Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

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

Fotobug Episode 290 - More Fun with the Pluto Trigger

July 5th, 2021

Two episodes back Jim and Fred tested out the Pluto camera trigger with the drip attachment.  In this episode the guys test out the sound and laser triggers and get really wet doing so!   First up is capturing water jumping out of wine glasses (plastic in this case!) and an apple Splashing into a glass salad bowl (real glass!).

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Fotobug Episode 289 - Return to Cape Coral

June 20th, 2021

A few weeks ago, Jim and Fred visited Cape Coral to photograph the burrowing owls that are very prevalent there.  However, they were a little early for the young hatchlings so they returned again, but this time the hatchlings were more like teenagers, but there were a lot of them!  They did get to photograph a rare owl, however, with a regressive genetic trait that causes the iris to be solid black.  This only occurs in 1% of the owl population, normally they have yellow irises! 

There was plenty of news since the last podcast, so be sure to watch the entire episode to catch up on all the latest photo news!  

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Fotobug Episode 288 - Water Drop Photography

June 6th, 2021

Another way to work on your photography skills and have some fun at the same time is to capture water drops.  Jim and Fred use the Pluto system, although the MIOPS system is also a good option.  Regardless of the system used, we recommend adding a Guar gum on Xantham gum solution to the drip container and experiment with colored gels, milk, and food coloring!  Check out the podcast for more suggestions!

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Fotobug Episode 287 - Gatorland Orlando

May 23rd, 2021

Fred and Jim continue their travel for photo opportunities around the state of Florida.  A little known spot to photograph a rookery is Gatorland in Kissimmee.  In addition to the rookery for photographers, there is also plenty to do for non-photographers in your group!  Be sure to go in the spring and if willing, photographers can also pay to get in early to avoid the tourist crowds!

Plenty of news in the podcast as well!  Be sure to watch and check out the upcoming Black Hills Photo Shootout in September along with some interesting pre-workshop workshop, such as wild horses at Teddy Roosevelt National Park.  Keep an eye on for more details!

Fotobug Episode 286 - Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

May 2nd, 2021

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a little known, but great place to photograph birds and alligators!  The drive is 11 miles along Lake Apopka, the fourth largest lake in Florida, and is located near Disney World.  It is one of the major stop overs for migratory birds in the spring and fall.  There is no fee and the drive is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays from 7:00AM until 3:00pm, the exit gate closes at 5:00pm.  2850 Lust Rd, Apopka, FL 32703  Check the podcast for Jim and Fred's recent trip!

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Fotobug Episode 285 - Guest Photographer Mathew Cicanese

April 25th, 2021

Jim and Fred are happy to welcome back Mathew Cicanese.  Mathew was on a few years back when he conducted workshops at the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout.  Since then, he has worked for National Geographic and has become an accomplished photographer.  We highly recommend you watch this podcast as Mathew has a lot of interesting projects he is working on and be sure to register at his website -

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Fotobug Episode 284 - Guest Mike Matthews

April 11th, 2021

Jim and Fred are delighted to have Mike Matthews back as our guest.  Mike currently lives in Kentucky and specializes in bird and macro photography.  Mike organizes workshops around the country featuring frogs, lizards, spiders and other small creatures in natural settings for closeup and macro photography. For more information on Mike's upcoming workshops, go to  

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Fotobug Episode 283 - Everglades Photo Trek

March 28th, 2021

Jim and Fred grab their cameras and head to south Florida to the Everglades! The Everglades cover the entire southern part of the state and the parks can be considered the eastern and the western parks.  The Fotobug guys hit both sides and share what they find in this podcast!  Everything from alligators and crocodiles to rare tree snails!

In addition to the Everglades, Jim and Fred share the latest photo news!  

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Fotobug episode 282 - Tips and gadgets for photographers!

March 14th, 2021

Jim and Fred and preparing to head down to the Everglades so we decided to pull a video from The Fotobug vault from 4 years back.  The items and information in this video are still valid!  Please share with us your favorite photo tips, techniques or gadgets that you can't live without!  

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Fotobug Episode 281 -Smoke, Oil and Water

February 28th, 2021

Although Spring is right around the corner, bad weather is still interfering with a good portion of the country .  So, you want to get some shutter time anyway?  Jim and Fred show a couple more ways you can still use your camera while stuck indoors with simple inexpensive items.  Oil and water and smoke from an incense stick can make some amazing abstract images.  Warning: these setups can be habit forming!

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