Here are the articles you’ll find in the Fall 2020 issue of The Journal of Wildlife Photography:
Mastering Your Mirrorless Autofocus Part Two
by Jared Lloyd

The Canadian Rockies are a world unto themselves. The mountains are younger. Sharper. More glaciated. Wholly different from anything in the United States. If you have been to Glacier National Park, this place is sort of like that. But not exactly. More like a mix between Glacier and Denali. And even that doesn’t quite do the landscape justice.

Yesterday, I spent the day hiking a glacier that is the source of the river that runs behind me. Today, I am chest high in alders that glow like orange and yellow neon lights. Deep within this seemingly impenetrable tangle of alders, I am watching an eye that is watching me.

This is where the wolves…

SHEDDING LIGHT ON SPECIES OF SPECIAL CONCERN: BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
by Alyce Bender

COVID-19 has impacted so many of us this year, and I am no exception. For me, it meant canceling six different workshops and more than 16 weeks — WEEKS! — of scheduled field time. So, what was I going to do with all this “free” time when I could no longer travel as planned? Well, I started looking around my local area. Thankfully, I was spending my time off the road in the area of Monterey, California, a well-known spot for marine wildlife.

In early April, I made my first foray down to the rocky coast of the Monterey Peninsula. It was really windy out, and I was not feeling quite the thing mentally as I would have been in the Smoky Mountains had COVID not canceled the trip. Exploring the tide pools, my half-hearted attempts at finding photographic subjects was suddenly interrupted by a loud…

TECH SAVVY: (ALMOST) EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MEMORY CARDS
by Cameron Sullivan

In our digital world, the devices we depend on require some form of memory to store data for later use. Still and video cameras, mobile devices, tablets, and laptops are just a few examples of devices that utilize removable media to store data. Being able to swap out a full memory card for a new one is highly convenient for content creation in adverse or remote conditions. However, like all technology, there are a lot of technical specifications, compatibility considerations, and best practices that need to be addressed to get the best performance from your gear.

Your camera dictates which memory cards are available to you, but many factors still play into finding the right memory card for your style of photography. These fall into three basic categories: performance, capacity, and reliability.

While there are a dizzying number of technical specifications and form factors, I’ll try to keep this discussion as free of technical jargon as possible while still providing general advice to guide you to the best cards for your purposes. This is not intended to be a technical comparison of memory cards and their associated technology. If you’re interested in a technical deep dive…

FINDING WILDLIFE
by Jared Lloyd

What could be more important for wildlife photography than the ability to actually find wildlife? This really is the single most important part of the equation. All of the technical knowledge, all of the artistic vision, all of the fancy equipment that collectively costs more than a new Range Rover does us absolutely no good if we have nothing to aim our cameras at.

The above paragraph probably sums up my entire philosophy to wildlife photography. Understanding how to consistently plant yourself in front of animals is information that every wildlife photographer must possess. There is nothing subjective about this. This topic is not up for debate in online forums. The ability to predictably find wildlife is not a matter of…

PREPARATION IS THE KEY: DO SOME WINTER HOMEWORK!
by Joe McDonald

Although autumn may not seem to be the most opportune time to talk about spring and summer subjects, it’s definitely the right time to prepare for those upcoming seasons. I say this because, just recently, I finished teaching a photo course
dealing with remote flash and camera triggers, and although some participants had the proper gear, most did not know how to use what they had. By the time the course ended, summer was waning and the opportunity to really exploit the gear they had was quickly disappearing. The winter months, when distractions might be a bit less for many of us, is the perfect time to get to know, practice, and master unfamiliar gear or concepts.

My students only had a week to do this, although they did have the advantage of my instruction in explaining concepts and in demonstrating the use of the various equipment. I had several projects available that my students could work on, and though they enjoyed varying degrees of success, their efforts motivated me to work on the same projects after the course ended. Too frequently, other demands distract me, but motivated by their enthusiasm, I decided to apply to my own projects what I taught to my students. Fortunately the frequent rain and thunderstorms that often…

THE YELLOWSTONE DIARIES
by Jared Lloyd

What happens when you find yourself buried waist deep in snow and a bobcat comes climbing up the riverbank right in front of you? Jared Lloyd makes sure he gets his metering right and ponders the relationship between predator and prey, ice and coffee…

This place has teeth. The thermometer is reading -25° Fahrenheit. For the rest of the world, that’s -31° Celsius. Let it suffice to say that it’s cold. The kind of cold that makes you aware of the exact spot of every broken bone you have ever had. The kind of cold that freezes the contents of your nose instantly. But this is also the kind of cold that freezes what little bit of moisture that is in the air, filling the sky with tiny ice crystals glittering in the sun. Fairy dust sparkles with a rainbow of colors all around you. Given that I’m the kind of guy who takes life…

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