Archive for Visual Wilderness

Reminder: Enter the Visual Wilderness Canadian Landscape Contest

Posted in Good News, Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by Darwin

Hi all, this is a reminder that if you have any photos of Canada to enter the contest over at Visual Wilderness by the end of April, 2011 for a chance at some great prizes! Below are the rules:

  • All contest entries must be posted no later than 11:59 PM EST April 30, 2011. One entry per person
  • All photographs should meet the theme: The Canadian Landscape. Photographs must have been taken within the country of Canada. You do not need to be a Canadian citizen to enter the contest but the photo must have been taken on Canadian soil.
  • The photographer should include a brief explanation of technique, the location and any relevant comments.
  • The winning photograph will be featured on the Visual Wilderness blog along with a few words from its maker. Three or four runners-up will also receive mention on the Visual Wilderness blog. Copyright belongs to the photographer but, by entering, the photographer consents to their image being posted on the VW blog if selected as one of the winning images.
  • The winner will receive the following prizes: Publication of the winning image in Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. The winner will be published as a full page feature. A one-year subscription to Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. Free enrollment in Samantha Chrysanthou’s Learning to “Speak” the Language of Visual Expression – a six week on-line photography course beginning September 1, 2011

Also be sure to enter Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine’s Spring Photo Contest as well – deadline May 31, 2011. You could win a new camera, lens and photo bag! Good luck.

©Darwin Wiggett - Digby Gut from Point Prim, Nova Scotia

Interview with the Visual Wilderness Team

Posted in Articles about Photography, eBooks, Humor, Marketing, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by Darwin

Check out this interview with the Visual Wilderness team. Want to learn what makes us tick, and how we got together and what we do? Of course, some secrets are revealed (like my special fitness program) ;-)

The Visual Wilderness Team

Visual Wilderness – The American Landscape Photo Contest Winners

Posted in Art of Photography, eBooks, Good News, Inspirations, Monthly Photo Contest with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2011 by Darwin

Check out the winners of this month’s photo contest over at Visual Wilderness on the theme of the American Landscape. I love the winning image!

Stay tuned for the next Visual Wilderness contest to begin April 1st (no fooling!) on the Canadian Landscape. There will be great prizes as always. And once you’re over at Visual Wilderness check out the new eBook by Jay and Varina: The Workflow Series: Mountains.

For my Alberta friends, stay warm, the deep freeze should end soon!

©Darwin Wiggett

Photo Contest Reminder

Posted in Good News, Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2011 by Darwin

Don’t forget to enter the Visual Wilderness Photo Contest themed American Landscape for a chance to win a four-part webinar by Jay and Varina Patel called Nature Photography and iHDR Workflow which includes sessions on Nature Photography: Equipment and Research, RAW Processing, Layers and Masks in Photoshop, and iHDR Workflow. Show us your best landscape photo from the good ole USA. Good luck, deadline is Feb. 28, 2011 at midnight Eastern standard time.

 

©Darwin Wiggett - Deadhorse Point, Utah

Your Best of 2010 Photo Contest Winner Announced!

Posted in Good News, Inspirations, Monthly Photo Contest, TCBlog with tags , , , , on January 1, 2011 by Darwin

Well the judging is completed over at Visual Wilderness and the winner of the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Trio filter is…

go here to find out!

Stay tuned for the next photo contest to be announced Feb. 1, 2011!

©Samantha Chrysanthou

Inspirations – Kevin McElheran

Posted in Art of Photography, Articles about Photography, eBooks, Inspirations, Instruction, Monthly Photo Contest, Techniques with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2010 by Darwin

Check out this awesome photo by Kevin McElheran of the recent eclipse. Kevin has been doing some amazing night photography and light-painting.  Go check out his night photography and light-painting gallery and see why I absolutely love his unique style and vision–you’ll be blown away! This is one guy to watch–he is taking night photography to the next level. Kevin always does really well in the photo contests hosted here and over at Visual Wilderness (hurry, deadline to enter is Dec 31 at midnight eastern time). If you want to learn the basics of light-painting go here. Below the photo is Kevin’s description of how he made the photo.

©Kevin McElheran

 

The Painful Stuff: It was stupid cold and I didn’t have gloves with me(!!) which equaled frozen fingers @ 15 seconds holding the remote cable. My eyes watered up, then my eye lashes froze into little icicles, which fogged up my glasses leaving me unable to see and fingers too far gone to wipe my glasses clean. After getting this shot, it was all I could do to grab the tripod and run blindly for the car which had the heater running…(my next problem).

Entering that nice hot climate of the interior of my car sent pain so terrible into my fingers I would have preferred slaming them in the car door so I just sat there, all alone, crying and whinning trying to believe it was worth it!

The Other Technical Info: 5dMII, 24 – 70 2.8, ISO 3200, 15 seconds, remote cable, full lunar eclipse.

 

Your Best of 2010 Photo Contest

Posted in Good News, Instruction, Monthly Photo Contest, Photography Gear, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , on November 29, 2010 by Darwin

We are launching a new photo contest over at Visual Wilderness! The theme is Your Best of 2010 and, as a happy coincidence with the release of our eBook Essential Filters for Digital Nature Photography, the prize for this contest is Singh-Ray’s new Vari-N-Trio filter (see my review of the filter here). To see what this filter can do check out last week’s weekly photo. Entries will be accepted starting on Dec. 1, 2010. Final deadline is Dec. 31, 2010 at 11:59 EST. To enter go to Visual Wilderness and click on Enter The Contest. Thanks to the good folks over at Singh-Ray for donating a fantastic prize!

* Density can be varied from 4 to 8 f-stops just by rotating the indicator from Min to Max

* Polarization is controlled by rotating BOTH rings together, at any density setting

* Color enhancement is always working to subtly intensify the colors in your scene

* Allows you to use longer exposures to blur motion or flowing water, or other long-exposure effects

* Permits use of larger apertures in bright light for more shallow depth-of-field effects

* The built-in polarizer reduces glare from sky, water, wet surfaces, glass, and other reflective surfaces to improve color saturation and contrast

* Can function like an “iris” for digital video cameras to control exposure

* Available in 77mm only (Standard and Thin Ring mounts)

Sigma Canada’s Join and Win Contest

Posted in Good News, Monthly Photo Contest, Photography Gear, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , on October 18, 2010 by Darwin

Gentec International proudly announces its new Sigma Canada website showcasing the lenses, cameras, filters and accessories from Sigma, the world’s leading independent lens manufacturer. The new website will become a comprehensive resource for Sigma in Canada. The goal of the new website is to provide photographers with all the latest Sigma news and product information, plus a wealth of reference charts, photos, videos, and more. By joining the site, Sigma enthusiasts will receive product updates, promos and advance information as they are announced. In addition to joining the site, photographers can also upload their photos taken with Sigma lenses and cameras. The Sigma User Gallery is an ideal forum for photographers to share their best images with others in the Sigma Canada community, as well as with other photographers visiting the site.

To celebrate the launch of the new Sigma site, Gentec is offering a chance to win a fantastic photo prize package. Anyone who joins the Sigma website or posts photos to the Sigma User Gallery by December 15th, 2010 will be eligible to win (the winner will be randomly chosen and notified by January 15th, 2011 by Gentec International). The prize package, valued at $1000, includes a Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS lens, a Gary Fong Lightsphere® Collapsible flash diffuser, a Black Rapid RS-4 camera strap, and a Roots TRZ40 DSLR system backpack. Contest open only to Canadian residents.

Not Canadian?? Not to worry Gentec has given me a 20mm prime lens (in the lens mount of your choice) to give away to any winning photographer anywhere in the world (Martians need not apply!). Just head over to Visual Wilderness to enter. The contest theme is Visually Wild and we have some great entries already. Deadline Oct 31, 2010.

Visual Wilderness

Posted in Articles about Photography, Books about Photography, eBooks, Good News, Monthly Photo Contest, Photography Gear, TCBlog, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by Darwin

I am happy to announce that today I am a proud co-founder of a new website called Visual Wilderness. Along with photographers Jay Patel, Varina Patel and Samantha Chrysanthou we are happy to create a web environment for  learning about nature and outdoor photography. At Visual Wilderness you can learn by downloading our instructional eBooks, by participating in our seminars, workshops, and webinars, by reading our informative blog and also by interacting on our forum.

As part of our launch we are excited to offer an online photo contest with a great prize, a Sigma 20mm f1.8 EX DG ASP RF lens. The Sigma 20mm is a fast, wide-angle prime designed for full frame and APS-c size sensors. This lens is a unique Sigma offering with an aperture of F1.8 making it the fastest super wide angle lens available from any camera or lens manufacturer. For the scenic or landscape photographer it’s important to have a wide angle lens with excellent optical performance and Sigma’s aspherical lens technology provides high quality images for the serious shooter. Sigma’s 20mm lens has a field of view of 94.5º and yet provides for a close focusing lens-to-subject distance of only 2.6 inches. Such performance parameters provide great creative freedom to the photographer who wishes to exploit its capabilities for juxtaposing very near subjects with the surrounding background. This extreme wide angle view also makes this lens ideal for creating “stitched” panoramic scenes for dramatic effect. The architectural photographer will find this lens attractive for shooting building interiors and the photojournalists will find its fast speed a life saver in low light conditions.This Sigma lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, or Sony mounts.

We would like to thank Gentec International for supplying us with this great prize. For more information about Sigma lenses, visit www.SigmaCanada.ca. Deadline to enter the contest is October 31, 2010. For complete rules go here.

Finally, for readers of this blog I am offering a 20% discount code on the following two eBooks. We think these two offerings are critical for photographers to master and we have made aperture and shutter speed choice as easy as 1,2, 3! Check these eBooks out; you’ll finally understand how to pick the right aperture and shutter speed for creative photography. The discount code is niwrad (that’s Darwin backwards) and it is valid until 11:59 PM (EST) on September 30th, 2010. Just click on the eBook photos below to learn more. We want to help you become a better photographer and over the course of the next few months we will have lots of new goodies designed to make learning fun and effective. Give us a quick look, drop by and say hi and let us know what you would like to see from us.

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