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Showcase of Nature Photography: Second 2012 Special E-Edition of Nature Photographer Magazine Now Available
| 09 December, 2013 06:41
Thomas S. Parry, Field Contributor, Nature Photographer Magazine
The Nature Photographer Magazine Second 2012 Contest Winners Special E-Edition issue is available for electronic download either in PDF format or as an iPad app viewable in the Nature Photographer Magazine Library App available from the Apple iPad App Store. This edition of Nature Photographer Magazine is their second special edition showcasing the talent of some of the world’s best nature photographers. The issue contains more than 120 images each in two-page spreads. One page is devoted to displaying the image itself with the image title and the photographer’s name. The second page contains information about the subject of the image, image capture details and photographer biographical information. In addition, there are clickable links to photographer’s websites and special slideshows. If you love beautiful nature images and own an iPad, the number and variety of images in this publication and their stunning beauty will bring hours of enjoyment. Indeed the images in this issue set the bar very high on photographic technical and artistic excellence. It is definitely worth making the very small investment to own this special edition. If you don’t own an iPad, you may download a PDF version of the same publication viewable in Adobe Reader from the Nature Photographer Magazine Website at http://www.naturephotographermag.com.
I was privileged to have four of my images win the Second Nature Photographer Magazine photo contest and be included in this edition. I was especially surprised and humbled to learn that one of my images won the First Prize award. Given the extraordinary beauty and quality of the images published in this edition, I feel very honored and humbled to have my work recognized in this way. I feel incredibly honored to be published alongside the magnificent work of such talented nature photographers, any of whose work could have merited the first prize award. The four images published are as follows:
Image 1: First-Prize Award Winner: Runoff from Grand Prismatic Spring
Photographed August 31, 2012 at Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Section of Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM lens, focal length 24mm, f/6.3 at 1/100 second, evaluative metering mode, auto exposure mode, ISO equivalent 200.
Having an abstract feel to it, this image is a natural collage of sorts. It pictures water runoff from the Grand Prismatic Spring captured in the late afternoon and, at the same time, the reflection of clouds and blue sky from above just after a storm had passed through the area. The reddish color in the moving stream is caused by the presence of bacteria in the warm water. The adjacent pools of calmer standing water make the reflection of the sky possible.
Grand Prismatic Spring, located in the Midway section of Yellowstone’s Lower Geyser Basin, is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone and is the third-largest in the world. Size of the spring is 250x380 feet and the water temperature varies between 147 and 188 degrees Fahrenheit. Runoff water is considerably cooler, which provides the optimal environment for bacterial growth. The spring is situated upon a large mound surrounded by small step-like terraces. This is where the image was captured.
Image 2: Great Fountain Geyser at Sunset
Photographed August 31, 2012 in the Firehole Lake area of Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM lens, focal length 55mm, f/10 at 1/100 second, evaluative metering mode, auto exposure mode, ISO equivalent 250.
Great Fountain Geyser sits in the middle of one of the most beautiful sinter formations in Yellowstone National Park. The sinter forms a series of terraced concentric reflective pools around the geyser's 16-foot diameter vent. Even if the geyser isn't erupting, the venting steam and the surrounding reflective pools make for a beautiful sunset composition.
Great Fountain is a fountain-type geyser. Its eruption interval ranges from 9 to 15 hours but its short-term average interval is usually stable enough that the eruptions can be predicted to within an hour or two. Great Fountain's maximum height at eruptions can range from 75 feet to over 220 feet. Duration of eruption is usually about one hour but durations of over two hours have been recorded.
Image 3: Dead Tree
Photographed April 24, 2011 near Yavapai Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM lens. Focal length 25mm, f/14 at 1/200 second, center-weighted average metering mode, auto exposure mode, ISO equivalent 200.
While visiting the Grand Canyon during the Easter Weekend of 2011, I was hiking along the South Rim in the late afternoon hours between Yavapai Point and Maricopa Point as storm clouds began moving into the area. Along the trail, I came upon a dead tree that appeared to have been standing there lifeless and alone for many years. The lone appearance of the tree set against a warmly-lit, dramatic, late-afternoon backdrop of the Grand Canyon really caught my attention.
Image 4: Big Sur Sunset
Photographed November 11, 2012 at Garrapata State Beach, Big Sur, California. Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L USM lens, focal length 45mm, circular polarizer, f/22 at 0.4 second, center-weighted average metering mode, auto exposure mode, ISO equivalent 200. For camera support I used a Gitzo tripod equipped with an Induro five-way pan tilt head.
One Saturday afternoon in late November last year, I was photographing seascapes in and around the Monterey Peninsula area and, as the afternoon wore on, I noticed a number of high clouds starting to roll in over the area. I took notice of the clouds because high clouds (primarily cirrus) in November, under the right conditions, can translate into colorful and breathtaking sunsets along the California central coast. I decided to head for Garrapata State Beach only 30 minutes south in hopes of capturing silhouetted rocks and pounding surf against a dramatic, multi-colored sky.
When I arrived, I found beautiful waves—some very large—pounding against the rock formations and the cloud deck was increasingly shrouding the harsh light of the sun in such a way as to create a beautiful, warm and diffuse glow across the sky and seascape. A short time later, oranges, reds and purples began to emerge even before the sun set below the horizon. My intent was to lengthen the exposure time enough to capture some wave action as the sky got darker but not overexpose the image and lose the delicate sunset hues. Once the sun had set below the horizon, the clouds exploded into intense yellows, oranges, reds and magentas while the sky above became a deep, dark blue. The mix of colors and the contrast between clouds and sky were spectacular.