You might find this clever and funny.
You might find this clever and funny.
In a recent post we wrote about Mora and Moynihan and the preparations to embark on a sailing adventure across the South Pacific filming nature, the environment and the cultures. Here is the first of their many (to come) field reports.
Opensea Film and Photography duo, Nia and Jon Moynihan, have set sail again across the Pacific. This time we have crossed 1,100 nautical miles of deep blue water to reach the Melanesian shores of Vanuatu – a nation known for the happiest people in the world. Along the way we have come to more realizations about the conviction it takes to
photograph the natural world. Though the long passage was filled mostly with beautiful weather, at times the extremities of the wind strength and the wave size was overwhelming.
Sometimes we ask ourselves “what makes people do it?” What makes a person head out into the middle of nowhere? Maybe for us its to be alone, away form the world, and then to arrive in new places filled with adventure and the unknown. Perhaps its also the peace and mental tranquility that comes with being the only person around for hundreds of miles, only accompanied by the repose of nature, birds, and sea creatures. Therese a sense of connectedness that comes over a person when confronted with the strength of raw nature. … Continue Reading
Dave Welling recently captured a once-in-a-lifetime image: a rattlesnake capturing a Green Jay at a waterhole. It is a striking image rarely caught on camera and it was a surprise to him when it happened. Dave is a nature photographer from Southern California and has been photographing for over 25 years; specializing in wildlife and natural landscapes.
His photography has appeared in magazines such as National Geographic Adventure, Kids, Explorer and Travel; National Wildlife’s Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard; Nature’s Best; Outdoor Photographer; Sierra; BirdWatching; Living Bird and Birds&Blooms; in calendars and note cards from Audubon; Barnes & Noble; COMDA; Inner Reflections; National Wildlife; Northword Press; Palm Press; PlanetZoo; Pomegranate Communications; Sierra; World Wildlife Fund; and books from National Geographic; Capstone; Farcountry Press; Grand Canyon Association; Prentice Hall; Voyageurs’ Press; Cowles Creative; Holt Reinhart; Houghton Mifflin; Prentice Hall; Trident Press; Rio Nuevo Publications; Tyndale House.
Dave is the featured photographer in Texas Wildlife Portfolio from FarCountry Press and has produced a coffee table photography book, Sanctuary, on his 27 years of working with wildlife rescue animals at the Wildlife Waystation, a rescue facility in Southern California. The 120 page book features images and stories of some of the 76,000 wild animals that have found a home or been helped by the Wildlife Waystation. Wild animals from native ground squirrels to African lions, tigers. leopards chimps, wolves and brown and black bears have all called the Waystation home during Dave’s 27 year relationship with the Waystation.
We asked Dave to tell us about his rare image and many more great examples of his nature photography. … Continue Reading
Back in Missouri, where I’m originally from, seeing a bald eagle is a rare treat. During the winter months the eagles regularly congregate along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers systems, bringing out bird watchers and nature lovers by the hundreds to see maybe a half dozen eagles or so catching a few fish to fatten up on. During the rest of the year however, spotting one of our national birds is difficult to do in those parts. It’s quite the opposite here on Kodiak Island, Alaska, where I currently reside. I see more bald eagles in one day than most people probably see in a lifetime. And during the winter months, I regularly see dozens and dozens of them gathered together like groups of pigeons. It’s quite a sight! Even though seeing so many of these incredible creatures is a common occurrence for most who live here, I never get tired of it! … Continue Reading
Today I write this post for many reasons including some very personal ones. While Pro Nature Photographer focuses on photographers and their images, techniques, the business, and pretty much anything related to outdoor photography, today I cant help but reflect on our connection to the land and about loss and a recent personal one for me.
My photography career has taken many turns and I always worked hard to make sure it was all an adventure. With a studio in the big city and another in a smaller city, I had 20 very busy years. Photography assignments paid for my true love: outdoor and adventure photography. But as the ‘photo economy’ began to change with the advent of digital technology and a slowing economy, my wife and I decided to make a big move. We closed the studios and bought a log cabin on 5 acres in the Central Oregon Mountains. Moving forward I was going to focus on shooting location assignments and outdoor stock photography and if I needed an indoor studio I would rent one. That was in 2002.
We moved onto the property in the fall and got busy decorating the log cabin, preparing for winter, collecting firewood, and settling in. I had not lived in the mountains since I was a small kid but it felt like a return long overdue. I had always wanted to be Jeremiah Johnson, the mountain man that Robert Redford played in the movie. My wife, a city girl, told me when she agreed to the move that she would ‘give it five years.’ We stayed 10! … Continue Reading
“Lions and tigers and bears…oh my!” I can’t say much about lions and tigers, but being within close proximity of brown bears that can weigh over 1000 pounds can certainly make one say, “Oh my!” Few other creatures in North America summon forth such fear, wonder, awe, and respect as the mighty bears that inhabit such places as Alaska. For many photographers, capturing an image of a monstrous, furry beast in the wild is a once in a lifetime chance. Such a coveted opportunity can create a disciplined, calculated approach to making the most of a rare experience, or, it can tempt one to engage in some very, very dangerous and life threatening actions …to one’s self, and ultimately the animals. … Continue Reading
Laurie Excell is a wildlife photographer based in Oregon. As a self proclaimed ‘lifelong photographer,’ Laurie’s career has really taken off. She is now the author of several books, a popular speaker, workshop leader, and contributing editor.
I have personally known Laurie for many years and when I asked her to take a moment and talk photography with us, she was kind enough to accept. … Continue Reading
There was no time to ask questions; we took off at a sprint to our bungalow overlooking Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We packed our bags as quickly as possible and loaded into a large transport vehicle to begin our evacuation from the park. Led by a truck loaded with six armed rangers, our convoy raced away from park headquarters down the bumpy dirt roads past villagers who just stared at the foreigners fleeing the scene. Along the way, the park’s tourism director, Cai Willink, calmly explained that a rebel army of 1,500 men under the command of Bosco Ntaganda (known as “The Terminator) had entered the park during the night and crossed a detachment of Congolese soldiers, sparking a violent confrontation and forcing our immediate evacuation. … Continue Reading
I have a client who recently went on an African Safari and during one excursion she photographed a Cheetah laying down. Within seconds the Cheetah spotted something and jumped up and she took another shot but a branch from a plant covered the Cheetahs eye and ruined the shot. At her office, she showed me the images and I thought it could be saved in Photoshop by compositing the two original images. But only if the head position was close enough in both originals. This video shows the Photoshop steps.
I think this worked great but how would you have done it differently? Please leave a comment.
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