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February 19th, 2012

Missing the Shot..and other Blunders

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Elegant Terns,  Sea of Cortez
To create a successful wildlife photograph, you have to master a lot of variables. There is your exposure, of course, and the sometimes split-second decisions that must be made regarding shutter speed and aperture, and where precisely you want to focus – a critical issue with long lenses, which have very shallow depth-of-field. These are issues … 
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 … 
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 … 
October 14th, 2011

More from Brazil

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Hyacinth Macaw, Pantanal
The Pantanal is a vast, seasonally-flooded wetland in south-central Brazil. It is also a conservation success story based on an unexpected, but effective, model. Because the annual inundation makes agriculture largely impossible, the land is typically held in large Fazendas – enormous tracts of privately-owned ranch land.  On these ranches, cows share space with giant … 
August 26th, 2011

Arctic Documentary Project – Svalbard, Norway Final Post #5

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
August 10, Danskøya Island 37F This morning is cold. Most definitely the coolest we’ve experienced. Danskøya Island is on the northwest part of the archipelago and is on the edge of better polar bear habitat. The ice is nearly 80 miles offshore, so any bears that are stranded on the Islands of Svalbard migrate towards … 
July 5th, 2011

Hartney Bay Sandpipers 32

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Hartney Bay Sandpipers 32
This is another image from my visit to Cordova, Alaska last month. The focus of my trip was photographing the shorebird migration that takes place each spring along the Copper River delta. Naively, I anticipated millions of shorebirds, but I never saw more than perhaps 10,000 all at once. This was still a spectacular sight … 
June 21st, 2011

Dangerous Nature?

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Wild Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) Male eating figs, Australia
I am often asked – at lectures and in interviews – what is the most dangerous thing I have ever encountered in nature. Frankly, I hate that question, first because of its inherent sensationalism, but also because it is so misplaced: I have very little to fear from the wild animals with which I spend … 
June 12th, 2011

Accidents and Near Misses

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Allen's Hummingbird Taking Off
  The best wildlife photography often happens around the edges of situations, when things are not entirely going your way and conditions force you to do something unplanned. I have been photographing Allen’s Hummingbirds bathing in a small stream on the Channel Islands (see post from a few days ago) but found that I had … 
June 3rd, 2011

Hartney Bay Sandpipers 02

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Hartney Bay Sandpipers 02
While visiting Cordova, I saw flocks of several thousand shorebirds, but never the millions that I had read about. If there were millions, they were spread out over the entire Copper River delta region. The shorebirds that I saw were scattered all over the mudflats of Hartney Bay which made photographing them difficult. The best opportunities to photograph … 
May 31st, 2011

Hartney Bay Sandpipers 01

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Hartney Bay Sandpipers 01, Prince William Sound, Alaska
ALASKA!!! That sums up my feelings about my recent trip north. I began my trip by teaching some classes in Anchorage and Fairbanks, but then my friend and fellow photographer Steve Kazlowski joined me for a week photographing the Copper River shorebird migration near Cordova. It was the first time that either of us had …