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Make no bones

I feel I must contact your letters pages as I have two bones to pick! Firstly I note the letter from Nigel Sawyer regarding his issue with his Nikon D750's faulty shutter. While it seems that Nigel may finally have an inconvenient but free fix, historically Nikon has been slow to man-up to quality-control issues. The D600's oily spots come to mind - it required a US Class Action to get Nikon to admit the issue. Cameras and lenses are not cheap and Nikon should, as soon as an error is known, publicize and fix it free of charge. N-Photo is not without criticism here.

Rise and shine

This was my first time going out early-doors (see below). I left the house in the pitch black and drove to Surprise View car park in Derbyshire. It was still dark when I got there, and I thought I must be mad arriving here at this time in the morning and that there'd be no one else about.      
Head torch on, I started walking to my vantage point, which took about 20 minutes. I got my gear set up and, shortly after, another photographer turned up... then another...      
Needless to say I gained a lot of experience and will be putting it to good use on my next dawn shoot.

Lake Mattamuskeet Memory

“Lake Mattamuskeet Memory” was captured by Liyun Yu at Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in North Carolina and winter host to hundreds of thousands of swans and Canada geese. Attracted to unique landscapes in his area and inspired by the cover photo of the National Geographic book “Dawn to Dark Photographs: The Magic of Light,” Yu sought to capture a different view of the lake under unusual lighting conditions. He wanted a sunrise photo with a clear sky and a clear reflection on the water.

Pro Tips For Composing Landscapes

When there are moving elements within the scene, such as clouds or waves, a neutral density filter may be appropriate. This will serve to enable a long exposure to effectively blur out features in large parts of the scene, making the static elements more salient.

Fog and mist can also simplify a scene, focusing attention on the parts that remain visible. Snow and frost often do the same.

Pro Tips For Composing Wildlife Images

Consider trying to find a subject that is unique in some way. Many wildlife photographs work simply because the subject s is unusual, or starkly breaks a pattern that fills the rest of the frame.

Try adopting a viewpoint that exaggerates a bold feature such as the height of the animal; extremes appear to captivate our attention.