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Here are some of the most recent articles in the Fall 2022 Issue
FEATURE NOCTURNAL URBAN WILDLIFE

Article and photos by Tamara Blazquez Haik

Urban wildlife can be found in almost any ecosystem in a city, like a park, forest, wetland, prairie, school campus, or even your own backyard. Some species, like bats and barn owls, can even be seen in old buildings like churches, and hawks and falcons love to nest on the roofs and ledges of tall buildings.
Since cities can provide animals with a variety of food and prey, it should come as no surprise how well many species have adapted to them.
Many of the species that inhabit cities are nocturnal, as the cover of the night provides them with protection from many of the different threats they face, including cars, pets, and people.
Working in an environment of darkness creates a challenge when shooting nocturnal urban wildlife, and it’s part of why so many wildlife photographers particularly enjoy photographing these elusive…
SPECIES OF SPECIAL CONCERN DAWN’S PRAIRIE DANCERS
Article and photos by Alyce Bender
Dark, cold, and windy at 4 a.m. These are the conditions that a select few others and I work through early one April morning in order to set up a pair of temporary blinds in the middle of the Kansas prairie in the midwestern United States.
Bundled up in layers of clothing, armed with extra blankets and electric socks to ward off the cold, we slip into the blinds, set up our gear as quickly and quietly as possible, turn off our headlamps, and hunker down to wait for the performance to start.
The wind may cover minor sounds that come from our positions, but movement must be kept to an absolute minimum if the dancers are to be undisturbed during this ancient spring ritual that has inspired indigenous people and their traditions for centuries.
Just as the blue hour arrives, the music starts. With sound seeming to come from all directions, the shortgrass prairie comes alive with various…
ILLUMINATING THE SUBJECT THE SCIENCE OF HARD LIGHT AND SOFT LIGHT

Article and photos by Gregory Basco

We nature photographers often look for soft light. This is the kind of light that helps us take the classic, telephoto-lens wildlife and bird portraits that we all love. This kind of light can reveal all of the fur or feather detail on our subject. Nonetheless, these types of portraits in “perfect” light are not necessarily the most interesting portrayal of our subjects. And a portfolio full of these types of images can quickly become stale for the people viewing our photos.
Though soft light is more popular, we should never ignore hard light.
We can make great images by embracing light that doesn’t conform to the classic standard. Indeed, it’s the sense of shadow that enhances form and sharpness and lends drama to any wildlife photo. Knowing how and when to shoot in different kinds of light can pump up both our skills and our photo collection by helping us to portray mood and a sense of place in our wildlife photography.
Whether shooting with natural light or light from a flash, understanding the meaning of soft and hard light will expand our shooting opportunities and help us…
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