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Smithsonian Wilderness Forever Photo Contest Entries

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HONORABLE MENTION, SCENIC LANDSCAPE, PRO: William Patino (Wollongong, NSW, Australia)
Valley of Solace, Yosemite Wilderness in California
“At sunrise, I walked along the Merced River. I was delighted to see golden light spreading across the trees and glass-like water reflecting the monolithic mountains. All was silent except for the sound of trickling water.”
Photo and caption by William Patino / Smithsonian Wilderness Forever Contest

To observe and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which was enacted half a century ago on September 3, 1964, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has put on exhibition Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places. It is a photography display that showcases carefully selected and scrutinized images culled from over 5,000 entries.

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San Francisco from Above: Aerial Photos of the City by the Bay

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In 1962, Tony Bennett recorded perhaps his most iconic song. It was about that fabled city by the bay. The lyrics to that tune go like this:

I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care…

San Francisco has that special magic that leaves its indelible imprint in many hearts. It is situated on the West Coast of the United States at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula and traverses noteworthy stretches of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay inside its boundaries. Residents of the city as well as tourists and visitors fall in love with its unique, quaint charm.

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Photographer is Surprised to See His Image Being Used as the New Apple Background for iOS 8

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The release of a new iPhone is always a big event in the world of gadgets, but for Espen Haagensen, it was a totally different experience. For most of us, choosing a wallpaper is pretty much a no-brainer. Here’s how Haagensen’s experience in relation to wallpapers is exceedingly unique. On September 17th, a photo of the Milky Way captured by Haagensen while in Norway will become the default wallpaper in iOS 8, software that will be downloaded countless of times by iPhone users all around the globe.

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The Brilliance of the Night Sky Captured Using Long Exposure Photography and Composites

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Photographer Matt Payne recently made this series of delightfully magical night photography.  Payne is an astrophotography, landscape, portrait and event photographer who works out of Portland, Oregon. He is also a 5th generation native of Colorado Springs.

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Breathtaking Long Exposure Imagery of the Australian Outback

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Not too long ago, Mike Salway went on a trip to the Western Australia Kimberly Region of the Outback. Salway is an amateur Australian photographer who is into astronomy, and he posted some astonishing night sky images of his adventures in the area. Salway’s work effortlessly melds landscapes and nightscapes, flawlessly capturing the raw beauty of the Australian Outback.

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Photo Series ‘Morning Views From The Tent’ Offers Unique Perspective on Landscape Photography

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Picture this: You wake up in your tent and as you unzip the front, you are greeted by an incredible mountain sunrise, with a frosty stream below and wonderful blue skies above. This what photographer Oleg Grigoryev does as he takes us with him into the mountains in his Morning Views From The Tent collection, wherein the Russian lensman frames picturesque mountain photos with his visible legs and tent entrance.

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