Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

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

Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 62

October 7th, 2012

Welcome to podcast #62 and our Black Hills Shootout special.  Fred and Jim have returned from South Dakota and feature images from the event and a few of the workshops. Turnout was great this year and Rick Sammon, the keynote speaker, remained for the entire weekend attending several of the workshops.  Be sure to plan on joining us again next year!

In the news, Sony and Hasselblad have announced a partnership to produce a newE-mount compact camera, and Sony has invested in Olympus and now owns 10% of the company.  Adobe just released Elements 11 for Photoshop and Premiere and you can pick up the pair for $149 and they just released the final versions of Adobe Camera Raw 7.2 and Lightroom 4.2.  Finally, Nikon cameras D4 and D800 are the first DSLR video cameras to pass the rigid BBC Test to be approved for European television production.

Be sure to check out the Everglades workshop in November at as well as the Northern Lights workshop to Iceland in February (still opening!), the workshop in Costa Rica in April and the Peruvian Amazon in June.

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 21

March 13th, 2011

On today's show, Fred and Jim welcome Mike Gulbraa from M&M Phototours.  Mike co-owns an international tour company based in Utah and runs photo tours to all seven continents including USA domestic tours. Locations include China, Cambodia, Africa, Vietnam, and Antartica as well as Alaska.  Mike shares some of his wonderful images from his travels and gives recommendations for travel photographers to cope with new airline regulations, etc.  In addition, many well-known photographers such as Moose Peterson, and Robert O'Toole join M&M expeditions and share their expertise.  Finally, Mike is offering to our listeners a very special 10% discount on any 2011 photo tour just by mentioning The Fotobug when you book.  - to check out the current tour offerings!

Remember to join Fred at Sunken Gardens on Sunday March 27th with Rick Sammon for The St. Petersburg Photographic Art Society for a special Club Day HDR event!

Finally, The Fotobug podcast will be celebrating our first anniversary in April!  April is also the date for the premiere of Doug Gardner's Wild Photo Adventures on PBS.  There is also a chance the series may be distributed internationally!  Stay tuned!!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 15

December 19th, 2010

Special guests interviewed in Episode 15 include Jeff Donald and RIck Sammon!  Jeff discusses his recent trip to Yellowstone and upcoming trip to Africa. Rick Sammon talks about his workshops, iPhone and iPad apps, and stories from his past.  We are really fortunate to have Rick on the show and appreciate his comments and insights! for Rick's blog and workshop information.

Special Offer! Check with Groupon ( for a BIG discount on Outdoor Photo Workshop's  Ultimate Nature Photography Crash Course.  The course in normally $199, but with the coupon, the course will be only $59!  However, the coupon off will ONLY be available on Groupon for 24 hours on December 28th.  You can pick any date from January through May for the workshop to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The course will include a classroom session and a field session.  Information about the workshop can be found here - .  Hope to see you there!!

Don't forget to "like" our Fotobug Facebook Fan page and take advantage of this and other discounts and special deals!

The final contestant in our HDR Shootout is Nik Software's HDR Expose Pro.  Results to be uploaded to our Facebook Fan page.

Coming up on the next podcast, interviews with Al and Fabiola Forns and macro guru, Mike Moats!

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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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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 13

November 21st, 2010

Street photography, Fotobug style!  Jim and Fred take to the streets at Witchstock in Palm Harbor, FL. and try out some of the Westcott/Lightenup and Shoot techniques from the recent workshop by Andy and Mikey.  Jim interviews Jeanne Murphy and Brian Lane, his instructors from the Coastal Florida Master Naturalist Program and owners of Sensing Nature, LLC - .

Jim tackles Photomatix as the next contender in the Fotobug HDR Shootout.  Results to be published on the Fotobug Facebook page!

Jim will be heading to the Everglades to help tape a PBS TV series, Wild Photo Adventures hosted by Doug Gardner - and will  feature behind the scenes footage as well as upcoming interviews with Rick Sammon, Jeff Donald, Al and Fabiola Forns and a whole lot more!  You also won't want to miss the list of Christmas stocking suggestions from Outdoor Photogear owner, Chris Klapheke.  Be sure to subscribe!  Won't cost a dime!  Don't forget to leave us feedback and be sure to join our Facebook Fan page!

If your local PBS station or Time Warner cable provider doesn't carry Wild Photo Adventures, go to to view episodes!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 12

November 3rd, 2010

Welcome to Episode 12.  The Fotobug guys begin their new series on the HDR shootout which will involve comparing four different HDR software packages: Photoshop CS5, Photomatix, HDR Expose, and HDR Efex.  The first contender is Adobe Photoshop CS5.  the "rules" are to process a 3 image HDR sequence as quickly as possible and as realistic as possible.  A second sequence will test the programs' ability to handle ghosting.  The final images will be posted at on the Fotobug Facebook page along with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!!

The guys also discuss the Eye-Fi wireless SDHC card and the world's largest light painting - the entire city of Toledo, Spain!

Check out the October issue of Outdoor Photographer Magazine for a nice five page spread on Chris Klapheke's photography.  The Fotobug is now an affiliate for Chris' company, Outdoor Photo Gear and be sure to tell them that the Fotobug sent you!

Finally, we have adopted a little Carolina Wren we call CW.  Check out the video clip as he comes in every night and stays for the recording of our podcast!

Upcoming interviews with Rick Sammon, possibly Art Wolfe, Al and Fabiola Forns and a lot more, so I recommend you subscribe.  Next time we will be checking out Photomatix as part of our HDR shootout.  Be sure to 'like' our new Facebook Fan page!  Finally - make sure you check the end of the podcast for an amusing outtake from the shootout video!

Check for a special sale on November 5th, 6th and 7th!  Here is a link to the show specials - and shipping is FREE!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 6

August 9th, 2010

Discussion about upcoming Photo workshops and tours as well as regional photo seminars such as the South Dakota Shootout featuring keynote speaker, George Lepp.  Where do you want to go, write and let us know what your ideal trip would be and where you would like to go.  Upcoming workshops include South Dakota Cowboys, Into the Everglades, Costa Rica and even Mongolia! The website to register for the Black Hills Photo Shootout is BLACK HILLS PHOTO SHOOTOUT . From a listener question on removing water from a tripod, we present a video interview with photographer RJ Wiley who invented the DRY POD WADERS.  The waders slip over your tripod legs and keep the water out!  Available from The Ansel Adams negatives turned out to be taken by someone's Uncle Earl - and not Ansel, despite the six month validation and confirmation.  Jim and Fred feel vindicated for being skeptical in the last podcast. Free admission to the US National Parks on August 14 and 15th - grab your camera and hit one of the nation's fabulous national parks. Remember - 20% discount for your purchase of HDR Expose - - or enter FOTOBUG for the promo code when checking out.  Also, Float-32 will soon be available! Canon 5 year event - Canon EXPO in New York City on September 2 - 3 - use passcode EXPO3 and invitation code T3CBS to enter!  Perhaps you will get to see the Canon Wondercam discussed in the current podcast. To volunteer for the BP Oil Spill cleanup - go to Correction thanks to listener Albert Blok - http://  Also, here are a couple of articles Mr. Blok sent us on mercury in fish and the aftermath of the oil spill -

Outdoor Photo Workshops link  - Next podcast coming up - interview with Photographer, educator, Jeff Donald!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 5

July 28th, 2010

Welcome to the Fotobug, Elusive Image Podcast number 5!  Thanks to all our listeners who have subscribed and please stay tuned as we have a lot more good things to come!

In this latest podcast, we talk more about the impact of the BP oil spill on the environment and travel, as well as the new pipeline oil spill in China.  We also discuss the photo manipulation that BP did to at least one, perhaps more, press photos.

Veterans and current service men and women now received a 25% discount off annual Florida State Park passes.  Those who have combat related injuries can receive a free family annual Florida State Park pass.  Those applying need identification and written proof, passes are available at all Florida state park entrances.

Unified Color Technologies has realeased a major upgrade to HDR Photostudio, renamed to Expose.  Jim gives a short review and demo of the program.  Recommended! If you try the free 30 day trial of Expose and decide you want to purchase a copy for yourself - use the following link or enter FOTOBUG for the discount code and Unified Color will discount your purchase by 20%!!



Creative Commons licensing is currently under attack by ASCAP.  Fred and Jim discuss "Copyleft" vs "Copyright" and just what Creative Commons licensing is all about and why ASCAP is launching a campaign against it.

Finally,  we talk about upcoming workshops and photo tours to the Everglades, Costa Rica, and even Mongolia and talk about the new upcoming training videos featuring wildlife photographer, Jason Hahn (who has an article in the August issue of Popular Photography on wading techniques). for a free 30 day trial version of HDR Expose.  To receive a 20% discount on your purchase, use the following link, , or enter FOTOBUG for the discount code when you check out! for Photography Workshops to the Everglades, Costa RIca, western Cowboys, and more!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 2

May 16th, 2010

In the second episode of the Fotobug, Elusive Image Podcast, Jim and Fred discuss the iPad, DSLR video as used in the season finale of the TV show House.  Also featured is the Clyde Butcher's Venice Gallery with James Shadle, an interview with the inventors of the PUFFIN PAD, and a demo of the HDR capabilities of the new Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Puffin Pad is available at

Clyde Butcher's website is

James Shadle's site is

For details of the Elusive Image Photo tour of Mongolia for August 2011, go to  We are now accepting deposits for the trip - first come, first served!

Due to the length of this podcast - you may wish to download it - otherwise wait several minutes for it to begin playing as this is NOT streaming video!

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Elusive Image Photography

April 3rd, 2010

Premiere broadcast of the Elusive Image Photo podcast featuring interviews with landscape photographer and environmentalist, Clyde Butcher and HDR guru, Trey Ratcliff.

I hope you enjoy and please don't hesitate to send me your feedback and suggestions for future broadcasts.

There will be more behind the scenes with Clyde Butcher and James Shadle featuring Clyde's studios in Venice and Big Cypress in upcoming episodes!  Plus I will be showing some scenes from our photo tours and more information about our upcoming photo tour to Mongolia in August 2011.  We are seeking photographers who would like to join us!!

Check for more information.

Additional websites from podcast:  James Shadle -                                                          Clyde Butcher -                                                         Trey Ratcliff -

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