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November 3rd, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Mystic Flower” by Christian Kneidinger – Linz, Austria

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Close-up photograph of the moth orchid with a center that looks like a bird head and face
I visited the local botanical garden in Linz, Austria, last February. At this time there was an orchid exhibition. My plan was to get some nice pictures of orchids. The main focus of this visit was to capture flower structures and abstract colors in details. Therefore my main lens was the Canon EF 100 macro. …
October 17th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “The Intruder – Great Egret Among Scarlet Ibises” by Mario Davalos P. – Caroni Swamp, Trinidad

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Thousands of Scarlet Ibises roost in the same spot at Caroni Swamp , in the island of Trinida, and a lone Great Egret seem highly out of place among them.
I had been in the northern mountain range of Trinidad for four days already and I kept hearing about Caroni Swamp and the roosting of the scarlet ibises. I had seen illustrations of the birds on flags, the Trinidad and Tobago coat of arms and promotional materials, but I had never seen a scarlet ibis …
July 2nd, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Johnny Walker” by Clint Ralph – KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Posted By David Alexander Willis
A Jackal buzzard seemingly walking taken in the Drankensburg mountain range KwaZulu-Natal South Africa on a cliff
This vulture hide is situated at the top of the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on the edge of a cliff. The thermals created by the cliff create the ideal flying environment for the very rare and endangered Bearded vulture and Cape vulture. My partner and I had made our way up the steep …
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 …
January 2nd, 2013

New Year’s Gifts

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Snowy Owl in flight, Grays Harbor, WA
Snowy Owl in flight, Grays Harbor, WA Forget Christmas – my greatest gifts this holiday season came at New Year’s. This morning promised to be one of  the first clear days after several rain-sodden weeks — welcome to winter in the Northwest…! On a whim, I got up at 4 AM and headed to the coast, …
April 18th, 2012

Changing Plans

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) Eating seastar (Pisaster) Puget Sound, Washington
In photography, as in Life itself, whatever you might have planned on a particular day can quickly be superseded by events. Sometimes that can work in your favor – sometimes not. For me, today brought an unexpected gift. I set out this morning to photograph the flocks of Brant Geese on the beach below my …
March 9th, 2012

A Short Commute

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Pacific Black Brant, Puget Sound
I have spent most of my career getting on airplanes to far-flung locations around the world: Ironically, I have almost no local wildlife coverage. But when a flock of migrating Brant Geese landed on the beach below my home in Seattle, I couldn’t resist putting on my 500mm and heading down there. Fortunately there are …
January 31st, 2012

Playing Hooky in Hawaii

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Nene Goose, Kaua'i
Just returned from a welcome family vacation in Hawaii – a nice break from the recent cold snap in Seattle. To make it a true vacation, I took only one camera body and one lens (albeit the handy Nikon 18-200mm) rather than the usual 50-60 lbs of gear I normally haul around.  This is a …
December 22nd, 2011

An Island of Color

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) on nest with Lichen,   Antarctica
As I have mentioned in my previous Antarctic posts, we had blue skies in very short supply. And nothing is more demoralizing to a photographer than the complete absence of light and color : no glorious sunsets or beams of incandescent light. So you can imagine how delighted I was when I stumbled onto this scene, …
November 29th, 2011

The Limits of Autofocus

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) Angry male, Indonesia
I spent much of the last few weeks in the company of wild maleos, an endangered bird species on the island of Sulawesi. It was hot, hard work, but I felt privileged to spend time in the company of a fascinating, lively, and slightly weird bird. As I mentioned a few days ago, maleos gather …