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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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