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November 13th, 2014

Canon Announces EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens

Posted By Ashley Myers-Turner
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens
After months of floating through the rumor mill, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM has finally been confirmed. The compact super-telephoto lens uses a weather resistant magnesium body to house a redeigned optical system for sharp hi-res images without chrommatic aberration. Image Stabilization is available in 3 modes- standard, panning, exposure only – … 
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 … 
June 4th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Snowed In” by Bobo Bird – Ontario, Canada

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Wildlife portrait of a Great gray owl in Ontario, Canada against a backdrop of snow and winter conditions
The Great grey owl or Great gray owl (Strix Nebulosa) is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species. They are distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. I have been trying for two winters to get pictures of this amazing-looking bird, but without success. One day, a friend told me that one had been spotted … 
May 29th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Eastern Screech-Owl, Otis Asio, Wild Texas” by Dave Welling – Rio Grande Valley

Posted By David Alexander Willis
577970027 a perfectly camouflaged wild eastern screech-owl otis asio perches in a dead mesquite tree on a private ranch in the rio grande valley of south texas - the eastern screech-owl otis asio is a small to medium-sized raptor of the eastern and southeastern united states
I was photographing on a private ranch in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas for an “iron-man” wildlife photo contest (30 wildlife categories and at least 3-4 winners in each category). One of the categories involved camouflaged animals – how they use their cryptic coloration/plumage/etc to blend into their environment. The ranch owner knew … 
May 18th, 2014

African Wildlife Roundup

Posted By Ian Plant
Lion in grass, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana (by Ian Plant)
(© Ian Plant) I spent several weeks in Africa in February, but I haven’t had a chance until now to sort through everything. You might have seen my previous post with images of wild dogs, but that’s not all I saw during my trip. Here’s a few more of the exciting wildlife encounters I had … 
May 16th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Soulmaten” by Marina Cano – Cabárceno Natural Park, Cantabria, Northern Spain

Posted By David Alexander Willis
pair of Boreal lynx captured in Cabarceno Wildlife Park in Cantabria, northern Spain wildlife photography
-She is here again, darling -Really? She also came yesterday -Yes and the day before… we have to invite her for a drink one day! That’s how I imagine this couple speaks about me. I know I have spent more time there than any other person in the world. I shoot in the area because … 
May 5th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Close Encounters,” a series by Marc Mol – Serengeti National Park, Northern Tanzania, East Africa

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Close up of a cheetah taken in Serengeti National Park Tanzania East Africa tour guided vehicle
It was mid January when I was in the Ndutu region, which borders the world famous Serengeti National Park- NorthernTanzania as part of a three-week trip, also including the lesser-known Ruaha National Park in the southern area of Tanzania. One early afternoon, we were following a female cheetah and her 12-month-old sub-adult son on a … 
January 24th, 2014

Behind The Shot: ‘Polar Bear Fight’ by Matthew Studebaker – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Kaktovik, Alaska

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Two polar bear cub siblings playfully engaging in an argument wildlife behavior Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Park, Alaska
In this photo a pair of polar bears spar during a snow storm in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. To make the image, I hired an experienced boat captain in Kaktovik, Alaska to take me out to barrier islands where polar bears gather in late fall, waiting for the sea ice to form so they … 
January 3rd, 2014

13 Favorite Images for 2013

Posted By Kevin Schafer
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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.