) in August/September next year? Our small vessel means the tour is limited to 10 photographers of any skill (including partners), but the location in the sheltered waters of Scorsby Sund is ideal for grand landscape photography on an exceptional scale.
I am travelling with Better-Moments, a travel company in Denmark and my co-leader is experienced Swedish photographer and guide Magnus Elander. Magnus sent me a satelitte photo a month or so ago of Scorsby Sund (Sound) and it looked simply amazing - as you can see below.