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A Braided Journey: Where Does Our Water Come From?

“Day 52: Last night we nearly got flooded out of our camp on a mid-river sandbar, the rising water caused either by upstream rains, hydro-cycling from the nearby Columbus power plant, or both. Today, Pete and I paddled 33 long miles. We had an easy float in the morning, with a deep current cutting along the bluffs near Fremont, and we passed the sacred Pawnee Indian site ‘Pawhuk.’ Man, you could feel a strong spirit on the river there…But this afternoon 30+ mph headwinds and a shallow, elusive channel made it one of our hardest canoeing days so far. We are exhausted. The silver lining was we counted 20 bald eagles, a dozen federally endangered least terns, three large flocks of pelicans, two muskrats, a water snake, and Pete may have just found a fossilized bison horn. And now, there is this amazing orange-pink sunset. Every day writes its own chapter on the river.” –Field journal, August 21, 2016..
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Focus On The Details: Sony RX10 IV

“Whenever you have a zoom lens with a large range,” award-winning travel photographer and Sony Artisan of Imaging Bob Krist observes, “you almost always have to put up with some funky focus quirks—a lot of hunting and pecking, especially at the longer end of the zoom range.” Just a split second of delay might be the difference between nailing the shot and missing the peak action or a precise arrangement of moving elements in your frame. “With the RX10 IV, even with its enormous zoom range, the focusing is fast, responsive and sure-footed,” says Krist, who has shot with the camera extensively in destinations around the globe. “It makes it easier to whip from, say, a wide-angle scene to a more intimate composition you may spot in that wider view.”..
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The “Normal” Lens

Photographers who are consistently able to create compelling and evocative pictures with a normal lens have always impressed me. This ability can only mean a highly developed eye, in control of composition through use of camera position, perspective, light, design and anticipation. Wide-angle or telephoto lenses, while perfectly valid and immensely useful tools, can sometimes be leaned on excessively as a sort of compositional crutch—a means to add visual drama through their significant departure from the way in which we experience the world through our eyes...
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Understanding Depth Of Field

Depth of field is a photographic term that describes the range of focus in a given image. There are a number of variables that determine just how much of the image is in focus from front to back. These are addressed below. It seems logical that a photograph should have a wide range of focus, but this isn’t necessarily true. If every element is tack sharp, it tells the viewer to look at all the details and that everything in the image is important. Conversely, if only certain planes of the image are sharp, the viewer is drawn to the parts that are in focus and the rest of the planes becomes secondary. As is usually the case with landscapes, they work best when every plane from the foreground to the background is tack sharp. But for some wildlife images, flowers, portraits and other subjects, the image is more dynamic if only the main subject is sharp and the remaining elements fade into softness. So how does a photographer create specific planes of focus?..
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Leaves By Moonlight

Yosemite National Park is one of the most photographed sites in the United States. The park has been heavily visited, and its scenes have been captured on billions of cell phones. The challenge to photographers is to find a time of year when one can avoid crowds...
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