Lesser-known yet adventure-filled national parks that are waiting for you

I’m Jim Feldkamp and I love nature photography and going on adventures in the great outdoors. I feel like there’s no better backdrop for an adventure than our very own national parks.

The U.S. is filled with countless national parks of all shapes and sizes, with some being more famous than others. It’s a shame though, when you think of all the beautiful parks that deserve as much attention as the big-name ones, but unfortunately don’t get as many visitors.

On that note, here’s part one of “Jim Feldkamp’s Lesser-Known Yet Adventure-Filled National Parks.”

Gates of the Arctic

Probably because it’s more difficult to get to than the other national parks, the Gates of the Arctic, found in Alaska had only a little more than 11,000 visitors in 2017. This national park and preserve has everything adventurers might look for in a park and its mystique only adds to its appeal.

Kobuk Valley

Kobuk Valley had even less visitors than Gates of the Arctic. There are over a hundred miles of sand…

Yellowstone Park: As precious as it ever was

I’m Jim Feldkamp, nature lover and photographer. I’ve often been asked which is my favorite place to visit. Oftentimes, the name of Yellowstone Park comes up. While I don’t get to visit Yellowstone as often as I’d want to (maybe once every two years), I make the most of my time in the park.

I was fortunate enough to go to Yellowstone in 2018. There were a number of hikers and photographers like myself who were all enthralled by the majesty the park presents at every turn. Being the first national park in existence, Yellowstone is still as precious as it ever was.

Last year, newcomers to the park were mesmerized by the Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the United States. Often described as a rainbow on the ground, Grand Prismatic Spring has always been a favorite of photographers old and new because of all the natural colors that envelop it from the bacterial mats.

Of course, there’s Old Faithful, which is one of the most popular geysers known to man. Not only …

Beach baby: Ocean photography tips you shouldn’t miss

Beaches offer boundless opportunities for photographers – hobbyists and professionals alike – to explore the beauty, colors, and light of nature. Coupled with people, other nature elements such as sand and mountains, and sometimes even an urban backdrop, beaches can produce the best photos ever, says photographer Jim Feldkamp.

Beaches can also pose a number of challenges, from the potential damage of water to the camera to unforeseen circumstances in huge, open spaces.  Here are some ocean photography tips to consider when shooting in this location.

Play with colors: Colors have an important role in the mood of a given scene, and as a photographer you can play with colors to achieve your desired mood for the photo. Attain feelings of joys and optimism through warm hues or get a feeling of calm and even sadness with cold shades.

Have a sense of timing: When shooting at the beach, the start and end of every day are the most ideal time. At these times there are thinner crowds, the s…

Kayaking: Outdoor recreation at its most fit and fun

Those who’ve tried kayaking once or twice know just how challenging it can be. And they also know how much fan you can have once you get the hang of it. While there are other water sports that can bring you as close to nature and wildlife, there are a lot of things about kayaking that bring out the best in you.

For starters, kayaking is quite a physical experience. It works out your entire upper body and your legs. It strengthens your core and keeps your muscles both tense and relaxed. Doing it on a regular basis can tone your muscles just as effective as any other workout.

Beyond the physical benefits, kayaking can also be quite a game-changer a far as your mental well-being is concerned. If you find yourself stressed-out because of work, kayaking, especially in a serene lake or calm river can rest your weary mind. If you’re kayaking with friends, the experience can make you forget all the worries of the real world.

Kayaking also sharpens the mind, if you find yourself amid…

Shooting on a budget: Gear essentials for nature photography

Being excellent in nature photography takes a lot of time and practice. It doesn't matter which gear you use, as long as they work well and take pictures the way you like them. A beginner photographer’s gear doesn’t have to be expensive; your talent doesn’t rely on that anyway.

The number one gear essential you need is the internet. Without it, learning and planning would be impossible. While you’re online, find the best way to shoot nature and visit the website of your desired location. You might chance upon a joiner photography trip, which can save you money. A sturdy backpack is also a requirement. It shall be your gear’s sacred home while you go around and scout.

A weather-sealed DSLR camera is a must, as you would have little knowledge of how well the weather can go during your trip. Opt for a DSLR that’s fundamentally built to last even in harsh conditions, or guard the one you have using DIY kits. A sturdy tripod should have a place in your arsenal. While you m…

Consider these tips to enhance your photography skills

There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re getting better and better at something you love to do. Photography is just like any other skill: The more you do it, the more you improve. Photographers may hit creative walls, but don’t let these obstacles hamper your improvement, but rather harness them to teach you new skills.

Always bring a camera with you be it your trusty smartphone or a full DSLR kit. Shoot every day and learn new things about your camera or your photography style. Visit museums to give you a wider appreciation for art. Don’t limit your art consumption to one form, but try to expand it by looking at compositions done through different mediums. This can help with how you compose your photos or just give you a broader range of knowledge.

Read your DSLR’s manual to maximize your gadget use. Manuals may not be engaging to read, but they will for certain tell you a lot about what your camera can do. This will get you ready every time you shoot. Also, always r…

Essential tips for underwater photography

You’ve finally purchased an underwater camera and water casing, now what? Underwater photography not only produces stunning results, but it represents patience and determination. Here are some tips to help you get that perfect underwater shot.

Practice in a pool: It is advisable to familiarize your shooting skills in a pool before taking your chances in the great unknown. Ask your friends to model for you so you can practice capturing actions and experiment with how you utilize sunlight.

Slow down the shutter speed: Doing this will not only let you catch ambient light, but it will also increase your chances of catching beautiful movements in the water.

Shoot in upward angles: This will add drama to subjects, especially if sunlight is beaming through the water.

Have a steady grip: Holding a camera with steady hands is vital for shooting underwater. Practice your grip by trying to hold your breath for several seconds before clicking the shutter. Enhance your comfort underwater by…