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Alaska Brown Bear Safari Trip Report & 2012 Announcement

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Each year I think our Alaska safaris can’t get any better. But this year, our twelfth of visiting with the Bears and Puffins alongside the spectacular volcanoes and the mountains lining the Cook Inlet was the best yet. We had two fun groups (kept small as always so we can move around with the bears and provide lots of personal instruction) and our daughter Annie helping with lessons on Photo Books and with the gear hauling…

July is a special time for the bears of the Cook Inlet. Just about all the moms have brought their cubs out into the open along the water to graze, to learn to clam and to start thinking about fishing. It is still early enough that the bears are fairly relaxed and haven’t starting panicking in their fall rush to put on weight for winter. We were treated to many scenes of cubs and moms playing and mothers nursing both spring cubs (born this winter in the den and first out in the world only a couple months ago) and “yearling” cubs—last years spring cubs in their final year before being kicked out by their moms.

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Key Wildlife Photo Tip: “Chance favors the prepared”

DJC_7809I’m just on my way back from a really fun and very productive photo safari to Botswana and Zimbabwe. Co-lead Dana Allen & I were joined by eight eager participants—some who had been to Africa with me before and some who had never been there. Everyone got amazing images and has plenty of sotries—we’ll be posting some of the images and relaying some of the stories in the coming weeks. Read more »

Nikon D7000: The One Camera to Have if You’re Only Having One? Or the new Nikon D5100?

imageNew camera introductions continue to tumble over one another, offering photographers more and more options at decreasing prices. The Nikon D7000 is no exception. With superior image quality and a lower price than the venerable Nikon D300/D300s it is an amazing tool. But it isn’t for everyone. Read on to find out whether it should be your next D-SLR… Read more »

Southeast Asia–Cambodia Trip Report and December Photo Tour Announcement

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Image by David Cardinal via Flickr

We’ve never had a disappointing photo trip to Cambodia or Myanmar (Burma) and once again both destinations delivered for us on our recent photo tour. Whether it was sunrise from a balloon over the plain of temples in Bagan or sunset on the Irrawaddy River while we visited with fishermen and their families at their seasonal camp on the river bank the trip was chock full of great experiences and unique photo opportunities. And even though tourism is rebounding throughout the region there were still plenty of chances to get early morning vistas of ancient Khmer temples all to ourselves…

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Fixing A Once in a Lifetime Sunrise, Using Hand Held HDR

A chance to go hot-air ballooning is rare enough, but the opportunity to do it over the 4,000 temples and pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) is difficult to repeat. So when the picture perfect morning had too much contrast for my D700 I quickly shifted to using HDR hand-held from the balloon and the results saved the day. I've posted a step by step of what I did and how the images came out on the B&H Blog site. Enjoy!