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“Argentinian Christmas Lights” – Ituzaingo, Argentina – Daniel Fox – Featured Photographer   29 comments


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“Argentinian Christmas Lights” – Ituzaingo, Argentina – Daniel Fox – Featured Photographer

Today’s post is packed jam full with lots of really cool information about a really interesting photographer/scientist, Daniel Fox.  Many of our great photos come from scientists working in the field on a particular species, but Daniel seems to go everywhere, literally.  He is embarking on a six year journey travelling around the world on an extreme island expedition.  Let me be one of many to cast my name into the hat as a marine mammalogist/photographer if there are any legs with an opening.  Please read Daniel’s description below and then follow one of his many links.  I suggest the Expedition page at the end of the post

Enter Daniel:

This picture was taken on July 2nd 2010, at the Yacare Pora farm (http://www.yacarepora.com.ar/) in Ituzaingo, a little village in the north of the province of Corrientes, in Argentina 

I was there with my partner Jasmine Rossi (www.jasminerossi.com) doing an interview (http://vimeo.com/channels/lasmarias#13245057) for the Mate Expedition (http://www.kontain.com/thewildimageproject/entries/101111/mate-expedition-by-taragui/) (http://mateexpedition.taragui.com.ar/) The trip was sponsored by Taragui, a famous Mate (tea) company. The trip was also for me to photograph representative animals from the north of Argentina.  I was having a show at the Consulate of Argentina in New York that coming October, called “Wildlife of Argentina”  http://www.kontain.com/thewildimageproject/entries/101107/ny-show-at-the-consulate-of-argentina/

Yacare Pora (owned by Grupoinsud, http://www.grupoinsud.com.ar/) is a sustainable caiman farm.  The local indian community used to hunt the black and broad-snouted caimans. The black market was huge and the animals were in sharp decline. The farm started to hire the local community to find the eggs instead and take them back the farm and to be hatched. Half are returned to the wild and the other half is kept for the market. The black market has been dramatically reduced and the population of caimans in Argentina saved. They have created a sustainable economy based on live animals, not dead ones. You can watch the little documentary here http://vimeo.com/13380831

Caimans are separated by age and size. Interestingly enough, caimans will grow faster and eat more if there are many of them in the same place. So each little “pool” contains a specific number of caimans – enough to provoke them in eating more, but not too many so that it stays healthy and clean.

Jasmine and I knew exactly the kind of shot we were after. That doesn’t mean that it was a “piece of cake”!  The caiman eye at night not only produces an “Eyeshine” but it is also iridescent, meaning that the color changes with the angle of the light source. The challenge was to get a good composition, clarity, and many different colorful “eyeshine”.  And since I do not photoshop my images, I was hoping for a little bit of luck too!. Thank god caimans are good subjects to photograph – they don’t move much 😉 We must have taken at least 200 shots that night.  Trying various flash angles, exposition, aperture, etc. 

This shot was done with a Canon 5D, at ISO 200, Aperture f/16 open for to 2 minutes.  It is exactly what I was looking for. It is kind of abstract, you don’t really know what it is, until you look close enough to realize what it is. On the composition side, I am really happy. I always look to have a central element in the photo, from where the rest of the story evolves. Without even cropping the photo, I was able to get my focus on one caiman slightly off the middle to the right, looking at me.  

It is important for me to stick as much as possible to the essence of photography and value the challenge of capturing “THE” moment.  It is too easy today not to care and manipulate everything on the computer.

 As for the future, right now I am working on an expedition like none before – 6 years navigating the most hostile oceans on earth. Find out more here http://www.wildimageproject.com/The_Extreme_Islands_Expedition.html

You can find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/foxdaniel and Twitter https://twitter.com/thewildimage

 

“Relaxing Monkeys” – Jigokudani Park, Japan – Jollice Tan – Featured Photographer   58 comments


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“Relaxing Monkeys” – Jigokudani Park, Japan – Jollice Tan – Featured Photographer

I have seen monkeys all over the world, but I have never seen them in the snow.  I must say that these Japanese macaques (Macacafuscata) have found a little slice of monkey heaven in a park who’s name translates to Hell’s Valley.  This looks like a great place for a snowball fight.  Jollie  not only takes wonderful photographs, but she writes beautifully and  travels often.  Please keep up with her work in the following blogs.

https://lifetoreset.wordpress.com/   

https://sofarreaching.wordpress.com/ 

Take it over Jollice:

I went for a weekend break to the beautiful town of Yamanouchi, Nagano, Japan for some winter wonderland experience and to see the famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani Park.

A bit embarrassing to admit but I have bad experience with monkeys, particularly those naughty ones of Ulawatu Park in Bali. So I was thinking that maybe these snow monkeys will be as naughty as those in Bali too, but to my surprise, they are so used to visitors that they developed these  “ignore and don’t care” attitude. 

Look at the photo and it says one thing – Bored and Cold.  They are so cute and the snow covered land just makes one perfect shot.

Camera Used:  Olympus PEn E-PL2 Micro-four thirds series.

“Spirit Bear” – Coastal British Columbia, Canada – Iain Williams – Featured Photographer   50 comments


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“Spirit Bear” – Coastal British Columbia, Canada – Iain Williams – Featured Photographer

I remember the first time I ever saw a photo of this beautiful bear was in National Geographic magazine several years ago.  This photograph would have blended in well with the article. I can’t help but think of this spirit bear as being a wise old elder at the sacred fishing grounds.  Iain does an amazing job of not only capturing the bear’s expression, but the fish as well.   Please read the story and then visit Ian’s just as spectacular blog and website!

www.AnaspidesPhotography-Blog.com

www.AnaspidesPhotography.net

Here is Iain:

The Kermode Bear (Ursus americanus kermodei) is a sub species of the American Black Bear.  It lives deep within the temperate rainforest in British Columbia, Canada and is often referred to as the Spirit Bear.  The creamy-white coloring of the bear’s coat is not caused by albinism, but a recessive allele.  It’s estimated that there are between 400-1000 individuals in the wild, the bear owing its survival to the indigenous people who featured the bear’s ghost-like appearance in their mythology and never hunted the bear or mentioned its existent to early fur trappers.

The photograph was taken along a creek line which is assessable only by live aboard boat and hiking.  I timed my visit with the salmon spawning season as the bears come out of the rainforest to fish for salmon as the fish make their way upstream to spawn.  It was raining heavily on the day I took this photograph and keeping the camera equipment dry was difficult.  I placed myself at the forest edge adjacent to the junction of two streams and waited until the bears made their way downstream to fish.  I used a sturdy tripod, Canon 500/f4.5 lens and a Canon EOS 1D MKIII camera.  The available light was minimal due to overcast skies and rain necessitating an ISO of 400 at 1/250th at f4.5.

Interestingly, bears with white coats have a greater chance of catching fish than black bears.   This is because the fish finds it difficult to see the bear’s white coloring.

A Year of Watching Wildlife by David Lukas – Book Review   3 comments


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5 Reasons Why You NEED This Book “A Year of Watching Wildlife” – Lonely Planet Series – David Lukas

1)    Right Place at the Right Time

Have you ever looked at a spectacular photo and said that is a lucky shot.  Well, in the world of wildlife photography you make your own luck by being in the right place and waiting for the right time.  This book tells you on a week by week basis where the most interesting animal encounters are occurring around the world.

2)    Plan your next vacation

Want to go to Australia this week? Head on over to Ningaloo Reef and swim with the whale sharks.  Headed to Alaska? Wait until July and watch brown bears catching salmon at Katmai National Park. Live in California?  Make sure you go see the thousand pound bull elephant seals fight for territory at Ano Nuevo State Reserve in December.

3)    Determine the best times to see a certain species of animals

If you are a professional nature photographer or just a like to take snapshots this book is a valuable reference full of practical advice for not only knowing when to go, but finding out new species that are available to photograph. Also the book has a focus on environmentally responsible travel.

4)    Entertaining Read

Even if you don’t plan on leaving your house, this book is similar to a little National Geographic episode on each page.  Page 144 (Tibet), Page 72(Uganda), Page 135 (Russia).

5)    Excellent Photography

The book is filled with amazing nature photography fit for any coffee table.

 

I have owned this book for about 4 weeks now and pick it up every chance I get.  I have read it cover to cover and now I go back to see what potential trips are coming up.

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Other books in the Lonely Planet series are:  A Year of Adventures and A Year of Festivals

          

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Thanks for Reading!

-Charlie and Tom

(The PhotoBotos Brothers)

“Death From Above” – Tshukudu Game Reserve, South Africa – Graham King – Featured Photographer   59 comments


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“Death From Above” – Tshukudu Game Reserve, South Africa – Graham King – Featured Photographer

Okay, maybe I am a bit dramatic with the title, but I think it is fitting when you have a 100 pound leopard over your head.    You can only imagine what this leopard sees and that is the fun of it.  Gazelle?  Zebra? One of Graham’s friends? No matter who is on the lunch menu, the beauty and agility of this big cat is well represented in Graham’s photograph. So please read the story below then check out the rest of Graham’s stunning portfolio at:

www.grahamkingphotography.com

Take it away Graham:

The shot was taken back in 2007.  I went on a two week photographic safari to The Kruger and then onto Tshukudu Game Reserve on the edge of  it.  In the reserve you are able to get a bit closer to the animals than you can in Kruger.

One morning we watched this very active male leopard who spent most of his time in this tree looking out for a chance of a good meal. Something caught his eye and he came very close to where we were.  It was a very intense stare that will stay with me forever.

Unfortunately for the leopard, and lucky for his prey, he went hungry that morning.

I had been using my D200 with my long lens but had to scramble for my spare camera so I could get the big cat in the frame. It was taken on a D70 with a Nikkor 70-210 f4, 1/500 sec at f4.5, ISO 400.

Great Gray Owl – Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada – Jim Cumming – Featured Photographer   322 comments


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Birthday Present

Great Gray Owl –  Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada – Jim Cumming – Featured Photographer

Today is our grandmother’s 81st birthday and she loves owls of all kinds.  So we thought today would be appropriate to feature Jim Cumming.  Jim is passionate about photographing wildlife in and around Ontario and it shows.  He has several great owl photographs and he truly is the deer whisperer.  Please check out his portfolios http://www.redbubble.com/people/darby8 and  http://500px.com/JimCumming/photos after you read about his wonderful owl in flight  photo.

Take it away Jim:

I had heard there was a Great Gray Owl located in Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada and not far from my home in Kanata, Ontario so I ventured out one weekend morning to hopefully find and photograph it. Driving down a country road I noticed a handful of photographers in an open field so I stopped to inquire what was going on, upon meeting and greeting this group I was informed that they were baiting (releasing mice for owls to catch) this owl and was asked if I had any problems with that, I didn’t but then again I had no idea what they were talking about since I had never heard of this practice before. Within a few minutes I witnessed something I’ve never seen before in my life, a huge owl flying right towards me, so with camera in hand I took some shots I will never forget as long as I live.

Date taken: Feb 21, 2009
Location: Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada
Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: Canon 70-200 f4 IS
shutter speed: 1/1000
Aperture: f4
ISO: 100
Focal length: 192mm

To read more from Jim here are a couple articles from Canadian Nature Photographer by Jim

http://www.canadiannaturephotographer.com/jimcumming.html
http://www.canadiannaturephotographer.com/jimcumming2.html

“Zottel is Back”- Alps, Switzerland – John Wilhelm – Featured Photographer   50 comments


 

 

“Zottel is Back”- Alps, Switzerland – John Wilhelm – Featured Photographer

As with many great photographs, John has not only created an emotion with his photo, but also leads the viewer into an imaginary story written in their own mind.

I hope this photo makes you smile.  I certainly did when I opened it.  At first, I thought “what a silly goat chewing on a flower”.  Then I realized this was only the beginning of the destruction.  I assume by now that entire field of daisies has been reduced to goat made fertilizer.  Please follow John below on how he painstakingly created Zottel.

Take it away John :

Hi there everyone.

Wonderful to be here on PhotoBotos with one of my shots. Wow!

The selected photo was very difficult to take. We had to keep track of this very rare and shy animal for months.  We chased it with helicopters, dogs and a team of 15 experienced Swiss goat-hunters till we caught it on this wonderful plane of flowers in the middle of the Swiss Alps.

No seriously… this goat lives just a hop outside my house.  I like simple photographs, untouched and straight out of the camera, but I LOVE  to combine all available techniques (camera equipment and software) to develop shots from me  into something special which reflects my imagination of how the the ideal picture should look.

Now the facts to the Goat Pic:

–    shot with Sony Nex 7 (great great cam!) and the new Zeiss 24 1.8 (great lens)

–    3 shots in a focus-stack (manually combined in PS)

–    sky is a separate Shot (Leica M9, 21 Distagon, Swiss Alps)

–    flowerplane and flower in mouth were generated with Terragen

–    everything edited and composed in Photoshop CS 5

–    duration to create this: approx. 10h

 If you like this goat you may like other photos by me too:

www.facebook.com/johnwilhelmisaphotoholic

www.500px.com/horazio

www.polarize.ch

www.johnwilhelm.ch

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