Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Deep inside the Gorner glacier, Switzerland, a member of our team of Italian explorers ascends a rope in a narrow slot through the beautifully sculptured ice. As a result of the movement of the glacier such moulins don't exist for long, it is therefore important to carry out thorough documentation as next year this cave will be gone.
Photo by @MichaelGeorge // Near Payson, Arizona you can find the Tonto Natural Bridge, thought to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. For an idea of its size, look for the people at the bottom of this frame. This image was shot on assignment for @natgeotravel in September 2018. Our assignments can sometimes be a bit hectic schedule-wise, and this shot almost didn't happen. My assistant and I arrived at the Park and were guided in by a ranger. Up until our arrival, we weren't sure when or for how long the light was shining on the waterfall at the entrance of the bridge. Once we finally saw the falls (from above) I realized the sun was creeping towards the Canyon wall and in 5 - 10 minutes the backlit water would be cast in shadows. My assistant and I literally ran down the sidewinding steps (which I DO NOT advise) balancing our cameras and tripods, slipped around the extremely slick rock to get into position, and were able to get a few images approximately two minutes before the sun disappeared from the falls and they faded into the background. It is one of many times in my life I've found myself literally "chasing the light." // #paysonarizona#arizona#tontonaturalbridge#tontonaturalbridgestatepark#cavefalls#cave
Photo by @irablockphoto || A group of monks head back to their Monastery in Luang Prabang Laos after morning almsgiving - collecting rice and food from locals. When I am in a part of the world with Buddhist monks I always go out before dawn to photograph this traditional event. The soft early morning light makes the monk's colorful robes stand out. #monks#buddhism#laos#luangprabang#travel#almsgiving
Photograph by Cameron Davidson: @ Camdavidsonphoto Here is a test for you. Money Magazine shoot in Tampa, Florida a couple of years ago. What is the caption? (a) New development in Tampa Bay area showing increased and positive economic development. (b) Over development in the Tampa Bay area could lead to increased home foreclosures or (c) Low-lying housing development built upon land near Tampa Bay could experience flooding due to climate change? How much does the caption influence your thoughts about an image? (none of these scenarios was the actual caption for the story) To see more of my aerial and location photography, please follow me @camdavidsonphoto#aerialphotography#photography#florida#suburbs#realestate#tampabay#mediumformat#hasselbblad#captureone#moneymagagzine
Photo by @TimLaman for Netflix. A male Western Parotia Bird-of-Paradise struts his stuff in the rain forest of Papua. See the video @TimLaman, of the amazing dance performance I filmed with Ed Scholes for the new film “Our Planet”, premiering on Netflix April 5. We spent over a month in the field, and positioned blinds and remote cameras at many unique angles to capture a sequence like never seen before. Follow @TimLaman and @BirdsofParadiseProject to learn more about the incredible Birds-of-Paradise, and more details on how we filmed this sequence. Birds-of-Paradise are the ambassadors to conserve the forests of Papua. #birdsofparadise#birds#rainforest#papua#Indonesia#dance#dancing#cornelllabofornithology
Photo by @MichaelGeorge // I first visited Slide Rock State Park during a cross-country bike trip in 2010. We’d heard rumors of a natural water slide and after cycling for 70 miles in Arizona heat that sounded like a mythical dream. Upon arrival, we were giddy with the sight of cliff jumpers and (of all things) an apple orchard? The area used to be a homestead apple farm. I should warn you that you also slide just walking around on the extremely slick rock. While taking these photos I watched at least 20 people crash and burn while simply trying to exist. I went back last year for @natgeotravel and while I didn’t get a chance to dive in, it was wonderful watching swimmers have a blast from above. // #sliderock#sliderockstatepark#sedona#arizona#sedonaarizona#natgeotravel#naturalwaterslide#waterslide
Photos by @robertclarkphoto // Everyone loves frogs. March 20 was World Frog Day, a day to celebrate and raise awareness about these amazing creatures and the challenges they face and their ecological importance. Wallace's flying frog or the Abah River flying frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus), which was named after naturalist #AlfredRusselWallace, co-author of the Theory of Evolution via Natural selection, with ##CharlesDarwin is pictured here. WFF is a moss frog found at least from the Malay Peninsula into western Indonesia and is present in #Borneo and #Sumatra Wallace, who collected the first specimen to be formally identified This frog is quite photogenic, due to its large size, brilliant colors, and interesting behavior. Its eyes and eardrums are large, its limbs are very long, and its fingers and toes are webbed right to the tips. Together with a fringe of skin stretching between the limbs, this flying frog can parachute to the forest floor from high in the trees where it is normally found. Frogs occupy a huge range of habitats and environmental niches. The diversity among frogs is quite incredible, but one thing they all share is their sensitivity to the quality of their environment. This attribute is what makes frogs such vital environmental indicators – if the places they inhabit become degraded and polluted, or are altered by a rapidly changing climate, frogs are among the first to be impacted. According to the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) in recent decades frog species have faced alarming extinction rates. Habitat destruction, the spread of the deadly chytrid fungus, and a fast changing climate are all major factors that have contributed to the devastating mass extinctions. Many remaining species are vulnerable and endangered, occurring only in tiny patches of remnant habitat and are dangerously close to being lost forever like so many others who have disappeared before them. A quick look at the Red List shows that there are dozens of vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species. #worldfrogday
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Mute swan shaking – Every single species that I work with always has their own distinct qualities, something about them that sets them apart and making them truly unique. This might be the habitat in which they live, the behaviours that they display or sometimes, as with the swans, it can be the simple beauty of their elegant form. There are few things in nature to me as beautiful as the arched sweep of a swans neck, especially when it’s bathed in late evening sunlight. In this image it is the swans own body that is acting as a natural reflector, bouncing light back up underneath its chin and creating a radiant glow whilst the droplets of water themselves are backlit against a distant shadowed forest. In a moment like this I will always fire a burst of images, usually about 4-6 and then it is simply a case of selecting the one where the swan is in the most favourable position. Though I’ve seen this behaviour on countless occasions there is only a narrow window on the lake where this quality of light is combined with the dark backdrop and so, as it so often is with photography it is a case of working day in day out, waiting for the moment when both critically important aspects serendipitously collide. This image also only works when the swan is facing slightly away, otherwise the reflected light under its chin is not visible and this tiny detail is one of those critically important to the final image. As always in these high contrast situations I’ve preselected my preferred aperture and then set my exposure manually to ensure that I retain detail in all of the critical whites whilst allowing a few peripheral whites to burn out. If I’d tried to retain detail in all then the image would be significantly darker and in my opinion, less effective.