March 13, 2013
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This is a project by Tom Broadbent, a photographer and picture editor based in London. I saw his work first in The Sunday Times colour supplement section called Spectrum. This is always a good source of interesting photography. Tom has been photographing Furries, people who enjoy wearing animal outfits. Here is what Tom says of the project on his blog
The aim of my photo project: At Home With The Furries has been and always will be to make a book and exhibition with the images. About a year ago, at one of the regular furry meets, I was having a catch-up with my furry friends and I spoke to them about getting the series placed in a broadsheet supplement. Mainly in order to give the series added impetus and publicity. They were very supportive of this idea, as they have been of the entire project, from beginning to end ( well near the end at least!!). Couldn’t have done it without you all, cheers guys!!
You can see more of Tom’s work here
March 7, 2013
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It seems that there are organisations for just about every area of wildlife photography, these rather wonderful images found on the Guardian website show a great diversity of subject matter and techniques. What I find most interesting is the number of photographers who have spent time either creating an environment or studying their subjects before getting the winning shots. See the full gallery here
Third place: Wood mouse with blackberry by Gary Cox
‘I noticed several woodmice and a vole were feeding on seeds falling from the bird table, so I built a nearby enclosed feeding table at ground level just for the small rodents. By gradually raising it a little way off the ground the mice/voles would go up a strategically placed ramp. When they were used to this I replaced the ramp with a blackberry stem which they readily took to. They would often grab an item and run back down the stem carrying it. I placed a few blackberries and hazelnuts on the feeder which were eagerly carried off. The best time to photograph them was very early in the morning using several flashguns which also helped to freeze the movement’Photograph: Gary Cox/Mammal Society Photographer of the Year 2013
Highly commended: Leaping squirrel by Austin Thomas
‘This picture was taken in the Cairngorms national park in the summer of 2012. The area has a healthy population of red squirrels and a friend of mine has been feeding them for some time so I went along to photograph them. I had noticed that the squirrels would very often approach and leave the feeding area by the same route. Just out of the picture are some tall trees that the squirrels would run towards at any time they became disturbed. Having understood their preferred path I set up my camera to try and record the action of the squirrel. This picture was my favourite from a very enjoyable afternoon’Photograph: Austin Thomas/Mammal Society Photographer of the Year 2013
The Mammal Society website can be found here
February 14, 2013
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From the BBC website we have this
Even though the latest digital cameras can take dozens of photographs within a matter of seconds, and reveal instant results, it is still not as easy as you might think to snap a winning image.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide – receives thousands of entries. With the 2013 entry deadline approaching, what could you do to make your images stand out? Watch this slideshow – click here – to get some expert tips.
Enter Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 now and take part in one of the world’s most prestigious photography events. The competition is open to professional photographers, amateurs, young and old, worldwide until 25 February 2013. Full details here
Adults may enter up to 20 images for £20.00. Entrants aged 17 and under may enter up to 10 images FREE.
Here are some other great tutorials that will help you to get great shots
12 Great Online Tutorials on Wildlife Photography
10 Tips for Improving Your Wildlife Photography
January 23, 2013
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I have a relationship with wildlife photography that is difficult to resolve. I know I will never manage to get the fantastic shots we can see on Wild Life Photographer of the year, in fact I am unlikely to get the sort of shots your local wildlife photography group will get. The reason is three fold, I do not have the patience to wait for animals to do their thing, I do not have suitable equipment as buying a 400mm f2.8 would be an excessive expense, I don’t like being cold or wet. Does this mark me out as a photographer who is not prepared to go that extra bit to get better pictures, well no because I do in my professional work or when I travel, I will happily sit and wait for the sun to get lower to achieve the shot I want. Even so I do enjoy pictures of wildlife and when I do have a camera in hand and some fauna does it stuff in front of me I am as likely as the next to start taking pictures. Sadly the results rarely get close to those of wildlife photographers.
I was in Australia throughout December and early January and was thrilled to see Fairy penguins at Bicheno in Tasmania. They came leaping out of the sea at about 8.30 at night to roost in their burrows in the sand dunes. It was too dark to take pictures, next morning I saw emu at a distance, I didn’t have a lens long enough and I saw an echidna but by the time I was ready he was heading off into the bush. At the Jelong caves in the Blue mountains I saw rock wallabies and surprisingly a duck billed platypus. Admittedly I had to get up at 5.30 in the morning to catch the platypus but as someone said they are rarer than whales and I managed to get a picture. So I do not do wild life photography. I leave it to those who have nothing better to do with their time than sit and wait, sometimes for weeks, for the animal to perform in front of their lens. These intrepid photographers will always do a better job than I could and looking at their pictures will always bring me more pleasure than looking at my own poor substitutes.
Here then is a gallery brought to you by Lightstalking of penguins, there are lots of pictures so worth visiting the Lightstalking site here
penguin group small by Antarctica Bound, on Flickr
/.\ by Anne Froehlich, on Flickr
In case you are interested here is my picture of the duck billed platypus, this is a rare image partly because of the animal depicted and partly because I had to get up before sunrise.
October 18, 2012
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Wildlife photography is one of the most popular items we write about. So many people would love to make pictures of wildlife but don’t have the time, gear or knowledge so being able to see the work of these winners is a joy
Paul Nicklen (Canada)
This was the image Paul had been so hoping to get: a sunlit mass of emperor penguins charging upwards, leaving in their wake a crisscross of bubble trails. The location was near the emperor colony at the edge of the frozen area of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. It was into the only likely exit hole that he lowered himself. He then had to wait for the return of the penguins, crops full of icefish for their chicks. Paul locked his legs under the lip of the ice so he could remain motionless, breathing through a snorkel so as not to spook the penguins when they arrived. Then it came: a blast of birds from the depths. They were so fast that, with frozen fingers, framing and focus had to be instinctive. ‘It was a fantastic sight’, says Paul, ‘as hundreds launched themselves out of the water and onto the ice above me’ – a moment that I felt incredibly fortunate to witness and one I’ll never forget.
The exhibition of this prestigious award is held at the Natural History Museum
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition 2012
19 October 2012 – 3 March 2013
Open 10.00 – 17.50 daily
This world-renowned annual exhibition at the Natural History Museum provides a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world.
The 100 winning images that will be on show are selected from 1,000s of international entries and are beautifully displayed in sleek backlit installations.
Admission: Adult £10*, child and concessions £5*, family £27* (up to 2 adults and 3 children).
You can book tickets on line here and directions are here
The competition is hosted by the NHM and the BBC and there is a link to pictures on the BBC website here
There is a fabulous book associated with this competition have a look at it here
September 28, 2012
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As reported in the excellent the Atlantic magazine:
Once again, National Geographic is holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. Beginning on September 1, the society started gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2012 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 50 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers.
Here is a sample of some of the 50 images in the gallery here
Ninja Kangaroos: Young male kangaroos test their strength with “boxing” matches that mostly occur at dawn. One buck gets in the others face with its forepaws until the second one concedes and hops away, or stands up tall and faces its tormentor. Then the two grapple until an advantage is gained and one rears back onto its tail and kicks out with both its feet. Here the roo on the left clearly has its opponent on the retreat. Photo taken at Lake Cootharaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. (© raoul slater/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
Yosemite Valley at Dusk: A mist had settled over Yosemite Valley, as automobiles passed through, headlights illuminated the fog. (© Phil Hawkins/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
Chaos: A huge flock of Red-billed Queleas flies in to drink at the same time as an African Elephant in Tsavo National Park, Kenya. (© Antero Topp/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
Butterfly at sunset: Photographer Toni Guetta submitted this macro shot of a butterfly with the sunset in the background near Hod ha’sharon, Israel. (© Toni Guetta/National Geographic Photo Contest)
September 10, 2012
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Wildlife and photography seem to go hand in hand, so many people just love photographs of animals. Usually such awards are the preserve of the magnificent animals in far off places so this award is always a pleasure to consider as it is from our own doorsteps.
All the 2012 British Wildlife Photography Awards category winners and selected highly commended images are in these galleries.
The overall winning image by Dr Matt Doggett was his image entitled: “Gannet Jacuzzi”
Here are a couple more to whet your appetite
Fairy tale 1 by Alex Saberi
Beautiful Bluebells by Ian Wade
If you would like to see all of the winners the BWPA site is the place to go
If you just want a taste of the superlative images of wildlife from our shores then the BBC has a brief gallery here
April 30, 2012
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The Guardian newspaper features images from the German Nature Photographers annual awards.
“The Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT) has announced its Nature Photographer of the Year 2012 – and the winner was Klaus Tamm. Dozens of images made it through to the final round for consideration, in the categories: birds, mammals, other animals, plants and fungi, landscapes, nature’s studio, and this year’s special category, marine habitats in Germany.”....MORE
This photo of a capercaillie by Klaus Echle was sixth place in birds Photograph: Klaus Echle/GDT
April 5, 2012
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See some of the most compelling National Geographic covers from the last 50 years and learn about the significant milestones reported in the magazine’s pages—all of which are available in The Complete National Geographic, a collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine in a six-DVD-ROM set.see the gallery link here.…MORE
Photograph by Steve McCurry
June 1985—Afghan Girl
When photographer Steve McCurry took a young girl’s picture one morning in Pakistan, he created an image that would captivate millions around the world. The haunting green eyes that stared out from the June 1985 cover of National Geographic belonged to an unknown refugee who for 17 years was identified simply as the “Afghan girl.” She has since been located and was once again featured on the magazine’s cover in April 2002.
Photograph by Albert Moldvay
Dressed for Eid al-Fitr festivities, two young girls play on a swing in Pakistan, then made up of two lands located on opposite sides of the Indian subcontinent. The cover’s traditional interior border of oak leaves and acorns, first introduced in 1910, begins to recede around the increasingly bold feature photographs.
Photograph by Michael Nichols
July 2006—Panda, Inc.
A year after his celebrated birth at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., panda cub Tai Shan appears on the cover of National Geographic with mother Mei Xiang. Unapologetic cuteness abounds on the pages within—something feature author Lynne Warren writes may, along with their persistent scarcity, largely contribute to the popularity of China’s beloved bear.
Photograph by David Doubilet
A shot inside the notorious mouth of a great white shark is a fitting introduction to Jaws author Peter Benchley’s feature article on the threats facing the surprisingly fragile predator. Twenty-five years after the box-office hit based on his novel terrified moviegoers, Benchley and photographer David Doubilet set out to portray the ocean’s great hunters in a different light.
See them all here
December 6, 2011
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Whilst doing a little research for a customer on bridge cameras with super zooms I found this website, Safari-Guide with an excellent and very comprehensive report on a variety of these camera types released in 2011 . If you are thinking of going in this direction with your camera gear then this is a must read article.
“A superzoom camera is basically a bridge camera with a very powerful optical zoom. Because of the race between camera manufacturers to stay one step ahead of their competitors, we have seen the average zoom range extend from 10x to more than double that figure in only a few years. Now even more than a 30x magnification is available on some bridge cameras.
Today all the best super zoom cameras have a pretty similar design along with zoom ranges of at least 18x, covering ranges from wide angle to super telephoto. What is more, all have some sort of optical or mechanical image stabilization which is essential when working at such extreme magnifications. Other common features include electronic viewfinders, the ability to record HD video modes and full photographic control.”.…more
These are the cameras considered in the article:
Best Bridge Cameras 2011 (With a superzoom)
The cameras I chose to compare are all fairly new, with many have only been announced in 2011. All have zoom ranges over 18x and are from the most popular camera manufacturers.