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How I Got the Shot: Lori A. Cash

By May 30, 2022No Comments

Artist’s statement

As a conservation photographer and storyteller, I want to inspire and educate others about the beauty of the natural world and to advocate for the protection of our environment and wildlife. My unique style of photographing wildlife involves capturing my subjects in a way that will draw viewers in and showcase the inherent majesty and spirit of those species. In late summer 2020, I visited the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia, looking for frogs that inhabit the ponds. This American bullfrog was hanging out underneath a pine tree next to a small pond. While there, my vision to bring common species into the spot light prompted me to focus on the frogs I found at or around the pond. By the end of the session, I had created this image of American Bullfrog Sitting on Pine Needles which was selected as a Top 250 image in NANPA’s 2022 Showcase Competition and in the 2022 Expressions journal.

How I got the shot

That day, I walked over to an area near a little pond and underneath some trees. It’s a place where a variety of frogs are known to hang out. On this particular morning, I found this one American bullfrog sitting outside the pond on a layer of pine needles, which provided wonderful contrast to the frog’s green and mottled coloring. With my camera and lens in hand, I quickly and quietly positioned myself to the side of where the bullfrog sat. Slowly, I lowered myself to the ground at a respectable distance from the bullfrog, so as not to disturb it. Once in a prone position, using the ground as a stabilizing support, I focused on my subject, allowing my low position to create eye contact between myself and the frog. Since I was in  low light conditions, I used a very shallow depth of field. That allowed me to not only bring in as much light as I could but also to create an image with pleasing bokeh in both the foreground and background. It set my subject in its environment without clutter and provided an unusual and intimate image of an American bullfrog.

What I used

Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera with Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens, handheld against the ground. My camera settings were 1/20 second, f/8, ISO 800.

American Bullfrog Sitting on Pine Needles, Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia, 2022 Showcase Top 250, Macro/Micro/All Other © Lori A Cash

Photo of Lori A. Cash with a camera in front of a body of water lined with trees.

About me

I am a wildlife and nature conservation photographer and storyteller from Virginia. Through my conservation storytelling and photography, I want to inspire and educate others about the beauty of our natural world and to advocate for the protection of our environment and wildlife.

I am a partner photographer with Wild Virginia which is an environmental conservation organization that protects and connects Virginia’s wild lands and waters. In addition, I serve as a member of the communication team for Wild Virginia. Currently, I am working on a conservation photography project on the Virginia Wildlife Corridors and Crossings with Wild Virginia and Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative.

NANPA and me

In 2020, I rejoined NANPA as a member. In the NANPA 2022 Showcase Competition, I had an image place in the Top 250.

Learn more

Website: loriacash.com
Instagram:  @lacashphoto
Facebook: @LoriACash
Twitter: @LoriACash
Linkedin: Lori A Cash