Apr 11 2017

Photographing Wildlife

Melissa Crytzer Fry

Please enjoy photos from the wildlife photography class I took with award-winning wildlife photographer Kathleen Reeder (She’s been on NBC’s Today Show and has sold her work to National Geographic!) I will be taking Kathleen’s Out of Africa workshop next April and can’t wait! If you’re a photographer and animal lover, you should really consider a class; Kathleen hosts workshops across the country and around the globe. (And goodness — check out her portfolio! Stunning! And did I mention how personable and approachable she is?)

I already put some of her suggestions to use this past weekend, only this wildlife was truly out in the wild, and not at a zoo (very exciting)! Stay tuned for more. And don’t forget to click photos below to enlarge. If you missed last week’s photos of Arizona’s wild horses that I took in preparation for this wildlife workshop, please take a peek.


13 Responses to “Photographing Wildlife”

  • avatar Laurie Buchanan Says:

    YOWZA! — These photographs are F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    You are too kind, Laurie.

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  • avatar Jessica McCann Says:

    I second Laurie’s yowza! These are all absolutely gorgeous, Melissa. And that hawk… wow.

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    Thank you, Jessica. This was a FUN experience! That hawk is one of my favorites — a Harris’s Hawk. You may recall me blogging about the family of Harrises near our property. They’re the same ones I think you saw up in Phoenix — dark brown, white band on back of tail… So fierce!

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  • avatar Sue Mitchell Says:

    These are terrific! Especially love the mountain lion and wood duck.

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    Hi Sue! Thank you — big cats are among my favorite critters in the world. Thanks for stopping by. The ducks were incredible, toO!

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  • avatar Jackie Cangro Says:

    Absolutely wonderful photos, Melissa! I’m always in awe of the skill and patience required to get such gorgeous shots of wildlife.

    I loved the shots of the horses! Majestic and beautiful and you captured that perfectly.

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    The irony is that I am a woman of zero patience and absolutely no “cool” when an animal poses ‘just the right way.’ It feels like my hands start to shake, my heart is pumping, I’m rushing things, and I’m pretty sure I’m blowing it because I’m SO excited. We saw a big-horn sheep — giant ram — in the wilderness recently, and it was all I could do to find him in the viewfinder, I was so excited. Haha. Calmness is not my calling card, I’m afraid. Same reaction with the horses: “OMG-OMG-OMG.” Especially when the stallions rose up in front of us!! NO picture was taken since my jaw was on the ground and I was seriously trembling with intimidation, excitement, and awe.

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  • avatar Cherry harris Says:

    Totally amazing I showed these photos to a friend who’s son is about to come to arazona in a couple of week for three months to work at a holiday resort which will help on his C.V …he can wait .
    Cherryx

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    Your poor friends’s son, coming at this time of year, when he’ll experience the 100-degree weather! 🙂 Did you see the horse photos, Cherry? Such a magical experience and very rare, I’ve learned.

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    Cherry harris Reply:

    I did Melissa they were amazing you lucky lady . O.M.G. ?I will tell him about the heat

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  • avatar Annie Neugebauer Says:

    I’m so glad you have the opportunity to learn even more about a passion. Your photos look first-class to me already; I can’t imagine how you can get even better, but I’m sure there are all kinds of intricacies of the field I don’t understand. Regardless, I’m sure you’ll have a blast, and I’m happy we get to see the results!

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    You are too kind to me. So much to learn, still! But I’m having fun!

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