Tim Laman@timlaman

Wildlife Photojournalist/Filmmaker--NatGeo & Cornell Lab of Ornithology--Exploring earth's biodiversity, especially wild birds @birdsofparadiseproject

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Photo by @TimLaman. The milky way galaxy, looking toward the galactic center. I
made this shot last month on safari in Tanzania with @ThomsonSafaris. With no light pollution, the stars are amazingly bright in the Serengeti. I’m sharing some photo tips over at @ThomsonSafaris this week so please check it out for ideas on how to document your safari. What is more than mind boggling is that those bright milky areas of this photo are actually millions and millions of individual stars. #humbling
#TL_WildlifePhotoTips, #milkyway, #Tanzania, #GalacticCenter,


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Photo by @TimLaman. Zebra impressionism. Sometimes on a photo safari, I like to experiment with motion-blurred images. What do you think of this one? Have I gone too
far in the artsy–impressionistic direction, or do you like it? By slowing down the shutter speed, the creative possibilities are nearly endless. I’ve posted a more typical example of a motion blur shot over at @thomsonsafaris, and explained my method there. So please
check it out. #blur, #TL_WildlifePhotoTips, #zebra, #Tanzania.


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Photo by @TimLaman. Costa’s Hummingbird male in all his glory. Just a reminder to all my friends out in California or anyone going to the Palm Springs area this winter…. my new gallery exhibit has opened at the Sunnylands Center and Gardens in Rancho Mirage, CA. The gallery includes 50 of my bird images and a short film I shot entirely at this sanctuary in the Coachella Valley. Prints are available. ! #sunnylands #annenberg
#birdsofsunnylands #birds #coachellavalley #palmsprings #ranchomirage #ShotonRED,
@reddigitalcinema


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Photos by @TimLaman. We announced this discovery earlier this year, but now it’s published in the Oct issue of @NatGeo magazine! The newest member of the Bird-of-
Paradise family is the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, which turns out to be distinct from its cousin, the more familiar Greater Superb. Swipe the image to see the transformation that happens when this male raises his cape. The blue spots are not his eyes (which are black and barely visible), but are fake eye-spots and part of his dazzling display to females. When he opens his mouth, it’s bright yellow inside – just to add more flash! Watch him dance at the video link in profile @BirdsofParadiseProject, and follow
@TimLaman and @BirdsofParadiseProject to see more amazing bird-of-paradise
behaviors and discoveries. #newspecies #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise
#Papua #WestPapua #IndonesiaBiodiversity #Indonesia #superbbirdofparadise #superb
#yearofthebird


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Photo by @TimLaman. A Pied-billed Grebe pops to the surface amid a shimmering reflection of the sunlit trees beyond. One of the images from my new gallery exhibit opening today at the Sunnylands Center and Gardens in Rancho Mirage, CA. The gallery includes 50 of my bird images and a short film I shot entirely at this sanctuary in the Coachella Valley. Don’t miss it if you are in the Palm Springs area any time in the next 9 months! #sunnylands #annenberg #birdsofsunnylands #birds #coachellavalley #palmsprings #ranchomirage


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Photo by @TimLaman on safari with @ThomsonSafaris in the Serengeti. One day we
encountered this mommy giraffe with her very young baby. Did you know that giraffes
have the same number of neck vertebrae (7) as humans. Each vertebrae is just very
elongated. #giraffe #Serengeti #Tanzania #ThomsonSafaris


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Photo by @TimLaman on safari with @ThomsonSafaris in the Serengeti. Early morning
in a small river in the Serengeti, and these young hippos were feeling restless. These
youngsters were play fighting and putting on quite a show for us. #Hippo #Serengeti
#Tanzania #ThomsonSafaris


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Photo by @TimLaman on safari with @ThomsonSafaris in the Serengeti. The wonderful thing about photography is the possibilities for interesting images are absolutely endless. Here, a vulture perched in a dead tree caught my eye….. and I thought it would look cool in black and white. #vulture #Serengeti #Tanzania #ThomsonSafaris


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Photo by @TimLaman on safari with @ThomsonSafaris in the Serengeti. A Lilac-
breasted Roller takes off from a perch. People think of big mammals when they think of
an African safari, but the bird life is spectacular as well! This roller is a beautiful bird
when perched, but if you have the patience to wait for it to take off, you get this brilliant
show. #AfricanColor #Birds #Serengeti #Tanzania #ThomsonSafaris


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Photo by @TimLaman on safari with @ThomsonSafaris in the Serengeti. It’s pretty
special to have a chance to look into the eyes of the king of beasts. #wildness #lion #savethelions #Serengeti #Tanzania #thomsonsafaris


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Photo by @TimLaman on safari with @ThomsonSafaris in the Serengeti. Here is a tight view of the action as thousands of wildebeest surged into the Mara River last month in Tanzania. Like I said in my last post, this is one of those true wildlife spectacles of the world. The surge lasted for about fifteen minutes and then was done for the day. I wasn’
t loving the dust so much on the roads, but I loved it this day, as it helped take the images
beyond just documenting the event, to really capturing the mood and feel of the moment.
The dust also just adds so much depth, which paintings can often do so much better than
photographs…. sometimes, when you spend most of your life out in nature, you are in the
right place at the right time. Keep following @TimLaman for more from this shoot.
#wildebeest, #migration, #Tanzania, #Serengeti, #Safari, #Africa, @ThomsonSafaris.


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Photo by @TimLaman on safari with @ThomsonSafaris in the Serengeti. Wildebeest
crossing the Mara River, Tanzania. For a wildlife photographer, or any fan of wildlife,
there are a few spectacles of nature that you hope you get to see in your lifetime. For me,
one of those was the great wildebeest migration of the Serengeti, and especially, the
crossing the Mara River by the massive herds. On my #ThomsonSafaris trip last month,
we were in the right place at the right time, and it was unbelievable! And the dust!
When I teach photography, I always talk about how you can add drama to your photos by
shooting in mist, fog, rain, snow, or any kind of interesting atmospheric condition. Well,
you can see how the dust stirred up by the wildebeest adds so much to this photo…. Watching the surge of perhaps 10,000 wildebeest cross the river that morning was one of
the most exciting 15min of photography I’ve had in a long time. #wildebeest,
#migration, #Tanzania, #Serengeti, #Safari, #Africa, @ThomsonSafaris.


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