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April 2012 was perhaps one of the best months for the #SOTM  contest on the +NSOP forums. We had awesome nominations from +Bobby Tingle, +Ben Jacobsen, +Jeff Swanson, +Sujatha Mizar, and +Bryan Bzdula. The eventual winner (after a very close poll) was +Jeff Swanson with his nighttime image from #Yosemite  National Park. There's so much detail in Jeff's shot that it really is worth looking at this shot as big as you can. The clouds, the mist, the waterfall, and the mountains combine to make this an absolutely kick-ass composition. Congrats, Jeff!

Check out the April 2012 SOTM thread here for the rest of the nominated shots: http://newschoolofphotography.com/general-discussion/36663-sotm-april-2012-a.html
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I like the spam at the end of the thread.  Wonder if I'll ever get a NOMination. I guess I need to show more photos to have that happen. :lol:
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There's a brand new #SOTM poll up and running on the +NSOP forums right now. Tons of great shots in the running this month. Check out the poll here: http://newschoolofphotography.com/general-discussion/36663-sotm-april-2012-a.html
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Excellent post from +Shawn Thompson on elitism in photography with regards to different formats for capturing images. Too often this overtakes otherwise reasonable discussions about gear.
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So, I wrote a quick little blog post today in reference to Film Elitists and their constant whining about Instagram and digital photography in general.

http://shawnthompsonphotography.com/2012/uncategorized/film-elitists-chill-out/


It’s funny how EVERY style of film distorts reality.
Some films add high contrast, some over-saturate, some create subdued colors and some even remove all color, GASP!!.
Every image lies to some degree whether it was shot with an 8×10 field camera or a Digital SLR or even an Iphone with a processing app (OMG, not a camera phone!!!!).
Yet, elitist film shooters feel their medium is best, it’s pure, but I have news, it’s not. Not even close. It may be YOUR preferred medium, but it isn’t the best and it isn’t pure.
You still process it to some degree, whether it’s in the darkroom or by scanning the negative and tweaking it in Photoshop, GimP, or whatever program you choose.
So, get off your high horses and relax a bit when your cousin’s father’s mother’s daughter takes a photo with their camera phone and processes it with an app.

The moral to this is that you should use the medium that suits you best. Maybe that’s film, maybe it’s digital or maybe it’s your phone. Hell, maybe it’s all three and a bread truck that was custom made to shoot Massive wet plates, like Ian Ruhter Photography is doing. (http://www.ianruhter.com/)
Whatever you choose, try not to be so snobby about it and open up your eyes to what is happening around you.
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This is a killer seascape by +Bryan Bzdula. Check ou this osprey shots from the same day, as well.
 
Yesterday was a good for me, photographically. I shot bluebirds, then a pair of osprey, and topped it off with a pretty wicked sunset. I almost didn't shoot sunset too. It was crazy windy along the coast and I was afraid I'd dump my rig over. I just made sure I always had one hand on the tripod and everything worked out.
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Love the orange color in this sky and the burst in the top of the lighthouse, +Ben Jacobsen!
 
Point Judith this morning. No clouds really, so had to get my good shots in before the sun cracked the horizon. There was a spectacular full moon set going on behind this I'll post in a bit. Made for a fun and hectic morning running from one side of this hill to the other to shoot both! With the +NSOP group.
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This post by +Jeff Swanson has an awesome image and a not so awesome story. Everyone, even artists and photographers deserve to be paid fairly for their work. Especially when someone else is going to make a huge profit from it's use.
 
Here's a new blog post about urinal cakes and zeppelins, also the erosion of the market for quality photography.
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Killer shot, +Bryan Bzdula!
 
Sunrise from this weekend with +NSOP at Gooseberry Island. My Lee filters worked out very well, with no discernible color cast added.
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Congrats, +Jeff Swanson!

-DH
 
Sahhhweet! I'm honored with the shot of the day over at EarthShots.org.

Booya!
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No way to not share this absolutely kickass photo by +Jeff Swanson from #yosemite national park the other night. So many cool things going on in this photo.
 
Left the Bay Area at 1:15 AM with +Lukas Wenger and +Josh Sweeney to bomb over to Yosemite in hopes we'd catch some drama for sunrise after an early April storm rolled through.

Here's a quick edit from the ever-popular Valley View from well before sunrise. I love that my camera has given me the ability to shoot early and include a bunch of stars.
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That is brilliant! What's the shutter speed?
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Last March, Scott Hotaling (http://www.lightofthewild.com) and I met up in Grand Teton National Park. Although bad weather forced us to cancel most of our plans for the weekend, we still managed to get out to Moulton Barn for sunrise.

Thousands of people photograph the iconic barn in the summer, but in the winter road closures prevent easy access to the homestead. Scott and I left our cars about a mile and a half over frozen tundra in the pre-dawn cold to access the barn. Our effort was rewarded by a magnificent sunrise that splashed alpenglow over the high peaks of the Teton Range and lit up the low clouds skirting around the base of the mountains. #plusphotoextract #critiquepls #btlcritique #grandteton #sunrise #alpenglow #moultonbarn
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+NSOP member Dave Simms shot this photo of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range of New Hampshire back in January and just published it. Absolutely a killer shot, Dave!

Check out more of Dave's work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30437612@N06/
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