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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 … 
June 5th, 2013

When the Sky Defines the Composition

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Mallos de Riglos, Spain
The small village of Riglos, on the southern fringes of the Spanish Pyrenees, is not on the way to anywhere, but makes a worthwhile detour, if only for the dramatic rock spires – very popular with Spanish climbers – that rise up behind it. This was a place that demanded more time, and different light, … 
July 25th, 2012

Intent on Design

Posted By Jay Goodrich
Heather Goodrich Mountain Biking Colorado by Jay Goodrich
In today’s digital world we all take tons of photos. We then take those images and master them. We use software like Apple’s Aperture, Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop to make them our own. Sometimes we add color and other times we shed that color for a black and white version. There are purists who don’t … 
June 17th, 2012

Finding Balance

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Ring-tailed Lemur, Berenty Reserve MADAGASCAR
Visual balance can sometimes be difficult to achieve in a photograph , but it can make the difference between a pedestrian portrait – and a more compelling one. When I set out to photograph this wild Ring-tailed Lemur, for example, resting in a tree, I chose not to place him directly in the middle of … 
March 8th, 2011

Midday Madness

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Grasses in Lake Ice, Northwest Territories
During our recent Aurora trip, we obviously had long hours of daylight when the aurora was invisible. It was usually a good time to get some much-needed sleep after a long night under the sky, but it also offered some great hiking and snowshoeing opportunities. And since the middle of the day is rarely the … 
December 19th, 2010

The “Wrong” Lens

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) Costa Rica
I am often asked what lenses to take for a particular journey.  My standard answer?  All of them.  Seriously, I have found that I need everything in my arsenal nearly everywhere I go, which explains why my backpack is so unbelievably heavy.  In almost every shooting situation, you can be sure that whatever lens you … 
May 18th, 2010

Avoiding Icons… and Discovering Your Own

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Covered with moss and ferns, L
Photography is, in its essence, an acquisitive art form. It is a creative process, to be sure, but it is also an extractive one. Images are like visual trophies, something to bring home from the hunt. I don’t mean to disparage that notion – that visceral sense of accomplishment and pride is part of photography’s irresistible charm. …