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A Sheltered Life
Photograph by Tim Laman

Widespread in the forests of Luzon, the golden-crowned babbler is one of a host of endemic species whose habitat is safeguarded in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. The largest of ten preserves created by the Philippine government in 1992, this park protects multiple types of habitat—from montane slopes to coral reefs—and holds nearly a tenth of the nation’s remaining old-growth rain forest.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 3
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Canon 100 mm Macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: A sunny day
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: Two strobes
Special Comments: For this close-up of the bird’s head, I chose to use artificial light and an aperture that would render the rain forest interior in the background black so as to not distract from the striking pattern of the bird’s feathers.

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