Posts Tagged ‘Water’

Photobird Photo Contest for August

August 3, 2009

“breeching 1, Frederick Sound, AK”
© Copyright Steve Simon

Water is one of our most precious natural resources. Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and is essential for many forms of life. We use water for drinking, bathing, and playing, among other things. Lots of other creatures use water for playing, such as whales which breach out of the water, as shown in the spectacular photo above by Steve Simon of a whale breaching in Frederick Sound in Alaska. Click the photo above to see a larger version.

“Water” is the theme for the Photobird Photo Contest for August 2009. Enter the contest here. The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends August 31, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for August 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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Photobird Photo Contest Winners for July

August 3, 2009

“The Three Armadillos”
© Copyright Steve Creek

Thank you to everyone who entered the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009! The theme for July was “Three” and a lot of great photos were entered into the contest. We had a lot of photos of children and birds, some fireworks (of course, for July!), turtles, oranges, chairs, arches, celebrities, sailboats, and an Amish caravan going to town.

Congratulations to Steve Creek, winner of the Photobird Award with the photo “The Three Armadillos“, shown above. I wrote about the photo in early July and I mentioned how it’s rare to see a photo of one armadillo because they’re just not something people take photos of, and yet Steve has a great photo of three of them together, which is even more rare. Click the photo above to see a larger version.

Congratulations to Seshadri Moitra, winner of the People’s Choice Award with the photo “the happy moment“. The photo appears to show a small family of three cows, with the mother simultaneously feeding her calf and touching another cow with her mouth. Perhaps it’s a sign of affection, and she’s managing to keep everyone in the group happy.

Steve and Seshadri will each receive the following prizes:

Congratulations again to both winners!

“One” was the theme for May. “Two” was the theme for June. And “Three” was the theme for July. Instead of “Four” for August, let’s shift gears, hop in a boat, and head out on the water while summer is still here! “Water” is the theme for the Photobird Photo Contest for August 2009. The Photobird Photo Contest is free to enter, so be sure to get your entry in and have your family and friends vote on their favorite photos before month’s end.

For more information about the contest, please check out the details here.

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2 Weeks Left: Photo Contest for July

July 17, 2009

“Waiting for a breeze”
© Copyright Jeff Pontsler

Waiting for a breeze” is a beautiful photo that Jeff Pontsler entered into the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. I think what really makes this photo stand out is the quality of the sunlight shining directly against the boats on the side that Jeff Pontsler is shooting from (as opposed to the other side, the shady side). My guess was that the sun was low in the horizon — thus the great color sunlight — which meant either morning or afternoon sun, and then I noticed in the description of the photo that Jeff said it was in the morning.

The framing of the sailboats is also very good, with only the three sailboats in the photo and nothing else around them. The blue sky complements the very green water exceptionally well. The cotton-ball clouds low in the horizon in the background are also a nice touch. Horizons can sometimes be tricky to get level, but if you just tilt your head to the right a bit, it’s fixed. Also, the bottoms of the sails line up with the horizon, and the sails of each boat appear to touch the sails of the boat next to it, which helps keep the photo tidy. Very well done.

I accidentally approved this photo for the contest before I noticed that it was the second photo that Jeff Pontsler had entered into this month’s contest. The contest rules state that each contestant may only enter one photo each month; therefore, this photo won’t be able to win either award, but it’s a really nice photo so I wanted to point it out. Jeff Pontsler’s other photo in this contest, “Going to town…” is also very good.

There’s only two weeks remaining before the end of the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009, so be sure to enter your photo soon!

“Three” is the theme of the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009. Enter the contest here. The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends July 31, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for July 2009 will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their photos at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

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“Sunset surfer 7″ by David Cresine

July 16, 2009

“Sunset surfer 7″
© Copyright David Cresine

I was in the mood for a nice sunset photo today, so I picked David Cresine’s “Sunset surfer 7“, shown above. Gorgeous colors and I really like the texture of the water on the sand and its reflection of the sunset colors. The surfer is well positioned using the Rule of Thirds.

David Cresine’s photo “Sunset surfer 7” is one of the photos chosen for the Photobird Photo of the Hour. You can see more of David Cresine’s beautiful photos by visiting his Photobird photo album at photobird.com/davidroy.

Photobird.com is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on Photobird.com that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world. You can see the Photo of the Hour on the Photobird.com home page and on the Look at Pictures page.

It’s really easy to submit your favorite photos to be featured on the Photobird Photo of the Hour: Simply view the photo from your photo album and click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit and we always like to get new submissions.

In return for each photo we use on the Photo of the Hour or People Places and Things, you get more storage space for your photo album so you can store more photos. Details are here.

If you’d like to keep some of your photos private while you share your favorite photos with the world, you can read how easy it is to do that with Photobird photo albums in our Photobird Daily article entitled “Show Off Your Photos, and Keep Some Private“.

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How to Photograph Sharks

July 3, 2009

Photo © Copyright Cat Gennaro

If you are fascinated by sharks and would like to learn more about how to photograph them, underwater photographer Cat Gennaro says that even ordinary people can photograph sharks on shark-touring expeditions. Popphoto.com has an introductory article featuring Cat Gennaro and I’ve summarized the tips below.

1. Pick a location friendly for novices. Fortunately, two of the best places to photograph sharks are close to the U.S., according to Cat Gennaro. Cold-water species such as great whites can be found at Isla de Guadalupe, which is 210 miles from San Diego. (The article at Popphoto.com incorrectly identifies the location as Guadeloupe, which is in the Caribbean.) Warm-water species such as tiger sharks and lemon sharks can be found at Tiger Beach off of Grand Bahama Island.

2. Book your trip with a professional touring company. Cat Gennaro recommends San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions at www.sdsharkdiving.com for Guadalupe and The Dream Team at www.sharkexpedition.com of West Palm Beach, Florida for excursions to Tiger Beach.

3. No flash needed near the surface. Down to 10 feet under water, there is usually enough light so a flash isn’t needed. You’ll definitely need a flash below 20 feet.

4. Use a wide-angle lens. Cat Gennaro usually shoots with a 24mm lens, autofocus, and 200 to 400 ISO. She also recommends putting your camera a bit outside the cage so that you don’t see the bars in the photo.

5. Keep both eyes open. Cat Gennaro says that if you decide to dive without a cage, don’t turn your back to the sharks. “Tiger sharks are pretty docile, but great whites are ambush predators. Put your back up against the wall or go with a safety diver” she advises. Sounds like it’s a good idea to also keep your eyes open in back of your head!

I haven’t yet photographed underwater — let alone with sharks — but I would highly recommend that if you photograph great white sharks that you choose to go inside the cage and go with a safety diver and put your back up against the wall. You don’t want an opportunity to shoot photos from inside the shark!

Good luck!

For more underwater photography tips, read the Photobird Daily article “Underwater Photography Tips“.

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“Merced River, Yosemite Valley 2”

June 11, 2009

“Merced River, Yosemite Valley 2”
© Copyright David Cresine

David Cresine has a lot of beautiful photos of Yosemite in his “Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras” album here on Photobird.com. I especially like the photo shown above entitled “Merced River, Yosemite Valley 2“. This photo was chosen for the Photobird Photo of the Hour. Click the photo to see a larger version.

I like this photo for a number of reasons. It’s clear with good sharpness and color saturation. The clouds in the blue sky complement the earthbound objects nicely. There are a lot of things in the photo that one associates with Yosemite Valley: mountains, a waterfall, tall trees, a meadow, and a river.

Photobird.com is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on Photobird.com that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world.

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In return for each photo we use on the Photo of the Hour or People Places and Things, you get more storage space for your photo album so you can store more photos. Details are here.

If you’d like to keep some of your photos private while you share your favorite photos with the world, you can read how easy it is to do that with Photobird photo albums in our Photobird Daily article entitled “Show Off Your Photos, and Keep Some Private“.

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Underwater Photography Tips

June 10, 2009
Photo © Copyright Derrick Story

Photo © Copyright Derrick Story

Amazing! With less than $500 worth of consumer photography gear — a Canon PowerShot SD700 and the Canon WP-DC5 waterproof case — Derrick Story captured these wonderful underwater photographs while snorkeling in Curacao, an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea.

Derrick shares his underwater photography shooting tips here. He advises photographers to:

  • Avoid using the camera’s flash, relying instead on the natural diffused light coming through the water at depths of 10 feet or less.
  • Shoot with a camera that has image stabilization since everything, including the photographer, is always moving under water.
  • Increase the ISO to 400 for a lightning fast shutter speed.
  • Use the “underwater scene mode” on your camera, if it has one, to improve the white balance.

Derrick’s work is a real inspiration to amateur photographers everywhere and we can’t wait to put some of his tips to practice the next time we’re snorkeling.

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Help, I Wet My Camera!

May 13, 2009

Photo © Copyright Trustedreviews.com

Whether you’re photographing in the rain, in the snow, at the beach, in the kitchen, or in the bathroom, your camera may get wet. Cliff Smith at Trustedreviews.com has a great article that explains how to keep your camera safe and functional in wet weather.

The third and final page of the article seemed most helpful where Cliff Smith discusses what to do in the event that your camera accidentally gets wet.

First, Cliff Smith advises, don’t panic. If any electronic gadget, including a digital camera, does get wet, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s broken. In fact, you might be able to save the camera if you act sensibly and fast. Cliff Smith advises the following course of action:

  1. Do not turn on the camera until it’s completely dry again.
  2. Remove the batteries immediately, without turning off the camera so the lens doesn’t retract.
  3. Carefully dry any water from the outside of the camera with an absorbent towel.
  4. Do not use a paper towel or tissue on the glass part of the lens since that could scratch it.
  5. Carefully clean any water from the lens and other glass parts with a proper lens cloth or soft lint-free cloth.
  6. Place the camera somewhere warm and dry for at least 24 hours (but don’t overheat it).
  7. You can speed up the drying process by placing the camera in a small box with some moisture absorbing silica gel packs or a handful of rice grains.
  8. Once the camera is completely dry, put in a dry battery and try turning it off and then on again.
  9. If the camera doesn’t start up normally right away, turn it off immediately and seek further advice from your camera dealer or the camera’s manufacturer.

The same tips apply to the memory card inside the camera. According to Cliff Smith, memory cards are so rugged, they can survive a trip in the washing machine; though, we’re hesitant to try this at home. Because of the cards’ durability, you should almost always be able to retrieve your photos, even if the camera ends up requiring further repair.

If your camera is beyond repair, some camera manufacturers offer special discounts if you trade in your damaged camera. The Canon Loyalty Program is one such program which we’ve written about in the Photobird Daily.

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“Me and the Dog”, by Vicki Tinnon

April 30, 2009

“Me and the Dog” © Copyright Vicki Tinnon

I like the orange-yellow tint and the serenity of this photo shown above entitled “Me and the Dog” by Vicki Tinnon. The sunset’s color and the reflection of the sky in the water adds a beautiful, ethereal quality to the photo. I also like that “the Dog” is at attention, as if something to the right of the frame has alerted it. That look adds an active quality to the photo, in which we’re wondering what has piqued its interest. Click the photo above to see a larger version.

Vicki Tinnon recently added this photo to her Nebraska Life photo album. Vicki Tinnon won the Photobird Award for the Photobird Photo Contest for May 2008 with her photo “Moving In“. You can see more of Vicki Tinnon’s inspiring photos in her Photobird photo album at photobird.com/vickitinnon.

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“Limantour Beach 5”, by Ed Krimen

April 16, 2009

“Limantour Beach 5”
© Copyright Ed Krimen

I like this beach sunset photo shown above that I took at Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California for a digital camera review of the 5-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD450 tiny digital camera. The sunset is not a vibrant, dramatic sunset like David Cresine’s “Sunset Surfer 7“, nor is it as colorful as “A Winter Sunset” by Vicki Tinnon. And it’s not out of this world like “sunset at 38000 feet” by Mack Robison.

I like that my “Limantour Beach 5” photo evokes a rather serene mood, with subdued colors and the lone person with the baby simply watching the sun descend into the horizon and the glorious color that it creates. Without the person standing there, I think the photo would have little to no impact. I did the same thing between shutter snaps when I was there: Simply watched the sunset. Sunsets can be definitely mesmerizing.

Photobird.com is the easy way to share your photos. You capture and share so many great photos on Photobird.com that we created the Photo of the Hour feature to give you the opportunity to share your very best with the rest of the world.

It’s really easy to submit your favorite photos to be featured on the Photobird Photo of the Hour: Simply view the photo from your photo album and click the “Submit for Photo of the Hour” checkbox. There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit and we always like to get new submissions.

In return for each photo we use on the Photo of the Hour or People Places and Things, you get more storage space for your photo album so you can store more photos. Details are here.

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