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The Wonderful World of Tilt/Shift Photography

Tilt/shift lenses are a relatively new photography phenomenon that allow a photographer full control over the rise, fall, tilt and shift of a camera. The first model was created in 1962 for Nikon’s 35mm SLR camera in order to replicate the range of motion photographers were able to achieve with view cameras (often called large format cameras). Tilt/shift lenses open...

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Arch Raiders

Shooting the arches was one of the most physically demanding outings the guys have had during the entire season of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” Uma tells us why. AZ: Let’s talk about the Arches shoot. Had you ever been there before? MT: No and it was amazing. AZ: What stood out for you? ...

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The Arch Hunter

Natural arches litter America’s Southwest and make spectacular photography subjects. But anyone who has looked at multiple arch shots, knows that there is a vast difference between one that’s ordinary and one that really captures the imagination. AZ: What makes for a great arch shot? PL: Well, put it this way, I always tell people that it’s not what you...

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Macro Lens

Peter is famous for his magnificent landscapes. Wide-angle panoramas of deserts, mountains and coastlines. But he doesn’t limit himself to just the “big picture.” One of the keys to Peter’s success is his eye for detail. You can see it in his panos but, on occasion, he likes to take a closer look at things. “I do quite a bit...

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Arch Photographer

Surely you’ve seen Peter’s award-winning photograph “Sacred Sunrise” featuring Mesa Arch in Utah. And hopefully you’ve now seen his latest masterwork “Timeless Land.” These photographs and many others (“Echoes of Silence,” “Stone Temple,” “Majestic” etc.) show what a passion Peter has for shooting natural arches. “Natural arches are wonders of nature,” said Peter. “They’re formed by erosion over long periods...

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“That’s a gallery shot!”

Walk into any of Peter’s 13 galleries and you’ll see a selection of the finest landscape photographs you’ll ever see. But how does a Lik photograph qualify as a “gallery shot”? When Peter comes back from a trip he brings back a lot of images. How many? Well, that depends. Sometimes everything goes great – the weather, the morning light,...

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App, App and Away!

2011 is already a marquee year for Peter. A fantastic launch night for his TV series “From the Edge with Peter Lik” was crowned by it being telecast live on a giant screen over Times Square. As the show goes from strength to strength, recent gallery shots like “Tree of the Universe” and “Timeless Land” have been wildly popular with...

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Retro Style In A New-Age World

Instant photography has been shoved to the wayside since the digital revolution, but the instant world may soon be making a comeback with the newest Polaroid model. The Classic Instant Polaroid 300, Polaroid’s latest instant camera, features the same retro look as old Polaroids, but incorporates a new-age feel into the design. Approximately the size of a business card, these...

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Defying Death Valley

In last night’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” Peter and Uma took on Death Valley. Mark talked about the experience for this week’s “Riding Shotgun.” AZ: How did you guys deal with the climate? Hot during the day, cold at night? MT: Lugging the fifty pounds of gear was the hard part. Because we did the sand...

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Peter Lik Double-Header Tonight!

We know you’ve all been waiting for your “From the Edge with Peter Lik” fix. Well turn off the phone, stack up the snacks, and tune in to The Weather Channel tonight for a double dose starting at 8/7c. First up: Peter heads to Death Valley in “Desert Extremes.” And right after (8:30/7:30c) you can catch last week’s postponed episode...

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The Heat is On

Death Valley is one of the fiercest, yet most intriguing, environments on the planet. But you can’t just head out there and hope everything will work out. That’s the fast route to trouble. Here Peter talks about filming for “From the Edge with Peter Lik” in Death Valley and involved when the heat is on. AZ: Last week’s episode was...

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Cleaning Kits

It’s surprising, given the cost of equipment these days, how many photographers neglect to properly care for their cameras and lenses. You can often see someone out and about with an expensive camera, cleaning their lens with a tissue or their t-shirt or even a beach towel! No no no! In fact, you shouldn’t even blow on your lens. Every...

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Peter Encounters “Desert Extremes”!

Tune in to The Weather Channel tomorrow night at 8/7c to see Peter take on Death Valley. The challenges pile up but nothing can stop the world’s leading landscape photographer from “getting the shot.” Follow Peter as he goes where few others will in this exciting episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.”...

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When the Going Gets Hot…

Death Valley. Few place-names have such an ominous ring to them. But in some ways, this slice of the Mojave Desert gets a bum rap. Yes, it’s hot as fire and generally inhospitable. But it’s also a geological wonder and incredibly picturesque. “There’s a beauty to the desert that a lot of people never get to see because they think...

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It’s a Double-Header Thursday Night!

A second rescheduling of “Winter Extremes” – the episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” set in Montana – gives followers of the show a great double-header night this Thursday night, April 21. “Winter Extremes” will go to air at 8:30/7:30c, immediately following the regularly scheduled episode “Desert Extremes” (8/7c). Let Peter take you from one exciting extreme to...

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It Pays to Socialize

We figure that, with Facebook topping the 500 million users plateau, Mark Zuckerberg must be doing something right. Social networking is the way to go these days and since Peter Lik is a world famous photographer with his own TV series, we know we have to pay attention to cyberspace. So over the past few months we’ve concentrated on developing...

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It’s Cold Out There!

In today’s “Riding Shotgun” Uma gives us some behind-the-scenes insight into last night’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” And we learn that the title “Winter Extremes” was completely appropriate. AZ: What’s your main recollection of the Montana trip. MT: Snow. Lots of snow. That was a six-mile round-trip hike to the back part of Lake McDonald, because...

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Under the Big Sky … in Winter

It’s called the Big Sky state and Montana does have that wide-open feel to it. But it could also be called the Big Cold state when the winter months hit. And that’s when Peter was up there filming tonight’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” AZ: Tonight’s episode is called “Winter Extremes.” Is that an appropriate title? PL:...

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Filters

A photographer and his filters are pretty much inseparable. That’s because filters serve so many purposes, all of which yield better photographs. On every shoot, Peter takes a variety of filters -- and when he went to Montana to shoot the episode “Winter Extremes,” his filters were put to good use again. “In Montana there were glaciers and lakes, ice...

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Going Big in Big Sky Country

In his early years as a professional photographer, Peter was given the advice “Go big or go home.” Needless to say, that’s how he’s done things ever since. In this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” on The Weather Channel, Peter keeps that spirit going as he heads to Montana’s Big Sky country. The episode is called...

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So you think you might be the next Peter Lik…

The Weather Channel is giving you the chance to show off your photography skills and win big with its “From the Edge with Peter Lik” Photo Contest. Each week, on the show’s Facebook page, there is a new photo challenge with a particular theme. Contestants upload their photos and at the end of the week Peter chooses a winner. All...

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All Aboard the Lik Express!

“Is all the equipment packed and ready to go, Uma?” With those words from the boss, the latest Peter Lik shoot was about to get underway. This time Peter, Uma and the film crew from The Weather Channel are headed to the Grand Canyon. “It’ll be a killer shoot,” says Peter just before heading out the door. “I bloody love...

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“Hidden Canyons” Gets Rave Response

Momentum counts, and “From the Edge with Peter Lik” has momentum. The second episode of the series, “Hidden Canyons,” clearly built on the interest triggered by last week’s blazing premiere. From the feedback we’ve received, it’s clear that many folks didn’t know about slot canyons or just what lengths Peter will go to to get the shot – including walking...

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Those “Hidden Canyons” Sneak up on You!

Starting today, “Riding Shotgun” will look behind the scenes at the shoot featured in the previous night’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” Today we talk to Uma about the “Hidden Canyons.” AZ: For the episode “Hidden Canyons,” you guys went to Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Mountain Sheep Canyon, all in Arizona, and Labyrinth Canyon in Utah....

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Exploring the Slots

Slot canyons can provide the opportunity to shoot photographs that are (almost literally) out of this world. But getting them is no mere walk in the wilderness. I sat down with Peter and asked him why and what it takes to “get the shot” down there. AZ: Tonight on “From the Edge with Peter Lik” you go and shoot at...

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The Gitzo Tripod

Today we look at the piece of equipment Peter has had longer than any other: his Gitzo tripod. Friends may come and go, but a good tripod will never let you down. Over the past couple of years, lots of things have changed in Peter’s equipment bag. But his Gitzo tripod has been a constant companion: from Hawaii to Alaska,...

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A World Below

Slot canyons have been both a fascination and a rich source of stunning photographs for Peter for many years. Stunning photographs? How about “Angel’s Heart,” “Turn Scarlet,” “Antelope Canyon” and the multi-award-winning “Ghost.” A slot canyon is defined as a narrow canyon that’s been formed by rushing water wearing away rock. They are considerably deeper than they are wide. “Slot...

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The Weather Channel: Rain Ruins the Shot

One of the things viewers have picked up on while watching “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” is that the work of a landscape photographer is not always easy. Battling the elements, waiting days for the right moment, and just plain bad luck can all make getting those special shots very difficult. In this clip from the premiere of the...

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Read all About It!

We were optimistic about “From the Edge with Peter Lik” getting good media coverage. But we didn’t guess that the media would come out in force to quite the extent it did. Coverage included print and electronic media from coast to coast. The crown jewel was Peter’s appearance on the wildly popular “Today” show Thursday morning: a chance to show some...

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“Tree of the Universe” a Record Breaker

When Peter came back from Hawai’i with the shot which was later named “Tree of the Universe,” everyone at LIK USA™ immediately knew it was a winner. In fact, everyone was blown away. It turns out that first impressions were a very good indicator of future performance: “Tree of the Universe” virtually sold out in just 33 hours! This eclipses...

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“From the Edge with Peter Lik” a Big Hit!

In homes across America last night, people tuned into the premiere of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” and got everything they’d been hoping for. Meanwhile, Peter’s galleries around the country were packed to the rafters as attendees applauded the show and celebrated in style. The feedback coming in to LIK USA™ and The Weather Channel since the show aired...

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Two Thumbs Up for the Premiere

Judging by the feedback you’ve all been sending us about the premiere of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” it’s clear that you loved what you saw. In fact, the praise has been glowing, with some of you watching the show several times already, and a general consensus that there will be an army of devotees for the series. Thank...

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