I can’t believe 2019 has ended and we are now embarking on a new decade! While I have decreased my work schedule over the past few years, I continue to stay active in nature photography through my workshops at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and my work with Defenders of Wildlife, Virginia Wildlife Magazine and other organizations and projects.
Last year started with one of my polar bear images selected for a major outdoor digital exhibit on the Thomas Reuters Building in Times Square in New York City. Along with a Florida panther image by friend, colleague and Nat Geo photographer Joel Sartore, our images were used by the Defenders of Wildlife to promote their Endangered Species conservation initiative. As a result of this campaign, Defender’s saw a spike in visits to their website and an increase in membership.
Image by Tom Jankowksi (c)
Image by John Jankowski (c)
Another polar bear image of mine was used for the Defender’s back cover of their strategic plan.
Several of my images were used for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy website, newsletter and the just published Loudoun County Breeding Bird Atlas.
The Southern Environmental Law Center selected one of my great egret images to be on display at their headquarters office.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries selected my image of a white-eyed vireo to promote the 2019 Great Dismal Swamp Migration Celebration. I also donated images to the Friends of Blackwater’s Campaign to save Blackwater Canyon in West Virginia and to promote protection for the Monongahela National Forest.
The Weather Channel used my image of a Mexican gray wolf on their website for an article about the environmental effects of the border wall on wildlife.
I continue to be a guest columnist for Virginia Wildlife Magazine, with two columns published in 2019; one about using fill flash in wildlife photography and the second about ambient light painting (abstract) techniques for nature photography. I also wrote an article for the Road Scholar Program magazine about my top tips for nature photography.
My images of clapper rails and Delmarva fox squirrels were also used for other articles in the magazine. One of my clapper rail images was published in magazine’s 2020 wildlife calendar. A nesting ruffed grouse image that I took years ago and a leaping sika elk photo will appear the 2021 calendar.
A selection of my bird images were published in the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of West Virginia for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.
I continue leading nature photography workshops at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. This will be my tenth year serving as nature photography instructor for the field station. In 2019, I had three workshops hosted by the station and they were so much fun! For 2020, I had two workshops scheduled at the station, but my April one is now cancelled due to the coronovirus. The October workshop is still on schedule. To learn more about the workshops visit the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. My workshops at the station are through the international Road Scholar Program.
And speaking of Road Scholar, I wrote an article about top tips of nature photography for their alumni magazine. The article can also be seen on the blog link of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. A revised version of the article will also appear in 2020 in their Alumini magazine.
I'll be doing a series of one hour nature photography seminars for Wild Birds Unlimited in Ashburn, Virginia. My first seminar is scheduled for February 22 at 9am.
This year I’ll be field testing some products from Wimberley including their new and unique monopod head. I’ve also been invited to document the seasonal nature of a private wetland protection area near my home.
Last year and continuing into this year, I have spent lots of time in the digital darkroom learning a host of photography editing software, including DXO’s PhotoLab 3 and Nik software; ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2020; Topaz’s Studio 2, Denoise AI & Adjust AI; Skylum’s Luminar 4 & Aurora HDR 2019; Photomatix Pro HDR; Helicon: and of course, Adobe’s Lightroom Classic. I find myself using all of them these days!
Here’s to a great 2020 for you and your adventures in nature!