Colorado’s Sunflower Season

Each summer, the sunny plains of eastern Colorado provide the perfect environment for growing endless fields of sunflowers. The endless array of bright yellow lying underneath blue skies are perfect for great landscape photos.
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August 2011 Desktop Calendar

Laguna Beach was made into a household name with the MTV show of the same name in the mid 2000s, but what the show failed to show instead of reality drama was the beautiful shorelines that line the coast of the area.
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The Unofficial List of All Google Plus Photographers Lists

Google Plus LogoNow that Google + has hit some sense of mainstream, everyone has their lists of photographers to follow. Everyone has one, me included, so you might be wondering which list has the best, or where can you seek out all the lists. The following is the unofficial list of all Google+ photographer lists. Confused yet? Just click these links.

Generic Google+ User Search

Google Spreadsheet of Every Photographer on G+ (hypothetically)
Add yourself to the above list

Trey Ratcliff’s Cumulitive List #1
Trey Ratcliff’s Cumulitive List #2
Trey Ratcliff’s Cumulitive List #3

Google+ Counters Top Photographers

60 Google+ Photographers to Inspire You

Top 104 Amazing Photographers to Circle on Google Plus

51 of the Best Photographers on Google Plus

Jarek Klimek’s list of 80 Users Google+ Photographers Need To Follow

Jeremy Hall’s list of Utah Photographers

Group As General Photographers List
Group As Analog Photographers List

Find People on Plus List

Recommended Photography Users List

Photographers You Should Follow on Google Plus

30 Awesome Photographers on Google Plus

HDR photographers of Google Plus

The Best Wedding Photographers on Google+

These lists are popping up left and right, so if I left any out I plan to make this a blog post that is continually being edited. Contact me or leave a comment below to get your list added here.

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The First 10 Photographers You Should Follow on Google Plus **Updated**

Google Plus LogoGoogle’s new social networking site, Google+, has exploded recently and looks as though it’s going to serve as a legit competitor to Facebook. This presents new opportunities for photographers to market their work, as well as learn and interact with fellow photographers. This list is photographers who are on-board with making Google+ a successful place for networking and sharing. They’re all active in posting links, articles, sharing photos, and even writing articles. Add them to a Photography circle to start a great networking base in Google+.

1. Trey Ratcliff

Trey is widely known for his Stuck in Customs site and as the leader in HDR photography. Regardless of your views on the craft, Trey has brought it into the photography mainstream and has done an excellent job at marketing his work.

2. Colby Brown

Colby is a Denver-based landscape, travel, and humanitarian photographer. He recently wrote a blog post debunking the recent Scott Bourne myth that using Google+ means that Google owns your images.

3. Thomas Hawk

Thomas has had a huge Internet following for some time, so it only makes sense that he would be one of the first to migrate to Google+. His portfolio is excellent, but I enjoyed his recent post of Top Ten Google+ Tips for Photographers.

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7 ski/snowboard films for 2011 that you must watch

A quick warning that what lies ahead is a quick and easy way to waste away an hour of your Monday afternoon. For whatever reasons, ski/snowboard film companies release all of their movie teasers for their fall movies in the dead heat of summer. While I’m out riding mountain bikes and rock climbing, now I can come back to my computer and dream of riding fresh powder in January. Here’s a preview of 7 of the films that I’m looking forward to watching most this fall.

The Art of Flight (Brain Farm Digital Cinema)

After 2009’s That’s It That’s All, I thought the best of the best had been reached in snowboard films. I was wrong. Travis Rice and crew are back filming with Brain Farm and the trailer looks amazing.

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July 2011 Desktop Wallpaper

Montana de Oro is a beautiful State Park on the central coast of California about fifteen miles west of San Luis Obispo. The park shows off some of the central coast’s best cliff features, and the best part is that it’s never crowded. I had this place all to myself for nearly 3 hours.
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Gear List: Essentials and Photo Equipment

It’s that time of year again. The snow is melting. The temperatures are rising. The waterfalls and rivers are flowing. Hikers and backpackers are starting to hit the trails, and the outdoor magazines are publishing their gear lists of recommended items to bring along.

When I head out on an overnight backpacking trip, I leave with the priority of photos in mind. The heavy photography equipment means that I have to live by the light is right mantra. What I take on my journey can be just as important as what I end up not taking. Here is my list of gear that I just can’t live without:

Essentials

  • PackF-Stop Gear Satori (5lb 8oz)
  • This is easily the best backpack for adventure/nature photography. A bold statement, but I challenge anyone to find a better system. At 58 liters, this is the largest expedition backpack that F-Stop makes.

    Their packs are designed with an internal camera unit (ICU) that makes customizing the room that I wish to commit to my gear very simple. I use the medium size ICU which holds my gear perfectly. I could probably downgrade to the smallest size, but if I do find myself with extra room in the ICU, I use it for storing food. The pack is back-loading, meaning that when laying it down in the mud, none of that gets transfered back onto me after I’m done shooting.

    F-Stop Gear Satori Backpack

  • TentBlack Diamond Bipod Bivy (1lb 13oz)
  • At first, I was hesitant of going with a bivy as my main shelter. The major flaw being that if it rains or snows, I have little to no space to store my photo equipment. I solved this by carrying a simple emergency blanket in my pack. If it’s dry, the blanket provides an extra barrier between my bivy, my sleeping pad, and the ground. In case of rain or snow, I store my photography gear with me in the bivy , and cover my pack with the blanket outside, holding it down with rocks.

    The bivy is a bit cramped for space, making sleeping on my side a bit difficult, but the bug net provides me a full view of the night sky, and the small amount of space and weight it takes up easily outweighs any cons.

    Black Diamond Bipod Bivy

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From the Edge with Peter Lik (Sponsored)

From the Edge with Peter Like on The Weather Channel

Colorful afternoon sunsets, turbulent thunderstorms, and brilliant clouds. Weather is something photographers thrive on in order to turn an otherwise boring scene into the foundation of a dramatic photograph. So, it’s only fitting that The Weather Channel would have a new tv show about a photographer and his adventures taking landscape photos across the United States.

Recently, I was contacted by The Weather Channel to do a writeup on this new photography show, From the Edge with Peter Lik. From the Edge airs Thursday nights with back-to-back episodes at 8 and 8:30PM EST.

Peter is an award-winning Australian landscape photographer who currently lives in Las Vegas, which at first might seem odd considering the nature of his craft and Las Vegas’ notorious reputation for being covered in dirt. Actually, though, the city is one giant hub for some of the most beautiful National Parks in the US. Death Valley, Mount Whitney, and Zion are all located within a few short hours drive, and Peter has numerous photos of all three in his portfolio.

On the first two episodes of From the Edge, Peter visited Hawaii to shoot Kilauea’s flowing lava fields as well as Red Rocks Canyon in Northern Utah. Tonight (4-21), he will be shooting the salt flats of Death Valley as well as ice climbing in Montana’s Glacier National Park in the second episode of the back-to-back.

On the program, Peter goes into detail about the geographic nature and history of the landscape as well as the detail involved in getting the best shot that he can.

He also touches briefly on camera tech, functionality, and best practices for beginners that are just getting into the photography hobby.

Currently on the From the Edge Facebook fan page, Peter is having a photography contest with the opportunity to win an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas. Be sure to check out From the Edge with Peter Lik Thursday evenings at 8/8:30 PM EST and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

You can find out more about Peter at his web site, blog, or the show’s web site

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Top 10 Photography Clichés

With DSLR cameras becoming cheaper each day and the green square turning everyone into a professional photographer, there has been an influx of awful photos and edits showing up on the Internet under the pro label. Here is my top ten list of photography clichés that I would like to see disappear forever.

Selective desaturation

Full Stop on the Road to Paradise

Sure, everyone has done it. I can not count the number of times people have shown me this effect and said, “Don’t you think this is cool?” I feel as though if my composition isn’t doing enough on it’s own to point out what the main subject of my photograph is, then the composition, DOF, or even pressing the shutter entirely should be re-questioned.
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