In The Still Of The Night

How To Organize Your iPhone Photos Once and for All

There are ways to tame your iCloud Photos library.

David Nield

If you own an iPhone, or pretty much any other smartphone, it’s likely to be your go-to camera, always in your pocket ready to go. The iPhone camera is quick and simple to use, and you won’t have a problem snapping dozens of pictures at any given opportunity —but problems start when you eventually want to organize the pile of digital pictures you’ve amassed.

With phone cameras getting better, storage prices coming down, and social media sharing now easier than ever, there are few limits when it comes to the number of pictures you can take. If you’re not careful though, your iPhone photo library can quickly become an unwieldy mess. That’s what we’re here to prevent.

You probably don’t want to lose days to organizing your iPhone photos (and videos), but there are some simple, relatively quick steps you can take to keep everything in order. For the purposes of this guide we’re going to assume you’re using Apple’s own iCloud Photos to keep everything backed up, though of course alternatives are available (including Dropbox and Google Photos).

We’re also going to concentrate on steps you can do on your phone. In iCloud Photos, you can perform the same tasks in more or less the same way on macOS or iPadOS if you prefer to work on a larger screen. You can also access a limited number of functions via iCloud on the web.

Check your library

Filters can help you find what you’re looking for.

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First of all, make sure everything is working as it should: Open Settings on your iPhone, tap the name at the top, then tap iCloud and Photos to make sure everything is being synced as it should be (the iCloud Photos toggle switch should be turned on). You get 5GB for free, and everything else needs to be paid for.

Open up the Photos app to see your library, which might be extensive. If you spot individual images that you can live without, press and hold on them and choose Delete from Library from the menu that pops up. To wipe more than one picture at once, tap Select (top right), make your selection, then tap the trash can icon.

To make it slightly easier to see pictures that you might want to get rid of, tap the three dots (top right), then choose Filters. You can, for example, hide all the videos so you’ve only got photos on screen. It’s also possible to only show pictures that have been edited, if you want to clear out everything except original images. There’s a Show Map option on the same menu if you’d like to delete pictures by place.

Set up some albums

Add some order with an album or two.

Albums can make your photo library much easier to get around, and iCloud Photos actually makes automatic albums for you. Tap Albums and scroll down to see them: Screenshots is one folder of pictures that you might want to wipe on a regular basis, for example, assuming you don’t want to keep them for posterity.

To make an album of your own, tap the + (plus) icon in the top left corner, then choose New Album. You’ll be asked to give your album a name, and then asked to select the images to put into it. You can also choose New Folder instead of New Album: Folders can hold multiple albums, so they’re a way of adding some more structure and a proper hierarchy to your photo library.

Adding photos to albums means a little bit more work in terms of organization (either when you take the images or sometime later), but it can save you a lot of time when you need to find pictures again, or delete a certain group of images. To delete an album (which won’t erase the pictures inside it), tap Albums, then See All, then Edit.

Look for specific people

Tag people to find them again later.

The Photos app on your iPhone tries to identify faces in your pictures, which can save you a significant amount of time and effort when it comes to looking for particular photos—whether you want to favorite them or erase them. From the Photos app, tap Albums and then People to see the faces that the app has identified.

Tap on a face to see all of the pictures of that person stored in your library. You can give a specific name to a person by tapping on the Add Name button at the top of the screen. You can also tap the three dots (top right) and then Review Confirmed Photos to make sure this particular person is being matched with the right images.

You can tag faces in pictures if Photos hasn’t done it for you. Open the image in question in the Photos app, tap the info button at the bottom (the “i” inside a circle), select the face you want to tag, then select Tag with Name. Faces that the app has identified should be shown in a series of small thumbnails ready for selection.

Free up internal storage

Your iPhone can manage your photo storage for you.

With your precious photos safely syncing to the cloud, you don’t necessarily need full size versions of these pictures taking up room on your iPhone. Open Settings in iOS, then tap Photos and Optimize iPhone Storage to give your smartphone permission to only keep low-resolution copies of pictures on your actual device.

This setting only starts being put into action when your iPhone is running out of room in terms of internal storage, and the original, full resolution copies of your pictures are safe and sound on the iCloud servers. Whenever you need to get the original photos back, they’re only a quick download away.

Your iPhone is actually quite smart when it comes to deciding which photos (and videos) to compress. Once space starts running out, it’ll optimize the files you access least first—chances are you might never notice that certain pictures are no longer being stored locally in their full resolution.

Check individual app settings

You don’t have to save all your photos from all your apps.

You may not want images from your other apps taking up room in your iCloud Photos library, especially GIFs that you’ve posted to your group chats and pictures that you’ve snapped and then sent through a third-party app—which might result in you ending up with two copies of the same image.

It’s a good idea to hunt through the various apps you have installed on your iPhone to make sure that images and videos aren’t being saved unless you want them to. We can’t cover all of the individual apps you might have installed, but the setting shouldn’t be too difficult to find: Image editing and instant messaging apps are good places to start.

In WhatsApp, for example, tap Settings, then Chats, then turn the Save to Camera Roll toggle switch to off—this ensures that pictures you get sent through the app aren’t automatically saved to your device, and from there uploaded to iCloud (where they can quickly clutter up your carefully curated library).

Sync photos from everywhere

iCloud for Windows is available in the Microsoft Store.

You’re going to want to sync photos to and from your iPhone, as that’s the device that’s going to be doing most of the photo taking, but there might be times when you want to add pictures from other sources. If you have a Mac, you can import photos from other locations (like memory cards) by choosing File and Import. These files are then synced to your iPhone too.

If you do a lot of your photo management on Windows, then give iCloud for Windows a look: It’s pretty basic in terms of its functionality, but it does make it easy to drag and drop photos into your iCloud Photos library and sync them to the rest of your devices. Images can also be uploaded from certain folders automatically.

Images can be uploaded from just about anywhere via iCloud on the web as well, and there’s an import option available right on your iPhone too: You just need to attach a camera adapter or card reader into the Lightning connector on the phone, and when you next open the Photos app, an import option should appear.

America 1940

The History Of Photography

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Description English: A very large camera designed by George R. Lawrence (1868-1938) and used to photograph a train of the Chicago & Alton railroad on the Chicago-St. Louis line for the 1900 Paris Exhibition. – After the French Consul General had inspected the camera and enormous glass plate, Lawrence was awarded the Grand Prize of the World for Photographic Excellence at the Paris Exposition of 1900 for his 8 x 4 1/2 foot photograph of the Alton Limited train, promoted as The Largest Photograph in the World of the Handsomest Train in the World.[1] Date 1900 Source Historic photo via Author George Raymond Lawrence

The life of a wildlife photographer

‘Super mom’: Photographer captures images of mama duck with 76 baby ducklings

We’ve all seen momma ducks with 20 to 30 ducklings trailing behind her, but have you seen one with over 70 offspring in her care?
If you haven’t, meet “Mama Merganser,” the super duck mom caring for 76 ducklings!

One windy afternoon on July 16, 2018, wildlife photographer Brent Cizek headed for a scouting excursion on Lake Bemidji, Minnesota, with just one camera and one lens with him.

He had initially intended to capture a photo of a mallard he had seen the day before, but he didn’t expect to snap something far more special.

As he motored toward the boat slip, Brent spotted something in the river: a female Common Merganser surrounded by over 50 ducklings. As he watched, the little mergansers formed a line behind their mom and began swimming away.

A female common merganser surrounded by a brood of ducklings


The scene was too remarkable to pass up, so Brent got into action.

“I probably shot 50 pictures, and I was just praying that one was going to turn out sharp because the waves were so strong it was nearly impossible to even keep them in the frame,” he recalled at the time.

Making things more complicated was that he had to alternate between maneuvering his trolling motor and snapping photos with his camera. Luckily for him, just one picture turned out.Twitter

At home, Brent counted at least 50 ducklings in the photo. But during subsequent visits to the lake, he saw as many as 76 paddling behind Mama Merganser.

50 and 76 ducklings are definitely on the high-end, but large groups like this are actually pretty common, according to Kenn Kaufman, field editor for Audubon.

Female ducks have an interesting habit of leaving a few of their eggs in the nests of other ducks. They will have a nest of their own but will make their way over to another nest or two to lay a few eggs there.

Most of the time, mother ducks will drop off their eggs in the nests of other ducks of the same species, but sometimes they’re also known to lay their eggs in the nests of other duck species.

Young mergansers in the water


There’s no clear explanation behind this practice, but experts think it has to do with preservation. For example, in case a duck’s own nest is destroyed, she will still have more offspring being safely incubated in other nests.

Not putting all their eggs in one basket is sort of a reproductive insurance policy for these ducks.

This behavior doesn’t completely explain what Brent captured, though, because ducks can only successfully incubate a limited number of eggs. Female ducks lay about a dozen eggs and can only warm up to 20. Having more than that will be too much for them to handle.

Their theory is that this particular merganser picked up several dozen ducklings that strayed away from their mothers.

Adult ducks can’t identify which birds are theirs, and the ducklings that have already imprinted on their biological mothers will start to follow another Common Merganser who looks like mom.

Young mergansers in the water


Another plausible theory is that the ducklings are part of a crèche, wherein female birds entrust their newborns into the care of an older and wiser female.

This elder usually has broad experience in raising young and doesn’t mind taking a few hatchlings under her wing while their parents go off to do what adult birds typically do.

According to David Rave, an area wildlife manager overseeing the Bemidji region for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, several species of birds—including common mergansers—use this system.

This super duck mom will tend to these young birds for a couple more weeks before they are big enough to defend themselves.

They will eventually leave the group, and the females will one day potentially adopted a brood of ducklings of their own.

Luckily for this wildlife photographer, he was able to capture this remarkable scene for the rest of the world to see!

Here’s a compilation of raw videos that Brent Cizek took of Mama Merganser and her adorable ducklings.

Young mergansers going into the water


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Amazing strength and endurance of a ant…

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A Family Portrait… Spanish Flu 1918

Lava falling into the sea in Hawaii

While visiting Inner Mongolia China. National Geographic’s Your Shot photographer Sharon Wan captured this moment of a herd of horses galloping across a dry field.

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National GeographicYour Shot photographer Aarzoo Khurana captured this interaction between a blackbird and a deer in Ranthambore National Park, India


Diver Spots A Pink Manta Ray So Rare He Thinks His Camera Is Broken
Lily Feinn

Kristian Laine was free diving near Lady Elliot Island in Australia, hoping to get a few good photos of the diverse sea creatures who call the Great Barrier Reef home.

He had no idea that he was about to get the luckiest shot a photographer could ask for.
Pink manta ray spotted off Lady Elliot Island
Kristian Laine

Laine spotted six male manta rays chasing a female, known as a manta train, so he held his breath and dove down. Looking through the viewfinder of his camera, he focused on something unusual. One of the mantas leading the chase wasn’t black or white — he was bright pink.

“I was looking through the viewfinder and locked eyes with it,” Laine told The Dodo. “Only when I fired my strobes to take a photo I noticed its pink color. I had no idea there were any pink mantas in the world so I was confused and thought my strobes were broken or doing something weird.”
Pink manta ray named Inspector Clouseau

Laine was pretty sure that his camera was malfunctioning, but he decided to follow the train and snap a few more shots of the special ray. And the rosy manta didn’t seem to mind the attention: “He was extremely calm,” Laine said. “I remember looking into its eyes and it was almost like he was smiling or at least very friendly.”

The whole interaction only lasted about a half hour but would change Laine’s life forever. “I felt a connection there,” he added.

When Laine returned to land, he came across a photo of the area’s most famous and reclusive inhabitant — a bubblegum pink manta named Inspector Clouseau.

“I rushed back to check in my camera,” Laine said. “My jaw dropped when I realized what I had just witnessed.

Pink manta ray spotted in Australia
Kristian Laine

Inspector Clouseau was first spotted in 2015, sparking debates as to what exactly gives him his rosy hue. A skin biopsy of the ray in 2016 ruled out any infection or irregularities in diet causing the color, National Geographic reported.

Scientists’ current theory is that the color is caused by a rare genetic mutation, such as erythrism, which causes an abnormal redness in an animal’s skin, fur or feathers, according to National Geographic. Or, in this case, a pinkness.

Pink manta ray pursuing a mate
Kristian Laine

The 11-foot manta seems to be doing just fine, despite standing out from the crowd. And if he’s successful in his courtship, we may see more pink mantas in the next few years.

But for now, Inspector Clouseau is wowing the world — one diver at a time. “It’s pretty humbling and I feel extremely lucky,” Laine said. “It was a pretty special day for me.”

Photographer captures beautiful images of polar bears playing in flower fields

When we think of polar bears, we automatically picture them in the Arctic, surrounded by snowy and icy landscapes. This image has been deeply ingrained in our minds that it’s hard to imagine these furry giants in any other environment.

Dennis Fast

The North experiences changing seasons, too. And as summer arrives, polar bears come out and start having their fun. Luckily, wildlife and nature photographer Dennis Fast captured these beautiful moments for the world to see. He was staying in the lodges operated by Churchill Wild in Manitoba, Canada, when he took the incredibly rare images.

In the pictures, the polar bears in Northern Canada’s Hudson Bay are seen rolling around the brightly colored fields of fireweed. When they’re not in the mood for play, the bears are content just lounging and napping in the pink fields, as if they, too, were savoring the warmth of the summer. Some of the most adorable shots feature one polar bear with his head poking out a sea of pink flowers!

Dennis Fast

It’s amazing to see the silly antics they get themselves into once the sun comes out. Their cute appearance almost makes us forget that they can attack humans when they’re approached the wrong way!

In an interview with Modern Met, Dennis shared why polar bears are his most beloved subjects.

“[I] t’s not just their color that makes them a favorite target of my camera,” he said. “They have a slow, ambling gait as they drift about looking for anything that moves. It looks like they don’t have a care in the world and that there is nothing they are afraid of. It’s not arrogance, exactly, but a quiet confidence that we often respect in humans, and that translates well to the polar bear.”

Dennis Fast

Once early autumn arrives, the polar bears will wait for the ice to reform in the bay so they can go back to their winter hunting grounds. In the meantime, they get the chance to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and these blossoming fields!

Scroll through the gallery below to see more of this Canadian photographer’s rare shots of polar bears enjoying the summer.

Dennis Fast

Dennis Fast

Dennis Fast

Dennis Fast

Dennis Fast

Dennis Fast
Check out Dennis Fast’s books Princess: A Special Polar Bear, Touch the Arctic, Wapusk: White Bear of the North, and The Land Where the Sky Begins to see more of his brilliant work.

25 Jarring Photo Collages of People That Live Completely Different Lives

Uğur Gallenkuş is a digital artist from Istanbul, Turkey that has amassed a huge following on Instagram for his jarring photo collages of people that live completely different lives.

Much of his subject matter focuses on war zones, refugees, and poverty. In his work he is trying to start a conversation between two seemingly opposite scenes.

To see more striking collages from Gallenkus, check out his work


























A warm hug is always welcomed

How to Make a Christmas Cat Movie – Katzenworld


Christmas is the season to have some festive fun and try your hand at a Christmas cat movie. Nubia is already road-testing cat toys for Katzenworld, and I wonder if you know how easy it would be to film your own cat at Christmas? Let’s find out!

Don’t worry about being an ‘expert’ at making movies on your smartphone, just grab a coffee or a glass of wine and check out these cool tips for making your own Christmas cat movie.

via How to Make a Christmas Cat Movie – Katzenworld

Photographer Documented The Friendship Between A Grey Wolf And A Brown Bear
By. Ran

Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen captured the amazing sight of a female grey wolf and a male brown bear. The unlikely friendship was documented over the course of ten days in 2013. The duo was captured walking everywhere together, hunting as a team and sharing their spoils.

Each evening after a hard of hunting the pair shared a convivial deer carcass meal together at the dusk in the wilderness.

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They hung out together for at least 10 days.

“It’s very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this” Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen, told the Daily Mail in 2013 when he took these surprising photos. “From what I could find, it’s actually the first time, at least in Europe, where such a friendship was developed.”

“No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends,” Lassi continued. “I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone…It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see.”

Lassi’s guess is as good as any, as there are no scientific studies on the matter, and it is very hard to find such cases – especially in the wild.

“It seems to me that they feel safe being together,” Lassi adds.

The duo comes from two species that are meant to scare everything the meet. However, this male bear and female wolf clearly see each other as friends, focusing on the softer side in one another and eat dinner together.

The two friends were also seeing playing!

The heart touching pictures of the unusual duo was captured by nature photographer Lassi Rautiainen, in the wilderness of northern Finland.

Rare pictures depict the bear and the wolf sharing a meal in leisure!

The friendship looks like something straight out of a Disney movie.

Nature never ceases to amaze us. While scientists are baffled by the unusual friendship, the pair seems to be enjoying each other’s company.

“No one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends,” said Lassi. “I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone”.

The friends were seen meeting up every night for 10 days straight.

Photography collective takes a stand against wildlife crime
Tom Seymour

Neil Aldridge’s image of a blindfolded young white rhino, which was sedated for transport to preserve it from poachers, features in the book. The price of rhino horn on the black market is more valuable by weight than gold, diamonds or cocaine, according to a study NEIL ALDRIDGE/

At the beginning of the 20th century, half a million rhinos roamed Africa. Today, there are fewer than 5,000. In 2007, 13 rhinos were poached; since 2013, more than 1,000 have been killed each year. Overwhelmingly, their horns end up on the Chinese and Vietnamese market, where a burgeoning elite views rhino products as an elixir for all manner of ills, or as an ornamental trinket—the ultimate status symbol.

Rhinos are the most iconic of a host of endangered species driven to extinction by such rampant black markets. Pangolins, the only mammal with scales, are frequently found roasted and served in restaurants across East Asia. Black bears are farmed for their bile, which is extracted for use in traditional medicines, while shark fins and turtles are turned into soup. More than 6,000 tigers are held in captivity in China today—before their skeletons are soaked in rice wine and sold to the elite.

This has posed a challenge to some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife photographers. Should their practice and livelihood change as the animals they spend their careers capturing teeter on the brink of extinction?

“Magazines shy away from publishing such imagery. It doesn’t sell well”

Bigeye Thresher Shark Caught in Net by Brian Skerry (2012) © Brian Skerry

A new collective, Photographers Against Wildlife Crime, has formed to address this question and to confront the nation primarily connected to this horrific rise in poaching: China. Co-founded by the award-winning photographer Britta Jaschinski, the group includes some of the most renowned wildlife photographers in the world, including Adrian Steirn, Brent Stirton and Brian Skerry. It was formed in part due to wildlife crime’s lack of visibility in Western publications, Jaschinski says.

“Millions of animals are caught and harvested from the wild and sold in China as food, pets, tourist curios, trophies and for use in traditional Chinese medicine,” she says, adding that the issue doesn’t get the column inches it deserves. “The subject is so upsetting for a lot of people that magazines shy away from publishing such imagery,” Jaschinski adds. “It doesn’t sell well.”
Reaching the target audience

Together, Jaschinski and her colleagues crowdfunded and self-published a collection of their photographs alongside contemporary reporting on the issues behind wildlife crime. The book was initially published in English and quickly sold out. “But we realised we weren’t reaching the target audience that really mattered,” Jaschinski says.

Working in conjunction with a Chinese printer based in London, Jaschinski and her team have translated the book into Mandarin. After months of negotiating with the authorities, they are now in the process of distributing the book across the Chinese mainland.

The book is the first of its kind to be created specifically for a Chinese audience, and explicitly sets out to end the demand for wildlife products in China. It will be launched across the country in July and August, actively targeting the Chinese wildlife consumer market, the trading nucleus for one of the biggest black markets in the world.

Frozen pangolins by Paul Hilton © Paul Hilton

The illegal wildlife trade is the world’s fourth biggest criminal trade after drug smuggling, illegal firearms trade and human trafficking. The price of rhino horn on the black market, Jaschinski points out, is more valuable by weight than gold, diamonds or cocaine, according to a study by Science Advances. Rhino horn is estimated to fetch up to $60,000 per pound on the black market, and the illicit industry as a whole is estimated to be worth $20bn. Andrea Crosta, the director of the Elephant Action League, has called ivory the “white gold of jihad”, pointing out that al-Shabaab, an Islamic terrorist organisation, is funded directly by the illicit ivory and rhino horn trade in China.
Ban is barely enforced

In 2017, the Chinese authorities announced that all trade in ivory and its products would be made illegal. But the ban was barely enforced, Jaschinki says. The trade in rhino and tiger has been prohibited since 1993, but in October 2018, China alarmed conservationists by announcing that products from captive animals are authorised “for scientific, medical and cultural use”.

“I’ve worked on wildlife crime for 25 years—and I don’t distinguish between legal and illegal wildlife crime,” Jaschinski says. “China is becoming the economic leader of the world; I wanted to look at the horrendous treatment of animals and nature in the country, and especially at the link between poaching and trade in the country, and the mistreatment of animals in captivity in China.”

Bruno D’Amicis’s image of a Fennec fox pup offered for sale to a tourist after being caught in the desert in Tunisia. (Kebili Governorate, Tunisia, May 2012) © Bruno D’Amicis

While the images are often appalling, they have artistic merit, for each photographer involved has approached the subject from a different perspective, and by employing a different style. In the introduction to the book, Roz Kidman Cox, the chair of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year jury, writes: “Some set out to highlight injustice through statement art, creating images that are unforgettable through their power—fury expressed beautifully. Others take dismembered beauty and reincarnate it in a haunting arrangement, turning evidence into art. Or they use the iconography of classical art to give their compositions human resonance, echoing a crucifixion, a deathbed repose or the spoils of war.”

Photo of the Month Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Tropical Western Pacific and Indian Oceans

Echosystem/ Habitat soft sediments associated with coral reefs

Feeding Habits Active Predator

Conservation Status Unknown
Subphylum Crustacea (Crabs, Shrimps, and Relatives), Order Stomatopoda (Mantis Shrimps)

The Peacock mantis shrimp is a brightly colored crustacean that lives on Indo-Pacific coral reefs and associated sand flats. Its common name reflects the brilliant greens and blues that adorn the male’s exoskeleton (shell).

Females are also brightly colored but are mostly red. Peacock mantis shrimp are powerful hunters, feeding on hard-shelled invertebrates of all kinds and even some fishes. They are well known for the extremely fast punching motion that they do with their front appendages to kill and break apart their prey. This punch is one of the fastest movements in the animal kingdom and is strong enough to break through an aquarium’s glass wall. Peacock mantis shrimp use this behavior to break open snails and other mollusks and to completely dismember crabs, shrimps, and other crustaceans.

Peacock mantis shrimp are known to have extremely complex eyes, and can see in more wavelengths of color than even mammals. Under special lights/cameras, scientists have demonstrated that the already colorful exoskeletons of this species are actually even more elaborate when viewed by each other. Peacock mantis shrimp dig U-shaped burrows in the sand near the reef’s edge from which they venture out to hunt and to attract mates. They reproduce via internal fertilization, and after laying the eggs, the females carry them around on their front appendages until they hatch, protecting them and keeping them clean. Some peacock mantis shrimp may form monogamous pair bonds.

Peacock mantis shrimp are one of the largest and most colorful species of mantis shrimp and are therefore desirable for the private aquarium industry. However, individuals will often eat many of the other fishes and invertebrates in a tank, so some aquarists actively avoid this species. There is also a small market for eating peacock mantis shrimp in some Asian countries. Scientists do not have sufficient data to determine this species’ population trends, but as residents on coral reefs, human induced changes to this vulnerable ecosystem may also threaten the peacock mantis shrimp and other species.

See the best pictures from Bill Ingalls, NASA’s official photographer

If you love space, odds are you’ve admired the work of Bill Ingalls. He has been NASA’s senior contract photographer for 30 years, a job that has taken him across the world but not yet beyond it, to cover major moments in space exploration.

From posh events at the White House to spacecraft landings in frigid Kazakh steppe, his assignments have resulted in some of the agency’s most iconic images. He is one of only two photographers ever to receive the prestigious national space club press award.

Heartbreaking News! South African Cinematographer Carlos Carvalho Passes Away Following Tragic Incident With Giraffe – World Animal News

Heartbreaking News! South African Cinematographer Carlos Carvalho Passes Away Following Tragic Incident With Giraffe
By Lauren Lewis – May 7, 2018

WAN joins the countless people worldwide who are mourning the passing of award-winning South African cinematographer Carlos Carvalho.
Tragically, Carvalho was attacked by a giraffe while on assignment at the Glen Afric Country Lodge near Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.
“It is with a very sad heart that we have to announce the passing of Carlos Carvalho, one of our favorite DOP’s,” filming company CallaCrew announced on its Facebook page on Thursday, one day after the tragic incident. “Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric and had a fatal run-in with a giraffe on set.”
Carvalho had been flown by helicopter to Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, where he later succumbed to his head injuries.
The 47-year-old filmmaker was reportedly shooting close-ups of Gerald, the giraffe, when the animal was spooked by the boom swinger and swung his neck hitting Carvalho against his head.

“When Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal spread its legs, bent its neck and swung its head at Carlos,” Richard Brooker, whose family owns the lodge told Netwerk24. He further explained that Gerald will remain at the property. “He did nothing wrong.”
The British television series “Wild at Heart” was filmed at Glen Afric Country Lodge, which on its website shares that tourists can “get up close and personal to a number of our resident wildlife.
This incident raises the question of whether wild animals should be used for the purpose of filmed entertainment.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with Carlos’ family and friends during this very sad time, CallaCrew concluded. “He will be sorely missed.”
R.I.P. Carlos

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Photographer Captures The Cutest Funniest Squirrel Photo Session

Russian nature photographer Vadim Trunov has had close encounters with squirrels before, but this is the first time we’ve seen his photos of squirrels playing or shooting photos of each other, squirrels that seem to be building snowmen or playing volleyball with nuts. 



Wild Orangutan Steals GoPro Camera And Takes Expert Selfies – The Dodo

“I went through the images and found a few which were remarkably decent photos.”
By Sarah V Schweig
Published On 12/07/2017

Encountering a wild orangutan is an increasingly rare phenomenon.

Because of threats to the rainforests where they live, the animals are considered critically endangered. That’s why Ian Wood, a wildlife photographer based in the UK, partners with the Orangutan Foundation UK to lead annual trips to Indonesia’s island of Borneo, helping to raise money for these rare apes.

It was on a recent trip that Wood was lucky to have a very rare encounter with the animals — when they decided to steal his camera.
Wild orangutan in Borneo taking selfie with stolen camera 

Wood has been photographing orangutans for decades. And this time he wanted something a little different.

Wood decided to hide the GoPro camera in a patch of forest where the orangutans often congregate. He figured that at the very least he’d get some closer images of them — but he had no idea he’d get, well, selfies. 

Some of the images Wood retrieved from his camera have the uncanny resemblance to the selfies people accidentally take when figuring out how to use a new device; others, however, were surprisingly more sophisticated.
“I went through the images and found a few which were remarkably decent photos,” Wood wrote.

“When a 3-year-old orangutan picked [the GoPro] up I was amazed at the level of interest he showed,” Wood wrote at The Guardian. “My emotions quickly turned to concern when he put it in his mouth and bit it.”

Wood said he wasn’t worried about his camera but the possibility that the young orangutan might try to eat it and choke. “After cracking the LCD screen he took it out of his mouth and accidentally took hundreds and hundreds of photos by pressing the main button,” Wood said. “After about 30 minutes he ran off with it up a tree and I thought that was the last I would see of it.”
Perhaps the orangutan lost interest, because the next moment, a stroke of luck sent the device plummeting back down.
“Eventually he dropped it and I was able to recover my damaged — but still working — camera,” Wood said.
Wood hopes that more people become interested in these amazing creatures so that they’ll be around for much longer.
“Orangutans are critically endangered mainly due to forest clearance for the palm oil industry,” Wood told The Dodo. “However, there are some beacons of hope. These photos were taken in Tanjung Puting National Park, which is well protected and home to over 4,000 of these great apes.”

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Photographer Was Taking Cute Photos Of Rats To Brake A Negative Image Of Them

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Diane Özdamar is a French illustrator, photographer and graphic designer, currently living in Montreal who has been taking pictures of pet rats for years hoping to break the negative image that is often associated with these lovely animals.
Diane Ozdamar: ‘As far as I can remember I have always loved rats and any rodent people would call ‘pest’. When I first got pet rats, I was thrilled to discover they were so clean, smart and affectionate, very far from the nasty dirty rat myth most people believe in.
Thus, I decided to rescue and foster abandoned and abused rats until I could find them a forever home. This led me to take pictures of them: finding a home to a rat is not an easy task since they suffer from a…

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