A Quick Photo Trip to the Badlands

Landscape Image of the Sculpted Contours of the Badlands , South Dakota  © Tom Haxby
Sculpted Contours of the Badlands , South Dakota © Tom Haxby

By Tom Haxby

Recently I found myself wanting to visit and photograph the Badlands. Just visiting South Dakota would be a first for me. It’s one of the few states I have never set foot in. Like many others during this pandemic, I feel more comfortable avoiding crowds, driving, staying in a tent, and doing my own cooking. So, into the truck went the camping gear and camera equipment and off I went on an odyssey to the Badlands of South Dakota!

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 21, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Maasai Herder On Dried-up Lake Bed, East Africa, Kenya's Greater Amboseli Region” © Alison M. Jones
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Maasai Herder On Dried-up Lake Bed, East Africa, Kenya’s Greater Amboseli Region” © Alison M. Jones

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

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 21, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

The 2021 NANPA Showcase competition closes tonight at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, so enter your best photos today! Maybe you’ll be featured in next year’s Weekly Wows or, better yet, win a prize! Get all the details on the 2021 NANPA Showcase page.

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Mindful Nature Photography

Photo of lichen on rock. Patches of Time, Glacier National Park, Montana, © Frank Gallagher
Patches of Time, Glacier National Park, Montana, © Frank Gallagher

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

In the chaos of a pandemic and divisive political and social climate, I need the calming effect of being out in nature with my camera. Maybe you, too, have had those moments out in the field when all the cares of the world seem to melt away and you become hyper aware of your surroundings. That mental state, of being at one with my surroundings, helps me zero in on what I was finding interesting in a scene and helps crystalize the feelings I want a photo to convey. These moments used to be sporadic and fleeting until I started practicing mindfulness. Becoming a mindful photographer could help you, too.

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 14, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Tiny but Mighty Cheetah Cub, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya” © Anita Ross
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Tiny but Mighty Cheetah Cub, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya” © Anita Ross

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

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 14, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

The 2021 NANPA Showcase competition is open! Enter your best photos between now and September 21st and maybe you’ll be featured in next year’s Weekly Wows or, better yet, win a prize! Get all the details on the 2021 NANPA Showcase page.

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Avoiding a Messy Background!

Images such as this have the background far enough away to blur, but still give a hint of the habitat beyond. This is how the Great Masters painted backgrounds with just a hint of the scene. Nikon D850, 70-200mm f/2.8, 1/500 @ f/4, ISO 50 © Donna Brok
Images such as this have the background far enough away to blur, but still give a hint of the habitat beyond. This is how the Great Masters painted backgrounds with just a hint of the scene. Nikon D850, 70-200mm f/2.8, 1/500 @ f/4, ISO 50 © Donna Brok

By Donna Brok

What the heck is a messy background, as opposed to a good one, and is it boring?

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A Season For All Conditions: Explore the Beauty of Autumn… In Any Type of Light

Photo of autumn foliage along a lake. “Bear Mountain State Park Autumn Scene in Direct Sunlight,” © F.M. Kearney
“Bear Mountain State Park Autumn Scene in Direct Sunlight,” © F.M. Kearney

By F.M. Kearney

As nature photographers, we’re always searching for the best light in which to capture our subjects. What looks good in direct sunlight probably won’t look its best in flat light, and vice versa. It’s not often you find a single subject that will shine equally in any type of lighting condition, but that’s precisely the case when it comes to the colors of autumn.

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A Break With Tradition: New Showcase Recognition for Non-traditional Captures

Photo of a man flying a drone. Drone Man Playing by Mohamed Hassan. Pixabay license.
Drone Man Playing by Mohamed Hassan. Pixabay license.

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

Like everything else in this crazy world, nature photography is constantly changing. Especially during a pandemic, out business models, ability to travel and the very tools we use aren’t the same as they were a year ago. In acknowledgement of all the new ways photographers are using to capture outstanding images, document nature, advocate for conservation and create art, NANPA’s Showcase competition has added special recognition for “non-traditional captures.”

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 7, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Sparring Red and Green Macaws, Pantanal , Brazil” © Judy Lynn Malloch
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Sparring Red and Green Macaws, Pantanal , Brazil” © Judy Lynn Malloch

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

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 24, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

The 2021 NANPA Showcase competition is open! Enter your best photos between now and September 21st and maybe you’ll be featured in next year’s Weekly Wows or, better yet, win a prize! Get all the details on the 2021 NANPA Showcase page.

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From the Archives: Why Do Photographers Enter NANPA’s Showcase Competition?

Male Lion Attack on Giraffe, 2017 Showcase Judge’s Choice, Mammals © Michael Cohen

There are as many reasons to enter NANPA’s Showcase photo competition as there are photographers.  For some, winning Best in Show or Judge’s Choice serves as an endorsement of their skill, and can be added to their bio and marketing materials.  To others, recognition by the judges is a validation of their devotion to nature photography, a payoff for the years of effort they put into improving their skills.  And, for still others, selection of their photo is both a personal triumph as well as a challenge; applause for how far they’ve come and a challenge to continue getting better.

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Spectacular Florida

Glorious sunset in the Florida swamps.
Glorious sunset in the Florida swamps.

By Jerry Ginsberg

Even though we have been uncharacteristically and, in many cases, uncomfortably cloistered in our homes for several months now, there does seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. With the optimistic expectation that we will be unleashed to once again be out in nature creating beautiful images sooner rather than later, the following is a portrait of yet another great photo destination.

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