Meet Carlos Naval: The 9 Year Old Prodigy Recently Crowned Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

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Stinger In The Sun; photo by Carlos Perez Naval

A nine year old boy from Spain took the top honors in the youth division of the 2014 Natural History Museum and BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this year.  Carlos Perez Naval, stole the show when his exceptional photo, “Stinger In The Sun” not only earned the young photographer a 1st place finish in the 10 and under division, but also garnered him the prestigious title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, for which he handily edged out photographers nearly twice his age. [Read more...]

Drone Loses Contact With Operator, Activates Return To Home, Crashes GoPro4 Into Rock

Video firm Every Angle Films had it in their pocket. They shot about one minute of a beautiful sun rise at Pinnacle Peak, Utah using a their new GoPro4 mounted on a DJI F550, naza v2 and an H3-3D gimbal (all and all a few thousands dollars worth of gear).

For some reasons the drone lost connection for a short time with the operator which triggered its Return To Home function. Sadly there was a big rock between the drone’s ‘current location’ and ‘home’ which the drone went straight into, falling all the way down.

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Squirrel Confuses GoPro For Lady-Squirrel, Sexually Assaults The Camera

Small animals are aware of humans and behave differently (or disappear entirely) when humans are present. This is why nature photographers often leave their camera with a remote (or simply rolling) to capture the natural behavior of those animals. And this is exactly what youtuber delicious fishes did when leaving some sunflower seeds and peanuts along with a rolling GoPro camera (all set up on a cute little stone table).

After being done with the food, the little squirrel seems to be feeling alone in the world and turns to the gopro to fulfill his emotional (and sexual) needs. Looks like the photographer did not appreciate the act: “Caught this perverted little buggar loving up my GoPro. Filthy little beast!

[Squirrel Humps My GoPro | h/t Jim]

Timelapse Photographers Get Surprise Visit From An Affectionate Marmot

 

Love At First Sight Or A Hungry (but adorable) Rodent?

With all these cute animals becoming really curious about GoPros, I’m starting to think capturing quirky footage of our inquisitive animals friends is like shooting fish in a barrel. Not that I’m complaining, could you imagine what an awful and boring place the internet would be without pictures of animals photo bombing stuff? Personally, I wouldn’t want to be part of an internet that didn’t include this clip of an adorable marmot licking a GoPro it came across in Glacier National Park.
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8 Tips for Responsible Nature Photography

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I’ve been spending a lot of my time lately on portraits, food, and event photography, so I got pretty excited recently when testing a new camera bag forced me to lace up the boots and hit the trails. The new Loka UL from F-stop Gear is a pretty awesome bag, but this article isn’t really about the bag. It’s about the overall nature photography experience. It’s one thing to be the master of your surroundings in the studio, but it’s quite another when your photographic adventure takes you off the beaten path into the trails, woods, mountains, or waters of Mother Nature’s studio. Being a responsible photographer on those journeys is about so much more than just getting The Shot. While I believe we all have a responsibility to our art, we can’t let ourselves lose sight of our responsibility to the environment and the world around us. [Read more...]

Yosemite National Park Puts A Ban On Drone Usage

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It seems that the next battle on photography is about drones. Between photographers, videographers, police, FAA and courts, this battle is still wide open.

The last swing is coming from an unexpected participant – the US National Park Service (NPS). In a plainly titled notice – Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) Prohibited in Yosemite National Park the NPS issued a notification that use of drones is prohibited while visiting the park.

While also addressing the legalities (or lack there) of using drones within the park perimeter, the NPS is also concerned with the safety and enjoyment of both park visitors and the wildlife living in the park [Read more...]