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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Fur Coat” by Linn Smith. Location: Florida.
    Photo By Linn Smith

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Fur Coat” by Linn Smith. Location: Florida.

    “Similar to a fur coat, one of the functions the tail serves for this tree squirrel is heat conservation,” says Smith.

    Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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    Photo Of The Day By Linn Smith

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Fur Coat” by Linn Smith. Location: Florida.

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Fur Coat” by Linn Smith. Location: Florida. “Similar to a fur coat, one of...

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    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:01:53 +0000

    On this episode of the reCOMPOSE podcast Juan and Andy discuss cold weather photography. For many of us winter tends to be a very busy time photographically speaking, but cold weather can present us with some challenges. However, if you are prepared with the right gear and the right techniques cold weather photography can be lots of fun. In this episode of the podcast Juan and Andy share with you some of their favorite pieces of gear and techniques to make the best of cold weather photography.

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    reCOMPOSE Podcast 048: Cold Weather Photography

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    On this episode of the reCOMPOSE podcast Juan and Andy discuss cold weather photography. For many of us winter tends...

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    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:00:10 +0000

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Costa Colore” by Sebastiano Massimino. Location: Dominican Republic.
    Photo By Sebastiano Massimino

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Costa Colore” by Sebastiano Massimino. Location: Dominican Republic.

    See more of Sebastiano Massimino’s photography at www.chameleoncreativearts.com.

    Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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    Photo Of The Day By Sebastiano Massimino

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Costa Colore” by Sebastiano Massimino. Location: Dominican Republic.

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Costa Colore” by Sebastiano Massimino. Location: Dominican Republic. See more of Sebastiano Massimino’s photography...

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    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:59:45 +0000

    NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S
    NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S

    The fifth lens for Nikon’s Z Series mirrorless cameras is the NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S. A full stop faster than the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S—also for the Z Series—that was introduced last year, the new lens is targeted at professionals and enthusiasts who want the highest image quality and speed from this popular zoom range. Though heavier and larger than the ƒ/4 S line model, as you’d expect, Nikon notes that this lens is approximately 24.7 percent lighter and 18.4 percent shorter than the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens for DSLRs.

    It’s the first lens to feature a new ARNEO coating which is intended to significantly reduce flare and ghosting. It’s also the first lens to incorporate a dedicated manual focus ring in addition to the customizable control ring, for enhanced usability, and an Organic EL Lens Information Panel that can display either the current aperture and focal length settings, or focus distance and depth of field.

    The NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S is compatible with the in-camera, 5-axis Vibration Reduction system in the Z 7 and Z 6 for up to 5stopsof image stabilization, and offers a minimum focusing distance of 1.25 feet.

    It will be available this spring with a list price of $2,299. For additional information and features, see the press release below.

    Check out the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S on B&H!

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    NIKON UNVEILS THE NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S, A FAVORITE ZOOM LENS REBORN FOR THE Z SERIES 

    The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Implements the Latest Nikon Optical Technologies to Reinvent One of Nikon’s Most Coveted Zoom Lenses for the Full-Frame Mirrorless Z System

    MELVILLE, NY (February 13, 2019 at 11:01 P.M. EST)– Today, Nikon Inc. announced the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S: a much-anticipated, fast-aperture zoom lens that’s ideal for professional and advanced photographers who capture portraits, landscapes, weddings and events, as well as content creators who shoot video using Nikon’s revolutionary new Z Mount System. Designed to take full advantage of the wider, brighter and faster Z Mount, this new S-Line lens delivers stunning sharpness all the way to the corners of the frame, even when used at its maximum aperture.

    The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the first NIKKOR lens touse the all new Nikon-designed ARNEO coat, which is used in conjunction with Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to significantly minimize flare and ghosting. The lens also includes Nikon’s new Multi-Focus System to help ensure fast and accurate autofocus even when shooting close-up subjects. Additionally, the 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the first NIKKOR Z lens to feature a dedicated manual focus ring independent of the customizable control ring, a Function (L-Fn) button, and an Organic EL Lens Information Panel for quick reference of key settings such as focus distance, depth-of-field, aperture and focal length.

    “The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 Sis the lens that Z Series users have been waiting for, a lens that many photographers and videographers would never leave home without,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “Lightweight and tack sharp, the 24-70mm f/2.8 S is a great example of the outstanding performance and portability that is possible with our next-generation Z Mount System.”

    NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S – Performance, Precision and Optical Superiority

    The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S builds on a century of Nikon optical heritage by harnessing the technical advantages of the Z Mount. This type of lens is known as a photographer favorite due to its versatility, useful zoom range, fast aperture and sharpness. Nikon was able to redesign this all-around zoom lens to achieve a new standard of performance, while making it both smaller and lighter—approximately 24.7% lighter and 18.4% shorter than the popular AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens.

    The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S takes advantage of the latest optical technologies to ensure exceptional control of aberration, ghosting and flare. Featuring an optical construction of 17 elements in 15 groups—including two ED glass elements and four aspherical elements—the lens delivers sharp, virtually vignette-free performance from edge-to-edge across its entire zoom range, even at maximum aperture.

    Additionally, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the first NIKKOR lens to feature Nikon’s all-new ARNEO coating: a multi-layer coating that is used in conjunction with Nano Crystal Coating for superior anti-reflective performance. While Nano Crystal Coat suppresses ghosting and flare coming from backlight at diagonal angles, the ARNEO coat compensates for light entering the lens from vertical angles. This expanded field enables the lens to capture exceptional contrast and sharpness even when the light source is visible inside the frame.

    To help ensure fast, accurate and silent autofocus, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S combines a powerful stepping motor (STM) with Nikon’s new Multi-Focus System. This system uses two actuators to move two focus groups at once, enabling the lens to achieve critical focus rapidly from nearly any distance, including close-up shooting.

    The 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the most customizable NIKKOR Z lens yet. The lens features an Organic EL Lens Information Panel that allows for quick confirmation of aperture and focal length or focus distance and depth-of-field without looking at the viewfinder. For enhanced versatility, the addition of a L-Fn button allows you to set over 20 custom functions when shooting stills. The lens is also the first to feature an independent focus ring in addition to the customizable control ring found on all S-Line lenses, giving professional photographers and videographers more comfortable and convenient control over their shooting experience.

    Finally, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S was designed to excel at video in addition to stills capture, taking full advantage of the industry-leading video features found in the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7. Its design minimizes focus breathing, preventing the angle of view from changing when the focus is adjusted; the stepping motor and Multi-Focus System ensure fast, accurate and quiet focusing; full compatibility with the built-in 5-axis VR of the Nikon Z System ensures users can capture super-smooth video hand-held; and the customizable control ring, independent focus ring and Organic EL panel give filmmakers even more control over this exceptional lens on-set.

    The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is destined to be an instant classic—a must-own lens for Nikon Z Series creators of all types.

    Key Features:

    Price and Availability

    The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S will be available in spring 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,299.952.

    1. Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when FX-format compatible lenses are attached to a FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position. 

    2. SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. 

    Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. 

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    Nikon Announces NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S For Mirrorless Z Series

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    NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S

    The fifth lens for Nikon’s Z Series mirrorless cameras is the NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S. A full stop faster...

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    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:01:21 +0000

    Product photo of the Canon EOS RP
    Canon EOS RP

    Aimed at photographers looking for an affordable entry into full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Canon EOS RP is the second full-frame mirrorless camera from Canon and aggressively priced at $1,299 for the body only. Like the EOS R introduced last fall, it’s compatible with the new RF lenses designed for the EOS R system, as well as Canon EF and EF-S lenses via optional RF EOS-R Mount Adapters.

    The 26.2-megapixel camera features Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus and eye detection AF which can identify faces and then focus on the subject’s eye. As an entry-level model, the EOS RP has modest continuous shooting speeds of 5 fps in single-shot AF, or 4 fps with continuous AF.

    When it becomes available in March, the Canon EOS RP will also be offered in a kit that includes the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $2,399. For additional information, see the press release below.

    Check out the Canon EOS RP on B&H!

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    FULL FRAME FOR THE MASSES! CANON INTRODUCES ITS SECOND FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA – THE EOS RP

    NewSuper-Compact and Ultra-Lightweight EOS RP is Ideal for Users Looking to Graduate to Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera at an Affordable Price 

    MELVILLE, N.Y., February 13, 2019 –Responding to the demand from amateur and advanced amateur photographers for an entry-level, full-frame mirrorless camera,Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the second camera in the EOS R lineup, the EOS RP. The EOS RP is designed for photographers looking to step up from Canon’s APS-C cameras: the EOS Rebel, EOS M and the EOS 80D, into the world of full-frame mirrorless photography. Weighing in at just 17.29 ounces, the EOS RP camera is lighter than a 500ml bottle of water and smaller than Canon’s popular APS-C DSLR camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i, coming in at approximately 5.0in (w) x 3.77in (h) x 2.36in (d). With optics at its core, the EOS RP takes full advantage of the complete line up of RF lenses and is compatible with the existing collection of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses with the use of one of three optional RF EOS-R Mount Adapters[i].

    “As Canon continues to evolve its full-frame mirrorless cameras, our goal is that one day the EOS R line becomes as widely popular as our celebrated lineup of EOS DSLR cameras,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As a company, we believe that in order for us to accomplish that goal, Canon needs to develop full-frame mirrorless cameras for every skill level of photographers and that starts with amateurs and advanced amateurs. This makes the EOS RP the perfect addition to the existing lineup.”

    The new Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera features a 26.2 megapixel CMOS sensor that is powered by the company’s DIGIC 8 image processor, providing users with high-image quality, outstanding operation and functionality. The new Canon EOS RP features Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) with 4,779 manually selectable AF points[ii]and a wide AF coverage area of 88 percent horizontal and 100 percent vertical. With f/1.2 lenses, the camera astonishingly boasts AF sensitivity in low light in as little as Exposure Value (EV) -5. When using the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens with the EOS RP, the camera can focus in as little as 0.05 seconds with Dual Pixel CMOS AF[iii]. When using eye detection AF, the camera can automatically detect faces and focus on the eye of the subject. This feature is supported when the camera is set in either servo AF mode during continuous shooting and movie servo AF, as well as one-shot AF.

    Like the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera that was announced in September 2018, the EOS RP is built around the same 54mm mount diameter and short-back focus. This allows for the use of one of three optional mount adapters for full compatibility with all existing EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses. Through the use of the optional Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter or Control Ring Mount Adapter, these lenses, in fact, gain functionality.

    For photographers looking to further expand their abilities and capture a wide variety of both still and video images, the EOS RP features Visual Guide mode. First introduced with the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D, this mode allows users to see on screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings can alter the image they are about to capture. This mode helps to guide photographers to capture more compelling images, such as ones with a shallow depth-of-field or being able to give moving subjects a frozen or flowing look. For those looking to expand their imaginative options, the camera also features Creative Assist mode that allows photographers to use new and unique visual effects and adjustments when shooting, such as brightness, contrast, saturation, color tone, monochrome and background blur. In addition, the design, ergonomics, layout and ease-of-use of the camera are very similar to that of other Canon cameras consumers might already be familiar with.

    Additional noteworthy features of the EOS RP camera include:

    Availability and Pricing

    The Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in March 2019 for an estimated retail price of $1299.00 for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $2399.00

    [i]When attaching an EF-S lens via any of Canon’s new R-series mount adapters, the EOS RP automatically switches to a APS-C crop mode.

    [ii]Available AF points may decrease when shooting with AF cropping or in movie mode, or depending on camera settings or lens attached.

    [iii]Based on results of AF speed tests in accordance with CIPA guidelines. Results may vary depending on shooting conditions and lens in use. Relies on internal measurement method.

    [iv]Compatible with iOS® versions 9.3/10.3, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

    [v]Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.0 or later and the Camera Connect. 

    [vi]Compatible with iPad models utilizing iOS 11 or later and equipped with at least 2GB of onboardRAM—specifically, iPad Pro (all models), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2.

    *Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

     * Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

     

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    The Canon EOS RP Is An Affordable, Entry-Level Full Frame Mirrorless Option

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    Canon EOS RP

    Aimed at photographers looking for an affordable entry into full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Canon EOS RP is the second full-frame...

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    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:00:42 +0000

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Snowmobiling Fun” by James Bommarito. Location: San Juan National Forest, Colorado.
    Photo By James Bommarito

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Snowmobiling Fun” by James Bommarito. Location: San Juan National Forest, Colorado.

    Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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    Photo Of The Day By James Bommarito

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Snowmobiling Fun” by James Bommarito. Location: San Juan National Forest, Colorado.

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Snowmobiling Fun” by James Bommarito. Location: San Juan National Forest, Colorado. Photo of the...

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    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:19:02 +0000

    Product photo of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3
    Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3

    A new big-range zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras will be available in March. The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-400mm—a very versatile range for everything from wide-angle landscapes to wildlife telephoto shots, and a great option for travel photography when you want to carry a single lens to keep your gear to a minimum. The 16.6x range is the most generous available for the Micro Four Thirds system.

    At the wide end of the focal length range, the lens can focus as close as 3.9 inches, excellent for landscape compositions with prominent foreground elements. At longer focal lengths, that distance extends to just over 2 feet 3 inches, which compares well to zoom lenses for other systems with equivalent telephoto magnification.

    Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3
    Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 extended to 200mm.

    The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 features extensive weather sealing, ideal for use with Olympus cameras like the E-M1X, E-M1 Mark II and E-M5 Mark II, which also incorporate robust sealing. The lens will retail for $899. For more information, see the press release below.

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    OLYMPUS ANNOUNCES M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL ED 12-200mm
    (35mm EQUIVALENT 24-400mm) F3.5-6.3 LENS

    Powerful 16.6x Zoom is the Highest Magnification Available on an
    Interchangeable Lens for Mirrorless Systems

    CENTER VALLEY, PA., February 13, 2019 – Olympus is pleased to announce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 (35mm equivalent 24-400mm) super telephoto zoom lens. Conforming to the Micro Four Thirds® System Standard, this lens features the highest magnification zoom available on an interchangeable lens for mirrorless systems at 16.6x . Users will experience excellent depictive performance across the entire focal length from wide-angle to telephoto, making it the perfect travel companion, packing high-speed and high-precision autofocus into an amazingly compact, lightweight form. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens features a dustproof and splashproof construction, making this lens durable enough to withstand the toughest shooting conditions, especially when paired with a weathersealed Olympus OM-D® camera body.

    When shooting wide, the closest focusing distance is approximately 22 cm (approximately 10 cm from the end of the lens) from the main subject for capturing the subject along with an expansive background. When shooting telephoto, the maximum magnification of 0.46x (35mm equivalent) for close-up photography and for significant background defocusing. This do-it-all lens is perfect for close-ups of children’s expressions, indoor and outdoor situations and a variety of other subjects.

    The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens features the same reliable dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO lens series. When combined with a dustproof and splashproof camera , it can function in the most punishing of environments.

    This lens is equipped with the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism, an advanced inner focusing mechanism providing fast, smooth, quiet and accurate auto-focusing, ideal for video shooters. Users will enjoy a short shooting time lag, so split-second photo opportunities are not missed. Amazingly high-speed, precise autofocus performance on this high-magnification zoom lens will provide comfortable, fun shooting.

    ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, Olympus’ cutting-edge thin-coating technology, cultivated from multilayer film disposition technology used in microscopes, has been applied to the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens to drastically reduce ghosts and flares, contributing to a clear, high-contrast image.

    Separately Available Accessories

    LC-72C Lens Cap: Equipped with a 72mm filter diameter that can be attached and removed without the need to remove the lens hood.

    LH-76B Lens Hood: Protects the lens and reduces unnecessary light entering the lens when shooting in backlit conditions.

    LSC-0914 Lens Case: A pouch-style lens case that protects lenses with three-layer construction. Lenses can be stored with the lens cap, protection filter and lens hoot (stored) attached.

    ZUIKO PRF-ZD72 PRO Protection Filter: A lens filter equipped with ZERO coating and blackened glass edges, used to suppress flares and ghosting caused by reflections. The frame consists of a satin finish black aluminum. This filter is also compatible with other lenses of a 72mm filter diameter.

    Specifications are subject to change without notice. Company names and product names contained in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

    U.S. Pricing and Availability

    The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens has an expected availability of late March 2019 with suggested retail pricing of $899.99 (USD) and $1,149.99 (CAD). The LC-72C Lens Cap will retail for $14.99 (USD & CAD). The LH-76B Lens Hood will retail for $49.99 (USD) and $64.99 (CAD). The LSC-0914 Lens Case will retail for $31.99 (USD & CAD). The ZUIKO PRF-ZD72 PRO Protection Filter will retail for $79.99 (USD & CAD).

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    Olympus Introduces M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3

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    M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3

    A versatile 16.6x zoom for Micro Four Thirds system cameras, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 offers a great range for travel photography.

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    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:00:12 +0000

    Photo of giraffes by George Lepp
    Giraffes. The first time Lepp took a digital camera on a photographic expedition, he was blown away by the extra reach offered by the APS-C digital sensor, which maximized the capabilities of a long lens. Captured on the Serengeti Plains with a 3-megapixel Canon EOS D30, this image is still viable 18 years later, despite the supersonic advancement of digital technology. Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM, Canon Extender EF 2x. Exposure: 1/90 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 100.

    If sometime in the course of the last five decades you found yourself sitting next to George Lepp on an airplane, or attending one of his workshops, or if you bumped into him on a mountain trail, chances are he taught you something about photography. It’s not just because he’s a world-class outdoor photographer and educator, but thanks mostly to his limitless exuberance for the medium and sincere passion for helping others. Photography is in his bones, and he’s made an art of sharing the knowledge and experience gained over the course of his 50-year career. In recognition of that, the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is honoring him with a lifetime achievement award.

    “Not only is George Lepp one of the greatest nature photographers of all time,” says NANPA Executive Director Susan Day, “he has spent most of his long career embracing new techniques and generously sharing his extensive knowledge with others. Before the internet and blogs, photographers studied George’s magazine articles, how-to books and quarterly newsletters to glean information about his techniques and tips. George is an eternal learner who has always been a step ahead of the pack in trying new gear, techniques and technology—and setting trends. George embraces change and adapts. He’s a founding member of NANPA and has been active in many roles since 1993. His willingness to share has inspired and guided generations of photographers to reach higher levels on their image-making journeys. NANPA is proud to honor George with our highest award.” 

    Lepp began his 50-year nature photography career in grammar school, when he was recruited to help produce a school newspaper. He’d never taken pictures, but he quickly became proficient with a Crown Graphic and darkroom processing. In high school, he shot family photos and picked up occasional freelance newspaper assignments. In college, he studied fish and wildlife management and spent his summers working for the U.S. Forest Service, kicking off a career that would be spent in the outdoors working for the preservation of nature.

    Bee-eaters, photo by George Lepp
    Little Bee-Eaters. In winter, it’s cold in Botswana. Lepp captured these four little bee-eaters huddled together for warmth early one morning on the Okavango Delta. Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM with Canon Extender EF 1.4x III. Exposure: 1/500 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 400.

    Lepp has earned his keep as a professional photographer ever since returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam and completing his degree in photography at Brooks Institute. He has continued to utilize the publishing knowledge he gained as a student and in the military by writing his “Tech Tips” columns for Outdoor Photographer and publishing a quarterly newsletter since before the internet made such things easy. He has taught classes and led workshops for decades as well. Lepp has worked hard to share his knowledge at every step throughout his career, and it continues today in collaboration with his wife, Kathryn, a writer, editor and former university administrator. They’ve published three books and hundreds of articles together. Lepp calls her his “perfectionist.”

    At the core of Lepp’s long and fruitful career may simply be his persistent ability to solve a variety of problems—from the creative to the technical, in individual photo setups encountered on any given day as well as with the larger movements that shape a career. This, too, he says, has been guided by familial influences.

    “My father was a machinist,” Lepp explains, “and he could figure out things. He didn’t have any education, but he was smart, and so he would work his way through the problems to solve them. My photography has sort of been that way. All of these things I’ve developed have been to solve problems to get the kinds of pictures that I want.”

    Some of the things Lepp has developed are highly technical pieces of equipment. For instance, the projected flash unit that utilized a Fresnel lens to throw a portable flash over greater distance with less falloff—something that is immensely useful to a wildlife photographer. The same technology is now integrated into most speedlight-style flashes, but at the time Lepp was breaking new ground. 

    “I made it for myself and used it to take pictures,” he says. “And, of course, I wrote about it. The next thing I knew, people wanted them. Talk about jury-rigged, but it solved the problem. That was one of the things that kind of developed out of the need to solve a problem. The other was a macro bracket.”

    Glasswing butterfly scales photo by George Lepp
    Glasswing Butterfly Scales. At 5x magnification, the microscopic scales of a butterfly’s wing are revealed in all their complex design. Lepp photographed this glasswing butterfly specimen with a high-magnification studio setup, compositing 21 focus-stacked images for maximum detail. Canon EOS 5DS, Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x at 5x, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX flash. Exposure: 1/125 sec., ƒ/2.8, ISO 100.

    Ever the innovator, Lepp next developed a macro flash bracket that allowed for the use of two synchronized flashes for close-up photography. His camera manufacturer contacts at the time said it couldn’t be done, yet he did it. The Lepp Macro Bracket was ahead of its time and combined Lepp’s affinity for macro photography with his passion to push further, to do more while testing the limits of the medium. It led him for a time to preside over his own photographic equipment catalog.

    For as technically progressive as he is, however, Lepp is not a run-of-the mill gearhead interested in cameras for cameras’ sake. His mastery of technique and embrace of technology is always in service to the image.

    “For me, photography’s purpose is to show something that people haven’t seen before,” he says. “My philosophy about nature photography has been that it’s a window into the natural world. I’ve been in Yellowstone on the side of the road with a super long lens or something like that and people…It bugs me that people are more interested in my equipment than they are in the natural world that we’re out there experiencing and photographing.

    Lioness photo by George Lepp
    Lioness In Grass. After photographing other animals for more than an hour in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lepp realized that he, too, was being watched. Canon EOS-1N, Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film.

    “Natural history is a secondary and very important aspect of what I do,” he continues. “And I learned from a National Geographicphotographer, if you don’t have the natural science, you’re not going to be very successful. So I do a fair amount of research and talk to people about the subjects and so forth. The nature aspect of it is tied up and involved with the photography. A lot of times, the people who come to look at what I’ve got my camera trained on aren’t really photographers, so now I’m the local naturalist.”

    Whether he’s explaining a photographic technique or discussing the biology of an eagle’s nest, Lepp is more than happy to help. In fact, he finds himself regularly conducting impromptu workshops with interested passersby. “All the time,” he says. “I’ll be out in the middle of a shoot someplace, and the next thing I know I’m running a class with two or three people who have shown up to do the same sort of thing. If there’s something I can help somebody with, I’m going to help them. And when they figure out that I have real information for them, then it gets to be very interesting. It’s what I do. It’s what I’ve always done.”

    With his willingness to help and his preference for technique in service of subject, Lepp has his priorities straight. Sure, he’s excited about new equipment and techniques, but only inasmuch as they allow him to take better pictures, to communicate more clearly. It’s been this eagerness, this drive to see what’s next, that’s kept him going all these years and that still motivates him today.

    Photo of Mono Lake by George Lepp
    Mono Lake. Lepp has photographed the Mono Lake region for more than 40 years. In one of his favorite renditions, the lake’s iconic tufa formations are bathed in the red light of sunset. Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 17-40mm at 17mm. Exposure: 1 sec., ƒ/11, ISO 200.

    As one of Canon USA’s first Explorers of Light, he’s had early access to every new thing in photography. “My more than thirty-year association with Canon has been one of the most productive and rewarding relationships of my career,” he says.

    “It’s even more exciting today than it was at the beginning,” he says. “And after doing this for 50 years, you’d think I’d be burned out. I’m somewhat burned out on traveling in airplanes but not the stuff in my office, the work I’m trying to accomplish right now. When Canon hands me a new camera, I send them pictures and they say, ‘What the hell are you doing with our cameras!’ They’re happy about it! We just got the EOS R mirrorless, and so I’m all excited about the autofocus and 4K video.

    “You see something going in a direction, and you go there,” he says. “You move through those things that you have to. That’s basically what everything that we do today is, this constant transition into the next thing and the next thing.”

    Looking to the future, Lepp is particularly excited about the combination of stills and video. “I’ve been messing with 4K video where I’m taking frame grabs out of it,” he says. “If you give me a 6K or an 8K camera that is not a huge camera, that is not $20,000 or $30,000—which an 8K camera today would be—I now have 60 frames per second, a frame that I can make into a print, and I can get that exact piece of what I want to pull out. I can do 14 frames per second right now, but that’s not good enough. I want to do 60 frames per second. This is the direction that I think things are going. In fact, your iPhone does that now. Your iPhone takes a series of images; when you take one picture, it actually takes a bunch of them, and you can scrub through those and you can find the one when the person didn’t have their eyes closed. We’re going to see more of this. You can take that little bit of video, and you pull that out and it’s equivalent to an 18-megapixel camera at 6K. It’s a tremendous amount of information per frame.”

    Photo of California poppy by George Lepp
    California Poppy. In 2004, Lepp published his 15-year study of the California golden poppy, the state’s official flower, as a book, Golden Poppies of California. This low-angle macro telephoto composition isolated one beautiful bloom against the field and the sky. Canon EOS film camera, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, Kodak Ektachrome E100 slide film.

    “So many photographers hear me saying this,” he continues, “and they say, ‘So photography as a skill is pretty much going to die?’ And I’m saying, ‘No, good photography is not. Capturing information is going to be even better.’ But straight photographers will say, ‘Well, you’re cheating.’ Yeah, I cheat all the time. I try to use that cheating to give me real, truthful pictures. It’s not like I’m trying to put them together in a composite of something that wasn’t actually there. I’m using the technology to solve issues.

    “Being a nature photographer,” Lepp says, “you run into problems. The person who gets the best picture is the person who solves the problem the best.”


    NANPA will present George Lepp with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nature Photography Summit in Las Vegas, February 21-23, 2019. For more information and to see more of Lepp’s work, visit his website at georgeleppimages.com.

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    A Life In Pictures

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    Bee-eaters, photo by George Lepp

    George Lepp forged his life’s work out of a passion for helping others, a love of pushing boundaries and an untiring eagerness to see what’s next.

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    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 19:47:21 +0000

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Rocket Man” by Nick Paoni. Location: Cardiff State Beach, California.
    Photo By Nick Paoni

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Rocket Man” by Nick Paoni. Location: Cardiff State Beach, California.

    “A surfer flying over a wave as the sun is setting at Cardiff State Beach, California,” describes Paoni.

    Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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    Photo Of The Day By Nick Paoni

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    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Rocket Man” by Nick Paoni. Location: Cardiff State Beach, California.

    Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Rocket Man” by Nick Paoni. Location: Cardiff State Beach, California. “A surfer flying over a wave...

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    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:14:27 +0000

    Congratulations to Beth Howell for winning the Adventure Photography Assignment with the image, “Taft Point Slacklining.”
    Photo By Beth Howell

    Congratulations to Beth Howell for winning the Adventure Photography Assignment with the image, “Taft Point Slacklining.”

    “Taft Point in Yosemite is a favorite spot for late-afternoon photography,” says Howell. “On this autumn day, I set out hoping to capture a nice sunset with El Capitan in the distance. When I arrived at the spot I planned to shoot from, I was surprised to find a high-line, also called a slackline, set up and a talented individual enjoying a walk on that thin piece of webbing thousands of feet above Yosemite Valley. They appeared as confident on the slackline as I was walking the trail to Taft Point.

    “I decided to spend some time watching (in awe) and take the opportunity to photograph the action. Although I didn’t get the shot I had pre-visualized, it’s important to be able to take a step back and appreciate the experience of photography—not just the end result. In this case, I watched a remarkable performance and got a great shot, too!”

    Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mmL. Exposure: 1/50sec @ f/11, ISO 800.

    See more of Beth Howell’s photography at www.bethhowellphotos.com and on Instagram and Facebook.

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    Adventure Photography Assignment Winner Beth Howell

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    Congratulations to Beth Howell for winning the Adventure Photography Assignment with the image, “Taft Point Slacklining.”

    Congratulations to Beth Howell for winning the Adventure Photography Assignment with the image, “Taft Point Slacklining.” “Taft Point in Yosemite...

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    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:36:01 +0000