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Daily Archives: October 1, 2011

The Best of the Year – 600 posts and counting

We have been posting to this blog for a year now and this, rather conveniently this is our 600 post, nice round number, 50 a month just over 11 a week. In the year I think we have found some really great photographers, excellent tutorials and outstanding commentaries and have laid them here for you to learn from and enjoy. This is a sample of some of our personal favourites in no particular order

Steve McCurry’s Blog

Learn Lightroom in a Week – Day 2: Import And Viewing

this series Days 1 – 7 is one of the best tutorials we have featured

Advice from 35 Magnum Photographers to Aspiring Photographers

Seven Steps Toward Becoming A More Creative Photographer

Utterly fantastic North Korea by David Guttenfelder

dreams part 2

HDR Tutorial – Everything you need to know about HDR Photography

Masters of Photography – their thoughts and ideas

Entropy everything is meant to evolve.

Giving a good photo critique How to help your friends become a better photographer

Gigapixel the Gigapan revolution, photography Jim but not as you know it

Carli Davidson – Photographer

Diane Arbus: humanist or voyeur?

150 unmissable photography sites

40 Miniature-Like Tilt Shift Photography Pictures

37 Websites Every Photographer Should be Reading

12 Unmissable Tutorials on High Key Photography

Travel and Landscape Photography by Brian Jannsen

What to do with all your photos

Here is another post from Angie Muldowney’s blog site, it will give you some ideas as to how to make the most of your pictures amassed over the summer.

“If you’re like me you’ll have been furiously snapping away with your camera these last few months; the week in Spain, the kids at the theme park, Uncle Joe’s birthday, the new puppy (none of these things happened to me, by the way, believe me, you’d know about it if I had a puppy). And now; now you have gigabytes of photos and a guilty sense that you ought to do something with them, but what? Here are some ideas…” ...more

TtV photography: how to create vintage-style photographs

This is a really cool idea and a way of using your old camera with your new

Angie Muldowney demonstrates how to create unique, vintage-looking photographs with all the convenience of a digital camera in The Guardian, full article here

“I love taking pictures using the Through the Viewfinder technique. If you’re unfamiliar with TtV photography, it means using a digital camera to take photos through the viewfinder of a vintage twin-lens camera. Yes, there are lots of apps on smartphones these days that can instantly apply filters to achieve similar results, but by using this hand-crafted contraption you can create images that are totally unique. No one else’s dusty old viewfinder will be exactly like yours. What’s more, it means a lovely old camera gets a second lease of life!”

You should have a look at Angie’s site here

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 highly commended images

The Guardian has a selection of images from the highly commended section of this award, as with the winning selection we featured last week these are quite stunning. More can be seen on the Guardian site here

Behaviour: Birds – Taking Flight, Paul Goldstein Paul arrived very early on the shores of Lake Nakuru, Kenya, before the rising sun had burned off the mist. He had returned to photograph the greater and lesser flamingos and used shade, shadow and silhouette to create drama, rather than emphasising their vivid colours with sunlight. He was helped by a combination of circumstances: rain during the night, a rapidly clearing sky, enough time for the cold air to form mist over the alkaline waters, and a hyena hunting for young or infirm birds along the far shore of the soda lake. The predator set up a wave of panic, with those closest to it taking flight and those nearest to Paul standing alert. Ten minutes later, not only had the whole flock lifted up, but the mist had also burned off, completely changing the scene. Photograph: Paul Goldstein/WPY
Behaviour: Mammals – The Charge by Eric Pierre (France) Eric had been tracking Arctic wolves on Victoria Island, Canada, when his guide spotted a herd of muskoxen 3 miles (5km) away. Approaching, Eric could see that the herd was nervous, probably because wolves were also on its trail. He made a detour and stopped about half a mile away upwind. Suddenly, he realised that the herd was now running towards them, oblivious of them. “I’ve seen muskoxen run away,” says Eric. “I’ve seen them react to a threat by forming a circle, and I’ve even seen a male charge. But I’ve never seen a herd spread out into a charging line like this. I could hear the thundering of their hooves. It was one of those situations where it really mattered that I made the right choice between technical accuracy, aesthetics and security.” Photograph: Eric Pierre/WPY
The exhibition information:

Exhibition and tickets

2011 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
21 October 2011 – 11 March 2012

Open 10.00 – 17.50 daily

Book tickets now

This world-renowned yearly exhibition at the Natural History Museum provides a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world.

From 21 October, enter an atmospheric space inside the exhibition gallery and be inspired by this year’s competition winners. The images are selected from 1000s of international entries and are beautifully displayed in sleek backlit installations