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THE BEST OF "DAILY PHOTOS"

If you have a computer, you may be fortunate enough to get the “Daily Photos” from BING. I am amazed at the quality of photos they give you each day, and I admit, I have clicked on some of their photos to see see where in the world these amazing places are. The photography from these places is also just amazing. I wanted to take this blog, at this time to share some of these photos that Bing shares with the world each day. They are worth sharing, and I hope I can give you a certain “WOW” to your day as well. Here is PHOTOS OF THE WEEK, FOR 2/20/2020:

Flocking together in the Antarctic © David Tipling Photo Library/Alamy
These birds are a few days late for Valentine”s Day, but they look like they”re in the mood for love. Wandering albatrosses (also known as snowy albatrosses, white-winged albatrosses, or goonies) live mostly on the open ocean but come on land for mating season. A salt gland located above their nasal passages allows them to desalinate and survive drinking only salt water as they feed on small marine animals. They can float on the sea surface and glide for hours.


Whales in winter © Espen Bergersen/Minden Pictures
Wintertime brings large numbers of humpback whales to the icy waters off the Norwegian coast, where they feed on herring and krill—and delight whale watchers with powerful leaps, tail-slaps, and glimpses into their underwater world. Male humpbacks are famous for their haunting songs, which can last up to 20 minutes and be heard over great distances underwater. Scientists aren”t sure why exactly the males sing these ballads, but some theorize it”s related to courtship. That sounds romantic enough, but ladies take note—the humpback isn”t one to settle down. It”s a migratory animal that swims up to 16,000 miles a year, traveling from southern breeding grounds to Arctic waters like these.


Two rocks and a heart spot © joningall/Getty Images
If you really want to earn someone”s affections, fly them to Corsica, rent a car, and take a drive on the only road that cuts through the red volcanic rocks of Calanques de Piana. Some call the naturally occurring rock formation in today”s Valentine”s Day photo “the two lovers,” while others call it “the heart of Corsica.” (Spot the heart?) Like most affairs of the heart, the path to this geological valentine is circuitous—it”s a winding road, sometimes too narrow to share with oncoming vehicles (the occasional pullovers help). Our vantage point may be a good spot for you to pull over, especially if it”s sunset, to see the rocks aglow as the sun creeps west toward the horizon.


Midwinter freeze © Joshua Meador/Tandem Stills + Motion
Abiqua Falls in Oregon is a beautiful example of a basalt column amphitheater. Over 90 percent of all volcanic rock is basalt, but only a small fraction of it forms into the hexagonal columns that you see here. When molten lava hits the atmosphere, rapid cooling causes it to contract into these characteristic columns. It”s just part of what makes Abiqua Falls so spectacular.


Wake up, it s Darwin Day © Pete Oxford/Minden Pictures
On Charles Darwin”s birthday, we celebrate Darwin Day—and, of course, there”s no better place to do that than the Galápagos Islands. Darwin is best known for his theory of evolution by natural selection, which he published in his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species.” During his travels to the Galápagos Islands years earlier, Darwin observed creatures that were similar from island to island but had slightly different adaptations to better survive in their specific environments. This became a key component of his research. The islands are home to thousands of unique species, including this Pinzon Island tortoise, which we see hatching from an egg at the Charles Darwin Research Station.


Celebrating women in science © Bryce Groark/AP Photo/Netflix
For the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we”re visiting the Great Barrier Reef with oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. This photo is from the 2014 documentary film “Mission Blue,” which follows Earle, a legendary marine biologist, environmentalist, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. The film focuses on Earle”s campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries. Sometimes called Her Deepness, Earle has made immense contributions to science over her career. From leading groundbreaking research in deep ocean science to becoming the first female chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earle is recognized as one of the world”s preeminent oceanographers.


Hollywood s big night © Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
It”s Oscars night in Tinseltown, and we”re offering you a moment”s escape from the paparazzi to gaze over the glittering megalopolis of Los Angeles—and to get an unfamiliar view of a familiar landmark. The Hollywood Sign originally read “Hollywoodland” when it was erected in 1923 and festooned with light bulbs to advertise a real estate development. But within a few years, as the silent-film era gave way to “talkies,” the sign evolved into a popular tourist attraction. Falling into disrepair in ensuing decades—at the peak of its decay, the sign was missing its third “O” altogether—the original was demolished and a sturdier version built in 1978.


Frozen fun in the Canadian cold © RENAULT Philippe/age fotostock
Not far downriver from Montreal, where the banks of the St. Lawrence River widen as it approaches the Atlantic, lies Quebec”s picturesque and often chilly capital. Quebec City, one of the continent”s oldest European settlements, is often called the most European city outside Europe. It”s the only North American city outside Mexico whose fortified walls still stand, and its winding streets showcase a French-tinged exemplar of old Romantic architecture (typified by the steep-roofed Château Frontenac in the photo”s foreground).


A hint of spring © Péter Hegedűs/Getty Images
Native to Western Europe, and especially popular in Great Britain, snowdrops are the bulb you”ll want to plant if the cold, drab landscape of winter gets you down. These small bulbs bloom very early—sometimes as soon as January—and are commonly associated with the promise of spring. But plant enough of them, or come across a naturally occurring patch, and it can look like a light dusting of winter snow has coated the ground. Need a little hope to get you through this last stretch of winter? Look no further than the lovely snowdrop.


Frozen beauty © robertharding/Alamy
Located on the North Saskatchewan River, Abraham Lake is an artificial lake and Alberta”s largest reservoir. Even though it”s man-made, it takes on the blue color of other glacial lakes in the Rocky Mountains. In winter, the lake draws nature photographers interested not just in the wildlife and spectacular landscape, but also the lake”s odd appearance when it freezes over. Bacteria on the lake bottom feed on dead organic matter and release the methane bubbles you see here. When the surface water freezes, the bubbles get trapped, creating a photographer”s dream. They may be beautiful, but these frozen bubbles can be dangerous because they”re highly flammable. If you happen to be lighting a match nearby, you”ll want to watch out or the released methane could explode. The bubbles aren”t so friendly to the environment, either; methane in the atmosphere is a major part of global greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change.


Rock of ages © Jeremy Woodhouse/Getty Images
We”re here at Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, in Sri Lanka, for the South Asian nation”s Independence Day, celebrated annually on February 4. Sigiriya towers 600 feet off the ground, jutting dramatically out of the heart of this island country and serving as a formidable monument to the past. The king of Sri Lanka himself, King Kashyapa, who ruled from 473 to 495 CE, once made this the site of his new capital. He ordered that his palace be constructed atop the rock and about halfway up, he had a large gateway carved into the side of the outcropping in the shape of a lion (hence the name). His fortress was abandoned when he died, and the site later served as a monastery. These days it”s a tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage site.


The moai you know © blickwinkel/Alamy
Roam around tiny, remote Easter Island and you”ll find almost 900 of the stern stone faces called moai. They seem ancient as the pyramids, even a little alien, but they were actually sculpted between 500 and 800 years ago from compacted volcanic ash that”s as terrestrial as it comes. You”re seeing six of the 15 moai that stand on Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu (stone platform) on the island. These statues were toppled in the 18th or 19th century along with other moai island-wide for reasons not fully known to scholars, though earthquakes or possible tribal infighting are postulated. The statues were later buried by a tidal wave and lay in ruins until the 1990s, when they were excavated and placed back on the ahu.


Hut, hut, hike! © stefbennett/Shutterstock
Meerkats, also called suricates, are highly social animals that enjoy playing together and grooming each other. Members of the mongoose family, they live in mobs (yes, that”s what a group of meerkats is called) of 20 to 50 individuals that work together and share underground burrows to stay cool in the African heat.


Dance of the egret © Brian Lasenby/Getty Images
They say, “Dance like nobody”s watching,” but here in Florida, this reddish egret could very likely have an audience of birders. The species has a reputation for bold, energetic feeding behavior that can resemble a frenetic dance. As it stalks its prey in shallow water, the reddish egret is prone to prance, stagger, and leap, while strategically positioning its wings to block the glare of the sun and boldly stab at fish. It”s one of many species that make Florida a year-round delight for birdwatchers.


The Pearl of Siberia © Amazing Aerial Agency/Offset
Russia”s Lake Baikal is a record-holding wonder: It”s the world”s oldest (25 million years), deepest (over 5,000 feet in some parts), and largest freshwater lake (more than 20 percent of the Earth”s fresh surface water by volume). Baikal lies in the deepest continental rift on Earth, and because the rift is geologically active, the tectonic plates continue to move farther apart.


US Coast Guard: Protecting us for 105 years © Tom Schwabel/Tandem Stills + Motion
In recognition of the modern US Coast Guard, formed on this day in 1915, we”re featuring the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, one of many lighthouses managed by the USCG. How did Cape Disappointment get its name? A British fur trader in 1788 mistook the mouth of the Columbia River for a bay and was disappointed because his ship couldn”t pass due to the river”s shallow bar. Many ships would eventually sink in these dangerous waters, but this lighthouse has warned off countless others since it was lit in 1856, making it the first lighthouse in the Pacific Northwest. Most of the lighthouses in the US have been built and maintained by the US Coast Guard and its predecessors.


It s Republic Day in India © Michele Falzone/plainpicture
For India”s 70th Republic Day, we”re featuring an uncommon view of the Taj Mahal in Agra. It”s on this day that India celebrates its official beginning as an independent democratic republic after having endured nearly a century of British rule. Republic Day events include presentations of the Padma Awards (national service honors), a Republic Day parade in New Delhi, and other ceremonies.


Sunlight sets Iceland s Eyjafjallajökull aglow © Erlend Haarberg/Minden Pictures
This is the sun-soaked ice cap of Iceland”s Eyjafjallajökull. Remember the name? It”s that unpronounceable volcano that made you miss your connecting flight back in 2010. That eruption and the vast ash cloud it belched over the North Atlantic was the biggest disruption to air traffic since World War II. And this relatively small but volatile island may yet waylay the world again: Eyjafjallajökull is a lightweight among the 32 active volcanic systems dotting the Land of Fire and Ice—its much larger neighbor Katla has been closely monitored since the 2010 incident.


Across the great plains of Africa © Raffi Maghdessian/Cavan Images
This time of year, from late January to early March, babies arrive on the Serengeti. At the height of the wildebeest calving season, thousands of calves are born every day. Moments after birth, these youngsters can walk, and in just a few days, they”ll be able to run fast enough to keep up with the herd. That”s a good thing. Calving season isn”t just a draw for safari tourists wanting a front row seat at the start of the circle of life, but also for predators like lions, cheetahs, and hyenas on the hunt for easy prey.


A horse of many colors © Design Pics/Danita Delimont
Whitehorse, Yukon”s only city and the largest in northern Canada, will have just seven hours of daylight today, but nature has a way of compensating for this injustice. The area enjoys frequent and spectacular light shows, thanks to the aurora borealis. The mechanics of northern lights are still not fully understood, but scientists agree that solar winds—big pulses of energy from our sun—pass through the Earth”s magnetic fields, especially at the polar regions, resulting in shimmering colors.


Observing a squirrelly day © Images from BarbAnna/Getty Images
January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Really. It was established by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from North Carolina, to draw attention to the importance of these remarkably widespread creatures. Native to five continents and currently living on six (there”s no Antarctic squirrel), there are about 285 species of squirrels in the world, ranging from the tiny African pygmy squirrel to the Bhutan giant flying squirrel (when in Bhutan, be ready to duck).


Sands of time © Grant Kaye/Cavan Images
At a quick glance, you might mistake these dunes for massive snowdrifts. Although they do make for great sledding, the tiny crystals that form the dunes at White Sands National Park are not snow or ice but gypsum, a soft mineral often used to make plaster and chalk. The dune field became a national monument on this day in 1933 with a proclamation by President Herbert Hoover, which set aside nearly 150,000 acres for preservation. Recently, on December 20, 2019, President Trump signed legislation making it the 62nd designated national park in the National Park System.


In the valley of the doll © Marco Capellari/Getty Images
Today we”re featuring a picture-postcard view of Val Gardena, a valley nestled in the Dolomites in the South Tyrol region of Italy. This time of year, the remote area may be a bit busier than usual as skiers are drawn to its famous slopes. In summer, it”s known for other outdoor activities, such as rock climbing and hiking. Since the 17th century, the villagers have been famed for their wood carving. Artisans create everything from simple, utilitarian items, like bowls, to finely detailed figurines. One of the woodcarvers” biggest hits? A wooden peg doll that was popular across Europe and the US during the 19th century.


Going head-to-head with winter © Oliver Smart/Alamy
Muskoxen are built to chill. These animals can endure, even thrive, in some of the harshest conditions on Earth—the Arctic winter. Their long, wiry outer coat covers a soft and thick inner layer, called qiviut, that keeps them toasty even as temperatures plummet. When winter ends, the muskoxen shed this undercoat, which is collected and spun into yarn that”s warmer than sheep”s wool and softer than cashmere—pricier, too.


Who s wearing such cute hats? © Malcolm Fairman/Alamy
The stone figures lining the steps in today”s photo are among 500 rakan statues on the small island of Miyajima in Japan. The colorful knitted caps they”re wearing are offerings from people visiting the island, a tradition followed in other areas of Japan as well. Some believe this gift-giving is based on a children”s folk story of an elderly hatmaker who was unable to make it to market on a snowy day, so he placed his collection of hats on rakan statues to keep their bare heads dry. Later, the statues showed their appreciation by delivering gifts to the hatmaker and his wife so they could celebrate the new year properly. The statues in this photo were individually carved sometime between the 1780s to the 1820s, and no two are alike. They line the path at the base of Mount Misen that leads to the Daisho-in Temple, one of the many temples and shrines on the island.


Into the woods © Mia2you/Shutterstock
On this day in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared 554 acres in Marin County, California, a national monument. William and Elizabeth Kent, who donated the land, insisted the monument be named after naturalist John Muir, the environmentalist known as the “father of the national parks.” Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods is best known for its old-growth coastal redwood forests, which make up more than half its land. The redwoods in the monument are 600-800 years old, on average, with the oldest being at least 1,200. The tallest tree is about 258 feet, though redwoods grow as high as 379 feet farther north. Redwoods are an important part of the forest ecosystem. They absorb and “strip” moisture from fog, which then drips into the ground, supporting the trees as well as other forest life.


Have fun storming the castle  © Andrius Aleksandravicius/Alamy
Our headline quote comes from “The Princess Bride” film, of course, but our homepage castle is found in Lithuania, the largest of the three Baltic states (the others are Latvia and Estonia). Construction on this fortress was begun in the 14th century by the Grand Duke of Lithuania and completed years later by his son. It served as a strategic and bustling center of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, a European state that lasted until 1795. Like much architecture from so long ago, the castle was damaged and fell into disrepair, only to be reconstructed and reopened as a museum. These days it”s known as one of the most charming medieval castles in Europe.


Digging the birds © Cagan Hakki Sekercioglu/Getty Images
Burrowing parrots, sometimes called burrowing parakeets, are native to the arid Monte Desert of western Argentina. The birds use their beaks and talons to hollow out nesting spaces in soft limestone cliffs found in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The parrots sometimes end up captured and sold as pets for the wild bird trade. While that”s not illegal—burrowing parrots aren”t endangered—the capture and sale of these birds and others is part of the focus of National Bird Day in the United States, which is observed on January 5. National Bird Day was created to educate the public about the value of wild birds remaining wild. While keeping a parrot as a pet may seem like fun, the organizers of National Bird Day claim the parrot is going to be healthier and happier in its natural habitat.


Celebrating whales—and a whale of a tale © Flip Nicklin/Minden Pictures
A mother sperm whale surfaces in the North Atlantic as her young albino calf swims beside her. It”s an especially photogenic moment for these underwater powerhouses, which spend much of their time in the dim depths over 1,000 feet below the waves. You”re meeting them to commemorate the day in 1841 when a young Herman Melville set out from New Bedford, Massachusetts, on a whaling voyage to the South Pacific that would help inspire his masterwork “Moby-Dick.” Today at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Melville fans will begin a marathon public reading of the novel—an annual event that lasts a leviathan 25 hours.


Winterpret on ice © Lourens Smak/Alamy
These skaters in the village of Kinderdijk are embracing “winterpret,” a Dutch word that means “winter joy” or “winter fun.” Whenever temps drop low enough, many locals take to the ice and skate away on a complex network of canals. These waterways were built centuries ago—along with pumps, dikes, and the windmills pictured here—to protect the village of Kinderdijk by diverting water from the land. It”s an important job, since Kinderdijk, like much of the Netherlands, lies below sea level and flooding is a major problem. Nowadays a modern water management system with multiple pumping stations does the work, and the windmills are left with a new job–to maintain an iconic Dutch scene. In 1997, the Kinderdijk windmills were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.


A special thanks to Bing Photos for the daily delivery to my computer of these images. They are amazing. And I have loved having these on my computer. As they come to my home computer each day, I often will click on the photo to see the information about where, and what they are. Thanks again, and I hope you enjoyed these too.
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What Makes Some Photographs Better Than Others?

Art is so subjective that there is no correct answer to this question. But there are some things that can help you analyze a photograph. I find it interesting that the majority of people can tell the difference between an average and a great photo and choose the ‘better’ one, but they struggle to articulate why. Here are some of those harder-to-explain things that might draw them toward the ‘better’ picture. I’m sure there’s many more things I’ve missed—we never stop learning:

Photo by H. Raab; ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/90-second exposure.

Lines

Lines are the strongest design element in a picture. Without lines, you can’t have shapes, patterns, or textures—they are everywhere! The strongest of these lead your eye through the different elements in photographs.

Photo by darwin Bell; ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/125-second exposure.

Shape, Pattern, and Contrast

The shapes of your subject and background elements and how they interact will tell your story. Our brains are programmed to look for these things. One of your main challenges as a photographer is to demonstrate a 3D world in a 2D format, and good photographers understand how light (and shadow) interact with these subjects to make a scene come alive.

Photo by Brandon Oh; ISO 200, f/9.5, 1/115-second exposure.

Color

Color has a huge emotional effect on a photograph. We often use colors to describe our mood. Colors can work together in harmony or they can clash, and this can be used in your story. Or, you can use a black-and-white photograph to force people to concentrate on the other aspects of it.

Photo by Thomas Hawk; ISO 800, f/11.0, 1/1600-second exposure.

Beautiful Subjects

Even if you have no idea about photography, there are some things or people that will almost always look great. Once you do have an idea, you can make them look spectacular.

Photo by James Marvin Phelps; ISO 100, f/18.0, 1/30-second exposure.

The Moment

You hear about “the moment” a lot in the photography world, but what does it mean? It’s hard to explain. For me, this means that you captured a small piece of time, which tells a story that you don’t need to explain with words.

Photo by Sam Leighton; ISO 200, f/2.0, 1/80-second exposure.

A great moment can tell a story that spans a much longer period of time than it took for the shutter to fire. Sometimes, the moment is so good that you will have a great photograph even if your technique wasn’t perfect.

All the great pictures ever taken don’t necessarily include all of these, but I’m fairly sure they each include at least one. More importantly, if you can start to think about these things before and during your photo shoots, I guarantee that you will begin taking better photographs, simply because you are no longer snapping and hoping. You may even start to enjoy seeing more, even when you don’t have a camera!

But photography isn’t only about being able to see what’s in front of you; you have to be able to record what you see using some technology that is more advanced than what it took to take Neil Armstrong and his buddies to the moon. This can be quite daunting for some people and is the reason you see so many people with really good cameras keeping their dial on the green auto mode and never moving past that. Don’t be that person.

Do you think there are other things that make photographs great? Have you ever taken a great photograph?

This article was written by: Edward B Johnson and was originally published by Picture/ Correct.

About the Author:
Edward B Johson is from PhotographBear. “He lives in a cupboard full of photography equipment and when the big humans aren’t looking, he borrows a camera and goes on adventures.”

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WHAT'S IN A "PHOTOGRAPHERS" CAMERA BAG?

What kind of equipment is in a photographers bag? Well, there are different types of photographers, and each type of photographer carries different types of equipment in their bag. A landscape photographer carries a variety of different equipment than, say, a wildlife photographer, right? So, this article, will be based upon, can I say, a photographer who takes photos of a variety of different subjects. Who would that be? Because I am the publisher, the owner, the editor of this blog, and I try to bring so much different ideas to this blog, I tend to try it all, I think. When I am out taking photos of landscapes, I also am prepared to take photos of wildlife as well. So, I am going to just tell you what is in my camera bag. I think I have quite a variety of things in my bag, and I have a couple of things I still want to get to complete my arsenal of equipment.

Can you learn from this? I hope so. When thinking of the equipment you would need to become a photographer, maybe you would realize what it would take to become a photographer. Or, maybe you will realize that you could use a certain piece of equipment to get what you want. I intend to explain my reasoning for every piece of equipment that I own, and then you can decide if you want to get that for yourself or not. This is my style of photography. Remember, I have been instructing photography myself for many years, and have certain things that I think you need to make photography complete, as far as equipment. So, here we go. I hope you will find this blog post entertaining as well as informative.

First of all, I am currently not shooting a big professional camera. I am shooting a Canon T6 Rebel. An entry level camera that has mostly the controls I need and want on a DSLR. Is it my dream camera? No. But, in the near future, I will probably upgrade to a camera body that, unfortunately costs in the thousands. That is the one I really want. But, for now, this is doing the job really nicely for me. I have learned how to make this work for me. It has automatic exposure, manual exposure, aperture priority automatic, and shutter priority automatic. It has continuous shutter speed control, as well as single shot drive. I can shoot up to 6400ISO. It has B setting for my slowest shutter setting. I can do bracketing exposure control. It has built-in flash (which I rarely use, and I generally hate built-in flash). And I can get all the lenses I want.


My go to lens is the one that came in the kit: Canon EFS 18-55mm lens with image stabilizer. This is a great lens with wide angle, normal lens (approximately at 28mm) and a small range of telephoto. Good for general all around the house shooting.


My secondary lens is a Canon 75-300mm F4.5-300mm lens. This is an amazing lens that is a powerful zoom telephoto lens. This is a lens that I have to be so careful with because of it’s magnification. At 300mm, I just don’t think it’s a good idea to shoot without a tripod. It makes it really hard to handhold because it is so strong, it magnifies your slightest movement as well. If, and that is IF, I try to shoot this without a tripod, I always use a high shutter speed to try to stop my camera movement. Notice, this lens does NOT have image stabilizer. A lens this size that has image stabilization cost well over a thousand dollars. This is a very inexpensive lens again. But, I have been able to get some amazing wildlife photos with this lens.
Photo taken with 75-300mm lens

Another photo taken with 75-300mm lens


My tripod, I carefully selected for several reasons: 1- It had the round twist-to-tighten legs. That meant to me that even as it started wearing during age, all I had to do, is tighten it more, and it would still hold tight on the leg. That is not something you can generally say with the “flip to lock” style leg. 2- It came with the ball head. It made it easy to pan moving subjects. Expensive tripod brag about having the availability of purchasing a “ball head” for the versatility of movement. This tripod came with it. 3- One of the legs screws off and can act as a monopod. Thus, I not only bought a tripod, but a monopod as well. 4- It has a removable plate on the head that I can just leave on my camera body. And when I want to attach it to my tripod, it is just a quick snap, and it’s on. 5- It will raise to my height, and it is still sturdy. 6- I can mount my camera on the center pole upside down for macro work. 7- Each leg can move independently so that if I am on the side of the mountain, one leg can go way out, almost horizontally, while another leg can be in a normal position. As you can see, this tripod was incredibly versatile, sturdy, does everything, and cost about 1/3 that of the European brands. Love it.


One of the most important items I own: The circular polarizer filter. I have done several blogs on the value of this filter. I generally will NOT shoot a landscape photo without this on my lens.
This is what effect the polarizing filter will do. There is little tiny particles of dust floating out there in the atmosphere. And they are all reflecting light and causing the sky and other things to diffuse the colors. A polarizing filter will cut the reflections off the dust in the atmosphere and give you bluer skies, richer colors on the green trees, and just a prettier picture. Trust me on this. You must have a polarizing filter on your lens when taking a landscape photo.
Here is one of my favorite photos taken with a polarizing filter. Notice how blue the sky is, and the colors in the fall leaves.


If you take a lot of photos, and sometimes if I am on an actual photo expedition, I just have this in my bag just in case. I have a second battery for my camera, and it is charging in my car while I am out taking photos with my other battery. One is getting ready, just in case. It’s a must to just be ready.

So, you have a memory card in your camera. Do you know when it will be full? Neither do I. So, I always keep a spare. They take up very little space. And, by the way, if I take a lot of pictures, there are some photos I take, I don’t want to keep. Every once in a while, I go through my images and delete the ones I don’t want to keep, ever. So, I always make room for the good ones. Some photographers keep their bad ones, just to learn from. My bad ones are mostly just duplicates or some real mistakes in exposures, or practice shots. Some practice shots I might keep for future learning.

I have a collection of about 20 Cokin, Promaster, Filtek, etc, brand filters that are all the same size that I have collected over the years that all fit into a Cokin Square filter holder. They are all for different special effects in photography. The most common, shown here, are for graduated neutral density filters… that will darken the top half of the image while keeping the bottom half of the image normally exposed. These are used mostly for waterfall exposures where I need to make the sky darker while the bottom of the photo will be normally exposed as you see in the photo above. I have soft focus filters for portraits, fog filters, spot filters, star filters, and diffusion filters. I am a big fan of using filters, and when I have the time, I will use them on camera, rather than do them later in post production.

Yes, I carry a waterproof camera in my case. This camera is amazing. I have taken some great photos with this camera. A 16Megapixel Waterproof camera, that allows me to go out and take pictures in the rain, snow, and when I just don’t want to take my DSLR. I trust the photos this camera takes, and it gets me in a position that I would rather have this one, than my other other one.

This photo taken by the Pentax WG-II camera on a rainy day. You can actually see a rain drop in the upper right corner of the photo. It was a pretty rainy day, but, I didn’t worry about my camera being damaged.


I have a real love for close-up photography. On my wish list is a macro lens, for that is the best way to do it. I had one once upon a time, but for now, I am settling for this Close-up lens set. This is a series of 4 different Lenses I screw on the front of my standard zoom lens. Each one has a different magnification. And I can combine them to get the perfect magnification, although I would prefer not to do that for fear of losing clarity. But, If I wanted to get a close-up of just a bee on a flower, I would use the 10X filter. That should do a great job. This set of 4 lenses came in a case, so I can keep them clean and grab them quickly when I want to use them.
My wish List to still go in my camera bag:

As mentioned above, I have one more lens I would love to have in my bag still. And that would be a Canon or Tamron Macro Lens. That would allow me to get the close-up shots done, the right way, with the clarity that I want:

There are 3 models of macro lenses in the Canon lineup. This 100mm macro would be my choice, because it is in the range of telephoto. That would mean if I wanted to get a macro shot of a bee or some kind of bug, I would not have to be right up on top of it to get the photo I want. It could be back a foot or two to get the photo that the same 28mm lens would do at 4 inches away. Plus, it could also be used for some great portrait work as well.


As far as lenses, most photographers don’t acquire a lot of lenses. They find the few that fits their needs, and call that good. Perhaps there may be one more that I would really love, and that is because I have recently learned to love taking photos at night, or in low light. It would be great to have a lens that would also take great photos in low light. I would have to also realize that this type of lens would cost a lot of money. A fast lens with a wide aperture like that has a lot of glass. I am thinking F1.4, or even better 1.2 lens. Here is an example:

Canon 50mm 1.4 lens Sells at Amazon for $349.00
Canon 50mm 1.2 lens sells on Amazon for $1299.00
Canon 85mm F1.2mm Sells on Amazon for $1799.00

That is the type of lenses I would like to have to shoot in low light photography. But, I guess I need to sell some photographs before I can get one of those ! Watch for a sale coming soon !!

I hope this has helped you understand what type of equipment it takes to make a photographer successful. And what type of money it takes to get the equipment you need to make it all work. So, good luck and take a lot of photos.

This article written by Lanny Cottrell for 123PhotoGo. Lanny Cottrell is the owner and Publisher / Editor of 123PhotoGo, and has been in business for years educating and helping photographers learn photography. He is also an accomplished photographer winning many photography awards. He has also been a judge at several County fairs to judge entries for the photographers. He still actively takes many photos and constantly is learning new techniques in photography and post-production. Feel free to make comments at the bottom of this blog.