MYN Contributor Neil Losin and his fellow Day’s Edge Productions team member Nate Dappen recently returned from Formentera, Spain on an expedition to document the Ibiza Wall Lizard. Their images will be used in a beautifully illustrated book entitled “The Symbol,” which is intended to raise awareness and ultimately lead to preservation of wall lizard habitat and the continued survival of the species. We’re so pleased to share this video, not only because of the valuable work that Neil and Nate are conducting, but also because they used the MYN field-studio technique during their trip to showcase color variation among individuals.
From the Day’s Edge Productions blog:
“As evolutionary biologists it fascinates us that these lizard populations are so close, yet look so different. The situation on Esparte and Espartar exemplifies the mysteriously high color diversity among island populations of this species, which has some of the highest color diversity observed among all reptiles. Our understanding of how these uniquely color populations evolved to be so different is poor. Nonetheless, one of our goals on this expedition was to capture, photographically, the color diversity of these lizards among island populations. To do this, we used a technique called “Meet Your Neighbours.”
Niall Benvie recently shared why it is important for people to get to know their local wildlife during a recent BioBlitz in Bristol, UK. In this clip, you can also see how Niall uses a “clear set” technique in this video to photograph insects with fine details. By suspending the clear plastic set over a sheet of white Perspex (or Acrylite) he is able to control the amount of light coming onto the subject, which allows the delicate form of legs and antennae to be preserved. The BioBlitz, which was held in a cemetery revealed many species including the “Thick-Thighed Flower Beetle,” a name which is incredibly fun to say!
Meet Your Neighbours co-founder Clay Bolt recently had a chance to discuss the project with The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Photography, Mark Godfrey. If you’re interested in learning more about what MYN is all about how the photos are made, take a moment to watch this short video.
A collection of some of the amazing animals photographed so far by the Meet Your Neighbours team, an international environmental photography project, developed to encourage an appreciation of the wildlife within our own communities. Featuring amazing photos by Niall Benvie, Paul Harcourt Davies, Piotr Naskrecki, Paul Marcellini, Clay Bolt, Seth Patterson, Sandesh Kadur, Mac Stone, Carsten Krieger, David Hunter, John Tiddy, Dirk Funhoff, Marko Masterl, Jerry Monkman, and Denis Palanque.
A quick overview on how Meet Your Neighbours co-founder Clay Bolt photographs grasshoppers and other insects for the project.
Meet Your Neighbours is a global initiative partnering photographers with local NGO’s to photograph the small plants and animals that live “in the neighborhood.” This video is a result of New Hampshire photographer Jerry Monkman’s partnership with the Seacoast Science Center. The images in this video were shot entirely at the Science Center which is located in Odiorne Point State Park on the New Hampshire coast. seacoastsciencecenter.org/