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Featured Photo Wednesday – Matthew Nuttall

At first glance you might think this is one solo tree in the middle of the field, but really there are multiple trees in a circle. It’s beautiful, what a great find and great choice keeping it simple and going black and white.

I like this photo, it pulls me in. I wish I could walk up and touch those trees, see how big the circle actually is. Is there grass in the middle or is it all roots? Nicely done! Excellent story to go with it, with great advice! It’s time to jump off the sofa and head for an adventure…

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When You Find Inspiration…Grab It With Both Hands

I had taken the opportunity to go for a short drive into the Yorkshire Dales, but as usual, the weather had taken a turn for the worse, and the rain had continued to keep falling. Not put off, I still took a leisurely drive through the back roads towards Malham, enjoying the fact that there were no other drivers mad enough to be out on the roads.

After a while, I decided to turn round and head home, not having come close to taking the camera out of the bag. When suddenly, I came across a layby with a view across fields towards a small copse of trees. I am not sure exactly what caught my attention, maybe it was the slight incline up towards the trees, or the gentle curve of the tree tops, whatever it was, something stopped me.

It was still raining at this point, but I could see potential and there were the occasional break in the clouds, so I decided to wait.

It was worth the wait. A small window of opportunity presented itself so I grabbed it with both hands and captured the image I had seen in my head.

So my advice to you is get out, explore. No matter whatever the weather, you just never know when you might find inspiration. One thing is for sure, it’s not going to tap you on the shoulder, sitting on the sofa.

Matthew Nuttall
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Featured Photo Wednesday – Chris Kench Photography

Talk about being at the right place at the right time! Beautiful, peaceful, the atmosphere the clouds create makes this a amazing image! To think if Chris decided to journey to the top of the mountain just 30 minutes later, this image would not be possible. Timing, atmosphere everything that creates an image go hand in hand. Thanks for sharing Chris!

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The Buddha is on top of a mountain on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. There is a long cable car journey to the top, I took this picture as soon as I got out of the cable car, it was just as well because within 1/2 an hour the clouds had descended further and the statue was completely obscured by them.

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Featured Photo Wednesday – Oliver Henze

This is one of my favorite pictures! I love the way the light comes in through the fog, capturing the forest in such a magical moment… Fog is one of those things you can’t create in Photoshop or Lightroom, you have to seek it, find it. You have to be ready to pick up your camera bag and go for it, the fog won’t wait for you. Thank-you Olli for sharing this moment with us!

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Beech forest in fog

Autumn is the most beautiful season. It may not always be “golden autumn”. For me, the moments with fog are the most interesting.

On the weekend we had a day where a lot of fog was watching and I took advantage of this opportunity. Photographic equipment was packed and I quickly went into the forest. Here is quiet, away from people, sometimes only watch a deer. The rest you need to take pictures. Rest to recuperate from everyday life. I love it!

I was lucky and was able to watch as the white wall came up to me. Fascinating to see how fog rolls and suddenly you can not even see your own hand in front of eyes.

Forests are and remain mystical and fantastic for me.

Kamera: Canon 600D
Objektiv: Tamron 70-300mm

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Featured Photo Wednesday – Pulkit Malhotra

Beautiful story, it brings so much depth to this image. We’ve all had those moments where you find yourself admiring the scene around you. You set the camera done just long enough to take it all in, then you do your best to capture what you see. Whether it’s sunlight through the branches or snow lightly falling we try to capture what we see and share the moment. Thank you Pulkit for sharing with us today. Beautiful image I think you did a great job capturing the moment!

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I went to visit my sister in NY during Thanksgiving last November. I was really keen on exploring the city on my own so I woke early morning took the next subway and started wandering in Brooklyn City when I came across Green Road Cemetery. I came to know that It was a popular tourist attraction in the 1850s and was the place most famous New Yorkers who died during the second half of the nineteenth century were buried. It is still an operating cemetery with approximately 600,000 graves spread out over 478 acres. The rolling hills and dales, several ponds and an on-site chapel just adds to the amazing experience to wander off in this majestic place.

While taking several pictures of the cemetery I came across a few graves surrounding a lake. It was amusing since you don’t see that ever since it only happens only in real world where people buy houses with lake view or ocean view but I guess you would like to have it even after you have been buried. So I started walking around the lake and I saw the most beautiful tree I had ever seen in my life. I just stopped for few minutes with my eyes wide open looking at this beautiful tree and sun rays falling over it. I spent most of my time admiring the view and I tried my best to capture this tree in my camera so I can later share it with my friends and family.

I spent about two hours here and it will be one of most memorable places to visit. I never expected a cemetery to be so beautiful with such amazing architecture. If I would die rich I would really like to be buried at green road cemetery.

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Featured Photo Wednesday – Jo Zimny

I love a photo that comes from the simple idea of why not! Why not photograph Ironman on an Iron. Thinking outside the box is the creativity that pushes us. The more you think outside the box, the more ideas you will come up with. Thanks for sharing Jo, you made me smile today!

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

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I originally bought this tiny replica of Ironman because he was red (my favourite colour) and decided that I could use him for different photo shoots, which I have. Now the iron he’s riding on is my old one that I’ve had for a while it wasn’t heating up as well as it once did so figured it was time for a new one. I’ve since donated the iron (without ironman) to ARC a local charity that takes used appliances and clothing.

The idea for the photo just kind of came to me one day. I have recently learned to use some different processing programs and wanted to try something new. As you can see, I put fire coming out of the iron to give it the appearance of movement. I also put Ironman and the iron in the sky, which I thought was most appropriate. I thought of how some of the super heroes have flying machines but Ironman doesn’t have one. He does tend to be propelled by his rocket feet, but I wanted to add something more. This was my opportunity to create a special flying machine just for him and as you can see, I gave him an iron. Not as glamorous as some perhaps, but I thought “now what else would Ironman ride!”

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Featured Photo Wednesday – Rob Dawkins

It’s good to have a few ideas when you go take pictures, but like Rob be ready to take it all in and be like water, changing your vision as you see fit. I love the fact that no matter how many photographers take a picture of a certain location, you can come in with your own artistic view and make it your own.

The choice of black and white is perfect, the contrast the lines, the way it leads your eye. I could spend all day taking pictures from different angles in that spot, beautiful location!

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

Rob Dawkins

My girlfriend and I planned a trip to Seville in May so I did some research beforehand to have an idea of what I wanted to photograph. I saw this image of the underground baths at the Real Alcázar many times in my searches, but taken head on. When I actually got there the queue was larger than i anticipated so I decided to take a different view point. I think it was at this point I had a picture in my mind that it was going to be a black and white image because of the shadows and contrast created by the arches and alcoves.

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Featured Photo Wednesday – Chris Sinclair

What we go through as photographers to get the shot is sometimes pretty amazing. Night shots are tricky to start with add a ship, a rough sea and it becomes even trickier, but Chris pulled it off. What a spectacular moment, and well worth the wait. Photographing the Aurora is on my list of things I would like to capture. Thanks for sharing Chris, I love it! Having the edge of the railing with a bit of lights adds to the picture, and the Aurora speaks for itself!

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

Chris Sinclair

I was working for 2 weeks deep in the Arctic Circle, 150 miles North of a Norwegian town called Hammerfest. I knew up here I would have a great chance of catching beautiful Aurora, and I was working Night Shift I was excited. Every night I had Spaceweatherlive.com up and running with updates, and there were solar storms nearly every night. However there were also snow storms with us every night, so we were clouded in, night after night, after night. As you can imagine, I was starting to get a bit disheartened.

I was due to get off for crew change on the Wednesday morning. Lo and behold I came on shift Tuesday night, and it was clear. Around 2300 I was out on the heli deck watching Aurora stream from all directions in the night sky. The sea was however still pretty rough, making for tricky night shooting. I had a shutter speed of 1 second, and as you can see I was lying on the heli deck with my 550D attached to a Gorillapod. For this shot I used ISO 6400, F3.5 and 1 Sec Exposure. This fan was a beautiful site creeping through the sky overhead. All in all it ended up well worth the wait, a site I will never forget.

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Featured Photo Wednesday – Primemundo

Before you read the description below, what do you think this image is!

I love a picture that I have to think about, wonder what is it.  This image pulls me in as my eye follows the leading line. I came up with many different ideas of what I thought it could be. And to me each one of them is true, it’s what we the viewer takes from a picture.  The photographer creates this magical image and takes what they do from it, but the person viewing the image might have a completely different response. It’s like you hand over your image to someone and it somehow becomes their interpretation. Which sometimes might have nothing to do with what you as the photographer was attempting to capture, but that’s the beauty of it!

Thanks for sharing! I love the texture in this picture, I can almost reach out and touch it! Nicely done!

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What I like about photography is how you can take mundane items like a pack of aborio rice, a light and a popcorn ceiling and make it an interesting image. I like the randomness of the shot. Taken right before I was going to make some risotto with my panasonic DMC-LX5.

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Featured Photo Wednesday – Ludovica M. B.

What a magical morning! Next time you’re all snug in bed, and don’t want to get up because it’s too cold or you’re too tired. Don’t think just get up, what you experience once you leave and pick up that camera will mean far more in the years to come than if you got 10 more minutes of sleep! What an amazing capture, so delicate and peaceful, beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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This is a picture I took on a snowy day. Snow is not so common where I live, so on those cold days there had been some problems, so schools remained closed.
I woke up very early in the morning, that day, because I didn’t want to miss the sunrise: I just wanted to take some pictures of the snowy woods at dawn. Actually, I also wanted to try out my new macro lense.

When I was walking through the woods, I suddenly stopped, because something had catched my eye.
I saw that the branches of the trees all around me had something like ‘glass pendants’ hanged on them.
The pink and smooth light of the dawn highlighted their shapes perfectly.

All that silence and that beautiful vision made me feel as comfortable as I had never felt before. It was amazing, like being in some kind of heaven on Earth.
I admired all this for several minutes. Then, when the sun was about to rise, I took this picture, and when I look at it, I always remind of those moments.

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Featured Photo Wednesday – Richard Lewis

I love the dedication… This story tells you how to become a great photographer! You go back, you do it again until you know you got the shot! Rich, your dedication paid off! This photo is amazing! The black and white is a great choice, the composition, the clouds over head all come together to create a magical image!

Thank-you for sharing with us, reminding us when you find a place you like and – go back!

If you have a photo you would like to have featured, please email me at submissionsatdigitalcamfandotcom . Every Wednesday I’ll spotlight a new photo. Don’t forget to include links to your photography site, Flickr, twitter you get the point, we want to be able to see your other work! For more detailed info on how to, check out the Featured Photo detail page!

Richard Lewis

I came across this area whilst out with the family and was struck by its beauty, at that time I didn’t own a camera and enjoyed it for what it was and without wanting to record it. Several years later I tried to find the area again, became lost and went home; following some research on the internet I discovered the name of the place and found it with ease, the rain at the time was coming down horizontally however so I didn’t get out of the car. The seed was planted for the image I wanted and three more trips resulted in failure due to weather conditions, to much fog, wrong wind direction and being in the Brecon Beacons National Park lots of rain.

During a small photo series of Welsh water (waterfalls and rivers in the Brecon Beacons), I was feeling confident, research showed the weather to be as I wanted and an early start found me shortly after sun rise with the camera on the tripod and looking at not much really, mist had developed and the wind as promised had not arrived.

I figured I had about three quarters of an hour before the sun became a problem at which point the wind started. The clouds were moving towards me and the mist was fast disappearing. A quick check of the composition and the filter went on. It’s a great feeling knowing you have a shot in the bag when you take it, it’s so much better when you have been trying to get it for a number of years.

I mainly shoot in black and white these days as I find colour can be a distraction and I think this image in monochrome works pretty well.
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iso 100

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