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This video is great reminder why you should follow posted signs in National Parks

The 61G lava Ocean Entry event happening on Hawaii's Big Island has been in the news a lot lately. If you somehow haven't yet seen the dramatic footage of red-hot lava spewing from the side of a cliff, well, you're in for a treat. But as enticing as it might be to onlookers and photographers trying to get a better view, mother nature just provided a gentle reminder why you should stay a safe distance away.

See also: exhibit B. It may seem obvious that the edge of a cliff next to a lava 'firehose' as it's called is nowhere for a tripod, but not everyone seems to get that. A park official tells ABC News that she sees people crossing boundaries from designated viewing areas to unsafe zones every day. Geologists are monitoring the area daily for signs of trouble, but the most recent collapse occurred without warning.

Photo courtesy USGS. The image above shows the cliff pre-collapse.

Consider this your daily reminder to obey posted signs in natural areas and to get your shot from a designated viewing area – lava or no lava.


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All dressed up: the photography of Emily Dickey and Dustin LeFevre

All dressed up: the photography of Emily Dickey and Dustin LeFevre

Utah Badlands, Utah

Emily Dickey and Dustin LeFevre are landscape photographers who seek out remote locations. A couple of years ago, they started to complement their standard landscape images with something a little different – portraits of themselves in formalwear, adding a human element and a dramatic sense of scale to their work. And it's no coincidence that Dickey wears a wedding dress in some of their images: the couple got married last summer.

Putting images of this nature together is no easy task, and a great deal of work goes into each image presented here. Find out how they do it by clicking through the Q&A above.

To see more of their work check out Emily's Instagram, Dustin's Instagram and their website.

The ‘selfie’ has become all the rage in landscape photography as of late and you two have definitely taken that to a new level. What inspired you to work on such an ambitious project?

Vestrahorn, Iceland

We were planning a trip to Iceland and saw elopement photos that had been taken there and thought they were stunning. After seeing them, we decided that we wanted a good picture or two of us dressed up while we were visiting. Since we weren’t bringing a portrait photographer along with us, we thought we could try to do it ourselves.

We found a location, set up the camera and took a few shots. We managed to get a decent photo and now whenever we go on a photo trip, we tend to pack some formals so we can get unique portrait shots in some beautiful locations.

How much planning goes into shooting these types of portraits in such remote locations? What are some of the challenges that you face?

Factory Butte, Utah

We usually will have visited a location a few times before deciding that we want to bring our formals along with us. If it’s a new location, we will research whether it’s a sunrise or sunset location and try to show up early enough to find a good composition. Some locations require us to pack our clothing with us and hike in a few miles. We usually have to find a spot to change, to fix our hair after hiking, etc. Wearing a dress is a challenge in most of the places we shoot in. It can be tricky to walk around in and it can be cold and uncomfortable.

Posing is the most difficult challenge because there isn’t anyone there to direct us and sometimes (most of the time) we don’t nail it and have to try again. It can be frustrating running back and forth to the camera to see if we got a decent shot. It’s also difficult giving up the good light to portraits rather than landscape photography. Since our passion is landscape photography, we usually hurry through our portrait shots, grab our cameras and tripods and frantically run around in our formal wear trying to get a landscape shot as well.

What gear do you use to ‘get the shot’?

The Wave, Arizona

We use a Nikon D810 for most of our shots and a Gitzo GT1541 tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball head. We use a RFN-4s Wireless Remote Shutter Release when we can but the range can be a limiting factor.

If we are too far away from the camera, we have to set the in-camera intervalometer to take a photo every few seconds.

Do you work with natural light on location, or do you bring other pieces of equipment (such as reflectors and flashes) to get the results that you’re looking for?

Rock Tsunami, Utah

We are both big believers in natural light and all our selfies were done without additional lighting equipment. Shooting with a D810 allows us to use the incredible DR that the camera offers to emphasize the natural light present in the scene through post processing.

What’s your favorite portrait that you’ve taken so far? How did you go about getting that shot?

The Wave, Arizona

Our favorite portrait of us was taken at The Wave, Arizona. Conditions couldn’t have been better. The temperature was just right, the sky had dark, dramatic clouds all morning and there was a slight breeze. We hiked up to the top of a butte right above the famous Wave formation. Dustin told me to lean back as he held my arm and the wind caught my dress. The pose ended up looking like figurines on top of a wedding cake, so we like to call the photo 'Cake Toppers.'

It was very hard to try and look relaxed as I was leaning backwards over what would be a very steep fall. Another random visitor there was videoing us, just waiting to catch the moment.

What’s the toughest location that you’ve ever shot in?

Grand County, Utah. After a trying hike and challenging shoot the previous day, Dustin set up his camera and surprised Emily by asking her to marry him.

We decided to hike up on a butte in the desert and planned to spend the night there, so we had our backpacking gear and our formal clothing with us. We hiked up late in the afternoon on Memorial Day so it was quite hot and there was no shade. Even though it’s a fairly short hike, it was a very long hour to make it to the top. We finally made it to our location and a few minutes later, the wind started howling. There wasn’t a place for us to pitch our tent with the wind. Finally, the wind died down and we took some formals.

Do you have any big portrait locations planned for 2017?

Avenue of the Giants, CA

We haven’t planned anything specifically, but we are planning a trip to Oregon later this year and we will be bringing our formals along with us. The wedding dress is still in good condition, so I'm thinking we might have to find a fun way to destroy it.

Who or what inspires you to continue shooting?

White Pocket, Arizona

Instagram is a great community where we are constantly finding inspiration from fellow photographers. We have met so many good friends and talented photographers online, too.

Do you have any tips for aspiring landscape and/or portrait photographers?

Vestrahorn, Iceland

Inspiration can come from anywhere and strike at any time. Don't get hung up on what other photographers/artists have or have not done. Almost all of us have started out by trying to emulate photographers that we admire and there is nothing wrong with that. It's a great way to learn.

If you limit yourself to what has not already been done, you are allowing yourself to be influenced by others, almost as much as copying them. You will develop your own 'voice' over time, through practice. Lots of practice.


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Capture One Pro 10.0.2 update adds new camera and lens support

Phase One has released an update for its Capture One Pro software, taking it up to version 10.0.2. The update implements various bug fixes for both the Windows and macOS versions of the software, and adds new support for Fujifilm, Panasonic, Nikon, Olympus, and Canon cameras and Tamron, Panasonic and Sony lenses.

In addition to adding support for the new cameras and lenses, Capture One Pro 10.0.2 now fixes a pair of issues in Windows, one involving the Skin Tone white balance picker not working and another bug that affected the Lens Correction Shift feature.

For the macOS version, Phase One has fixed four issues: the same Lens Correction Shift problem found in the Windows application, as well as Open CL errors, an Error Code 19 issue during batch processing, and a bug affecting the Find and Replace Batch Rename feature.

Capture One Pro 10.0.2 now supports the following cameras and lenses:

10.0.2 Camera Support

  • Fujifilm X100F Support
  • Olympus E-PL6 Support
  • Fujifilm X-A3 Support
  • Panasonic LX9/LX10/LX15
  • Panasonic G8/G80/G81/G85
  • Canon M5 Support
  • Nikon 1 J5 Support

10.0.2 Lens Support

  • Sony DT 18–250mm F3.5–6.3
  • Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
  • Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH
  • Panasonic LUMIX G LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH
  • Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4 ASPH
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (EF Canon)

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Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can

DxO is running a promotion through February giving away free licenses for OpticsPro 9, its Raw processing software. You'll miss out on the latest camera/lens support and features offered by OpticsPro 11, but hey, it's free.

To get in on the offer you'll just need to provide DxO with an email address to which you'll be sent an activation code. Unfortunately, you won't be able to upgrade the license, so you'll have to buy the latest version outright if you want support for the most recent cameras and lenses. You can check DxO's list of supported cameras and lenses here.


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Despite recent stumbles, GoPro still plans to release HERO6 this year

GoPro's HERO5 models were delayed last year due to production issues.

Despite having a rough go of it over the last several months, GoPro is still committed to releasing a HERO6 action-cam later this year. The company experienced production delays with its HERO5 action-cam as well as a recall of its Karma drone, so some industry analysts were concerned that GoPro might be moving to a 2-year production cycle.

That's not the case, according to CEO Nick Woodman, speaking during the company's earnings call transcript:

"Yes, we can confirm there will be new cameras and other accessories released during the year and new camera namely being HERO6. But we're not going to share any information as to the timing or any other details around the release of those new products as you can imagine."

It should come as no surprise that the company is keeping its next-gen HERO under wraps but regardless, it's good news for action-cam lovers who want the latest and greatest.

Source: Seeking Alpha via Engadget


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