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06.19.2013

Spring along the New River

A mid-morning blue sky, peppered with cumulus clouds, accentuates the New River Gorge Bridge and the hillsides below. New River Gorge, West Virginia, USA. Sigma SD1 Merrill. Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens. f/5.6, 1/200 sec. ISO 100. Sigma 77mm polarizer filter. Gitzo G2228 tripod with Gitzo ball head. Processed in Sigma Photo Pro 5.5. Two TIFFs, 1 stop apart, processed in Photomatix. The resulting image optimized in Adobe Photoshop CS5, NIK plug-ins applied. Photo © 2013 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

In spring, as life slowly fills the dormant West Virginia landscape, color bursts forth everywhere. It seems that wherever you point your camera, you get good images. While leading photography field sessions at the New River Birding and Nature Festival this May, I was stirred by the hues sweeping across the mountains in West Virginia. Each day, festival leaders take participants to a variety of locations, and, while much of the week focuses on bird watching and photography, many trips include beautiful landscapes.

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04.24.2013

Aurora Ice Museum by David FitzSimmons

Two knights joust in this ice sculpture by world champion ice carvers Steve and Heather Brice. These life-size figures are featured in the Aurora Ice Museum at Chena Hot Springs Resort, Chena Hot Springs, Alaska. Seven exposures processed in Sigma Photo Pro and then combined into on HDR image in Photomatix Pro. Sigma SD1 camera, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens (10mm), Gitzo GT2541EX tripod and ball head. Shutter speed: 1/15s to 4s | Aperture:  f/11 | ISO 100. © 2013 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

Recently I traveled to Chena Hot Springs, a beautiful, well-appointed, and environmentally responsible resort located about 50 miles east of Fairbanks, Alaska. While you would expect to find ice sculptures mid-winter in the 49th state, at Chena Hot Springs Resort’s Aurora Ice Museum you can find exquisite frozen artwork year-round.

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12.17.2012

Point Reyes Photo Workshop by David FitzSimmons

Q: What do you get when you combine sun, sand, waves, and wildlife with eager nature photographers? A: A great […]

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09.27.2012
08.15.2012

Finding and Photographing CURIOUS CRITTERS by David FitzSimmons

You never know where your next picture is going to come from. Whether it’s travel photography, weddings, portraiture, or whatever, […]

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07.10.2012

Top Five Nature Photography Subjects by David FitzSimmons

I’ve been reflecting on some of the most popular photography subjects across my career—images used most frequently in books, magazines, […]

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06.07.2012

Mississippi River: Patterns of Industry by David FitzSimmons

Barge and freighter along the Mississippi River near New Orleans, Louisiana. Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens and Sigma Circular Polarizer Filter mounted on a Nikon D2X. 200 mm, f/5; 1/500 sec; ISO 200; hand-held; OS on. Processed in Adobe Raw Converter and Photoshop CS5; NIK Viveza 2 and Sharpener Pro 3.0 plug-ins applied. Photo copyright David FitzSimmons 2012. All rights reserved.

The first lens many people think of for landscape photography are wide angles. While I utilize wide and super-wide glass […]

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05.09.2012

Sunrise/Sunset App for Android by David FitzSimmons

Have you ever seen a beautiful sunrise or sunset building but can’t figure out where to go to photograph it? […]

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04.19.2012

Spring Mushrooms! by David FitzSimmons

Each year I anxiously await spring mushrooms. When early rains have saturated the ground and warm sunshine brings out new […]

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01.26.2012

LENS EXPLORATIONS: 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

17-50mmHSM

The 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM is a superb traveler’s lens. Much of my professional work involves shooting scenics for books, magazines, calendars, and postcards. The 17-50mm focal length, approximately equivalent to a 28-80mm in 35mm terms, is a perfect optic for landscapes.

For this review, I packed my new 45 megapixel SD1 and the 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM and headed off to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and south Florida. I can say with complete confidence that every time I pulled the 17-50mm lens out of my bag, I knew I was going to get a sharp image.

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