Weekly Wow! Week of October 15, 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: “Leap For Life, Baffin Bay, Nunavut” © Greg Cook.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 15, 2018.

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The Autumn Show: Beyond “Trees & Leaves”

Fall foliage reflecting in lake, Twin Lakes area, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. f/9.5 @ 70mm, 5-image HDR compilation.

Fall foliage reflecting in lake, Twin Lakes area, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. f/9.5 @ 70mm, 5-image HDR compilation.

Story & Photography by F.M. Kearney

The final curtain is about to rise. A cast of billions is in place. Throughout their entire performance, they’ve all been restricted to the same regulation green outfits. For their finale, they now have a chance to break free – a chance to dazzle onlookers with stunning new yellow, red and orange wardrobes. A few glory-hounds will attempt to upstage the others with magnificent, multi-colored garb. Sit back and relax… The Autumn Show is about to begin.

I’m sure most nature photographers look forward to this show every year. But, it can be a challenge to come up with something different than the usual “trees and leaves” photo. Try looking for compositions beyond the obvious – compositions where the subject isn’t immediately evident.

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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 October 8, 2018

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

Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife Runner Up: This House is Mine-Showcase 2018. © Lee Friedman

Macro/Micro/All Other Wildlife Runner Up: This House is Mine-Showcase 2018. © Lee Friedman

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 8, 2018.

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Google Images Adds Image Rights Metadata

In Lightroom, Bridge and other software, you can apply IPTC metadata with presets

Google Images will now include IPTC creator, credit and copyright information . . . if you have it in the image file. In Lightroom, Bridge and other software, you can apply IPTC metadata with presets.

In late September, Google announced that, in a major update to Google Images, it would be adding “rights-related meta data,” where available, to photos.  Collaborating with CEPIC, a coordinating body of stock and news agencies, museums, libraries and art galleries, and IPTC, the “global standards body of the news media,” Google designed a way to access the Creator and Credit metadata for photos.  That is, assuming you’ve included the metadata in your original upload.  Google will also be adding copyright notices in the near future.

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Arches National Park

Elegant and graceful, world-famous Delicate Arch dominates the scene in Arches National Park, Utah.

Story & Photography by Jerry Ginsberg

High on the list of the most photogenic landscapes anywhere is the Beehive State, Utah. With five spectacular national parks, each one special in its own right, Utah is simply not to be missed.

While in the past, I have written tips for a photo trip to Moab, Utah, Arches National Park is such a singularly important place for nature photography that adding an article focused specifically about it seems both necessary and worthwhile.

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Volunteer Profile: Ted Moreno

Volunteer and member of the NANPA Board of Directors, Ted Moreno.

Volunteer and member of the NANPA Board of Directors, Ted Moreno.

Volunteers are the life blood of membership organizations.  At NANPA and the NANPA Foundation, volunteers serve on committees, help plan conferences, present webinars, judge competitions and evaluate grant applications.  Volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and play other key roles in keeping NANPA vibrant, relevant and growing.

This is the second of an occasional series of volunteer profiles, saluting those whose hard work, ideas, passion and commitment benefit NANPA and its members.

NANPA recently had the opportunity to ask NANPA Board of Directors member and long time volunteer Ted Moreno a few questions about his volunteer experiences.

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Weekly Wow! Week of October 1, 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: Ice Bubbles, Glacier National Park, © Chuck Haney

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: Ice Bubbles, Glacier National Park, © Chuck Haney

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, October 1, 2018.

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From the Executive Director – Susan Day

Susan Day at NANPA board meeting, Jacksonsville, FL. Photo by David Small.

Choices and Goals

Everyday we make choices.  What to eat.  What to wear.  What to do.  Nature photographers make choices on new equipment, how to pay for it, where to use it, how to compose an image, which tweaks to make during post-processing; and for some, how to make a living.  Everyone’s bucket list is unique, and we take different paths to reach them–whether you’re a big-time goal-setter with spreadsheets and planners or a seat-of-the-pants winger.

Passion, planning, and drive play big parts in whether (and when) we take those fall landscape photos in the Rockies or photograph wildlife on an African safari.

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From the President: Gordon Illg

Close encounters with unimpressed bighorn sheep.

Close encounters with unimpressed bighorn sheep.

In the old days, not only did we have to walk through two feet of snow on our way to school (which was really tough for me because I lived in Tucson), but we didn’t have access to all the species and landscapes that photographers do today. If one has the money, there is now almost no place on Earth that cannot be reached and photographed with only a couple of days travel. Nature photography has indeed changed over the last 30 years, and I’m not just talking about technological advances in photo gear. I’m also referring to our subjects, our relationships with them, and our access to them. Most, if not all, of these changes have resulted from an exploding human population and the fact that we are increasingly mobile. Have these changes been good or bad? The answer is yes. The immediate conclusion most of us jump to is that a hordes of people are bad for the natural world, and this conclusion is not wrong. But, and this is a big but, lots of people can make nature photography better.

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