This is the time of year when I struggle to recommend good photo destinations for winter travel. Even though we are a really big country, there are relatively few national parks to be found in our southerly latitudes.
So let’s try something a little different. Once we cross the Equator, the seasons are reversed. For example, Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere arrives near summertime there owing to the tilt of the Earth’s axis.
Let’s take a look at Chilean Patagonia and famed Parque Nacional Torres del Paine (Towers of Blue National Park). Don’t worry; you can get by just fine with English.
Years ago, I referred to the out-focus parts of an image as, well, the out-of-focus parts of an image. Nowadays, it seems as though there’s a specific name for everything, and bokeh is the name for the aesthetic quality of the blur in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. It has also been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.”
After viewing several You Tube videos, I’m still not 100 percent sure how to correctly pronounce bokeh, but I can tell you it was popularized in Photo Techniques magazine in 1997. The word began showing up in photography books in 1998.
Perhaps the only thing that really matters is how to use it to enhance your photos. Continue reading →
In Part I, I described the two important personal skills I recommend a nature photographer possess: knowing when to anticipate a moment and knowing when to chase a moment. In this month’s column, I will share an experience that shows how knowing when to anticipate a moment paid dividends for me.
This past spring, my last nature photography workshop of the season took place along the eastern shore of Virginia. The students and I had a great day photographing birds, coastal landscapes and historical fishing villages. It was one of those days when you feel as though, “Life doesn’t get any better than this.” Yet, as I soon found out, it can. Continue reading →
Autumn always arrives on my doorstep like an old friend, her bags packed with rest and perhaps a little remorse for all of the moments that I had hoped to photograph over the past season, but never did.
Unlike landscape photographers, who eagerly await the seasonal changes from summer’s greens into fall’s brilliant blaze, insect photographers like me know that before long it will soon be time to close up shop for another season. The fading embers of goldenrods soon lead to the drawn-out trills of fall field crickets. Their quiet calls, like prayers of gratitude before a well-earned sleep, fill me with a sense of nostalgia for months of abundance that have flown past. Continue reading →
Students of, or those accepted to, an institution of higher education specializing in the study of photography are invited to apply for this year’s $1,000 Janie Moore Greene Grant.
Applications are due October 31st.
The NANPA Foundation awards the grant annually to a student of a 2-year or 4-year college, art/design school or photography school. The scholarship awards are paid directly to the institution of higher education at which the student is, or will be, enrolled.
2015 Janie Moore Greene Grant Recipient Michelle A. Butler used the grant to help finish her Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
Butler worked on a photo-documentary thesis project to raise awareness about the condition of birds in the Americas. It highlights the habitats needed for nesting, wintering and migration and calls for conservation efforts that citizens can make to help protect these essential components to the ecosystem.