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November 17th, 2014

Behind The Shot: David Stoecklein – Ketchum, Idaho

Cowboy sheltering a young cow calf in the winter snow and inclement weather
There is an old cowboy saying that goes, “Talk less and say more.” Famed “Wild West” photographer David Stoecklein, who passed away this last Monday, November 11th, spent the majority of his career doing just that. Based out of Idaho, Stoecklein started as a sports and outdoorsman photographer, but it was his love for cowboys, …
November 13th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Ice Cave Series” by Garret Suhrie – Cascade Mountains, Washington

Winter ice cave with water captured in the Cascade Mountains of Washington
This was definitely one of the most difficult shots I’ve ever captured for a number of reasons, mostly attributed to the extreme environment. First off, it was 90 degrees outside and 30 degrees inside the cave so I had to wait a few hours for the instant condensation that formed inside my lens to dissipate. …
November 3rd, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Mystic Flower” by Christian Kneidinger – Linz, Austria

Close-up photograph of the moth orchid with a center that looks like a bird head and face
I visited the local botanical garden in Linz, Austria, last February. At this time there was an orchid exhibition. My plan was to get some nice pictures of orchids. The main focus of this visit was to capture flower structures and abstract colors in details. Therefore my main lens was the Canon EF 100 macro. …
October 28th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Lightning Over Cerro Cuate Triptych” by Jory Vander Galien – Empedrado Wilderness Study Area, San Ysidro, New Mexico

Long exposure of lightning captured at Cerro Cuate hill in San Ysidro New Mexico black and white image photography
There are very few times in my life when I am not just sent running, but sent to an all-out-sprint with a blazing trail-of-fire behind me out of fear for my life. I am literally one of these guys who does not fear a whole heck of a lot. One night, however, while standing out …
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 …