Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 74037 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-01-19 18:28:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-19 23:28:37 [post_content] => From the first page of his self-penned career retrospective “A Photographer’s Life”, Jack Dykinga makes one thing abundantly clear -- he is grateful. After receiving a life-saving double lung transplant in 2014, the photographer had countless hours in recovery to reflect on his remarkable life -- his luck, his passion, his ambition, and the series of unique circumstances and relationships that carried him to the present moment. In an effort to say “Thank You”, Dykinga began writing, reflecting on his lifelong journey from Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist to celebrated landscape and conservation photographer through anecdotes and impactful images, detailing the many mentors, peers, supporters, and friends who coaxed, inspired, and helped him along the way. In 216 beautiful, image-packed pages, “A Photographer’s Life” offers a glimpse into the thoughts and philosophy of a self-motivated, masterful creative. Whether expressing the challenges of making a living as a freelancer, or describing the unparalleled potential of photography for nature conservation, Jack Dykinga writes with self-deprecating honesty and a sense of amusement at the complicated, rambling path of his life’s work. [caption id="attachment_13972" align="aligncenter" width="2046"] Snow geese taking off at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, into sunrise, with a setting moon over the Chupadera Mountains in the background. Snow geese and sand hill cranes yet to leave remain on the ice covered pond in crimson dawn light. © Jack Dykinga[/caption]Ahead of the book’s January 2017 release from Rocky Nook, the still-active photographer and workshop instructor spoke with me from his home in Tucson, AZ as he prepared for a month teaching in Death Valley with Visionary Wild.
Tell me a bit about why you’ve assembled this book and what it means to you to create a career retrospective.
The reason I did it is that I have a had a unique run at this business. I’ve made a journey from straight photojournalism to landscape, and not many people have done that. So that makes the book sort of unique. In any kind of career you get typecast as a certain type of photographer or a certain type of artist and that’s it. It’s really founded on my near death experience and the subsequent sense of gratitude I felt for the healthcare professionals which I extended to my whole life. There’s been a number of people that made me who I am. So in a lot of ways, the whole book is sort of a big thank you to a lot of people. [caption id="attachment_13976" align="aligncenter" width="2002"] A collection of Jack Dykinga's Press Passes from his years in Photojournalism.[/caption]
You say in the book that your photography is the product of many people’s influences. Are you referencing mentors and teachers or peers?
Both. Not only that but the environment and the situation. The photojournalism was influenced in large part by the turbulent times of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Covering the news I that did was anything from marching with Martin Luther King to being shot at at a Cabrini-Green housing project. It’s all part of the life lesson that was imparted to me. A series of peers and editors really shaped my skillset. [caption id="attachment_13969" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Jack Dykinga became the first Sun-Times photographer to win the Pulitzer Prize, honored for a series of photographs taken in April and July 1970 at the state schools for the mentally retarded in downstate Dixon and Lincoln.After the photographs were published, state officials curtailed plans to reduce funding to the Department of Mental Health. © Chicago Sun Times[/caption][caption id="attachment_13968" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] © Chicago Sun-Times[/caption]
Do other photographers continue to change the way you think in this stage of your career or are you pretty set in your ways at this point?
Well actually, just the opposite. I’m probably more loose in my ways than I’ve ever been. That’s largely because of the onset of digital. Here I am, a guy who’s gonna be 74 in a couple days and I’m teaching workshops on how to do Lightroom and Photoshop. I think the wonderful thing about photography as a genre is that you can push the limits. I’ve been very fortunate, as I mention in the book, I do a lot of workshops with John Shaw, and he’s written several books on Lightroom and Photoshop. Together we sort of hack out issues and find new ways to use some of the new tools that are available. It’s a constant learning thing. One of the things I talk about in the book is that a large part of what makes a good photographer is curiosity and never resting… I was at Photography at the Summit in Jackson Hole with a bunch of [National] Geographic Photographers. I was sitting at a table with Rich Clarkson and Robert Pledge, the head of Contact in Paris, and some young photographer came over and said “Well, how’s it feel finally to have arrived?” All of us looked at eachother -- it was the craziest thing we’d ever heard because you’re always learning. You’re always pushing. You never “arrive” -- you’re just always on the journey.
What influences do you hope to have on the work of future photographers?
I don’t think that way. In photography and any art form, you can teach a skill set, and I guess the lesson in the book really is more about being grateful, and being open for change, and being aware when these different muses dance into your life. There are many times in any life where you can seize an opportunity and go with it, or you can stay with the conservative approach and play it safe. I’ve never been able to do that. I’ve always grabbed for the brass ring. If there is a lesson, that would be it.
What has travel meant to your development as a photographer?
It tires me out. Some people wear travel as a badge as this thing to aspire to. The older you get, the more you want to limit that. Life becomes more involved with qualitative instead of quantitative. While I’ve travelled all over the planet, I think increasingly the travel I do is in areas where I can go back and get a greater knowledge of the place. Places like Chile (Torres del Paine) and I’ve been to Namibia a couple times. It’s great to have that frame of reference to know a place over time. It's almost impudent and adolescent to think you can go somewhere and walk away with the soul of the place from a quick trip. To me it’s more important to establish a rapport and a relationship -- that usually requires doing things over time. It requires multiple trips to places for them to become your favorites. [caption id="attachment_13970" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Yosemite National Park, CAL/Bridalveil Falls pours into Yosemite Valley's coniferous forest under shroud of fog. California 1987 © Jack Dykinga[/caption]
When you revisit favorite landscapes, do you always know what you’re looking for or does the landscape still surprise you?
I go in with the attitude of a hit list. I know the narrative and I know where the gaping holes are in the story and I try to go fill it. That is definitely your game plan and you go into an assignment that way. But, it frequently and almost never works out the way you want it to. That’s the joy of it! It’s like Christmas every day. Everything’s a surprise. So the serendipity and how you respond to it is what really determines your success.
If you were to visit a place and know that you would never set foot there again do you approach it differently? Does your photojournalism background take over? What are you looking for? What are you thinking while you make your shot?
For me, it’s muscle memory at this point in my life. I’m a tried and true pro and I know exactly what buttons to push and what I need to do to capture the story, but it still boils down to your impression, your curiosity, what it is that piques your interest. That varies from photographer to photographer. From that, you apply your set of skills and your style artistically -- so you’re doing both journalism and art at the same time. That’s the most successful type of photography. Over time you’ll see that the land has a personality and a change going on, however subtle, whether attached to climate change or some environmental calamity that I’m trying to record, so that’s still photojournalism. It may not have any people in it, and maybe there shouldn’t be any people in it. There are some stories that do need people in it -- I’ve done both. The point is, coming from Chicago as I did, the tendency is to be anthropocentric -- that it has to be human centered to have any relevance. When I was a photographer in Chicago we used to use a derisive term for Landscape Photography as “Placemat” photography -- the ultimate put down, and that’s because there’s no people in the shot. Finally, as you become more and more of a naturalist, you understand that there’s a lot of stuff going on in spite of the fact that there’s no people. You’re telling a different kind of story that’s not human centered.
Do you have a favorite type of landscape or climate to photograph?
I live in Tucson. I live in the Sonoran Desert. The desert with its stark empty spaces and things spaced out because of water availability has sort of a monumental look to it. It’s what drives photographers to come here, or Santa Fe -- places where there’s a big sky and plant life that’s scattered with appropriate distances. In terms of graphics and design, it’s very clean and very, in a way, elegant. I’m drawn to that. There are no favorite places for me. It’s just usually where I’m at. Next month I’ll be in death valley for two weeks, then I’ll be going off to some of these new national monuments that Obama just made. That’s part of the game, as journalists you learn to make self-assignments. You learn to read the newspaper and apply that to your vision. I am one of the founders of the International League of Conservation Photographers, which is a group of celebrated photographers who threw their talents into environmental causes to affect change. One of the things you realize is that images have power and you can affect change. Of course you learn that when you win a Pulitzer Prize because that’s what it’s about -- the images affected change. When you see that as a young photographer, you realize the power you’ve got, then you turn around and apply that to any cause you want. There is a certain amount of arrogance because you know that you’ve got a certain skill set that could pull it off. [caption id="attachment_13973" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Arizona State Trust land near Redrock, AZ with summer monsoon storm, flashed of lightning and a partial rainbow ober the saguaro cacti in the Sonoran Desert Arizona.
© Jack Dykinga[/caption]
You’ve said in a previous interview that impatience is photography’s biggest weakness in the digital era. How would you advise young photographers to combat the impulse to rush?
It’s a complicated issue. Breathe, I guess. I talked about getting a relationship with a place. You could liken it to a man and a woman. You can go through a relationship very quickly and make it a one night stand or you can have a long delightful interlude where you really know each other. The ability of a digital camera is a computer that can go very very fast. It goes fast as you want to go. But frequently, it’s the going slow and realizing what’s there. Turn over every rock and really study things -- during different lighting conditions, during different weather conditions. You can’t always do that if you’re a travel photographer. Sometimes you’ve got to maximize a ton of it, but you really get focused with good planning. Doing the [National] Geographic job on Native American Landscapes, I picked a time when I knew there would be summer pre-tornado clouds over the great plains. I planned my trip to get that image. I planned another trip to get fall color up in Minnesota. That’s travel photography, but it’s the planning that really made the difference. Then it becomes two weeks of waiting for the weather to change. Sometimes you don’t always have that, but with [National] Geographic you do.
With such a deluge of photographic instruction, webinars, manuals, etc out there it can be hard to navigate through the noise to find good artistic leadership and inspiration. Where would you recommend a young or aspiring photographer begin now that assistantships are harder to come by?
I sympathize because I don’t think it’s ever been harder. I see it a lot with photographers who are 30 something and really talented. It used to be that you could make a decent living as a stock photographer and you could have a group of friends that you traveled with. Now, frankly, I don’t see anybody on the road like we used to. The stock business has been eroded by dentists and lawyers and doctors with cameras that are selling one picture a year, but collectively, they’re destroying the stock business. They’re giving it away. That’s what young photographers are up against. That doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. I always think that somebody who has a great vision is going to make it no matter what. Sometimes, if you get somebody who’s really talented, they become an assistant on a future workshop and they can go from there. But there’s a really finite, limited number of people that make it nowadays. For me, the miracle of working for a newspaper and in print media is that you’re producing a book every single day. You’re taking images, you’re putting them on paper, and you’re taking that whole process and doing it on a deadline -- I call it ‘dancing on demand’ because that’s what you’re doing. You have to meet deadlines. Talk about the ultimate travel photographer -- well that’s what you are. You’re breezing into a situation, you’re assessing the situation, you’re telling a story with your photographs, and you’re leaving. And you’re doing this with maybe three or four assignments a day. Some of it can be really superficial and some of it can be really profound -- the discipline you learn by doing that and working with a group of peers, which in Chicago in the 70’s and 80’s was as fine a group of photographers as there was. They’ve gone on to be Directors of Photography at various magazines, publications... The model that I used to make a living is no longer applicable. As get into [digital media] more and more, I’m trying to do more Fine Art. Maybe some of it’s not so fine, but it’s like you’re shooting really good photographs every single day as a professional and maybe one a month rises to the next level and you consider making a fine art print from it. As your reputation goes up, you can charge more for a print and it becomes a viable financial model.The whole idea is to get a group of peers that you can learn from and pull yourself up by your bootstraps.
Is there anything else that you would like to impart on our readers or the future generations of photography?
The thing that I see a lot is that there’s a lot of arrogance of what you think you know. I’m guilty of this myself. That’s the beauty of being old -- you’ve done it all. With digital, as things get more and more technical, two things can happen. You can get some really bad habits and you can try to save everything in post processing. There’s a real loss in the basic fundamentals of getting it right in the capture as you’re out on assignment. Digital becomes a crutch. You think ‘I can do this thing -- I can zip up the color and do all kinds of edits later on.’ You create a Frankenstein. On one hand, you’re doing that and have an over dependence on digital. The other thing is a lot of people have the incorrect way of processing digital. That’s something where a workshop or internship is really important. To get that fundamental knowledge of what it takes to maintain a photo library -- especially as a freelancer. [caption id="attachment_13971" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Cypress dome swamp with water surface covered with water-spangles and duckweed, with swirling patterns formed during long exposure in foreground. Morning light. Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. © Jack Dykinga[/caption]
What comes next? What will the 2nd edition of this book include five or ten years from now?
Ten years from now I’ll be fertilizer, kid. I don’t think that far in advance. I’ve got stuff planned into 2018 that’s gonna keep me busy. Having Trump as President is going to bring about all kinds of interesting things, but I’m at the twilight of my career. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do the book. To talk about the journey. I think when you’re young, you just want everything right away -- even when you’re old you want some things right away -- but sometimes it's amazing how things kinda come to you. Almost the harder you push the less you get. Patience is a thing to learn. “A Photographer’s Life - A Journey from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist to Celebrated Nature Photographer” (ISBN: 9781681980720) is available in Hardcover and EBook format from Rocky Nook. All images and page excerpts published here are provided by Jack Dykinga and printed with his and Rocky Nook’s permission. [post_title] => Reflecting on "A Photographer's Life": A Conversation with Jack Dykinga [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => reflecting-on-a-photographers-life-a-conversation-with-jack-dykinga [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 17:15:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 22:15:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=74037 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 73860 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-01-17 17:05:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-17 22:05:42 [post_content] => Hidden deep within Costa Rica's Tenorio Volcano National Park is one of the wildest and most beautiful sights I've ever experienced as a traveler. We've all seen crystal clear mountain streams, or the occasional emerald or bright blue lake, but never before my visit to Rio Celeste had I witnessed that particular bizarre and enchanting color of pure turquoise. What began as an accidental point of interest, turned into my favorite part of the entire trip to Costa Rica.With every adventure I embark on, I begin the research and planning phase by typing "beautiful nature" and the name of my destination (in this case "beautiful nature Costa Rica") in Google Image search. It's a nice way to get an overview of the various points of interest and locations you might not immediately find on tourism websites. Last year, when planning a short trip to Costa Rica, at least five images of unbelievable turquoise water -- a color so bizarre that it borders on artifice -- appeared on the first page of search results alone. After some preliminary research, I discovered that the iconic color of was not photoshop trickery but the real deal, belonging to Rio Celeste, in a more remote and less touristed area of the Guanacaste/Alajuela border.[caption id="attachment_13719" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Arriving at Tenorio Volcano National Park[/caption][caption id="attachment_13720" align="aligncenter" width="764"] Ride in the back of a rusty old pickup truck down dusty roads? Don't mind if I do.[/caption]We arrived at the trailhead after a bumpy and laughter-filled hour spent white-knuckling in the back of a pick-up truck, refilled our water bottles and started the hike through a dim and dense jungle. For me, hikes like this are always filled with anticipation and excitement. The research I did at home suddenly feels less distant as memories of beautiful thumbnail-filled pages of search results pop back into my head. Finally, after hearing the roar of an impending waterfall grow gradually over the past ten minutes, we reached the top of a very tall staircase leading down into the jungle. I thought I knew the beauty that awaited me, but I was totally unprepared.[caption id="attachment_13709" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] It's a long walk down to the falls, but so completely worth it.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13712" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Through a break in the jungle, we caught our first glimpse of turquoise water.[/caption]With photography as a primary interest in my travels, I spent quite some time composing and recomposing shots of the waterfall and magical pool before me. I paid careful attention, memorizing the color of the water so I could match it in post-processing should the white balance in my images fall short of doing that epic turquoise justice. I've visited hundreds of waterfalls in my life, most taller or wider, but nothing like this. Not ever. It's a remarkable feeling to stand and look at something that utterly defies what you've previously seen in your life. That was my experience at Rio Celeste.[caption id="attachment_13711" align="aligncenter" width="780"] That color though![/caption][caption id="attachment_13710" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] As close as I could get to the waterfall without crossing the low fence...[/caption]We climbed back up the tall staircase, muddy from morning rains and ambient humidity, to rejoin the trail and follow the river to its source. The trail parallels the river for some distance through lush jungle, along sandy riverbeds, over narrow "bridges", and past pools of brilliant turquoise, all calling you to slip off your shoes and wade in. Then, you reach a truly bizarre and inexplicable sight. The source of Rio Celeste provides an even greater sense of magic as two absolutely transparent streams merge to immediately burst into beautiful, saturate color right before your eyes.[caption id="attachment_13714" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] One of the sketchy bridges crossing the river[/caption][caption id="attachment_13717" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Nothing about this place feels real.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13716" align="aligncenter" width="780"] An actual Blue Lagoon.[/caption]The remarkable turquoise water of Rio Celeste was a scientific mystery for some time. Scientists were unsure how Celeste could be fed by two clear rivers (Quebrada Agria and Río Buena Vista), and yet when the rivers meet, create this vivid other-worldly color. For a while, it was believed that the color change was due to a chemical reaction from the volcanic soil. The smell of sulfur is very present along the river and at the waterfall so it's no wonder that it was considered as a cause. More recently, scientists determined that the color has less to do with chemical reactions and more to do with the optical appearance of sunlight reflecting off suspended particles:
Investigators were surprised that the water only remained blue in the river bed, as upon putting the water in test tubes, it looked completely transparent through the glass. They then continued to investigate and found that the blue color seen by the human eye in the waters of the river is not a chemical phenomenon, but rather optical. This means that the blue is not produced by a chemical that colors the water, but that it is related to human eye perception and the scattering of sunlight caused by the water.Sunlight contains the entire color spectrum, similar to the way we see them all in a rainbow. In any other river sunlight penetrates to a certain depth and no particular color is deflected or reflected back to the surface, so it looks transparent, while in the Río Celeste the water passes some of the Sun’s rays, but reflects the bluish tone group. So the water appears blue to the human eye. This also applies to devices made like the human eye, such as cameras. (The Costa Rica Star) So each river contains a certain size of suspended particles. Alone, the particles reflect light in the traditional, non-remarkable way and the source rivers appear clear. Yet when the rivers combine, the particles merge and fill in each other's gaps to form the perfect reflective surface for the eye to perceive this specific turquoise hue. Rio Celeste is only uniquely beautiful because of the confluence and cooperation of two entirely separate, non-remarkable rivers -- and the beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. [caption id="attachment_13715" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] The point of confluence, where two clear rivers merge to create pure magic.[/caption]A purely scientific explanation did little to diminish the magic of Rio Celeste for me. As a photographer, I was inspired by the beauty and visual impact of the phenomenon. As a writer, my mind filled with romantic metaphors about cooperation, strength, and beauty -- the whole truly greater than the sum of its parts in such a literal, obvious way. As a traveler, I began to wonder what other unique and extraordinary sights like this exist in the fringes of international awareness. A trip to Costa Rica's Rio Celeste sparked a reinvigoration for me both artistically and as an explorer, reminding me that the world is a wild and beautiful place and that a life spent exploring is a life well spent. [post_title] => The Phenomenon That Makes Costa Rica's Rio Celeste Turquoise [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-phenomenon-that-makes-costa-ricas-rio-celeste-turquoise [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-17 17:05:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-17 22:05:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=73860 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 73843 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-01-17 14:38:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-17 19:38:52 [post_content] => Only twelve people have ever walked on the moon and the last one to do so in 1972 was Eugene Cernan, commander of the last human mission to the moon, Apollo 17. Cernan passed away last night at the age of 82 in Houston, Texas.Apollo 17 stayed on the moon's surface for three days, collecting lunar samples and deploying scientific instruments. A lot of pictures were taking before, during and after the mission of Cernan and his companions, and what better way to commemorate the last man on the moon than by looking back on this amazing imagery?[caption id="attachment_13816" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] As spotlights play on the rocket and launch pad at dusk, the last moon shot, Apollo 17, is pictured here awaiting its December 1972 night launch.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13810" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Apollo 17 was the first nighttime liftoff of the Saturn V launch vehicle. A two-hour and 40-minute hold delayed the launching.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13814" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Commander Eugene Cernan is holding the lower corner of the American flag on the moon's surface on December 12, 1972. Team member Harrison Schmitt took the photo while making sure to include the earth in the background.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13809" align="aligncenter" width="788"] When the flag was planted, Eugene Cernan could go for a lunar stroll. He and his crew spent almost 75 hours on the moon's surface, conducted nearly 22 hours of extravehicular activities (EVAs), and traveled almost 19 miles in the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV).[/caption][caption id="attachment_13808" align="aligncenter" width="800"] After each moonwalk, Eugene Cernan's spacesuit is covered with lunar dust.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13811" align="aligncenter" width="1250"] When legs got tired, Eugene Cernan could drive the team's Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV).[/caption][caption id="attachment_13815" align="aligncenter" width="1250"] Talk about a fun ride![/caption][caption id="attachment_13818" align="aligncenter" width="799"] View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew. It was the first time an Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the South polar ice cap.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13817" align="aligncenter" width="792"] But all good things come to an end. After three days, the lunar module had to make its way back to the command and service module.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13813" align="aligncenter" width="635"] On Dec 19, 1972, the Apollo 17 spacecraft glided to a safe splashdown 648 kilometers southeast of American Samoa.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13812" align="aligncenter" width="550"] In 2012, the last man to walk the moon attended the funeral of the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong.[/caption]All images were used with permission from NASA. You can a more elaborate gallery here. [post_title] => 11 Photos To Remember The Last Man On The Moon [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 11-photos-to-remember-the-last-man-on-the-moon [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-17 14:38:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-17 19:38:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=73843 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 73826 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-01-16 14:58:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-16 19:58:18 [post_content] => What was it that got me obsessed with adding Croatia to my travel bucket list? It was photo after photo of gorgeous turquoise water. It was the impressive back drops of abundant greenery. It was tale after tale of the mesmerizing charm crammed into 22,000 square miles. I would have done anything to see the grandeur with my own two eyes. And then, after saving and planning, I was able to book a trip to the country that had captivated me for years.After hours of flying and playing War on airport floors, I arrived in an enchanting medieval fairy tale. I quickly came to the realization of what I needed to survive; a bathing suit, my camera gear, and some quality SPF. Immediately, Croatia had exceeded my expectations, and I expect it will do the same for you. So, as you plan your adventure in Croatia, here are 8 things that you can do to make sure your Croatian getaway is an unforgettable one.
Walk the Wall The first stop was the infamous city of Dubrovnik. One side of the city is bound by a sailors paradise, the Adriatic Sea. Sitting on the opposing side is rugged high desert mountains. Every angle offers a picturesque panorama. As Croatia’s most popular city for tourism, it is not lacking in the entertainment department. For someone who typically refrains from touristy activities, I thoroughly enjoyed taking a walk on the Old Town city walls. I recommend arriving later in the day. Doing this will kill two birds with one stone. While escaping the early crowds, you will also get front row seats to watch another sensational day come to an end. If you are really lucky, you may also get the “bird's eye view” of a Game of Thrones production in the bay below. This worthwhile experience is a 120 Kuna HRK ($16 USD) to digest decades of history, music, colors, and culture with a slightly different perspective.
Get Lost in Old Town Inside the city walls, you’ll find glossy cobblestone walkways winding through ancient buildings occupied by lively restaurants and charming shops. The sound of live music resonates throughout the streets while street vendors display their individual craftsmanship. You will find yourself lost amongst the countless intriguing alleyways. It’s easy to wallow in the tranquility of scattered vibrant flower pots and friendly stray cats lounging in the sun. Take a stumble into some of Dubrovnik’s captivating shops filled with keepsakes. You will be sure to fondly remember your days in charming Dubrovnik.
Beach Days An Eastern European vacation is not a vacation without at least one trip to the beach. However, if your itinerary permits, I suggest more than one day. Dubrovnik, conveniently, has magnificent beaches surrounding its outskirts as well as one located right in the heart town. Banje Beach is just steps away from all the Old Town action. I suggest always wearing your bathing suit on account that the turquoise water is quite tempting on a hot summer day. Banje is excellent for those wanting the convenience of quickly escaping to the beach. However, it is by far the most popular beach in Dubrovnik, so, finding a spot to drop your towel might be rather complicated. If you are up for it, I recommend either driving a rented car or catching a cheap 10-minute taxi to Sveti Jakov Beach. It is slightly more out of reach, but well worth the endeavor. Here, you will without a doubt escape the fast-paced crowds and can even grab a bite to eat and drink right on the water. Sveti Jakov is a rocky beach, like most Croatian beaches, however, there are lounge chairs for hire and plenty of inviting Adriatic water to cool down in.
Drive Up North From Dubrovnik rent a car and head up the coast to the northern part of the country. The drive is an experience in itself. The road will wind you through high desert, low desert, mountains, farmland, and along the sea. The road travels through several small villages where you can get an up close and personal view of the country's way of life. Locals work diligently in the fields while roadside vendors sell their produce and other goods. After several days in the midst of exciting Dubrovnik, this drive is a perfect break from the hustle and a great time to reflect on all you have experienced.
Plitvice Lakes National Park If I had to guess as to how Heaven looks, I would assume it’s similar to Plitvice Lakes National Park. This region of the country is quite different than Dubrovnik. With lush sceneries and continuous landscapes, this UNESCO World Heritage site is an iconic destination for a variety of travelers, but not a surprising one. Boardwalks navigate you through endless cascading waterfalls spilling into pools of unbelievably blue water. Varying wildlife make brief appearances while fish happily call this place home. Around every corner is another reason to reach for the camera. The park has two loops available to the public. Although, I think it would be possible to do both loops in one day, I recommend splitting it up into two. To beat the crowds, arrive at the park at opening. Spend a few hours exploring one of the loops until the boardwalk is overcrowded. Take a lunch and siesta break and head back a couple hours before the park closes. This will allow you to easily complete a good chunk of both loops and give you a chance to enjoy the park with peace. Note: the second loop does require a short and free boat ride back to the parking area so be sure to check the departure times and make it to the dock before the final boat leaves. A two day and a one day pass are available for purchase. If you plan to do two days at the park, the two-day pass is the better deal. The park also offers student discounts (with a valid student ID) as well as senior citizen discounts. No matter the route you choose, you will not be disappointed.
Experience Plitvice Traditional Cuisine After a day of trekking through a plush Coratian forest, you are guaranteed to be rather hungry. Make your way to the conveniently located Restoran Li?ka ku?a. With easy access from entrance 1 of the park and open fireside cooking of “grandma’s recipes,” you are certain to bask in the rich history and culture that Croatia has to offer. Li?ka dishes consist primarily of large portioned meat products and homemade cheese spreads, all while not breaking the bank. In addition to the mouth-watering food and affordable prices, you will receive excellent service and sincerity from the wait staff. Before leaving, I was gifted with a recipe book full of traditional recipes as well as a little extra delicious homemade cheese spread in my to-go box. Your dining experience at Restoran Li?ka ku?a will be close to perfect.
Lodging in Smoljanac There is no shortage of lodging surrounding Plitvice Lakes National Park. Due to the high demand, it is common for residents to convert their homes into B&B’s and rent rooms out during high seasons. There are many areas that offer lodging for park visitors as well as hotels located within the park. Smoljanac is one region, 10 miles north of the park, that offered numerous houses and rooms for rent. I found it to be the perfect distance away from the hustle of the park but close enough for convenience. This area has the charming sense of being in the Alps with a twist of Eastern European vibes. The properties are large yet surrounded by dense forest and the turquoise blue Korana River, which flows from Plitvice Lakes, winds its way through the grassland offering numerous swimming holes. Make yourself comfortable in one of the many Bavarian styled homes and enjoy all that Smoljanac has to offer.
Nature's Music in Zadar Make sure to visit Zadar, located on the Dalmatian coast. Roman and Venetian ruins are abundant, and on the west side of town, an architect and several colleagues constructed a musical instrument that would be played with the help of the sea. This 70 meter stair like feature can play multiple euphonic tones as the tide collides with the pier. This area is a common place for travelers as well as locals to hang out and dive into the sea. There is no better place to relax while nature plays you a never-ending tune. Not only is this a great hang out during the day, but the best place to watch the sun set behind the horizon. Boats line the bay while people sit along the jetty watching as another perfect day in Croatia comes to an end.So whether you are planning a trip to Croatia or on the fence about adding it to your bucket list, I think these 8 reasons to visit this beautiful country should help fuel your wanderlust. And believe me when I say, this is just the beginning of the adventure.Danica Cusack is a photographer, filmmaker and writer based in Boise, Idaho. Follow along her never ending adventure on her website, Instagram and Facebook. [post_title] => 8 Things to Do in Croatia [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 8-things-to-do-in-croatia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 16:46:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 21:46:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=73826 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 73762 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-01-13 15:40:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-13 20:40:47 [post_content] => Here at the Resource Travel offices in Brooklyn, New York, we wish we were enjoying temperatures in the upper 60's and 70's right now, as they're currently doing in Oceania. At the same time, Europe is being slammed with a brutally cold winter, and things in the United States aren't really that much better. But one thing's for sure: no matter what the weather is like, there will always be possibilities for great travel pictures. Therefore, it wasn't hard to find material for our second #ResourceTravel Instagram Photos of the Week selection of this year. Keep using the #ResourceTravel hashtag and don’t forget to follow our Instagram page for a chance to get featured!
Bali, Indonesia https://www.instagram.com/p/BO6-FKthPl5/
Paris, France https://www.instagram.com/p/BO6UojtFJkP/
Solheimajokull, Iceland https://www.instagram.com/p/BO-XRvqg_1H/
Petra, Jordan https://www.instagram.com/p/BO-frTXg91w/
Mount Hagen Sing Sing Festival, Papua New Guinea https://www.instagram.com/p/BPA0tsEFIvM/
Muonio, Finland https://www.instagram.com/p/BPBHhVhgkl5/
Bagan Myanmar https://www.instagram.com/p/BPAhJk7g9IX/
Owens Valley, California https://www.instagram.com/p/BPCWDCMjdXn/
Järvafältet, Stockholm, Sweden https://www.instagram.com/p/BPCgpiBB-D6/
Wadi Rum, Jordan https://www.instagram.com/p/BPEQ5noAbGT/
Cappadocia, Turkey https://www.instagram.com/p/BPFoMQ2llLJ/
Arches National Park, Utah https://www.instagram.com/p/BPGaQfXhcPG/
Perth, Australia https://www.instagram.com/p/BPHKqF2hit9/
Rangihau Ranch, Coroglen, New Zealand https://www.instagram.com/p/BPHijZ0DUVV/
Bruges, Belgium https://www.instagram.com/p/BPH-A9JBlsT/
Volcano Huts Þórsmörk, Iceland https://www.instagram.com/p/BPKdXXrAalh/ [post_title] => #ResourceTravel Instagram Photos of the Week [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => resourcetravel-instagram-photos-of-the-week-8 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 15:05:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 20:05:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=73762 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 73595 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-01-12 12:10:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-12 17:10:15 [post_content] => "That was a little scary."Those wouldn't really be the words we would choose, but that's exactly how Adelaide snowboarder Tom Oye described his trip down a mountain in Whistler, Canada to his snow companion. Only, he didn't quite snowboard the whole way down—he was dragged down by a fast moving avalanche. Strangely enough, he didn't get hurt at all. And because he filmed the whole thing, we can now all experience what it's like to be right smack in the middle of this frightening phenomenon.Throughout the video, you'll hear a strange buzzing sound, and that's probably what saved Oye's life. It's a gift he got from friends back home in Southern Australia: an avalanche airbag backpack. As demonstrated in this Ten Eyewitness News coverage, it inflates when it senses that its wearer is in trouble. Some ten seconds into his descent, Oye is fully buried in snow, but before you know it, he emerges to the shining sun again.Not how I planned on starting the morning," Oye writes on Facebook. We can surely believe that. Thankfully, all is well with the snowboarder.[caption id="attachment_13631" align="alignleft" width="780"] Thanks to Oye's GoPro, everyone can relive his experiences.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13627" align="alignleft" width="780"] A gift from his friends, just might have saved Oye's life.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13628" align="alignleft" width="780"] "That was a little scary," Oye concludes when his friend comes to the rescue.[/caption] " [post_title] => Watch This Snowboarder Get Caught In An Avalanche [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => watch-this-snowboarder-get-caught-in-an-avalanche [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-12 12:10:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-12 17:10:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=73595 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 73484 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-01-10 17:51:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-10 22:51:36 [post_content] => The United States is currently in one of our most severe and unpredictable winters on record. So much so that currently, there is snow on the ground in 49 out of 50 states, with Florida being the exception.The west coast has been getting pummeled, with drought-stricken California taking a large chunk of the damage. While the non-stop rain and snow is welcome to help refill the reservoirs, the water is coming at a drastic price, as the storms have caused millions of dollars of damage and loss of property.Photographer Shawn Reeder has been documenting the Sierra Nevadas and Yosemite region for years. He even showed us the Yosemite Firefall like we had never seen before. Yesterday, warmer temperatures melted snow and mixed with heavy rains to cause remarkable scenes across the state. Reeder decided to head to the Yuma river to see how the river was responding to the storm, and was shocked at the power it held.The below photos show us the same angle before the storms and what it looked like yesterday. Keep in mind, even the before photo is pretty high, especially compared to how the river looked during the years long drought.
I've never seen the river like this, and I hear it hasn't been this big in 10 or 15 years. I can understand how people might find the raw fierce power of the raging river to be scary, but it doesn't bring fear to me at all. I just feel pure gratitude at being able to witness nature in all its power and glory. It's not every day we get to experience such awe-inspiring natural power, so I am beyond grateful for being able to experience it. There's no question such power can and does bring destruction, but that's part of the natural cycles of life: Life -> Death -> Rebirth In addition to the video, Reeder provided Resource Travel with some photographs of the dramatic scene. See more from Reeder on his website, Instagram and Facebook Film Music by Kirsi Ranto [post_title] => See The Power Of Nature Happening Right Now in California's Yuba River [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => see-the-power-of-nature-happening-right-now-in-californias-yuba-river [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-10 17:51:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-10 22:51:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=73484 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 73031 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2016-12-31 13:56:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-31 18:56:47 [post_content] => As the clock ticks down to midnight and we look forward to the adventures to be had in 2017, I decided to put together a collection of the top 9 photos of 2016 on the Resource Travel Instagram account. Now, having been to Iceland twice, I obviously know it's one of the most incredible places on the planet, but based on the fact that 5 of our top 9 most liked images were from Iceland, apparently our fans can't get enough of the unique landscapes either! In addition to the five images from Iceland, two others were from Iceland's similar looking sister, The Faroe Islands.Even more so, it appears our community is drawn to colder images and environments, as there is only one photo in the nine with a warm tone and setting.Needless to say, putting this list together was an interesting look into what our community responds to. So without further delay, feast your eyes on the #ResourceTravel Top 9 Photos of 2016!Happy New Year! https://www.instagram.com/p/BA0Dc1WRUG_/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BDOxMU2RUHD/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BEKWKJNRUO1/
#4) Two Jack Lake, Alberta, Canada by @Andy_Best https://www.instagram.com/p/BCd_UU-RUFt/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BDCclJcRUPm/#6) Queensland, Australia by @jewelszee https://www.instagram.com/p/BAjXlv5xUMN/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BGAOhnARUBk/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BAoRk7axUP6/
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I’d been to South Africa only once before, early last year as the tour photographer for the musician Passenger. That trip was a rollercoaster of emotions; from the utter despair of losing a hard drive (containing a very important music video) to the sheer joy of being surrounded by a massive pod of dolphins off the coast of Cape Town. Mix that with the weirdness of sitting down for dinner with South African actor Sharlto Copley with an absurdly huge pile of prawns on the plate in front of him. (District 9 fans you’ll know what’s up).
So recently, when the opportunity came up to explore South Africa once again, there was no hesitation. I knew the weirdness factor would still be present with my bestie Melissa Findley on the crew, and I could already feel the goosebumps of that Table Mountain view. And as long as I didn’t lose or break anything it’d be an improvement on the last trip. (Spoiler alert: I did. Sorry Jewelszee.)
Editor's Note: A version of this article and accompanying photos originally appeared on Jarrad Seng's travel blog, Life in Transit, and was republished with permission from the content creator.
Cape Town is just one of those cities you can never get enough of. For me, it’s up there with some of the prettiest places in the world. Cape Town is the kind of place you don’t mind waking up at 3am to hike up a mountain for sunrise. Okay, I kind of minded. Only for you Table Mountain, only for you.
Penguins on the beach. ‘Nuff said. Then there was the night missions with Hloni and Luke. You know you’re going to get along when Instagram strangers are up for a midnight hike up Table Mountain. Either that or get murdered, I guess. Happy to report these gents are all class. We headed up north near the border of Botswana for the final part of the trip – three days in the Madikwe game reserve. I’ll never get over the magic of witnessing African wildlife in the… wild. There’s something very special about seeing zebras, lions, giraffes and rhinos in the flesh – animals you never imagined you would ever see outside of movies and picture books when you were little. These are my favorite kind of trips – traveling with a bunch of like-minded creatives who share the same kind of passion, wanderlust and just that little hint of craziness (an essential in this industry). A huge thank you to Lauren Bath and South Africa ANZ for getting me on board and a week I won't forget anytime soon. And thank you to the rest of the travel party – an incredibly talented bunch who took the trip to the next level. I’ll always treasure the sneaky rooftops, the great scorpion invasion of 2016 and Meli’s cute-but-actually-kinda-scary meltdowns at every elephant, penguin or generally any sighting of another living thing. You can find all their work here: Lauren Bath, Jewels Lynch, Melissa Findley, Luke Tscharke , Matt Donovan, Miles Gray.
Editor's Note: A version of this article and accompanying photos originally appeared on Jarrad Seng's travel blog, Life in Transit, and was republished with permission from the content creator. [post_title] => An Adventure Through South Africa with Jarrad Seng [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => an-adventure-through-south-africa-with-jarrad-seng [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-29 14:26:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-29 19:26:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=73003 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 72954 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2016-12-22 17:00:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-22 22:00:44 [post_content] => Even though Tiina Törmänen was born and raised in a small village in southern Lapland, in the middle of fairy-tale like woods and lakes, it wasn't until she moved to Helsinki in 1998 that she became interested in photography - the exhibition posters on the subway peaked her curiosity. She quickly attended courses and bought her first camera from the savings from her paycheck. Since then, Törmänen developed an awe-inspiring style of photography, in part because she eventually moved back to the surreal landscapes of Lapland.[caption id="attachment_13063" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption][caption id="attachment_13064" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption][caption id="attachment_13065" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption]
How did living in Helsinki for 12 years influence your work?
Without that experience, I would see the world differently, and I would not be able to shoot the photographs I shoot today. At the time, I wasn't even thinking about nature photography. I was more inspired by street photography. I got involved in many underground cultures, I shot life around me, I documented people. It was one hell of a ride. Törmänen therefore advises anyone who is from a small village, to go and live in a big city, even if it is just for a little while. To her, that's the only way to learn anything about life, people and cultures.[caption id="attachment_13068" align="alignnone" width="916"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption][caption id="attachment_13069" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption]Eventually, Törmänen moved back to Lapland. To explain what is so special about Finland’s northernmost region, other than its "great infrastructure, easy access and amazing nature," she referred to the Wikipedia page about the country's"freedom to roam."
The freedom to roam and related rights are called "jokamiehenoikeus" in Finnish and "allemansrätten" in Swedish (lit. "the everyman's right"), similar to other Nordic countries. Everyone may walk, ski or cycle freely in the countryside where this does not harm the natural environment or the landowner. [...] One may stay or set up camp temporarily in the countryside, pick mineral samples, wild berries, mushrooms and flowers, fish with a rod and line, row, sail or use a motorboat on waterways, and swim or bathe in both inland waters and the sea, walk, ski and ice fish on frozen lakes, rivers and the sea. [...] The right is a positive right in the respect that only the government is allowed to restrict it as in the case of strict nature reserves. [caption id="attachment_13070" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption][caption id="attachment_13071" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption][caption id="attachment_13072" align="alignnone" width="833"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption]Törmänen does admit that someone who actually lives in Lapland, eventually "gets used" to the beauty the region has to offer. She still loves its winter, but usually spends summers traveling south and meeting friends. So what's a summer in Lapland like? "Swimming and misty forests at midnight," she says.
Tell us about your most exceptional shooting experience.
Last winter, I wanted to go to this specific hill, and I had to drive for 65 kilometers with a snow mobile to get there. It took longer than I thought, because the route was in such a bad shape, and I couldn't ride recklessly in the middle of nowhere. After about 4-5 hours, I arrived at the foot of the hill, and I still had to walk up in deep snow. That also took longer than I expected, and I ended up missing the sunset I initially went out there for. But then some auroras appeared. I only had a brief time to take pictures, because I still had a long way back, but it was worth it. [caption id="attachment_13066" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption][caption id="attachment_13067" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption]Nowadays, Törmänen fills her winter days with teaching photography workshops. She loves to take people out with her to some of Lapland's most amazing places, and loves to share her shooting skills with them. If you're interested in tagging along: visit her website! If you just feel like keeping track of her photography, you can find her on Facebook and Instagram.[caption id="attachment_13073" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption][caption id="attachment_13074" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption][caption id="attachment_13075" align="alignnone" width="833"] © Tiina Törmänen[/caption] [post_title] => 13 Photos That Will Inspire You to Visit Lapland, Finland This Winter [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 13-photos-that-will-inspire-you-to-visit-lapland-finland-this-winter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-22 17:00:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-22 22:00:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=72954 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 72934 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2016-12-21 17:43:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-21 22:43:49 [post_content] => In the early seventies, Don McLean's second album was released under its instantly famous title "American Pie." College dropout Ed Freeman was the man behind the production desk, and he feels no shame in admitting how producing this one classic made him "a boatload of money" big enough to be able to spend most of his time since then writing "weird, experimental music." Why this is relevant for Resource Travel? Because when he got tired of that, he got into "weird, experimental pictures."
It was of course not quite as simple as all that – I’ve had some real challenges, like everybody else. But that’s the one-paragraph version. On Ed Freeman's photography website, he explains things a little more. After starting out in the music business and experiencing a mid-life career change, he started creating commercial and fine art photographs. Those have been featured in hundreds of publications, books and museum shows throughout the years. Going through Freeman's work, we found his "Realty" series particularly appealing, in which he discovers deserted places in California, Nevada and New Mexico.[caption id="attachment_12876" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Abandoned Gas Station, Trona, California.
© Ed Freeman[/caption][caption id="attachment_12877" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Antenna House, Calipatria, California.
© Ed Freeman[/caption][caption id="attachment_12878" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Gem Theater, Pioche, Nevada.
© Ed Freeman[/caption][caption id="attachment_12879" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Gray Garage, Trona, California.
© Ed Freeman[/caption][caption id="attachment_12880" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Hollywood Rejects, Tularosa, New Mexico.
© Ed Freeman[/caption]
I hope you get the pun, because they’re anything BUT real. I’m not a documentarian, I’ve never tried to pass myself off as one and I don’t feel constrained by the implicit rules of documentary photography. Maybe it’s the result of too much chemical experimentation in my hippie days, but I’ve never been limited by the way things actually look; I’m much more interested by the way they MIGHT look. I see these wonderful, overlooked buildings scattered throughout the western US and I think, “if I photograph them and then just polish them up a bit, people could appreciate them more readily.”
So that's why you call your "Realty" series a lie?
Well, they are “lies” in that they’re somewhere between fiction and reportage. If I made pictures like that for a news organization and tried to pass them off as real, I’d get fired instantly. They’re lies in the same way four hours of makeup on a fashion model is a lie – people don’t look like that in real life. But even though they’re beautiful in real life, we don’t want to see fashion models the way they really look – we pay them to look like fantasies. And I’m treating these buildings the same way: I’m making them look like my fantasies. [caption id="attachment_12881" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Ludlow Cafe, Ludlow, California.
© Ed Freeman[/caption][caption id="attachment_12882" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Post Office, Darwin, California.
© Ed Freeman[/caption][caption id="attachment_12883" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Sparkle Cleaners, Bakersfield, California.
© Ed Freeman[/caption][caption id="attachment_12884" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Striped Trailer, Salton City, California.
© Ed Freeman[/caption]
What's it like, technically, to go from "before" to "after"?
I do whatever I think will make a better picture. If it means cutting off half the building and repainting the rest a different color, I do it. I take completely normal pictures with a normal camera, but after I get back home to my computer, all bets are off. Typically, I clean up the street in front, remove whatever is on the side and in back of the building and put in a different sky that more perfectly matches the mood of the picture. I transform the buildings into idealized architectural models of themselves. Sometimes I make buildings that were shot at two in the afternoon look like they were shot at midnight. And I do everything in Photoshop. [caption id="attachment_12892" align="alignnone" width="1250"] "Marina Motel" before/after
© Ed Freeman[/caption][caption id="attachment_12893" align="alignnone" width="1250"] "Abandoned House" before/after
© Ed Freeman[/caption][caption id="attachment_12894" align="alignnone" width="1250"] "Aluminum Trailer" before/after
© Ed Freeman[/caption]Freeman is one of many photographers who compared choosing his favorite "Realty" series to a father having to choose which child is his favorite. Accepting "I love ‘em all" as an answer, we continued our talk by asking him about some of his other photography, wondering whether or not he had a favorite kind of photography outside of "Realty."
I love all my series (and there are quite a few)! I love traveling and I’ve traveled a lot, and some of my travel pictures are much less manipulated than my “Realty” series. Some places don’t need much in the way of retouching; they’re perfect just the way they are.
Speaking of travel photography: do you have a favorite destination or experience?
Iceland and New Zealand are hands down the most beautiful places on earth, but I love southern Morocco and North Vietnam and Tibet and southern Spain and the Peruvian Andes and Maui and Yosemite – the list goes on. There is no shortage of stunning scenery and wonderful people on this planet. Freeman has a lot on his plate for the near future. He'll be doing a series of portraits of homeless people, experimenting with abstractions, shooting underwater and playing around with some radical concepts he "can’t quite articulate yet." There are quite a few ways to follow how that plays out:WEBSITE: http://www.edfreeman.com/df TWITTER: https://twitter.com/edfreemanphoto FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/edfreemanphoto INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/edfreemanphoto TUMBLR: http://edfreeman.tumblr.com [post_title] => Surreal Images of an Artist's Deserted Western Vision [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => surreal-images-of-an-artists-deserted-western-vision [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-21 17:43:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-21 22:43:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=72934 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 72792 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2016-12-14 14:10:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-14 19:10:27 [post_content] => French underwater photographer Greg Lecoeur really captured the money shot when he was in South Africa in June 2015. Last month, his "Sardine Run" already won gold in the 2016 Siena International Photo Awards, and now he's also been selected, from thousands of entries, as the grand-prize winner of the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest.
“During the sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa, millions of sardines are preyed upon by marine predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes and sea lions. The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques to create and drive bait balls to the surface. In recent years, probably due to over fishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable.” - Greg Lecoeur Lecoeur eventually earned a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with his picture, but he wasn't the only one who won. Within four categories, a first, second and third best picture respectively won $2,500, $750 (and a signed National Geographic book) and $500. Varun Aditya of Tamil Nadu (India) placed first in the Animal Portraits category for a photo of a snake, Vadim Balakin of Sverdlovsk (Russia) placed first in the Environmental Issues category for a photo of polar bear remains in Norway, and Jacob Kapetein of Gerland (Netherlands) placed first in the Landscape category for a photo of a small beech tree in a river. Lecoeur’s photo won the Action category.
Animal Portraits, 1st place: "Dragging you deep into the woods!" [caption id="attachment_12781" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Varun Aditya / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption]
I shot this at Amboli, Maharashtra, India, on July 24, 2016, during a morning stroll into the blissful rain forest. Ceaseless drizzles dampened the woods for 10 hours a day; the serene gloom kept me guessing if it was night or day. The heavy fog, chilling breeze, and perennial silence could calm roaring sprits. And there I saw this beauty. I wondered if I needed more reasons to capture the habitat, for I was blessed to see this at the place I was at. I immediately switched from the macro to the wide-angle lens and composed this frame.
Environmental Issues, 1st place: "Life and Death" [caption id="attachment_12782" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Vadim Balakin / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption]
These polar bear remains have been discovered at one of the islands of northern Svalbard, Norway. We do not know whether the bear died from starving or aging, but more likely if we see the good teeth status, it was from starving. They say nowadays that such remains are found very often, as global warming and the ice situation influence the polar bear population.
Landscape, 1st place: "Struggle of Life" [caption id="attachment_12783" align="alignnone" width="1250"] © Jacob Kaptein / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption]
Last year I participated in the Marius van der Sandt Beurs. This scholarship stimulates photography by young photographers. For a whole year I was guided by some excellent nature photographers to realize a project I wanted to accomplish. I chose a natural stream restoration project of a nature organization in the Netherlands. The first time I entered this patch of forest, I immediately saw this little beech. I came back several times to photograph it. One evening, just after sunset, all the light conditions were perfect. I stood in the cold water for more than an hour making many photos while I experimented with different shutter speeds.
Landscape, other laureates [caption id="attachment_12787" align="alignnone" width="1250"] 2nd place
The first cold days of winter have frozen the surface of a pond. The first snowfall has revealed its delicate beauty. A long shutter speed enhances the movement of the clouds around Mt. Cimon de la Pala, Paneveggio-Pale San Martino Natural Park, Italy
© Alessandro Gruzza / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12788" align="alignnone" width="1250"] 3rd place
A colossal Cumulonimbus flashes over the Pacific Ocean as we circle around it at 37000 feet en route to South America
© Santiago Borja / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12789" align="alignnone" width="1250"] Honorable mention
This GreenMeteor was captured while taking a time-lapse to document the urbanization around the Skyislands in India. The camera was set at 15s exposure for 999 shots and this came into one of those shots. Green Meteor’s greenish color come from a combination of the heating of oxygen around the meteor and the mix of minerals ignited as the rock enters Earth's atmosphere. I think for those 15 seconds, I was the luckiest photographer on the planet to have capture this phenomenon.
© Santiago Borja / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption]
Action, other laureates [caption id="attachment_12790" align="alignnone" width="860"] 2nd place
An EF2 tornado bears down on a home in Wray, Colorado- May 7, 2016. As soon as we were safe, as the tornado roared off into the distance through a field before roping out, we scrambled up the hill to check on the residents.Thankfully, everyone was alright, and we were grateful for that. As I was checking in with a young woman coming out of the basement, we became very aware of a strong new circulation - right above our heads. We needed to run for cover, and did so before saying a proper goodbye.
© Tori O’Shea / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12791" align="alignnone" width="1250"] 3rd place
A remarkable conservation success story, the graceful Great Egret was saved from the brink of disappearance in Hungary, when in 1921 there were only 31 mating pairs remaining. Less than a century later, international conservation efforts have triumphed. We can now count over 3,000 mating pairs in Hungary alone.
© Zsolt Kudich / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12792" align="alignnone" width="1250"] Honorable mention
Green turtles devour the soft tentacles of a jellyfish which are a common food source for many turtles.
© Scott Portelli / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption]
Animal Portraits, other laureates [caption id="attachment_12795" align="alignnone" width="1250"] 2nd place
Fry of a Peacock Bass hover around their mom for protection against predators. Peacock Bass, part of the Cichlid family, exercise excellent parental car and will protect their young against any threat that approaches them. This tropical species from South America was intentionally introduced in South Florida during the 1980s to control the African Tilapia, another invasive species.
© Michael O'Neill / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12796" align="alignnone" width="1250"] 3rd place (a)
'Friendship knows no color, nationality, race and social level,? friendship knows no age and gender,? friendship knows no distance' -quoted by Luis A Ribeiro Branco-. This way must be. And this images perfectly could represent that message. Two Empusa Pennata which seem to play a game on the thin plant. Wildlife image and absolutely uncommon to see a couple of this specie together.
© Jose Pesquero Gomez / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12797" align="alignnone" width="834"] 3rd place (b)
This image was taken last summer on Skomer Island, Wales. It is well known for its wildlife, the puffin colony is one of the largest in U.K.The photo shows a detail or study of an Atlantic puffin resting peacefully under the rain. As Skomer is inhabited, puffins do not feel afraid of humans, and so people can be close to puffins and the photographer can think about the right composition and take this kind of intimate portraits. Also that morning the conditions came together: rain and light.
© Mario Suarez Porras / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12798" align="alignnone" width="1250"] Honorable mention
The Crow saw the Puffy Owl resting and decided to chase away the Owl from its territory.
© Chia Boon Oo Lawrence / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption]
Environmental Issues, other laureates [caption id="attachment_12799" align="alignnone" width="1250"] 2nd place
Eighty percent of the San Francisco Bay Area wetlands - 16,500 acres - has been developed for salt mining. Water is channeled into these large ponds, leave through evaporation, and the salt is then collected. The tint of each pond is an indication of its salinity. Micro-organisms inside the pond change color according to the salinity of its environment. This high salinity salt pond is located right next to Facebook HQ where ~4,000 people work every day.
© Chris McCann / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12800" align="alignnone" width="1250"] 3rd place
This image is a magnification of plastic particles in eyeliner exploring just one facet of the synthetic swarm suspended in our oceans. The particles, lash lengthening fibres, illuminating powders and glitters these products contain are in fact tiny pieces of plastic. Every time we wash these products from our bodies or ingest them as we lick the glosses from our lips, we unknowingly add to the trillions of micro plastic particles currently infesting every level of the ocean.
© Eleanor Ryder / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12801" align="alignnone" width="1250"] Honorable mention (1)
A young woman in bikini looks at an approaching forest fire near the beach. A firefighting plane drops water to extinguish the wildfire. This image was taken at the beach of Son Serra, on the island of Mallorca on August 18, 2016.
© Sergej Chursyn / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12802" align="alignnone" width="1250"] Honorable mention (2)
In Greenland's pristine landscape lies a US Air Force base which was abandoned in 1947 and everything was left behind, vehicles, asbestos laced structures, and over 10,000 aviation fuel barrels. The Inuits who live in the region call the rusted remains American Flowers. In 2014 and 2015 I camped out solo to photograph it. In 2015 my 5 day solo camping trip turned into 8, as I couldn't get picked up do to the weather.
© Ken Bower / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption][caption id="attachment_12803" align="alignnone" width="1250"] Honorable mention (3)
A solitary bear sits on the edge of one of the Barter Islands. There is no snow, when at this time of year, there should be. In speaking with the locals in Kaktovic, they've noted that it's been an unseasonably warm winter, and that the ice will be late in forming this year. This will have an impact on the local polar bear population, when it comes time to hunt seals for their food in the winter months.
© Patty Waymire / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year[/caption] [post_title] => See the Winners of National Geographic's 'Nature Photographer of the Year' Contest [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => see-the-winners-of-national-geographics-nature-photographer-of-the-year-contest [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 14:24:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 19:24:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=72792 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 72236 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2016-11-30 16:16:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-30 21:16:46 [post_content] => Living life as a travel photographer, it is not uncommon for me to be away from home between six to nine months out of the year. Most of my time is spent working internationally, however, during my free time, I always try to sharpen my landscape photography skills a little closer to my home in Idaho.[caption id="attachment_12465" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Boise, Idaho[/caption]I have visited 29 countries in the world, and have been fortunate to have returned to 11 of those on multiple occasions. While my primary reason for returning was for work, I had developed such strong personal connections on my first visits that I jumped at the chance to return time and time again.When I first read about the Flights.com holiday campaign to“Don’t Skip the Trip”, immediately I felt a wave of nostalgia wash over me. The purpose of the campaign is to inspire travelers to revisit the places and people that made a lasting impact by recommending flight deals based on previous Facebook check-ins. Having revisited over a third of the countries I have explored, the tag line hit home for me. I knew how my initial love for a destination was only solidified and multiplied on my return.[caption id="attachment_12471" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe[/caption]While many travelers base their worldly knowledge on how many unique stamps they have in their passport, I think returning to some of the locations you had experienced before can be just as rewarding, if not more so.So naturally, I compiled a list of reasons why I think you should never ‘Skip the Trip’ opportunity to return to the destinations and people you miss most.[caption id="attachment_12512" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Surfing in the Arctic[/caption]
Life is Short It is the truth. I have previously talked about how a tragedy in my life led to the way I approached travel. I learned that every day we have on this planet counts, and according to Expedia's 2015 Vacation Deprivation study, Americans left 500 million vacation days unused. 500 MILLION. That is the equivalent of Americans tossing over 1.3 million years of vacation time in the garbage every 365 days. That is simply a mind-boggling stat, and in my opinion, completely unacceptable. I understand how fortunate I am with the field of my employment. I travel for a living and don't have to request to use my vacation days. But I didn't always have this life. I worked as a popcorn shovel boy at a movie theater and a bartender in a dirty dive bar before joining the technology workforce in Silicon Valley. In all of those years where I had vacation days, I know for a fact none of them went unused. Usually, I would take more vacation days than allotted, which wound up coming out of my paycheck. But I didn't care. I worked hard for those vacation days. I deserved them, and even if I loved the job I was at, I could definitely find something to do and somewhere more appealing to place myself than my office desk.[caption id="attachment_12480" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Redwood National Park, California[/caption]I understand life can throw us many curveballs, and maybe traveling isn't in the cards for everyone in a given year, but surely, even spending a sunny summer day at the park tossing a frisbee while lighting the charcoal is a better way to spend your time than at the office, no? Please America, use those vacation days. They are good for your soul.
Give Back to the Community That You Will Come to Love With my work with The Giving Lens, I lead an energetic group of photographers around the globe to experience the sights, sounds and culture of a far off land. But more importantly, we work with local non-profit organizations to help the communities grow and become stronger and more self-reliant. Before I had begun working with non-profits, I made my first trip to some countries just as a normal everyday traveler. In fact, I wasn't even a traveler. I was more of a standard tourist, but when I started working within the local communities, doors began opening to experiences that that would never have been available on my first trip as a tourist. Local non-profits provide a great way to meet passionate local people and see the world that most tourists never see. Returning to a previously visited location and working with a non-profit will also allow you to acquire a deep knowledge of the local community and culture that you were initially drawn to on your first visit. And most importantly, you will make new lifelong friends.[caption id="attachment_12470" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand[/caption]Establishing personal connections, ones that help inspire you to leave the community stronger and more empowered than when you arrived, will quickly become ingrained in your memories once you leave. These experiences will soon have you impassioned and planning your next trip to continue the work that you started.
Revisiting a Location Opens Your Eyes to New Experiences We all have a favorite movie that we have seen time and time again. Why do we keep returning to the Netflix queue on a rainy day to watch it yet again? It’s not just for the expected emotions the film invokes. Every time you see it, you learn something new, you notice something you hadn’t seen before, and most important, you view the same scenes from a new point of view. Travel is no different. Each return visit draws us deeper inside the culture, learning about the rich history, and seeing the beauty in things that we may have glanced over the first time, not realizing the deeper meanings behind what was in front of you all along.[caption id="attachment_12475" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Reine, Norway[/caption]
Forget the Money. Become Rich With Experiences Remember those 500 million vacation days that go unused every year? That equals a lot of money. Money that most people will never see, as most employers don't pay on unused PTO. Whether you could get paid for those days or not, there is something worth much more than your daily salary. Life and travel, and the experiences both of those hold, especially when returning to one of your favorite destinations with more comfort and confidence the second time around will help you find deeper and more meaningful experiences with the people and their culture.[caption id="attachment_12478" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Negril, Jamaica[/caption][caption id="attachment_12479" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Teahupoo, Tahiti[/caption]
Get the Most out of Every Destination Before it's Too LateToo late isn't the right word. More like "different". The social media age is both a blessing and a curse. We have so much information coming at us at lightning speed. This helps travel junkies discover new locations and plan their first trips. But on the flip side, everyone is sharing their experiences in almost in real-time, which instills the inspiration to travel to that destination in others. This is a great thing. Travel is something everyone should experience, and growing tourism industries help inject money into the local communities. But with that boom in tourism, it is almost a guarantee you will notice many changes when you return to a destination. Some are great, some not so great. But no matter the changes, you will always find something new in an old location to fall in love with.[caption id="attachment_12476" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Trinidad, Cuba[/caption]
Rekindle and Build Personal Connections I have seen the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, and Petra. But by far, my favorite part of traveling is the people I meet along the way. I have met some of my best friends in random adventures, and saying goodbye is usually the hardest part of any trip. So for me, maintaining these long distance friendships is by far the best reason to return to the places I have visited before. Deep in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, there lives an Egyptian man named Shaban. Known as “The Shisha Man” at Captain’s Camp, Shaban can almost always be found around the fire, packing up flavored shisha in water pipes for the overnight guests. On my first trip to Wadi Rum, I stayed up with Shaban until the early morning hours, sitting by the fire, drinking tea, and puffing on the flavored tobacco. That night turned into one of the best conversations I had ever had. But the kicker was, I don't speak Arabic and Shaban doesn't speak much English, aside from "Awesome" and "Obama". I showed him a photo of my dog, he showed me photos of his camels. His smile can light up a dark desert night, but I had never seen it as bright as when he showed me photos of his family back in Eygpt. The next day, when we left the camp, Shaban and I embraced and both began to wipe tears from our eyes. It was a friendship born despite the cultural differences. I vowed to return to see my friend Shaban, and the next year, I did just that. This time, we spent two nights sitting by the fire, 'chatting' and laughing like no time had passed. Again, when it was time to leave, Shaban came to embrace me once again. But this time, he gave me his handmade shisha pipe that he had used every day for countless years. Through our interpreter, I told him I could not accept the gift, but the joyful tears in his eyes and his insistence left me no choice. He was proud to give me this as a sign of our friendship. To this day, that Shisha pipe is the greatest gift I have ever received.About every two or three weeks, I will get about 50 Facebook notifications showing me that Shaban has liked and shared a number of my travel photos. Yes, the Shisha man of Wadi Rum was given a laptop. But, not knowing how to read or write, the laptop gift giver created a Facebook account for Shaban and showed him to press "this button" to like and "this button" to share. Even though he is over 7,000 miles away, I get so excited knowing that my '?Sadiqi" is seeing the stories I tell through my photographs, even though he cannot read the captions.[caption id="attachment_2753" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Shaban and I, doing what we do best![/caption]I have not been back to see my friend in two years. But the connection I have made with him, and countless others in my life, is the main reason why I will never let myself 'Skip the Trip'. The smiles and the memories that come from returning are worth much more than those unused vacation days.View personalized flight recommendations to return to the destinations and people you miss most by using the Flights.com social media integration feature. [caption id="attachment_12469" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Unstad, Norway[/caption][caption id="attachment_12474" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Serengeti National Park, Tanzania[/caption][caption id="attachment_12473" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Salt, Jordan[/caption][caption id="attachment_12467" align="aligncenter" width="740"] San Francisco, California[/caption][caption id="attachment_2672" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California[/caption][caption id="attachment_12468" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Lofoten, Norway[/caption] [post_title] => 6 Reasons to Never "Skip the Trip" [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 6-reasons-to-never-skip-the-trip [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-30 16:16:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-30 21:16:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=72236 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 72112 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2016-11-23 13:55:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-23 18:55:41 [post_content] => Photographer Michael Matti has been creating stunning photography for years, even winning the Tamron 'Show Us Your World' photography contest. But the addition of a DJI Phantom drone just over a year ago expanded Matti's creative visions to the sky. From his ancestral roots in Finland to his childhood home of Bali, Matti has been flying his drone as often as possible, especially when the project means something personally to him. I sat down with Matti to discuss his latest film and photo series, which showcases the vibrant scenes of autumn in the Northeast from the air.
I got my first drone in September 2015, so a little over a year ago. I had been thinking about getting one for awhile just because of the unique perspective it could provide. Plus it looked like a lot of fun to fly. But what really convinced me to get one was a trip I went on with my friend Daniel Peckham . He had a drone and showed me how it worked and even let me fly it a bit. After that experience with him, I knew I had to get one.I was out in West Virginia for a few days last fall and the colors out there were amazing. After that trip, I knew I had to go back to the East Coast and make this film. I just had to wait a year until it was fall again. I think the aerial film shows the vastness of the wilderness much better that just photographing the colors from the ground. Seeing the small cars driving through the forests really gives a sense of scale to it all. While Colorado is usually the state of choice for Fall Color chasing photographers, Matti shows us the Northeast is a remarkable location for a colorful autumn, especially if you get high enough.Follow Matti on his website, Instagram, and Facebook. [post_title] => The Colors of Fall: An Aerial Journey Through the Northeast [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-colors-of-fall-an-aerial-journey-through-the-northeast [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-23 13:55:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-23 18:55:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=72112 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 71917 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2016-11-10 15:30:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-10 20:30:59 [post_content] => There is no high like the successful photographic capture. You experience the trip of a lifetime filled with new tastes, colors, sights, sounds, and emotions. You fill memory card after memory card with images that are so beautiful, that so perfectly encapsulate the experience you’re having, it almost feels like a spiritual awakening. With every shutter click, you think, ‘this is the shot I came here for’ or ‘this one’s destined to be a cover photo’. No one has ever seen these sights the way you are seeing them right now. No one has ever thought to capture this perspective. You’re an explorer, an alchemist, a virtuoso, and the world has never contained a photograph that will parallel your current visual wizardry.You return home from your adventure, wade through neglected emails and piles of mail, restock the fridge, put away your travelling clothes, clean the sand or mud off your tripod legs, unpack your camera bag and begin the task you’ve been looking forward to during your long trip home -- the reveal of your unparalleled artistic majesty on your home computer. RAW files load into Lightroom, thumbnails giving a glimpse of that incredible experience -- saturated in color and magic. You pick one of the many shots that gave you such a boost in the field and pull it up in the developer window. Almost instantly, the magic evaporates. From the initial thumbnail preview to the big screen, something has been lost. You anxiously click through a few more shots, hoping it's a fluke and fill with disappointment as your photographs feel flat, unimaginative, low contrast, and low impact. Why did they look so glorious on the back of the camera? How could something have been so grievously lost in translation from that sacred moment of shooting to this underwhelming moment of review? You question your settings in the field. You question your composition. You might even question your skill as an artist. There is no low like the artist’s low of self-judgement, disappointment, and doubt.For me and countless others, photography is a painfully bipolar experience. When you’re up, you’re up, and when you’re down, you’re so far in the dumps you need a shovel. There is so much excellent photography out there -- we’re inundated with it daily in our social media streams -- that it’s easy to feel like you’re only as good as your last ‘well-liked’ photograph. Maybe your impulse is to revisit your disappointing images in lightroom and jack up the contrast, clarity, and vibrance to attempt to recapture some pizazz. Maybe, you blast through ten, twenty, one-hundred images in a rapid-fire editing session boosting all the sliders you can to make those images seem as larger-than-life as they felt in the field. Maybe, in your desperation, you push HDR past the point of decency into the realm of crunchy and off-putting, hoping to recapture the magic that you saw. Maybe you work too long, in the only direction you can think of and end up feeling more dejected than you did before. You’re not alone.In the days of film, many of us felt this very same way when we finally got to that moment of truth -- reviewing the enlargement. Not every image that looked good on a contact sheet could hold up in a big print and the odds of success were measured differently. If you could find one or two printable shots on a roll of twenty-four or thirty-six that was worth developing, then you were in great shape. That’s an acceptable success rate of 2-16%. You might spend hours in the darkroom, dodging, burning, filtering, adjusting exposure times, printing and reprinting just to get that one photograph printed exactly how you wanted it. There was an understood level of intricacy and effort for every single image, from the delicate moment in the field when you decided you had a subject worthy of a couple precious exposures, and the careful adjustment of composition and camera settings, to the hours spent under the red glow of a safelight perfecting every square inch of print. Even with that far more measured approach, we had a low expectation of our successful outcomes. Each final photograph was hours, if not days in the making. Consider now that with gigabytes upon gigabytes at your disposal it is perfectly reasonable to return from a weeklong trip with 5,000 digital exposures, and it’s easy to see how hundreds, if not thousands, of those shots are destined to confound and depress you.The digital camera is a world-changing instrument of access. With a moderate upfront investment, we are no longer tethered to hours of working alone in cramped dark rooms, or limited by the fear of wasting expensive film. We are freer and less judgemental of our photographic whims. With little to lose by overshooting, impulsivity overcomes exactitude. We shoot the same scene fifteen different ways, knowing in the field that just one perfect shot is needed, only to go home any wonder why every iteration doesn’t stand on its own. The old guard of photography gets it. They are the tortoise to our hare. Slow and steady wins the race. One of the most intentional landscape and environmental portrait photographers I know, Jay Dusard, recently said, “So many people use a camera like a shotgun: they bag an image, but they aren’t seeing the details that go into it.” That very tendency, in large part, is responsible for the way we feel when the images on our screen don’t live up to the excitement from our memories.Post adventure photo let-down happens to lots of us. For me, the key is curating my work environment and revisiting my expectations. The artistic portion of photography doesn’t end when the shutter closes, but sitting in front of a computer is always going to be less romantic than the conditions in the field. Counteract the inherent shortcomings of the desktop setting. The darkroom was this beautiful creative bubble in which you could isolate and focus, while your work was literally the brightest thing in the room. Create a work environment that lets you focus in a similar way:
Disengage I separate my day to day life from the photo editing process. Even the most magical rainforest scene can seem flat and lifeless if you’re in between loads of laundry while a stack of bills encroaches on your mousepad. You wouldn’t have found that rainforest scene nearly as enchanting in the field if you’d been listening to your internet service provider’s hold music at the time. Multitasking will kill the mood. And last but not least, stay off of Facebook. Great apps like Rescue Time not only will tell you where your computer time is going, but will also block sites that you feel will disengage you from your editing process.
Set the stage I do my very best to mimic the conditions of the place I was shooting when I work at home. Photos of Spain are edited while listening to relaxing euro-coffee-house music and sipping Spanish wine. Photos of a Caribbean sailing trip get a reggae soundtrack and a mango smoothie. Wedding photos get uplifting, love songs and an energizing cup of coffee. I’ve even listened to dramatic movie scoring by Danny Elfman or John Williams while editing photos of a majestic place like Glacier National Park. Whatever your subject matter or photographic genre, you were employing every one of your senses when you originally made a photograph, so try to engage multiple senses while editing.
Revive Think back to how you felt when you were shooting. Put yourself back in your own shoes at the beginning of each image’s journey. There was clearly something special happening that you wanted to capture. What was it? How did it make you feel? How would you describe it to a person who wasn’t there? Take a more exacting roll, drawing out the beauty and excitement from every single pixel. The magic of the photograph isn’t lost. The magic is waiting for you, the explorer, the alchemist, and the virtuoso, to revive it. [post_title] => Fighting Post Travel Let Down: 3 Ways to Recapture the Photographic Magic [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => fighting-post-travel-let-down-3-ways-to-recapture-the-photographic-magic [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-10 15:30:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-10 20:30:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=71917 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ))