Coping with COVID: Group Photo Gatherings During a Pandemic

Milky Way over Mt. Rainier  Just before Sunrise from the August Outing © Dan Clements
Milky Way over Mt. Rainier Just before Sunrise from the August Outing © Dan Clements

Photos and story by Dan Clements

While the COVID-19 pandemic has upended most people’s lives, it has especially impacted travel and gatherings of groups. Camera clubs had to switch to zoom meetings. Meetup groups canceled events. Opportunities to go out and shoot with a bunch of fellow photographers were virtually nonexistent. This is the story of how one nature photography club learned to live with COVID: what has changed, what has worked, and how we have managed successful group gatherings over the summer. It appears that we will be dealing with the pandemic well into 2021, so this is also a road map of how we will proceed in the coming months.

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 20, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "A Black Bear Fishes for Salmon” © Jennifer Smith. A black bear fishing in a stream under a waterfall.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “A Black Bear Fishes for Salmon” © Jennifer Smith.

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, April 20, 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!

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 13, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Polistes Dorsalis Wasp” © Lee Hoy Photography
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Polistes Dorsalis Wasp” © Lee Hoy Photography

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, April 13, 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!

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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Peter Nestler

2020 Showcase, Best in Show, Scapes: "Icy Cosmos, Juneau, Alaska" © Peter Nestler.
2020 Showcase, Best in Show, Scapes: “Icy Cosmos, Juneau, Alaska” © Peter Nestler.

How I Got the Shot

I found this moulin while exploring under a glacier. Checking PhotoPills showed that the moving stars would match the sweep of the moulin perfectly so I came back on a clear night for the shot. After getting my exposure set for the stars I locked my shutter release open so it would shoot one image after another until the battery died. I sat outside the cave for safety (in case it collapsed during the 2.5 hour shoot) and to make sure I didn’t accidentally shine my headlamp and ruin the image.

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Weekly Wow! Week of February 17, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "African Elephants Surround a Youngster at a Water Hole, South Africa" © Kevin Dooley.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “African Elephants Surround a Youngster at a Water Hole, South Africa” © Kevin Dooley.

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, February 17, 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!

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 10, 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: “Red Pine Tree Trunks in Snow Storm,” near Reno, Nevada, © Susan Dykstra.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Red Pine Tree Trunks in Snow Storm,” near Reno, Nevada, © Susan Dykstra.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, June 10, 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 March 4, 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: Colorado Columbine, Colorado © Mike Walker.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Colorado Columbine, Colorado © Mike Walker.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, March 4, 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 January 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: "Preening Ibis, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, California" © Karen Schuenemann

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Preening Ibis, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, California” © Karen Schuenemann

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, January 7, 2019.  With these images, we begin highlighting the best photos from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition.  To see all of the top 250 photographs, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 31, 2018

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: "Milky Way over Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park" © Chuck Haney

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “Milky Way over Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park” © Chuck Haney

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, December 31, 2018.

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 10, 2018

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: "Fighting Northern Bobwhites, Santa Clara Ranch, South Texas" © Hector Astorga

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “Fighting Northern Bobwhites, Santa Clara Ranch, South Texas” © Hector Astorga

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, December 10, 2018.

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