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February 16th, 2016

Technique by Accident Can Still Be Good Technique

Posted By Jason Bradley
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Good wildlife photos are often about being in the right place at the right time.  But right place and time is nothing without knowing the right technique.  Or in my case, during a recent shoot in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, Africa, it’s about using the right technique, by accident. 
 
January 2nd, 2015

Top Ten for 2014

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Cozumel Coati (Nasua nelsoni)  Endemic, Critically endangered, Cozumel
It is always difficult to ask ten pictures to define a year, a challenge made more so since my judging criteria includes other factors besides something as ill-defined and subjective as “quality.” My choices reflect the diversity of subjects that interested me this year, moments that excited me, or ideas that for one reason or …
 
July 7th, 2013

Instinct and Opportunity

Posted By Kevin Schafer
California Sea Lions, Channel Islands
Wildlife photography asks a lot of someone with a camera. In a heartbeat, you must freeze an instant in time, with both flattering light and an appealing design, with a subject over which you have entirely no control. Case in point: this shot of California Sea Lions taken at Point Bennett on remote San Miguel …
 
February 6th, 2013

Barter Island Polar Bears 105

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Barter Island Polar Bears 105
Aww! I photographed these two cute polar bear cubs during my Alaska Polar Bear Photography Tour last October. They are so adorable I just want to hug them, except for the fact that they would probably eat me. During our tour, we work with local Eskimo guides who take us out in their small boats …
 
February 2nd, 2013

Searching for the Picture

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Snow Goose bathing, Skagit Valley
Over the course of my career, I have been on a lot of airplanes, and traveled to some pretty exotic, far-flung locations. But almost all of us live with an hour or two of something worth photographing.  They may not be icons, like Yosemite or Brooks Falls, Alaska, but I would venture to say that …
 
November 27th, 2012

The Archipelago of Hope

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Sally Lightfoot Crabs (Grapsus grapsus) In surf, Galapagos Island
I first visited the Galapagos Islands nearly thirty years ago. It was a revelation. Instead of fleeing in terror at the sight of me (like most wildlife around the world) the animals of the Galapagos did something extraordinary: they ignored me. For a wildlife photographer like myself, being invisible is the greatest gift of all, …
 
June 22nd, 2012

Kuliak Brown Bear 5

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Kuliak Brown Bear 5
I’m not sure that I like this image as much as the other wide-angle brown bear image that I shared the other day but what I do like is that this was created on a rare sunny day on the Katmai Coast. I’ve got a lot of images of bears in the rain with a …
 
June 22nd, 2012

Kukak Brown Bear 50

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Kukak Brown Bear 50
“Who’s a happy bear?” That is what I would say to a big-old male brown bear who was sitting by the river during my expedition to the Katmai Coast last August. The bears always seemed so casual as they waited for salmon to pretty much swim into their mouths. I spent a lot of time …
 
June 20th, 2012

Kukak Brown Bear 25

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Kukak Brown Bear 25
I photographed this brown bear backlit at sunrise while visiting Kukak Bay on the outer coast of Katmai National Park last August. Kukak Bay is geographically oriented from east to west, so early morning light illuminates the bay whenever the sky is clear, which is not that often. In most cases, I prefer to photograph …
 
June 20th, 2012

Kuliak Brown Bear 8

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Kuliak Brown Bear 8
As I have made progress editing my extensive backlog of unedited images, I have been discovering many wonderful photos like this one that have until recently been confined to my hard-drives. This image was created on my Katmai Coast expedition last August, during which I was able to photograph brown bears at very close range. This wide-angle image is …