No Better Time: Tips for Finding Locations and Subjects to Photograph

The Nature Photographer episode #13 on Wild & Exposed podcast

Using Google Maps is a great way to find nearby wildlife refuges when traveling, like Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, which Dawn Wilson visited while visiting southern Louisiana. © Dawn Wilson

Why does Mark Raycroft keep saying there’s no better time to be a nature photographer than right now? Because in this short episode, the crew answers a NANPA member/listener question about how to find locations to photograph a particular subject in a specific timeframe. Find out what tools and strategies Mark, Dawn Wilson, Ron Hayes, and Jason Loftus use to find a desired subject, or identify potential subjects in a desired area. Plus, hear why your attitude about the trip and the language you use when reaching out to other photographers may make all the difference in the outcome.

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Get Your Eyes On featuring Steven David Johnson

The Nature Photographer episode #9 on Wild & Exposed podcast

Now that Steven David Johnson’s Vernal Pools e-book is published, the conservation photographer has been closely observing jumping spiders near his home along the Shenandoah River in Virginia © Steven David Johnson

Trained in studio art and digital media, Steven David Johnson is driven by curiosity to closely observe the natural world right outside his door. His work includes macro and ultra macro (2.5-5x magnification) conservation photography, including documentation of vernal pools where biodiversity is largely hidden from the uninformed eye in daylight. Steve tells NANPA’s Dawn Wilson and Wild & Exposed’s Ron Hayes and Mark Raycroft how he stumbled upon these temporary spring ponds while documenting salamander life in Virginia—on a personal blog largely for the benefit of family back home in New York. Find out what’s so special about a vernal pool, what you’re likely to find living in one, and how to photograph it. Plus, learn why Steve’s vintage Star Wars Hammerhead figures are key to getting a great image.

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What’s the Impact of that Photo? featuring Jennifer Leigh Warner

The Nature Photographer episode #8 on Wild & Exposed podcast

Grizzly 399 crosses a highway in Grand Teton National Park with dozens of photographers attempting to get a picture. © Jennifer Leigh Warner

What happens an hour, a month, a year, or a decade after we get our image and go home? How is that animal, wildflower, or habitat changed as a result of our actions in the field? What do the photographers around us that day perceive? And what conclusions do viewers make when they see the final published image? These are the questions that guide Jennifer Leigh Warner’s work as Chair of NANPA’s Ethics Committee—not a black and white list of rights and wrongs—and this is what Jennifer hopes we’ll keep in mind when deciding what’s the right photo for us—and the right way to get it and share it.

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Conservation Begins in Your Backyard featuring Andrew Snyder

The Nature Photographer episode #7 on Wild & Exposed Podcast

Gladiator tree frog on a tree limb near camera, image by Andrew Snyder
Gladiator Tree Frog © Andrew Snyder

For biologists like NANPA Conservation Committee Co-Chair Andrew Snyder, a beautiful image isn’t everything. Nature photographers can contribute to scientific understanding of wildlife and ecosystems, support publication-quality research, and effect change in environmental issues like biodiversity loss, but only if we share our images—even the imperfect ones—with scientists. Andrew introduces Dawn and Ron to a handful of tools to help us do that. He also tells about discovering a new species of tarantula in the uplands of Guiana Shield, photographing grizzly bears with Art Wolfe and a team of young photographers in Katmai, and what he’s doing at home to nurture a love for nature in his 1-year-old daughter.

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No Such Thing as Competition featuring Jaymi Heimbuch

The Nature Photographer episode #6 on Wild & Exposed Podcast

Coyote (canis latrans) adult female, San Francisco, California © Jaymi Heimbuch

Conservation photographer Jaymi Heimbuch leads several initiatives that support the professional development of conservation photographers—and sometimes specifically female conservation photographers—across a wide range of age and experience levels. Dawn Wilson of NANPA and Mark Raycroft and Michael Mauro of Wild & Exposed talk with Jaymi about these projects and what drives her to devote so much of her time supporting others in her field. Hear how and why Jaymi is bolstering up her colleagues, plus why she’s optimistic about the time we’re living in right now.

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Seeing It Differently featuring Lisa Langell

The Nature Photographer episode #5 on Wild & Exposed Podcast

“Heads or Tails” images by Lisa Langell

Reverse engineering a nature image, giving people what they can’t get somewhere else, and creating educational experiences are just a few of the ways that Lisa Langell practices seeing things differently. Langell, a NANPA board member and ambassador for both Tamron and Fotopro, joins Dawn Wilson, Jason Loftus, and Ron Hayes to talk about creating nature images for use as high-end wall art and letting go of the expectations that limit what you get out of workshops, tours, and your camera. The goals is never to duplicate someone else’s image or workshop but to find your own niche, Lisa explains.

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Light Side Up featuring Nate Luebbe

The Nature Photographer episode #4 on Wild & Exposed Podcast

© Nate Luebbe

NANPA member and Sony ambassador Nate Luebbe tells Dawn, Ron, and Michael about sending a Sony a7S III up more than 120,000 feet in a hot air balloon to capture 4K video of the aurora borealis. Find out how this remarkable idea hatched, and hear the engineering research, meteorological considerations, and FAA regulations that Nate and his small team had to balance to capture cinema-quality footage shot at 102,400 ISO.

…And if you happen to find that $10 styrofoam cooler with a 10-foot red parachute attached to it, well, you’ll find out how to reach Nate on this episode, too.

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How Do We Do It Better? featuring Gabby Salazar

The Nature Photographer episode #3 on Wild & Exposed Podcast

Common noddy feeding its chick, image by Gabby Salazar
Common noddy, Anous stolidus, feeding a chick on Ile aux Coco, a small nature reserve on an islet off the coast of Rodrigues Island. The noddys breed on this tiny islet.

Special guest Gabby Salazar joins NANPA President Dawn Wilson and Wild & Exposed co-hosts Mark Raycroft and Jason Loftus to talk about her current research studying what types of images influence people to support conservation. Is it the beautiful image of a dolphin in the wild, a dolphin caught in a net, or a dolphin affected by marine plastic? Gabby may not have answers yet, but she has lots of other great questions to share.

This amazing “33-years-young” photographer tells us about her travels in Mauritius, Indonesia, Guatemala, Madagascar, and India—including her work as a Fulbright Scholar—but confesses that her favorite nature photography experience is something much closer to home. 

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Membership Has Benefits

The Nature Photographer episode #2 on Wild & Exposed Podcast

Three young NANPA members head into the field with equipment, photo by Alena Ebeling-Schuld
© Alena Ebeling-Schuld

What one factor contributes more to a nature photographer’s success than anything else? Wild & Exposed co-hosts Ron Hayes and Jason Loftus will tell you when they sit down to talk with NANPA President Dawn Wilson. Plus, hear more about opportunities available to nature photographers through NANPA—from insurance to grants, big inspirational conferences to small regional field events—and what Wild & Exposed has to offer NANPA members, too.

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The Inaugural Episode featuring Charles Glatzer

The Nature Photographer episode #1 on Wild & Exposed Podcast

Moose in water at sunset, image by Charles Glatzer
© Charles Glatzer

NANPA President Dawn Wilson and Wild & Exposed‘s Michael Mauro and Mark Raycroft sit down with Canon Explorer of Light Charles Glatzer, one of NANPA’s long-time members, for the inaugural episode. Chas covers a lot of terrain with his co-hosts—from mishaps in photographing bull elk to responsible wildlife photography behavior, emerging technology pros and cons, the benefits of NANPA membership, and that magical feeling of being in the field in the golden hour. “You’ve got to be dead not to feel that,” Chas says.

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