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March 28, 2019

Why Astrophotography? Nikon HQ & improved sharing

images.nikonians.org_galleries_data_500_5001178_Deadvlei_nik_balanced_filter-110.jpgThis week we are getting into Astrophotography with David (dagoldst), there is a new episode out of Russel's Iceland travel report (episode #4) and we have an update for you regarding storing and sharing your images.

In case you've missed it, John (TokyoJohn) has shared some interesting images from the Nikon museum in Tokyo including a good capture of the lobby at the Nikon headquarters.

I am wishing you plentiful opportunities for good captures over the next few days,
Bo (bgs)

From the portfolios
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Old, dead trees in the Dead Vlei area of Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
By Michael Parmacek (parmacek). See his complete portfolio

Learning - Astrophotography
You may have seen and marveled at the images of the sky by David Goldstein (dagoldst) in the Astrophotography forum. His article helps you jump into Astrophotography: What equipment and budget is required without risking big mistakes or falling into the fangs of salesmen. Start looking up into the night sky and your vision will probably expand. Read the article

Community - Uploading and sharing just got better

Starting today you can store and share NEF, DNG and TIFF files in your Nikonians Gallery. You can also use the new forum image upload with these file formats as well, getting JPGs automatically created and included in the forum post. More info

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March 21, 2019

Sharing your work with your clients, Iceland & more

images.nikonians.org_galleries_data_30606_Sunrise-web-v4_DSC5938-110.jpgAs we're getting more daylight to work with on the northern hemisphere, we are digging into this weeks trove of new articles. Since our last newsletter we're having two new episodes out of Russel's Iceland travel report, while Connie thinks about what judges do in photo competitions.

We have made it easier for you to share your work with clients using private albums with ZIP downloads (more info below), and for the studio photographers in the community, Martin finalizes his series on shooting the $2 million image, this time discussing post-processing and DAM systems.

I am wishing you a great rest of the week and, let there be lots of good and inspiring light in front of your lens.
Bo (bgs)

From the portfolios

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Another unplanned sunrise image taken near Welshpool, Wales, UK
Peter Taylor (PeterSVP). See his portfolio

Iceland
In this second part of his five part series, Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd), takes us from Reykjavik to Grundarfjodur and Kirkjufell, via Hraunfossar. A must-read with lots of tips for anyone interested in landscape, travel photography or the beauty of Iceland. Read the article

Sharing your work with your clients
We have improved the way you can share images with clients using albums in the galleries. As a Platinum or Gold member you can create private albums. Enable the "Allow ZIP downloads" for an album to allow visitors to download either individual images or all of the images in the album at once. You and your client can use the chat/comment area of an image to discuss it and when your client makes a new comment, it will show under the "heart menu" at Nikonians. Your client can use the "heart icon" and also rate images, if you have enabled that.

Private albums are password protected and the system automatically sets one for you. You can easily change the password of an album.

Images uploaded to the galleries can now be up to 100MB each.

Community
When a forum post contains an embedded video, we are now showing a small thumbnail in the topic list indicating that a video is included.

The March contests are open:
Wildlife: Beak & Talon / Fang & Claw
Landscape: Beautiful Cityscapes
Macro & Close-Up: Vintage
Travel: Roadside Attractions
Digital Artistry: Liquid
More information

Travel
Last call for the 19th ANPAT in the Spring. Don't miss the opportunity to photograph the largest bird migration in the US and more. More info

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March 14, 2019

March Contests

mar contests-110px.jpg All of the March contests are up and running.

Contests are open in Wildlife, Landscape, Macro, Travel, and Digital Artistry Forums.

So, lets see how you can meet the challenge of these contests. All contests are open to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.


This month's themes are...

Wildlife > Beak & Talon / Fang & Claw

Landscape > Beautiful Cityscapes

Macro & Close-Up > Vintage

Travel > Roadside Attractions

Digital Artistry > Liquid

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Be sure to vote for your favorite images from the February contests. Voting is open to all registered members.

Here is a list of Current Polls.

Wildlife Poll: Snow and Rain

Landscape Poll: A Winter Wonderland

Macro/Closeup Poll: Snow and Ice

Travel Poll: Famous Landmarks

Digital Artistry Poll: Isolation

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March 7, 2019

Iceland photography tips

dm1dave-wisconsin-barn-images.nikonians.org_galleries_data_30739_2019-01-24_SPG-8-892-110px.jpgSome of us dare to leave the comfort of our homes and venture out to far-away places, coming back to share the images captured and the knowledge gained.

One of these photographers is team member Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd). He has been writing up an extensive travel report with quite a few tips.

Russ takes you on a trip to Iceland in this five part premium article series, published weekly. It is a must-read with lots of tips for anyone interested in landscape, travel photography or the beauty of Iceland in general. Read the article.

Another team member that just came back from a photography excursion is my dear partner and co-founder, Ramón (jrp). He has been scouting for next years ANPAT in the Eastern Sierras, while this years ANPAT spring takes the participants to Cape May and Southeastern Pennsylvania photographing the red knots at Cape May among others.

No matter if you stay home-bound or planning a trip this spring, I do hope you enjoy the camaraderie in the community.
Bo (bgs)

From the portfolios
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Wisconsin Barn by David Summers (dm1dave). See his complete portfolio.

Contests
January contest winners have been announced: Please join us in congratulating our most recent contest winners. All winning images will be entered in the annual Best of Nikonians 2019 contest. More info

Behind the image
Coming: This month we are starting a new series of articles on the process behind the creation of an image. Please stay tuned.

Fundraising
Quite a few members have joined our current fundraising -- Big thanks! Please make sure you support your community as well.

Learning is so much easier and much more fun together, letting us inspire each other and share our joy, and sometimes mistakes. We are ad-free and independent. With your support, we can improve the community further.

Throughout 2019 we want to ensure that our members are getting improved exposure of their work plus enhanced critique/feedback possibilities.

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March 3, 2019

January Contest Winners

jan-winners2.jpg Please join us in congratulating our most recent contest winners.


All winning images will be entered in the annual Best of Nikonians 2019 contest.

Click on the name of the member to offer your congratulations.


Landscape
Scott Ashley (scottashley)
Theme: First Light Last Light
Title: Washerwoman Arch

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Landscape
Gerald Oliver (geraldroliver)
Theme: First Light Last Light
Title: The Evening Catch

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Macro & Close-up
Antionette Morkel (amorkel)
Theme: Dragonflies and Damselflies
Title: Brown Wings

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Travel
Gerald Oliver (geraldroliver)
Theme: What Lies Beyond...?
Title: The Forbidding Moors

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Digital Artistry
Gerald Oliver (geraldroliver)
Theme: Invitation
Title: invitation to a fictitious exhibition

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Wildlife
Gary Paige (JazzDoc)
Theme: Vanishing through Camouflage
Title: Mossy leave-tailed Gecko blending in

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Keep up to date on our current contests here.

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