Midsommarblomster

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Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) flying over sunlit waterThe flower Wood Cranesbill or Woodland Geranium (Geranium sylvaticum) is called Midsommarblomster in Sweden because it blossoms around Midsummer here. In this photography the petals are glowing in the low sun of a summer night in northern Sweden.
Ulrich Kunst and Bettina Scheidulin
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In Hot Pursuit

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“In Hot Pursuit” was a fun but challenging shot to make. I had observed the interesting behavior before, but had not been set up for it. The physical aspect demanded that I move about, tracking the two subjects as they performed their mating dance. To get at their level I had to quickly move about and go to one knee using monopod for support. Filling the frame required that I constantly adjust my distance to subject, which is just inside my minimum focusing range. No easy task. I also had to use flash, so shooting was in single shot mode, rather than the 10 frames per second available. I remember the whole episode lasting about three minutes, as the two moved from flower to flower. At the end, the female shot straight up high into the sky, with the male spiraling around her. You had to be there 🙂
This image has been published in a two page lead in spread for National Wildlife Magazine, and winner in two major contests this year alone. Also won Editor’s Pick Award at Nature Photographers Network for 2009.
I used a Canon 1D Mark III body, with a 300mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4x extender and 580EX flash to make this image.
Howard Cheek
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Change your perspective and lighting and it can change your image drastically

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The challenge that resulted in this image was “Geometry”. I love geometry in photography so I was excited to go out and find something. It was an overcast day when I came across an old television set with the most fantastic patterns on the bottom. I took a few shots, quite pleased with my results. On processing the image (image 2) I felt as though the image was lacking something and so I decided to take another go at the same subject but on a sunnier day.
The next day the sun was out a bit brighter so I dragged the television out from the shadow of the building and into the direct light. I changed my angle of approach and shot away. These changes resulted in what you see in image 1. There was a completely different feel. The shadows added interest to the image and in fact I think enhanced the geometric element of the image.
With that said, I encourage everyone to go out and experiment with your subjects. Change the lighting, change the angle, and you might be surprised with the difference in image you will get.
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Anya Brewley Schultheiss
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Geometric finds in in everyday life

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Shapes and patterns jump out at me from everywhere and anywhere. I love geometry. This image is of the side of a taxi bus that happened to be parked in from of me as I waited for my kids to come down from school. I loved the simplicity of it all. I paid special attention to the lines and the composition of the image.

Anya Brewley Schultheiss
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Rusted cross

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Sometimes the closer you get to something the more interesting it becomes. Textures come out. Colors pop more and simple small details become more important.
I loved the colors and the shapes of this old rusty screw that I found on an old white fence. Everyday I passed the fence and a few times I even photographed it but I wasn’t happy with the images that I captured. It is only until I photographed it as a macro that I was able to capture the essence of what was drawing me to it.
Anya Brewley Schultheiss
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