Monday, September 21, 2009

OPC Fall Issue on Newsstands

The fall issue of Outdoor Photography Canada is currently on the newsstands. This issue, my regular column features part 1 of a two-part series on flight photography. Check it out!

Also, fellow OPC columinst Kelly Funk has the front cover this issue as well as a superb feature on the isolated Grizzly bear hotspot, the Khutzeymateen Valley. When I first started in photography as an amateur I would hang on Kelly's every word when he appeared on the short-lived TV series Nikon Wildlife Expeditions.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A few more Finland Osprey

My earlier post on this trip showcased my two very favorite images. But I would have been reasonably satisfied with any one of these if I had never got the "money" shots.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Few Covers from 2009

These two are probably the most noteworthy front covers published so far this year. Truth be told, I strive for the cover shot as a matter of philosophy. I believe in the stand-alone image that conveys universal impact to the viewer, regardless of their interests or place in the world. I still maintain that the images that I produce on yearly basis that approach this ideal are numbered in the dozens.

National Geographic Junior, Feb. 2009

Outdoor Photography Canada, Spring 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bats in Flight to be Published

It looks like two of my bat-in-flight images, much like the one below,

will be published in the Halloween issue of two magazines for young people. I am happy to see these unique images find a home. They were shot at Bill Forbes' pond south of Tucson Arizona using the amazing Phototrap camera trigger as well as 4 camera flashes.

Bill Forbes to Assist at ICF Pro Tour

Bill Forbes, inventor and manufacturer of the Phototrap high speed photographic trigger system, has volunteered to be my photographic assistant during the ICF Pro Tour in April 2010. Bill's extensive knowledge and creativity in the domain of photographic set-ups is second to none. I am relieved to have such a skilled individual step forward to help out in this highly competitive contest, where having a competent assistant can make a world of difference.

Monday, September 7, 2009

2010 ICF Pro Tour

"the world's richest nature photography tournament, featuring international nature photographers randomly teamed with regional landowners"
Barn Owl "rejecting" owl pellet (ewwww...)

Yup, I will be competing in the ICF Pro Tour again in 2010. Back in 2008, I came in 9th place with a portfolio that featured strong bird coverage, but I displayed a rather ho-hum performance in the four other categories. Still, above and beyond the prize money for 9th place, I also placed 7 of my images in the top 100 of contest, bringing my total winnings above that of the 8th place photographer. This is consistent with what has always been my photographic work ethic: low quantity, high quality.

A link to my profile at the ICF site.

With way more tools in my photographic toolbox and perhaps a better work ethic (slightly), I hope to place higher in 2010. We'll see...

One of the "Top 100 in Contest" 2008 ICF Pro Tour, Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (wild), South Texas

Friday, September 4, 2009

Osprey in Finland

As promised in the last entry, I am uploading a few of the best images from four days spent in a hide shooting osprey in Finland. All the images were shot with the blisteringly fast combination of the Nikon D3 camera and the 300mm f2.8 lens. I'm a big fan of the head-on perspective in raptor photography and the equipment did not disappoint despite this most demanding of auto-focusing challenges.

Here's a brief video showing the perspective from the hide. What you are seeing is two aborted dives followed by one complete dive with the osprey flying away from the hide.