We all need an “Ah-ha moment”

Horseshoe Bend, AZ
Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Story & photos by Jiayu Su

Being a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) for over three years now, I have lots of takeaways. The first time I got to know NANPA was as a student at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, which has a fantastic photography program and faculty. Because of its unique location, I have had many opportunities to visit Yellowstone National Park, which is only 70 miiles away. I remember how I enjoyed hiking around the park and just photographing the beauty of the Earth. Whenever I was there, I had a deeper understanding of why we need to do something to support and preserve nature. It is a part of our lives or, in other words, we all know we cannot live without it.

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 21, 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: "Limpkin Territorial Dispute, Myakka River State Park, Florida" © Peter Brannon.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Limpkin Territorial Dispute, Myakka River State Park, Florida” © Peter Brannon.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 21, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 14, 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: " Prairie Chicken Fight, Burchard, Nebraska" © William Pohley.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: ” Prairie Chicken Fight, Burchard, Nebraska” © William Pohley.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 14, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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Last Light: Taking Advantage of the Last Vestiges of Daylight

Venice Beach at twilight (1-minute exposure).
Venice Beach at twilight (1-minute exposure).

Story & photos by F. M. Kearney

She snapped a photo of him each time he jumped in the air over an incoming wave.

A family the size of a small wedding party took turns photographing each other along the numerous rocks lining the shoreline.

He spent a lot of time capturing his better half in the evening light as she posed on a sand dune.

A day at the beach can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Photography has always been a popular pastime – especially toward the end of the day. If the beach is westward-facing, the sunsets are often truly amazing. This is usually the time when everyone’s attention turns to the sun (instead of each other) as it begins its descent below the horizon. The problem is that most people will pack up and leave immediately after it sets. It’s sort of like leaving the theater before the final credits finish rolling. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve hung around after the movie, only to be treated to some of the funniest outtakes and/or entire scenes that would have otherwise gone completely unseen had I left with the masses.

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 7, 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: "Violet-green Swallows Rest in the Early Dawn Mist, Boulder, Colorado" © Matthew Morrissette.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Violet-green Swallows Rest in the Early Dawn Mist, Boulder, Colorado” © Matthew Morrissette.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 7, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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Wildlife Photography Around the World: The Secrets Behind the Lens

Photo of a curious bear approaching the camera. © Roie Galitz
© Roie Galitz

NANPA’s members are in for a rare treat next week! On October 10th, at 6 PM Eastern Time, award-winning wildlife photographer and Greenpeace ambassador Roie Galitz will share breathtaking stories and footage from his wild expeditions and will teach us how to get incredible shots in the most extreme conditions. This special event will not be recorded, so make your plans now to attend the live webcast! NANPA members can register through nanpa.org/webinars. Not yet a member? nanpa.org/join

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Save the Pixels!

My wall of steel filing cabinets. These contain thousands of hanging pages holding hundreds of thousands of negatives and chromes. The temperature is held at a constant 60*F by central A/C backed up by a room air conditioner. Both are in turn backed up by a gasoline powered generator in case of a power outage; always a possibility in Florida.
My wall of steel filing cabinets. These contain thousands of hanging pages holding hundreds of thousands of negatives and chromes. The temperature is held at a constant 60*F by central A/C backed up by a room air conditioner. Both are in turn backed up by a gasoline powered generator in case of a power outage; always a possibility in Florida.

Story and photos © Jerry Ginsberg

Once Upon a Time 

As the years roll by, there is an ever diminishing percentage of photographers who spent their early years shooting and archiving film. At the risk of sounding like my pre-TV era father, back in the good old days before the advent of digital photography, we simply stored our film originals, both negatives and chromes, in an assortment of paper and plastic boxes, pages, etc. Absent the house burning down, there was little, if any, concern over losing our precious images.

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Finding Fall Foliage

Fall foliage at Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park, WV.
Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park, WV.

Story & photo by Frank Gallagher

Welcome to October and to (we hope) the brilliant colors of fall foliage. If you’re like many photographers, this is a favorite time of year. The vibrant hues of the leaves make for beautiful landscapes, intimate scenes, still lives and macros. If you live in Vermont or Jackson Hole, maybe you can just look out the window to predict color but, for the rest of us who have to travel to find it, how can we plan our photo outings to capture peak color?

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 30, 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: "Sea Urchin , Newton, Massachusetts" © Hope Schreiber.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Sea Urchin , Newton, Massachusetts” © Hope Schreiber.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 30, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  Continue reading

From the President: Photography with a Purpose

Loss of habitat is one of the major causes for the decline in Monarch butterfly numbers.
Loss of habitat is one of the major causes for the decline in Monarch butterfly numbers.

Story & photo by Tom Haxby

Once, in a tongue-tied moment, I used the phrase “photography with a porpoise”, but what I really meant to say was “photography with a purpose”. In the tradition of Ansel Adams, Phillip Hyde, George Masa (yes, you may have to look him up) and a long list of photographers who have utilized their photography to advocate for conservation of wildlife and landscapes, NANPA photographers continue to use photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation, and environmental protection – yes, part of our mission statement.

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