NANPA, The North American Nature Photography Association has selected three of five images I submitted. Two were semi-finalist and one got into the top 250 images submitted. This was the first time I've submitted to them for their annual Showcase Competition, and I'm pleased with the results. I guess I'll keep creating images of birds for a while longer ;-)
Here are the two semi-finalist images
There's a story behind every image and this one still makes me laugh. Two of us were sitting in the car using it as a blind, photographing two Bald Eagles on the beach. We're getting images of single birds, head shots, and the two birds together. We're alternating between 400 mm lens and 600 mm lens. We're about 30 or 40 feet from the birds and they don't mind us being there. All of a sudden an SUV pulls up pretty close to the two eagles. The driver gets out with a point-n-shoot camera and starts walking towards the eagles. One flys away immediately. This one turns it's head , looks up at the person, kinda shakes it head in disgust and then turns and casually walks down the beach. We're laughing so hard we're crying so I can't believe to this day that I have a sharp image of the bird mid-stride. The peak of the action, for the bird and for the humans.
On the Southern California Bird Photography Workshop we always go to the Scripps beach for the Marbled Godwits, Willets, Whimbrel, Black-belled Plovers, Sanderling, Spoted Sandpipers, Black Phoebes and whatever else might be around. There are always different shorebirds there and by wading out into the water and shooting back towards the beach, in the right spots the golden color of the La Jolla cliffs is reflectd in the water. It makes for great bird images. But, since we're at the pier why not photograph it after the light has gone and we can't photograph birds anymore. So, this was after the people and the sun had left. I called it Pathway to a Different Universe becasue it goes on forever.
Here's by image that got in to the top 250 and will appear on the NANPA website and in their Journal.
I was escaping the Pacific Northwest winter by visiting Green Valley , Arizona last year. Everyday I was there I shot over 1,500 images. There were birds everywhere, and most of them I hadn't photographed before. So, it was like paradise for a bird photographer. I'm happy this bright Northern Cardinal made it into the top 250 images submitted. It was a fun day of shooting.