The Black and White Composition

An excerpt from The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos by Harold Davis, published by The Monacelli Press, 2017.

BW cover webPhotography is applied design, and according to classical design theory the principal building blocks of two-dimensional design are:

  • Making the best use of both external and internal boundaries
  • Acknowledging and working with the underlying shape in the image
  • Constructing and depicting exciting and dynamic forms

As opposed to color photography, the boundaries in a photo are not obscured by an attractive color palette that can distract the viewer’s eye. This means that getting your composition right is even more important with black and white photography than with color. Continue reading

NANPA Weekly Wow: March 27 – April 2

Thigh Spotted Poison Tree Frog, Tambopata Amazon Basin Peru © Erik Hegstrom

Thigh Spotted Poison Tree Frog, Tambopata Amazon Basin Peru © Erik Hegstrom

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2017 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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Winter duck fix – reflections on Barnegat Lighthouse, NJ

Story and photography by Martin Sneary

Harlequin Duck, adults calling © Martin Sneary

Barnegat Lighthouse is one of those fabled winter bird photography destinations on the New Jersey shore. A rocky jetty (think wall of large boulders) runs SE into the Atlantic Ocean for just under 1 mile, with a sandy shore to one side, and the Barnegat Inlet/Atlantic Ocean to the other. This location affords close views of various sea duck that overwinter in the area, perhaps most highly sought after being Harlequin, closely followed by the globally threatened Long-tailed Duck, also known as Oldsquaw. Other species frequently seen on the seaward side are Loons, Scoters and Mergansers, while in the tidal pools that form on the inshore side of the jetty you can find the odd shorebird, including Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone and Black-bellied Plover. Continue reading

NANPA Weekly Wow: March 13-19

Great Sand Dunes Storm, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO © Hector Astorga

Great Sand Dunes Storm, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO © Hector Astorga

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2017 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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Nature’s Best Photography Awards

© Tin Man Lee / NBP

© Tin Man Lee / NBP

Take your Images and Videos on the Journey from the Wild to the Walls of the Smithsonian

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS from 51 countries around the globe competed in the 21st annual Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards. The reward — to be exhibited at one of the most respected and highly visited museums in the world — the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

Named in memory of accomplished photographer and conservation advocate, Windland Smith Rice, the awards competition is NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES until March 31 online: naturesbestphotography.com Continue reading

Ever Considered Quitting Your Job?

Story and Photography by Peter Zelinka

© Peter Zelinka

© Peter Zelinka

Have you ever considered quitting your job to go on an epic adventure?

After graduating college and working a full-time IT job for over a year, I needed an escape. I was tired of spending 9+ hours a day in a windowless, grey server room. A plan slowly started to form. This trip would span the entire Western US, and would allow me to finally see the landscapes I had been dreaming of for years. Continue reading

From the Viewpoint of a Tamron Image Master

Story and photography by David Akoubian

© David Akoubian

© David Akoubian

SPONSORED- I have been an avid birder long before I was a photographer. When I finally started photographing birds autofocus was non-existent. Photographing birds in flight was just a dream, mostly I did stationary birds. As I made the transition to digital just after the turn of the century, I started getting my hopes up that I could photograph stationary and moving birds. It wasn’t until the past few years though that everything came together for me, photographing all kinds of birds moving and stationary without breaking the bank. Continue reading

NANPA Weekly Wow: Feb 20-26

Great Kiskadees Beak to Beak, Hidalgo Co., TX- © Cissy Beasley

Great Kiskadees Beak to Beak, Hidalgo Co., TX- © Cissy Beasley

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2017 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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Superior Photo Destination: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Story and Photography by Tom Haxby

Council Lake

Early winter snow contrasts with fall color on Council Lake in the Hiawatha National Forest. © Tom Haxby

If you seek a remote place for wild and scenic photographic opportunities, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, known as the “UP” to locals, is one of those below the radar places with something for almost any photographer. This narrow peninsula is bounded by the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan to the south and the scenic Lake Superior coast forms the northern boundary. Continue reading

NANPA Weekly Wow: Feb 13-19

Howler Monkey, Honduras © Lance Carter

Howler Monkey, Honduras © Lance Carter

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2017 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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