Tuesday, May 22, 2012

T4T: Varina Patel and Blasphemy!

Two for Tuesday - our time to pass along the two websites that caught our attention this week. We hope you enjoy these links and encourage you to visit these sites.  So onto the picks - here is our Two for Tuesday sites for you to futz around with on this fine Tuesday...

Photography by Varina: http://www.photographybyvarina.com/

Varina Patel is a freelance wilderness and landscape photographer based in the United States. The worst enemy of a landscape photographer is a repetitive image gallery and chaotic composition. Varina takes aim and destroys these two photography foes. There is a beautiful, refreshing range in Varina's work: light and dark, color and monochrome, to macro and grandiose. Her compositions are clean and simple with subtle colors. Her processing looks vivid and real, not over-the-top or faked.

Varina states that "Nature is incredibly diverse - quiet streams and roaring waterfalls, burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks, silent snowfall and raging winter storms. This fantastic variety ensures that I can never photograph the same scene twice in the same way." Varina, we have become enthralled with your work because of its diversity and can't wait for your next photographs! 

Our favorite photographs are her 'Mantled in Mist' and stunning 'Great Egret'.  Great job, Varina and we'll be watching for more from you!

Nikon - Learn & Explore, Insights & Techniques: http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-Explore/Photography-Techniques/index.page

Oh, the blasphemy...the SHAME!  A 'Canon' guy giving out a 'Nikon' website as a favorite!  I'm afraid to show my face at the next local photography get-together.  But, alas, the damage is done.  I've gone over to the dark side and seen the light...

I shall acquiesce, Nikon has a good...ok, great, website/blog filled with learning opportunities, insights, and techniques.  We stumbled upon the site when looking for a tutorial on how to shoot the solar eclipse this week, and lo and behold, there was more to the site than just Nikon advertisements!?! 

In all seriousness, the Nikon Learn & Explore tab has a great set of tools to increase your knowledge base.  From Fundamentals of Photography to advanced Shooting Techniques, the site is loaded with great learning opportunities.  Take the time to peruse around.  And just a hint - the techniques work with Canon cameras, too (in fact, some would argue with better results!)

These are our picks for this T4T Tuesday post! We hope you enjoyed the sites that we've found for you and spend some time this week getting to know them. Stop by their sites, add them to your Google+ circles, or give them a like on Facebook. Spread the word about the great work that is out there just waiting to be found...

And while you are at it, join us on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ , or sneak a peek at our own photography on Dakota Visions Photography, LLC. Until next time, we'll see you behind the lens...

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