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About David Alexander
Based out of Los Angeles, David Alexander Willis is Associate Editor for Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo, Digital Photo Pro and HDVideoPro magazines. You can follow him at twitter.com/davidalexwillis.

October 17th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “The Intruder – Great Egret Among Scarlet Ibises” by Mario Davalos P. – Caroni Swamp, Trinidad

Thousands of Scarlet Ibises roost in the same spot at Caroni Swamp , in the island of Trinida, and a lone Great Egret seem highly out of place among them.
I had been in the northern mountain range of Trinidad for four days already and I kept hearing about Caroni Swamp and the roosting of the scarlet ibises. I had seen illustrations of the birds on flags, the Trinidad and Tobago coat of arms and promotional materials, but I had never seen a scarlet ibis … 
September 19th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “The Lizard” by Brian Klimowski – Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

photograph of a color changing lizard taken against The Wave sandstone formation on the slope of the Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Arizona Utah border
The Coyote Buttes is perhaps the most well-known part of the 280,000-acre Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, on the border of Arizona and Utah. Most photographers are familiar with the unique sandstone landforms and beauty of the area and it continues to be one of the most popular destinations in the Southwest. As my photography tends … 
August 26th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Black-and-White Hawk-Eagle” by Daniel Fox – Guira Oga Refuge Center, Iguazu, Misiones Province, Northeastern Argentina

Wildlife portrait of a Black-and-white Hawk Eagle taken at Guira Oga Refuge Center in Iguazu , Misiones Province, Argentina
In 2010 I toured the northern provinces of Argentina. The trip was made with the support of the mate (mah-tay) company TARAGUI. Mate is for the Argentines what wine is for the French. It is at the core of their social structure. Over the course of 6 weeks, we interviewed all kinds of people and … 
August 5th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Tenderness” by Roberto Dutesco – Sable Island, Southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Photograph of a stallion and mare nuzzling from a book called The Wild Horses of Sable Island off the coast of Nova Scotia
This shot was done in 1994 on Sable Island. It was June, and I was there for a couple of days. This was my very first experience on Sable Island. I went there with a limited knowledge of what to expect and what I encountered was a lot of love and a lot of affection, … 
July 25th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Homo Borealis” by Mark Alberhasky – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Long exposure of man in Jökulsárlón, Iceland against backdrop of northern lights and aurora
I became interested in photographing the northern lights during December of 2013 after reading an article and seeing some wonderful images. I began doing research and found the prospect of seeing the aurora was both location and season dependent. While many U.S. photographers choose Alaska as their destination, I discovered that Iceland was a viable … 
July 15th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Bloody Causeway” by Michael Breitung – Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

basalt pillars pillers cast up by a volcanic eruption in County Antrim Northern Island Giant's Causeway Giant's Causey
I didn’t have the best start into my Northern Ireland phototrip back in 2012. I lost the first day thanks to a delayed flight, and when I finally arrived in Antrim, the weather was all grey and rainy. The day I took the photo “Bloody Causeway” was the same. In the evening, as I drove … 

July 9th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Shiprock and Duststorm” by Jory Vander Galien – San Juan County, New Mexico

A desert sand and dust storm blankets the famous and iconic Shiprock outcropping in the New Mexico desert
People have been asking me to produce more work in color. Like Ansel Adams saw it, color is just not musical to me. One might have to be a musician to grasp this notion, but music and black-and-white photography are very much intertwined. The tones and pitches in music go hand and hand with the … 

July 2nd, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Johnny Walker” by Clint Ralph – KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A Jackal buzzard seemingly walking taken in the Drankensburg mountain range KwaZulu-Natal South Africa on a cliff
This vulture hide is situated at the top of the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on the edge of a cliff. The thermals created by the cliff create the ideal flying environment for the very rare and endangered Bearded vulture and Cape vulture. My partner and I had made our way up the steep … 
June 27th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Steller Sea Lion” by Richard Salas – Hurst Island, British Columbia, Canada

Underwater close up shot of pinniped sea lion's face photography Subal housing
Steller Sea Lion: 700 pounds of six-foot rambunctious puppy dog! I was teaching a photo workshop up at God’s Pocket Resort, a land-based diving operation in B.C., Canada. Only accessible by boat, God’s Pocket Resort is the only resident of Hurst Island. They generate their own electricity and water and ferry in food from town. … 
June 25th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Milky Way Over Screw Auger Falls” by Adam Woodworth – Grafton Notch State Park, Maine

Long night exposure of the Milky Way over Screw Auger Falls gorge in Grafton Notch State Park Maine
Ever since I returned to landscape photography in 2008, I have been amazed by the places I’ve visited in my journeys through my original home state of Maine, and my current home state of New Hampshire. Screw Auger Falls in Maine’s Grafton Notch State Park, almost straddling the border of the two states, is a …