The following portfolio represents just some of the stunning images comprising Tim Laman’s 10-year project to photograph every one of the 39 species of birds-of-paradise of New Guinea, Australia, and the nearby islands, and record their courtship displays. Undertaken with Cornell Lab biologist Ed Scholes, the project sought to vividly illustrate the concept of sexual selection first proposed by Charles Darwin.
Image 1: Canon EOS 7D + 10–22mm f3.5–4.5 lens; 1/125 sec at f8; ISO 400; remote system.
Image 2: Canon EOS-1D Mark II + 600mm f4 lens; 1/180 sec at f5.6; ISO 400; hide.
Image 3: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 600mm f4 lens; 1/15 sec at f4; ISO 1250; hide.
Image 4: Canon EOS-1D Mark II + 400mm f4 lens; 1/750 sec at f4; ISO 400; hide.
Image 5: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 400mm f4 lens; 1/45 sec at f4; ISO 1000; hide.
Image 6: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + 600mm f4 lens; 1/180 sec at f5.6; ISO 1600; hide.
Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea
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Tim Laman, USA
Tim is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist with a reputation for returning from the wild with shots of nearly impossible subjects. His pioneering research in the rainforest canopy led to a PhD from Harvard University and the first of many articles for National Geographic magazine. His work has garnered numerous awards, including many in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.