America’s Better Idea: National Wildlife Refuges

The National Wildlife Refuges were created to manage, conserve and restore fish, wildlife and plants and the ecosystems that sustain them.

The National Wildlife Refuges were created to manage, conserve and restore fish, wildlife and plants and the ecosystems that sustain them.

Story and photographs by Jeff Parker

The National Parks have famously been called “America’s best idea”.  I have visited many of our National Parks and they ARE awesome.  However, I tend to think that our National Wildlife Refuges are “America’s Better Idea”.

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 15, 2018

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “Leap For Life, Baffin Bay, Nunavut” © Greg Cook.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 15, 2018.

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Travel Tips for Nature Photographers (Part 1)

Your bags are packed and you're ready for your trip. How can you make your airport experience stress free?

Your bags are packed and you’re ready for your trip. How can you make your airport experience stress free?

The days when travel was glamorous are long gone.  Nowadays, heading to the airport is more likely to elicit a sigh of nervousness or frustration than it is to make you purr with pleasure.  With all the gear we need to bring along, what can photographers do to make the airport experience a little less stressful?

From the Editor: This is the first in a series of travel tips from NANPA members. If you have a favorite tip, share it with us! Send it to publications@nanpa.org and we’ll post it in a future article.

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Google Plus Will Shut Down

Google + will shut down in August, 2019.

Google announced that Google + will be shutting down next August.  Created in 2011 and intended to compete with Facebook, the social network of the search engine giant never really caught on with consumers and Google hasn’t been pushing it in recent years.  While the consumer version of Google + will close, an enterprise version will remain.

Google also disclosed a potential data breach that might involve up to 500,000 Google + users.  In a blog post, Google said that a bug in the API potentially made personal data available to apps built to work with Google +, even if the data was marked private.  According to Google, the data was limited to name, email address, occupation, age and gender.  The bug was found in an internal audit and Google says they have no indication that any app developer was aware of the bug or tried to exploit it.

Over the next ten months, users will have to download or migrate their data to other platforms.  If you have a Google + account, you’ll be receiving emails explaining your choices and how to implement them.

More detailed information about the whys and wherefores of Google’s decisions are explained in their blog.

The Autumn Show: Beyond “Trees & Leaves”

Fall foliage reflecting in lake, Twin Lakes area, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. f/9.5 @ 70mm, 5-image HDR compilation.

Fall foliage reflecting in lake, Twin Lakes area, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. f/9.5 @ 70mm, 5-image HDR compilation.

Story & Photography by F.M. Kearney

The final curtain is about to rise. A cast of billions is in place. Throughout their entire performance, they’ve all been restricted to the same regulation green outfits. For their finale, they now have a chance to break free – a chance to dazzle onlookers with stunning new yellow, red and orange wardrobes. A few glory-hounds will attempt to upstage the others with magnificent, multi-colored garb. Sit back and relax… The Autumn Show is about to begin.

I’m sure most nature photographers look forward to this show every year. But, it can be a challenge to come up with something different than the usual “trees and leaves” photo. Try looking for compositions beyond the obvious – compositions where the subject isn’t immediately evident.

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Two Minute Read – Why Are Star Reflections in Water Elongated?

Why is the reflection of a full moon in the Snake River a stretched-out oval and not a round disk?

Why is the reflection of a full moon in the Snake River a stretched-out oval and not a round disk?

An interesting question came up during a recent NANPA webinar on “Chasing & Photographing the Aurora Borealis” presented by Carl Johnson.  Why is it that the reflections of stars, moon or sun in bodies of water always seem to have elongated shapes?  After all, when doing night photography, with a short enough shutter speed, the moon will be sharp and round; the stars will be tiny, sharp, points of light.  So why do they seem to stretch out when reflected in a lake, stream or pond?

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 8, 2018

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife Runner Up: This House is Mine-Showcase 2018. © Lee Friedman

Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife Runner Up: This House is Mine-Showcase 2018. © Lee Friedman

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 8, 2018.

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Google Images Adds Image Rights Metadata

In Lightroom, Bridge and other software, you can apply IPTC metadata with presets

Google Images will now include IPTC creator, credit and copyright information . . . if you have it in the image file. In Lightroom, Bridge and other software, you can apply IPTC metadata with presets.

In late September, Google announced that, in a major update to Google Images, it would be adding “rights-related meta data,” where available, to photos.  Collaborating with CEPIC, a coordinating body of stock and news agencies, museums, libraries and art galleries, and IPTC, the “global standards body of the news media,” Google designed a way to access the Creator and Credit metadata for photos.  That is, assuming you’ve included the metadata in your original upload.  Google will also be adding copyright notices in the near future.

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Arches National Park

Elegant and graceful, world-famous Delicate Arch dominates the scene in Arches National Park, Utah.

Story & Photography by Jerry Ginsberg

High on the list of the most photogenic landscapes anywhere is the Beehive State, Utah. With five spectacular national parks, each one special in its own right, Utah is simply not to be missed.

While in the past, I have written tips for a photo trip to Moab, Utah, Arches National Park is such a singularly important place for nature photography that adding an article focused specifically about it seems both necessary and worthwhile.

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Volunteer Profile: Ted Moreno

Volunteer and member of the NANPA Board of Directors, Ted Moreno.

Volunteer and member of the NANPA Board of Directors, Ted Moreno.

Volunteers are the life blood of membership organizations.  At NANPA and the NANPA Foundation, volunteers serve on committees, help plan conferences, present webinars, judge competitions and evaluate grant applications.  Volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and play other key roles in keeping NANPA vibrant, relevant and growing.

This is the second of an occasional series of volunteer profiles, saluting those whose hard work, ideas, passion and commitment benefit NANPA and its members.

NANPA recently had the opportunity to ask NANPA Board of Directors member and long time volunteer Ted Moreno a few questions about his volunteer experiences.

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