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Top Ten for 2014

January 2, 2015 | By Kevin Schafer
It is always difficult to ask ten pictures to define a year, a challenge made more so since my judging...
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Accidents and Plans

November 7, 2014 | By Kevin Schafer
There are planned pictures,and there are accidental pictures. And then there are those for which both are required. It is...
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Up Close with Endangered Animals

October 20, 2014 | By Kevin Schafer
We are in the middle of a major worldwide extinction event, with vast numbers of plants and animals disappearing because...
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Creativity vs. Wikipedia

August 13, 2014 | By J. Ana Flores
By now, you will all have seen the image. You will probably also have heard the many amusing, often ridiculous,...
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Help Save the Amazon Dolphin!

August 6, 2014 | By J. Ana Flores
Five years ago, I photographed a story for National Geographic Magazine on Amazon River Dolphins (“Botos” in Portuguese). It was...
Rediscover Photography – with an iPhone…
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Rediscover Photography – with an iPhone…

March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Schafer
It has been a long-held tenet that the best camera for any situation is the one you’re holding in your...
March of the Penguins
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March of the Penguins

February 8, 2014 | By J. Ana Flores
Believe it or not, this was one of the most frustrating days of my entire trip in Antarctica. We made...
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13 Favorite Images for 2013

January 4, 2014 | By Kevin Schafer
Notice how I say “Favorites”, not necessarily the “Best.” Not only is it hard to honestly assess which are the...
In Praise of Shade
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In Praise of Shade

November 29, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
People often say clear skies and sunny days offer the best light for photography. Don’t believe them! Except for narrow...
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The Day of the Condor

November 5, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
It was a miraculous day at the bottom of the world. Days of clouds and rain finally gave way to...
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The Gifts of Weather

October 12, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
Sometimes, the best pictures we get are 180 degrees from the ones we were after. This is nearly always true...
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Instinct and Opportunity

July 8, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
Wildlife photography asks a lot of someone with a camera. In a heartbeat, you must freeze an instant in time,...

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Three Cheers for Nikon

June 28, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
I’ve been burned before. A decade ago, Nikon came out with its first VR lens – the original 80-400 zoom....
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When the Sky Defines the Composition

June 6, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
The small village of Riglos, on the southern fringes of the Spanish Pyrenees, is not on the way to anywhere,...
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Are Sunsets Overdone?

March 10, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
I have a thing about sunsets.  As my friends will testify, I have been known to rant about how we’re...
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Going Extreme

February 16, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
As photographers, our view of the world is often shaped by the lenses we choose to put on our camera....
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Searching for the Picture

February 3, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
Over the course of my career, I have been on a lot of airplanes, and traveled to some pretty exotic,...
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New Year’s Gifts

January 3, 2013 | By Kevin Schafer
Snowy Owl in flight, Grays Harbor, WA Forget Christmas – my greatest gifts this holiday season came at New Year’s. This...
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Beyond the Trophy Shot

December 7, 2012 | By Kevin Schafer
Some years ago, I was invited to a “slideshow” (remember those?) at the home of a good friend. He was...
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The Archipelago of Hope

November 27, 2012 | By Kevin Schafer
I first visited the Galapagos Islands nearly thirty years ago. It was a revelation. Instead of fleeing in terror at...
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