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October 29th, 2015

Photo Of The Day By David Hartfield

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
Frosty Bison By
Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Frosty Bison” Photo By David Hartfield. “In the middle of winter, this bison is covered with frost from the mist of a nearby geyser that froze on him,” says Hartield. “He stared me down for just a second and I realized he wanted to walk down the road I …
April 22nd, 2015

Creating the Best Wildlife Photos

Posted By Jay Goodrich
Wildlife Photos Jay Goodrich 1
Wildlife photography is not a cheap investment. It typically requires big, expensive, high-quality lenses and fast cameras to even begin to think about creating a quality wildlife photograph. However, there are many photographers who show up on game day with the equipment, but not the game. In my opinion, it is fine to be a …
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 …
November 7th, 2014

Accidents and Plans

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Rising to the Top
There are planned pictures,and there are accidental pictures. And then there are those for which both are required. It is clearly important, when making pictures, to have an idea: a new approach, a new angle, a new camera setting that takes you from the obvious “front and center” kind of image to something unexpected. My …
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 …
January 3rd, 2014

13 Favorite Images for 2013

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Notice how I say “Favorites”, not necessarily the “Best.” Not only is it hard to honestly assess which are the best images in so short a time, but for me, my choice of favorites often has as much to do with the experience as the quality of the picture.
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 …
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, …
October 10th, 2012

In the Company of Elephants : 2013 Safari

Posted By Kevin Schafer
African Elephant, (Loxodonta africana) mother and calves
This image was not planned, just a quick shot as a line of elephants passed close by to our vehicle. As always, the young animals stayed close to their mother, especially the little one, just a few months old and still nursing. What I have always loved about this picture is the graceful lines of …
March 18th, 2012

Timing is Everything

Posted By Kevin Schafer
San Joaquin Kit Fox...sort of
The San Joaquin Kit Fox is one of the rarest mammals in North America, having the great misfortune of being adapted to the dwindling habitat of California’s Central Valley. What was once a great arid grassland is now largely a world of farms and pastures; most of the native species (like this small fox) are …