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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    ASSIGNMENT DETAILS:
    Purpose: Nature Friend, a creation-based monthly nature magazine for children, is looking to publish multiple articles featuring photography enthusiasts’ photos and their “stories behind the photos.”
    Request: Artistic, quality photos of any type of flying wildlife with a written caption, paragraph or short story that creatively recounts how the photo was taken or narrates an event that took place around the taking of the photo. (Here are some past examples of short stories and a long story.) Kevin, our contact from Nature Friend, encourages photographers to use associated written text to “give us a reason to want their photograph.”
    Special Instructions: Nature Friend is about wild nature! Very rarely do they use domestic animals or pets; obvious zoo backgrounds are not useful to them and photos with fences and buildings in the background are less likely to be used. Edit your photos however you like. No watermarks.
    Orientation: Any orientation or crop ratio is welcome!
    How to Submit:
    1) Attach small JPGs (1200px longest edge or smaller) with your written story in reply to this topic.
    2) Upload counterpart high-resolution JPGs or DNGs (2000px longest edge or larger) to this link.
    Submission Guidelines: You may submit multiple photos with your written story. You may submit more than one story. You may pull photos from your archives.
    Remuneration:
    1) $25 per published photo!
    2) An additional $.05 per word per published short/long story!
    Terms: By submitting your photo(s) on this forum, you agree to the terms outlined in the STS Photo Assignment Agreement. Multiple winners may be published. There may or may not be a winner(s) for this assignment. Winners will be paid if their submission(s) are published, but will not receive that payment until after Nature Friend has finalized that their submission(s) will be published. Nature Friend may choose to publish submission(s) at any time in the future.
    Deadline: Midnight Saturday, September 7, 2019 (or until this topic is no longer highlighted yellow).

    LEARN HOW:
    Watch how I shot this assignment and get related training on how to shoot it yourself at On Assignment: Going Telephoto in the Back Yard!

    WATCH CRITIQUE:
    Watch the photos submitted for this assignment get critiqued by registering for the Photo Critique Webinar on September 10!

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    #42771

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    There were a couple of things I took pictures of while I had my telephoto lens out, but the one of the bee in the flower was taken with my phone as I waited for the humming birds to fly back!

    And perhaps a version of the blog post that corresponded with this assignment will suffice for the story that Nature Friend is looking for.

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    #43052

    Silas Wood
    Participant

    So we have this park near my hose that my family goes to and there are some woods near the park and I loving wildlife photography brought my camera and after some trekking and a few thorns in the skin, I finally got a photograph of a female Eastern Towhee which was worth it all.

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    Jamie Parfitt
    Participant

    THAT is a good picture, Silas!

    #43091

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Very nice; it even has the catch light in the eye. Do you there’s a good enough story surrounding the shot that you could write up something like this or this?

    #43094

    Silas Wood
    Participant

    Thank you, I will write up something.

    #43101

    Eliana Franzenburg
    Participant

    Would a butterfly work? Do we submit the story along with the photo or do we have to do something else?

    #43154

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Yes! A butterfly would work beautifully. And yes, just post the story right along with your submissions!

    #43254

    Silas Wood
    Participant

    My mom has been taking us to a park since we were little. I always enjoyed being outside but when I was introduced to photography it opened up a whole new view of nature. Now I not only see God’s creation but enjoy His creatures. So now when my mom says “Let’s go to the park,” I always take my camera along. This was one of those days. It was early March, and things were just beginning to show signs of spring. The park we went to was near a creek and some woodlands, where you can find a variety of birds. As I trekked into the woods with my camera, I saw many different types of birds flying around, but all of them were just too far for my 300mm lens to reach. As I walked deeper into the woods, it turned into more of a thicket. I then noticed that a male and female Eastern Towhee was searching for food under all the brush and leaves, and they were close enough for me to try and get a picture of them. Trying not to spook them, I got down on my knees and crawled into the thicket. The two birds did not notice I was there until I was about 30 feet away. Once they saw me the female flew up into a small tree. I stood up slowly and was excited about the fact that I had a clear shot through all the brush. I snapped one photo right before she flew off out of sight. Disappointed, I looked at my camera’s LCD screen, and to my surprise, I obtained this shot before she flew off. After that I heard my mom calling – it was time to go.

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    Rhoda Barrick
    Participant

    Does the animal have to be in flight?

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    Silas Wood
    Participant

    No, I don’t think so

    #43487

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    That is correct. Just an animal that flies. For those who want the extra challenge, an animal in flight does usually make for a more interesting photo. 🙂

    #43530

    Ernest Lloyd
    Participant

    There is a thorny goji berry tree right near our house, and I knew that there would be some kind of insect or bird that I could shoot around there. So I pulled out my camera and took a little walk down the road. When got there I was disappointed to see nothing going on, but after 10 or 15 minutes of waiting I saw an American Goldfinch fly into my viewfinder. Soon it started eating the berries and I got some nice shots of it. After prancing on around on the branches for a little bit it flew onto another tree a couple hundred feet away. Happy to see some of Gods beautiful creation I went on home.

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    #43567

    Rhoda Barrick
    Participant

    How do I get my pixels smaller?

    #43569

    Ryan Madaris
    Participant

    I was hiking along the coast at Perdido Key State Park, when this Sanderling caught my eye. Darting back and forth avoiding the oncoming tide, he was quickly capturing tiny sand crabs and eating them as fast as he possibly could. I got my camera and 300mm lens out of my backpack, and sat down on the shore as the bird scuttled across the sand, barely paying attention to me. I spent the next 5 minutes taking over 50 photos, until he decided that it was time to leave. When going through my photos, I found this image from when he stopped his hunting to look at me, and I decided that this was the best photo from the shoot.

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