Exploring a “Lost World” in Australia

Our pilot Bungie flies his helicopter low over the rainforest and boulders of the Cape Melville Range as he comes in to pick us up from on top of one of the giant boulders and move us to a better location.  Herpetologist Conrad Hoskin and were dropped off in this remote mountain range for several days, and I documented Conrad's discoveries of several new species of reptiles and amphibians, including the spectacular new "Cape Melville Leaf-tailed Gecko". Cape Melville Range, Cape Melville National Park, Cape York Peninsula

Our pilot Bungie flies his helicopter low over the rainforest and boulders of the Cape Melville Range as he comes in to pick us up from on top of one of the giant boulders and move us to a better location. Herpetologist Conrad Hoskin and were dropped off in this remote mountain range for several days, and I documented Conrad’s discoveries of several new species of reptiles and amphibians, including the spectacular new “Cape Melville Leaf-tailed Gecko”.
Cape Melville Range, Cape Melville National Park, Cape York Peninsula

See the blog post about this expedition here.

Also see the “In the Media” page for links to various news reports about this expedition and its discoveries.

Cleaner Shrimp feature in Daily Mail

In August I photographed my son Russell diving off Bali, Indonesia, and getting his teeth cleaned by the cleaner shrimp that usually serve the needs of the local fish.  The UK newspaper Daily Mail has now published the story.  See it on DailyMail website:

 

Diver Russell Laman (age 13)  visiting a "cleaning station" on the reef, where fish come to have parasites and debris removed from their skin and teeth by shrimp.  The White-banded Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis),  recognize Russell's mouth as a source of food, and enters and begins to clean his teeth.

Diver Russell Laman (age 13) visiting a “cleaning station” on the reef, where fish come to have parasites and debris removed from their skin and teeth by shrimp. The White-banded Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis), recognize Russell’s mouth as a source of food, and enters and begins to clean his teeth.

Birds-of-Paradise Presentation in Jakarta

I gave a presentation on Ed Scholes and my Birds-of-Paradise Project in Jakarta last week.  Read about it in the Jakarta Post!

 

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Watch Tim’s LOOK3 Birds-of-Paradise talk on LIVESTREAM

Poster for TIm Laman's TREES talk at the Paramount Theater at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph 2013

If you didn’t happen to be at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph last month and would like to watch Tim Laman’s multimedia presentation on his Birds of Paradise Project, you can do so here on LIVESTREAM…

 

LIVESTREAM OF TIM LAMAN BIRDS OF PARADISE TALK

 

Bird-of-Paradise Intro video hits 3 million views!

Our Bird-of-Paradise Project Intro video hit another milestone on YouTube today, passing 3,000,000 views!  This video featuring the work of Ed Scholes and myself to document all the Birds-of-Paradise was put together by our talented colleagues at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology multimedia department.  Thanks for the great work guys in making this so appealing to so many people!

 

 

 

Birds-of-Paradise in the TREES Exhibit at LOOK3

It was a real thrill to see my Birds-of-Paradise images showcased on huge banners in the TREES exhibit at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph this past week.

Forty of my images were printed double sided on twenty large banners that now hang all along the beautiful outdoor pedestrian mall of historic downtown Charlottesville.  The exhibit will be up until mid-July, so check it out if you are in the neighborhood.

Here I am posing below one of the huge images in the Birds-of-Paradise TREES exhibit at LOOK3. (photo by Stacy Gold)

Here I am posing below one of the huge images in the Birds-of-Paradise TREES exhibit at LOOK3.           (photo by Stacy Gold – Thanks Stacy!)

 

 

 

Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise and Red Bird-of-Paradise in the Trees Exhibit at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA

Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise and Red Bird-of-Paradise in the Trees Exhibit at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA

 

 

Paradise Riflebird, Goldies Birds-of-Paradise, Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise and others in the Trees Exhibit at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA.

Paradise Riflebird, Goldies Birds-of-Paradise, Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise and others in the Trees Exhibit at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA.

 

 

Red Bird-of-Paradise in the Trees Exhibit at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA

Red Bird-of-Paradise in the Trees Exhibit at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA

 

I could not be more pleased with how well the printing was done and the exhibit hung.  Thanks to the organizers of this fabulous event!

 

 

 

Nat Geo Creative agency launched

National Geographic has consolidated and rebranded their photography and talent agency as “National Geographic Creative”, and I’m proud to be represented by them.  They represent me for my stock photography and video, and also for commercial assignments.   Check out their fully revamped website where you can see the portfolios of all their photographers, including a new page feature some of my work.  NatGeoCreative Website

 

National Geographic Creative  logo

National Geographic Creative logo

Featured in New York Times Lens Blog

My work on the Birds of Paradise is featured today in an interview and gallery on the New York Times Lens Blog.

This is one of the leading photojournalism blogs in the world, so it is an honor to be featured.  Check it out.

Tim Laman's Birds of Paradise are featured on the New York Times Lens Blog today

Tim Laman’s Birds of Paradise are featured on the New York Times Lens Blog today

Testing the new Canon EF 200-400 f4L with 2x extender

I have been waiting for two years for this lens to arrive.  For the kind of wildlife photography and video that I do, I have anticipated that it may replace several lenses I regularly travel with and let me respond more quickly and compose more precisely in the field.  So it was very exciting when yesterday I finally got the call from my local camera gear supplier, Hunts Photo and Video, that my lens was in.   I immediately drove down and picked it up and went out this morning and started shooting some test shots.

I was confident the lens would be sharp and perform well as I had already read early reviews.  However, since I am often temped to push the focal length by adding extenders, one thing I was very curious about was how it would work with not only the internal 1.4x converter enabled, but also when 1.4 or even the 2x converter is added externally.  I went out to one of my local wildlife spots and found a cooperative Great Blue Heron.  Here are some of my first shots with this new lens.  Needless to say, I am extremely pleased with the results!

 

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).  Cooperative test subject for new Canon 200-400 mm lens.  Shot with Canon 1DC on 1 June 2013.  This image shot at 520 mm using 1.4x.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). Cooperative test subject for new Canon 200-400 mm lens. Shot with Canon 1DC on 1 June 2013. This image shot at 520 mm using 1.4x.

 

HERE IS THE REAL TEST:  200-400 WITH INTERNAL 1.4X ENABLED, PLUS THE EXTERNAL CANON 2X CONVERTER III = 1120 mm focal length.

See for yourself, but my feeling is that even with this 2x converter added, the quality is there.  In fact, though I haven’t done the side-by side test yet, I think this looks sharper than using my 600 mm f4 with 2x converter at 1200 mm.   Of course I had to manual focus this as at f11, autofocus does not work.  But for extreme situations when I really want the reach, this looks totally usable to me, and has actually exceeded my expectation for this lens, so I am extremely pleased with it.

Canon 200-400 mm f4 1.4 converter with internal converter enabled PLUS Canon 2x converter III.  Great Blue Heron test shots with new Canon 200-400 mm f4 1.4x converter lens on 1 June 2013.  Full frame view.

Canon 200-400 mm f4 1.4 converter with internal converter enabled PLUS Canon 2x converter III. Great Blue Heron test shots with new Canon 200-400 mm f4 1.4x converter lens on 1 June 2013. Full frame view.

 

Crop of image at 100% resolution.  Canon 200-400 mm f4 1.4 converter with internal converter enabled PLUS Canon 2x converter III.  Great Blue Heron test shots with new Canon 200-400 mm f4 1.4x converter lens on 1 June 2013.

Crop of above image at 100% resolution. Canon 200-400 mm f4 1.4 converter with internal converter enabled PLUS Canon 2x converter III shot on Canon 1DC. Great Blue Heron test shots with new Canon 200-400 mm f4 1.4x converter lens on 1 June 2013.  Tripod, f11, 1/1000 sec, ISO 800.

Little Explorers in Borneo

The terrific nature magazine aimed at kids called “Ranger Rick” has recently published a story which is a collaboration between my two kids Russell and Jessica, and me.  Story by the kids, photos by me.  My wife also played a key part, of course.  She is primatologist Cheryl Knott, Professor at Boston University, and she has been doing research on wild orangutans in Borneo for many years.  In recent years our kids have been traveling with us to her research site in Borneo nearly every summer.  Now Ranger Rick has published the story of my kids adventure traveling deep into the rain forest in Borneo with their Mom and Dad to study orangutans, and they have told it in their own words.

Borneo Adventure story by Russell and Jessica Laman as told to Ellen Lambeth.

Borneo Adventure story by Russell and Jessica Laman as told to Ellen Lambeth.  Published in Ranger Rick magazine, March 2013.

And Russell even made the back cover.  We found this very large stick insect right near our camp, and Russell picked it up and was letting it crawl up his shirt.  When it crawled right up on his face, he didn’t seem to mind at all!

 

Russell Laman with large stick insect on face.  Back cover or March 2013 Ranger Rick.

Russell Laman with large stick insect on face. Back cover or March 2013 Ranger Rick.