Thu 01-Aug-13 03:32 AM | edited Sun 11-Aug-13 03:40 AM by dm1dave
This month’s challenge is “travel icons.”
Last month we were looking for shots in our own back yards. This time around we want to see iconic travel subjects i.e. The pyramids at Giza, Taj Mahal, Grand Canyon, etc.
Let’s see if our Nikonians members can produce some unique visions of some of these often overly photographed locations.
Archive shots are permissible.
The top images will be selected by the winner of the previous months challenge and will be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image will be added to the Monthly Challenge Winner’s Gallery for the Travel Forum. (the gallery will be set up as soon as we have our first winner.) The monthly winners will also choose the finalists and the theme for the following month.
I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!
RULES: -- Post up to 5 images but only one image per post -- Include shooting info so we can learn from each other -- Previously posted images are welcome but not previous contest winners. -- When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post. -- Include a title in the subject line -- Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens -- Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback -- WARNING Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice.
Thu 01-Aug-13 01:45 PM | edited Tue 06-Aug-13 01:29 AM by dm1dave
Here is an example of a creative take on an overly photographed location. This is Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Illinois. I am not sure that it would be considered an iconic location but I think it is close enough for this thread.
Although there exist thousands of photographs of this unique place, the challenge was to figure out a way to have nobody on the photo in spite of hundreds of visitors around the monument and also to find a meaningful point of view. I made that photo by laying down to the ground so the hill would hide people as much as possible, and I was lucky to go there during a rainy day (my only chance to go was that day), so there were certainly less people. Amongst the photos I made, this one with the Slaughter Stone in the foreground, tight framing in portrait mode to see the smallest number of visitors and waiting for the best moment (i.e. most visitors hiding behind the stones), it was possible to make this photo. It was easy to remove the very few people left with the dust remover tool in NX2.
D800 Nikon 24-120 VRII at 44mm f/16 1/1000 sec EV -0.3 ISO 1600 PP in NX2 using CEP filters (mainly gradual ND)
This one was taken in Santorini. Usually, we see them alone with the Mediteranean Sea in the background. These are the images that sell the Greek Islands to tourist magazines. This one shows a series of such churches which are close to each other.
D200 Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 at 70mm f/2.8 1/3200 sec 250 ISO
Sun 04-Aug-13 06:54 PM | edited Sun 04-Aug-13 06:54 PM by GiantTristan
Took this picture of the Eiffel Tower about eight years ago. Eiffel was one of the best engineers of his time and his works can be seen all over the world. I have seen a steel bridge in Portugal and a steel house(!) in Peru.
Sat 17-Aug-13 02:48 PM | edited Sun 18-Aug-13 09:33 AM by Britbear
A view of the Taj Mahal at dusk from the “Moonlight Garden” (Mehtab Bagh). The garden was built along the Yamuna River, opposite the Taj. It’s said that Emperor Shah Jahan choose the site as an ideal location to view his beloved Taj in the moonlight.
D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/100sec, f/3.2, ISO 6400 Post processed in PSCS 6, Nik Silver Efex Pro
We were first in line at 5:00AM so when the gates to the Taj Mahal opened at 7:00AM, we sprinted through security and straight to the reflecting pool to capture that iconic image minus the crowds. I was delighted, though, to see two dogs come trotting into my frame and pause for a quick drink of water! This has to be the finest water bowl in the world!
D700, Nikon 24-70mm lens at 38mm, 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800
Okay, maybe not an iconic travel destination, but it's an icon nonetheless (albeit not the real one). This version of Alice's is nestled in the hills west of the bay area on Skyline Drive. Great drive if you get a chance and terrific food & beer.