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Capture the Magic: Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition was published by Rocky Nook in November 2013. In this book, author Jack Dykinga teaches the art of creating interesting, well-composed images. He provides solutions to the challenges that often get in the way of producing great photographs and he emphasizes the importance of training the eye to exclude the extraneous. Dykinga encourages us to look at photography as a way to communicate. As he says, “Photography is a marvelous language that crosses linguistic borders as a universal, powerful, and direct communication. As photographers, we see something we find interesting and simply want to share it.” Readers will learn new ways to create interesting and powerful compositions that communicate their intended messages.
Siberian candyflower (Montia parvifolia), Carpet red alder, (Alnus rubra) along Wolf Creek, Sinkyone State Park, Sinkyone Intertribal Wilderness, California, August. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Siberian candyflower (Montia parvifolia), Carpet red alder, (Alnus rubra) along Wolf Creek, Sinkyone State Park, Sinkyone Intertribal Wilderness, California, August.
Towering Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) rising from forest understory of Wood sorrel (Oxalis), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, May. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Towering Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) rising from forest understory of Wood sorrel (Oxalis), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, May.
Cohigue trees (Nothofagus sp) along shoreline at Rio Pascua headwaters gorge, where Lago O'Higgins pours through narrow canyon, Aisen Province, Chile - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Cohigue trees (Nothofagus sp) along shoreline at Rio Pascua headwaters gorge, where Lago O'Higgins pours through narrow canyon, Aisen Province, Chile
Rain spattered inter-locking palm leaves create a design of pattern and colour in the tropical rainforest. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Rain spattered inter-locking palm leaves create a design of pattern and colour in the tropical rainforest. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) trees covered in moss and surrounded by sword ferns form a maze of tree trunks.  Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, USA, May. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) trees covered in moss and surrounded by sword ferns form a maze of tree trunks. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, USA, May.
Cypress dome swamp with water surface covered with water-spangles and duckweed, Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, Florida Everglades, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Cypress dome swamp with water surface covered with water-spangles and duckweed, Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, Florida Everglades, USA
Towering Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) rising from forest understory of sword ferns and sorrel, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, May. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Towering Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) rising from forest understory of sword ferns and sorrel, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, May.
Heartleaf arnica {Arnica cordifolia} flowering in coniferous forest, tree trunks show charring from the great 1988 forest fire, Mount Washburn, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Heartleaf arnica {Arnica cordifolia} flowering in coniferous forest, tree trunks show charring from the great 1988 forest fire, Mount Washburn, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA
Sunset Crater National Monument with dawn light on the San Francisco Peaks over fields of flowering Prairie sunflowers (Helianthus petiolaris) Arizona - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sunset Crater National Monument with dawn light on the San Francisco Peaks over fields of flowering Prairie sunflowers (Helianthus petiolaris) Arizona
Sand sunflowers {Helianthus anomolus} half buried in sand, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sand sunflowers {Helianthus anomolus} half buried in sand, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah, USA
Prairie Sunflowers (Helianthus petiolaris) flowering on the dunes amid blue morning shadows, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Colorado, USA. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Prairie Sunflowers (Helianthus petiolaris) flowering on the dunes amid blue morning shadows, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Colorado, USA.
Prairie sunflowers (Helianthus petiolaris) catching the sunlight on a sand dune in deep morning shadow. Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Colorado, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Prairie sunflowers (Helianthus petiolaris) catching the sunlight on a sand dune in deep morning shadow. Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Colorado, USA
Cottonwood trees (Populus sp) in autumn with curved boughs with understorey of Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus) Long Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA, October. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Cottonwood trees (Populus sp) in autumn with curved boughs with understorey of Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus) Long Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA, October.
Autumnal landscape with Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and American beech (Fagus grandifolia) forest, and Blue Hen Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA, October 2006. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Autumnal landscape with Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and American beech (Fagus grandifolia) forest, and Blue Hen Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA, October 2006.
Havasu Falls cascade behind Fremont cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii) glowing in reflected canyon light, Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Havasu Falls cascade behind Fremont cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii) glowing in reflected canyon light, Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA
Water lily (Nuphar variegatum) leaves, Seal Cove Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, November. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Water lily (Nuphar variegatum) leaves, Seal Cove Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, November.
Red oak (Quercus rubra) and lichen covered White pines (Pinus strobes) Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota, USA, August. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Red oak (Quercus rubra) and lichen covered White pines (Pinus strobes) Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota, USA, August.
Sedges (Cyperaceae) forming curved reflection patterns with reflections in a small laguna, Chacabuco, Chile, February. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sedges (Cyperaceae) forming curved reflection patterns with reflections in a small laguna, Chacabuco, Chile, February.
Canyon pool with Water Shamrocks (Marsilea mucronata) floating. Coronado National Forest, Peck Canyon, Atascosa Mountains, Arizona, November. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Canyon pool with Water Shamrocks (Marsilea mucronata) floating. Coronado National Forest, Peck Canyon, Atascosa Mountains, Arizona, November.
Rivers of red algae across bacterial mats, at sunset, Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Rivers of red algae across bacterial mats, at sunset, Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Glowing gases rising from Halemaumau Crater, Kilauea Caldera, in evening with Milky Way in the sky above.  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, August 2010. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Glowing gases rising from Halemaumau Crater, Kilauea Caldera, in evening with Milky Way in the sky above. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, August 2010.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Park with severe storm clouds at sunset amid vast grassland, South Dakota, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Park with severe storm clouds at sunset amid vast grassland, South Dakota, USA
Silhouette of sea stacks at sunset with patterns in the sand left by the receding tide, Second Beach, Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Silhouette of sea stacks at sunset with patterns in the sand left by the receding tide, Second Beach, Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA
Crystalized salt formation across the Death Valley National Park valley floor with morning light on Badwater, the lowest point in the US at 86m below sea level with Telescope Peak in the Panamint Moun... - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Crystalized salt formation across the Death Valley National Park valley floor with morning light on Badwater, the lowest point in the US at 86m below sea level with Telescope Peak in the Panamint Moun...
Colorado River Delta, with watercourse sculpted patterns eroded into the salt / silt flats near the Sea of Cortez, La Reserva del Golfo, Baja, Mexico - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Colorado River Delta, with watercourse sculpted patterns eroded into the salt / silt flats near the Sea of Cortez, La Reserva del Golfo, Baja, Mexico
Virgin river flowing through Zion Canyon Narrows, with reflections of afternoon sun, Zion National Park, Utah, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Virgin river flowing through Zion Canyon Narrows, with reflections of afternoon sun, Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Silhouette of Devils Garden with windows showing between eroded sandstone pinnacles, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Silhouette of Devils Garden with windows showing between eroded sandstone pinnacles, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA
Balanced Rock in the Grapevine Hills at dawn, Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Balanced Rock in the Grapevine Hills at dawn, Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA.
Metate Arch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with moonlight illuminating the arch under stary sky, Great Basin Desert, Utah, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Metate Arch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with moonlight illuminating the arch under stary sky, Great Basin Desert, Utah, USA
Pinyon pine (Pinus edulis) and Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma) on kaibab limestone spires in morning fog, North Rim, North Kalbab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Pinyon pine (Pinus edulis) and Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma) on kaibab limestone spires in morning fog, North Rim, North Kalbab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Bark patterns of Aspen tree (Populus tremula) in front of a Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) trunk, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Bark patterns of Aspen tree (Populus tremula) in front of a Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) trunk, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona, USA
Dawn light on the Teton Mountain range, with fog shrouded conifers, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, September 2012. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Dawn light on the Teton Mountain range, with fog shrouded conifers, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, September 2012.
White Sands National Park with its white gypsum dunes dotted with Yuccas (Yucca elata) creating patterns amid the dunes. White Sands, New Mexico, USA.  January 2013 - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / White Sands National Park with its white gypsum dunes dotted with Yuccas (Yucca elata) creating patterns amid the dunes. White Sands, New Mexico, USA. January 2013
Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata var.  longaeva) gnarled branches of an old tree,  Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata var. longaeva) gnarled branches of an old tree, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA.
Gnarled ancient Bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) lit by the full moon and star light, White Mountains Patriarch Grove, Inyo National Forest, California, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Gnarled ancient Bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) lit by the full moon and star light, White Mountains Patriarch Grove, Inyo National Forest, California, USA
Twisted branch in pool in stone canyon, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA, April 1992. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Twisted branch in pool in stone canyon, Coyote Buttes, Arizona, USA, April 1992.
Petrified sand dunes with red and yellow banding with Pointleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens) Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, USA, August. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Petrified sand dunes with red and yellow banding with Pointleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens) Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, USA, August.
Flowering Agave (Agave palmeri) plants growing in grassland, Sands Ranch Conservation Area, with the Santa Rita Mountains in the distance at sunset, Pima Country, Arizona, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Flowering Agave (Agave palmeri) plants growing in grassland, Sands Ranch Conservation Area, with the Santa Rita Mountains in the distance at sunset, Pima Country, Arizona, USA
North Rim at Cape Royal with sunset storm light streaming in rays, backlighting the canyon ridges, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / North Rim at Cape Royal with sunset storm light streaming in rays, backlighting the canyon ridges, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Sunset light on twisted Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) Sonoran Desert National Monument,  Arizona, USA, April. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sunset light on twisted Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA, April.
Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) twisted by exposure to frost, Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) twisted by exposure to frost, Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA
Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) with flower cluster, Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain Unit, Arizona, USA, August. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) with flower cluster, Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain Unit, Arizona, USA, August.
Autumn leaved Aspen trees (Populus) amongst bare trees, in the Dixie National Forest, Boulder Mountain, Utah, USA, October. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Autumn leaved Aspen trees (Populus) amongst bare trees, in the Dixie National Forest, Boulder Mountain, Utah, USA, October.
Flowering Yucca (Yucca carnerosana) in foggy habitat,  Tamaulipas, Sierra Tamaulipas, Mexico, February 2004. - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Flowering Yucca (Yucca carnerosana) in foggy habitat, Tamaulipas, Sierra Tamaulipas, Mexico, February 2004.
Clusters of Barrel Cacti (Ferocactus stainesii) and Yuccas (Yucca sp) with the Sierra Madre in the background, Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico, Central America - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Clusters of Barrel Cacti (Ferocactus stainesii) and Yuccas (Yucca sp) with the Sierra Madre in the background, Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico, Central America
Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) against summer monsoon sky with rainbow and streaks of lightning. Sonoran Desert, near Tucson, Arizona, August 2012. - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) against summer monsoon sky with rainbow and streaks of lightning. Sonoran Desert, near Tucson, Arizona, August 2012.
Teddy bear cholla cactus {Opuntia bigelovii}, Brittlebush {Encelia farinosa} and Red owl's clover {Orthocarpus purpurascens} flowering on Harcuvar mountains, Arizona, USA with Arrastra mountains in th... - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Teddy bear cholla cactus {Opuntia bigelovii}, Brittlebush {Encelia farinosa} and Red owl's clover {Orthocarpus purpurascens} flowering on Harcuvar mountains, Arizona, USA with Arrastra mountains in th...
Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa) and Birdcage Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides) flowering on Pinta Sands, Sierra Pinta Mtns, Cabeza Prieta NW Refuge, Arizona, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa) and Birdcage Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides) flowering on Pinta Sands, Sierra Pinta Mtns, Cabeza Prieta NW Refuge, Arizona, USA
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