OP – The Blog

April 13th, 2011

Spring Is In The Air

Posted By Kevin Schafer

Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Lake Crescent, WA

Spring is coming late this year to the Pacific Northwest after a long winter. But it’s on it’s way. So if you’re thinking of making a photo trip to Washington and Oregon, May and June are two of the best months of the year, when the Northwest is filled with every shade of green.  For a list of great photo locations, see my piece in the current May issue of OP.  Have a look here. (If you can tear your eyes away from Ian Plant’s handsome story in the same issue)

But what’s a wildlife photographer like me doing writing about landscapes?  The simple answer is that most of my wildlife work is overseas – Brazil, Australia, Sri Lanka in the past year alone – but a guy can’t be traveling ALL the time. (It just feel like it sometimes) Whenever possible, I try to stay close to home for the lush months of Spring when this seems like the most enchanted corner of the Universe.

The fact is, I also resist being labeled as “one kind” of photographer. My career has been based on international wildlife stories, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy shooting landscapes, flowers, macro – or even people and abstracts. Photography is a creative passion, and while there may be compelling reasons for specializing for those trying to make a living in this business – call it “Branding” – I, for one, enjoy shooting virtually almost anything that catches my eye.

Savor the Spring. Make beautiful pictures.

Nikon D3, 70-200mm lens


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  1. Jon Cornforth Says:

    Congratulations on your article in the current issue of OP!

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