Mark Lucey is a 45-year-old freelance photographer from Mt. Beauty, Australia. He has been honing his skills for the last 25 years through reading and experimenting. Landscapes are his favorite, and he enjoys capturing long exposures in low lighting. Although he has no published works, his passion speaks for itself.

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I was on my way to Curl Curl Beach, a man made beach bath; a 45 minute drive from my place. I kept glancing towards the raging ocean which was rippling with mighty waves. Winter storms had been lashing the region for the past two days, creating a perfect mood in the sky. Today, I felt like I could end up making a seascape masterpiece. I had been learning a lot overtime, developing my understanding in the style of long exposure shots. 

I parked my car and started unpacking my gear. Last but not the least, I took my trustee umbrella. This umbrella had taken me through all kinds of weathers so I always carry it with me. As I walked up the steps leading up to the bath, I looked up and was astonished by the view that met me. The scene looked incredible, the blue waters over flowing out over edge of the bath like white smoke matching with the froth on the waves in the sea. Incredible.

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Barb D’Arpino is a professional wildlife photographer from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada. She has always been a lover of photography but only left her corporate job five years ago in order to make a go at it as a career. Her work has been featured in Canadian Geographic Best Wildlife Pictures 2012, Nature’s Best Photography 2011, as well as in several other publications around the world.

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It had been a long day,  I had been out all day photographing at the local marsh and I was hungry with a capital “H”. Dinner was in front of me and it looked delicious, I was just about to dig in when a swift movement in the garden caught my eye. Out of curiosity, I peeked a little in that direction to find that it was cute little Eleanor.

Eleanor is an Eastern Chipmunk who has lived in a burrow in our backyard for four years and our family considers her a family member now, like how most people have dogs or cats.  She was busy feasting on the cob of corn that we had fastened for the birds. I paused for a second, I knew that dinner was going to have to wait.

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Vincent Borrut is a self-taught professional photographer from La Neuveville, Switzerland. With over 14 years of experience his work has been published in several French and Swiss magazines. He started landscape photography in 2003, they remain his favorite subject to this day.

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6am. I was trying to open my eyes, they felt a little heavy. I couldn’t see anything. The room was still dark. Why did I wake up so early? I was about to close my eyes, when I recalled that I had to get up for a shoot. Everything started coming back - I was planning to photograph frozen trees, the temperature was going to around -20 degrees according to the forecast. Also, I had to test my new camera. I was wide awake and my energy started coming back.

The roads were icy wet. I was in my 4X4, driving around the country side heading towards the destination I had in mind. There were a couple of reviews on the internet that 5D Mark II did not shoot well in the cold locations. I didn’t believe that, I actually wanted to prove them wrong. It was quiet outside, I could hear nothing but the sound of my car engine. I spotted a couple of frozen trees, so I let my foot slowly slide on the brakes.

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Irawan Subingar is a professional photographer from Jakarta, Indonesia. He decided to take up photography after retiring from his previous profession as a director and producer of films and videos. His work has been published in National Geographic and he also runs a photography school in Indonesia.

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Tuesday morning; I tied my shoes and was ready to leave for my morning run. I had a new destination in mind. I waved at my son as I walked out of the house with my camera in the bag pack. I always carry my camera with me, just incase I find something interesting to capture.

The sun was brighter than usual, the cold breeze felt good against my skin as I slowly paced away from home. Ten minutes later, I came upon a short stretch of tall trees. I stopped to catch my breath; my heart was pounding like when you see a raging bull coming at you. I closed my eyes and focussed my attention. I became aware of two distinct sounds; my panting and some birds chirping on the treetops.

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Amnon Eichelberg is an amateur photographer from Neszionna, Israel. He decided to take photography more seriously five years ago by doing courses and workshops, as well as taking part in on-line discussions with professional photographers. His preferred style is landscape and wildlife, and his work has appeared in National Geographic, The Telegraph, and in Israeli magazines.

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I was in the front seat of the safari jeep staring intently at the endless flat, beautiful savannas thinking about the last two weeks since I started this safari here in Masai Mara, Tanzania; I couldn’t recall a single dull moment, everyday there was always something new and exciting.  It had been over ten hours since we had started our safari expedition today, but I had no plans of slowing down.

It was getting dark so we were on the way back to our hotel. I didn’t want this day to end. Though my body was sore, I still a had lot of adrenaline left in me; I was ready for the next adventure. I starting scrolling through all my pictures on my camera’s LCD, I was quite satisfied, but I had a feeling like there was something missing.

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Mathijs Delva is an amateur photographer from Bruges, Belgium. Through his camera he extends his long-held interest in architecture, geometry, and minimalism into photography and it is his love for these influences that he is constantly referring to when taking a shot. His work has been featured in 16Hours, Inspirationhut, and Max Suharev. He has recently begun a three year course in studio photography.

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7.30AM. I got up, made breakfast, washed myself, and refilled my canteen with fresh water from the lake. Finnemarka and the pure beauty of nature in the Norwegian Wilderness; trees, heath, lakes (lots of them and all drinkable!), fields, swamps and me! Three days hard walking and I still hadn’t come across one other living soul. I don’t think I was too close to going crazy, but the weight of being so alone for so long was starting to take its toll on me a little.

I reminded myself that I was here for a reason: this was exactly the type of trip I had always wanted to come on. The King’s Trail in Swedish Lapland had given me the taste for this, but I hadn’t been into photography back then. Now I had some more purpose and it was time to take advantage of my new found passion. I collected together all of my stuff and set out reenergised for the trail I had started out on the day before.

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