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Photographs of Fauna
Carolanne Markowitz travels several times each year for inspiration and outdoor photography. She hikes up mountains and down canyons, into deserts and along jungle trails, to take pictures. For this exhibit she is displaying fauna of several continents. The animals are wild and in their natural habitat. (Notice the lion’s scars, showing that he was wild but perhaps not as wild as the one he fought.) Nothing keeps her subjects from running or flying away but patience and mutual trust. Carolanne may lie on the ground or take other measures for a clear close shot. The sun may dazzle, as in the Galapagos, or the wind may gust, as in Patagonia. Tough conditions make for striking pictures.

Carolanne uses Nikon cameras and lenses and Fuji Velvia and Fuji Provia 100F film. These are both slow, fine-grained films. Generally she takes slides. She usually uses a tripod but may use a beanbag when circumstances do not allow a tripod. The two principal lenses for the photos in this exhibit are the 75 to 300mm zoom and the 105mm macro. Fill flash was used for the insects. Particularly in windswept Patagonia, insects held onto the tall wavering grass with their many legs. The photos have not been enhanced.

The 10” x 15” prints in this exhibit were obtained from slides in either of two ways. Some are Cibachromes done by Bruce Lippincott, whose own works are also displayed in this exhibit. Others are digital prints on Fuji archival paper done by the E. B. Luce Company, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The prints were matted and framed by The Village Framer.

The trip to Tanzania was with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, and the one to Patagonia was with UConn’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. As on these travels, most of the animals Carolanne has photographed are living in National Parks or in other areas where their lives are protected. But the continued use of the land by people has changed the habitat or, in some cases, reduced its size. It is good to record what their lives have been like, and it is especially good to work to preserve the ways of life in which the animals thrive.