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Photo by @jasperdoest // Starlings flying over the city of Rotterdam at dusk.
They move seemingly fearless between the passengers waiting on the platform, feed themselves with breadcrumbs and find shelter underneath the immense roof; Rotterdam Central station, that has recently been rebuilt, has quickly become the beating heart of these city starlings.
The Natural History Museum Rotterdam (@het_natuurhistorisch) presents the exhibition 'Spreeuw Centraal' from 26 August 2017 to 25 February 2018, built around my photo series which received the ‘Zilveren Camera’ for environmental photojournalism in 2016 and focusses on the lives of these feathered inhabitants of the city of @Rotterdam.
Spreeuw Centraal' offers a unique insight into the life of an everyday city bird. A life that might be richer than you could have imagined.
Photo by @migeophoto // There are many bathing sites on Terceira, one of the nine Azorean islands. Biscoitos is a location where visitors can dive into the water surrounded by black volcanic rock. In this image, a young man jumps into the water of the Belo Abismo (or, "Beautiful Abyss"). The Azores are technically part of Portugal, though they are located between New York and Lisbon. // #azores#azoresislands#picoisland#biscoitos#terceira#beloabismo#bathingsite#lavarock
Cozumel (Pygmy) Raccoon: Critically Endangered – photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho@natgeo // One of the most endangered carnivores on the planet is one you’ve probably never heard of - the Cozumel Raccoon. The face may be familiar, of course, since raccoons are common throughout North America, in places becoming urban pests. This animal, however, is quite distinct: smaller in stature, and with a reddish tail. Found only on an island better known for its beach resorts and poolside bars than its wildlife, the Cozumel Raccoon has been isolated from its mainland cousins since the Pleistocene, and with only a few hundred animals left, is now teetering on the brink of extinction. The threats they face are many: hurricanes, coastal development, feral dogs, and horrifyingly, non-native boat constrictors, set free on the island and now devouring many of the wild animals. There is some good news, however; protected areas have been created to save the raccoons’ mangrove habitat, and both residents and visitors are now learning more about the island’s natural treasures. Let’s hope its enough. #cozumelraccoon#endangered#cozumel#mapache
Photo by @salvarezphoto // The magic fountain at Montjuic, Barcelona. I've always thought of this fountain as a symbol of Barcelona's resilience. Opened for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition, the fountain was badly damaged in the Spanish Civil war. After the war it was repaired and improved. Thinking of all those in Barcelona and Charlottesville and everywhere else in the world that have experienced terror this week. #barcelona#spain
Photo by @TimLaman. Great Blue Heron on a misty fall morning at Walden Pond. In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday on July 12, I’m sharing a series of photos from my #WaldenPondProject. Also see link in my profile @TimLaman to see the full Walden Pond gallery and read Kennedy Warne’s story “See why Thoreau’s Walden Still Inspires” on the @NatGeo website.
Photo by @RobertClarkphoto
// A young male or Bachelor Guanaco, (Lama guanicoe) camelid native to South America keeps watch over his herd mates who are grazing below in the Parque Nacional Talampaya. It is a typical behavior to help protect the herd from predators, such as the cougars, jaguars and foxes.
Photo by @pedrombride // Milky and the Tent: A few years ago I climbed this 'water tower' — Mt. Kenya, the 2nd highest peak in Africa and home to the Samburu god N’Gai. This 17,000 ft ancient volcano once boasted 16 glaciers but now has less than one left, changing the world of water below. Having just seen the severe drought rolling across northern Kenya and stressing livelihoods, livestock, and the lovable beasts — I kept looking toward this peak. Ironically, it never showed its face and hid behind looming clouds. To see more of our film #thewatertower with @mountainworld check out the trailer on my site in bio. #chasingrivers#climatechange#kenya#milkyway#africa
Photo by @migeophoto // It takes up to a year for a single pineapple to grow. In this image, two men are harvesting the plant before moving it into another greenhouse for the final stage of production. Once replanted, the workers will light a fire inside the greenhouse to trick the plant into thinking it is dying. When that occurs, the plant will begin to fruit. The Azores Islands have been known for their pineapples for decades. I traveled with @airbnb to meet one of their local hosts, André, who grows the fruit on a property where travelers can stay. To learn more about this process, and the Azores, visit the link in my profile! // #azores#azoresislands#azoresvineyard#notyettrending#airbnb#pineapple#growingpineapple#farming#harvesting
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto /@thephotosociety
Sika deer female in dappled forest light – The conditions under which this image was captured, in regard to the fall of light, are among the most challenging that a wildlife photographer will encounter. Variable degrees of sunlight were streaming through the canopy, illuminating the deer with different amounts of light whilst the backdrop was filled with patches of extreme dark and significant brightness. My usual rule of thumb is that if the light is constantly changing, such as a day with scudding clouds, then I use aperture priority, the camera being best placed to react immediately to changing light levels. In these circumstances everything is done on the exposure compensation dial and I’m making constant assessments as I look through the viewfinder, gauging the amount of light and dark in the image, working out what part of the image that I’m exposing for, the deer in the instance, and then adjusting accordingly. Alternatively, in a situation like this it is possible to use manual exposure but you must first decide on what ISO and aperture that you’re going to shoot at. Once determined then I commit to only shooting when the subject is in direct sunlight as a deer in full shade, when compared to images such as these, would be a much lower quality image. With my exposure set manually it is then a case of paying close attention to the strength of the light, picking up on its subtle nuances and this is a strength that you will develop in time and with practice. It’s then just a simple quarter turn of the command dial to increase or decrease the shutter speed according to whatever perceptible increase or decrease that you’ve noticed in the fall of light. I will also be chimping constantly (checking the Histogram on the LCD screen) to ensure that I’m retaining detail in all the critical parts of the image. This is my preferred technique in these kinds of situations as this was a bright, clear sunny day and so all I had to do was remain mindful of the strength of light that the deer was moving toward and then tweaking my shutter speed one way or the other. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto
Photo by @gerdludwig
For @documenta14 the Argentinian artist Marta Minujín has reconstructed the Parthenon temple in Athens in its original size as a monument to censorship. The Parthenon in Kassel is made of steel and plastic sheeting and dressed up with donated books that were once forbidden somewhere in the world, the list has grown to more than 120,000 titles. Even Harry Potter is amongst them. People are given the chance to still donate forbidden books that will continuously be added to the Minujin’s Parthenon.
The original Parthenon was built in Athens between 447 and 442 BC. It is 10 meters high, 70 meters long and 30 meters wide. The temple was conceived to house a colossal gold statue of Athena, the goddess of wisdom.
Taking place every five years in Kassel, Germany, documenta is the world’s leading showcase of contemporary art. It was founded in 1955 ‘in an attempt to bring Germany up to speed with modern art after the cultural darkness of Nazi rule’. documentas allow the invited artists several years to conceive and produce projects specifically for the exhibit in Kassel. These art pieces are on display in several indoor and outdoor locations centered around the Fridericianum, one of the oldest public museums in Europe.
Every documenta is limited to 100 days of exhibition. Therefore it is often referred to as the "museum of 100 days". The number of artists has fluctuated between 100+ and 600+ artists, showing between 450 and 2700 individual pieces of art. documenta14 in 2017 is directed by Polish curator Adam Szymczyk. His selection of artists ‘is reclaiming the articulate and persuasive political voice for and of art in an unstable world’. documenta14 is expected to draw a record one million visitors. @natgeocreative@natgeo#documenta14#Kassel#Germany#Parthenon#art#martaminujin#contemporaryart#monument#forbiddenbooks
Photo by @RobertClarkphoto /
One of my favorites, The Old English Sheepdog (OES) is a large breed of dog which was developed in England from early herding types of dog. The Old English Sheepdog can grow a very long coat, with fur covering the face and eyes. Obsolete names of the breed include Shepherd's Dog and bob-tailed sheep-dog. It is still nicknamed Bob-tail (or Bobtail) because historically, the tail was traditionally docked in this breed.
Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero // 'Oozie' Too Lei, poses for a portrait on his 11-year-old elephant Ba Lei Shu at a logging camp in Bago Division, Myanmar where some households have solar panels. Oozies, or elephant handlers have worked closely with elephants for logging since over 300 years. To most here, these beautiful creatures are loved and praised as a family member within these communities. In rural Myanmar, over 85% of the population lack access to electricity so solar light has the potential to improve lives overnight. Small, inexpensive photovoltaic power systems allow people to do more with their waking hours at no extra cost.
The long term project 'Solar Portraits in Myanmar' addresses the important issue of lack of access of electricity. It is a series of portraits depicting the lives of inhabitants of remote areas worldwide who, for the first time have access to electricity through the power of solar energy. Each subject was asked how solar light has affected their life. The portraits were set up according to what they expressed. All scenes have been lit only by solar powered light which are contributing to the improvement in people´s standard of living.
Photo by @randyolson | words by @neilshea13 — Somewhere off Newfoundland they caught up, looped a cable around that waist of ice, and started pulling. The ship’s engines groaned, and at the waterline there was a slither of steel and plastic as the line went tight. The ice had become troublesome. Yes it was enormous, but it was also free, and that is a condition never tolerated long. On its slow wander through the North Atlantic the iceberg had come to threaten an oil platform called Hibernia, which sits a few hundred miles from the spot where, in 1912, the Titanic sank. A century later, everyone concerned wanted to avoid another wreck and so the berg was lassoed and tugged away. It takes a lot to budge the big ones, but just a few degrees will do to spare disaster. Look at those blues, all the colors of cold, and imagine the slow dissolve ahead. How long did this one last? They say such ice is a memory from the past, from the old earth, and like everything remembered it grows and shrinks and shapes itself until it falls apart.
Water. It runs through all of our work. In every story, every photograph, water is present—or by its absence still leaves a mark. This series explores of ideas and places that are connected by water, and the ways our lives and memories have been shaped by it. Join us @randyolson & @neilshea13 for the journey.
A Green Hermit at a Heliconia flower, Trinidad, West Indies – Photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho@natgeo : The Hermits are a group of tropical hummingbirds, noted for their long curved beaks, with which they feed in a variety of forest flowers. Yet unlike many of their tribe, hermits don’t defend feeding territories, but rather follow a “trapline”, visiting a sequence of flowers in rotation throughout the forest. Trying to photograph one at a flower like this takes time and focus - the bird may visit just once every hour or two, and then for less than a second. Get distracted at the wrong moment, and you run the risk of missing the visit entirely, guaranteeing another 1-2 hour wait! #hummingbird#asawright#wildbird
Photo by @TimLaman. Lily pads float on the golden reflections of fall color in Wyman Meadow, a small extension of Walden Pond that is full of water in some years. In celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday on July 12, I’m sharing a series of photos from Walden Pond. Check out @TimLaman to view them all.
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Mute swan cygnet resting on her mothers’ back – This image is one of a portfolio of 9 mute swan images that were recently awarded in the Oasis awards, one of Italy’s leading wildlife photography competitions http://oasisphotocontest.it/andrew-parkinson-highlight-2/ It was the first year that I’d entered these awards and so I count myself extremely fortunate to have had my images recognised. It was taken last summer during an intensive period that I spent documenting the lives of this familiar species, concentrating specifically on this part of their life cycle that to date I’d been unable to cover. I’d hoped to repeat the experience this summer but with other commitments I was unable to invest the appropriate amount of time and so I knew that improving on what I’d already achieved to date was going to be impossible. It might surprise people that, even though this image was taken in the middle of an overcast day this image was actually captured at 1600 ISO. This is because, having spent several weeks acclimating the adults to my presence, and as such building an incredible bond of trust with them, I’d captured this image whilst standing directly over the adult bird whilst this youngster sat on her back. Shooting at such close quarters has the effect of magnifying any small movement, even using the 80-200mm lens that I was using and so I needed to keep my shutter speed up, with this captured at 1/320sec. In addition I wanted to bring the whole cygnet, and the adult bird on whose back it was sitting, into sharp focus and to do this I shot with my aperture at F14. Over the following days I even ended up shooting up at 6400 ISO, with both my shutter speed and aperture being appropriately increased to improve the success rate of the images that I was seeking to produce. The lesson here is to try and identify all of the shortcomings of the images that are being produced and then adjust ones technique accordingly to minimise the chance of the problems repeating themselves. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@thephotosociety#muteswan#cygnet#swanbaby
Photo by @ljohnphoto // Lynn Johnson is currently working with Ripple Effect Images. This organization's (founded by National Geographic photographer @anniegriffithsphotography) goal is to freely document NGOs working to support women and children. Lynn's upcoming collaboration with @RippleEffectImages, @natgeo, and @sonyalpha focuses on documenting the issues and organizations that most directly affect women all over the world. This is an image from Guatemala focusing on Household Air Pollution, which is one of the leading causes of death for women and children under 5 in the developing world. Chronic and ultimately fatal conditions of heart, lungs, eyes, skin, take their toll on mothers who spend lifetimes over open cooking fires. Here in Guatemala, Lynn spent time with families struggling to live in the haze of wood burning stoves and find healthier ways to raise their children. #Guatemala#RippleeffectImages@natgeocreative#sponsored@SonyImages