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Showcase 2018 Winner Profile – Elijah Goodwin

By August 27, 2018No Comments

Altered Reality Judges’ Choice: Supermoon Eclipse © Elijah Goodwin -Showcase 2018


Elijah Goodwin blends the soul of an artist with the mind and training of a scientist. Born and raised in New England, he currently lives in Tarrytown, NY.

An award-winning photographer, Elijah recently received Best of Show in the 44th Westchester International Exhibition and Best B&W print at the 2017 New England Camera Club Conference.

Elijah’s images have been used by organizations such as the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Geographic News. He is a published researcher, a passionate science educator, and an avid outdoorsman.

Your Name: Elijah Goodwin

Title of Your Winning Image: Supermoon Eclipse, Tarrytown, NY, USA

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How did you get the image?

During the 2015 Supermoon Eclipse, I went to a dark athletic field at the top of a hill near my home. Using a telephoto lens, I photographed the eclipsing moon every 2 minutes. Later in Photoshop, I composited the moons in a spiral shape around an enlarged central moon.

What was special about this opportunity you had to capture the image?

The moon was moving so quickly, I had to reposition the camera every three or four exposures as it travelled across the frame. I also adjusted exposure periodically as the moon grew darker. Just after the eclipse reached totality, clouds rolled in and my photography was ended for the evening.

What equipment and camera settings were you using to capture the image?

Canon 7D body, Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens, tripod, and interval timer set for 2 minute increments. Exposures started at 1/40 second, f/22, ISO 100 for the full moon and 0.5 seconds, f/5.6, ISO 1000 at totality.

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How long have you been photographing and what, in particular, got you into nature photography?

I’ve been photographing since high school, but I had a long break during graduate school. I began digital photography after receiving my PhD in 2008. A father who was a naturalist and two uncles who were excellent photographers inspired me to pursue nature photography.

Describe your nature photography experience level and current status.

In addition to extensive field experience as an ornithologist, I now have over 10 years of intensive nature photography experience, mostly concentrated along the east coast of the United States. I’m currently an emerging semi-pro nature photographer, splitting my time with science education and field research.

How should people follow you or see more of your work?

If you’d like to see more of my work, please visit my website: or my blog You can also follow me on Instagram: @whimbrel_nature.

My NANPA Portfolio is: