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Backpacker Magazine – June 2011

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National Parks: View Finder

Go ahead, look again. And again. These images are worth a third, fourth, and then a tenth gaze.

We pored over submissions from the best photographers on the trail—shooters who hike for miles with heavy gear to nab unexpected shots—to choose these grab-your-pack-now national park pictures. Here’s how to learn from their techniques, trek to their favorite spots, and bring home your own wall-worthy memories.

Hawaii Volcanoes
Bryan Lowry spent 13 years shooting here before capturing this rare image of lava (erupting from the park’s Pu’u O’o vent) and snow (on 13,679-foot Mauna Kea). After so many attempts, he says, “I knew the trail so well I could navigate it in zero visibility.” Lowry hiked up at night on February 18, 2005, waited for dawn, and was finally rewarded with a brief three-minute window. “My 16th shot was the one I had dreamed of so long before,” he says. Lowry shot at 1/500th of a second to freeze the spattering lava. Then clouds obscured the peak and the volcanic activity ended.

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Hike it: After eruptions in early March this year, park officials closed this area to hikers. Go to "Best of the Rest: Hawaii Volcanoes" for an alternate multiday route.
>> Nikon D70; f/8, 1/500


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READERS COMMENTS

Daniel Kraeger
Aug 09, 2011

wow those are awesome pictures, amazing, great job to all the photographers.

Eddy
Aug 06, 2011

It is 'pored'. Look it up in the dictionary. Great shot!

Anonymous
Aug 06, 2011

It is spelled "poured" not "pored".

Victor
Aug 05, 2011

Like the perspective...what makes a good photograph i feel is composition and the angle of the shot which makes it interesting...this photo has the essential without photoshopping for effects..

Victor
Aug 05, 2011

Personally i like to see nature untouched as it really is as natural as possible...the beauty lies in the experience of seen it for the first time...the impressions on your senses...the spiritual perhaps message that it carries from your soul...inspiration,etc

Victor
Aug 05, 2011

Very beautiful...i was there in the 70's...brings lots of memories...great place to visit

Victor Artigas aka Amigo
Aug 05, 2011

Easy as pie

Anonymous
Jul 28, 2011

I had the exact thought when I saw this picture! I had read the article in Outdoor Photographer a couple of weeks ago. When I saw this picture, and then read the tag line, I was a bit suprised at the "its no Photoshop trick" part.

mjfaucet
Jul 26, 2011

Not only did Kevin McNeal clone out the boardwalk, you will also notice that he changed the underwater detail on the left side of the image as well as made the water itself more blue.

Lori
Jul 20, 2011

Is the photo of Abyss Pool real? Yes and No. See this article in the August 2011 issue of Outdoor Photographer about how the boardwalk around the pool was cloned out so viewers could imagine they're the only ones present.

http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/how-to/photoshop-and-other-software/advanced-cloning.html

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