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July 2020: Hope all of you are okay! We’re back in New Zealand… for a while, it seems, given current world events. We’re aiming to make the next few weeks a productive time as we prepare Issue #2 of Nature Tripper Magazine (see above to download Issue #1!).
Fortunately, I’m just back from Antarctica, which was ridiculously epic, so I have plenty of penguin photos to look at while we’re stuck inside.
I’ve also been posting a few new articles here on the site, including photographing plastic impacts on seabirds, example photos from the Sony 90 mm macro lens, and an (in-progress) user guide to photo-identifying sharks (it’s nerdy – you’ve been warned). Plenty more on the way soon.
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Hi! We’re Mads & Simon.
Dr Simon J Pierce is a whale shark biologist and wildlife photographer from New Zealand. He’s a co-founder and Principal Scientist at the Marine Megafauna Foundation, where he leads the global whale shark research and conservation program.
Madeleine Pierce is a conservation designer from Australia. She’s lived amongst the wildlife in the African bush, and scuba dived at many of the world’s most spectacular sites. Madeleine is the designer and editor of Nature Tripper Magazine.
Plastic in the ocean is a problem. That will be news to precisely none of you. It’s still worth talking about though, even now. Plastic is an obvious…
Thresher sharks are one of those animals, like flying snakes or walrus, that are obviously made up. Except they aren’t. Thresher sharks are big. Common threshers (Alopias vulpinus),…
I hosted a Galapagos liveaboard trip with Aqua-Firma on the Humboldt Explorer, operating from San Cristobal, late last month. I had a fantastic time, with some of my…
Whale sharks are amazing. Yeah, okay, I’m completely biased about it. Thanks, Captain Obvious. It’s still true. However, even after 14 years of studying the species, I’ve never…
Wide-angle photos are a great way to show people why we love the ocean – they’re the best (and only) way to capture big animals and big scenes!…
I’ve just been testing and refining my gear configuration for macro, so I thought it’d be useful for Future Simon – and hopefully you too – to write…