Coyotes are one of the most controversial and divisive species on the North American continent. No other wild animal sparks as much emotion in urban residents, running the gamut of loathing and love. But controversial or not, they are here, and here for good.
What do you get when you combine toy-obsessed, high-energy dogs stuck in shelters with tenacious, patient handlers who train dogs in scent detection? Super-star rescue dogs who help biologists study and protect endangered species and habitats.
Filled with curiosity and playfulness, river otters are charismatic animals with an important role to play as an apex predator in riparian ecosystems. A key species for signaling the health of a watershed, river otter populations can reveal much about the health of their habitat.
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As the year draws to a close, one great temptation inevitably tickles the back of my brain: the urge to make resolutions. I'm grateful for what felt like a full, rich, and challenging year. With the closing of it, I'm teasing out the threads of lessons learned that can be woven into a guide -- or at least a safety net -- for next year.
May these personal resolutions help inspire you on some level to craft your own approach to to the New Year that will bring you joy, satisfaction and success.
How do you make a photograph?
Alongside and within the effort of finding one's style, there is the challenge of learning how to see not only the world that is in front of you, but the photograph that is in front of you. There is the scene, and there is the way you want to express the scene to others. There is what you see, and there is what you feel about what you see. The difference between taking a picture and making a photograph is the act of capturing the latter in a frame. When you do that, your photography becomes a tool to influence how people see, how they think, how they feel, what they know, what they understand, even how they act.
The scrappy little brother to the wolf, the wily wild cousin to domestic dogs, the coyote gets on with life whatever the challenges. Unlike so many other larger animals, the coyote thrives in the face of - and sometimes because of - our plowing over of the earth. Rather than be pushed to smaller and smaller margins of wilderness, the coyote sees what openings we've created in golf courses, cemeteries, suburban lawns and urban parks and moves right on in.
I haven't used film in about 10 years. It's been a long time away. So I bought five different types recommended to me by various sources and started shooting. All of the following is based on my experience of shooting 12 rolls of film, trying to figure out what I like most specifically for landscape photos. This is all in the spirit of fun and experimentation, and of course is entirely subjective. So enjoy what I've written here, and take it all with a grain of silver halide.
Recently there has been a spat of absurd headlines about one or a couple coyotes in the Bay Area of California. The headlines read that coyotes tripping on mushrooms are attacking cars. If you said, "Um, what?" then you aren't the only one
There are a lot of dichotomies in photography where most of us find our selves making an either-or decision: Canon or Nikon, people or animals, commercial or editorial. The same tends to be true, I think, for wildlife or landscape. I venture to guess that many if not most wildlife photographers think of landscapes as simply the place where they find their subject, but not something they really want for their portfolio. The landscape is a tool for context or composition, but the goal is always the animal. I've realized that paying attention to landscapes plays a critical role in helping me become a better animal photographer and a better storyteller. Because of that, landscapes are now on my must-have shot list for any shoot.
I love heirloom items. Things that are made beautifully and made to last. Things that you want to show off, that you will use for decades, that you can pass down to your kids. In the camera bag world, functionality reigns so while the market has plenty of tough and well-made bags, elegant style often takes a back seat. That's why when I saw the new Cooper Collection from Tenba, the selection of bags stood out.
Despite a slightly rocky start, my overall experience with this lens was really positive.
After coming home from a shoot, I uploaded my photos into Lightroom and started sorting through them. When the photo above popped up, I felt a brief wave across my brain and a quick squeeze in my stomach that comes when I see an image I've made and just know: this is exactly right. I had been wondering for years when I would find my voice in photography. It was an evolution I knew would happen if I just let it roll forward on its own. I have waited a long time for it to appear, and during that time I've learned three difficult truths about the process, or really the waiting, behind finding one's own style.
While I long ago switched entirely to digital, I have never lost the love for that beautiful look film provides. Thankfully, Lightroom makes it easier than ever to mimic the look of film for digital files, and Kirk Mastin of Mastin Labs has perfected the art.