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In the same land that hosts the beluga whales of summer and polar bears in autumn comes an amazing phenomenon that illumines the dark winter skies. The northern lights—also called the aurora borealis, meaning “north wind of the dawn"—brighten the night in an ethereal display of color. Churchill has some of the most intense auroral activity on Earth, making it an ideal destination for a northern lights tour.
Nature has been a constant in Court’s life. Spending much of his youth outdoors fostering a strong love and appreciation for wildlife led him to attend the University of Florida, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in both Ecotourism and Entomology. As the creator of his own discipline and major, he was able to design his coursework, research and teaching to focus on, as he puts it, “conserving the world through nature and educational travel experiences.” Throughout his graduate school career, Court also ran an ecotourism company through which he planned and led more than 60 expeditions to nature destinations on all seven continents.
Today, Court continues to guide the world’s best nature expeditions with Natural Habitat Adventures and World Wildlife Fund, while also heading up Nat Hab’s sustainability efforts, elevating it to become one of the most sustainable and eco-conscious travel enterprises in the world.
Throughout his travels he has also developed a keen sense for photography and videography. This has led to a true passion and profession, as he now guides many photo expeditions each year to the world’s most iconic areas and ecosystems. Whether it’s an expedition to the arctic for polar bears and northern lights, to Africa for the world’s most charismatic megafauna, or deep into the remote jungles of Borneo, Madagascar, and Papua New Guinea, he cherishes his time teaching and extending his love of conservation photography to anyone eager to learn.
Podcast: The Wild Photographer
Title: The Art of Landscape Photography
Description: In this seminar, Dr. Kah-Wai Lin will tell you the pro tips in seeing the unseen and crafting better images in landscape photography: how to use the lights to create visual emotion; how to use long exposure to create visual dynamism; how to use field of vision to create visual perspective; and how to use composition to create visual continuity and story.
Bio: Dr. Kah-Wai Lin is a professional landscape photographer based in New Jersey. He is the Goodwill Ambassador and former Chapter, Clubs and Councils Vice President of Photographic Society of America (PSA). Dr. Lin is the director of Global Elite Photographer, ambassador & education advisor of NiSi, ambassador & global marketing advisor of Fotopro, ambassador & global marketing advisor of Feiyu, pro team of Spiffy Gear, and ambassador & international liaison officer of Studio of Masters. He also operates a camera store, Stetinden Photo, in New Jersey. Over the past few years, he has been presenting over 200 seminars worldwide, and has received over 200 awards in photographic contests. Notably, he is the recipient of Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from US Member of Congress.
Camera Store: www.stetindenphoto.com
Underwater Imagery from the Salish Sea
(the Salish Sea encompasses Puget Sound and the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca in the Northeast Pacific Ocean)
Don will share underwater images from his collection while highlighting the role that citizen science volunteers are playing in increasing our understanding of the marine environment.
Don Gordon is an amateur marine naturalist and scuba diver who has conducted more than one thousand underwater surveys of fish and invertebrates in the Salish Sea over the past ten years. Don is a seasoned cold water divemaster and photographer. Don has spent more than 30 years working for a variety of conservation and environmental organizations.
This talk is based on my more than 35 plus years’ experience photographing wildlife and covers the requirements, strategies, techniques, and equipment required to capture engaging animal images. Included is information on lighting and composition, plus locating, attracting, and approaching wildlife. The program is interwoven with some entertaining stories behind some of the images. (The program contains a lot of new material plus images from COVID 19 confinement.)
For more than 35 years, I have shared my photographic experiences and love of nature with thousands of individuals through more than 300 photo classes, workshops, lectures, and tours in both the U.S. and abroad including Kenya, Iceland, Newfoundland, the Falkland Islands, the Brazilian Pantanal, South Dakota Badlands, Bosque del Apache, Chincoteague NWR, Tangier Island, etc. Program sponsors have included zoos, nature centers, camera clubs, and conservation organizations such as National Wildlife Federation and the Assateague Island Alliance. For many years, I have taught photography classes at Johns Hopkins University and other educational institutions and have written “How To” articles on nature photography for national publications such as Outdoor Photographer and Birding. My images have appeared in magazines, calendars, and books published by National Wildlife Federation, Natural History Society, Audubon, and Sierra Club. Credits include the book, “Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, an Ecological Treasure."