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Alaska Basin Sunset

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15–85mm f/3.5–5.6
Exposure: 5 seconds
Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100

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The Alaska Basin is a beautiful sub-alpine meadow in the Teton Range in Wyoming, USA. Sitting at an altitude of around 9,600 feet, it’s an 8-mile hike with 2,500 feet of vertical gain from the nearest trailhead to even get here. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to take this photo — with stunning sunset light striking the peaks above the basin — as the night before we arrived, there was thick cloud, freezing temperatures, snow, hail and sleet all night long!

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Railing

Railing

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350)
Lens: Canon EF-S 17–85mm f/4–5.6
Exposure: 1/200
Aperture: f/14
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO Speed: 200

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This is the spectacular Seacliff Bridge in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, south of Sydney. The bridge replaced an old section of Lawrence Hargreaves Drive that used to hug the steep cliff face and was often closed by rock falls. Instead, this sweeping structure sits on the rock platforms away from the cliffs,  over the ocean. An amazing engineering feat, and an absolutely stunning sight.

I drove down from Sydney before dawn to just to photograph this bridge. I was hoping for some great early morning light, and couldn’t be happier with what I got. The sun rose over a clear ocean horizon, but with a layer of cloud above – meaning I had about twenty minutes of this glorious, hazy, yellow morning light bouncing off the clouds before the sun rose above the cloud layer and the day became grey and stormy. My timing was absolutely perfect and this is the result: one of my all-time favourite photos taken on one of those mornings where everything just seemed to work out perfectly.

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Folds

Painted Hills - Folds

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350)
Lens: Canon EF 70–300mm f/4-5.6
Exposure: 1/125
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 280mm
ISO Speed: 100

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Without a doubt, the Painted Hills in Central Oregon is one of my absolute favourite places to visit and explore photographically. I’ve been back multiple times: each time, the light and the way it interacts with the ancient folds of the hillside has been completely different.

This abstract shot — zooming right in with my 70-300mm lens to focus on the details, including animal tracks down the slope — is from my first visit in December 2008. In my opinion, this is the best time of year to visit, because the low, southern winter sun makes fantastic, deep, long shadows. As summer approaches, the sun moves further north and shines directly onto the face of the hills, rather than across them, making for smaller, less-form defining shadows.

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Polder

Polder

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350)
Lens: Canon EF-S 17–85mm f/4–5.6
Exposure: 1/160
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 44mm
ISO Speed: 100

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On a flight out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport back in 2009, I was in a window seat facing towards the sun – a challenge for good photography, but very rewarding when things go right. Soon after take off, the plane banked slightly, and I could snap this photo of the long, narrow fields below. Filtered afternoon light, long shadows and those beautiful silvery/gold irrigation canals full of water created a shimmery delight.

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Cascades

Cascades

Camera: iPhone 5
Lens: iPhone 5 Back Lens
Exposure: 1/120
Aperture: f/2.4
Focal Length: 4.1mm
ISO Speed: 64

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Here’s a great shot I took out of an airplane window on a shuttle flight from Seattle to Portland last year. That’s Mount St. Helens in the foreground, with Mount Adams lined up perfectly on the distant horizon. A dusting of snow and some beautiful pinkish evening light round off one of my favourite photos.

Taken with a humble iPhone, this is definitely a picture I like to use to show that you don’t always need the most expensive camera and fancy lenses to capture really memorable images!

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Palouse Falls Moon

Palouse Falls Moon

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure: 15 seconds
Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100

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This stunning waterfall lies within the beautiful Palouse region of southeastern Washington, some five hours by car from where I live in Portland, Oregon. Fortunately, the State Park that surrounds the falls has a small campground, which allowed me to stay overnight and really explore the area photographically. I could shoot well into the evening (long after most visitors had left), as well as very early the next morning. Remember, light is almost always far more interesting early or late – it’s softer and more filtered, and the low shadows make for more interesting shapes within the composition as well.

This shot was taken at around 8:30pm, and the sky was almost completely dark at that stage. A steady tripod (it was a little breezy that evening!) and a 15 second exposure teased just enough light out of the scene to make this lovely image, with an almost full moon rising behind the waterfall as it plunges 180 feet to the pool below.