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Sea Turtle, Kona, Hawaii Travel and Wildlife

A key to wildlife photography is to go where the animals are. This sounds axiomatic, but this not-so-subtle idea escapes many beginning photographers, who assume that good equipment translates into good wildlife photos.

You realize after you've seen a few zillion wildlife photos that most of the iconic shots are all from the same few locations. Those brown bears standing in rushing water, catching salmon in mid-air? Definitely shot in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Atlantic Puffins on rocks? Most likely taken on Machias Sea Island, Maine. Elk? Typically shot in Yellowstone. Close-up of a bald eagle? If it isn't a captive bird, it was probably shot in Homer, Alaska, home of Jean "The Eagle Lady" Keene. Jean Keene is so famous that The Eagle Lady biography is now in print.

The real key to getting photos like your favorite National Geographic photographer is not to spend the money on equipment, but on travel. You can rent equipment. As for me, you'll notice no photos of bears catching salmon, no bald eagles, and no puffins on these pages. Not even any elk, though I hope to shoot some in Pennsylvania this coming year. My wildlife "field trips" are much less exotic. Most of my shots were taken within a few hours of Washington, or during family trips that had nothing to do with wildlife.

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