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Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area

The Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is one of several remote badlands in northwestern New Mexico. Throughout the area known as the San Juan Basin, the same geological features that contain beds of coal and gas coveted by industry have also been carved by the ages into fanciful badlands, populated by strange “hoodoos” of rock. The nearby Bisti Wilderness is the most well-known and easily accessible of these badlands and provides a good introduction to the area...
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Last Frame: The Pounce

“In the golden light of a late afternoon, I spent over an hour observing fox kits wrestle and chase each other around a field on San Juan Island,” says Steve Santel. “I was extremely blessed to vicariously share the joy of their energetic and exuberant play. The young vixen, pictured towards the right of the frame, was often the catalyst. She daringly harassed and pursued her larger male siblings. The time spent with these kits was the highlight of the trip. It also proved to be one of the most memorable wildlife experiences I’ve had to date.”..
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Revealing The Invisible

I fell in love with photography in 1974—or, more to the point, I became infatuated with working in the darkroom. My images were not anywhere near special, but I spent hours in a cloud of toxic fumes and vapors, watching the alchemy of images emerge from blank pieces of paper. I felt like a magician. Anyone who has worked in a darkroom knows that feeling well. But I abandoned my darkroom in the mid 1980s for color transparency film, the choice for a working magazine professional at that time. Now, like most of us, I use digital cameras and work in the “grayroom” (yes, my studio walls are painted 18 percent gray). I still feel as if I’m creating magic, only now it’s on a computer screen. “A little bit of saturation here, some burning and dodging there, a bit more contrast overall.”..
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Behind The Shot: Morning Mist

Life can quickly become oversaturated with soul-sucking hardships until it reaches the point where the direction you’re going is unpredictable. Suddenly, as if by some unknown force and the minuscule flame of hope within you, you’re led to the exact place where you need to be. For me, that place was in the Hudson Valley region—the sanctuary that is Seven Lakes Drive...
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Five Keys To Better Images

A plethora of articles, photo tips, blogs and more have been composed offering readers the keys to better images. I’m one who writes about that topic weekly as I enjoy sharing what I know, hoping it does assist those who read my Tip of the Week. I’ve been a teacher all my life and will continue to instruct until I take my final breath. It’s who I am. So what separates this week’s tip from any other I’ve written or from any other blog or magazine article? What makes this one so different or special? Hopefully, you’ll be able to key into a definitive answer as you unlock the words and study the accompanying images. The control key is in your hands and the benefit of flagging this week’s tip is you can use the return key to revisit the concepts when you desire...
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