Birds of High Island Texas with Marisa Pryor Luzier

Three full days of action-packed photography during the height of Spring Migration and Breeding Season in Coastal Texas. The highest concentrations of migrating warblers, shore, and wading birds galore in full breeding plumage . We will visit Sabine Woods, Smith Oaks Rookery, Bolivar Flats, and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Photography education on low level imagery at Bolivar Flats, flash and natural light for warblers, and macro and motion of wildflowers at Anahauc. Limited to 10 people. NANPA members receive a 15% discount.

Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

Gain better control over depth-of-field & other macro techniques during this one-day central-Texas MACRO photography workshop.

The workshop, which takes place in a country setting, covers both the artistic and technical aspects of one of my favorite forms of photography.

I offer this one-day workshop twice. Choose your date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 workshop ~ OR ~ Sunday, October 27, 2019 workshop

Each workshop is limited to eight (8) ~ Includes a delicious lunch (on-site)
MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/

Central Texas Macro with Jeff Parker

Gain better control over depth-of-field & other macro techniques during this one-day central-Texas MACRO photography workshop with Jeff Parker.

The workshop, which takes place in a country setting, covers both the artistic and technical aspects of one of my favorite forms of photography.

I offer this one-day workshop twice. Choose your date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 workshop ~ OR ~ Sunday, October 27, 2019 workshop

Each workshop is limited to eight (8) ~ Includes a delicious lunch (on-site)
MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/macro-photography-workshop/

Weekly Wow! Week of May 27, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Looking for Something," Tre Cime di Laveredo, Italy © Peter Nestler.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Looking for Something,” Tre Cime di Laveredo, Italy © Peter Nestler.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, May 27, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  Nature Photography Day is coming up on June 15 so let’s get shooting!  And, the period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of May 20, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Undertow," Kona Coast, Hawaii © Geoffrey Schmid.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Undertow,” Kona Coast, Hawaii © Geoffrey Schmid.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, May 20, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  Nature Photography Day is coming up on June 15 so let’s get shooting!  And, the period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of May 13, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Twilight Zone Garden Spider, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica" © William MacFarland.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Twilight Zone Garden Spider, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica” © William MacFarland.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, May 13, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  Nature Photography Day is coming up on June 15 so let’s get shooting!  And, the period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August.  What are you waiting for?  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of May 6, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Cubs Play While Protected by Their Mother, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada" © Steven Barger.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Cubs Play While Protected by Their Mother, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada” © Steven Barger.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, May 6, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 29, 2019

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

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Spinecheek Peek, Indonesia" © Sharon Wada.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Spinecheek Peek, Indonesia” © Sharon Wada.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, April 29, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 22, 2019

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: "Greater Prairie Chickens Sparring, Burchard, Nebraska" © Rona Schwarz.

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “Greater Prairie Chickens Sparring, Burchard, Nebraska” © Rona Schwarz.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, April 22, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase starts in August, so let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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Capturing little creatures

Story and photography by Bill Tyler

When most people think of wildlife photography, birds, large mammals, and possibly reptiles come to mind. But in the grand scheme of things, these are a small fraction of the picture. Insects and other arthropods constitute the vast majority of animals, both in numbers of individuals and numbers of species. These small creatures show huge diversity in anatomy and behavior, and make fascinating subjects for nature photographers. What’s more, they’re accessible. With millions of individual arthropods in a typical acre, you don’t have to travel far to find subjects. But photographing them requires different techniques than larger subjects. Here’s how I photographed a live centipede collected from my yard.

When possible, I like to photograph arthropods in their natural environment, unconfined. But that wasn’t going to be practical with this constantly moving specimen. I needed a way to keep it confined in a small area, rather than letting it run to the nearest shelter to hide. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to have a helper who can gently stop a subject from running too far. This time I was working alone, and needed a containment device of some sort.

I had a small petri dish over which I could place a large clear photographic filter as a lid, and I put the centipede into this enclosure. Photographing through the optically flat filter gave a clear, undistorted image, and the glass dish let light in from the sides, while the filter was too heavy for the centipede to lift and escape. A ceramic plate made a white background.

Photographing through a clear lens filter provided an undistorted image while keeping the centipede from escaping. A ceramic plate serves as background. © William B. Tyler

Photographing through a clear lens filter provided an undistorted image while keeping the centipede from escaping. A ceramic plate serves as background.
© William B. Tyler

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