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Matthew Schwartz
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Fine Art Nature and Wildlife Photographer
Fine Art Nature and Wildlife Photographer

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Dahlia Flower focus stack

Blog: http://www.naturephotographymastery.com

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A gosling stumbles out of the creek on its way to feed in the field. Thanks for viewing and hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend everyone!

Matthew

Blog: http://www.naturephotographymastery.com/

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Unique ice formations, above and below the surface of a puddle, created by repetitive thawing and freezing. Thanks for viewing!

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DISCLOSURE: I am an artist, not a documentary photographer. When editing my images, I sometimes clone, manipulate, or otherwise change the photo content.

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A Short-Eared Owl - Asio flammeus - flies gracefully in late afternoon sun on a Winter day. These owls are surprisingly fast and agile, making it a challenge to capture sharp flight shots.

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DISCLOSURE: I am an artist, not a documentary photographer. When editing my images, I sometimes clone, manipulate, or otherwise change the photo content.

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Please join me on SNAPCHAT @naturepicmaster to virtually follow me in the field on nature photography shoots! It's about to get real!


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12/4/16
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There was a grassy embankment nearby, on which this cute Killdeer kept zipping around. It darted here and there, occasionally pausing and making the distinctive Killdeer peeping sounds.

Because the grassy area was raised up five feet above the sea, I was able to get this “low point of view” without laying on the ground. The Killdeer did make me work for the shots though, because initially it was quite suspicious of me. I slowly made my way to a corner in the embankment wall, backed up against it, then waited patiently for the bird to become comfortable with me. After a while, it decided I was not a threat, and continued foraging for worms.

This story illustrates the importance of understanding animal psychology, respecting their well-being, and being patient.

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http://www.naturephotographymastery.com/2016/07/30/field-report-bald-eagle-photography-in-hood-canal/

Literally seconds before this image was taken, I was changing my camera battery. Just as I was closing the battery hatch, a fellow photographer called out “Eagle overhead!” I looked up to see the eagle swooping down toward the water at a close distance. I frantically searched through the viewfinder, trying to spot the quick-moving eagle, through the narrow field of view, with just a split second to react. Just in time, I obtained a visual, locked on focus, and began burst firing. This reinforces the point that wildlife photography is unpredictable, many of the best moments are fleeting, and if you are not skilled and efficient at what you’re doing, you’re bound to miss a lot of shots.

Always keep a fresh battery (and memory card) in an easily accessible outside pocket of your coat or backpack – don’t be caught off guard while digging through a bunch of internal pockets and other gear. The goal is to minimize the time it takes to find the battery and swap it out, as well as minimize the amount of time you’re looking away from the subject.

Editing Disclosure: Background slightly modified to reduce distractions.

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In many cases I prefer to wear full camouflage outfits for photographing wildlife. One of the primary reasons is that it reduces the stress that is put upon the animal, which I believe is critical for ethical wildlife photography. This has the added benefit of resulting in more natural behavior.

Camo also lets you get very close to the creature, allowing an intimate view into their world and a more connected experience. I also prefer to lay prone on the ground for small animals as it creates a much more artistic and pleasing image, in my opinion.

This photo required considerable physical and mental effort to obtain, but it was well worth the experience and the resulting image. I used a Skimmer Pod with a gimbal head, for this very low angle of view, and the ability to slide the rig on the ground as I crawled in position.

Editing disclosure: Some distractions cloned out of photo

This photo is used as an example image in one of my post processing tutorial videos http://www.naturephotographymastery.com/2016/06/02/the-power-of-local-edits-part-3-noise-reduction-and-sharpening/

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Good old-fashioned closeup work with macro lens, tripod, ballhead, macro rail, cable release. Also, the committed macro photographer’s little secret: waking up before dawn so as to find all the good subjects with dew drops in the early hours ;)

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