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 January 13, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Star Trails Over Mono Lake, Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra California © Alice Cahill.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Star Trails Over Mono Lake, Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra California © Alice Cahill.

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, January 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. Pre-order your copy by January 17 and save $5!

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 30, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: " Burchell's Zebras Horsing Around, Etosha National Park, Namibia " © Karen Hunt.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: ” Burchell’s Zebras Horsing Around, Etosha National Park, Namibia ” © Karen Hunt.

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, December 30, 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 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 21, 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: "In the Heat of Battle, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska" © Lindsay Donald

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “In the Heat of Battle, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska” © Lindsay Donald

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, January 21, 2019.  We recently began highlighting the best photos from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition.  To view all of the top 250 photographs, 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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Two Minute Read – Why Are Star Reflections in Water Elongated?

Why is the reflection of a full moon in the Snake River a stretched-out oval and not a round disk?

Why is the reflection of a full moon in the Snake River a stretched-out oval and not a round disk?

An interesting question came up during a recent NANPA webinar on “Chasing & Photographing the Aurora Borealis” presented by Carl Johnson.  Why is it that the reflections of stars, moon or sun in bodies of water always seem to have elongated shapes?  After all, when doing night photography, with a short enough shutter speed, the moon will be sharp and round; the stars will be tiny, sharp, points of light.  So why do they seem to stretch out when reflected in a lake, stream or pond?

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 17, 2018

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

"Great Hornbill, Kaziranga, India"

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner “Great Hornbill, Kaziranga, India” © Peter Balunek

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, September 17, 2018.

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PHOTOGRAPHER PROJECT – Dark Skies of West Texas, Story and photographs by Kathy Adams Clark

Satellite photo of United States at night.

Satellite photo of United States at night.

If you look at a satellite photo taken at night of the United States, you’ll see a recognizable shape. The coastlines are outlined in light. Major cities are clearly defined. Yet, out in far West Texas, there is a dark area void of major manmade lighting.

This huge dark area is being preserved thanks to a major dark sky preservation movement by local entities.

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