At Last

Finally after getting over my personal technical difficulties (aren’t problems with technology supposed to start after you are 30) I am back!  Took me long enough to figure out how to make the transition to WordPress. Anyways,  I meant to post this preview last week but here it is now…  A few weeks ago I photographed a prescribed burn at the local preserve.  How amazing I must say!  Even as far as 500 hundred feet back I could still feel the heat of the fire as it roared through the native grasses on my face!  Prairies and other ecosystems are burned to control the native population of plants and animals and help them thrive.  Fire destroys invasive species while native species have developed special adaptations to continue to survive after the fires.  These photos are a preview of the article I am writing for the Natures Best Photography: Students Magazine.  Enjoy! Happy Springtime! 

Volunteer Conservationist

NBPS Flickr Contest (Image 5) Photo by Timothy Brooks

I chose this image because of the simplicity of the composition. I really like that the tree is the only object in the image. This image, while it may not actually be in black and white (it is difficult to tell), is a nice reminder that  nature photography does not always have to feature color. Try converting some of your images to black and white using a program like Photoshop and you might like the results. While I really like this image, if there were one thing I could change, I would crop it so that the tree is exactly centered. It is currently shifted slightly to the right and I find that it throws off the balance a bit.

More soon!

Gabby

Snowy Rhode Island (Gabby)

Hi all!

A new photo from a recent trip in Rhode Island using my new 17-40mm lens. Just wanted to share!

- Gabby

NBPS Flickr Contest Image 4 (Photo by Nick Leech)

After taking a bit more time to look through photos this week, I came across an image that is lost in the mix as a thumbnail, but stands out as one of the best in the pool when it is displayed large. In this image, Nick Leech has used under exposure to create incredibly dramatic lighting. If he had properly exposed the image, the water would have been almost white and the duck might have had details in its feathers. Instead, he has underexposed (probably around 1 to 2 stops) to tone down the bright sun and to emphasize the colors in the sky.

If you are using a digital camera, you have the opportunity to experiment with different exposures without incurring additional cost. Next time you are shooting a sunrise or sunset, try shooting at 5 different exposures (2 stops over, 1 stop over, right on, 1 stop under, and 2 stops under), this exercise will give you an idea of what a “stop” means so you can make creative exposure decisions quickly in the field.

Great image Nick!!

More soon!

Gabby

Costa Rica: Preview (Johan)

This little mantis was less than half of an inch (~1 CM) long.
Stay tuned for more picture posts!

Hares and Harriers (Jodie Randall)

I have spent the last couple of evenings photographing brown hares. Unfortunately, over the past few days a blanket of cloud has crept across the sky a couple of hours before dusk. I am hoping for a clear sky soon so that I can photograph them in the last golden rays of light.

Sitting in my car (which is currently serving as a hide as well as transport), the light was fading fast and I began to wonder whether to just give up and go home when I spotted a marsh harrier gliding towards me. As it flew past, one hare that had been feeding in a nearby field jumped up towards the bird, then  stood tall on its hind legs until the marsh harrier had passed by. I have never witnessed this sort of behaviour before and was quite surprised by the hare’s boldness. Things then became more curious as the harrier landed in a tree. The hare followed it, then  stood underneath the tree staring up at the harrier, while the harrier looked back down rather bemusedly.

By the time the harrier took off, it was too dark for me to photograph the display that ensued as it flew over the marsh. It was the closest encounter I have ever had with this impressive bird of prey.

New Magazine! Click on the icon below (Gabby)

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