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June 7th, 2016

Behind The Shot: “Spring Sunrise In Grand Teton” By Michael Swindle

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
One of my objectives on my trip to Grand Teton National Park in the spring of 2014 was to get a sunrise photo from Oxbow Bend. Getting the sunrise shot that you have been dreaming of can be nearly impossible when you have limited shooting days and absolutely no control over the weather or the …
May 18th, 2016

Behind The Shot: “Intersection Of Fires” By Andrew Gordon—Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo By Andrew Gordon
I live in the town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. It sits on the eastern edge of the volcanic Jemez Mountains, which have been ravaged by two severe wildfires in the past few decades, and many minor fires. I try to make the best of the scarred landscape and hope to capture the beauty of …
April 25th, 2016

Behind The Shot: Dalmatian Pelicans By Jayne Bond— Lake Kerkini, Greece

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Jayne Bond
I love photographing all aspects of nature, whether it’s woodland birds in the local country park or traveling farther afield to places such as Brownsea Island to photograph red squirrels, the deer rut at Richmond Park, red kites in mid-Wales or gorgeous little puffins on Skomer Island just off the Welsh coast. I’ve always had …
April 18th, 2016

Behind The Shot: “Katmai Sow And Cub” By Jeff Green—Katmai National Park, Alaska

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Jeff Green
In 2010, I fulfilled a dream to spend two weeks photographing landscapes and wildlife in southwest Alaska. The trip included a week in Seward and a week in Homer. During my research, it was clear a guided trip to Katmai National Park to photograph brown bears would increase the odds of getting a memorable Alaskan …
April 11th, 2016

Behind The Shot: “Yellowstone Bison” By Jeff West— Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Yellowstone National Park commands a powerful presence. The awe-inspiring grandeur of our first national park is a wildlife photographer’s gold mine. For me, it was a place to capture not only the beauty of these animals, but animals in their natural habitat—what I term ”wildlife landscapes.” On a weeklong trip through the Tetons and Yellowstone, …
April 4th, 2016

Behind The Shot: “Patiently Waiting” By Doug Croft—Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo by Doug Croft
The truth of it is, we all have to start somewhere, and I was very fortunate to have my love of nature photography start at Brooks Falls, Alaska. In 2010, my wife and I were planning a trip to Alaska, and I remembered seeing Tom Mangelsen’s iconic photo, “Catch of the Day.” I knew we …
March 29th, 2016

Behind The Shot: “Seljalandsfoss—Under the Midnight Sun” By Harry Lichtman—Iceland

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo By Harry Lichtman
Iceland boasts many waterfalls, many of which are easily accessible near major roads. This can be a good thing, but the downside is that these attractions have been photographed widely and original compositions can be difficult to come by. While many waterfalls were much larger, I was drawn to the more intimate feel of Seljalandsfoss. …
March 23rd, 2016

Behind The Shot: Deer Amongst The Birches By Jonathan Steele—Acadia National Park, Maine

Posted By Staff
It was the second day of a five-day trip to Acadia National Park and Machias Seal Island for research into an upcoming workshop. The day had started two hours north of Acadia along the Bold Coast of Maine, a cloudy, dreary looking day even by Maine coast standards. By 7 a.m., the boat trip from …
March 4th, 2016

Behind The Shot: “The First Encounter” By Tin Man Lee—Manitoba, Canada

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Photo By Tin Man Lee
California-based wildlife photographer Tin Man Lee recently returned from a trip to Manitoba, Canada, where he spent two weeks attempting to photograph polar bears emerging from their dens. Fortunately, his patience paid off, despite a little frostbite and catching the flu. Reposted with permission from Tin Man Lee. I wiped my eyes twice to make …

February 10th, 2016

Behind The Shot: “Blue Ice, Black Sand” By Kate Garibaldi— Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake, Iceland

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
"Blue Ice, Black Sand" by Kate Garibaldi
I love Iceland. Nowhere else that I know of can you hike a glacier, watch a geyser erupt, swim in a geothermal spa, see puffins fishing, tour a lava field from horseback, go whale watching and then stand at the edge of the most powerful waterfall in Europe all in the same trip. Then, depending …