Sep 13

Robert Taylor dies at 73

A Manitoban whose pictures of musk ox, beluga whales, polar bears, prairie bison and great grey owls made him one of America’s foremost photographers has died. Robert Taylor died at the age of seventy three. He breathed his last at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.

Robert Taylor was part of a tiny group that served start polar bear tourism in Manitoba. He caught some of the 1st close up polar bear snaps along the coastline of Hudson Bay and worked with entrepreneurs to make tundra buggy tours. Continue reading →

Jul 13

City wildlife photography contest

Galway City Council is now running a wildlife photography contest this summer and they are also inviting new photographers to submit their snaps capturing local flora and fauna wildlife as well as its habitats from across the city. Interested people can submit their best pictures of Galway City wildlife as well as habitats to be in with the scope to win a prize and have their picture published in the new Galway City Biodiversity Action Plan, that will be published sometime later this year.

The two top entries as well as 2 runners up will be given vouchers from the Fahy Foto as well as the Galway Camera Shop. Every entrant whose snaps is published in the program will get annual membership to Irish Wildlife Trust. A selection of photos will be exhibited in Galway City Library on 20th August on Tuesday.

All pictures must be submitted on JPEG format, saved at the highest quality level. The pictures have to be at least 2400 pixels on longest dimension. Entrants can submit more than one snap taken by them. Entries can be in landscape or portrait format. Entries must be sent before 9th August to info@galwaybiodiversity.com.

A budding photographer, who has sent three photographs of his man utd art, told that this is really great platform to show his talent. On asking whether he is expecting to win or not, he told that this is the very first time when he is taking part in a photography contest and it will be great if he wins.

May 13

Cumbernauld photographer takes top prize

A woman from Cumbernauld has beaten off tough competition to snatch the first place in a well known photography contest. Katrina Martin’s snap of a blackbird utilizing razorwire as a singing perch received 1st prize in environmental impact category on 14th March, on Thursday, at Scottish Seabird Centre’s Nature Photography Awards.

The twenty five year old was nominated in 3 categories at photography awards and her pictures were up against other 84 snaps that were judged by jointly by the public as well as the judge’s panel. On Sunday, Campsie View’s Katrina was handed the prize by Richard Bath, the editor of Scottish Field as well as senior writer for Scotland.

The photographer from Lanarkshire was really shocked to have selected for the award considering the other high standard of entries. She told that she is totally amazed to get the 1st prize. The standard of pictures was very high and she was not expecting this at all. She felt really grateful and honored to the judges for picking up his snaps.

Speaking about the winning snap, she told that even though on first appearances this picture may appear to perpetrate a negative people wildlife issue, it is part of a bigger and much more promising picture. The razorwire which this blackbird is using as a singing perch divides an industrial estate and Cumbernauld Glen Nature Reserve. What really matters in urban environments is the availability of good quality habitat which allows nature and people in harmony.

Mar 13

Palawan wildlife photography exhibit

Birdwatch Palawan Ornithological Society is all set to host “Colors Of Palawan” Photo Exhibit featuring magnificent pictures of wildlife which depicts the natural hues and beauty of the last ecological frontier. The event also aims to raise wildlife conservaton and awareness.

The event will start on 16th March and go on till end of the month. the exhibit is done in partnership with Tours and Robinsons Place, Eco-Discovery Travel and Eco-Education and Resources Center-HK. The the exhibit on 17th March will also launch Eco-Discovery Travel and Tours as a brand new emerging nature travel operator in Palawan that engages in ecological tourism activities such as mountaineering, diving, bird photography, birdwatching, trekking, cultural and ethnographical immersions, underwater photography as well as other events.

Birdwatch Palawan Ornithological Society is actually a group of birdwatchers composed of conservation professionals, non-government workers, government employees, eco-tourism frontliners as well as other bird lovers in Palawan.

Wildlife photography enthusiasts are being offered 2 days of fun and informative workshops at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. The RSPB Scotland run workshops will be hosted by world renowned award-winning photographer Dean Bricknell.

Dean told that a whole lot of people are interested in taking pictures of wildlife, but the results can be disappointing if they do not know what you are doing. His workshops will allow to sharpen their skills and also give information about restrictions and legal issues of wildlife photography.

Feb 13

Artificial game sounds helping helping photographers

Long before wheel was invented, mankind has been making use of his wits to attract wild animals to the stew pot. That time people were much weaker than most of his prey. A long time ago, people came to know the trick of calling wildlife — copying the sound of their prey to attract it and bring it into our spear or bow range. These kind of calls has a old history.

There were eastern tribes such as Mohicans or Mohawks – they used a hollow turkey wing bone to copy the call of a hen and attract like breeding males. As time passes by, human technology went to make more sophisticated devices of this kind and game calls turned into a multi-billion dollar business.

There is a call to simulate about any growl, squawk and squeak or the wild critters might make it. The came with different names such as Hoochi Mama and Terminator. But these days, the calls have gone digital. Want an example? FoxPro, Pennsylvania’s digital call manufacturer produces high range game calls with their state-of-the-art things. The game calls comes with around two hundred pre loaded wild species sounds chosen from a top sound library by the buyer.

You can get almost everything, starting from moose mating calls to squeaking rodents — deer grunts to wolf howls. All these sounds can be run on a high volume speaker and it can even be mixed with other species’ calls for realism.

The user might begin with the screaming sound of a rabbit and after that include a sound of squawking ravens to add the adrenaline of all the predators. The sounds come with the use of a remote that allows the hunter to keep his caller a great distance away from his blind.

Jan 13

Wildlife photography program

Recently, the Coastal Camera Club stated that Irene Hinke Sacilotto will offer “A Passion for Wildlife Photography – The Stories Behind the Images” on 13th February, Wednesday, from 7 pm at the Lewes Retirement Community.

With over thirty years’ experience of photographing different kinds of birds and other animals, Irene will cover all the equipment, techniques, considerations and strategies that are needed for good wildlife photography. Irene Hinke Sacilotto will talk about approaching, attracting and locating wild species, along with ethical and safety considerations.

Since 1979, Irene Hinke Sacilotto has guided several tours under the protection of Osprey Photo Workshops and Tours and she has also led several photography workshops for nature centers, zoos as well as organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation.

Irene regularly arranges lectures at the Johns Hopkins University and takes seminars for different retirement communities or educational institutions, bird or photo organizations including the popular New England Council of Camera Clubs.

She is a volunteer at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. This is the place where several of her pictures are on display. At the event, Irene’s nationally distributed book named – “Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, an Ecological Treasure,” will be there for sale. A book signing session will also be followed by her talk.

To know more about the workshop and for directions, log in coastalcameraclub.com; or visit www.ospreyphoto.com, to know more about Irene’s work.

Dec 12

Photographer unveils book on prairie birds

Wildlife photographer Noppadol Paothong took almost 5 years to get permission to be at their habitat and take a picture of one of the most endangered birds on the planet. Noppadol told that his heart was pumping fast when he took the first snap.

Noppadol Paothong, with his photo blind, reached the place at around 2 pm. The birds came about an hour later. He told that he set his lens on one bird and it was very close. Noppadol hid himself in a camouflage blind as well as held back for the perfect light. The sun rose after few hours the sun rose at the nearby Colorado parks.

Now, the photographer has clicked thousands of pictures and selected two hundred pictures for his new book on this endangered species called ‘Save the Last Dance.’ Speaking about his hard fought days, Paothong told that there pictures are quite precious to him. He came up with this idea in the year 2001.

Once these birds were found in large numbers in the United States and its surrounding region, but the number has gone down sharply and more importantly most people does not know about this bird. His program on this species went on for eleven years in fourteen states and covered 80000 miles.

Paothong was used to click the pictures of wolf, elk and other big animals as they are considered sexy. But he told that there is also something very sexy when it comes to prairie chicken, especially the courtship ritual in which male prairie dresses and perform to impress the female, whereas the female ogle and select a mate.