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May 28, 2018

Segment 1 - Winners Announced

2018-seg1-winner-110px.jpgThe winners have been announced in this years Best of Nikonians, Segment 1, Wondrous Jobs from Around the World Contest .

Once again, the Nikonians community has demonstrated great talent and creativity in fulfilling a difficult theme. We see in this contest how photography can be used to document working people from around the world. You can find the contest thread with all the outstanding entries posted here.

The winning is this stunning photograph titled "Dye worker in tannery at Fes" by Nikonians Gold member Richard R. Faris (Rrfaris).

D850. 80-400@240mm. ISO 320. 1/1000s. f5.3

In addition to our winner we have 4 images earning the designation of Honorable mention. All images will be advanced to the final round of the Best of Nikonians 2018 Contest.

1. Barnstormer by Robert Brown (RP62)
2. Blacksmith at Middleton Plantation by Bonnie Christensen (BChrisRad)
3. Coming Out by Tom Shlesinger (tomshlez)
4. The Kettle Korn Business by William McEwen (Wolfgang55)

Please stop by and offer your congradulations in this thread.


Posted by dm1dave at 3:06 AM

May 26, 2018

18th ANPAT in the Fall in Western Colorado

fall-anpat18-110.jpg Come join us for a great photographic adventure in western Colorado.

We will meet in Grand Junction, CO this year for the fall edition of the Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip 2018. The dates for this years ANPAT are from Saturday September 29 to Saturday October 6, 2018.

We will visit locations such as Maroon Bells / Aspen, Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa, Ouray, Silverton, Durango' and Telluride. We plan to ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This area is absolutely loaded with great photo opportunities - classics like Maroon Bells and lesser known opportunities around Ouray, Silverton, Telluride, and Durango.

The timing should be peak color of the aspens - with potential for a little snow on the upper peaks.


Save the date: Saturday September 29 (arrival) to Saturday October 6, 2018 (departure)

The FAQs are up online here.

Early Booking will be Greatly Appreciated
We are getting ready to sign hotels and we'll need to pay deposits.
If you are ready to book, please send an email to to send you and invoice, stating if you want a Single or Double occupancy.

Single: $3,299
Double: $2,899

Posted by dm1dave at 11:16 PM

May 25, 2018

How to build a portfolio, Ansel Adams & more

20180524_155912_3cancient_bristlecone_connie_cassinetto-110px.jpgThis week is a hectic one for many sites. The reason is that a new data protection regulation kicks in from May 25th onwards. We as a community are also affected by this, so please read on.

Another important item for this week; we have kick-started our new "Editor's Choice" selection of images with an image from member Larry Mannino (Larry E30) now shown on our homepage, congratulations Larry!

Enjoy your weekend and remember to take a camera or two with you, no matter where you go.

Bo (bgs)

Marsha has interviewed Member Thomas Sprunger (Melman59) who shares his photography and story. Some great inspirational photography in this latest episode of "I Am Nikonians". Read the article

Mastering the art of photography
Connie's latest premium article, "Ansel Adams: His contribution to Photography and Nature" is well worth a read. It is available to all members on Silver membership or higher.

Ancient Bristlecone by Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)
Nikon D800, 1/500, f/16, -1EV, ISO 400, 14mm Rokinon lens.

Going Pro - Building a portfolio
Our "Going Professional" forum has an interesting discussion on wisely building your portfolio.

Gold and Platinum members showcase their portfolios here:

$25 USD voucher available
In case you have missed it, our eBook "Inspirational Photography #1" is free for all registered members and contains a $25 USD voucher for a Gold membership ($50 instead of $75).

In the book, seven talented amateur photographers share their photographs and personal stories, hopefully as an inspiration for you to further explore your own photography.

You can download the eBook in two different formats.

Your personal information
Our privacy policies have been updated to reflect the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. We do suggest you read through our privacy policies to stay up-to-date on how we protect your personal data and more. See our privacy policies.

Editor's Choice
We are starting with a new selection of good photographs.

The Editor's Choice team will continually review images posted in both the Forums and Nikonians Galleries to identify executional work produced by the members of the Nikonians community.

The most recent image that is chosen as Editor's Choice will be featured prominently on the home page. All images will appear under the Editor's Choice tab on the homepage and in the galleries. They will also be permanently labeled with an Editor's Choice badge.

Posted by bgs at 12:34 PM

May 16, 2018

Linux for photography forum

iu-110px.pngIf you are thinking about using open source software and Linux for your photography workflow, then join the discussions in our new Linux forum

Posted by bgs at 11:40 AM

May 5, 2018

March Winners, Contests Updated

may05-110px.jpgWinners Announced, May Contests are Open for entries, Deadline for segment 1 of the Best of Nikonians, & First ever non-Nikon Camera Contest.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the March monthly contests.

All six images have been entered in the Annual Best of Nikonians 2018 Contest.

Follow the links below to see the full images and to congratulate the winners.

#1 - Wildlife > Rick Moran (slopoki1)
#2 - Landscape > Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)
#3 - Macro & Close-up > Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760)
#4 - Travel > Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)
#5 - Digital Artistry > Gerald Oliver (geraldoliver)
#6 - Online Assignment > Cathy Straub (Chessam)



The May Contests have been updated, see the Current Contests post pinned in the English café.

Don't forget to cast your votes for the April Contests.


Best of Nikonians - Segment 1 "Wondrous Jobs from around the world" deadline is the May 15.

Don't miss out, get you images posted for an opportunity to advance to the finals at the end of the year.

Click here to enter...


Special Edition Contest

For the first time ever we are offering a special edition contest for non-Nikon cameras.

The theme is Street Photography. Show us what you are doing with you non-Nikon gear!

Click here to enter.

Posted by dm1dave at 9:28 PM

May 3, 2018

Printing your image big, really big

20180419_131634_e-almost-done-110px.jpgIn this weeks update I have four items:

1) Community: There is a time-limited opportunity for all Basic and Silver members to go for an annual Gold membership at a 33% discount to up their photography.

2) The working photographer: Chicago-based professional Nikonian Darryll Schiff shares how he did a really big, 56' x 24' (17m x 7.5m) print decorating a building in the city.

3) Inspiration: ANPAT18 Spring Edition is over and the participants are back home processing and sharing their lovely images from their Smokies trip.

4) Community: We've just turned 18 years old, a pretty amazing age on the Internet time scale. Ramón and I say thank you, it is you we are celebrating!

Enjoy your ad-free and independent community this weekend.
Bo (bgs)

Between now and 12th of May 2018 you get $25 USD (25 EUR) off on an annual Gold Membership at Nikonians using the voucher "goldenmay18"

As a Gold member you have your own portfolio showcased at the Nikonians homepage plus under your unique address

You further have access to the Premium Critique forum with NEF and large JPG uploads, where you get advice and critique to bring your photography to new heights, plus you get your unique email address. More info

The working photographer
Darryll shares how he did a really big print decorating a building in the South Loop, which is immediately next to Chicago's booming downtown as a part of the Wabash Arts Corridor, an urban lab for "creative expression, innovation and excellence in the arts". Read the article

The final artwork took half a year of dedicated effort to get on display.

The participants of the ANPAT18 Spring Edition are back from the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the first images are up in the galleries. Enjoy.

On April 30th, 2018 the community turned 18 years old. For many young Nikonians that birthday is often of major significance. Turning 18 is pretty amazing for anyone that started out on the Internet as well, especially in these times of rapid glory and quicker bust.

Ramón and I cannot say it often enough: The community would not be what it is, or be at all, without all of you dedicated supporters, helpers and members from all walks of life and from all places on our beautiful, blue planet. It is you that are the community. You are the center of our universe.

Big, sincere thanks to you all for pushing and nudging us, for believing in us and in the core plan of being a friendly place with a true community spirit on the Net, for helping and supporting that vision, both with your time and financially through paid memberships and donations. Btw, we have this timeline document on the community that you might find interesting.

Posted by bgs at 11:14 AM

May 2, 2018

Limited time upgrade offer

portfolio-overview.pngBetween now and 12th of May 2018 you get $25 USD (25 EUR) off on an annual Gold Membership ($50 instead of $75) at Nikonians using the voucher "goldenmay18"

As a Gold member you have your own portfolio showcased at the Nikonians homepage plus under your unique address

There is more information on how to get started with your portfolio right here.

You further have access to the Premium Critique forum with NEF and large JPG uploads, where you get advice and critique to bring your photography to new heights, plus you get your unique email address.

portfolio-rosewood_ltd-Screen Shot-2018-04-20-800px.png

Portfolio by member rosewood_ltd

The voucher for upgrading from Basic or Silver membership to Gold is: goldenmay18

If you are on a Silver membership now, the value left will be converted and added to your gold membership, plus you get one additional month as a bonus. We are looking forward seeing you :-)

J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) & Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)
Founders of Nikonians

Please note: The voucher cannot be used for renewing existing Gold memberships.

Posted by bgs at 11:40 AM