Introduction and Sanderling Image (Jodie Randall)

Hello, my name is Jodie Randall. I am nineteen years old and live in the South East of England. I started photography seriously at the age of fifteen and am now pursuing a career as a freelance wildlife photographer. The majority of my images are taken in the South East, where I am fortunate enough to live near quite a few nature reserves. I enjoy photographing mammals and plant life, though birds and insects are particular favourites of mine.

In November 2008 I travelled to the coast to photograph wading birds. It was very cold and even started to snow at one point (something that doesn’t happen very often in England!) I was attempting to photograph Sanderlings. They feed on the edge of the tide and run to and fro like clock-work toys as the waves come in and then recede again. Sanderlings hardly ever stand still, so I was having to wait at the edge of the waves to photograph them running backwards and forwards, hoping that I wouldn’t get wet feet – I did. I was looking through my camera concentrating on the Sanderlings when a massive wave sent water pouring into my boot. Not ideal on a cold November day!

More of my images can be viewed on my website which is regularly updated.

– Jodie

Intro and "Hummingbird in Flight" (Tad Arensmeier)

Hello to everybody! My name is Tad Arensmeier and I am 20 years old. I’ve been photographing seriously since I bought a Canon Digital Rebel when I was 15, I have since moved through a Canon 20D, and have now purchased a Canon 1Ds Mark III, which is taking some getting used to, and I have 4 Sigma lenses (2 macro, 1 telephoto, 1 wide angle). My pictures will be almost exclusively of animals, most frequently herps (Reptiles and Amphibians), and usually macro. My favorite place to shoot is the St. Louis Zoo, so the majority of my posted pictures will be from there. If you want to look at more of my pictures you can visit this website: if you do visit, I suggest just looking at the set entitled “My Favorites” or you’ll have to look at just about everything I’ve ever taken (good and bad). “Hummingbird in Flight”
This image was taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The bird is going for a feeder that I watched for a couple of hours taking 100’s of pictures trying to get one bird in flight without the feeder in the image. The greatest difficulty was focusing on the birds, you can’t really afford to increase you DOF to make itany easier either becasue it will make your shutter to slow, and the birds move to quick for autofocus, so you have to use manuel focus, practice, and luck to actually catch one of these quick little birds in focus.

For those who want to photograph exotic animals, but can’t travel to Africa, South America, and other far-away locations, the zoo (or a local museum) is a great substitute. You can photograph exotic species at close range, with minimal expense, and nearly any equipment. I have taken many great photos at the zoo, and if you arrive early in the morning, you may beat the crowds and get some great golden-yellow light.
When you decide to go, plan your trip on a day you know the animals will be active. Don’t go on really cold or really hot days, or in adverse weather conditions.
And remember, not all animals at the zoo are in the zoo! The anole (lizard) in the photo was not a captive animal. I have also seen black rat snakes, unusual birds, and other animals there in the wild because they prefer similar habitats to the artificial habitats made for captive animals.
Metadata for anole: ISO 640, f/7.1, 1/100th of a second
Metadata for bird: ISO 640, f/7.1, 1/800th of a second
Both with Nikon D-80 and 180mm macro lens. Tripod for bird, bellypod for anole.

P.S. If you photograph animals indoors, don’t forget to adjust your white balance for flourescent and incandescent lights!

Updates (Gabby Salazar)

Hello All –

A few updates. To start with, Gary Farber of Hunt’s Photo and Video has passed on anamazing deal! Sandisk Extreme III Memory Cards – an 8GB card is only$34.99 and a 4GB is only $24.99. The offer ends at the end of the month -so you have to order soon. Gary says he’ll give you free shipping if you contact him directly and mention NBP Students. You can email him or call at T 800-221-1830 or 800-924-8682 ext2332.

In other news, our photo contest deadline has been extended until March 15th, 2009 (fromFebruary 15th, 2009). The entry fee is $10.00 and you can enter online at: Remember to enter Picture of the Week Competition to receive a free subscription to Nature’s Best Photography Magazine. Enter at: next issue will be online February 15th, 2009!

Gabby Salazar

Yellowstone Elk (Alex Mody)

Here’s a Rocky Mountain Elk I photographed in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Like the last image, I was driving through the park with my camera assembled and ready. When I saw this guy, I simply pulled over, rolled down my window, and began photographing. He was HUGE! He was the biggest I have ever seen. I’d love to go back in a few years. I can’t think of a single place I’d rather be in the winter.

Introduction and "A Throne of Gold" (Johan)

Hello! My name is Johan, and I am 16 years old. I am homeschooled, so my schedule is fairly flexible school-wise and I can shoot when the light is best. I got my first camera at the age of 7, but started photographing seriously when I bought my D-SLR in 2007. I enjoy nature photography–specifically macro. I live on a farm with my family, so most of my photos are taken on the farm acreage. I shoot with a Canon EOS 10D and a variety of Canon and Tamron lenses, including the Canon 100/2.8 Macro. I hope to share some of my best photos and tips with you here.

“A Throne of Gold”
1/320 ~ f/9 ~ ISO 100 ~ Canon 28-135 IS ~ +4 Close-up Diopter ~ Tripod

I discovered this goldenrod spider on a daisy on my family’s farm last summer. I found it the day before I took this picture, and was able to watch it for the next couple of weeks while I went about my chores. One day there was an extremely small black spider walking around on its back, but it disappeared before I was finished setting up my tripod. It was obvious to me that the spider was growing since it was bigger every time I saw it. One day I saw it devouring a bee, but of course I had left my camera at the house.


Examples of Event Photos

Here are some AMAZING examples of event photography! 

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Enjoy and be Inspired! 
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