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44th Parallel Photography website has a fresh, new look

Hi Folks,

It’s been crazy-busy lately. For you too? Maybe it’s just that time of year…. There are so many exciting things on the go. The most recent is that I’ve just given my website, 44th Parallel Photography, a bit of a freshen-up. There’s more to add – including nature note cards and fine art prints for sale, but that’s coming soon. So be sure to tune in regularly. I know the summer is busy and so if checking back is hard, why not sign up for my newsletter? That way you’ll know what’s new.

I hope you’re all having a great summer so far and hopefully you are just about to start a vacation. But 44th Parallel is still here so be sure to keep in touch.

Cheers!

Shell

 

44th Parallel Photography's new and improved website. Have a look.

44th Parallel Photography’s new and improved website. Have a look.

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The Value of Conservation Photography

I just read a fantastic article by photographer, Jaymi Heimbuch, about the value of conservation photography. The motivation for the article seems to be a response to a tweet the author received stating that, “… the photographers probably have a massive carbon footprint and so are destroying the planet as they try to photograph it.” The photographers referred to here collectively, in the quote above, are conservation photographers.

So the complaint by this tweeter is that, in our efforts to bring issues such as habitat destruction and species extinction to the world’s attention through our inspiring photographs and visual storytelling, we as conservation photographers are ruining the planet. In other words, the end (conservation) does not justify the means (conservation photography). Heimbuch does a great job of countering that argument, showing that the end does justify the means and that in fact, compared to a lot of other kinds of photography, the environmental foot print of conservation photographers is probably less than that of others. I love that Heimbuch points out that a certain magazine sent models, photographers and all the support crew down to the antarctic simply to shoot models in bathing suits next to penguins. And what was that the tweeter was saying about the carbon footprint of photographs and ultimately, the end not justifying the means?

Have a read of Heimbuch’s article. I think she does a good job of putting the necessary perspective on the environmental foot print of conservation photographers and more importantly, highlighting the value of conservation photography.

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Photo of the Week – Year of the Snake

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year and this year, is the Year of the Snake. Let’s use this year of the snake to help promote education and conservation about these wonderful animals.

Click on the thumbnail below to read about this week’s Photo of the Week from 44th Parallel Photography.

9 February 2013

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Three Very Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Photographer and Nature Lover

Cane-02-iconHere we are, one sleep away from Christmas day. It’s a busy time of year and sometimes we find ourselves on the cusp of Christmas but still needing a gift or two. Don’t panic! If those last gifts are for either a photographer or nature lover, here are a few last minute gift ideas. And since they are downloads, you don’t need to worry about running out to a store and battling the crowds of  shoppers. You can simply purchase them, download them and then email the link or file to the person you’ve bought it for. Or, put it on a USB stick for them. Easy! But also great gifts.

Here’s an absolutely fabulous app that any photographer or nature lover would be happy to receive for Christmas:

POLE TO POLE by Paul Nicklen.

Paul Nicklen's app, Pole To Pole

Paul Nicklen’s app, Pole To Pole

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http://paulnicklen.comPaul Nicklen’s app, Pole To Pole

Paul is a wildlife and conservation photographer from Canada and produces some of the BEST wildlife images I’ve ever seen. He does a lot of underwater photography, producing both unique and visually stunning images. I recently purchased Paul’s app and was absolutely blow away by it! It would be an understatement to say that his photography is stunning. Some of his underwater images are mesmerizing, such the image below of  penguins swimming.

Image by Paul Nicklen

Image by Paul Nicklen

Not only is Paul a phenomenal photographer, but he is also a gifted storyteller. What I really love about his app is that he supports his great images with stories about what he had to go through to make the image. He also includes natural history in his writing, to give readers a better understanding of the species he photographs.

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Paul Nicklen, Pole To Pole

There are also some great video clips showing how Paul goes about getting his images  – all I can say is that this guy is dedicated! What he has to go through to get those amazing images!

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Paul Nicklen, behind the scene....

Paul Nicklen, behind the scene….

You absolutely cannot go wrong with this app  as a gift. Even if the person you are buying for isn’t a photographer, I still think they’d really like this.

Image by Paul Nicklen

Image by Paul Nicklen

Another app that you just cannot go wrong with is:

Jim Brandenburg’s, Chased By The Light

Jim Brandenburg's app

Jim Brandenburg’s app

This first came out as a print book, but I think the app is monumentally better. Not only does it tell the story of Jim’s adventure and self-challenge of only exposing one frame of film each day for 90 days, but many of his images are stunning.

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I also love that Jim’s app is interactive in that there are pages with imbedded video. It might include a short clip of him explaining why he made a certain image for that day or what the challenges were in making that image.

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There is also additional information imbedded in some of the images. You simply click on the “i” to bring up the additional info.

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And, if you love Jim’s images so much that you want one hanging on your wall, you can click on a link that will take you to his website where you can purchase a print. You also have the ability to share one of the images by clicking on the Facebook link.

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I would highly recommend this to nature photographers, but also anyone with  an interest in nature.

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And finally, I couldn’t end this blog post without including my own new e-book 😉

Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips.

If you are buying for a photographer or a flower-lover who also enjoys photography, this is the book for them! I describe some very straightforward techniques for creating beautiful fine art flower photos.

My new e-book, a 109 page downloadable pdf, available on my 44th Parallel Photography website.

My new e-book, a 109 page downloadable pdf, available on my 44th Parallel Photography website.

It’s packed with vibrant images and many examples of putting the techniques into practice.

Sample page from Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips

Sample page from Flowers: fine art photography techniques and tips

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I’ve also got a large section on creative flower photography.

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For anyone who loves flowers and loves to capture their beauty with a camera, this is a must-have.

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International Conservation Photography Awards – 2012 winners

Have a look at the winners of this years ICP Awards. Some fantastic images!

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Conservation & Environment

When I redesigned and launched my website last year, my intention was to use it, at least in part, as a means of communicating my interests and concerns about conservation and environmental issues.  As you’ll know from my website, I consider myself a fine art nature, conservation and environmental photography. This is ever evolving. I wish it were my full time life’s work, but it isn’t currently. One day…. and hopefully not too far into the future.

In the meantime, I use what ‘spare’ time I have to focus on developing my photography and writing for the purposes of informing and educating people about the natural world around them – about the wonderful nature that surround us as well as the things that threaten it. My hope is that maybe, just maybe, one day, my work would have impact and would make people think about the environment. Think about the legacy we will leave for future generations. Think about what we have lost already and how to put as stop to it, or at least slow it down. To think that becoming wealthier should not be our only goal in life. Economic prosperity comes at a cost. We need to find a way to balance that want for wealth with the need to preserve our environment. My hope is that my photos and writing make people think about these issues, make them ‘real’ and not just something we hear about on the news, happening in some other country.

As a growing proportion of the population of developed nations live in cities and those cities get bigger and bigger, fewer people – especially young people – have a connection with nature. How do people understand the value of nature – natural environments, species, and biodiversity in general – if they are so disconnected from it? Does the term ecosystem services mean anything to a kid from inner city Toronto? If not, why? And why should we be so concerned about this? What can we do about it?

 

Today, is the first post in a new series on my blog called, Conservation & Environment. Like my Photo of the Week, the title of my post will tell you that it is not only about photography. I’ve decided to host this series on my ‘photography blog’ rather than on my website because I think blogs are such an elegant way of communicating. Please continue to visit my website. I’ll be updating galleries and producing material for you to download. But my  main messages will be posted here.

I thought that there was no better way to begin my Conservation & Environment series than by showcasing some of the work by Joel Sartore. Joel is a National Geographic photographer who is passionate about nature and conservation. That’s obvious in the work he does and the way he does it. He’s an extraordinary photographer with a vision different from most. To me, his passion for the natural world is communicated in his images and in the projects that he takes on. He is a wonderful spokesman for conservation and a legend in the field of conservation photography. His work is both impressive and inspiring. He’s the kind of person that I look to and say, “Wow, when I grow up, I’d like to be just like him.” Given that I’m still in the process of growing up (at the young age of 46), there’s hope!  He’s the kind of person I would just love to sit with, in my screened in porch, and talk photography, conservation and adventure, over a beer or three. The world needs more people like Joel.

In 2010, Joel produced a series of photographs and a book called, Rare: portraits of America’s endangered species. He made portraits of endangered species of the Americas. His portraits are both photographically stunning, but also poignant, in telling the story of decline in these species. He is also working on a project called, The Biodiversity Project, in which he is photographing portraits of some of the earth’s most endangered species.

I hope you’ll visit Joel’s website to see his images and the great work that he does. And be sure to check out his videos too. They are well worth watching!

 

 

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