photographs of wildlife
February 9, 2008 3:48 AM   Subscribe

I saw the exhibit at the Natural History Museum last weekend and it's well worth the seven pounds, and the heat, and the shuffling around in the throng.
Every one of the pictures is stunning in full back-lit glory, and unfortunately the website does them scant justice, although they're still worth a look.
I've chosen for your benefit the three best images.
Louis-Marie Preau's own website has a better description, and another frame, of the owl. (Which maybe I love so much because it's an enactment of Rush's superb Fly By Night)
Interesting too that Paul Nicklen, as well as cleaning up at these awards, also dominated the nature category of World Press Awards
posted by Flashman at 4:03 AM on February 9, 2008

I saw this a few weeks ago - stunning photos. Definitely worth a visit if you're nearby.
posted by iso_bars at 4:52 AM on February 9, 2008

This guy has the best name for a wildlife photographer ever.
posted by JanetLand at 6:34 AM on February 9, 2008

Wow, excellent post. The picture of the bear in the water is amazing. Ya'll are making me glad I logged in this morning.
posted by mikeo2 at 7:21 AM on February 9, 2008

The first three are so good that they border on disbelief; i.e. your first viewing, you tend to assume it is a manufactured image. Incredible.
posted by Bovine Love at 7:25 AM on February 9, 2008

Great photos - thanks. The bear one is amazing. It does seem a bit self serving, though, that Shell, an oil company, is sponsoring wildlife photography. Hmm, it looks like they're out of the sponsorship game for 2008.
posted by Staggering Jack at 10:25 AM on February 9, 2008

I also have to say that the bear photo is incredible.
posted by Corduroy at 10:44 AM on February 9, 2008

The owl is surreal, the bear is intense, and the cold little bird singing, so that its breath lights up the sky...really the best of the web. Thank you so much for sharing this.
posted by misha at 10:48 AM on February 9, 2008

It does seem a bit self serving, though, that Shell, an oil company, is sponsoring wildlife photography. Hmm, it looks like they're out of the sponsorship game for 2008.

On the bird picture, the photographer had this to say:

The corn bunting has declined dramatically in the UK, probably because year-round farming and use of pesticides has reduced the number of insects on which it feeds. It is listed on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

On the same picture, Shell's "Biodiversity Group Manager" had this to day:

This is a perfect shot of thriving biodiversity.
posted by vbfg at 11:05 AM on February 9, 2008 [2 favorites]

And that bear has the worst centre parting in photographic history. It'll be as embarrassed as hell when it sees this.
posted by vbfg at 11:06 AM on February 9, 2008

I'm a sucker for bird photos and therefore biased, but yeah, the photos of the snowy owl and the corn bunting are pure magic. And if I'd been the photographer who took that bear photo, I would have fainted dead away. Tremendous post - thanks.
posted by rtha at 11:08 AM on February 9, 2008

I especially liked the June 2005 photo of the month on Louis-Marie Preau's website (cited by Flashman above). It's a mother bear with 3 cubs. She is standing on her hind legs and looking at the photographer. Great picture, but pretty scary. :)
posted by kindalike at 11:32 AM on February 9, 2008

Man, I liked exactly the same pics as everybody here. Whoa, that great bear one, looking right up those nostrils. That snowy own one makes me go oooh. and that exquisite singing bunting one. Aw, that little puffed up bird seems to embody feisty survival. Fills me with joy.

The 11 to 14 year old section is amazing, love the monkeys in a row. These eyes remind me of these eyes. Another oooh.
posted by nickyskye at 12:42 PM on February 9, 2008 [1 favorite]

The "World Press Awards" link could have had a "not for sensitive viewers" warning because, you know, I was taken aback by the beheaded narwhal in the first photo. And all the things that don't appear to go well for the narwhals leading up to the beheading in the other photos. I would have liked to gird myself for seeing that.
The rest of the photos are absolutely wonderful, though.
posted by hecho de la basura at 1:33 PM on February 9, 2008

My brother's recent animal pics are quite nice as well.

Check out the Yoda-like pics of the bison faces.
posted by bwg at 4:09 AM on February 10, 2008

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