If you are a wildlife shooter, Moose Peterson’s recent book “Captured” has a lot of great insights and is worth picking up. Over the last year, I have really embraced one of Moose’s big ideas: developing relationships with the people in my community who work with and know the local wildlife. In doing so, one […]

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Recently, Scott Bourne reviewed TriggerTrap (an app and cable combination that gives you a lot of custom control over your camera).  I’ve since become huge fan and have made it a huge part of my time-lapse and HDR workflow. A new update just dropped last night that adds support for using a motion sensor.  You […]

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He’s a photographer for National Geographic yet his photos are unlike any other wildlife photographers I’ve seen because of his beautiful combination of his subjects and fine art.  From the strength of a simple, singular swan to a triangle formation of an elk gang, I’m completely blown away at the level that this photographer has […]

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Images © Robert O'Toole

Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes Rich Harrington has a special guest this week.  Robert OToole joins us to discuss his migration from commercial photographer to world-renowned nature photographer. Robert was the co-leader for our Alaska trip this year and a fantastic photographer and instructor. Robert O’Toole is […]

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In my last installment of the diary, I said I was hoping for some weather at Bosque del Apache. Well I got it – perhaps I should have been more specific. I wasn’t hoping for deep, dark clouds and driving rain. I was shut out at the blast off. There was no light. But I […]

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For your consideration – 15 stunning images of animals in their native habitats. These amazing images will look great on your iPad or iPhone and will work in either landscape or portrait mode. These images are specifically licensed for your enjoyment on your iPad or iPhone. Enjoy the beautiful animal images every time you unlock […]

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Photo Copyright Scott Bourne 2008 – All Rights Reserved Every once in a while, someone writes in asking what my wildlife photography workflow looks like. This is something that I just intuitively do now, but I thought about it and sketched out (as best I could) what that looks like. If you’re interested in shooting […]

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Image and Post by Rick Sammon – Follow Rick Sammon on Twitter Portraits of animals are fun to take. By portraits, I mean an image in which the subject is basically at rest. However, showing animal behavior is often more interesting. The picture on the right is a behavioral picture. It’s much more interesting than […]

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I’m continuing my tip series with some new wildlife shooter tips. a. Stay downwind of your target. Many animals have superior sense of smell. If they catch your scent you could either become prey or more likely, scare them off. b. Approach animals slowly. Collapse your tripod when approaching. The fully extended tripod with legs […]

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I posted tips on shooting wildlife last week. I mentioned that I often shoot in Shutter Priority Mode. Jason asked in our comments section why I didn’t shoot in Manual Mode and I thought that question would make for a good blog post.

Before I got my first D3, I used to shoot wildlife in Aperture Priority Mode. This was designed to give me both a shallow depth-of-field (which helps make a nice background, isolating the animal) but also defaults to the fastest shutter speed available for any given ISO.

The problem is that the fastest shutter speed for any given ISO might not be fast enough. That’s because prior to the D3, ISO above 800 was rarely good enough for me to be happy with the 17 inch by 22 inch prints I’d make on my Epson 3800. Continue reading

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Careful readers of this blog know that I am primarily a wildlife photographer. I am working on a revised edition of my book, “88 Secrets to Wildlife Photography” which I co-wrote with Rod Barbee.

Here are some of the tips you’ll find in the old and the new book.

1. Always be ready for an animal encounter. Wherever you live, chances are there are animals nearby you can photograph. Be aware of local species. Do research to find out which kinds of animals frequent your area and when they are nearby.

2. Always carry a 300 to 400mm lens with your camera. You never know when you’ll get a chance to make a wildlife image. And you can’t make that image unless you have a reasonably long lens and camera nearby at all times. Continue reading

#1 Bosque del Apache, New Mexico is my number one wildlife hotspot. 18 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico. More than 300 species of birds migrate to the Bosque each year. #2 Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, WY is home to bears, buffalo, pronghorn sheep, moose, birds and more. Watch out for overbearing park […]

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NOTE: Videos now on SmugMug

As promised, here is a final recap of my Alaska bear trip containing the entire diary, links to videos on Vimeo, links to behind the scenes images on Flickr and links to the final images on Photrade. This is ongoing. I haven’t even had time to process all the images/video yet so monitor these links if you’re interested in seeing more. I won’t be talking about it here on the blog again in the event that some folks may be getting tired of hearing about it.

Link to behind the scenes photos on Flickr…

Link to Photrade bear portfolio…

Link to Vimeo videos…

Photo Gear on Location

Video of Packing for Alaska

Video Diary

The complete text diary…

Photo by Scott Bourne

Photo by Scott Bourne

NOTE: You might want to read my original post about this trip to better understand what this is all about. Also, the bear in this photo was located in Denali National Park. It’s a standard Alaskan Grizzly. The bears we’re shooting in Geographic harbor are larger.
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UPDATE: I have started posting my bear photos on my Photrade account. You can see the first 10 at Photrade.

UPDATE UPDATE: I have added some generic trip photos, minus bears to my Flickr account.

Alaska Photo Diary Part 9

We finished our second rain day pretty much as we did the first. We sat around working on our images from the first two days of shooting, we ate a great deal, and we enjoyed each other’s company. I personally did something I don’t usually get to do…I really relaxed. I love being on the water. I love the peaceful setting. And I really love Geographic Harbor.

Due to the storm’s movement, we came into Geographic Harbor late, but it was worth the wait. Wow is this beautiful. Eagles, black-legged kittiwakes, puffins, harbor seals, harloqin ducks, mew and glaucas gulls and of course bears, have been plentiful. A few of the team went ashore to scout in the rain and I am sorry I didn’t go with them. They got some great shots of the bears playfully wresting in the rain. They admitted that the conditions were miserable, but since they put up with those conditions they got the shots. Lesson learned. No matter how ugly the weather is today, I am going out to shoot if ANYONE decides to go to the beach.

A few of the crew as well as some in our party went fishing yesterday. The catch wasn’t overwhelming but it was tasty. We got three 15-25 pound halibut between the group, and one sand shark as well as some fish I have never heard of. Within three hours of the catch, our cook had made the filets, seasoned them and thrown them on the BBQ! Then, he made a home-made, fresh tarter sauce that was so good, I don’t have words to describe it. He left the skin on the fish and cooked it skin-side down. When the white blood raises to the top, the fish is done and again, all I can say is wow! I have never had any halibut taste like this. It was amazing.

We have quite an interesting group. Since we’re spending so much time on the yachts during the bad weather, it’s easy to get to know everyone. We have a commercial airline pilot, a heart surgeon, a commercial real estate broker, a mortgage broker (and his wife,) the owner of a boat-based sightseeing company in Florida, a physicist, a mortgage broker, a third-generation butcher who owns a meat-packing company, and a lovely ex-nurse who is Arthur’s friend; acting as his assistant for the trip. All three of the crew have been taking turns acting as my assistant and doing a good job for me. Continue reading

Photo by Scott Bourne

Photo by Scott Bourne

Alaska Photo Diary Part 6

We had a great second day of shooting. I was too tired last night to write so I am writing this the next day.

I made some amazing photographs on the second day. Bears standing up, eating fish, etc.

But the day was also brutal on me physically. We left the yacht in the skiff at 7:30AM and didn’t return until 6:30 PM. We walked a total of about three miles in and out over tough terrain. It just about did me in but, it was worth it.

The first two days of the trip we had near perfect weather for wildlife photography. The skies were high, thin overcast. We had occasional bouts of blue sky and sun which is actually much harder to deal with.

As I write this, we’re shut out by a major rain and wind storm. Frankly, I welcome the break. I’m bone tired.

Yesterday we had about a dozen bears. We also saw the first cubs of the trip. Unfortunately the new cubs we were tracking last year for this trip were killed last fall by a boar. No doubt he ate them or, he killed them because he knew their mother would go into estrus and he could mate with her again.

The cubs we did see were second year and were just learning to fish. Their mother actually did the catching of the fish and shared with her offspring. We were close enough to hear the cub moaning and whining for his food. It was great.
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