Bird Species Spotlight: The Bald Eagle
by Jake Jacoby | December 1, 2016

Copyright Jake JacobyThe bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since June 20, 1782 when the Continental Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the United States depicting a bald eagle grasping 13 arrows and an olive branch with its talons. The bald eagle has been a spiritual symbol...

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Bird Species Spotlight: Atlantic Puffin
by Jake Jacoby | October 26, 2016

Copyright Jake JacobyThere are four species of puffins in the world: Atlantic; horned; tufted; and the rhinoceros auklet. Only the Atlantic puffin is found in the North Atlantic Ocean and is the smallest of the species; the other three puffins are found in the Pacific Ocean. All puffins have a lifespan of 20 years o...

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Bird Species Spotlight: Acorn Woodpecker
by Jake Jacoby | October 11, 2016

Copyright Jake JacobyLooking like wide-eyed clowns, acorn woodpeckers live in large groups in oak woodlands. I saw my first one during a recent trip to Costa Rica in February this year. Their social lives are endlessly fascinating as they store literally thousands of acorns each year by jamming them into specially m...

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Capturing Motion in Birds
by Nikhil Bahl | January 22, 2016

Copyright Nikhil BahlUsing a longer exposure to capture motion is very common when photographing waterfalls, although, this technique is not used as often when photographing birds. After repeatedly photographing a species, using this technique allows me to create different images from the ones I have already capture...

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Venice Rookery
by Carolyn E. Wright | February 17, 2012

Love is in the air at the Venice Rookery. The birds (and the bees) are there doing the thing they are so famous for, and you can take pictures of it! Seriously, though, the Venice Rookery is an ideal spot to photograph birds mating, building their nests, fighting for territory and feeding their...

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Images of the Year Award Winners 2011
by NSN | February 1, 2012

Each week the moderators and staff of NatureScapes.Net select one photo that particularly stands out in each of the image critique galleries. This photo becomes that gallery’s Image of the Week, and at year end one image is selected from these to be the gallery’s Image of the Y...

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Mask Magic
by Tim Grey | December 22, 2011

Layer masks are an incredibly powerful feature in Photoshop, enabling you to apply targeted adjustments and create impressive composite images. However, at times you may find yourself frustrated by a layer mask that just won’t come together to produce a good result.

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E.J. Peiker’s New Zealand Diary
by E.J. Peiker | December 1, 2011

From the Editor: In October 2012, professional photographer and NatureScapes.net co-founder E.J. Peiker will lead a twelve day NSN Certified workshop to New Zealand. In this article, E.J. shares with us his diary of his first trip to these beautiful South Pacific islands and relates his experie...

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Rainforest Macro Photography
by Greg Basco | November 1, 2011

Macro photography, defined loosely, is the photography of small things. In temperate zones, where habitats tend to be more open and blessed with nice morning and afternoon light, macro photographers often use tripods, small apertures, and natural light. This approach can produce wonderful images...

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Southern California – A Mecca Of Bird Photography
by E.J. Peiker | November 1, 2011

The coastal regions of Southern California offer some of the best winter photographic opportunities in the United States. The areas between Santa Barbara and San Diego are the winter home for many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, waders, pelicans and songbirds. The region offers an abundance of...

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La Jolla Cove
by Carolyn E. Wright | November 1, 2011

On a chilly January day, it can be difficult to find the inspiration to get your camera out of its bag. That is, unless you head to La Jolla, California for some spectacular bird photography. There, pelicans are roosting in their beautiful breeding plumage just a few steps from your parking spac...

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The Year of the Raptor
by Kari Post | May 5, 2011

Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest seems to get better every year. In the three years that I have been attending the festival while representing NatureScapes, I’ve noticed many of the same returning, smiling faces and been impressed by the greater numbers of photographers in attendance...

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Images of the Year Award Winners 2010
by NSN | February 1, 2011

Each week the moderators and staff of NatureScapes.Net select one photo that particularly stands out in each of the image critique galleries. This photo becomes that gallery’s Image of the Week, and at year end one image is selected from these to be the gallery’s Image of the Y...

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