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August 27, 2015

A Landscape Shooting Experience: Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

It is the turn for J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) to take us into his personal experienced approach path to successful landscape photography in this Shooting Experience - Landscape Series. From spot selection, tripod positioning through focal length choices, to composition, actual shooting and then to post-processing. Read article >>

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August 25, 2015

Academy adds Czech Republic photo adventure

Academy-Prague_Czech_SQ_120.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen has just added a new travel workshop to the Czech Republic and Prague. The trip is scheduled for October 9?16, 2016 and is designed to coincide with fall colors that will provide a stunning backdrop to the castles, mountains, and forests of Bohemia.

Prague-Academy_300.jpgYou will have the opportunity to explore a large variety of photographic themes, including landscape, countryside, castles and chateaus, colonnades, rural houses and forest animals.

Add four-star hotel accommodations and a scheduled boat ride and you have the makings of a photo adventure in the best Nikonians Academy style.

This 8-day photo adventure to the best of Bohemia will cover historic sites as well as modern marvels such as one of the youngest of national parks in the Czech Republic.

Coming soon ----

Michael Mariant's autumn workshops to the Eastern Sierra and to Yosemite have just a few seats remaining.

sierra-owens-Tel_250.jpg► His annual Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley trip explores landscapes and astrophotography in some of California's most beautiful environments.

Capture the vibrancy of the Eastern Sierra (September 24-27, 2015) during shooting sessions throughout the day interspersed with extensive specialized instruction in landscape photography. This workshop focuses not only on the 'where' to take the pictures, but also on the 'how' to take pictures, incorporating photographic education throughout the workshop at each location, building on the previous locations techniques and lessons to culminate in a comprehensive lesson in composition, modified exposure, light controls, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography to name just a few.

Michael Mariant?s two Yosemite workshops are perfect for photographers who are working on their creative skillset.

Zen_250.jpgThe Zen of Thinking (beginning October 2, 2015) is an advanced photography workshop designed to get you out of your comfort zone (only one seat remaining). This two-day course is limited to five students to ensure an intimate environment, fostering the best learning opportunities possible at Yosemite National Park.

The course curriculum includes lecture presentations, one-on-one instruction and critiques, on-site visual approach demos and analysis, and evaluative assessments of each photographer?s strengths, weakness, gear mindset, and areas for growth and development.

Yosemite-BW_300.jpgBlack and White Infrared Photography is designed to help photographers learn how to shoot and process compelling IR imagery.

Learn infrared black and white photography in beautiful Yosemite Valley.

This three-day course (November 6-8, 2015) is an intensive study of the complete digital and analog technique and process of the black & white infrared photography medium. You will be examining the technical visual aspects of the infrared spectrum, photographic principles in the field, post-production techniques and the proper steps to ?create? a dynamic infrared (IR) photograph.

Looking to enhance your photo library?
Passionate_300.jpgCheck out Steve Simon?s The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great

Steve has led workshops all over the world, including Mentor Series, Macworld, PhotoPlus Expo and Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai.

He is the author of four critically acclaimed photography books with works in major museum collections around the world.

Steve Simon's book, The Passionate Photographer is a top-seller and continues to garner awards from the photography industry.

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August 17, 2015

Nikonians Fundraising Campaign 2015 begins

FR-Camp_2015_SQ_125.jpgBased on the success of last year's fundraising campaign, our founders have announced a new venture for 2015.
If you check our fundraising home page you will see the familiar thermometer, once again hovering at zero mark, with a goal of $100,000 (USD). Since the campaign launch (almost immediately) $2,000 has already been donated.

2015-fundraising-thermo_200.jpgNikonians co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) tells us the proceeds from last year were instrumental in improving the user experience:

"We made sure the forums are usable on various screen sizes, including mobile devices and we simplified uploading of images in the forums. We also increased the size of previews in forums and galleries and improved the way we link to these images out of the forums. Other improvements included streamlining the way we inform users through notifications on new posts."

Members are already commenting favorably on the revamped main page of the forums and lobby and the ability to keep track of information from articles, galleries and the activities of friend in the community. One popular improvement since the conclusion of last year?s campaign was the introduction of favorites tagging, making it easier for members to access the collection of forums they use the most.

The 2014 Fundraising Campaign was the first in the community since it was officially started 15 years ago. Funds from that campaign focused on solving major, technical points to improve the usability of the forums and to reduce clutter.

Bo tells us this year?s campaign is aimed at continuing the work that has already started.
"We want to redesign the galleries, make sure that they are just as easy and pleasant to use as our new gallery app for mobiles. We are also looking forward to get more authors on board allowing us to provide more in-depth articles and further expand on our popular ezine, 'The Nikonian.' Last but not least, we envision pulling off an interesting get-together for Nikonians in the U.S.A."

For more information, check our Fundraising Campaign Wiki.

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August 4, 2015

Congratulations June Contest Winners

June_2015-SQ-winners.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the June contests. 

Congratulations to our winners! 

The June highlights include a tie in the Landscape category and one member taking top honors in two separate categories.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners.  Each photo title serves as a link, which will lead you to explanations behind some of the photographs and an overall look at the competition.

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1. Wildlife ?Cold Blooded? theme winner - Don Irwin (dirwin), from Washington, USA with his image titled Warming Up.

2A. Landscape ?Leading Lines? theme co-winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7), from Oregon, USA with his image titled Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
2B. Landscape ?Leading Lines? theme co-winner Gary Paige (JazzDoc), from New York, USA with his image titled Morning Twilight over Elk Lake, Adirondacks.

3. Macro ?Office Supplies? theme winner Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7), from Oregon, USA with his image titled Paper-Markers-Clips.

4. Sports ?Defying Gravity? theme winner Huw Thomas (HUW), from New South Wales, Australia with his image titled Dance Class.

5. Travel ?Rail Journey? them winner Robert Wyatt (sulkyrob), from Victoria, Australia with his image titled Impala 61002 at Goathland Station

6. Online Photo Assignments ?Black and White? theme winner Tom Ferguson (tekneektom), from Wisconsin, USA with his image titled Film Noir.

 

Interested in submitting your photos?
If you want to participate, please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed in David Summers' contest guide.

The Online Photo Assignments category is coordinated by Rob Migliaccio (rmigliaccio) from Rhode Island, USA. You can check his recap of past winners here.    

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