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December 29, 2015

Nikonians Academy ready for New Year

Academy-Hulbert-SQ-THU_120.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us 2016 will be filled with photo adventures in exotic locations as well as workshops and member gatherings in the USA.
Here's a look at the first six months:

The action begins in February, with Michael Mariant's Yosemite in Winter photo adventure (February 18-21, 2016). 

This workshop will focus on the numerous locations in the Yosemite Valley that are complemented by the snow season.
Yosemite-Winter_300x116.jpgIt is well as timed for one of the few rare scenes in Yosemite that happens only once a year for about 10 days in only the perfect conditions: the backlit illumination of Horsetail Fall by the setting sun, called 'The Firefall' as immortalized by the original 1973 Galen Rowell photo.

All three sunset opportunities of the workshop will be devoted to capturing this elusive visual phenomenon.

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Rick Hulbert is preparing for his first workshop of the New Year, when he leads attendees through diverse, target-rich places to gather images of Seattle. His four-day Urban and Street Photography workshop with a maximum enrollment of 10 people will begin on March 17, 2016.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to ?break rules? in a deliberate, meaningful way.

You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography.

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The 16th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) will take participants to the USA West Coast for the Spring edition.

Join Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp), with ANPAT Leader Eric Bowles (ericbowles), in this target-rich region for splendid photography opportunities. Palacios tells us the location was chosen by popular demand and early bookings will assist with making key deposits on ideal accommodations. 


The inclusive dates are Saturday April 16, 2016 to Saturday April 23, 2016.
The ANPAT has become the traditional Nikonians field event of the year, where we all become students and teachers to live our Nikonians motto: Share, Learn, and Inspire.
This is a great way to hone your skills as a photographer, make true friends and have a great time.

Check the original announcement posting for updates on member questions and travel discussions.

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The 2016 Sri Lanka photo adventure trip has reached the minimum number of signups.  Join Les Picker on his photo tour of this enchanting land (March 12-23, 2016).

Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet describes:
"Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, famous tea and flavorful food describe Sri Lanka."

We couldn't agree more.
Les' trip dives deep into the local culture and wildlife for a journey you (and your spouse) will remember for the rest of your life.

One of the highlights of the tour will be spending two days (four safari treks) in famed Yalla National Park, which boasts the densest wild leopard population on earth, along with bull elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, monkeys and an incredible variety of colorful birds.

We will also do safaris in two other National Parks famous for their wild elephant populations, monkeys, crocodiles, colorful birds, and other wildlife. Most evenings we will have an optional image review and critique.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

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Later in the year (July 17-24, 2016), Mike Hagen hosts his popular Summer Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure.

Take a walk on the wild side with Mike as you hike into volcanic craters and explore the stunning country in private tour vehicles. Because you will be traveling as an independent group, your guides and drivers are dedicated to getting you to the best locations in the most incredible light.

Mike's partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer who is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry.

Get ready to photograph geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. Mike also included a photo tour of Reykjav?k that includes buildings and architecture.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants, and early reservations are highly recommended.

 

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December 22, 2015

Snow just in time for Yosemite workshop

Academy-Logo-SQ-Winter-Yosemite_120.jpgAfter years of not having snow (at the right times) in Yosemite, it looks like this year might be a different story.
Michael Mariant's Yosemite in Winter is shaping up to be a wonderful workshop with snow piling up in the Sierras.
Join him and our intrepid group of Nikonians for this workshop scheduled February 18 - 21, 2016.

Yosemite-Winter_300.jpgThis workshop will focus on the numerous locations in the Yosemite Valley that are complemented by the snow season as well as timed for one of the few rare scenes in Yosemite that happens only once a year for about 10 days in only the perfect conditions: the backlit illumination of Horsetail Fall by the setting sun, called 'The Firefall' as immortalized by the original 1973 Galen Rowell photo.

All three sunset opportunities of the workshop will be devoted to capturing this elusive visual phenomenon.

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.

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SriLanka_300_arch.jpgOur Sri Lanka: Culture and Wildlife photography workshop is all set to go forward. Les is an expert in Sri Lankan photography and has traveled to this beautiful island nation many times.

He likens the trip to an experience that rivals Africa, but at a fraction of the cost. Our 12-day Sri Lanka photo adventure runs March 12-23, 2016.

Join us for a 12-day (11-night) exploration of the unparalleled photographic possibilities in this island nation. Located off the southernmost coast of India, Sri Lanka is replete with some of the oldest Buddhist and Hindu temples in the world (many still in use), some of the friendliest and most photogenic people on Earth, and wildlife that rivals Africa?s best locations.

In this photography tour we will intimately explore Sri Lanka?s landscape, from vaunted mountains to its pristine seashore, from its tidy and colorful tea plantations to its lush forests.

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Hulbert-architectural_300.jpgIf you are looking for something a bit more domestic, then consider joining Rick Hulbert on one of his critically acclaimed Urban and Street Photography workshops. We currently have two cities planned; Seattle, WA in March 2016 and Chicago, IL in September 2016. Learn architectural photography from one of the best in the industry.

Urban environments comprise the most diverse, target-rich places to photograph . . . anywhere. Most photos contain a ?subject? within a setting or background. The cool reality is that Buildings and Urban Places can be both subjects and/or settings. Think about all the images you have made or will make in the future that contain buildings as the featured subject or as backgrounds to a myriad of other photo subjects . . . like people and their activities.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to ?break rules? in a deliberate, meaningful way.

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THE NIKONIAN # 60 is now available

TheNikonian60.pngFreely available to all Silver members and higher, the latest issue of our eZine, THE NIKONIAN, is available.

This latest edition of THE NIKONIAN features:


  • Images from the 15th Anniversary ANPAT in the Fall

  • How to do the Basics of Panoramic and Mosaic Image Shooting

  • Meet Nikonians. An interview with Kathy Cavalaro (Cavy2), by Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760)

  • Latest from the NikoniansPress/RockyNook, Nikon and more

You can also read THE NIKONIAN on your iPad, iPhone, Android device. More info here.

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December 15, 2015

Workshop seats getting rare at Nikonians Academy

Academy-Logo_Galap_SQ_110.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tells us his Galapagos 2016 photo adventure is down to the final two cabins.

That's right, he's almost sold out and the trip doesn't even leave until September 2016.

Sign up quickly to reserve a cabin for you and your spouse.
Mike works hard to make the experience top notch with excellent shooting itineraries, food, and tour amenities.

hagen_galapagos_2015_325.jpgFor those of you wanting to photograph giant tortoise, marine iguanas and the blue footed booby, this is your chance! The trip includes seven nights on a Galapagos cruise and two nights in Guayaquil Ecuador.

Your expedition yacht has the ability to anchor close to the best attractions and the small group size means that everyone can be nimble while photographing nature's splendor.

This is the perfect trip to participate in a safe, yet intrepid photographic adventure. If you've been looking for a time to check Galapagos off your bucket list, then this is it!

Check Mike Hagen's Galapagos article starting on page 21 in the number 58 edition our eZine: THE NIKONIAN.

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Urban_Street_300.jpgProfessional photographer and retired architect and Rick Hulbert keeps on building great workshops. His Urban and Street Photography workshops have been described as probably the best workshops on the subject in the entire USA.

Rick knows how to teach in a way that is engaging, humorous, and extremely helpful. He calls his teaching style, "Photography for Smarties." Check out his classes in Seattle and Chicago.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to ?break rules? in a deliberate, meaningful way.

You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography.

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hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpgMike Hagen leads photography adventure trips to Iceland every summer. Last year's adventure sold out early, so don't wait much longer to sign up for his July 2016 trip.

He and his workshop leading partner Tim Vollmer have optimized their adventure to photograph the very best of Iceland's landscapes and wildlife over the span of one week. Mike and Tim would love to have you travel with them in 2016 for a photo trip you'll never forget.

The schedule includes photographing geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. It also features a photo tour of Reykjav?k that includes buildings and architecture.

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December 14, 2015

Location Scouting - Part One

As you get serious about photography, you know that success can?t be left to chance. In this Part One, Rick Walker offers excellent tips to prepare you before you get to your planned destination; what you can do for increasing your odds for good photography and being in the right place at the right time. Read article >>

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December 8, 2015

Nikonians Academy Spotlight: Urban Seattle and Iceland in Summer

Academy-SQ-Iceland-Bird_110.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen puts this week's Spotlight on two workshops with totally different approaches.
The first places the emphasis on urban environments and the second takes our members on an incredible journey to the land of Fire and Ice.

Rick Hulbert is preparing for his first workshop of the New Year, when he leads attendees through diverse, target-rich places to gather images of Seattle. His four-day Urban and Street Photography workshop with a maximum enrollment of 10 people will begin on March 17, 2016.

Urban_Street_300.jpgThis workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.

There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to ?break rules? in a deliberate, meaningful way.

You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography.

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hagen_iceland_hdr_300.jpgLater in the year (July 17-24, 2016), Mike Hagen hosts his popular Summer Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure.

Take a walk on the wild side with Mike as you hike into volcanic craters and explore the stunning country in private tour vehicles. Because you will be traveling as an independent group, your guides and drivers are dedicated to getting you to the best locations in the most incredible light.

Mike's partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer who is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry.

Get ready to photograph geothermal sites, glacial lagoons, birds, landscapes, volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, and basalt columns. Mike also included a photo tour of Reykjav?k that includes buildings and architecture.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants, and early reservations are highly recommended.

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Congrats October Contest Winners

Oct-Contest-2015-SQ_110.jpgNikonians Contest Coordinator David Summers (dm1dave) has posted the results of the October contests. 
Congratulations to our winners! 
  

Our member driven competitions are unique in many ways. Unlike most other photo competitions the workings of our contests are transparent.

Our contests are open to Silver, Gold and Platinum members and all registered members are allowed to vote in the polls.

Check our winning images legend below and scroll down for the names of the winners.
Each photo title includes links to the winning images along with a look at the competition in each category. 

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1. Wildlife -  "Wildlife in Action" theme winner Christine Gallagher  (CRHGallagher) from  Calgary, Canada with her image titled Salmon run in the Chilko Valley.

2.  Landscape - "Dramatic sky with motion blur" theme winner Darryl Hodson  (skibreeze7) from Oregon, USA with his image titled Dreamy Cannon Beach.

3.  Macro -   ?Money Matters? theme winner David Wilcox  (dkeithw)  from Pennsylvania, USA with his image titled REAL predator.

4. Sports"A Sequence of shots" theme winner James Keenan  (Lomcevak) from California, USA with three surfing sequence images.

5. Travel ? "Public Performance" theme Jeff Atchley  (Graceland) from Tennessee, USA with his image titled Blues Harmonica.

6. Online Assignment ? "Fall Colors" theme winner Bill McEwen  (Wolfgang55) from Connecticut, USA with his image titled Salmon River.

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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December 1, 2015

Sri Lanka and Galapagos adventures going fast

Academy_SQ_Sri-Lanka_125.jpgNikonians Academy Director Mike Hagen tell us the 2016 Sri Lanka photo adventure trip has reached the minimum number of signups so it is now definitely a go for 2016. Join Les Picker on his photo tour of this enchanting land (March 12-23, 2016).

Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet describes:
"Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, famous tea and flavorful food describe Sri Lanka."

We couldn't agree more.
Les' trip dives deep into the local culture and wildlife for a journey you (and your spouse) will remember for the rest of your life.

Sri Lanka Les5.jpgOne of the highlights of the tour will be spending two days (four safari treks) in famed Yalla National Park, which boasts the densest wild leopard population on earth, along with bull elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, monkeys and an incredible variety of colorful birds.

We will also do safaris in two other National Parks famous for their wild elephant populations, monkeys, crocodiles, colorful birds, and other wildlife. Most evenings we will have an optional image review and critique.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

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eZine-Mike_Galapagos_300.jpgMike Hagen's trip to the Galapagos (September 17-25, 2016) is almost sold out. We have just a few spots available for next year and will be posting our 2017 trip soon.

This is a great trip for you and your spouse (or you and your favorite shooting buddy) to attend. Mike works hard to make the experience top notch with excellent shooting itineraries, food, and tour amenities.

Check Mike Hagen's Galapagos article starting on page 21 in the number 58 edition our eZine: THE NIKONIAN. 

For those of you wanting to photograph giant tortoise, marine iguanas and the blue footed booby, this is your chance! The trip includes seven nights on a Galapagos cruise and two nights in Guayaquil Ecuador.

Our expedition yacht has the ability to anchor close to our attractions and our small group size means that we can be nimble while photographing nature's splendor.

This is the perfect trip to participate in a safe, yet intrepid photographic adventure. If you've been looking for a time to check Galapagos off your bucket list, then this is it!

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Mastering the Nikon D750 arrives

D750BookAndCamera_SQ_120.jpgThe long-awaited NikoniansPress book, Mastering the Nikon D750, is now in stock at Amazon.com in the USA, and will be available soon in the UK and Europe. The book examines the Nikon D750 in an easy-to-understand way, providing knowledge based on real-life use of the camera.

Unlike many books that focus on general photography with a certain type of camera, the NikoniansPress books focus on how to use each camera function - with suggested settings - so that the reader becomes intimately familiar with the inner workings of the D750 and can call on that knowledge for different styles of photography.

The author, our own Darrell Young (Digital Darrell), comments on the camera:
D750BookAndCamera_300.jpg"The Nikon D750 is truly a special camera. It has most of the features found in the pro-level Nikon D810 and F4S, in a much lighter, easier to carry body. The tilting screen, high resolution 24MP full-frame (FX) sensor, and superior autofocus system make the camera easy to use and quite satisfying. For enthusiasts and pros alike, the D750 is an excellent choice for outstanding still photography and video."

Mastering the Nikon D750 is available in both printed and Kindle formats at this link.

It is also available as a bundle of three eBook formats (PDF, ePub, and Mobi), at this link. (Use the coupon code "DYOUNG" for 35% off the normal price of the eBook bundle.)

All books in Darrell Young's NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook Mastering series include a special Nikonians 50%-off voucher discount for a one year Gold Membership in the Nikonians community. This will save $37.50 on Gold Membership.

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Smoke & Bubbles Photography

Is your artistic side craving for a challenging photography project? This comprehensive guide to photograph smoke and bubbles by Nikonian Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) may be what you need, especially when confined indoors during the winter. Read article >>

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