The Understand Photography Show Episode 45: From Sand to Snow, Photographing wildlife with Mary Goetzinger

Peggy Farren 2017-07-18

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Show Notes for Episode #45: From Sand to Snow, Photographing Wildlife with Mary Goetzinger


About Mary
Nature photographer specializing in birds and wildlife.
Started playing with photography as part of high school yearbook club.
Started shooting birds with a Nikon in 2010.

Favorite weekend shooting spots
- Ft. Myers beach - Least Terns, Snowy Plovers, Wilson’s Plovers
- Little Estero lagoon
- Bowditch point
- Keys (good for landscapes and iguana pictures)
- North Cape Coral, Festival Park - bald eagle, great horned owls, scrub jays

How to find hatchlings
- Friends share info about locations as well as Audubon Society
- April/May - time for burrowing owl chicks
- May/June - time for shorebird chicks
*Use a short tripod (12”) or a skimmer pod to keep the camera close to the ground for a better angle for hatchlings. Be patient! You may have to lay flat on the sand for 30 minutes for the chicks to return to the nesting site after their initial scare of you wandering in.

Favorite wildlife photography trips
- Smoky Mountains/ Cade’s Cove
- Northern Minnesota - black bears with Bill Lea (see interview Episode 34)
- Yellowstone National Park - bobcat, wolves, bison, coyote
*Best advice when visiting new places for photography - go with a guide or sign up for a workshop

Challenges of Yellowstone in winter
- Clothing - keep your feet warm and wear many layers
- Difficult to work camera buttons with frozen, gloved fingers
- Camera and other gear need to be protected from the snow
- Need to overexpose (by 1 step) to get details of dark animals (bison) in the snow

Bonuses for photographing in winter in Yellowstone
- Avoiding tourists
- Give the animals more space
- Backgrounds are white and clean, animals are easier to see
- Animals come closer to the road and rivers because snow isn't as deep there

Have sold some images through Facebook page, new website has photo gallery.


Links to see more of Mary’s photos or contact her:
website
Facebook


Agama lizard - invasive species in Miami/Hollywood FL area mentioned by Peggy in this episode

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