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(Daily Mail)   A sample of entries in the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014. And yeah, there are some seriously awesome pictures here   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 48
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2014-06-19 09:12:42 AM  
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A spot of undersea cruising in the Big Blue: Taken with a Nikon D3100, this view of sharks swimming off the coast of French Polynesia shows an interesting 50/50 split of sea and sky

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Divine makeover: Taken during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha, which festival takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam, the day after Mahashivarathiri (The great night of Shiva). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in Southern India.


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Don't leave any food out unless you don't mind some hungry house guests: The giraffes at Nairobi's Giraffe Manor are totally at home with humans. They will eat out of your hand, or even off your plate...


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Sunset in Longji: Taken at the end of afternoon in a wonderful place called Longji rice field terrace in Guangxi Province


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Are you here for the Winery Tour? A Western Grey Kangaroo caught lounging in the wineries of the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. 'This past Autumn has been a spectacular time for wildlife viewing and I got lucky to spot this guy while mountain biking in the hills,' says the photographer. 'It's such a funny stance it just begs the question... Have you been on the winery tour? I figured it would be perfect for an entry'


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Oceanic Flight: 'While on a trip to unhook live sharks from fishermen's longlines, we were lucky enough to run into a massive school of mobula rays. The rays were moving quite fast and it was hard enough keeping up with them from the surface, let alone dive down to take a closer look. This photo was taken freediving to a depth of about 60 ft.'

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Happy Camping: 'Camping beneath the beauty of the Aurora Borealis in Southern Iceland in the Fall of 2013. An odd sort of reflection with the tent and the sky happening.'

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Gentoo Walking On Water: 'A returning Gentoo on the shores of New Island, Falklands with a belly full of Krill for its young ones.'


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Liquid Emerald: 'I stood at the base of Niagara Falls in Ontario Canada with my camera, tripod and ND filter and 10 million gallons of water per minute. My camera was soaking when I was done and didn't think I had achieved the effect I wanted, but later found out it was worth taking an involuntary shower compliments of mother nature to get this photo.'


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A Love Mysterious: 'The sun sets as the majestic fog of the Pacific coast glides under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The long exposure of the fog reveals a silky texture as the low clouds rise and fall over San Francisco's trademark hills. All the while, tourists and locals alike make their drive along the mountainside, to try and capture the moment for themselves.'


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An Alien World: 'Hang Son Doong is located in central Vietnam and is the largest cave in the world. It was only explored for the first time in 2009 and is just now opening up to very limited tourism. This photo shows some members of our party beginning the climb up one of the two collapsed cave roof sections or "dolines" that are prominent features in Hang Son Doong.The vegetation that can be seen is still entirely inside the cave, with the real jungle floor some 150 metres further above.'
 
2014-06-19 10:26:44 AM  
img.fark.netRecommendations? *hic* Well, this is Australia: you can't go wrong with the shiraz, mate...*hic* On a side note, did you know a pouch is excellent for wine storage? It's true! *hic*
 
2014-06-19 10:47:06 AM  
Totally awesome photographs.  But I have to say that the one of the Golden Gate Bridge looks like a shop.  Based on the ridge line and the clouds around the bridge.
 
2014-06-19 10:48:33 AM  

BizarreMan: Totally awesome photographs.  But I have to say that the one of the Golden Gate Bridge looks like a shop.  Based on the ridge line and the clouds around the bridge.


Long exposures can do funny things with light.
 
2014-06-19 12:28:33 PM  
I liked the one with all the Rays.  That was very pleasing.
 
2014-06-19 12:30:13 PM  

Cold_Sassy: I liked the one with all the Rays.  That was very pleasing.


All the photos are awesome, but this one almost brought a tear to my eye.  Strangely comforting and encouraging to know that such a shot can even still be taken in our oceans.
 
2014-06-19 12:32:46 PM  

Paris1127: [img.fark.net image 850x569]Recommendations? *hic* Well, this is Australia: you can't go wrong with the shiraz, mate...*hic* On a side note, did you know a pouch is excellent for wine storage? It's true! *hic*


Actually, kangaroos are more famous for brewing beer; they supply their own hops.
 
2014-06-19 12:34:05 PM  
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2014-06-19 12:35:01 PM  
daily fail doesn't for once
 
2014-06-19 12:35:59 PM  

HailRobonia: Paris1127: [img.fark.net image 850x569]Recommendations? *hic* Well, this is Australia: you can't go wrong with the shiraz, mate...*hic* On a side note, did you know a pouch is excellent for wine storage? It's true! *hic*

Actually, kangaroos are more famous for brewing beer; they supply their own hops.


*rimshot*

/that's a terrible pun
//and I know terrible puns
///well done
 
2014-06-19 12:36:13 PM  
Some amazing shots...
 
2014-06-19 12:36:36 PM  
National Geographic photos and no topless tribeswomen?
 
2014-06-19 12:41:42 PM  

Magorn: Cold_Sassy: I liked the one with all the Rays.  That was very pleasing.

All the photos are awesome, but this one almost brought a tear to my eye.  Strangely comforting and encouraging to know that such a shot can even still be taken in our oceans.


For sure.
 
2014-06-19 12:43:02 PM  
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2014-06-19 12:44:21 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: National Geographic photos and no topless tribeswomen?


Sadly I had the same thought. 1960's grade school secret stash.
 
2014-06-19 12:48:56 PM  
Did I scroll too far?
i1280.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-19 12:59:46 PM  

HailRobonia


Actually, kangaroos are more famous for brewing beer; they supply their own hops.


You I like.
 
2014-06-19 01:00:14 PM  

Magorn: Cold_Sassy: I liked the one with all the Rays.  That was very pleasing.

All the photos are awesome, but this one almost brought a tear to my eye.  Strangely comforting and encouraging to know that such a shot can even still be taken in our oceans.


Well eating ray hasn't made it into the mainstream yet...give it time, we'll destroy these guys too (or at least the oceans they live in)
 
2014-06-19 01:00:18 PM  
NG has always had incredible picture choices.
 
2014-06-19 01:00:34 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: Sin_City_Superhero: National Geographic photos and no topless tribeswomen?

Sadly I had the same thought. 1960's grade school secret stash.


Well, you can't post those innocuous photos here.  You'll get banned.

FARK.  National Geographic Lite.
 
2014-06-19 01:03:15 PM  
As someone who used to do a lot of B&W (Pentax K-1000), the Niagara Falls shot was the showstopper for me (though they were all great). Stark, crisp contrast juxtaposed with silky water...a beautiful composition and execution.
 
2014-06-19 01:04:13 PM  

HailRobonia: Paris1127: [img.fark.net image 850x569]Recommendations? *hic* Well, this is Australia: you can't go wrong with the shiraz, mate...*hic* On a side note, did you know a pouch is excellent for wine storage? It's true! *hic*

Actually, kangaroos are more famous for brewing beer; they supply their own hops.


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2014-06-19 01:04:41 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: Did I scroll too far?
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Must've.  This is what I got when I scrolled not-too-far:

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2014-06-19 01:05:49 PM  

HighZoolander: [s10.postimg.org image 850x565]


lols
 
2014-06-19 01:06:43 PM  

HailRobonia: Paris1127: [img.fark.net image 850x569]Recommendations? *hic* Well, this is Australia: you can't go wrong with the shiraz, mate...*hic* On a side note, did you know a pouch is excellent for wine storage? It's true! *hic*

Actually, kangaroos are more famous for brewing beer; they supply their own hops.


Best setup and delivery of a pun I've ever seen on Fark. +10.
 
2014-06-19 01:07:34 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: Sin_City_Superhero: National Geographic photos and no topless tribeswomen?

Sadly I had the same thought. 1960's grade school secret stash.


I don't see every issue anymore, but it seems like NG has moved away from that sort of thing. Perhaps they felt it was exploitative.
 
2014-06-19 01:09:45 PM  

HailRobonia: Paris1127: [img.fark.net image 850x569]Recommendations? *hic* Well, this is Australia: you can't go wrong with the shiraz, mate...*hic* On a side note, did you know a pouch is excellent for wine storage? It's true! *hic*

Actually, kangaroos are more famous for brewing beer; they supply their own hops.


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2014-06-19 01:14:50 PM  

Cold_Sassy: Magorn: Cold_Sassy: I liked the one with all the Rays.  That was very pleasing.

All the photos are awesome, but this one almost brought a tear to my eye.  Strangely comforting and encouraging to know that such a shot can even still be taken in our oceans.

For sure.


looked like something from batman
 
2014-06-19 01:15:06 PM  
The entire gallery from the contest


Lots of really cool pics.


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The Lion King

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Hidden Village


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First Train
 
2014-06-19 01:25:40 PM  
From the National Geographic Travel Photo contest rules: "Contest is open only to individuals ...who do NOT reside in Cuba, Iran, New Jersey, North Korea, Sudan or Syria." New Jersey? Really?

The Axis of Evil: Castro, ISIS, Kim Jong-il...Christie.
 
2014-06-19 01:30:43 PM  
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2014-06-19 01:36:27 PM  
I clicked the link and saw this in the URL "/A-squiffy-kangaroo-snacking ".

I'm done.
 
2014-06-19 01:40:56 PM  
Love pic # 1 -- the sharks.
Anyone have any idea how there aren't any water drops or smears on the lens or whatever might have been in front of it?

Can't imagine NG would allow any significant 'shop of the images.
 
2014-06-19 01:41:36 PM  

cgraves67: I don't see every issue anymore, but it seems like NG has moved away from that sort of thing. Perhaps they felt it was exploitative.


I had a recent NG and they had a chart in it of all the instances of bare breasts they'd put in the magazine since the beginning. Unfortunately I can't find it on the internet. They're still doing it about the same as they've always done--some issues more, some less.

Could be there's just not as many of those bare-breasted women running around as there used to be. We're all civilized now, you know.
 
2014-06-19 01:45:40 PM  

ipxodi: Love pic # 1 -- the sharks.
Anyone have any idea how there aren't any water drops or smears on the lens or whatever might have been in front of it?

Can't imagine NG would allow any significant 'shop of the images.


I'm sure it has something to do with focal length. It's also possible the entire lens was still dry until being submerged partially.

Do i have to brain everything around here?
 
2014-06-19 01:49:13 PM  

ipxodi: Love pic # 1 -- the sharks.
Anyone have any idea how there aren't any water drops or smears on the lens or whatever might have been in front of it?

Can't imagine NG would allow any significant 'shop of the images.


Was wondering that myself, but figured some kind of hydrophillic/phobic coating, or good planning on the photog's part, etc etc.

That said, many of those images most definitely have had post processing if not outright HDR work.  So I too am curious what NG's rules are ... though not curious enough to bother tracking it down.  Given their history I'd think they'd be pretty old-school regarding image manipulation.
 
2014-06-19 01:51:01 PM  
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HATERS GONNA HATE

 
2014-06-19 01:52:49 PM  
Kudos to National Geographic for not making it a slide show or hitting me up for a subscription with a time-bomb popover.

An actual web page with content on it?  Now we're talking!
 
2014-06-19 01:56:08 PM  

special20: I'm sure it has something to do with focal length.


You can make quite a lot of things disappear that are stuck to a lens if you don't close focus.

EddyKilowatt: That said, many of those images most definitely have had post processing if not outright HDR work.


Some may have some in camera HDR going on, but neutral density filters, graduated neutral density filters and circular polarizing filters can make a world of difference. (Those are actual pieces of glass that you place in front of the lens, not software tools.)
 
2014-06-19 01:57:29 PM  

cryinoutloud: cgraves67: I don't see every issue anymore, but it seems like NG has moved away from that sort of thing. Perhaps they felt it was exploitative.

I had a recent NG and they had a chart in it of all the instances of bare breasts they'd put in the magazine since the beginning. Unfortunately I can't find it on the internet. They're still doing it about the same as they've always done--some issues more, some less.

Could be there's just not as many of those bare-breasted women running around as there used to be. We're all civilized now, you know.


That may also be the case, certainly. I do notice that when they show people from "primitive" tribes or whatever, they seem to wear t-shirts and trousers more than indigenous clothing. Dominant Euro-American culture is erasing unique cultures around the globe, I guess. Although I do wonder how often, in the past, they had to convince the natives to don their cultural regalia for photos instead of wearing the clothes that missionaries and traders had given them.
 
2014-06-19 02:14:26 PM  
Dressing the natives in European clothing totally destroyed National Geographic as every geek's first porno mag.

/Those 1960's era issues were fun to grow up with, weren't they?
 
2014-06-19 02:14:26 PM  

cgraves67: That may also be the case, certainly. I do notice that when they show people from "primitive" tribes or whatever, they seem to wear t-shirts and trousers more than indigenous clothing. Dominant Euro-American culture is erasing unique cultures around the globe, I guess. Although I do wonder how often, in the past, they had to convince the natives to don their cultural regalia for photos instead of wearing the clothes that missionaries and traders had given them.


Here is a recent case discussing this:

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And the critique mentioned in this PDF screengrab from Amateur Photographer magazine, is here http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/10244

I'm not sure which side to take on this one.
 
2014-06-19 02:15:46 PM  
Warning, that link to the Survival Internationals' critique may be slightly NSFW. If a photo of a book displaying indigenous women's breasts is NSFW where you are.
 
2014-06-19 02:19:47 PM  

cgraves67: Whatchoo Talkinbout: Sin_City_Superhero: National Geographic photos and no topless tribeswomen?

Sadly I had the same thought. 1960's grade school secret stash.

I don't see every issue anymore, but it seems like NG has moved away from that sort of thing. Perhaps they felt it was exploitative.


Or at least Fap-ploitive.
 
2014-06-19 02:28:23 PM  

2KanZam: Magorn: Cold_Sassy: I liked the one with all the Rays.  That was very pleasing.

All the photos are awesome, but this one almost brought a tear to my eye.  Strangely comforting and encouraging to know that such a shot can even still be taken in our oceans.

Well eating ray hasn't made it into the mainstream yet...give it time, we'll destroy these guys too (or at least the oceans they live in)


Sadly they are getting slaughtered for their gill plates right now though....Yep, You Guessed goddamn "Chinese traditional medicine" at work again
 
2014-06-19 02:35:13 PM  
Because hipster eco-tourists for whom Leave No Trace applies to other people.
 
2014-06-19 11:24:24 PM  
Nice link, sub.
 
2014-06-20 12:19:58 AM  

ipxodi: Love pic # 1 -- the sharks.
Anyone have any idea how there aren't any water drops or smears on the lens or whatever might have been in front of it?

Can't imagine NG would allow any significant 'shop of the images.


The photo description says it was shot with a Nikon D3100. It's an entry level DSLR. It's definitely not waterproof so there must have been some sort of waterproof case for it. Perhaps something like this:

http://www.ikelite.com/housings/nikon /6801.31-nikon-d3100.html

There are lots of diving photography websites that give tips for shooting over-under water images. Here's one:

http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/ove r-under-split-photography
 
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