Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Betty Sederquist

Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Altered Reality: "Bear Altercation © Betty Sederquist
Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Altered Reality: “Bear Altercation” © Betty Sederquist

How I Got the Shot

This was taken at a bear rescue center called Fortress of the Bear in Sitka, Alaska. I was shooting from a catwalk above the bears looking down into a spacious enclosure. These bears were in a pond. I added painterly effects later.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 29, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Leaping Lechwes” © Carol Grenier.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Leaping Lechwes” © Carol Grenier.

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, June 29, 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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2020 Nature Photography Day Contest Winners Announced

Macro photo of fern leaves in light and shadows
Grand Prize Winner, “Fern Medley” © Ingrid Lockhart.

Earlier this week NANPA announced the winners of its 2020 Nature Photography Day photo contest. Ingrid Lockhart’s “Fern Medley” was awarded grand prize, Patrick Siu’s “Swan Family Dinner Time” received second place honors, and Jennifer Smith’s “Fight Over Fish!” won third place. Photographs by Deborah Duke, Keith J. Freeburn, Jeff Nelson and William Sutton received Honorable Mention awards.

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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Don Larkin

Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Scapes: "Icebergs on Diamond Beach” © Don Larkin
Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Scapes: “Icebergs on Diamond Beach” © Don Larkin

How I Got the Shot

It is a simple life for an iceberg in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland.  It is born from a nearby glacier, and slowly gets pushed out to sea, only to find its way back home to retire on the same black sandy beach from where it came. On this morning, the sun rose underneath a layer of clouds, with the sunlight shining through the icebergs and illuminating the different colors and shapes.  I waited for the waves to approach to show the motion of the water, and the arrival of the icebergs.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 22, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Female Anhinga Emerges From the Swamp” © Kelley Luikey
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Female Anhinga Emerges From the Swamp” © Kelley Luikey

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, June 22, 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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Father’s Day Reflections of a Nature Photographer

photo of young girl scanning the tree canopy for birds.
Scanning the tree canopy for birds.

Story and photos by Mark Hendricks

“Teakettle, teakettle, teakettle.”

Ah, the joyous song of a Carolina wren serenades me on my back deck. One of my favorite harbingers of spring, I find its song eloquent and welcoming.

On cue, the rhythmic tapping of footsteps pair to the song. “Tap-a-tap-a-tap.” “Teakettle, teakettle, teakettle.” “Tap-a-tap-a-tap.”

“Papa, pajarito (translation “little bird)!” exclaims my two-year-old daughter Liliana, who just absolutely adores birdsong, and continued to tap along to the avian symphony. Later a brilliant male cardinal arrived singing on a low-hanging branch of tulip poplar. Each time the cardinal sings Liliana hops to the sounds.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 15, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Spider Wasp with Spider” © Tom Myers
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Spider Wasp with Spider” © Tom Myers

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, June 15, 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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Tips for Leading a Zoom Videoconference

Screen grab of some of the participants on a recent NANPA Zoom call for professional nature photographers.
Some of the participants on a recent NANPA Zoom call for professional nature photographers.

By Teresa Ransdell, NANPA Membership Director

Connecting electronically has become the norm during the past few months. If you owned stock in Zoom prior to the beginning of the pandemic’s various quarantine orders, you’re likely counting your earnings as opposed to reading NANPA’s blog posts.

For those of us who had never heard of and didn’t own stock in Zoom, we’re now having to learn how to best use that or similar platforms in our business to keep us connected with clients, followers, members and fans. During a recent Zoom videoconference with a number of NANPA’s nature photography pros, a suggestion was made to share some tips and best practices to help photographers use the platform more effectively.  So, here we go. (See also Friday’s blog on how to look and sound your professional best on Zoom.)

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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Stan Bysshe

Red-winged blackbird perched on a branch with breath visible on a cold morning. Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Birds: " Red-winged Dragon” © Stan Bysshe
Showcase 2020 Judges’ Choice, Birds: ” Red-winged Dragon” © Stan Bysshe

How I Got the Shot

Early spring in my local Northern Virginia wetlands park is a great time to shoot these territorial male Red-winged Blackbirds. At first light, the displaying birds are backlit and, if it is cold enough and bright enough, you can see the breath of the singing bird.  The problem is a black moving subject, backlit, in low light, so there is always a tradeoff between shutter speed and ISO. For me, there is a lot of trial and error involved. The good news is that the blackbirds are relentless in defending their territory. For the 15-20 minutes that the light is perfect, there are usually multiple photo ops.

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Blurred Lines: More Creative Projects For the “Involuntary” Homebound

Same image with Gaussian blur combined with Motion blur filter.
Gaussian blur combined with Motion blur filter.

Story & photos by F.M. Kearney

At the time of this writing, most of the country is tentatively beginning to open up. Although more and more people are slowly starting to venture out, things are nowhere near normal. Millions, however, are still living under “stay-at-home” restrictions, and only venturing out for essentials – which does not often include outdoor nature photography. It makes for very long days that seem to blur together. That gave me another idea on how to alter existing images. My past couple of articles have dealt with creative ways to pass the time if you’re unable (or unwilling) to spend too much time outside. Last month, I discussed ways to use texture to enhance your images. In this article, I’ll illustrate how the various blur filters in Photoshop can dramatically alter an image (including texture, as well).

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