Photography

The next time you visit the White Mountain National Forest, you may notice more phones than usual in the woods. No, cell service in the White Mountains didn’t magically improve. Any possible influx of photo-snapping and trail-texting is likely due to the iNaturalist app, newly integrated into AMC’s Mountain Watch program. Mountain Watch began in…

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For centuries, artists have flocked to the White Mountains’ tranquil rivers, lofty summits, and craggy cliffs to create magnificent works of art. To continue the tradition, the U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and Friends of Mead Base Conservation Center, has named White Mountain National Forest artists-in-residence every…

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“Not a lot of the same old themes,” Jim Salge said as he sat down for the final evening of judging in this year’s AMC Photo Contest. Salge and our other judges—Allison Bell, Jerry Monkman, and Paul Mozell—have more than 40 years’ experience with the AMC Photo Contest between them. They spend hours each fall sorting through hundreds of entries, so…

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It happens to the best of us. You’re playing outside with friends at dusk, and out of nowhere the sky explodes into an intense canvas of color and light. You fumble for your camera, envisioning your next smash-hit Instagram post, and begin to shoot. But by the time the tie-dye skyline has faded to deep ocean blues, you realize your photos are too blurry and dark to…

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One night last spring, curled in my tent on an island off the Maine coast and lit only by the glow of my iPhone screen, I posted a photograph on Instagram. This was my fifth post on the photosharing site but my first from such a remote location. As I hit “share,” I felt a…

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Bright bluebird skies sprawl above a dark, craggy mountain peak. Glistening snow drifts along the shadowy forest’s edge. The same natural contrasts that make outdoor photography so spectacular can create a major technical challenge: How do you capture detail in both the brightest and the darkest elements of a scene? Fortunately, a standard smartphone feature can help you eliminate blown-out skies and dark shadows: high dynamic…

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PRIZES One grand-prize winner, selected by a panel of professional photographers, will receive a free stay at an AMC full-service lodge. The first-place winner in each category, chosen by the judges, and the People’s Choice winner will receive outdoor gear prizes donated by Deuter, ENO, Forty Below, LEKI, and LifeStraw. CONTEST RULES Eligibility: Open to…

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I’ve always been fascinated by maps. I can’t go more than a day or two without picking one up and losing myself in the intricate details of a three-dimensional world flattened and scaled to fit on a page. As I was thinning out my stash one day—grudgingly admitting that 50 topographic renderings of Mount Washington…

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» CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW What is AMC? Ask any two members and you might get two totally different answers. For some, AMC means trails and huts and the White Mountains, but the organization’s mission spreads well beyond those iconic elements. Each year AMC’s photo contest gives us a 365-day view of the…

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Take a step outdoors. What do you see? Hear? Feel? What do you seek by taking that next step? These simple questions can have complex answers. Nature means many things to many people—and many things for the same person. It can satisfy our curiosity and spirituality, challenge us intellectually and physically. As a writer, photographer,…

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