Adventure and business success are on the open road

May 2018 issue Profiles

It sounded doable: Capture a kayaker and a whale in the same frame. But a week into their whale watching assignment on Quebec’s St. Lawrence River, Peter Holcombe had a bank of images of migrating whales and a bank of images of his wife and daughter kayaking. No whale/kayaker composition in the bunch. “It was impossible to predict where the whale was going to surface,” says Peter’s wife and business partner, Kathy. For seven days at both dawn and dusk, she and daughter Abby dropped...Continue Reading >

Website crowdsources images to raise funds for national parks

May 2018 issue News

Art on the rangeWant to give back to the U.S. national parks? Sweden-born photographer Oscar Nilsson did. “I moved to California five years ago, and from the moment I first moved here I was so blown away by the national parks. They’re kind of part of what inspired me to pursue photography.”Hoping to buoy his muse, Nilsson partnered with pop-up events producer Alex Tatem to found The Art Rangers, a website where photographers and other artists can donate their park-inspired works to be...Continue Reading >

Stefan Forster’s relentless landscape photography quest

April 2018 issue Profiles

As landscape photographer Stefan Forster remembers it, it was just before midnight last April when he was sleeping soundly inside a four-wheel drive SUV on a remote mountain pass in northeastern Chile when “All hell broke loose.”Photographer Stefan Forster © Stefan ForsterThe Swiss photographer had been in Chile and Bolivia for several weeks on a private photographic expedition. He’d made dramatic images of sunrises over expansive dunes, crystalline lakes, and other lowland...Continue Reading >

Polar photographer’s work helps illustrate climate change

March 2018 issue News

Over the past few years, no other area of the planet has been altered as dramatically as the polar regions. Global warming has changed the polar landscapes in ways that very few people can even conceptualize.“The changes that I’ve seen have been massively dramatic,” says Joshua Holko, who specializes in nature photography of the North and South poles. “It’s hard to put into words how substantial these changes are. For example, the amount of meltwater shedding off of glaciers in...Continue Reading >

How Joshua Holko became a polar wildlife photographer

March 2018 issue Business

When Melbourne, Australia-based photographer Joshua Holko packs for a trip, he doesn’t go light. Battery-powered socks and heated boots, emergency beacons, satellite phones, multiple cameras with lenses ranging from wide-angle to 600mm—the gear bag gets heavy in a hurry. And it’s all necessary for one of the world’s leading polar photographers to do his job in some of the earth’s most extreme environments.© Joshua HolkoThe inspiration for this specialty came as Holko was...Continue Reading >

Scenic route: Travis Burke’s multi-year American road trip

February 2018 issue Profiles

It all started with a guest speaker at a community college. While taking photography classes in his hometown of San Diego, landscape and action sports photographer Travis Burke heard that a Surfer magazine editor would be giving a talk to some of the journalism students. Though the session had nothing to do with photography, Burke decided to attend, hoping to glean insight about the editorial process that might help him understand what imagery magazines need.  Photographer Travis Burke ©...Continue Reading >

A primer for deep space photography

January 2018 issue News

It takes more than 100 captures to create one deep-space image, says Chris Garner, Cr.Photog., CPP, whose astrophotography unmasks the hidden colors, shapes, and mysteries of deep-space star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies not decipherable to the naked eye.Photographing these celestial targets requires multiple, precise, long captures, he explains. Garner uses an older Canon 5D Mark II paired with either a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens or an Orion 80mm refractor telescope (480mm, f/6 quivalent). This...Continue Reading >

Whale photographs with emotional impact

December 2017 issue News

© Scott Portelli Photographer Jem Cresswell at workThe humpback whale’s brain contains three times the spindle cells as the human brain, says Jem Cresswell, whose series “Giants” documents the gentle mammals. “In humans, spindle cells are linked to cognitive skills, empathy, social organization, and rapid gut reactions,” he says. No one can say whether these cells do the same for whales. But “having spent a lot of time around them, it’s very obvious to me how emotional they...Continue Reading >