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Photo Release: “Snowdrift” by Dan Piech

Photo Release: “Snowdrift” by Dan Piech

Every spring, the "Snowdrift" species of Crabapple tree puts on a magical show, blooming with a canopy of brilliant white petals. Shortly thereafter, the namesake of the tree becomes readily apparent as flurries of the radiant blossoms gracefully float to the ground surrounding the tree. A perfect specimen of one of these Snowdrift trees can be found anchoring the Crabapple Collection in the New York Botanical Garden. My goal was to photograph this particular tree at the peak of its splendor...

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Photo Release: “Newborn” by Dan Piech

Photo Release: “Newborn” by Dan Piech

Few people ever notice the unblemished perfection found in a newborn leaf. Every spring, if the conditions are just right, a new crop of leaves bursts forth and, for a few fleeting days, remains untainted by the elements. It has been a goal of mine to capture this delicate purity for many years. However, each year, the possibility of finding this state of affairs in the natural world is incredibly slim...

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Photo Release: “Brooklyn Radiance” by Dan Piech

Photo Release: “Brooklyn Radiance” by Dan Piech

Brooklyn, living in the ever-present shadow of Manhattan, rarely gets the attention it would be showered with were it placed anywhere else in the US. Many photographers, artists, tourists, and New Yorkers flock to Brooklyn only to turn around and face the more-imposing Manhattan skyline across the East River. So, for quite some time, I've wanted to flip this standard behavior on its head and capture a VAST photo of the vibrant Brooklyn skyline from Manhattan...

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Photo Release: “Machapuchare (6997m) from Namchung Ri: B&W” by Doug Kofsky

Photo Release: “Machapuchare (6997m) from Namchung Ri: B&W” by Doug Kofsky

The word Machapuchare translates from Nepali Bhasa as “Fishtail”, as the mountain resembles the tail of a fish poking into the sky when looked at from the jungles below. I became fascinated with Machapuchare’s unique shape and dedicated three weeks to hiking around it in order to find new places to view it from...

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Photo Release: “San Francisco Blue Hour” by Justin Katz

Photo Release: “San Francisco Blue Hour” by Justin Katz

The “blue hour” is that brief but magical moment of twilight, either early in the dawn, or late in the dusk, when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. My goal was to create a VAST photo capturing San Francisco at that special moment - but first I had to find the perfect location...

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Photo Release: “Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe in Winter” by Justin Katz

Photo Release: “Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe in Winter” by Justin Katz

The road that bends around Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe is a truly spectacular drive. The two-lane road hugs the hills above the shoreline of the teardrop-shaped bay at the southwest part of the lake. Because this road is situated on such a steep slope, it is closed for the majority of the winter, due to the risk of avalanches cascading down the mountainside at any moment. It is for this reason that the only way to get to this spot during the most beautiful time of year is by way of a snowshoe trek...

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Photo Release: “The Unexpected Lightshow” by Scott Dimond

Photo Release: “The Unexpected Lightshow” by Scott Dimond

If you want to photograph dramatic aurora borealis (northern lights) you have to go far north. Or so I thought. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada which is about 140 miles north of the border with the US state of Montana. Some might consider it northerly, but at a latitude of 51 degrees, it is still a very long way from the Arctic Circle (66 degrees). I have specifically travelled the long distances to parts of northern Canada on many occasions to photograph auroras, but on this particular evening, I was headed to the south of Calgary without the thought of auroras on my mind...

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Photo Release: “Smoky Sunrise” by Scott Dimond

Photo Release: “Smoky Sunrise” by Scott Dimond

On this day in July 2015, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, there were 118 active forest fires burning. They had already destroyed 400,000 hectares. An average year sees about 30,000 hectares destroyed, so this was not a typical year for forest fires. Many of the towns in the north had been evacuated, but in the south and central parts of the province the problem was smoke. There were many health advisories as thick smoke drifted south across the prairies and into the northern states of the USA...

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Photo Release: “The Green Curtains II” by Scott Dimond

Photo Release: “The Green Curtains II” by Scott Dimond

Located about 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Yellowknife is the only city in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Although it is not the northernmost city in the world, it boasts being the best place in the world to view the aurora borealis due to its latitude and the high number of clear night skies each winter...

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Photo Release: “The Green Curtains I” by Scott Dimond

Photo Release: “The Green Curtains I” by Scott Dimond

Located about 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Yellowknife is the only city in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Although it is not the northernmost city in the world, it boasts being the best place in the world to view the aurora borealis due to its latitude and the high number of clear night skies each winter...

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Photo Release: “The Pathway” by Scott Dimond

Photo Release: “The Pathway” by Scott Dimond

The most rewarding photographic expeditions usually include multiple days, little sleep, and no luxuries. These types of challenging trips are a common occurrence for me – the lure of capturing that perfect moment is simply too great to let comfort get in the way. To be at rural locations until 11pm capturing the fleeting light of sunset and then also be there catching the first light of sunrise at 4:30am requires me to sleep in my vehicle by the side of the road. Such was the case with this photograph...

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Photo Release: “The Lund Homestead II” by Scott Dimond

Photo Release: “The Lund Homestead II” by Scott Dimond

Starting in the early 1900s, the T. Eaton Company and the Canadian Aladdin Company sold kit homes (sometimes called “catalogue homes”) across Western Canada. Kit homes were attractive for their fixed price and the fact that all building materials to construct the home came in one shipment. In many cases, the homes came pre-cut and required little skill to assemble. As a result, like in the US, many of the old homesteads that remain across the Canadian prairies are identical to each other, all ordered from a limited selection in the same catalogs...

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