Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

The Fotobug Photography podcast for travel and nature photographers. Interviews, training, reviews, and more!

Fotobug - Episode 230 -Western Everglades

March 17th, 2019

In recent photography news, William Optics from Taiwan has posted a Kickstarter project to make a flatfield Petzval lens which claims to be the world's sharpest 250mm lens.  Cough up $648 to get in on the campaign!  The FAA has announced that as of February 25th, all consumer drones must have the registration number posted on the outside of the drone.  Camera Rescue, a Finnish company, has preserved 46,000 analog cameras and intends to save 100,000 for future generations.  Kosmo Foto has announced the release and are taking pre-orders for a new mono 120 B&W film.


Jim recently returned from a trip to the western Florida Everglades with the Pinellas Friends of Florida Master Naturalists, which Jim is the Vice-President.  The group toured many locations which are not only off the beaten path, but are not necessarily open to the public.  If you are interested in more information about the Florida Master Naturalist program - check out the following website:

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 51

May 6th, 2012

Welcome to podcast #51!  In the news, Ikea releases a cardboard digital camera to the press, Nikon recalls some camera batteries, Olympus announces a new OM-D digital camera with a retro look.  Jim returned from a very soggy weekend in the Everglades, but was able to partially rescue the trip with a stop at Cape Coral to photograph burrowing owls. 

Jim also demonstrates a technique to clean the digital sensor on a DSLR using a Canon 5D. 

Keep in mind to use code MMPT2012 for a 10% discount on photo tours from M&M Photo Tours (  Also, Jim and Fred will be at the Black Hills Shootout in South Dakota in September.  Jim will be going to Peru to the Amazon to examine a location for future workshops and coming up: Iceland with Tim Vollmer in February 2013, Costa Rica in May and maybe the Amazon in July.  Keep an eye on for more information. 

Also, Jim will be conducting a course in DSLR video making in late July in Bushnell, Florida.  Keep watching for more information!

Please don't forget to rate us on iTunes and be sure to visit us on Facebook!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 46

February 28th, 2012

Welcome to the Fotobug Everglades special with our guest host, Chris Klapheke from Outdoor Photo Gear (! The three of us will travel from Palm Beach (Wakodahatchee and Green Cay) to the eastern Everglades and then across to the western Everglades and Big Cypress.  We thank Chris for coming down and joing us and for supplying the Rolly Carts which we will be reviewing in an upcoming podcast.  Come on along and let us know what you think!

Also, please consider joining us for our Costa Rica workshop starting May 5th - you can sign up and get the itinerary at

Be sure to check out Chris' Outdoor Photo Gear store at and be sure to let Chris know you saw him on the Fotobug!

Also please consider entering the Green Cay amateur photo contest - deadline is March 12th. for complete details!

In our next podcast, we interview photographer Maxis Gamez who will share some photo techniques for photographing in the fog and Jim and Fred review the Beach Rolly Cart that Chris Klapheke brought with him for us to use on our Everglades trip!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 44

January 29th, 2012

Welcome to Podcast #44 which features an interview with photographer Tim Vollmer all the way from Iceland! Tim shares his wonderful images of Icelandic animals and scenery and talks about his workshops. In addition, Tim has a special offer to the listeners of The Fotobug for a workshop in Iceland in late May! Go to for more information and to see more of Tim's incredible work! Be sure to let Tim know you heard him on The Fotobug!

In the news, Eastman Kodak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Adobe backs off on their new upgrade policy, and Apple approached Lytro for new possible camera ideas! Also, Eye-Fi challenges new proposed SD wireless standards and you won't want to miss the story on a copyright issue in the UK as well as a photographic image long term exposure that lasted one year!

Also, the dates for Jim's Costa Rica workshop have been set to begin Saturday May 5 - check for more details and to register for this photoworkshop to capture hummingbirds and the amazing resplendant quetzal. Also coming up, Jim and Fred will be doing a remote podcast from the Everglades in February and look for our friend Chris Klapheke to join us once again!

Please keep listening and don't forget to rate us on iTunes and to join us on our Facebook Page.

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 26

May 22nd, 2011

There is still time to enter the spring Photo Caption Contest!  Just enter your best caption for the contest photo for a chance to win Op/Tech rain gear for your camera from Outdoor Photo Gear.  The image can be found at the Fotobug Fan page on Facebook.  In episode 26, Jim and Fred discuss the future of the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) as well as Seagate's new 500Gb hard drive for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and also the Neat Image noise reduction plugin update.  Also, Jim gives an update on the Skycam tricopter he has been building.

 Jim presents video of his recent trip to Blue Cypress Lake to photograph Osprey with Jason Hahn.

Remember to check out the new photogear at and upcoming workshops/trips at

Coming up are more interviews including Chas Glatzer and lots more!

The Photo Caption Contest ends on May 31st, so be sure to get your entry in either by posting at the Fotobug Fan Page on Facebook, or send an email with your caption to   There be prizes!!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 25

May 8th, 2011

Chris Klapheke from Outdoor Photo Gear ( join Jim and Fred as a guest host on today's podcast #25!  Chris will be giving some suggestions for photo accessories as we move into late spring and into the summer and is providing the prizes for our Caption Contest.  Also, Jim will be demonstrating the new Perfect Layers from onOne Software which is currently entering a free public beta.  Perfect Layers is a plugin for Adobe Lightroom that adds layering and some masking capabilities.

In other news, Adobe has release Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4, Canon has a firmware update for the 7D, Nikon has a firmware update for the D7000, and Sigma is celebrating its 50th anniversary!

Oscar-nominated British documentary-maker Tim Hetherington, 40, co-creator of the Sundance-winning documentary Restrepo, was killed covering fighting between Muammar Gaddafi's forces and the opposition.  Chris Hondros, a Pulitzer prize finalist, was also killed.

Enter our Photo Caption Contest and you may win an Op/tech Rainsleeve from Outdoor Photo Gear!  Just email us your best caption or submit your entry on the Fotobug Facebook page.  Entries may be sent to  Entries must be received no later than May 31st.

Doug Gardner has now posted the Season 3 episodes of Wild Photo Adventures on his website at  If  the show isn't being aired yet on your local PBS station, you can watch all 13 episodes online.  Jim was a Field Producer on episodes 8 and 9 on the Everglades and is also featured in episode 12, Behind the Scenes!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 24

April 24th, 2011

Welcome to the Fotobug Podcast #24!  This past week (April 15th), Fred traveled to Myakka State Park and Oscar Scherer to photograph scrub jays, and Jim traveled to southern Florida with Jason Hahn into the Everglades as well as Ding Darling and Cape Coral (  Jim and Fred share stories of their adventures as well as photos and videos of the trips.  Also appearing in this podcast is Rob Moorman, president of TAPPA (Tampa Area Professional Photographer's Assn.) and Rob discusses tax ramifications for non-professional photographers who may be earning additional income from their photography.  An appropriate topic for tax season!  He also discusses setting up a corporation for photographers.

Also discussed on today's show - an original Nikon camera goes up for auction. Have $160,000 - $250,000 laying around?  You could own a piece of Nikon history!

Thanks and welcome to all our new Facebook fans who joined up with us!!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 16

January 2nd, 2011

Welcome to the final podcast of 2010 featuring an interview with Al and Fabiola Forns located in SE Florida.  Al and Fabs show off some of their recent photographs and travels to New Brunswick photographing puffins and northern gannets.  Please check out their website at and their blog at

We wish each and every one of you a very successful and happy new year and thank you for subscribing and listening to our podcast.  We have more plans for additional interviews and training for 2011, so please stay tuned!  We also would like your input and feedback - please feel free to send us questions and let us know what you would like for us to cover.  You may email me at or better yet, come out and visit our Facebook Fan page!

I apologize to Mike Moats that we ran out of time, but his interview will be in our next podcast - the first of 2011!  You are going to be amazed by his macro photos!

Thank you to all the  wonderful photographers and friends who helped us and for everyone who took time to view our podcast!  More to come and we look forward to 2011 and our first podcast of the year will feature a retrospective view of 2010.   Also, first views of the Fotobug aerial photography tricopter!

I will also be publishing the results of our HDR shootout on the Fotobug Facebook Fan page!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 14

December 6th, 2010

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The Fotobug features an interview with Doug Gardner and Dave Ragin from the PBS TV show, Wild Photo Adventures season 3 which begins airing on PBS beginning April, Sundays at 7:00pm.  In addition, Chris Klapheke returns with Holiday gift suggestions for yourself or the photographer in your life!

Be sure to tune into your local PBS station to watch the new season of  Wild Photo Adventures  beginning this April, Sunday's at 7:00pm.  The current two seasons an be seen at Wild Photo Adventures and season 3 will also be available there for those of who who can't get PBS.

For your Christmas and Holiday gifts, be sure to listen to Chris Klapheke's suggestions, then head on over to Outdoor Photo Gear to complete your shopping - Santa will appreciate it!

More details and links to the gifts Chris suggests will be posted on our Facebook Fan page - The Fotobug - Elusive Image, so be sure to head over there, "Like" the page and be sure to let us know what you would like for Christmas this year!

For the HDR Shootout this episodes features Unified Color's HDR Expose.  The results of all programs will soon be posted to the Fotobug Fan page on Facebook.  Let us know what you think and if you agree with us or not!

Coming up - interviews with Al and Fabiola Forns, Jeff Donald, and Rick Sammon, so be sure to subscribe and stay tuned!

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