Congratulations to Tom Elenbaas for winning the recent High-Flying Photo Ops Assignment with the image, “Kilroy Was Here.” View the winning image and a selection of submissions in the image gallery below. And check out our current photography assignment here and enter your best shots!
Congratulations to Philippe DE-BRUYNE for winning the recent Birds In Flight Assignment with the image, “Perfect Landing.”
“Even photographing two to three days a week, the chance of capturing good images of snowy owls is rare!” says DE-BRUYNE. “But for this image, the conditions were perfect. A beautiful male snowy owl was at the same place for several days in a row. I watched it for a long time before I knew its favorite place, and I was able to photograph it several times coming in for a landing.”
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4 lens. Exposure: 1/2000 sec., f/5.6, ISO 100.
Congratulations to Tom Elenbaas for winning the recent Nightscapes assignment with the image, “White Pocket Star Trails.”
"A couple years back I spent the night at White Pocket with my brother Bob (relenbaasphoto.com) and another photographer friend, Steve Dahl. Bob and Steve both live in relatively close proximity to White Pocket, part of Northern Arizona’s Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, but for me, it was my first (and so far only) visit to this oasis of Navajo sandstone ribbons. We were met with perfectly clear skies, dashing any hope for a dramatic sunset or sunrise but ideal for our main objective of shooting the Milky Way and star trails framed by a foreground of colorful rock outcroppings.
"This image was made with my Sony a7R II and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. After locating the North Star and composing our shots, we began by light painting several frames to use for the foreground. For the next two hours, we sat there admiring the beauty of our surroundings while our cameras clicked off successive 30-second exposures. The star frames were stacked and blended in Photoshop and then merged with the foreground to create the resulting image."
Congratulations to Sangeeta Dey for winning the recent Textures assignment with the image,“Hope.”
“While I love to shoot alpine landscapes, I fell in love with the desert when I visited Death Valley National Park for the first time a few years ago,” explains Dey. “This place is like a huge jigsaw puzzle offering miles and miles of opportunities for creative self-expression. I shot this scene during the time of a super bloom. At the time, millions of flowers were blooming in the desert. However, I was fascinated by this little scene. It told a story of hope, strength and resilience, and was inspired by the Leonard Cohen song lyric, ‘There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.’”
Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 at 19mm, handheld. Exposure: 1/1000 sec., f/8, ISO 200.