NANPA’s executive director Susan Day says NANPA would not be as successful without Richard Halperin’s professional leadership and sharp legal mind. “He is a consultant at NANPA and NANPA Foundation board meetings,” says Susan. “Richard shares his editing and public speaking skills for NANPA’s benefit, and he spends countless hours on committees. He is an advocate for professional nature photographers and NANPA’s liaison with the photo industry on litigation (ASMP, PACA, PPA).” Here’s the eNews interview with Richard Halperin.
What is your “day job?”
I’m a partner in a New York law firm. My practice mostly involves tax law, including a lot of cross-border issues, estate planning, intellectual property and art law.
What committees have you served on, when, and what positions have you assumed?
I’ve been on the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee and now serve as chair of the Nominations Committee. I’ve served as a board member, as treasurer and as president. Read the rest of this entry »
Bio Blitzes appeal to citizen scientists of all ages
Story and Photographs by Kevin Fitz Patrick
I remember coming to my first NANPA Summit in Corpus Christi and being overwhelmed by the Art Wolfes and the Robert Ketchums. Although I had been a nature photographer for more than 25 years, I had been working in a small part of the Appalachians most of the time. I had not been to Africa or South America. I hadn’t even been outside North Carolina, so how could I say I was a real nature photographer? Then I met Susan and Richard Day, nature photographers from Illinois who, at the time, shot mostly on a 63-acre property. It was then I realized that it was not about how much of the world you covered but how much you loved the place you photographed. I remember Susan telling me that it was about your niche. Finally, as I start my 70th year—my 46th as a photographer—I can name my niche!
I am a conservation and Bio Blitz photographer. The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) is an attempt to document and identify all biological species living in a defined area. The effort in the Smokies has become the prototype for species inventories worldwide and has inspired the Bio Blitz; 24-hour species inventories conducted by professional scientists in collaboration with public volunteers. The volunteers can include school children, their instructors, families and even their grandparents. Read the rest of this entry »
Story and Photo by F.M. Kearney
After the Fall, (c) F. M. Kearney
The brilliant colors of autumn have faded. Most of the leaves have already fallen; only a handful of stubborn diehards remain clinging to the trees. I used to think that come the end of October, the “show” is over until I started noticing all the little holes in these weather-beaten leaves. If the sun is placed directly behind them, a multitude of interesting sunbursts can be created.
I specifically look for low-hanging leaves with an unobstructed line of sight of the sun in the background. Exposure is best determined manually. Auto exposure will only drive you nuts as the meter bounces from one extreme to another with each subtle movement of the leaves—resulting in a series of inconsistent exposures. I simply spot-meter the area of the sky next to the sun and lock it in. Now, no matter how much the leaves want to dance around, the overall exposure will remain the same. For a more dramatic image and to better emphasize the sunbursts, I’ll sometimes slightly underexpose the sky. So as not to underexpose the leaves as well, a flash is a must. Fill-flash isn’t always strong enough in these situations, so I usually turn it off and use the flash at normal power. If necessary, I increase its output by a stop, which restores detail in the leaves as well as any lingering traces of color. Read the rest of this entry »
Story and photos by Jerry Ginsberg
Bass Harbor Lighthouse v 9
While the national parks of the American West feature scenery that is stunningly dramatic, those East of the Mississippi possess a scenic charm that is more subtle. This is only partially true of the compact jewel that is Acadia National Park.
Lying mostly on Mt. Desert Island on the central coast of Maine, this meeting of land and sea provides more than enough drama for just about any photographer. Surf crashing against yellow granite cliffs and colorful lakes as flat as glass are just two of the many highlights.
Easily the best time to visit Acadia is the first half of October. Autumn color is at its peak and the road-clogging traffic of summer is gone. The park offers several opportunities for great sunrise photography. Allow enough time to drive to your chosen sunrise location and get set up at least 15 to 30 minutes before the rising sun actually cracks that horizon. Read the rest of this entry »
Greg du Toit was honored as the 49th Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his image, “Essence of Elephants,” at the awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum. London, October 15. The evening celebrated this year’s 100 winning images. Fourteen-year-old Udayan Rao Pawar of India was named the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year with “Mother’s Little Headful,” an image of several gharial hatchlings riding on their mother’s head. An exhibition of this year’s images went on display at the Natural History Museum, London, on Friday October 18 and will run through March 24, 2014. For more information and to view the winning images, go to http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/onlineGallery and read more on the competition on the Natural History Museum blog, http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/blogs/whats-new?fromGateway=true.
by Jim Clark
Of all the genres of nature photography, my most challenging one is wildlife photography.
Challenge one: the primary subject is mobile and doesn’t tend to stay in place very long unless sleeping, resting or nesting. Challenge two: the primary subject is more wary than a landscape, flower or inanimate abstract subject. Challenge three: The primary subject has eyes. It may very well be watching your every move.
The first inclination of many aspiring nature photographers is to remain standing to photograph a critter that is much smaller than they are. While I, too, will stand to photograph a smaller animal the first time I encounter it, I then make an effort to change my perspective and get lower. Read the rest of this entry »
by F.M. Kearney
I often look at autumn as nature’s version of information overload. With fall colors exploding all over the place, it’s sometimes hard to know exactly where to point the camera. Trying to capture everything in one frame often results in not capturing anything at its best advantage.
I’ve learned to use a variety of simple techniques to help make sense out of this visual potpourri. One way is to extract a subject out of its environment in order to help it stand out. A zoom lens is usually the best lens of choice to perform a “visual extraction.” Read the rest of this entry »
Endangered Species Sheer Panels
by Connie Bransilver
I have always been a conservationist and one who photographs to share the beauty and importance of nature and the place humans have in it. Because I also believe that carrots are more effective than sticks, I focus on the allure of nature.
For 25 years I have documented conservation. My passions have been primates—lemurs of Madagascar, chimpanzees of Africa and orangutans of Indonesia. Commissioned by a variety of NGOs, what was always critical for me was the human factor. My last assignment was for UNESCO-Asia covering World Heritage Sites. Beyond the iconic images, I was to understand and expose the effect of the local population on the site and the effect of the site and its visitors on the local population. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark Lukes is the founder and president of Fine Print Imaging, a printing company specializing in printing for fine artists and photographers.
What NANPA committees have you served on, when, and what positions have you assumed?
I was the first NANPA board president, from 1994 -96, and the first NANPA Foundation president. I’ve served on numerous committees, including the Environment and History Committees, and I chaired the Fine Art Exhibit and College Scholarship committees. Read the rest of this entry »
The NANPA office receives many phone calls and emails daily about every subject under the sun. In this column, I will address some of the commonly asked questions and also share member information, discounts, benefits and other items of interest. Read the rest of this entry »