Why are Polar Bears endangered?


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When you think of animals living in the Arctic, the endangered polar bears are probably one of the first species which come into your mind. But, are the Polar bears endangered? No, they are listed in the red list of the IUCN still as vulnerable. With the appearance of pristine white fur that blends in with the snow, these beautiful bears pervade movies and folklore, though most of us have never seen them in the wild. At the top of their food chain, polar bears are incredibly important to the Arctic ecosystem. Unfortunately, their populations are dwindling, enough so that they are now considered an endangered species. It is estimated that only about 22,000 – 31,000 bears are still in existence. New research suggests that this number could decline by 30% by the year 2050. Read more: https://anettemossbacher.com/why-are-polar-bears-endangered/

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How To Find The Hidden Feng Shui In Fine Art Landscape Photography


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Feng Shui’s definition emphasizing the natural landscape. Today, the word Feng Shui is becoming so popular both in the east and the western world. How to find the hidden secrets Feng Shui in a landscape photograph?

What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an ancient practice of how the Chinese people view the universe through the wise observation on how to achieve balanced energy and live harmoniously with its nature and the surrounding environment. “Feng” means wind, and “Shui” means water. That refers to the landscape photography of the earth. For example, shapes or sizes of the mountains and waterways are formed through the continuous synergy of these two powerful forces of nature.

Feng Shui is also actually an art, a common sense, and a cultivated skill on using enhancers such as real photography in the placement of the homes to attract good luck, prosperity, and harmony. In summary, natural landscape Feng Shui relates to fundamental concepts that advocate living harmoniously with the environment. Creating balance and blending in with the natural landscapes of the world offers prosperity, success, and harmony into your home and life. Read more on Anette's blog... https://anettemossbacher.com/hidden-feng-shui-secrets-landscape-photography/

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Discover The Rarest And Most Elusive Animals In Africa


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Do you dream of heading to Africa? Then you are almost certainly eager to see and perhaps even photograph some of the many beautiful creatures that inhabit this content. Many people have their own favourites they would love to spot from the majestic lion to the gigantic elephant. But which animals are the rarest and most difficult to find or see when you visit Africa? Here are a few of the continents most elusive creatures that you’ll be lucky to catch a glimpse of on your safari.

Aardvark
The Aardvark is an odd, native African animal. It looks like an oversized hairless rodent crossed with some sort of pig. With its unique look, you would think it would be quite easy to spot one of these in the wild, but they are quite elusive for a number of reasons.

First, as any safari guide will tell you, these animals are nocturnal. While you might spot one moving around through the day, this is quite rare. As such, when the sun is high in the sky, it is likely they will remain hidden, out of sight in the undergrowth. Despite their nocturnal nature Aardvarks are quite common in sub-Saharan Africa so you may well spot one in the late evening. However, the creatures are also quite shy. They will run as soon as they spot you and are surprisingly fast. So, if you do see one, you’ll need to be as quiet as possible and resist making sudden movements to get that photo.

Panther – Black Leopard
By far one of the rarest animals to see in Africa your chances of seeing one in the wild are sadly quite close to zero. Many people are not aware that panthers are actually born due to a recessive gene referred to as Melanism. This gives the beautiful feline its black coat. A common misconception is that a panther is a type of cat species, but they aren’t. A panther can be a jaguar, a leopard or a cougar that has this recessive gene. Even safari guides will be lucky to spot one of these creatures.

If you want your best chance of spotting one in the wild, you need to head to the beautiful hills of Mount Kenya. Here, you may get lucky and catch a glimpse of one of these cats roaming the jungle terrain.

Black Rhino
While not as rare as the last two female remaining Northern white rhinos, there are only five thousand black rhinos in the wild today. As such, they are considered to be critically endangered making them an unlikely guest appearance on your African safari. However, sightings do occur, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the rhino run. Despite their notable size, a black rhino can run at 55 km per hour and is quite aggressive. You certainly don’t want one to hit your jeep, that’s for sure! The difference between a white rhino and a black rhino is; a black rhino has a hooked upper lip and a white rhino has more a square lip.

The Honey Badgers
Known to be fast and fearless, these creatures may also be camera shy as very few people actually spot one. This is perhaps due to their size. While the cute skunk-like creature takes on massive predators in the wild, it’s actually only small and burrows deep under the ground. As fearless the honey badgers are, they even attack snakes. Interestingly, if you’re looking to spot one of these little critters, you may want to head to the Kalahari. According to game rangers, this is the place where most sightings do occur.

Honeybadger walking in the grass, it is black with a white back stipe fur from the head to the end of the tail on top. One of the most elusive animals in Africa
One of the funny animals in my opinion, a Honey badger. It’s not often you see these little chaps, but in Botswana we saw some nearly every day on our Photo Tour.

African Wild Dog
Another endangered animal, there are only 2000 to 5000 African wild dogs living in Africa. The good news is that if you do manage to spot one, it’s likely that you’ll see a lot more. African Wild Dogs are a pack animal and where one goes as many as twenty more may follow. The African Wild Dog is a beautiful creature despite looking rather odd. With a bushy tail and big bat like ears, the unknowing adventurer may not even realise what they’re looking at spotting one in the wild. While known as a dog, the animal is actually close to a wolf and can be seen around sub-Saharan Africa. So, where can you spot these pack pooches?

Well, you may want to head to Savuti Chobe National Park around December and January. It is during this time that zebra migrate through the park. The wild dogs often show, hoping to get a meal out of the fresh food supply. Alternatively, you can head to Zimbabwe where you might see a few in Hwange National Park or Mana Pools.

African Penguin
We bet you didn’t know there were penguins in Africa, but there are. This is the only type of penguin that lives and breeds in Africa. With a white underbelly and a black top, they do look like the typical penguins you’d find in colder climates. One noticeable difference would be the dark stripe over their chest. Sadly, the population of African penguins is declining due to oil spills and other environmental issues. However, you can still spot them dotted around Africa. The Western area of South Africa homes a significant percentage of their population.

Pangolin
Another rare creature to spot that safari guides have a hard time finding is the Pangolin. This creature looks like an anteater with scales. It can also be described as an aardvark with armour. When it’s threatened the creature will roll into a ball, and it looks rather incredible. It’s is most likely the inspiration for the Pokemon Sandshrew. These creatures are nocturnal and after multiple safari trips you probably still won’t have seen one. While they are hunted for meat, these animals are not endangered.

African Black-Footed Cat
Finally, the smallest wild cat living in Africa will hardly ever be seen by humans. The black-footed cat actually looks a lot like your typical domestic animal. However, its stripes and colours make it a rare beauty, and with only ten thousand in the wild, they are very hard to find. As well as this, the little cats are shy, nocturnal and live a life of solitude. Often referred to as the ‘anthill lion’ due to its ferocious nature and tiny if you are lucky enough to see one make sure you snap a photo. You’ll certainly have earned bragging rights if you do!

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Review Of Some Of The Most Famous African Animals


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They are one of the continent’s greatest assets, an attraction to tourists the world around and a delight to photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. If Africa is known for anything, it is known for the sheer diversity and grandiosity of its wildlife above all else. Here, we are going to look at some of the continent’s most famous animals, the significance they have built up over the years, and why they make thrilling subjects not just to photograph, but to study and learn about as well.

Rhinos
The second largest land mammal in the world (the first will come a little later). There are two species of rhino, black and white, that live in Africa. Besides their immense size and impressive horn, they are best known for their cantankerous nature.

Lions
The “king of the jungle”, lions do not, in fact, tend to live in jungles very often. Rather, these majestic big cats are the kings and queens of the vast savannahs. A true apex predator, lions have no predators of their own and represent a threat to the vast majority of other creatures they share a habitat with.

Giraffe
One of the more outlandish of the African mammals, giraffes have been part of human history for millennia. Some folk tales including those from East Africa speculate as to how the giraffe got such a long neck, including one tale about eating one too many magic herbs. Indeed, giraffes spend a great deal of their life eating.

Leopard
Contrary to the pack life led by lions, the second largest cats in the world, the sleeker, spotted leopard lives a much more solitary life. Incredibly fast and stealthy felines, they are some of the smartest hunters on the continent.

Hippopotamus
If there’s a large body of water in Africa, there are likely to be hippos. Hence how they got their names from the Greeks, with “hippopotamus” meaning “water horse”. They are much bigger than horses, of course, making the third largest land mammal in the world.

Elephant
The African elephant is the animal that draws the most attention, from tourists, photographers, and conservationists alike. They are the single biggest land mammal in the animal kingdom, measuring up to 3.3 meters tall up to their shoulders.

Antelope
Though perhaps not as majestic as the elephant or rhino or as fierce as the lion or cheetah, the antelope still attracts a lot of attention from visitors. There are 91 species of antelope, most living in Africa, throughout its savannahs, woodlands, and deserts. Unlike deer and other horned animals, antelopes keep their antlers throughout their lifetime.

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Wallace Weeks Photography

A Travel Photographer

The objective of the images that Wallace Weeks creates is to ignite emotions. Creating images that spark a sense of serenity, curiosity, marvel or desire are special to Wallace because he feels it first. Wallace says “If that was not enough, experiencing different cultures of the world while creating my images makes what I do very special to me.”

From the culture of creativity that is Paris, to the culture of community that is Luang Prabang, and the culture of diversity that is Chicago, the photography of Wallace Weeks expresses what is important to the people in a location. The subject of each destination is best described as cultural anthropology.

Wallace’s travels began before his ability to remember was developed and the love of photography began only a handful of years later. Wallace has studied and practiced photography since the age of 12 and first got into the business more than 40 years ago. His early experience in the business was derived primarily from event and studio photography. Given the lifelong travel activity, it should be no wonder that the business has migrated to be specialized in travel photography. However specialized it may sound travel photography includes portraiture, architectural, food, sports, landscape, and sports photography.

Today, Wallace’s Orlando, Florida based business produces images for the assignments of advertisers who want to make people go to a place. It may be a small café, city, county, or a cruise to many places. Images are also produced for the assignments of magazines, books, and electronic media that publish travel related content. And, Wallace produces stock photography for several stock agencies, has a direct licensing system, and produces art for decor markets. His images are used worldwide.

Sharing his passion with others who are interested in traveling with a camera is another part of his business. For this, Wallace Weeks Photography produces workshops and programs to help others get more and better pictures from their travels, publishes educational content, and in 2012 will begin to operate international photo tours.

If you would like to view Wallace’s photography or learn about his events you may visit his website at www.wallaceweeks.com.

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Photography by Birdie Breeze

Birdie Breeze began her career as a child model and musician. As a teen, she moved into film projection, concert and television production. Her mother was an award-winning photographer for her B&W abstracts while music ran on her father’s side of the family. Later, Birdie worked for the heads of movie studios and also at motion picture film labs, where she focused on color timing and film processing techniques. Her early career in TV helped her adapt to digital photography, quickly.

While out-of-work on an injury, she took up photography. Birdie is self-taught, but her other careers have seriously contributed to her ‘eye’, as has her natural musical ear. She likes to say that her eye follows her ears.

The underground art and music worlds of Los Angeles - featuring Lucent Dossier Experience, The Hotel Café, and The Do LaB became her extended family and they provided artists and events that allowed her to grow into a professional fine art and performance photographer.

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Sami Sarkis Images

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Smiling businessman with platic toy guns on the beach, Provence, FranceBorn in Lebanon and living in France, I felt in love with photography around 12. Got my first slr a year later, a Canon AE-1, and never gave-up exploring all the fields of that Art!
Almost 40 years later, I'm still a professional photographer based in Provence. I focus on Underwater, Marine life, Environmental, Conceptual and Travel imagery, not only in France, but worldwide (>50 countries).

From my archives (100K+ photos), I have recently selected some great shots and reprocessed them specially for Fine Art printing which is a new and exciting market for me.

My artwork is available for licensing through my website - www.sarkis.com - or through major distributors: Getty Images, Agefotostock, Superstock, Alamy.

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David Burge Photography

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David1In 2007 I emerged from an induced coma in hospital to learn I had been asleep for seven weeks. Without boring you with the details, I found I could look at things and see beauty in what I used to take for granted. I had always been a keen photographer but decided to take the leap and study the art of professional photography. This filled in many of the gaps in my knowledge and gave me the confidence to work full time as a professional.

The shot of the office building is one of the first photographs taken with my newly acquired Canon 5D MkII. The polarising filter made the shot possible with sun glaring off the building. However, security guards soon moved me on as I was in the heart of London’s financial centre, Canary Wharf.

I find that promoting myself is the hardest part of being a professional and therefore I really appreciate sites like Photographers Selection helping me to put my work in front of many potential clients as possible.

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FXEGS_galleryPhotographer sited in Madrid (Spain). I'm also philosopher and anthropologist. My primal interest is the human cultures, those customs and habits of the peoples in the world, with their resemblances and differences (and the understanding and disputes of them). But as well the Human Culture, the common features.

I work with several important imagery banks (stock agencies) and offer my services to do personal books or eventual assignments.

I'm experienced in postedition, but in order to achieve the highest quality I try to do my best in shooting, and to focus postedition on minor (but important) improvements.

I present here some samples from different models sessions. I can shoot model sessions at Madrid area or in other areas with charge.

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Avalon Light Photoart

by Richard Winn

Avalon Light Photoart was founded in October 2009, by Richard Winn. Richard is a part time photographer, based in Somerset, in the south west of England, not far from the large city of Bristol and close to the opportunities of the Somerset Levels and uplands, such as Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. Early on, I recognised that setting up a website from scratch was very time consuming, so I decided to use Photoshelter and their tailored templates, designed with photographers in mind. This also took the risk out of running an e-commerce website, with any security being handled by people who know how to protect customers.
I am based in Bridgwater and my full contact details can be found on the Contact page on the main website (http://ps.avalonlightphotoart.co.uk). I specialise in nature photography, but this covers a wide range of subjects. Choice of wildlife subjects range from macro photographs of tiny insects, through to large mammals such as red deer and bottlenose dolphins. I also specialise in micro landscapes and natural textures and abstracts, not to mention wide open landscapes. A number of photographs are now available, from my local area of Somerset and Devon and from the Scottish Highlands, where I often feel more at home. Also, being based in Bridgwater makes me ideally placed to document the annual Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, probably the largest illuminated carnival in the world.
My main target customers are individuals looking for fine art nature photography. However, my work is also available for immediate download, either for personal (including charitable) use or as a commercial product (mostly as Rights Managed licences). Most photographs are available as prints and downloads, but there are some exceptions, which are stated in the image description. I print all my own products on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, this is currently on either Fine Art Pearl (a semi-glossy paper) or Fine Art Baryta (glossy), depending on the image. Both of these papers are heavyweight, in excess of 300gms. If anyone is interested in a matt print, then I would outsource this printing to the Print Yours, a company who tailor printing to individual images. Self-printing allows me more control over the quality of the final product and from testing Print Yours, I find that the quality is as good as what I can offer, with only slightly higher cost. Exact pricing is available during the order process, but the basic price structure is as follows:
A3 Print: £25.99 (+P&P)
A4 Print: £16.99 (+P&P)
7x5” Print: £2.49 (+P&P)
Personal Use Digital Download Licence: £12.99 (original size; lower resolution images may also be available at reduced cost)
Commercial licence: According to usage
In the Spring of 2011, I published a book titled “A Journey with Nature”, based on my experiences while exploring the natural world. This was self-published through Blurb in two different formats; one containing text only in a pocket format and one in a larger format, illustrated with photographs relating to the text. It is now also available in electronic form from Amazon’s Kindle site.
I have found that social media has offered me little benefit so far, but I do have a Facebook fan site. Recent news can be found there, on my personal Facebook page and on my blog, where I also have some photography articles. Hopefully, these outlets will offer not only portals to expand my business in the future, but also a conduit to express my vision. I feel that to progress in any art form, you have to experiment. It is only by experimentation that you explore new ideas and develop your own identity. This is no different for photographers, particularly those who aim for a more artistic style. I am always striving for something a little different, I don’t always succeed of course, but each time I experiment, it makes the chances of being different more likely and strengthens my individual style.
The featured picture came about as a result of this experimentation. I’d wanted to experiment with narrow depth of field, using selective focusing for around 12-18 months and had practiced with some larger subjects, but it was a while before I found a suitable subject in a situation where photography was possible last autumn. The subject itself was a small juvenile of the common toad (Bufo bufo), less than two inches or five centimetres long. I tried a couple of side on compositions, before moving to the front, with slightly more depth of field. I then concentrated on focusing on the two prominent eyes, throwing the background and rest of the toad out of focus. The in focus bits of moss then helped to frame the subject, with the colours from the rest of the moss giving a nice smooth, colourful background. I have set this as a limited edition print, priced at £34.99 for an unmounted A3 print on Fine Art Pearl, but it is also available mounted and as a matt print at additional cost. It can be found in the Reptiles and Amphibians gallery.

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