Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80176 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-08-09 14:59:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-09 18:59:44 [post_content] => The sharks approach slowly, almost methodically, as you exhale what seems like a thousand bubbles from your scuba tank. These predators are comfortable in their underwater habitat. They hardly notice your presence, aside from the sound of your racing heartbeat. This is the tropical island of Tahiti, a place as enchanting below sea level as it is on dry land.
Travel Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Tahiti is the largest and most populous island in French Polynesia. Faa'a International Airport in Papeete, the nation’s capital, is the only international airport in the country, making the authentic and bustling city a favored base camp for travelers before visiting other islands and atolls. Even with its remote location and small airport, getting to Tahiti is rather simple, as Air Tahiti Nui offers daily flights from Los Angeles for about $1,700 round trip. And with one of the nicest entertainment systems in the airline industry, the flights are indeed comfortable and enjoyable.
Getting Around The most viable option for transportation on the main island is renting a car. Having a vehicle, however, will give you the flexibility to fully explore during day excursions, even if staying in Papeete. The length of the island can be driven in only a few hours, which is crucial to experience all of what it has to offer. Economy class cars can be rented at the airport and cost about $50 to $60 a day.
When to Visit As you may have guessed, Tahiti is home to a tropical climate, so don't bother bringing a parka. Similarly to most tropics, there are two seasons: wet and dry. The tourism high season runs from May 1 to Oct. 31, carrying the coolest temperatures of the year with 82 degrees Fahrenheit as the average high. The summer season runs from Nov.1 to April 31 with a slightly higher average of 85 degrees. But this is also the most humid season, and with that, comes the rain; an average of 12 inches a month is not uncommon during the summer. Yet this makes it easier to book accommodations and considerably decreases pricing.
Papeete With just over 130,000 residents, the capital of French Polynesia is small enough to entrench yourself in the local scene without feeling overwhelmed, while urban lifestyles mix fluidly with the ocean culture. One minute, you’re in the downtown district enjoying a succulent fish lunch, and the next, you’re 15 meters deep scuba diving with tiger sharks. If you fear the deep ocean, you can opt to hop on a boat to watch whales and dolphins breach the surface. It is likely you will be met with jets flying closely overhead, as they take off from the shore and head to the airport. There are also countless places to rent a jet ski for some late afternoon exploring, or you can try your hand at “va’a,” a famous type of Polynesian canoe that will help you burn some calories as you work on your tan. Or if your idea of a relaxing trip is simply sitting by the pool and enjoying a cocktail, the resorts along the coast outside the city have got you covered. Just don’t forget your camera, as the coastline faces west toward Mo’orea, Tahiti’s imposing and photogenic sister island that makes for an awesome scene as the tropical sun sets on the horizon.Where to Stay: Intercontinental Tahiti
Teahupo?o Teahupo’o is home to one of the most coveted surf breaks. Every August, the world’s best surfers descend on this small village to compete in the Billabong Pro Tahiti, a multi-day tournament and a part of the World Championship Tour. Our team was lucky enough to witness surf legend Kelly Slater bag three perfect 10s on the final day, winning the 2016 event. Since the break is offshore, you need to be on a boat to capture the famous barrel as surfers plow through it. With Tahiti Tourisme, we were onboard the boat of local pro surfer Tikanui Smith, but if you show up early, it’s easy to charter a water taxi from the marina. While the event window is almost two weeks long, the break rarely sleeps, so if you happen to be in Papeete, the hour drive is well worth it anytime of the year.
Fakarava Despite the beauty of Papeete and the surrounding countryside, we decided to take a short getaway to one of Tahiti’s best diving locations: the remote atoll of Fakarava. With only 800 inhabitants, it is surely a secluded slice of paradise. A deep lagoon that’s 37 miles long by 13 miles wide sits in the middle of the atoll. The diving is concentrated at two passes, Passe Garuae in the northwest and Tetamanu in the south, which is where we set up camp after a 90-minute ride from the airport.The village consists of several waterfront bungalows for visitors and interior housing for the locals. Each day, the local dive master coordinates two dives, leaving guests plenty of time to experience all of the relaxation Tetamanu has to offer. A short boat ride filled with the village dogs will bring you to the Pink Sands Beach, which is backed by hundreds of palm trees. We recommend packing a cooler and leisurely basking in the sun while watching a local kite surfer named Adrien Cartier Millon weave through the anchored offshore catamarans. If you’re feeling up to it, you can ask the boat captain take you to see him, or get his contact information from the flyer by dining tables.He will outfit you with some of his gear on a tiny deserted island before teaching you how to get up and ride on your own.Before lunch is served, grab your underwater housing and wade into the shallow waters off the dock nearest the kitchen. This is the perfect spot to get some up close and personal shots of the black tip sharks that continuously swim around the pier. If your schedule is flexible, plan your trip to this magnificent location during a full moon for some truly surreal images. Coupled with the fresh and delicious home-cooked meals of Phineas, the island’s in-house chef, Tetamanu is one of those places that will have you dreaming of your return the moment you depart.Where to Stay: Tetamanu Pension Additional ActivitiesKiteboarding: Adrien Cartier Millon
How to Live the Tahitian Lifestyle
Slow Down If you’ve ever experienced the true meaning of “island time,” you know the term is clichéd for a reason. And since French Polynesia is home to 118 islands and atolls, it isn’t just a saying; it’s a way of life. But don’t confuse it with laziness, as it’s more of an unworried lifestyle molded around the happiness of the locals. They understand that they live in a paradise setting, and slowing down is the best way to share in their appreciation for their world.
Get Certified Tahiti has something for everyone, from romantic beaches and overwater bungalows to sunshine and watersports. But to maximize your enjoyment, you should consider partaking in what Tahiti is know for above all else: some of the best diving in the world. To do so, you will need a PADI certification, which you can get through your local dive shop. You won’t regret putting in the time and effort to learn how to safely enjoy life below the surface.
Protect Your Photo and Video Content From close encounters with sharks to moonlit palm trees, Tahiti and Fakarava are truly some of the most visually stunning places on the planet. Photographers and filmmakers love capturing the vibrant blues and greens, but all of that excitement will disappear if you lose everything to a catastrophic equipment failure. For this trip, we trusted the rugged G-Technology ev ATC with Thunderbolt and ev RaW SSD for quick importing to our media folders, before backing everything up on the G-SPEED shuttle XL with Thunderbolt. The watertight drive compartment on the lightweight ev ATC gave us peace of mind in the event of an accidental drop in the shallow lagoon. Working fast in such a wet and sandy environment also means mistakes can be made, but it should never result in the loss of your work. So arrive with a plan that ensures your files are safe and secure no matter what happens.
House Your Equipment There’s a good chance that much of the photos and video you shoot in French Polynesia will be underwater, even if you decide not to go diving, so it is important to get a solid and trusted underwater housing for your camera. Make sure you know how to set it up and provide routine maintenance during the course of your trip. Test the housing on a daily basis without your camera inside before jumping in with expensive hardware. There’s little room for error when it comes to underwater photography, so it’s necessary to be 100 percent comfortable with your housing before putting it to use.
Research Your Location French Polynesia is made up of 118 islands and atolls, providing more locations to visit and things to do than you can imagine. Before your trip, determine what’s most important to you and use the extensive online database on Tahiti Tourism to aid in your decision. It will help you make your trip unforgettable, although when it comes to this paradise, it’s near impossible to forget no matter the circumstance.
Shoot All Hours of the Day While most photographers will opt to avoid harsh mid-day light, Tahiti and Fakarava will force you to rethink your “only shoot in golden hour” rule. The crystal clear water is at its most stunning and vibrant in midday when the sun shines straight down, making the water an almost blinding bright shade of turquoise. Add in some tranquil sunrises, golden sunsets, and moonlit scenes flanked by thousands of stars, and you will never want to put down your camera.
But Also Put Down Your Camera Even though I just explained why it’s difficult to put down your camera, force yourself to do it for at least one prolonged period each day. After all, you are among one of the cleanest, brightest and most beautiful paradises in the world. While you may return home with thousands of gorgeous photos, don’t forget to make some memories and bask in the bewilderment of how places like Tahiti and Fakarava still exist in this day and age.
Tell the Locals’ Stories When we arrived in Tahiti, we envisioned telling the stories of the local people we met along the way. But what we didn’t know is how easy this would be. Tahiti is filled with energetic people who live a relaxed life and have beautiful stories to complement it. They’re truly a culture of passion, whether it’s surfing, spear fishing or fire dancing. Yet we found that one thing stood higher than all the rest. By far, the people of Tahiti are most stirred by their homeland and culture. So stop and ask everyone you meet why they’re proud to be Tahitian. Just be prepared to open your ears and listen for a little while.
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August 1, 2017: 2:00PM EST The series starts with a photographer who, even though still in his early 20's has racked up over one million followers. When you see Punkka's beautiful Instagram feed, it's no wonder why so many are attracted to his images. With a love for wildlife, Punkka shows off that his nature filled backyard in Finland is home to some ridiculously cute creatures. But it's not all wildlife in Punkka's resume. Landscapes and aerial work are prevalent in his Instagram feed as well, making this young photographer a one stop shop for daily wanderlust.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqwxUWgV8wo
August 8, 2017: 2:00PM EST Although he only picked up a camera 5 years ago, the 29-year old Albi's creativity was born in childhood, as he was an avid sketch and paint artist. Hailing from Perugia, Italy, Albi's work is known for its unique style. Perhaps harking back to his painting upbringing, Albi loves to use his subject's face as his canvas. He will often use natural surroundings such as grass or flowers to obscure the subject, adding a sense of mystery to the captured scene. Lately, Albi has been playing with the way natural light hits the face he is photographing, using slits in window shades or cracks to create compelling and beautiful images.
August 15, 2017: 2:00PM EST It's obvious what Mary Quincy's photography style is to anyone who stumbles upon her beautiful Instagram feed. The Paris-based photographer loves bright and vibrant scenes, and luckily for her, Europe has many of them. Her goal of traveling somewhere new each month keeps her passionate about her art while traveling the world. And her hard work has paid off, as Quincy has been featured on Conde Nast Traveler and Forbes while working for major tourism boards and hotel brands worldwide. And just by looking through feed, it's easy to see why travel brands find her work so appealing. Just don't blame us if you find yourself scrolling through her incredible photos for the next hour.
August 22, 2017: 2:00PM EST Hailing from Izmir, Turkey, Eroglu's unique take on his home country garnished worldwide praise, even landing him the coveted role of a Sony Ambassador. The phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words" became especially true when I got lost in his exceptional Instagram feed. While most of his captions are in Turkish, Eroglu's photos speak volumes to us that cannot read his words.
August 29, 2017: 2:00PM EST The 27-year old Munich, Germany based Laura Zalenga creates so much content that she needs three Instagram accounts to get it all out to the world. But looking at her main one is a fascinating look into the self-portrait artist. Not only does she use beautiful locations in her images, but her self portraits are thought provoking, making the viewer imagine the story she is telling.On her website bio, Zalenga describes how she believes photography is a form of therapy that gives the ability to heal yourself as well as others.
September 5, 2017: 2:00PM EST Known as 'Brahmino,' the Italian photographer Simone Bramante is also a husband and father. His work is clean, well thought out and simply beautiful. His love of light, especially warm, is easy on the eyes for us viewers and his Instagram photos are diverse, making it easy to scroll through and feel like you are getting a window view of Bramante's life.
September 12, 2017: 2:00PM EST Paris based photographer Alistair Wheeler shares completely different scenes on his Instagram from day to day. From Paris rooftops to the alleyways of Asia, Wheeler shares his view of life and the people he encounters in a moody storytelling style that should translate fantastically in his 'Through the Lens' episode.
September 19, 2017: 2:00PM EST The Valencia, Spain based photography team of Anna Devis and Daniel Ruedo's produce the type of work that has to be seen to believe. Ruedo comes from an architecture background and it's easy to see the inspiration it has had on his work. They use alot of negative space, geometry, and elaborate sets to create their unique brand of advertising photos. The planning that goes into their shoots must be painstaking, but the team doesn't seem to mind when their hard work lands them big name clients such as Coca-Cola, HP, Instagram and Netflix.
September 26, 2017: 2:00PM EST The fourth season of 'Through the Lens' comes to a close at the end of September as AdoramaTV follows the work of Johannes Hohn, Hannes Becker, Remo Jacobs and Max Muench who collectively formed German Roamers. The Instagram account that has amassed over 200,000 followers thanks to the inspiring look at the landscapes, adventure and all around perfection that they feel Germany is. It's no doubt that the foursome has brought countless new visitors to their country, proving that Germany is much more than Berlin, bratwurst and beer.
Keep up to date when a new episode is release weekly by subscribing to the Adorma TV YouTube Channel. [post_title] => Meet the 13 European Creatives in AdoramaTV’s ‘Through The Lens’ Web Series [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => meet-the-13-european-creatives-in-adoramatvs-through-the-lens-web-series [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-01 16:15:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-01 20:15:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=80047 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80013 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-07-27 16:10:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-27 20:10:10 [post_content] => Photographer and filmmaker Andy Best is known for his sense of adventure. We even told you about how he gave up most of his possessions to live out of his camper on a never-ending road trip through the United States and Canada. Best has since settled down to Bend, Oregon as his wife is expecting their first child, but even with fatherhood approaching, Best has never lost his sense of adventure, and it's never more apparent than in his new film, 'Still Wild.'Best and an expert fisherman, an ecologist, and studying geologist set out in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta to locate three indicator species of a fresh water ecosystem. What does that exactly mean? Well, fish and bird life are the barometers with which we measure the health of our planet’s ecosystems and sensitive natural habitats. So by studying various endemic species such as the American dipper bird, bull trout, and pure-strain westslope cutthroat trout, scientists are able to give an update on the health of the planet, essentially.But as Best said, if you are going to be studying these species in such beautiful terrain, you may as well have fun doing it. "Getting outside and experiencing our wild places reveals what we have and what there is to protect."After the team wrapped up their adventure, they all headed home to their families and every day lives. Little did they know, however, that all their lives would drastically change. Chad Kendrick, founder of Treeline Outdoors and a close friend of Best arrived home to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child, a boy appropriately named River. But only three months after his son was born, Chad went to the doctor to discuss a rapid loss of strength and mobility in his arms and legs. Soon after, the heartbreaking news came back.Chad Kendrick had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS.His family immediately began investigating treatment options, and found some hope in stem cell treatments in a California. They started a GoFundMe campaign which has allowed Kendrick to begin treatment. But as anyone who knows someone with ALS is aware, the road is difficult to say the least.That's when this film became more than a conservation film to Best. He became obsessed with helping his friend and getting the word out about the devastating effects of ALS. I sat down with Best to discuss the film, his relationship with Kendrick, and how this has changed his approach to becoming a father.
You made this film with Chad, without knowing his future diagnosis with ALS. After you found out about Chad's condition, how did that change what this film meant to you on a personal level?
Everything changed. It's hard to describe and perhaps I am over feeling during these types of moments. I describe Chad's personality and love for life as extremely contagious. He's one of those humans that you just have to be around. He loves this planet we're on and humbly takes care of it. You could almost say I try and take him farther into the world than he wants to be, as he never wants to be a face. For his brand, for a movement, for anything. He does however want to lead by example and does. Therefore, even if this question could be answered in a thesis, it's been the journey with Chad that makes this hard for me. It's hard for me to even type these words, just know it's affected my life in every way.
It is quite obvious that Chad's diagnosis with ALS is in your mind all the time. You have been a huge advocate of the Kickstarter campaigns to help him get the experimental treatment that could stop the disease's progression and you even started a clothing line where all profits will go to the Kendrick family. Where did that idea come from? Have all the efforts been able to help at all?
The hats were a friend's idea. Then the idea of #CapForACause kicked off to help Chad, but then will morph into helping many other causes we are passionate about. We're really just trying to be creative. Chad is part of this amazing outdoor community and is too humble to ask for anything, so taping into this industry was a way to spread the message of his diagnosis and ALS as a whole. There have been many fundraisers all over the world by people he's touched. We've collectively raise a lot, but it's never enough. His newborn son River has never been held by his father which is so heartbreaking when you really think about it. So I vowed that while I have full use of my body, I'm going to use it to help keep a good human on this planet.
The last scene of the film shows Chad after the diagnosis and the effects of ALS had set in. It shows Chad in his element, fishing...enjoying the outdoors. It is obvious from this clip Chad is a fighter, and will continue to fight to return to his home in the great outdoors and to his wife and son. Tell us a little about Chad's personality and how he has been since his fight began.
Chad is all heart. Days are tough, and there's no sugar coating it. However, due to his steadfast and free flying soul he's taking this journey in stride. He fights for his son, for his wife, his family, and this beautiful world. A couple examples: As I've served him dinner, helped him dress, or held water to drink from his straw, he looks at me and says, "If and when I get past this, I'm going to be a force to be reckoned with, boy." Chad has carried me across many rivers while filming him and during my last trip to see him I returned the favor. When picking him up out of his boat I reminded him of this past and told him it was my turn. He laughed and reminded me to remember of my sexual orientation. Never a full moment with this guy! There literally aren't enough words to describe the inspiration that Chad has given me over the years , not to mention the hundreds of emails coming in from people sharing how he's impacted their life one way or another. It's powerful.
You are about to be a father. I can't imagine that this project and fighting alongside your friend as he battles hasn't changed your perception on life. How has the last 8 months changed your approach to your travel schedule, work/life balance and fatherhood?
Yup, indeed I am about to be a father. It sounds so strange, but I'm stoked. It just means I have to be better. The last 8 months of my life just about claimed my life. I've been battling many things, but this little lady is going to pull me from the fire. I'm gearing up for an exciting next chapter that the whole family will be part of. Travel is part of my job, but there will be many new opportunities to travel as a family. The last two years living on the road, working in beautiful places all over the world, dealing with every stimulation imaginable, has really shown me that life is fleeting. There's never the perfect answer...just do it. I've shifted gears and started getting into the sport side of the job. I grew up an athlete and am going to be diving into many new things in the coming years. All to get to where I want to be in life, spiritually and mentally. Most importantly, I can't wait to show my little girl that you can be a badass, powerful, strong woman in this crazy world. And that no matter how many times you get knocked down, there is always going to be fight left in you. She will give em hell, just like my dear friend Chad is. Follow Andy Best’s adventures on his website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.All photos provided by and used with permission from Andy Best. [post_title] => How a Conservation Film Became a Mission to Save an Outdoorsman From ALS [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-a-conservation-film-became-a-mission-to-save-an-outdoorsman-from-als [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-27 16:10:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-27 20:10:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=80013 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79996 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-07-25 19:27:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-25 23:27:20 [post_content] => Storm chaser and photographer Mike Olbinski has been chasing storms across the plains for years. And his hard work and dedication has paid off. Not only has he won an Emmy Award, but he captured one of the best lightning photos we have ever seen. He also gave us an unforgettable up close view of a massive tornado in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. But for all the incredible work Olbinski has produced, even the best face hardships. With the release of his new film, 'Pursuit', the Phoenix, Arizona husband and father opened up about the trials that this spring brought in his blog. He has shared his story and photos with Resource Travel.
On June 12th, I broke down into tears. Minutes earlier, I had been outside my truck, leaning against it, head buried in my arms, frustration and failure washing over me. I wanted to quit. I got back in the car and as I drove, the pain got the better of me and the tears came.
This past spring was a tough one. Supercell structure and beautiful tornadoes had been very hard to come by. In fact, the tornado in the opening of this film was the only good one I saw this entire year. I had been on the road longer than ever before. Driven more miles. I was away from my family for 12 straight days at one point, and when I got home, I had to tell them I was going back out 24 hours later for June 12th. It was just too good to pass up. It promised to be a day that I could get everything I had been hoping for this spring and I had no choice. My wife understood, even though I knew she wished I stayed home. And I wished it too.
I knew right where I wanted to be that day. But this year I struggled with confidence in trusting my instincts. Maybe it was because the lack of good storms this spring made me question my skills, or maybe it was something else inside of me. Whatever the case, I let myself get twisted and unsure, and found myself 80 miles away from where I had wanted to be when the tornadoes started to drop and the best structure of the year materialized in the sky. The photos from Twitter and Facebook started to roll in and I knew I had missed everything.
It may not be easy to understand why, but when you work as hard as I did this spring, a moment like that can break you. I felt like I let my wife down. But mostly I let myself down. I forgot who I was and that's not me. Or it shouldn't have been me. I failed myself. And it seemed like the easy choice to just give up and head for home.
But I didn't. I'm not sure why, but the pain slowly began to subside. I realized it was only 4pm and the storms were still ongoing. Maybe if I could get in front of them the day could be saved. Ninety minutes later, I got out ahead and saw some of the best structure I'd seen all spring and a lightning show that was so incredible it's one of the very last clips of this film.
And that's why this film is called "Pursuit." Because you can't give up. Keep chasing, keep pursuing. Whatever it is. That's the only way to get what you want.
I learned something about myself on June 12th which carried over to the final few days of chasing this spring. I trusted myself again and those days were incredibly rewarding, even though I had felt that all was going against me until then. I learned that even when you are down, you are never out. There will always be another storm to see, but you won't if you don't continue to chase it. If you give up and don't continue the 'pursuit', you will never get to that moment you are working so hard for. This was who I'd been all along but had forgotten.
The work on this film began on March 28th and ended June 29th. There were 27 total days of actual chasing and many more for traveling. I drove across 10 states and put over 28,000 new miles on the ol' 4Runner. I snapped over 90,000 time-lapse frames.
I saw the most incredible mammatus displays, the best nighttime lightning and structure I've ever seen, a tornado birth caught on time-lapse and a display of undulatus asperatus that blew my mind. Wall clouds, massive cores, supercell structures, shelf clouds...it ended up being an amazing season and I'm so incredibly proud of the footage in this film.
I wanted to do something new this year, so I worked with composer Peter Nanasi to develop a custom track for Pursuit. I'm super excited about it and loved the process of exchanging ideas and building the song as the editing of the film progressed. I am so thankful to Peter for what he came up with, I'm in love with this track!
Technically I used two Canon 5DSR's along with a Canon 11-24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 135mm and Sigma Art 50mm. The final product was edited in Lightroom with LR Timelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro.
The time away from my family turned out to be over a month all told. I'm always and continually blessed by a wife who supports what I do and backs me completely. But not only do I have her to thank this spring, but also her parents who hung around for a good chunk of May and early June, to help out wherever needed, watch the kids, run errands and generally be there for Jina. I don't have enough words to convey how appreciative I am for them being around while I was gone. My family helped me remember what inspired me. And I cannot wait to do it again next spring.See more from Olbinski on his website, Facebook, and Instagram. Blu-Ray discs available here: mikeolbinski.com/shop/ Music by Peter Nanasi, find his work here: peternanasi.bandcamp.com/ [caption id="attachment_17626" align="aligncenter" width="780"] A weak tornado drops southwest of the town of Littlefield, Texas[/caption][caption id="attachment_17627" align="aligncenter" width="780"] A tornado drops just over this hill southwest of McLean, Texas[/caption]An explosive, cloud-crossing lightning strike exits from the updraft of a powerful, tornado-warned storm northeast of Alliance, Nebraksa[caption id="attachment_17629" align="aligncenter" width="780"] The lightning was intense with this microburst near the town of Tappen, North Dakota[/caption][caption id="attachment_17630" align="aligncenter" width="780"] A severe thunderstorm over the Cedar Point Wind Farm north of Limon, Colorado[/caption] [caption id="attachment_17633" align="aligncenter" width="780"] As the the sun went down, some weak storms rapidly strengthened into supercells northwest of the town of Perryton, Texas.[/caption] [post_title] => Dramatic Film Shows the Pursuit of the Perfect Storm [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => dramatic-film-shows-the-pursuit-of-the-perfect-storm [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-25 19:27:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-25 23:27:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79996 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79724 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-07-12 18:57:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-12 22:57:02 [post_content] => Another day, another photographer or filmmaker entering Yellowstone National Park and deciding it was their playground to break the rules. We first covered the guys that trampled all over the Grand Prismatic Spring for a video that showed off their clothing company's new line. Not long after, a Portland man was killed after he ventured off of the well-marked trails to get close to a geothermal pool. The ground gave way, he fell in, and his body is presumed to have completely disintegrated, never to be recovered.So, after the dangers of these extremely high-temperature springs is made evident by news making tragedies and countless warning signs, no one would be heartless enough to put their dog next to one in order to take an Instagram-worthy photo, right? Scottish-raised self-proclaimed adventure seeker Andrew Marlow says "hold my beer."So, let's talk about this photo for a moment. That is dog. And as cute as Zulu looks, dogs are not allowed in most places in National Parks, with the exception of campgrounds and visitors centers, parking lots, etc. Even then, dogs need to always be leashed. And on the Yellowstone website, the pet rules clearly state:Pets are not allowed on trails or boardwalks, in the backcountry, or in thermal areas.Ok, well maybe we are too quick to jump to conclusion. Maybe this geothermal pool is outside of the park, therefore rendering the rules obsolete? Well, much like Donald Trump Jr, Marlow has no problem using his own typed words to incriminate himself. Based on Trail Guide Yellowstone map, the Sentinel Meadows Trail is indeed well within park boundaries. So I guess that wasn't the case. Ok, well maybe Marlow didn't know dogs weren't allowed on the trail? After all, it's hard to imagine yourself doing anything without your four-legged companion. But, like above, Marlow knows how to show that he just doesn't care about rules by gloating about how 'easy' it is to sneak a dog onto a National Park trail.Ok, so it's pretty clear that Marlow knows that this was highly illegal. But what really gets to me as a dog-lover is that he not only went off trail but made his dog approach the scalding hot pool in order to take his attention seeking photo for Instagram. To me, that's just heartless. If anyone needs a reminder, the hiking page on the Yellowstone website also tells us
Stay on trails: taking shortcuts causes trail erosion and is dangerous. In hydrothermal areas, stepping on thin crust can plunge you into boiling water. What if his dog did plunge into the water? If he wasn't killed instantly, would Marlow have been able to save the pup in time? Would he even jump in and try or would the scalding hot water keep him away? This is not only against the law and stupid, but his actions prove that he is not above putting his dog in dangerous situations for a photo.Marlow claims that Zulu 'listens very well to commands,' which I have no reason to doubt. But I had an amazing boxer who was my best friend for 11 years, and no matter how well he listened to my commands, it always took a couple of loud yells to get him to stop chasing a wild animal that he spotted out of the corner of his eye. What if the dog saw a bird flying above the thermal pool and wanted to chase it? I don't need to tell you how that would turn out.Well, my rant is over. At least I can be impressed that this guy wasn't dumb enough to fly a drone in a National Park...oh, wait. The Instagram account @assholesoutside shows us that he, in fact, did just that...while having his dog off the trail and next to a thermal pool. So there you have it. The National Park law-breaking trifecta. Drone, Dogs, Off-Trail. You will forever live in infamy Andrew Marlow.https://www.instagram.com/p/BWdVFhDlomm/?taken-by=assholesoutsideThis is yet another post to remind you to please, follow the rules. No Instagram photo is worth your life, or the life of your dog. Also, it's about time the National Park Service and Department of Interior really start to prosecute individuals who break the law, especially when they incriminate themselves on Instagram. This will never stop unless people actually fear the penalties that come from their law breaking actions.And based on Marlow's brazen disregard for the rules, it's apparent that just a public shaming won't be enough for this guy to chance his ways.Update: While writing this, Marlow has since deleted the original Instagram post. [post_title] => Man Places Dog on Edge of Dangerous Geothermal Pool For Instagram Photo [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => man-places-dog-on-edge-of-dangerous-geothermal-pool-for-instagram-photo [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-12 18:57:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-12 22:57:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79724 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79645 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-07-10 16:07:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-10 20:07:56 [post_content] => I first met Brent Rose over Spring Break, when I went to Lake Tahoe on a press trip with Sony. Sure, Rose is a well-respected tech writer, even having his own web series for WIRED called Out of Office with Brent Rose. But what really got my interest peaked was when he told me that he lived the #VanLife, working remotely while on a never-ending drive around the continental United States.[caption id="attachment_17345" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Bears Ears, Utah[/caption]Earlier this year when President Trump announced his plans to review the size of 27 National Monuments, I took an in-depth look at most of them. Soon after this announcement, I saw that Rose had started a project called #27Monuments, aimed at highlighting the best aspects of these national treasures while advocating for their protection. And besides educating others about the importance of these protected lands, the best way to make your voice heard about the administration's plans was on the Regulations.gov website. Since today is the final day of the comment period, the website has been overloaded. But the website Monuments for All promises to deliver all comments submitted to their site before the deadline is up. So, according to Rose, there is no excuse to not make your voice heard.When I saw Rose launch his #27Monuments project, I knew he was the right man for the job, but even I was shocked at his efficiency. It seemed like every day the San Francisco-born journalist was uploading a new video to his Facebook page. And with the limited time to get the word out, Rose was on the go seemingly non-stop. I had to hear more about the project and do our part, so I sat down with Rose for an exclusive interview about #27Monuments, #VanLife and why this project means so much to him.[caption id="attachment_17385" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Grand Canyon-Parashant, AZ is one of the few "Dark Sky Parks." You can see why, and this wasn't even a very clear night.[/caption]
Resource Travel: How long have you been living the #VanLife? Where did that initial desire come from?
I first started living the van life on July 15th, 2015...which means my two year anniversary as a digital nomad is right around the corner. The motivation came after a breakup and I couldn't decide if I wanted to stay in Los Angeles or travel. I was already working as a freelance writer and filmmaker, so I figured I could work from anywhere. So I decided to go on the adventure of a lifetime. At least that was my hope. And it sure has been!
Obviously, that lifestyle was a perfect fit to create the 27 monuments project, as many of the monuments are on the west coast and easily drivable. When did you start? What was your itinerary? How many of the 27 endangered monuments did you actually visit in this time?
I hit the road on the 13th of June. Not even a month ago. The first post about Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico went live the following day. And then, the craziness started. I had a smart friend of mine design the most efficient route through the monuments I planned to see, helping me maximize my limited time. I went from New Mexico to Colorado, then Utah then into Northern Arizona and Nevada. Right then, I got hit with the major heat wave, so I decided to reroute to avoid the scathing temperatures. When all was said and done, I visited 22 monuments. Five of the monuments are marine based (in the Pacific). Obviously, those were harder, so I didn't reach those, but I did make videos of them using footage from NOAA. I drove to 21, but the 22nd was in Maine, so I had to fly to that one. But for the ones I drove to, I racked up 6,500 miles on the van. Before I left, I opened up the checkbook to buy some really expensive all-terrain tires for the van. It was hard shelling out so much at once, but I am so glad I did as I drove about 500 miles worth down dirt roads, sometimes getting into some really sketchy situations where road tires would have failed miserably. I will gladly offer myself to do a commercial for BF Goodrich after that trip! [caption id="attachment_17334" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Rio Grande Del Norte[/caption]
Recently, Secretary Zinke recommended a considerable downsizing for Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. At 1.3 million acres, that is a massive tract of land. Do you see where the other side is coming from when they claim that monuments this size are federal land grabs that take usage rights away from the states and the people that live and work on these monuments?
I have heard the federal land grab argument before, and it just doesn't make sense to me. These are public lands that are accessible to all of us, for all kinds of recreational purposes from fishing to camping to hiking..all for next to nothing. So it's not like the government is making any money off of these lands. In contrast, when I see the government looking to sell off these lands to special interest groups, that to me looks like politicians looking to line their pockets. It is also worth noting that anytime a new proposed monument is introduced, it is an incredibly long process that is very open to the public and their opinions. In contrast, Zinke's review period is very secrative. The public comment period is very short (and on a site that is down half the time) and we don't even know his criteria. Even if the comments were seen by Zinke, is he even really listening to us, or is his mind already made up. When he visited Bears Ears, he spent four days talking with politicians and corporations trying to undo the protected status. But then he spent only one hour with the tribal coalition that considers this sacred land to five Native American tribes. How is that remaining impartial? I took that as a slap to the face. Also, the rights that people had for grazing, mining, etc are grandfathered in. Meaning, they didn't lose their rights once the protection went into effect. But, the protection limits the expanding of mining, drilling and grazing, which takes alot of money away from some very powerful people and corporations.[caption id="attachment_17342" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Bears Ears National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17346" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Bears Ears National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17347" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Bears Ears National Monument[/caption] These Monuments do bring in alot of money for the local communities, especially for the monuments with heavy recreational usage. Take Las Cruces, New Mexico which is the gateway to Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. In 2014, it is estimated the monument brought in 9 million worth of revenue to the local economy. In 2015, that number more than doubled to 19 million. This is a ton of money that goes to local resturants, gift shops, hotels and tour outfitters. Imagine if that protected land was suddenly taken away? The local economy would suffer greatly. [caption id="attachment_17336" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument[/caption]
Out of all of the monuments, you visited on this road trip, which one was your favorite and why?
That's hard. Really hard. They are all incredible. But, if I had to pick one that really stood out, it was Canyon of the Ancients in Colorado. I didn't know much about it before I visited. These are old homesteads and villages that people lived in as far back as 10,000 years ago. I camped right there among them, and they are so well preserved. It was breathtaking. I got a killer Milky Way shot of behind a multi-story dwelling. It was really an incredible experience.[caption id="attachment_17341" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Canyon of the Ancients, Colorado[/caption][caption id="attachment_17340" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Canyon of the Ancients, Colorado[/caption] The last one was Katahdin in Maine, and it was stunning. Lush forest, beautiful water and wildflowers. It was amazing. I was probobly a bit emotional as I had just gotten off a red eye, and knowing this was the last stop on my non-stop tour, the emotions got to me. It meant alot to stand in such a scenic location as the weight of the last 22 days came crashing down on me. I threw out everything I had written about this place before I got there and rewrote it with a more personal touch. [caption id="attachment_17380" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine[/caption][caption id="attachment_17381" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine[/caption][caption id="attachment_17382" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine[/caption]
With the commenting period ending today, what can environmental advocates do to keep fighting this proposed downsizing?
Even though the comment period is ending today, people can still write their local representatives and Secretary of the Interior Zinke. Hell, even write President Trump. Tell them that these are our public lands, and we don't want them under control of special interest groups. Keep writing your local representatives and tell them we won't stand for this. And don't stop. [caption id="attachment_17348" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Waterfall/swimming hole at Grand Staircase-Escalane, Utah[/caption]
What has inspired you to keep going at such a frantic pace for a month? What was the greatest hardship? What have you learned from all of this?
Well, the greatest inspiration was the deadline. I came up with this idea with less than a month before the end of the comment period. So I didn't have much of a choice, and that kept me motivated. The 8-12 hours of driving between locations was exhausting. It was a frantic pace that I don't know how much longer I could have kept up. The greatest hardship was lack of sleep. I am a lifelong insomniac, but this was almost a month of cat naps here and there and the lack of sleep hit me hard. I think I only got a full 8 hours on two nights during this adventure. I learned that these monuments each have something so special about them. I kind of expected some of them to look and feel the same, but to my surprise, they weren't. They were all so unique and beautiful. The history that these lands hold was awe-inspiring and made me realize this is our only shot. Once they are gone, they can't be brought back. It's now or never for us to stand up save our lands. Make your voice heard TODAY. The public comment period ends at 11:59pm EST on July 10th! Write your comment on the Regulations.gov website or Monuments for All. [caption id="attachment_17372" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Craters of the Moon, Idaho[/caption][caption id="attachment_17371" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Sand to Snow National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17370" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Sand to Snow National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17369" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Sand to Snow National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17368" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Sand to Snow National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17364" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Mojave Trails National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17363" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Mojave Trails National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17360" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Berryessa Snow Mountain[/caption][caption id="attachment_17359" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Berryessa Snow Mountain[/caption][caption id="attachment_17356" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Craters of the Moon, Idaho[/caption][caption id="attachment_17365" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Mojave Trails National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17366" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Mojave Trails National Monument[/caption][caption id="attachment_17357" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Berryessa Snow Mountain[/caption][caption id="attachment_17353" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Vermilion Cliff, AZ[/caption][caption id="attachment_17352" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Vermilion Cliff, AZ[/caption][caption id="attachment_17351" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Vermilion Cliff, AZ[/caption][caption id="attachment_17350" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah[/caption][caption id="attachment_17349" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah[/caption][caption id="attachment_17344" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Bears Ears, Utah[/caption][caption id="attachment_17343" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Bears Ears, Utah[/caption][caption id="attachment_17339" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Canyon of the Ancients, Colorado[/caption][caption id="attachment_17338" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Canyon of the Ancients, Colorado[/caption][caption id="attachment_17337" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks, New Mexico[/caption][caption id="attachment_17334" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Rio Grande Del Norte, New Mexico[/caption][caption id="attachment_17333" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Rio Grande Del Norte, New Mexico[/caption][caption id="attachment_17332" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Rio Grande Del Norte, New Mexico[/caption] [post_title] => 22 National Monuments in 22 Days: One Man’s Mission to Save These Protected Lands [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 22-national-monuments-in-22-days-one-mans-mission-to-save-these-protected-lands [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-10 16:07:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-10 20:07:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79645 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79133 [post_author] => 47224 [post_date] => 2017-06-15 12:12:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-15 16:12:39 [post_content] => After posting a few photos on my social media from a weekend trip to Cuba, friends came to me with questions about how I was able to get such ‘up close and personal’ photographs in this short amount of time. This inspired me to share my process and some personal suggestions as to how you can get better travel images from your trips abroad.[caption id="attachment_17220" align="aligncenter" width="780"] These people were genuinely just hanging out on the stoop like this, but I waited for the man to walk by to get the best composition.[/caption]
1) Equipment Let’s start here and I’m going to be real with you. If all you have is a smartphone and you really want to take excellent photos: it’s not impossible, but consider getting a nice camera. Not to say that the latest iPhones don’t have good cameras, but they will not allow you to get the quality and depth you will want from a DSLR camera with a quality lens. A decent camera could run you anywhere from several hundred dollars to thousands if you want to get fancy, so if money is tight, consider renting one for your trip—the better your camera and lens setup are, the better the quality your photos will be, and the more serious your subjects will take you. These photographs were all shot on a Sony A7 II with a Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 lens and I was extremely happy with the outcome. The A7 II is a pro camera with a phenomenal color profile and the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens is a standard range for portraits and scenes with beautiful depth of field and excellent sharpness… but it ain’t cheap (and I promise I wasn’t paid to give it a thumbs up).[caption id="attachment_17221" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I saw this boy exit this doorway and couldn’t believe the color synchronicity so I asked him to pose for me.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17222" align="aligncenter" width="780"] When in Cuba, take photos of people with cigars hanging out of their mouths.[/caption]
2) Travel light and fit in I like to be inconspicuous—it’s not usually the best idea to lug around a big camera bag filled with lenses and accessories: it can be heavy and also catch unwanted attention. All you really need is one or two lenses max with a nice range and an extra memory card and/or battery. It’s also good to not bring too much attention to whatever you’re wearing, including jewelry or other expensive looking items. This may sound obvious, but the more you dress down or look like the locals, the better they will respond to you and the less of a target you will be. If you’re a lady cakes, it may be smart to stay conservative with your attire.[caption id="attachment_17201" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I walked past this salon and decided to just walk in and ask if I could take some photos. The guy on the right jumped in the chair so he would be a part of it.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17205" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I’m pretty sure I caught these guys in the middle of flirting with each other... they weren’t mad at me capturing it.[/caption]
3) Tell a story
Whether you’re a professional or just intending on posting your photos on social media, coming back with images that tell a story will be much more enjoyable for your viewers. So, instead of only taking selfies in front of monuments or landscapes, consider photographing all aspects of your trip: your hotel room, its view if it’s nice, your meals, people you encounter, souvenir shops, still life, street performers, lifestyle, landscapes, interesting or unique cultural experiences you come across, etc. Broadening the subject matter of the images you shoot will be much more interesting for your fans and you’ll learn a lot more from the experience altogether.[caption id="attachment_17187" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Sometimes, perspective is everything. I like to look through cracks and doorways, you never know what lies on the other side.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17200" align="aligncenter" width="780"] t’s also good to pay attention to what’s going on in the background and to include (or exclude for that matter) subjects that may add depth to the photograph.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17193" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Ché Guevara is a central Cuban figure, so I wanted to capture an image that shed light on him. No pun intended.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17184" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Still life shots can be nice to add to the mix, just to give a sense of place.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17196" align="aligncenter" width="780"] As much of a tourist picture trap street performers can be, it’s also possible to take uncommon photos of them if you really spend a little extra time with them.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17197" align="aligncenter" width="780"] When your AirBnB host goes to this amount of trouble...[/caption][caption id="attachment_17208" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Classic cars are constantly breaking down in Cuba, this kind of scene just goes with the day-to-day lifestyle.[/caption]
4) Go deeper If you’re in a touristy city or neighborhood, consider leaving the main sites and finding areas where the locals hang out, live and work. Go to other towns nearby. Wander into places or alleyways (that don’t seem threatening) off the beaten path and try asking locals to give you recommendations or to take you into obscure neighborhoods so you can capture typical scenes and more authentic moments. If it feels right, go into shops or homes; ask the owners if you can hang out and take some pictures. Maybe get your nails done or hair cut at a local salon if you want to photograph the shop. On my trip to Havana, I wandered through several gated doorways looking for interesting subjects and, with some luck, I stumbled upon a colorful outdoor gym where some guys were working out, an impoverished brothel, and a boxing ring where a group of kids were practicing. Getting images like that would be impossible if you didn’t put yourself out there to explore deeper. Just be careful and know where your limits should be drawn.[caption id="attachment_17199" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Exploring neighborhoods outside of the main tourist areas—even if they seem desolate and scary at first—can get you shots that most tourists don’t have. Just be careful[/caption][caption id="attachment_17189" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I stopped to watch the kids play, and at first they were wondering why, but eventually they stopped paying attention to me and that’s when I was able to capture the moment more genuinely.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17194" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I wandered into a gated area into this colorful gym and followed this man around for several minutes, capturing him working out. He probably thought I was crazy, but I just smiled and he let me.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17209" align="aligncenter" width="780"] The teacher of this group of kids let us take photos of their boxing class for a little extra cash.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17181" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I wandered into what seemed like a brothel building and was ushered by two women to the home of this older woman who told me about her financial problems and illnesses.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17210" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I asked our driver who took us to Viñales to take us to a tobacco plantation that was not touristy, as some of them can be. It’s always a good idea to let the people who are guiding you know that you are interested in local things so they don’t automatically bring you to the most touristy locations.[/caption]
5) Be confident and fearless Being confident goes especially if you’re a woman traveling in a place that may feel male-dominated and where you really have to hold your own. The key is to remain cool, collected and to not care what people think. Handicaps lie in fear and in worrying about people’s judgments or of getting rejected. You will probably get stared down or shooed away at some point on your trip, and that just goes with the territory, but with owning it lies great power. If you are confident and brave, while still remaining kind and caring, your subject will feel comfortable with you and give you the power to direct them, should you want to. When you have conviction, it’s easier to move people to more aesthetic backgrounds as well as encourage them how to pose, without being obnoxious or invasive. With that said, it’s important to feel out your limits and not overstay your welcome.[caption id="attachment_17224" align="aligncenter" width="820"] took several photos of this girl and she was NOT having it. I just smiled and played dumb, and got my shot.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17207" align="aligncenter" width="780"] You notice the strangest things when you’re actively looking... This was literally just a room off a main street with 3 red sofas in it and a guy hanging out.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17198" align="aligncenter" width="780"] These guys were not even posing, they just looked like that! So, I poked my head in through the window, smiled and started taking photos, hoping they wouldn’t beat me up.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17206" align="aligncenter" width="780"] This man was really not happy with me taking his photo. At first he was reading the paper, and then as I continued to take photos, waiting for him to look at me, he eventually dropped his paper down and gave me the stare of death. That’s when I left...[/caption]
6) Connect with your subjects Talking to my students over the years, it seems that one of the challenges that often comes up is shyness and fear of asking people to pose. It’s normal that going up to strangers may seem uncomfortable, but if you turn the fear into excitement and just realize that people don’t bite, it will be easier, especially if you manage to truly connect with your subjects. Smile, laugh, flirt if you have to, be silly or act stupid if you think it’ll ease up the interaction. Be genuine and genuinely interested in what they might be doing. Ask questions if you’re able to communicate adequately. People are immediately attracted to or put off by others’ energy, so you’ll want to have the kind of vibe that makes people comfortable around you. If you are entering into impoverished areas, be compassionate and empathetic towards people’s needs. Try to always ask your subjects if you can photograph them, unless you are going for a candid moment and if you have gifts, food or small change, consider giving your subjects something in exchange for taking their photo. In some countries, this is expected. Also, you should show them the photo(s) you just took and tell them how wonderful they look. Overall, genuinely connecting with your subjects is most important if you want to get deeper images.[caption id="attachment_17185" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I walked up to this man and started asking him about the watches he was repairing. We quickly made friends and then he let me take all sorts of photos of him from all different angles. I liked his facial expression here best.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17195" align="aligncenter" width="780"] This man stole my heart. If I had been able to speak Spanish better, I would have loved to listen to his story. I especially wanted to know why he was wearing two watches[/caption][caption id="attachment_17186" align="aligncenter" width="780"] My friend and I hung out with this guy taking photos of him for at least 5 minutes as he made a sale to a little old lady. He was very excited that we were showing so much interest in his pig.[/caption]
7) Get creative and be prolific Shoot, shoot shoot and don’t stop at one photograph and at one perspective. If you have the time and available memory, why not take several photos of the same subject? I like to play with composition, angles and pose, so that I walk away with options. The same scene can be shot in infinite ways, and you can only do better if you try different perspectives. Get creative: look for reflections, shoot through things, shoot from above, from below, turn your subject into the light or away from the light, shoot wide, shoot close. Working your creativity will serve your images and will teach you to become an overall better photographer.[caption id="attachment_17178" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I like to shoot the same photo from several different angles and with different focal points. You never know what’s going to end up looking best.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17188" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I’m always paying attention to reflections, mirrors and such as they can really embellish a composition or perspective.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17183" align="aligncenter" width="780"] This woman let me take several photos of her and her son, and as I got closer I noticed the man in the background, which made the scene all that more interesting.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17215" align="aligncenter" width="780"] shot this from the backseat of a taxi, as I noticed all the reflections going on in the window, and took several, patiently waiting for the most interesting juxtaposition to happen.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17213" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Sometimes, if you find objects in the foreground that you can shoot through, you end up with much a more compelling composition.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17216" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By hanging out and taking several photos of same scene, you can capture completely different energies and images.[/caption]
8) Be aware, patient and passionate I could not stress this one more: the best photographers are those who remain aware and patient. Keep your eyes wide open at all times, your camera ready, and be a committed observer of your environment. Go the extra mile for your photography. Watch what people are doing closely and their interactions, look up, look down—you never know what is right under your eye that you don’t quite see, and also, wait for things to happen. The famous National Geographic photographer, Steve McCurry, gave me this insight a long time ago: if you find a beautiful mural or an attractive landscape, but nothing interesting is going on right then, then wait for it to. Stand there for as long as you can take it until something worthwhile takes scene, and if you’re not happy with that, then wait some more.[caption id="attachment_17219" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I noticed this little scene and stood there waiting for some sort of interesting vehicle to pass by so I could get more of an action shot. At times I don’t even put my camera to my face until I see the moment about to happen, so that it doesn’t change people’s attitudes.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17180" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I stood there patiently waiting for the most beautiful classic car I could find to pass by.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17192" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I stood here waiting for people to walk by for a decent amount of time, hoping I’d get the best composition.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17218" align="aligncenter" width="780"] This boy was just hanging out against the wall and I knew if nothing else was going on that it wouldn’t be as exciting of a shot, so I waited for a bit until something happened in the foreground. It’s also important to be quick to shoot, because moments can be quite fleeting.[/caption]
9) Follow the light Light can make or break a photograph. Broad sunlight is typically going to be harsh and offer dense shadows, which could be exactly what you’re going for or could ruin everything. There are no solid rules in my opinion about when to shoot or not shoot, but there are definitely ways to interpret and follow light appropriately so that you can capture what speaks to you most. Of course, sunrise, sunset and diffused light can be softer and more attractive, but don’t get discouraged if you can’t shoot during those times, there’s always a way to produce excellent imagery with the given conditions: it’s just a matter of trial and error and paying attention to what works best for you. [caption id="attachment_17204" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Don’t be mad at harsh light and shadows, sometimes they make everything about a photo.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17202" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I’m always looking for interesting displays of light, especially when it highlights subjects in uncommon ways.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17203" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Light is very important when trying to get great photos of monuments and landscapes. Remember, these places have been photographed over and over and over, so if you want to capture something different and better, it‘s a good idea to visit them at an attractive time of day.[/caption]
10) Editing and retouching A good photographer knows that sometimes it takes another set of eyes to edit photos. Consider showing your first batch of selects to one or several people and get their opinions. Sometimes, we tend to fall in love with a photograph because of the memory we had while taking it, but it may not necessarily be the best shot. If there’s something I’ve learned from top photo editors, it’s ‘less is more’ when making edits, and only show your best work: your photos are just as good as the least compelling image.Secondly, if you have a photo editing software such as Photoshop, Lightroom or any others, they can be your best friend. A photograph straight out of the camera can definitely be wonderful, but a little bit of doctoring can go a long way. Perhaps in a photo you took, the light was just too harsh and there weren’t many great colors around anyway, so consider popping the image into black and white and see what you get! Or, saturate the colors a little to make a photo pop. Crop in if you didn’t take the best composition, and maybe try several different crops to see which looks best. Nowadays, you can download plenty of filter presets for Photoshop or Lightroom which can also allow you to stylize photographs in one click and give your images a different feel. With that said, be careful to not overdo it, sometimes over-Photoshopping or intense presets can downgrade the professional quality of an image.[caption id="attachment_17214" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I edited this image a little differently than I normally do by moving around some of the saturation and giving it a slightly more vintage feel.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17190" align="aligncenter" width="780"] I boosted the saturation on this shot to make the meat pop more.[/caption][caption id="attachment_17191" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Because of the harsh shadows and uninteresting color that was going on in this image, I switched it over to black and white, which gives it a more timeless vibe and forgives the lighting better.[/caption]
11) Have fun! Overall and most of all, have fun! Photography is not meant to be stressful or scary and traveling is supposed to be liberating and enjoyable, so please make the most of your trip and don’t worry too much about getting the world’s greatest travel photo—Steve McCurry is busy doing that for us all! The people you connect with and the wonderful moments you share are what are most important, in my opinion, and the photographs are merely physical means to remember them.I’d love to see what you capture… if you feel inspired, shoot me an email at email@example.com!To see more of my work, check out my website www.EricaSimone.com[caption id="attachment_17177" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Me doing my thing by ©Daniel McKnight[/caption] [post_title] => Street Photography Tips for Your Cuba Adventure—Or Any Trip, Really [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => street-photography-tips-for-your-cuba-adventure-or-any-trip-really [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-15 12:21:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-15 16:21:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79133 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79084 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-06-13 13:12:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-13 17:12:43 [post_content] => I don't know where I first heard the name 'Serengeti', but ever since I was a child, the word provoked romantic visions in my head of wide open, dusty plains filled with eye-catching wildlife. So when I first visited the Serengeti last year, I was left speechless when those visions proved true. It instantly became one of my favorite photographic locations I had ever visited, and I was determined to get back as soon as possible. And luckily, this year I will be spending over a month in Tanzania, mostly in the Serengeti, leading photography trips for The Giving Lens and Discovery Photo Tours.It's hard to really explain the adrenaline rush that will hit you like a ton of bricks the first time you see a herd of elephants or a pride of lions start to walk your way. Staring blankly in awe of such powerful creatures, it can be hard to get your camera at the ready and your settings dialed in before the moment passes. But eventually, you learn that these magnificent animals are indifferent to your presence. They are too busy foraging for food and seeking out shade and water in the scorching African heat to worry about a tan colored Land Cruiser with a bunch of giddy humans and giant lenses. You start to learn how to photograph them, and soon, you start seeing some incredible captures in the back of your LCD screen. Suddenly, the ease of the Serengeti has made you feel like a National Geographic photographer. Housing some of the Tanzania's best landscapes, Serengeti National Park also plays host to an immense amount of wildlife, including the 'Big 5', which is rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard. In fact, over 3,000 lions are believed to live in the Serengeti, making it Africa's largest population of the big cat. With the black rhino being extremely endangered, it can be hard to find one in the park, but no harder to find than the elusive leopard, even though the leopard population is over 1,000. These extraordinary cats know how to hide. They aren't as chill as lions, where your safari car can literally pull up next to one and not get much of a reaction. But somehow, in all my time on Safari, the Serengeti was the only time I had spotted a leopard. In broad daylight nonetheless (they usually can be found in the early dawn).This mother had just killed a gazelle and was dragging it out of her hiding place to her two waiting cubs. Of course, in addition to the Big 5, which you won't have a problem of seeing plenty of, the park is also home to a large amount of more common, less intimidating wildlife like wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, warthog, hyenas, jackals, monkey, birds, and even crocodiles. Yes, crocodiles.And all of this, in front of some of the most amazing sunrises, sunsets, and moons that I have ever seen. We even camped in the middle of a fenceless site in the Serengeti, which got really interesting when an elephant came into camp at 9 pm looking for food. I could go on and on about why the Serengeti is so special, but honestly, it's one of those places you can't really understand the beauty of until you immerse yourself. So until then, I will leave you with more of my favorite photos from my time in the Serengeti.Nature is raw, powerful and beautiful, and that is no more evident than in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.For more information on my upcoming photography workshops and tours of Tanzania, visit The Giving Lens and Discovery Photo Tours. [post_title] => 39 Photos That Will Inspire You to Safari in Tanzania's Serengeti [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 39-photos-that-will-inspire-you-to-safari-in-tanzanias-serengeti [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-13 13:12:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-13 17:12:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79084 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78754 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-05-24 23:11:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-25 03:11:23 [post_content] => Well, you think people would have learned to not be completely disrespectful after the backlash that hit the crew that trampled the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. But as the UK-based parkour team representing sport clothing line Storror Parkour shows us, not everyone has learned, and these guys straight up admit that they know they are breaking the law.Let's break down the 9-minute video above and all of the illegal (or at the least, plain stupid) actions that this team takes. Less than 30 seconds into the video, the team outright admits that they know the park rules and that they have no care in the world to not break them for their own personal gain.Vehicle Driver: "Apparently, the drone is forbidden to fly in this National Park, and you get a fine if you do so. Toby, are you going to fly the drone?"Toby: "Yes"Well ok then. We haven't actually see any drone flying two minutes in. The guys just start parkouring around some of the rock outcroppings. Ok, probably nothing illegal about that. Maybe the hard pounding of shoes on the fragile rocks isn't the best thing for the Southern California National Park, but as far as I know, it's not illegal.But in another video on their YouTube, the guys can be seen running up and jumping off of Joshua Trees. I researched whether this is illegal, and could not find a definite answer but I have reached out to the Joshua Tree Park Rangers to find out.Till the 4 minute mark, the guys are still running and jumping and exploring a cave they found, before the main guy says into the camera, "We are gonna go up there. Toby's gonna get the drone out" Then as they walk another guy starts screaming incoherently while throwing stuff...in an apparent effort at comedy. But this man is no Ricky Gervais.Anyway, six minutes in, still no law breaking. But at the 6:30 mark, we finally the team on top of a rock looking at a beautiful sunset, with...a drone circling them as they celebrate the end of an apparently awesome day in one of the U.S. National Parks. 8 minutes. They find a snake in the dark. Wonder if it's poisonous. They don't dare to find out. Disturbing wildlife is against the park rules, by the way.Now at 8:07 it gets really interesting. The crew can be seen in front of a campfire. Before we dive into it this portion of the video, let's go over the Joshua Tree rules for campfires.Now, park rules allow for campfires only in designated campground fire pits. And, you can only use precut firewood from outside the park. You are not allowed to use park wood for kindling or for burning.There is nothing to make us assume that this is a designated campground, and in fact, the footage when they wake up leads us to believe it is not. But right away, we can tell that the wood they are burning is not firewood, but rather a collection of branches from what we can assume was taken from park grounds. Joshua Tree is a desert, and being a desert, doesn't have an abundance of wood, and the wood used for one campfire can take years to be replenished.But then, after a quick cut to one of the bros roaring in slow motion as sparks consume his face, we see what I can only assume is a different campfire, which does not appear to be in a fire pit. I cannot see a fire pit or cooking grate, and the spot of the fire is surrounded by big rocks, and I doubt the National Park Service would but a firepit in such a fragile location, as a fire of this size can easily leave burn marks on the rocks. Then, at 8:33, I see that I am pretty sure I am right. That does not look like a National Park built fire pit in a campground.The boys continue to hop around the fire pit until they wake up the next morning, in which does not look like designated campgrounds.All this and not to mention, a commercial filming of this project would need to be granted special permits from the NPS. We do not know if the team got one, but we have reached out to the park service as well as Storror for comment. KCET has a great write up on why these actions can be so harmful to Joshua Tree, already facing overcrowding problems.It's a shame because these guys are obviously talented, and I wish I was hearing about them through some awesome show they put on, legally. To use the United States National Parks as your personal playground to knowingly break the rules is not the way to get the majority of Americans to respect your talent. We have plenty of talented Parkour guys and gals right here in the United States who work hard to be discovered but don't feel the need to do so by blatantly breaking the rules that were designed to keep park visitors safe and keep the fragile environment intact. [post_title] => Parkour Team Illegally Runs, Flies, and Burns Through Joshua Tree National Park [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => parkour-team-illegally-runs-flies-and-burns-through-joshua-tree-national-park [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-24 23:11:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-25 03:11:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78754 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78450 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-05-10 14:23:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-10 18:23:43 [post_content] => It is hard to believe that, as I look out of my window at the Boise Mountains in Idaho, I don't see the peaks covered in snow. It seems like forever since the air was warm, the sun was shining, and I didn't need to exit my house wearing layers. Road trip season is officially upon us! This week's selections of the Art of Visuals Travel Photos of the Week is skewed to the warmer spectrum, reflecting the summer daydreams running through my head.
Each week, the team at Resource Travel and Art of Visuals will select our favorite travel photo of the week and the winner will receive the complete Resource Travel Lightroom preset bundle ($100 value) as well as a one-year subscription to Resource Magazine ($30 value, available to US residents only). Even better? The photo will be shared on both the Art of Visuals and Resource Travel Instagram and Facebook accounts, allowing your awesomeness to be seen by almost one million people (Value: Priceless)To have your photo considered, Download the AOV app and submit your favorite travel photos, and make sure to include the photo location to be considered! Simple as that. For those of you with an Android phone, upload the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #ResourceTravelAOV.So what are you waiting for? Download the AOV app and get entered today!This week's winner is...
Mount Maroon - Barney View, Queensland, Australia by @reubennutt
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Canyonlands National Park, Utah by @kristiankeenen
Singapore by @j.osh
Yosemite National Park, California by @migs332
Switzerland by @jonglr
New Brunswick, Canada by @davcout
Penida Island - Nusapenida, Bali, Indonesia by @thephilnguyen
Lofoten, Norway by @eventyr
Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy by @canipel
Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia by @thephilnguyen
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bayern, Germany by @andrycurious
Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy by @canipel
Black Rock Desert, Nevada by @jancilliers
Assiniboine Park - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada by @rawmeyn
Buzludzha, Bulgaria by @cpt_olf [post_title] => The Art of Visuals Travel Photos of the Week [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-art-of-visuals-travel-photos-of-the-week-7 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-10 14:23:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-10 18:23:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78450 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78431 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-05-09 15:09:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-09 19:09:34 [post_content] => I first saw Joshua Simmons unique take on astrophotography when I saw his work in The Milky Way Chasers Group on Facebook. Being slightly obsessed with astrophotography myself, I know that an interesting foreground is the key to slick looking night photographs. Simmons seemed to understand that as well, since most of his photos used some truly bad ass military equipment, which perfectly meshed with the glowing Milky Way overhead.I came to find that Simmons wasn't taking these photos at a military museum, but rather right in the heart of Fort Hood, Texas, where the Air and Missile Defense Warrant Officer is now stationed. I was already both impressed and intrigued by Simmons' story and photos, but I then came to find out that Simmons had only picked up photography as a hobby eight months ago when he received a consumer level Sony that was passed down to him from his mother-in-law. The married father of three (fourth on the way) immediately became obsessed with photography, especially when the skies are dark and clear. Soon, he was able to invest in a Fuji X system which he feels has really helped him improve his craft.I was very impressed with Simmons work, especially considering how new he is to photography, so I was and was beyond excited when he sat down with me for an exclusive interview.
Where do I begin? To start, I want to visit all the darkest skies (Bortle Scale 3 and lower) that Texas has to offer, beginning with Big Bend Ranch State Park (Class 1!). Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Natural Bridges National Monument, Death Valley, Denali National Park, Bryce Canyon, all of Scotland, Dark Sky Reserve in New Zealand, the Sahara, Iceland and Australia. So many dark skies still left in this world, you just need to work to get to them. I imagine the list will only grow from here!Check out more from Joshua Simmons on his Facebook and Instagram. [post_title] => Soldier Creates Astonishing Night Photos Using Military Equipment [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => soldier-creates-astonishing-night-photos-using-military-equipment [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-09 15:09:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-09 19:09:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78431 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78377 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-05-05 14:48:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-05 18:48:35 [post_content] => It's no secret photographer and filmmaker Justin Majeczky loves adventuring with his two Siberian Huskies. In fact, last year, he and his wife road tripped over 12,000 miles visiting the western United States' most incredible locations while living in a Eurovan with their two four-legged companions.Being on the road for that long gives a visual artist like Majeczky the opportunity to experiment. Inspired by the traveling couple behind the viral Instagram account and hashtag #FollowMeTo, Majeczky thought it would be fun to follow the same idea, but with his two huskies leading the couple. The original series is known for photos of Murad Osmann being led around the world, hand in hand, by his wife Natalia Zakharova.I asked Majeczky about not only his tongue in cheek #PullMeTo series, but also about what it was like driving 12,000 miles with two very active huskies, and what the future holds for this couple and their dogs.
With an early wake-up call every morning, and the Milky Way being visible after 1am right now, what is your normal schedule like when you want to shoot? When do you find time to sleep?
When I was shooting these images I would normally bed down for the night at around 10 or 11PM local time, wake up at around 1AM, compose images and capture them by 3-4AM. I would then head back to my office, sleep until 6 or 7AM and go about the rest of my day until it was time to do it all over again. Moreover, at the time of these images, we were in the field and so it was conducive towards the making of these images night after night. During the New Moon phase I like to block off an "Astro Window," 4 days prior and 4 days after to focus on astrophotography. During my work week when I am not in the field, I only ever do star trails as Milky Way shots would require me to travel long distances in order to get to dark skies. So when I am not in the field I will do my Milky Way photos on the weekends of my "Astro Window" so then it becomes paramount that I take full advantage of these moments when they arrive!
Have you ever been deployed, or based anywhere other than Texas in your 11 year career?
I have been deployed to Southwest Asia on a few occasions and spent time in South Korea. My wife and our sons have been stationed at Fort Bliss (Texas), Fort Sill (Oklahoma), Fort Bragg (North Carolina) and now Fort Hood, Texas.
Are there any places that are on your travel bucket list, especially for photographing the Milky Way?
When did the inspiration from Murad Osmann's #FollowMeTo series come to you? Were you already on the road, or did the idea come before you left?
The inspiration came while we were on the road. The #FollowMeTo thing has become so world renown that it’s almost a cliche’ now. However one day while driving I suggested that we mimic their pictures with our pups. Since Huskies can’t resist to pull as soon as you put them on a leash it seemed only natural to call it #PullMeTo.
What challenges did traveling 12,000 miles with two large dogs present?
Traveling with the dogs was not a huge hassle. The biggest challenge was with the national parks not allowing dogs on a majority of the hiking trails. This severely limited our ability to get to some of the most scenic places with them. So we made due with scenic vistas just off the road or close to our camp sites.
With your wife working now, do you envision being able to pack up the Eurovan with Nico and Taj and let them lead you on an epic 12,000 mile adventure ever again?
After our travels we purchased a beautiful home in Reno, Nevada. With the wife starting her career and me being busy in my own, I regretfully have to say we plan to sell the Eurovan this summer. We do have some long term goals to buy a larger Sprinter van and converting it ourselves into a camper set up. We love to travel but both agree now is the time to concentrate on our careers for a while before the next big adventure begins. In the mean time we plan to do more international travel since we checked off a good amount of the places we wanted to see in the States. I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed with that last answer. Majeczky's film is one of my favorites wanderlust films that I have seen in years, and I was hoping to get a sequel this summer. But at least we know the couple isn't ready to hang up their #VanLife cleats just yet, and plan to take the challenge on again in the future.Follow Justin Majeczky on his website, Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo. [post_title] => Couple Led on Adventurous Road Trip by Their Two Huskies [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => couple-led-on-adventurous-road-trip-by-their-two-huskies [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-05 14:48:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-05 18:48:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78377 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78367 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-05-04 14:24:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-04 18:24:37 [post_content] => Resource Travel & Tamron Lenses are excited to announce the second annual 'Show Us Your World' Photography Contest. Last year's entries included some incredible images, and we can't wait to see what you come up with this year. For the next four months, we want to see the beauty of the world through your lens. And to ensure that you will continue to capture the best quality photographs on your travels, we have raised the prize pool and now the top three winners each win a brand new Tamron Lens! So, with $2,300 in prizes waiting to be won, let's get you entered! There are two ways to enter, which also gives you the opportunity to submit not one, but two of your best travel photographs. Simply import a photo from your Facebook and Instagram social networks into our contest gallery. Remember to submit two different photos for a better chance to win.In order to keep the submissions current, you can only choose from your last 21 uploads. So find your favorite travel photos, upload them to Facebook and Instagram today, and let people know you are submitting them to the 'Show Us Your World' Photo contest...and encourage them to enter also! Judging isn't based solely on skills and the contest is open to all skill levels. Judging will be based on originality and how much 'travel lust' the photo provides. Once you enter, be inspired by checking out the other submissions in the gallery below.Contest open to U.S Residents only. See the terms and conditions by clicking 'Terms & Conditions' in the entry box below. Resource Travel & Tamron Lenses : ‘Show Us Your World’ 2017 Photography Contest
Judges Check out the feature we just published on David Akoubian's extraordinary career. David has been photographing for about 40 years and working as a nature photographer since 1993. He specializes in the grand and micro landscape. Having learned his craft from some of the legends of the nature field, his work is the combination of “old school” technical and draws the compositional aspect from his days training as an illustrator. David has been an instructor for 20 years as well, sharing his love and knowledge of photography and nature with students and camera clubs. David’s work has been featured in galleries, calendars, magazines and textbooks. After attending a tech school for production then moving onto film school at Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura California, Voorhis launched, Voortex Productions in 2004. Focusing primarily on promotional documentaries, and short films, often working with towns and communities, he applies a signature style to his productions. Telling an emotive story takes precedence, keeping things simple, elegant and authentic. He understands somethings are better left un-told and merely shown. Second Place: Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZDD: $599 Value [post_title] => Enter the 'Show Us Your World' Travel Photography Contest [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => enter-the-show-us-your-world-travel-photography-contest [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-04 15:44:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-04 19:44:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78367 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78304 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-05-02 10:52:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-02 14:52:08 [post_content] => To be honest, I had not heard of Sawyer Hartman before this video came across my Facebook feed today, as suggested by my friend Casey MacCallister. But, as a travel photographer who feels my Instagram profile has some halfway interesting photos from over 30 countries, I am often baffled at how my growth is as slow as Ja Rule putting together a music festival. I only gain a couple followers a day, and my like totals usually fall between 250 and 400 per photo. Now, I am not someone who bases their whole life off of how many likes my photos get, but travel photography is my job so obviously being seen by as many eyes as possible is beneficial for my business. So I was intrigued to see what Hartman says can be changed to help ramp up some engagement on both my Instagram, as well as the Resource Travel account.Sawyer uses his impressive follower count of 756k followers as his claim that he knows a thing or two about growing an account. He is the first to admit that he has been playing the IG game for a long time though, and it was much easier to be found before Instagram got rid of the "Explore" page, which he often landed on in those early days. So with Instagram's ever changing algorithm, Hartman suggests following five guidelines to grow your audience.Step one, which Hartman calls "Finding your Flow", is broken down into three sections. Feed consistency, feed style, and color theme.He brings up a great point here, which is people aren't following you based off of one photo. But rather, they click onto your profile to follow you, but if what they see isn't a nice "flow", they may leave your profile without clicking that coveted "follow" button. I will let Hartman's video describe in detail how to implement these three sections, but for the most part, he is spot on. Although, with Style, I do feel like his feed overall does jump around alot, from aerial to epic adventure photos to kissing on the beach. Now, they are all beautiful photos, and I only bring this up because Casey McCallister says this is one of the problems with my feed, but I really don't know how to get around it, since I, like Hartman, just photographs 'everything that is happening around me.' So I am left still not knowing whether my feed style of photography is consistent enough.Lastly, in this section, Hartman discusses the color theme, which, makes more sense the more I think about it. The more consistent your colors, the more eye-catching and appealing your feed is, which may cause some people to click that follow button right away. He suggests having a couple of Lightroom presets that you can use over and over again to achieve this style, and of course, he just happens to have some for sale! But hey, so do we!Now, step two is huge, according to Hartman, and we agree. Join the community! And do it without bots. He says to engage more, first and foremost with smart comments. And I couldn't agree more. No more emoji-only comments. Say something ABOUT THE PHOTO ITSELF so people know you aren't a bot, and show them that you genuinely have an interest in your photos. Case in point, someone commented on one of my recent photos saying "Check out my stuff." He didn't even give me a generic compliment on the photo, just went straight into the begging for attention. That is a surefire way to get someone to NOT look at your profile. So Hartman is dead on with this. The other two points of step two fall in line with the first. Start a dialog and interact and inspire.Now, step three, 'Find your voice' is tricky. Hartman talks about crafting a killer caption, and not flooding your caption with hashtags. While I wholeheartedly agree with telling a story with my captions, I have also been forced to include my hashtags in my caption, as I am being shadowbanned if I include them in my first comment, as I discovered on the shadow ban test. I have experimented with not including hashtags at all, and my engagement dropped even further. So, at this stage, I am kind of at a loss for what to do, but I do think telling longer, more inspiring stories is a good start.Step four, "Aspire to Inspire" also has a couple of bullet points. Hartman suggests looking at things differently (taking a different composition on the same old locations). He also suggests challenging yourself by putting on a prime lens all day and sticking with it. I have been teaching this to my workshop teams with The Giving Lens for years. I fully agree that limiting your gear can force you to think differently and be more creative. Hartman also mentions how not being able to travel every week shouldn't hold you back, and you need to learn how to shoot what's around you. And lastly, it's ok to fail, as long as you are trying.The final step is probably the most important. "Don't Get Distracted" He poses an important question. "Are you going to be the once a week, yet its an epic photo type poster, or make sure to post everyday, at the highest quality possible" He has followed the path of the latter, but he says you can't flip flop between the two, which is something I am guilty of.He also implores you to not get down by having 'viewer envy.' As someone with major FOMO complex, I can relate to this. Thinking about what you are missing out on causes you to the beauty and creativity that is right in front of you. Hartman wraps up with two very powerful tips that speak for themselves. "Take Risks" and "Adapt or Die"So, all in all, I did learn something from Hartman's video. I already knew some of it...in the back of my mind at least. But this is an important reminder that if you want to use Instagram as a marketing vessel, you do have to think and calculate your moves.[post_title] => Sawyer Hartman's 5 Secrets To Growing Your Instagram [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => sawyer-hartmans-5-secrets-to-growing-your-instagram [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-02 10:52:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-02 14:52:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78304 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78259 [post_author] => 47193 [post_date] => 2017-04-28 17:13:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-28 21:13:26 [post_content] => This week, President Donald Trump riled up the outdoor conservationists (among many common citizens) by signing an executive order that orders Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review National Monuments containing more than 100,000 acres that were created by previous presidents over the past 21 years. The acts by presidents protecting these large swaths of land was, according to Trump, “an egregious abuse of power” and a "massive federal land grab".We take a closer look at some of the National Monuments that could be in jeopardy of being downsized, or, even worse, completely abolished by this executive order. And we start with not only the most recent but the most controversial, Bears Ears National Monument.
Bears Ears National Monument - Utah During eight years in office, President Barack Obama created 34 National Monuments, which protects a staggering 550 million acres of federal land and water. And he saved his biggest splash for last, as he created the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah during his waning days as president. The Monument is over 1.3 million acres, which is bigger than all five of Utah's National Parks combined. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch penned this op-ed in the Washington Post about the "disaster". The monument is named after twin buttes that rise to 8,700 feet called the Bears Ears and the entire area is sacred to many Native Americans. Look for this monument to be at the centerpiece of the coming legal battles if the Trump administration begins to roll back previous presidents actions.[caption id="attachment_16377" align="aligncenter" width="800"] By U.S. Geological Survey - Public Domain[/caption][caption id="attachment_16375" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Photo by US Bureau of Land Management[/caption]
Canyons of the Ancients - Colorado The 176,056 acres of archaeologically-significant landscape of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwest Colorado is part of the National Conservation Lands, 32 million acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The purpose of this special group of lands is 'conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values.' Canyon of the ancients is home to over 6,000 archeological sites, many of them Ancestral Puebloan ruins.[caption id="attachment_16380" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Ruined Tower, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.[/caption]
Grand Canyon - Parashant National Monument - Arizona Parashant National Monument is remote. So remote, that the National Park Service claims it is one of the best locations in the United States for star gazing. Located on the northern edge of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the 1 million acre monument is bigger than the state of road island, but unlike road island, it has no paved roads or services, so if you visit, make sure you are prepared.[caption id="attachment_16347" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Photo by BLM[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16383" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo By BLM[/caption]
Ironwood Forest National Monument - Arizona Named after the long living Ironwood tree which inhabits this 188,619 acre monument in Arizona, the land is also home to endangered plants and animals as well as over 200 Hohokam and Paleo-Indian archaeological sites.[caption id="attachment_16385" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16384" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Bob Wick; Bureau of Land Management - #mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016: Something Different, Ironwood Forest National Monument, CC BY 2.0, Link[/caption]
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument - Arizona Located in Arizona, just south of the Utah state line lies one of the most well known National Monuments, 17-year old Vermilion Cliffs. Perhaps best known for 'The Wave', a sandstone rock formation on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, the monument covers almost 300,000 acres with altitude ranging from 3,100 to 6,500 feet.[caption id="attachment_16388" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16386" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] By Lobineau at Italian Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16387" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA - White PocketUploaded by PDTillman, CC BY 2.0, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16349" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Photo by BLM[/caption]
Sonoran Desert National Monument - Arizona This 496,400 acre National Monument protects part of the massive Sonoran Desert, which stretches over Arizona, California, and Mexico. The remote location makes for some incredible stargazing.[caption id="attachment_16390" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16389" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption]
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - Utah Covering a remarkable 1.9 million acres in Utah, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is massive, and even bigger than the recently appointed Bears Ears, also in Utah. In fact, it is easily the biggest National Monument in the United States, thanks to President Bill Clinton, who formed the monument in 1996.[caption id="attachment_16392" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16391" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA - Metate Arch, CC BY 2.0, Link[/caption]
Berryessa Snow Mountain - California Finally, we get into a National Monument in California. The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument is one of the countries newest National Monuments, only being created in 2015 by President Obama. The 330,780 acres of land stretches from over Northern California from Mendicino county to Lake Berryessa, but oddly enough, doesn't include the picturesque Lake Berryessa. The fear of backlash from limiting motor boat usage on the lake was enough to keep the Lake out of the monument.[caption id="attachment_16393" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16395" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16394" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption]
Carrizo Plain - California 50 miles long and 15 miles across, this massive grassland plain is just 100 miles Northwest of Los Angeles. Right now, the land is in a massive super bloom, as evident by this photo by BLM's Bob Wick, taken earlier in April. But if you head out to Carrizo Plain, be forewarned. The San Andreas Fault cuts right through the 246,812-acre monument.[caption id="attachment_16398" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption]
Giant Sequoia - California This National Monument is a 328,000-acre protected area of the Sequoia National Forest in the southern Sierra Nevada range in central California. The monument includes 38 of the 39 Giant Sequoia groves in the forest, including the Boole Tree, which is 269 feet tall, making it one of the tallest Sequoias in the world.[caption id="attachment_16403" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Photo by John Buie https://www.flickr.com/photos/bumeister/[/caption]
Mojave Trails - California This new Monument could have been called Cadiz Dunes, as these pristine sand dunes are the main focus of the protected area. The Monument, in close proximity to Joshua Tree National Park and the monuments Castle Mountain and Sand to Snow proves this area is a must visit for nature lovers.[caption id="attachment_16404" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Photo by NASA[/caption]
Sand to Snow- California Along with Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains, Sand to Snow National Monument was made a National Monument by President Obama on February 12, 2016. It protects 154,000 acres from 1,000 feet at the Coachella Valley to the 11,000 feet in the San Bernadino Mountains.[caption id="attachment_16406" align="aligncenter" width="960"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16405" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Dan Maus, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption]
San Gabriel Mountains - California Most of the San Gabriel's mountain peaks reside in this 346.177 acre National Monument, located in Southern California. The movement to have the area made into a National Monument came from calls to protect what remaining open land existed as the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles kept expanding eastward.*Even though the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument meets Trumps Criteria of being over 100,000 acres and created after 1996, USA Today reports that it is not on the White House List. [caption id="attachment_16407" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Photo by Daniel Martin[/caption]
Upper Missouri River Breaks - Montana Similar in appearance to Badlands National Park, this land of almost half a million acres contains beautiful rock outcroppings, steep bluffs and grassy plain that run along the Missouri River. Proclaimed a National Monument in 2001 by President Bill Clinton, this land is home to 60 species of mammals and hundreds of types of birds.[caption id="attachment_16412" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16411" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption]
Rio Grande del Norte - New Mexico The Rio Grande is a name that lives in infamy. Through countless movies and stories, the words 'Rio Grande' always invoked a sense of wild west in all of us. The 'Grand River' National Monument was created in 2013 under President Obama and covers 242,455 acres in Taos County, New Mexico and includes the Taos Plateau volcanic field.[caption id="attachment_16416" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16415" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption]
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks This preserve contains nearly half a million acres around the Chihuahua Desert outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico and includes five mountain ranges and cultural sites of interest. They include where World War Two bombers practiced targeting, and the Kilbourne Hole in the Potrillo volcanic field where American astronauts trained for lunar missions in the 1960s.[caption id="attachment_16417" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption]
Basin and Range - Nevada In a state known for its emptiness, prehaps no where is near as empty as Nevada's 704,000 acre Basin and Range National Monument which protects various mountains and valleys in the southeast of the state.[caption id="attachment_16418" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Photo by U.S. Department of Interior[/caption]
Gold Butte - Nevada This Nevada monument protects 300,000 acres of pristine desert landscapes northeast of Las Vegas. Attractions include the famous ghost town of Gold Butte as well as Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Lions, and the Mojave Desert tortoise.[caption id="attachment_16419" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Photo by BLM[/caption]
Cascade–Siskiyou Before the waning days of President Obama's tenure, this monument would not have fit the criteria under Trump's executive order, but on January 12th, 2017, Obama added 48,000 acres to the 86,774 acres that made up Cascade-Siskiyou, which lies in both California and Oregon.[caption id="attachment_16422" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. - http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/, Public Domain, Link[/caption]
Hanford Reach Believe it or not, there is a location in Washington State that receives only 5-10 inches of rain a year, and that is Hanford Reach National Monument which lies on the Columbia River Plateau.[caption id="attachment_16423" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Photo by Heather via Flickr CC. https://www.flickr.com/photos/verybadlady/[/caption]
Rose Atoll, Northeast Canyones and Seamounts, Marianas Tranches, Papah?naumoku?kea, Pacific Remote Islands Not all of the threatened National Monuments live on land. Five of the 25 are mostly ocean based, with millions of acres protecting marine life and plants.[caption id="attachment_16421" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Kydd Pollock; USFWS - Pacific Region - Green turtles are commonly observed at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Photo Credit: Kydd Pollock., Public Domain, Link[/caption][caption id="attachment_16420" align="aligncenter" width="780"] By Dr. Jean Kenyon, NOAA/NMFS/PISC/CRED. - NOAA Photo Library: reef3261, Public Domain, Link[/caption] [post_title] => 25 National Monuments Threatened by Trump [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 25-national-monuments-threatened-by-trump [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-28 17:13:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-28 21:13:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78259 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ))