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Glad I Made the Switch to Olympus – Reason #2

By Lee Hoy | May 11, 2020 |

In September 2019, I co-led my first Galapagos Islands Photography workshop with Kevin and to say it was a magical experience is an understatement. You can read the trip report here. Having switched to the Olympus OM-D system in April prior to this trip was also a brilliant move (let’s be honest, lucky) on my…

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Glad I Made the Switch to Olympus – Reason #1

By Lee Hoy | May 4, 2020 |

When you talk to any photographer about their gear, you quickly realize that for many, there is a very strong opinion about it and they are usually quite attached to what they are using. For me, I had been a Canon shooter since my original Canon AE-1 with a broken meter that my mom had…

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Praise for Canon and a Little Shop in Hungary

By kevinloughlin | June 26, 2017 |

Bad things happen. We’ve all been there. From locking keys in the car to losing a wallet, every knows that sinking feeling at the moment of realization. On my recent trip to Hungary, leading a photo tour, I stepped away from my tripod for a moment to help a participant with her camera… a few…

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Light Ever Changing

By kevinloughlin | August 4, 2015 |

I’ve said this before… “Nature photography is 98% patience…” Photography is all about the light and the light never stays the same. The images above were all taken on the same morning between 5:40 AM and 6:15 AM. A short period of time, really. The weather was warm, though a bit breezy, pushing the clouds…

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REVIEW: Canon 200-400/4L – One Year Ago

By kevinloughlin | September 28, 2014 |

  Unicorns are real! For years the rumors flew about this mythical creation coming from Canon. Nikon user snickered as they already had their black unicorn for many years. In fact, many Canon users went to the ‘dark side’ because of this very lens. Sharp and versatile, the Nikon 200-400/4 lens had a great reputation…

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REVIEW: Nikon 1 AW1

By kevinloughlin | September 19, 2014 |

  Back in the mid-1980’s, after getting SCUBA certified right out of college, I purchased a Nikon Nikonos system with strobe set-up. I carried a Nikons IV and later a Nikons V body with their 35mm and 80mm lenses. I could not afford to buy any added equipment beyond that back then. Of course, there…

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Think Small for Travel and Nature Photography

By kevinloughlin | August 6, 2014 |

  I’m sure you’ve heard the tern “mirrorless” camera by now. A mirrorless camera is a digital camera that uses interchangeable lenses like a conventional DSLR, but it uses the LCD on the back of the camera or an electronic viewfinder (or EVF) to frame a photo instead of a traditional optical viewfinder. Without the…

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Understanding Light: Patience 2

By kevinloughlin | February 25, 2014 |

While backpacking through the Wind River Range, WY in the early 1990’s, we climbed through Cube Rock Pass to Peak Lake on an overcast, rainy day. Although the scenery was beautiful, the flat light and messy conditions did now allow for much photography. We set up camp above Peak Lake and began dinner preparation late…

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Understanding Light: Patience

By kevinloughlin | February 24, 2014 |

Understanding light along with the patience to study and wait for the light to be just right is a key element to creating images others will enjoy. The image above was taken using Kodachrome 200 slide film, two decades ago while on a multi-day canoe trip, with a friend, in the Adirondacks of New York.…

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Birder? Photographer? Birdographer!

By kevinloughlin | January 11, 2014 |

Many birders have become photographers… and vice versa… What about you? Three-toed WoodpeckerBack in the old days of film photography, the line between birders and photographers was very clear. Most birders did not want to be bothered with carrying the extra equipment and photographers didn’t bother with binoculars. This still holds true to a point,…

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98% Patience for Great Nature Photos

By kevinloughlin | November 27, 2013 |

Anyone who has joined me on one of my nature photography workshops or has read my book knows this formula… 98% patience, 1% luck ands 1% skill is required to be successful at nature photography. Waiting for hours in a blind for wildlife to appear or for the light to be ‘just right’ can tax…

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Pack Up or Keep Shooting?

By kevinloughlin | December 13, 2012 |

Not every photo opportunity is perfect. Sometimes we are in the right place at the wrong time of day or in bad light for the subject. In some circumstances we may just pack up our gear and choose to come back at different time of day, or a different day, to get the image we…

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Shooting in Extremes

By kevinloughlin | November 21, 2012 |

Nature is always going to throw you a curve ball from time to time. For me last week, this curve ball took the shape of a massive snowstorm that barreled across the western mountains of Wyoming dumping loads of powder and dipping temperatures into the single digits. Add to this the howling winds that came…

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Bring on the Stars!

By kevinloughlin | October 23, 2012 |

NOTE: This article was written by JARED LLOYD and re-posted on our new website. Humans have always been fascinated by the stars. As far back as we are able to see into the anthropological past, humans have told stories, created myths, and interwoven their beliefs of heaven and religion with the stars. We have used…

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Our New Blog!

By kevinloughlin | September 17, 2012 |

Welcome to THE WILD LENS, the new blog from the photo instructors at Wildside Nature Tours. We will soon be up and running with weekly photographic hints and tips to help you get the best images possible! Please check back as the first posts should be coming soon!

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Know Before You Go

By kevinloughlin | March 7, 2012 |

I’m Jared. You haven’t seen me around these parts before and that’s because I’m new here. Kevin recently brought me on board Wildside Nature Tours to help design and lead a new series of photo safaris and expeditions which we are working on in various locations around both North and South America right now. One…

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Waterfall Weekend Student Pics: Michelle Luo

By kevinloughlin | May 26, 2011 |

© Michelle Luo © Michelle Luo

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Waterfall Weekend Student Pics: Lisa Guerriero

By kevinloughlin | May 26, 2011 |

© Lisa Guerriero © Lisa Guerriero © Lisa Guerriero © Lisa Guerriero © Lisa Guerriero

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Waterfall Weekend Spring 2011 (Part 2)

By kevinloughlin | May 24, 2011 |

Shohola Falls  I have never before seen so much water coming over Shohola Falls! It was tremendous, however, difficult to find the vantage points we seek for our photos. The spray from the rushing water came toward us, coating our lenses. From the ledge we normally begin our class, we were rained upon by the…

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Waterfall Weekend Spring 2011 (Part 1)

By kevinloughlin | May 22, 2011 |

10 second exposure at f/36 I just returned home from our 2011 Spring Waterfall Photography Weekend in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The water levels were much higher than typical for this time of year and we had some interesting challenges to overcome with the volume of water we encountered. No matter, we had a great…

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The Guava Skipper

By kevinloughlin | March 1, 2011 |

Guava Skipper I love this butterfly. Scanning my image libraries I was drawn to this shot again and again. Typically when photographing butterflies we use a telephoto or a macro lens, each of which offer less depth of field causing an out-of-focus background. For this image I had a wide-angle lens on the camera and…

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Reflecting on the Golden Light…

By kevinloughlin | February 28, 2011 |

Most photographers have heard the term “the golden hour.” The time around sunrise or sunset when the sun is at a low angle creating the golden glow that warm any scene. The above image of a muskrat crossing a Colorado pond was taken during the golden hour, which truly enhanced the image with its warmth.…

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Ghost Dipper

By kevinloughlin | February 26, 2011 |

Looking through my image catalogs this week I came upon the above shot. It was taken during one of our Glacier National Park, Montana Photo Safaris. This week-long photo workshop offers great opportunities to photograph lots of birds and other wildlife plus some great scenery, including many waterfalls. Many of the rivers, which are glacier-fed……

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Waterfall Weekend (Part 2): Rivers of Gold

By kevinloughlin | October 12, 2010 |

River of gold  –  30 second exposure. Reflections of the beech tree’s Autumn color creates a gold cast at slow shutter speeds. Carefully lining up the angle of the reflection and using a polarizer set just right to enhance the contrast of the scene takes some practice and patience. 8 second exposure. Knowing the light,…

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Waterfall Weekend (Part 1): River Rainbows

By kevinloughlin | October 11, 2010 |

Early morning at Shohola Falls Our Waterfall Photography Workshop was, as usual, great fun for all! We had incredible weather with blue skies throughout the weekend. Although for waterfall photography we typically prefer overcast skies to limit the contrast of white water against black rock, the bright skies helped to bring out the colorful reflections…

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Glad I Made the Switch to Olympus – Reason #2

In September 2019, I co-led my first Galapagos Islands Photography workshop with…

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Glad I Made the Switch to Olympus – Reason #1

When you talk to any photographer about their gear, you quickly realize…

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Praise for Canon and a Little Shop in Hungary

Bad things happen. We’ve all been there. From locking keys in the…

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Light Ever Changing

I’ve said this before… “Nature photography is 98% patience…” Photography is all…

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REVIEW: Canon 200-400/4L – One Year Ago

  Unicorns are real! For years the rumors flew about this mythical…

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REVIEW: Nikon 1 AW1

  Back in the mid-1980’s, after getting SCUBA certified right out of…

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Think Small for Travel and Nature Photography

  I’m sure you’ve heard the tern “mirrorless” camera by now. A…

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Understanding Light: Patience 2

While backpacking through the Wind River Range, WY in the early 1990’s,…

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Understanding Light: Patience

Understanding light along with the patience to study and wait for the…

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Birder? Photographer? Birdographer!

Many birders have become photographers… and vice versa… What about you? Three-toed…

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