Photo @pedromcbride // crumbling reflections: much has changed in cuba over the 17 years i have visited this island. but much has stayed the same. time still ticks at a cuban pace and old cars still run… i don’t know how... and while pockets of new construction and renovation exist thanks to a growing tourism boom, most buildings are crumbling and cracking under the caribbean climate. but amidst the hardship, nostalgia and messy vitality, the cuban people keep moving, like their cars. and somehow, they do it with a colorful friendliness and warmth that always amazes me. to see more, follow @pedromcbride#cuba#havana#photo#workshop@natgeoexpeditions#reflection#photooftheday#petemcbride
Photo by: @mclain.david / @thephotosociety
an inuit hunter ferries his sled dogs from kiatak island greenland, where they are kept for the brief summer, back to qaanaaq, in preparation for the coming winter. dogs first appeared in greenland about 5,000 years ago and have been used ever since by the inuit to hunt and pull dogsleds. the breed is remarkably pure as no dog is allowed to enter greenland and any dog that leaves greenland cannot return. while americans tend to think of dogs as pets the inuit see them as working dogs and partners in a subsistence lifestyle and age old hunting traditions. the pack of dogs in this boat is capable of pulling a dog sled that weighs a thousand pounds.
Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // frozen bubbles // we have a long winter in hungary after many years. not much snow, but at least cold, as winter should be. weeks in a row with lower than freezing point temperature in average, with no wind. there is a lake in the middle of the village i live. thanks for the weather there was a fantastic quality of ice on the lake. smooth as glass and transparent. i checked, if i find something interesting, but it was not a good time for landscape, or any wide angle shots. so i looked after details at the section of the bank where stones protect the dam from erosion. those stones are covered with algae, who do not stop photosynthesis even at low temperature. they produce oxygen bubbles, which normally rise up to the surface and disappear. now they could not, but frozen into the ice. please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images!
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
mute swan cygnet with a neck warmer – during the summer of last year i was seeking to put the finishing touches to a mute swan story that i had been working on for some 3 years. one of the aspects that had to date eluded me was the first few days of a cygnets life, as they explored their new world for the first time, all under the protective watch of their attentive parents. i knew that the intimacy with which i would have to work would require a significant bond of trust and that this in turn would require a huge investment in effort. every day for weeks i would visit the nest site and as hatching day approached this increased to twice daily visits, taking time to sit and talk with the parents as they incubated their clutch of eggs. when hatching day did finally arrive i then spent all day every day with the adult swans, documenting intimately, and i hope sensitively, their developing relationship with their precious offspring. in this moment a young female cygnet, the last to hatch and always the most clingy, is scrambling on to her mothers’ back, a place that she sought like no other. her mums neck meanwhile is draped around her, her head tucked toward her body as she preens. i was incredibly privileged to be trusted in the way that i was, effectively as one of the family, the most memorable moment undoubtedly when i was left in charge of this little female on the nest, just hours after hatching, as the parents took the other two older cygnets onto the water. i had seen at previous nest sites how quickly a magpie or crow will fly down and attempt to s****h any unguarded cygnets and so i took my responsibility seriously, the adult swans completely trusting that she would come to no harm. using natural frames such as these are always useful when creating intimate portraits and there is no more beautiful arch in nature than the gentle sweep of a swans neck. please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@thephotosociety@natgeo@natgeocreative#wildlife#nature#naturelovers#muteswan#ethicsbeforeimages#phototips#educateandinspire#wildlifephotography
Photo by @gordonwiltsie // a #polar traveler appears to be jogging on water as he runs across a deep blue, bare #ice#glacier near the #patriothills, deep in the interior of #antarctica. here, incessant winds racing downhill from the south pole have polished the surface like glass and daring pilots use this as a runway for large, wheeled aircraft bringing mountaineers, researchers and other travelers to the continent. it is so slick that many visitors bring gum-soled mukluks to keep from slipping onto their tails.
Photo by @migeophoto // july 27, 2010 // owensville to lake ozark, missouri – 62 miles // in my head, i thought i knew how america would shift and change as we cycled west. i had developed a mental image based on everything from clipart maps on diner placemats, to the stereotypes presented in disney movies. now i am actually seeing it. the northeast until ohio all felt the same. once we crossed under the “gateway to the west” in st. louis everything changed. we are currently on route 66 and our conversations often drift back to the country’s history. what were the pioneers thinking when they saw the landscape steadily dry up into desert? these days, every inch of road is surrounded by a barbed wire fence, so we are discovering ourselves more than any patch of soil.
i didn't anticipate our endless list of injuries. backaches, knee pain, hand numbness, chafing, extreme hunger and sever exhaustion. oh, and a stiff neck. yesterday during our ride a piece of gravel flew out of the back tire of my friend ryan's bike and hit me in the eye. i couldn't open it for the rest of the day. losing depth perception while speeding down hills at 40mph is not the safest way to spend the afternoon. eventually adam tied one of his leg warmers around my head in a makeshift eye patch. // these stories are from my cross-country bike trip with @bikeandbuild in 2010. in this image, two riders prop up their legs to release the lactic acid. see more under the hashtag #bikebuildtps
Amazon river dolphins from below, brazil. photo by kevin schafer – @schaferpho – choosing images to illustrate a story in national geographic is a collaborative effort, involving the photographer, several editors and a designer. with limited space, and many thousands of available pictures to choose from, making the final selection can be a daunting task. sometimes, otherwise worthy pictures have to be left out, especially if they don’t advance the narrative. such is the case with this picture, shot on assignment for @natgeo on brazil’s rio negro. it was one of my favorite images from that project, yet never appeared in the magazine. why? simply because there were other underwater images that better told the story we wanted to tell, about these dolphins and their lives within the flooded forests of the amazon. in this image, a pair of dolphins circle directly above me, as i hung on a rope ten feet down. the blood red color is entirely natural, captured without filters or gimmicks, caused by the midday sun passing through the tannin-rich water of the rio negro, here “eclipsed’ by the dolphin directly above me. #boto#amazondolphin#nikon
Photo by @franslanting // from a helicopter hovering over a hot spring in yellowstone national park, amazing patterns become clear. steam rises from the boiling blue water in the center and the stains along the edges are created by bountiful bacteria which thrive in this extreme environment. follow me @franslanting for more images from our living planet.
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red kite during a blizzard – i wish i could say that i’m surprised that the often reported ‘worst winter in years’ has, as it does every single year, failed to materialise but i remain hopeful that it might yet make an appearance. so far we have awoken to one decent fall of snow but, living as we do on the top of a hill, what snow did fall was gone in a few hours whilst down in the valleys, where a lot of my favourite go-to sites are, had next to none. i had thought about heading over to mid wales for the day, to gigrin farm and the red kites as they did have some snow forecast but it just seemed like too much of a risk. rhayader, the tiny mid wales village where gigrin farm is located is quite elevated and as such does get some decent snowfall most years and it remains a fantastic location to try and capture images of these beautiful raptors in falling snow. this was captured the last time that i visited, several years ago, and it shows the moment that a wild red kite is beginning to turn in mid-air as it begins one of its dives. the main issue in these situations is always to try and compose the kite where you want it in the frame. much the same as how i’ve shot diving gannets in the past i tend to use the focus lock buttons that are to be found on the lens barrels of most large telephoto lenses. tracking the kite i try to anticipate when the kite is about to dive and then, as quick as i can i recompose and hit the shutter. i know that i’ve cropped a little off the right hand side of this image, if only to exclude a little of the featureless white sky creeping into the top right corner, but the technique is worth exploring and there’s no better place for practicing reliable flight shots than gigrin farm. please #followme at@andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@thephotosociety@natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#redkite#ethicsbeforeimages#phototips#educateandinspire#nature#naturelovers#wildlifephotography#wildlife
Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero on assignment for @natgeotraveller //
an 'oozie' (elephant handler) rides his elephant after having collected him early in the morning in the forest near maing hint sal elephant logging camp. elephants are left to roam freely from the early evening until the next morning. myanmar has ended up with the largest population of captive asian elephants in the world, the second largest population of asian elephants overall. for decades, while the rest of the world modernized, myanmar’s working elephants continued to live old-fashioned lives: as many as 5,000 of these animals still pull logs out of the forest just the way it was done a century ago'' #elephant#myanmar#burma#forest#natgeotraveller#photography
Photo by: @mclain.david / @thephotosociety //
a biker makes their way past uluru, or ayers rock, in the northern territory’s of the australian outback. the 550 million year old sandstone monolith is sacred to aboriginal australians who have been continuously living in the area for over 40,000 years.
Photo by @jasperdoest // during a blizzard in joshin’etsukogen national park, on the island of honshu, a japanese macaque shakes off snow and water drops while resting on a rock that’s poking out of a hot spring. these intelligent, highly social animals live on three of japan’s four main islands and live farther north than any other nonhuman primate. high-altitude habitats like this one can be harsh, receiving several feet of snow in winter. the warm waters here seem to protect and soothe many of these monkeys. for more images of these japanese macaques, follow me @jasperdoest.