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August 6th, 2014

Help Save the Amazon Dolphin!

Posted By Kevin Schafer
An Amazon River Dolphin or "Boto" swims through the flooded forest canopy with her calf.
Five years ago, I photographed a story for National Geographic Magazine on Amazon River Dolphins (“Botos” in Portuguese). It was a thrilling project, a chance to tell the story of a remarkable animal that most people had never heard of, living in the flooded forests of the Amazon. At the time, these dolphins were abundant,largely …
June 2nd, 2012

Dolphins in the Trees

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Amazon River Dolphin underwater, Brazil
KUOW, the Seattle NPR affiliate, is running a ten-minute piece today on my Amazon River Dolphin story for National Geographic. I will talk about the assignment, the highs, the lows, the challenge of story-telling – and the scary things that swim in the water. As a photographer, I find it a little unsettling not to …
October 28th, 2011

The Eyes Have It

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Dwarf Caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) Cristalino River, Amazon, Brazil
There are pretty few rules in wildlife photography, but there is one which you’d want a pretty good reason to break. This is it: the only thing in the picture that really needs to be in focus is the eyes. Case in point: with this head-on shot of a dwarf caiman in the upper Amazon, there …
September 28th, 2011

Amazon Dispatch

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Brazilian Tapir Swimming, Cristalino River, Amazonia, Brazil
We are half-way through our month in the wilds of Brazil, and just spent an extraordinary week in the southern Amazon basin.  At one level, going after wildlife in the rainforest is a complete crap shoot – you never know what you will find, if anything. Some days are quiet, with nothing visible, and others …
March 9th, 2011

NG 50 Greatest Photographs

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Amazon River Dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) Underwater, Brazil
I got some pretty cool news today: my image of Amazon River Dolphins that appeared in the June 2009 issue of National Geographic has been included in their “50 Greatest Photographs” app now available for the iPad.  (I don’t have an iPad,  so I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently, it looks beautiful). Preview here. …
September 25th, 2010

Playing Hooky

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Amazon River Dolphins Underwater, Brazil
I have been pretty quiet on the Blog lately, with a family wedding in Boston and a visit with friends in Montreal. Believe or not, I have not taken a picture in nearly two weeks – a situation that bears an eerie resemblance to a vacation. So, just to keep the visuals coming, I am …
June 21st, 2010

Other Eyes

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Amazon River Dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) Underwater, Rio Negro,
I must have taken 4000 or more shots of Amazon River Dolphins while working on last year’s story for National Geographic.  (See related story in 9/09 issue of OP) Yet, out of these, less than a dozen made it into the final story. Some, happily, were among my favorites from the shoot. Inevitably, though, other …