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Digital Nature Photography by John Barbara Gerlach

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The Magic of Light

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Mt. Whitney is the highest point in California at 14,494 feet. A shaft of sunshine broke through the dense overcast this morning providing dramatic light for this mountain icon.

The path to shooting excellent nature photographs is easier to follow if you truly understand how crucial light is to making extraordinary images. If you photograph a hawk, wildflower, or landscape, you are not capturing the subject with your digital sensor. No matter how hard you examine the sensor, you won’t find the subject hidden in it somewhere. Yet, you can produce an image of it so something had to be captured. Photographers capture the light ...

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