The wider picture (Jodie Randall)

Continuing on the subject of Connor’s last post (Taking In The Scene), the majority of my favourite wildlife images depict animals in their natural habitat and it is something I increasingly try to capture in my own photographs. Close up portraits are often instantly grasping, but by placing a plant or creature within the context of its environment you are instantly telling a wider story.

Here is a brilliant link to the Wild Wonders Of Europe website: Recently featured in National Geographic magazine, the project features 58 photographers from all over Europe who were each given missions to document the continents wildlife and wild places. You will find enough in-habitat style shots to keep you inspired for a while, plus many more……

Goodnight, Sun (Johan)

One filter much used in the days of film was the graduated neutral-density filter. With one side allowing more light into the camera than the other side, this filter was crucial to properly expose sunsets while retaining detail in the shadows.

Now, in the day of digital technology, such filters are still popular among landscape photographers.

However, for this image, I used the virtual graduated neutral-density filter found in Photoshop Lightroom to restore the details in the foreground. Here is the original shot:

NBPS Flickr Contest (Image by Tobias Hayashi)

Great images this week! I particularly like the complementary colors in this image. The bird is very striking against the blue and white background.

Taking In The Scene (Connor Stefanison)

When photographing wildlife, people tend to focus mostly on full frame shots of their subject. As pleasing and cool as these images are, it can be easy to forget to try some wildlifescapes/animals in habitat type shots. These are shots where the subject occupies only a small portion of the frame, and the surrounding environment takes up a larger part.  These images give the viewer a sens of the animal’s habitat, and the conditions you were facing at the time of exposure.

The Gadwall image below was taken at Burnaby Lake, in Burnaby BC, Canada. 

Upcoming Photo Competition (Connor Stefanison)

Hey everyone, I just got an email today about the Audibon Magazine Birds In Focus competition. This contest is held in part with Natures Best Photography. There is also a youth category for youth up to 17 years of age. If you apply, you should definitely check it out here, .

Connor Stefanison

Spring Transitions (Jodie Randall)

To me May always feels like a month of transition. A transition between spring and summer. It is the best of both worlds. The countryside has exploded into a mass of green. The bushes are fuller, the grass richer and healthier – everything is blooming. The blackthorn blossom has died back and the hawthorn buds are showing. When they flower, the hedgerows will be white once again. Puff clocks decorate the roadside verges, scattered in an accidental fashion, while a blanket of bluebells has crept across the floor of the local woodlands. Spring is throwing out all of the stops in a spectacular finale, while at the same time the very first signs of summer are beginning to show. As I write this, I have just seen my first swifts of 2010 darting merrily across a welcome blue sky. Newly arrived after a long journey from Africa, these birds never seem to tire. Black arrows speeding overhead, circling effortlessly until they are so high they are no longer visible to the human eye, swifts are one of the birds I will always associate with Summer.

I have also updated my gallery with recent images from the past month:

– Jodie.

NBPS Flickr Contest Photo (Image by Evan Pagano)

Evan Pagano

This image by Evan Pagano shows behavior and a beautiful scene. While portraits are often beautiful,  images that show animals doing something are much more engaging. Next time you are photographing wildlife, spend extra time waiting for interesting behavior. Wildlife photography is challenging because you have no idea when an animal is going to ‘behave’ or do something different. That is also part of the fun.

I also love the even light and subtle colors in this image. Great job Evan!

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