Chasing the Elusive “Singerin”

The elusive 'singerin,' better known as sedge wren. © Paul Malinowski. A photo of a small bird in a thicket of branches, leaves and grass.
The elusive ‘singerin,’ better known as sedge wren. © Paul Malinowski

By Paul Malinowski

“Are you here for the singerin?” asked the woman excitedly as I passed her on a well-trodden trail near my home outside of Denver, Colorado. My brain asked itself a hundred questions within one full second like, “What’s a singerin?” and “What are the consequences of saying yes/no?” Asking her just what a singerin is would equate to something like asking for directions and, well, I was not about to do that. So, not having the slightest clue of what she was talking about, I responded with a hearty, “Duh! Of course I am.” Actually, I didn’t say the “duh” part but I’m sure my tone implied it.

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Camera Trap Surprises II

Photo of an albino raccoon at night on a fence. Albino Raccoon, remote capture with iPhone with the Motion Sensor app. © Dan Clements
Albino Raccoon, remote capture with iPhone with the Motion Sensor app. © Dan Clements

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

In December, we wrote about a man who posed like a supermodel for a camera trap (also known as a “trail cam”) he discovered while doing trail work in the woods. Since camera traps sometimes capture odd, weird, humorous, or bizarre images, we asked NANPA members to tell us about what wild and whacky things they found on their trail cam memory cards.

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Experiencing and Photographing Nature: Good for Mind and Body

Photo of a man in a red jacket walking away from the camera, down a road that curves off to the right. The road is bordered by trees with colorful fall foliage  on both sides.During the coronavirus pandemic, some roads in Rock Creek Park have been closed to traffic, making it easier for people to experience the restorative powers of nature. © Frank Gallagher
During the coronavirus pandemic, some roads in Rock Creek Park have been closed to traffic, making it easier for people to experience the restorative powers of nature. © Frank Gallagher

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

Ask nature, wildlife, or landscape photographers about the feelings they get when outside practicing their craft and you’re likely to see an almost mystical look come across their faces. Peaceful. Contemplative. Restful. Restorative. Those are just a few of the terms I’ve heard from photographers talking about how being immersed in nature is good for the soul. It seems that, over the past few years, science and medicine are slowly catching up to what we’ve known for a long time: experiencing the natural world has positive health benefits and is good for your psyche.

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Vedauwoo: Capturing Nature’s Beautiful Rock Formations

One of the balanced rock formations at Vedauwoo, Wyoming. Photo shows a pile of large rocks with two balanced precariously on top. © Sastry Karra
One of the balanced rock formations at Vedauwoo, Wyoming © Sastry Karra

By Sastry Karra with editorial support from Frank Gallagher

Wyoming is famous for the majestic Tetons and the incomparable Yellowstone National Park near its western border, but they are not the only scenic areas the state has to offer photographers. In southeastern Wyoming sits Vedauwoo, (pronounced Vee-Duh-Voo), an area of granite outcroppings and hoodoos that attracts climbers, hikers, day trippers and, of course, photographers. With dramatic scenery, it’s also a popular location for engagement and wedding shoots.

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Set Goals, Be Intentional

The Nature Photographer episode #23 on Wild & Exposed podcast

Editorial images must meet the photo editor’s requirements while also delivering something unique and intriguing for the publication. Consider having just one or two subjects for the year, like getting more and/or better photos of ducks, so you can offer a wide array of images of one subject to photo editors. © Dawn Wilson

Dawn Wilson, Ron Hayes, and Jason Loftus share their goals for the year ahead, helping us think about how to be better photographers and have better photography businesses. Hear what these three are doing to narrow their focus, make intentional choices, and avoid the temptation to chase subject matter—from RED Ranger Helium cameras to camera trap setups, waterfowl portfolios, American dippers, field journals, and not undermining the value of their work. Get tips and ideas to help you set a goal and see it through—no matter what time of year you begin. 

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Wildlife Photography in the Snowy Months: Capturing Magic on Telemark Skis

"Gray Sky," a photo showing a snowy landscape in the mountains. A steep slope of snow-covered trees leads up to jagged mountain peaks under gray skies.  © Deirdre Denali Rosenberg
Gray Sky © Deirdre Denali Rosenberg

By Deirdre Denali Rosenberg

Waking up on a cold, dark December morning I slowly find my way out of bed and procure a cup of coffee from the pot my husband’s just finished making. There’s a fire burning in our wood stove; the only heat source we have for our little home. All is quiet aside from the gentle popping and crackling of wood aflame.

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Happy New Year!

First edited photo of the New Year, a black-bellied whistling duck in southern Louisiana © Dawn Wilson

By Dawn Wilson, NANPA President

Well, 2021 is finally in the books. I am not sure about everyone else, but I am very happy to see it in the rearview mirror. It was a tough year for many, including myself, and in my home state of Colorado it ended with another horrible wildfire. Events like that put life in perspective to remember to spend time with those you love, don’t worry about things and stuff, and treat every moment like it is the most special of your life.

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I Concede: Looking Back and Moving On

Brilliant sunset from atop Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo shows the sun sinking below the horizon lighting up the sky in shades of red. In the fore to middle ground are several ranges of mountains, separated by fog between each one. © Jerry Ginsberg
Brilliant sunset from atop Clingman’s Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. © Jerry Ginsberg

By Jerry Ginsberg

Like most of us of a certain age, I shot thousands of rolls of film over many, many years. As a result, I have five large, steel, filing cabinets in a cold room that are just chock full of carefully filed archival slide pages. Those who feel a pang of nostalgia for all of those 2 x 2” cardboard slide mounts, please raise your hand.

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Water Droplet Photography: A Unique Way to View a Common Subject

Photo of a water droplet frozen after it hits the water showing ripples spreading outward on the surface and a round splash going up.  Water droplet © Dale E. A. Lewis
Water droplet © Dale E. A. Lewis

By Dale E. A. Lewis

Next to the sun, water is probably the most photographed subject in nature. It can convey power and strength as a magnificent crashing wave or serenity and calmness as a gentle babbling brook. With a fast shutter speed, you can freeze it in time to see every detail or use a slow shutter speed to render it as an ethereal mist. Of course, let’s not forget its beautiful reflective properties. No wonder that water is a fascinating subject to photograph! In fact, it’s so fascinating that even a solitary droplet can elicit feelings of awe and wonder. And that takes us to water droplet photography, a specialized type of photography that takes a lot of trial and error to successfully accomplish. The stunning results make it well worth the effort.

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Calendars, Competitions and Copyright Concerns

Juvenile bald eagle flying across a clear blue sky. © Frank Gallagher
Juvenile bald eagle. © Frank Gallagher

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

We’re getting used to seeing companies, government agencies, and even museums ask for unnecessarily broad copyright terms in their photo contests. Some go as far as having photographers surrender all copyright to the images they enter. Others want unrestricted rights to use photos in any way they see fit, including sublicensing to third parties. And, thankfully, some respect the rights of photographers and other creative artists. The latest example was brought to our attention by NANPA member Mark Larson and, while better than some, still has a few areas of concern.

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