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Newsletter # 94

 

Anhingas

Eagles

Crested Caracaras

Coot Chick

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Contents:

Audubon Magazine Special Issue ‘The Big Picture’
First-Ever Photo Awards.

The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival report

NEW DATES & LOCATIONS for FLORIDA JOURNEYS (Pontoon Putt, A Stroll with the Pro, Fotoboat Photography)

The Pantanal, Brazil Tour deadline for signup is fast approaching!! Don’t miss this fabulous experience—I’m not!!

 

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Audubon’s First-Ever Photo Awards:

 

 

 

A truly ‘seasoned’ professional photographer’s walls are lined with rejection slips from hundreds of submissions to various publications of all levels of importance whether it is National Geographic all the way down to the local newspaper. I don’t think any photographer gets tired of, or ‘used to’, having their work appear in a publication of any stature. I am no exception. It’s our ego trip, and I’m on a ‘lu-lu’ of an ego trip right now, which I’m not afraid or embarrassed to admit! When Audubon issued the challenge for its “First-Ever” Photo Awards contest, I got on board immediately fully aware that there was not going to be any prize money, certificate, or plaque given to those who were chosen…just the simple honor of being recognized by one of the world’s most prestigious organizations & publications. Most every artist of any medium lives with the old adage that “money isn’t everything” and this quotation is certainly true for most published, professional wildlife and nature photographers! There are exceptions but not many.

 

 

 

Audubon received 16,500 images submitted by 2500 photographers-amateur & professional, young & old. They had the awesome task of selecting only 100 images, and then they only published 32 images in their January 2010 issue. I am prouder than most as I can boast that the Audubon judges selected two of my images! The Little Bee-eater with a bee in its beak, and the Yellow-billed Oxpecker & zebra butt! This moment of pride in my work has only been equaled once before, and that was a number of years ago when I walked into the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC (with the awesome, huge prehistoric Mammoth in the center of the Rotunda) and proudly walked to where I could see the large print of my image, The Least Bittern & Chicks, hanging on the wall of one of the world’s most famous museums!! The moment was enhanced as a gentleman came up & stood beside me & quietly complimented me on the picture. I looked over and was floored to see the world famous, world traveled photographer, Art Wolfe, smiling at me, as we both looked at his image hanging next to mine. It just doesn’t get much better than that!! Never, ever be afraid to try, and be active in showing your work to anyone and everyone who will look. Most of us in this field love to view all of it!! If you are in doubt and want a little encouragement or critique or an honest answer, always feel free to contact me and let me take a look-see! And, no charge either!!

 

Space Coast 13th Annual Wildlife Festival:

 

 

 

From my vantage point, this event was a roaring success. It seemed as if hundreds & hundreds of people passed by the booth, which is always well received boosting the ‘ol’ ego’ more with many kind words about my work—even a few little sales too!! Many old friends stopped by and, I like to think, I made a number of new ones. The weather was gorgeous for my two in-the-field workshops, the wildlife was abundant at Viera Wetlands and very active. There were Caracara & their chicks, Eagle, oodles of Anhingas, Coots, Cormorants, Teals, Wood Storks, a variety of Egrets, the darn King Fisher (which is a story in itself for another newsletter!) and much more. I hope my attendees made some nice images. Please share with me if you did or if you need more help.

 

 

 

 

The Masked Duck was the star of the Wetland and much sought after by many birders and photographers alike. I personally intentionally steered clear of him in an effort to be able to give my two groups more personal instructional attention, plus my continuing concern when I see so many people converge on the wildlife en-masse. It just isn’t healthy for the critters, especially if people insist on wading into the water to flush them out, which happened last year with the Least Bittern, and I was told it happened again this year with the Masked Duck. Another disturbing issue is the use of audio-calling equipment, which definitely stresses the birds if over-done, and certainly offends, and irritates bystanders who have to listen to the artificial calling noise over and over. I have heard the rumor that such wonderful places as Viera Wetlands would decide to close down if some restraint doesn’t get put into place. On two separate & unrelated incidences, I’ve been called by private landowners asking my help to try and deter fellow photographers & birders from trespassing on their lands and/or over-use & volume of the audio equipment. We must “police” each other and curb such conduct or we all may suffer the consequences brought on by a few self-serving, selfish, uncontrolled souls. There is just no need for it. Try being patient, sit quietly and the wildlife will eventually come to you as it has for years--long before all this fancy equipment came into being. A truly good, educated, professional wildlife photographer/birder-leader or guide knows how to get you to the subject and set you up without infringing on the wildlife or any of our human neighbors. Think about it. This is sad but true, and most of us in the industry have recently heard about the two photographers who won national and/or international awards only to have it discovered that they falsified their submissions and continued to deny & lie about it. Not only are their careers ruined—forever (I hope)—but they’ve shed a bad light of doubt and mistrust to the whole industry. Shame on them, and that isn’t enough from my way of thinking. If anyone plans to conduct themselves in such a manner, think twice & look around and make sure I’m not lurking in the shadows!! And, yes, that is a threat. I take great pride in my profession, and what I have been able to accomplish to help the wildlife and environment through my photography, speaking engagements, teaching, and love and care of all of it. I do not take too kindly when anyone does anything to besmirch all these efforts—mine or anyone else’s.

A huge thank you, and congratulations to Neta & Barb and all the staff and volunteers for a “JOB WELL DONE”—again. This was my twelfth year, and it has just gotten better and better with every passing year. I look forward to next year’s event (if I’m invited back, that is!).

 

Florida Journeys:

New dates for Florida Journeys and/or In-the-field Instructional tours now can be customized to your schedule. The week of March 8 th thru the 14 th, (and maybe longer), I will be in the area of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and/or Kennedy Space Center area, New Smyrna Beach, Deland (St. Johns River), Viera Wetlands and other wonderful wildlife and nature “hot spots”.

 

I’ve received numerous requests for ½ day, and full-day programs for a “Stroll with the Pro” tours, as well as same for the “Pontoon Putt” & possibly a Fotoboat Adventure in those areas. In order not to make this newsletter too lengthy, please visit my website for description of each adventure at: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com. Then scroll to tours/safaris etc.

Since I will already be in the area, costs will more reasonable than my Normally Reasonable prices, and a wonderful opportunity for you to experience the wildlife, and learn some of my tips and tricks of photographing in the wild at very reasonable prices.

If you (and your friends----the more the merrier) have a specific time you are free, call me and we will work out times & dates designed just for you. You can reach me at (954) 914-5884 (cell) or (954) 941-7901 (office). Perhaps you have a special, double-secret spot you want to share me.

 

 

Pantanal Tour Info:

June 12th - 26th, 2010

$7950 - Double Occupancy
$2400 - Single Supplement $1500 deposit required to save your spot!

Please contact us if you're interested!

$1000 due now
$3000 due March 31st
Balance due April 30th
Hurry-up and book your spot now!

Tour Includes:
All drivers & guides
Tips for all services rendered
Full-board (rooms & meals)
One night drive at each Pantanal lodge
Pontoon boat trips
Bottled water per day
Park Fees
Professional photographic assistance available

Tour Does Not Include:
Airfares
Does not include visas & any airport taxes etc.
Wine & other extra beverages

All the detailed information and many pictures are on the website: ww.joannewilliamsphoto.com under Safari Tours.

 

 

If you are interested in any of my tours, click on their corresponding link below:

 

 

Photo Researchers, Editors, and Publishers:

As stated in previous newsletters, at no obligation to you, send me a want list of images you are looking for that may coincide with a trip Im about to take, or have recently taken, and Ill do my very best to seek out that subject and shoot it with your request in mind. This may save you some expense, give me a specific mission and possibly a sale of that image. Its a win, win situation!

A quick reminder that my library of 35mm original slides houses approximately 75,000 images, and my digital library presently holds over 100,000 (and growing-hourly)!

My website holds an in-depth Stock Shop for your quick review: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com

 

 

Photographic Accessories

 

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The Better Beamer Flash Extender

For telephoto lenses from 300mm on up only

$45.00 each

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        Specifications & Functions

  • Reduces battery drain
  • Weighs 2 1/2 ounces
  • Easy to use
  • Fits in your shirt pocket
  • Flash reaches greater distances (about 500 ft.) w/smaller aperture
  • Fresnel lens stays in place with sturdy side-arms

"Keep Your Aperture Your Priority"

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