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NOVEMBER

Great Grey Owl by Stuart A. McKay (Best Photo of the Week) Ending 11/5/17

Photo Copyright: Stuart A. McKay

Owls are magnificent to see out in the wild and thrilling to photograph, especially in flight. Photographer Stuart A. McKay managed to capture a beautiful female Great Grey Owl from Manitoba, Canada.

Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl by Stuart A. McKay

Here’s what he had to say about the experience,

I spent close to an hour quietly observing and photographing this magnificent Great Grey (probable female) as she went about her task of hunting for meadow voles.This image depicts her as she is locking on to a potential meal hidden beneath layers of snow covering the forest floor.

In this particular instance, she was unsuccessful, however, not discouraged. Eventually I witnessed her making as successful kill, as the cycle of life and death continues in the beautiful Canadian Boreal Forest.

Congratulations Stuart A. McKay for winning this weeks Best Photo and thank you for sharing a piece of your wildlife adventure with the world.

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OCTOBER

Eastern Painted Turtles by Russ Heim (Best Photo of the Week) – 10-29-17

Photo Copyright: Russ Heim

It’s difficult enough to capture one wild turtle but five, you need to be far away not to startle one of the most jumpy animals out there. Ever walk alongside a lake or pond and hear something jump in the water but can’t see what it was? Usually there’s two possiblities, a frog or turtle. Photographer Russ Heim managed to capture five Eastern Painted Turtles resting together on a log, while kayaking in Virginia.

Did you know that when winter nears its end Painted Turtles bask in the sun, indicating spring is around the corner?

5 Eastern Painted Turtles by Russ Heim

Congratulations Russ Heim for being NatureGraphy’s winner of this week’s Best Photo.

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OCTOBER

Old Red Fox by Sue Sharpe

Photo Copyright: Sue Sharpe

For the most part, nature is beauty but at times nature can invoke both beauty and sadness.

Photographer Sue Sharpe presents a harsh but inspiring reality through the capture of an old Red Fox, from Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

Old Red Fox

Old Red Fox by Sue Sharpe

Sue Sharpe states about the photo that:

This is another photo of this very old red fox. He was taking advantage of the early morning sunshine and laid down in a clearing to soak up some warmth. Having only four teeth left in his bottom jaw and walking on arthritic hips with quite a limp, I can’t imagine getting through the coming winter will be easy….taken October 12, 2017.

The winter cold can be burdensome on aging bones and prey are scarce. We at NatureGraphy are wishing the best for the Red Fox. It has made it this far in life and that’s the beauty in the capture.

Congratulations Sue Sharpe for sharing with the world this magnificent capture of an old Red Fox and your win in getting selected this week’s best photo, ending 10-22-17.

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OCTOBER

Natural Landscape from Scotland by Edmundo Manuel (Best Photo of the Week) Ending 10-15-17

Photo Copyright: Edmundo Manuel

Rarely does a photo with different moving parts come together so beautifully, like nature photographer Edmundo Manuel’s, natural landscape photo from Scotland. A stormy looking sky, seen beyond the mountain, a flowing stream of water, with a gentle water ripple, all magnified by the in between natural colors of the grass, trees and bushes of the entire landscape.

Natural Landscape

Scotland special 12 by Edmundo Manuel

For the most part, this outstanding capture went unnoticed all week in the NatureGraphy Group, only receiving 15 or so likes but has captured the attention it deserves, winning this week’s Best Photo, ending 10-15-17. Congratulations 🏆📸.

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Mount Katahdin
OCTOBER

Mount Katahdin by Ross Knowlton (Best Photo of the Week) – Ending 10-08-17

Photo by: Ross Knowlton

Some nature photos look like they can only come from our dreams and nature photographer Ross Knowlton’s photo, of Mount Katahdin (The Greatest Mountain), can be the epitome of that feeling.

The purplish gradient look, with a water reflection against fog, is a result of the photo captured during sunrise. Photographer Ross Knowltons states,

Another misty sunrise with Katahdin from a few days ago,

as a caption to this photo, posted to the NatureGraphy group.

Mount Katahdin

Another misty sunrise with Katahdin from a few days ago, by Ross Knowlton

Congratulations on getting this beautiful photo selected as Best Photo of the Week, ending 10-08-17.

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Yearling doe resting on the Fall leaves
OCTOBER

Fall Nature Photography Contest Winner is Randy Jacobs

Photo by: Randy Jacobs

NatureGraphy’s nature photography Fall Contest winner is Randy Jacobs and his photograph of a yearling doe, resting on fall leaves.

The fall equinox is a highly anticipated season for most nature photographers. The winds bring a new scent and the birds sing a different tune. The migration of new creatures and the natural changes to sceneries bring forth new adventurous opportunities.

Congratulations, Randy, you magnificently captured the beginning of the new fall season and the coming of age of this beautiful yearling doe.

Yearling doe resting on the Fall leaves

Yearling doe resting on the Fall leaves – by Randy Jacobs

Tell Your Nature Story

NatureGraphy asked Nature Photographer Randy Jacobs to share with us his nature story.

When I was growing up in the city, in Michigan, I enjoyed my trips up north; seeing and experiencing nature and all it had to offer. My love and passion for nature photography was a way I could enjoy what I had seen and places I had visited, when I was back in the city. My favorite type of nature photography is without a doubt the animals that inhabit the woods. They can be very challenging to photograph, so you have to be prepared at all times for that special shot. The best part of nature is just being able to be out there photographing it. Some people never get to experience all that nature is. Sadly, nature is threatened by the urban sprawl by turning what was once woods and fields, were deer and other animals inhabit, into sub-divisions and apartment complexes. When this happens, the animals are forced into smaller areas and often wind up killed on the side of a road.

Behind the Photo

Randy Jacobs shares with us the highlights of the day he took his yearling doe photograph.

The photo I had taken of, “Deer enjoying fall leaves,” was a beautiful fall day with the sun illuminating the leaves in the maple trees. I was driving to the park, where I hike and photograph, when I saw several does walking by the trees. I parked away from them and grabbed my camera. I stood a ways away from them and waited for one to get under the trees. She posed and I took the photo.

Final Thoughts

Most nature photographers have great aspirations. We asked Randy Jacobs, what were his plans and ambitions for the future?

The future I see for myself in the way of photography is the day I retire from my job, I will be outside every day I can, enjoying  my love and passion of photography. NatureGraphy and all the fantastic photographers here are an inspiration to me. Photography to everyone that picks up a camera, is a story we tell about ourselves. There are no bad photographs, in my opinion. We tell a story through our own eyes and to me that is the real beauty of photography. So pick up your cameras and tell your nature story.

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OCTOBER

Beginners Guide: Nature Photography and Lighting

The first step in taking better nature pictures is recognizing the light conditions in your environment. A DSLR camera’s fuel, like a car, is the light available to reach the camera sensor. Many beginning photographers stick to auto modes and these modes work best with the right amount of light.

Why is light conditions important?

With more available light, the faster the DSLR camera’s shutter speed can be. Nature is rarely still enough to shoot at slow shutter speeds and a slow shutter speed introduces movement in the capture, rather than a perfect still.

Light and Shutter Speed

For an example, lets look at the butterfly and shutter speed setting. The Giant Swallowtail flutters fast constantly, rarely giving a photographer a still moment. A shutter speed less than 1000, more than likely will produce too much motion in your image, rather than a complete still photo.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail photo: motion introduced due to slow shutter speed. By Rafael De Armas

In order to obtain a shutter speed of 1000, the right amount of light must be available. Shooting on a cloudy day or in the shade with a shutter speed of 1000 will result in an overly underexposed capture.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail still capture. By Rafael De Armas

Light and F-Number

The right amount of light allows you to increase your F-Number. The right F-Number gives better focus on your subject. Take a look at the difference in these two captures of Mockingbirds. The first one was captured with a lower F-Number and the result is less focus on the entire body, leaving the feet out of focus. The second one was captured with a higher F-Number and the result is that the entire bird is in complete sharp focus.

Mockingbird

Mockingbird: Feet out of focus, by Rafael De Armas

Mockingbird

Mockingbird: Entire body in clear sharp focus, by Rafael De Armas

Tip: Direction of the Sun

Here’s a quick tip in recognizing the right time to click. If the sun is hitting your eyes, meaning you’re facing the sun, it’s a bad time to take a picture, because your subject is facing you and the front of it is shaded.

Beginning nature photographers tend to get overly excited when seeing a wild animal and the position of the sun becomes an after thought. Over the course of your career, you’ll start to notice that your best pictures are captured when your patience includes your lighting conditions.

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Stay tuned for part two of our Beginners Guide: Nature Photography and Lighting Part Two

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Brown Bear Stare
OCTOBER

Cinnamon Black Bear Stare by Martyn Green (Best Photo of the Week) – 9/30/17

Photo by: Martyn Green

That moment, every nature photographer out in the field has at least once, in their lifetime; a stare down with a mighty predator. In this situation it was the Cinnamon Black Bear.

It gave Mr. Green a stare that would send chills down the back of the most bravest men and women in the world. In his photo caption, in the NatureGraphy Group, photographer Martyn Green states,

Don’t turn, Don’t run, Don’t breathe, just walk slowly backwards! – Martyn Green

An inexperienced photographer would be hard pressed to remain relaxed and just walk backwards, but he is right. Sudden moments will entice the predator to pounce on its prey.

Brown Bear Stare

Cinnamon Black Bear Stare by Martyn Green

Martyn we are very glad that you made it out alive to share this magnificent capture with us all. Congratulations on winning Best Photo of the Week.

Note: This post was updated to correct a species misclassification, from Brown Bear to Cinnamon Black Bear.

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European Robin named Monty
OCTOBER

European Robin named Monty by Terry Taylor‎ (Best Photo of the Month) – 09/30/17

Featured photo by:  Terry Taylor

Now, how many people have a wild bird friend, that trusts them so much to eat from their hand? Terry Taylor that’s who.

Terry has a European Robin bird friend named Monty, that he occasionally visits and feeds at the park in the United Kingdom.

Feeding with one hand and capturing a stunning photograph with the other, Terry captures a cherished heart pounding moment, that will captivate nature enthusiasts for years to come.

NatureGraphy awards Terry Taylor “Best Photo of the Month” for this once in a lifetime photographic moment to awe over.

European Robin named Monty

European Robin named Monty by Terry Taylor

Congratulations Terry Taylor.

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OCTOBER

Fall and Nature Photography Contest

Featured Photo by: Kenn Stilger

This week’s NatureGraphy contest is all about Fall and Nature. Fall is upon us and so begins the noticeably shorter daylight and cooler temperatures. Fall is highly recognized for its beautiful foliage, harvesting of crops and in some areas, leaf peeping.

Share your best fall and nature photography for a chance to be this week’s winner.

  • Contest Start & End Date: 10/2/17-10/7/17
  • Winner Announcement Date: 10/8/17

Contest Rules & Guidelines:
1. The theme is Fall & Nature. As we love all the beautiful places earth has to offer, please enter photos directly related to Fall & Nature.

(For example: A castle surrounded by beautiful foliage. The foliage is related to fall but the castle is not nature it is man-made.)

2. Use hashtag #FallContest when posting your entry in the group.

3. Only 3 photo entries per member
*Follow NatureGraphy’s current Contest Rules & Guidelines (https://naturegraphy.com/contest-guidelines/)

Contest Reward:

Winner will be interviewed and featured on the front of NatureGraphy.com
SHARE, LIKE, COMMENT! HAVE FUN! It’s your time to shine.

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