National Geographic : 1997 Dec
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC nAssignment * TIGERS Hanging In There for a Job "I'm strong, I eat anything, and I work cheap," wrote Roy Toft to photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols. "Need an assistant?" Nick did, so Roy, an aspiring photographer who had impressed Nick while working at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, found himself dangling off a cliff in India. Roy (above, with camera) tests the setup for a leaping tiger shot, as a local man-standing in for the big cat-jumps to trip an infrared beam, triggering Nick's "camera trap." * AUSTRALIA BY BIKE The Outback in Focus Roped into herding sheep after his day's shooting was done, Ontario-born photographer R. Ian Lloyd (holding lamb) soon felt right at home with the Mac intosh family of Queensland. "They were such welcoming people," he says of the ranchers, but laments that "their sheep didn't respond so well to my Canadian accent." Ian followed in the footsteps-and tire tracks-of writer Roff Mar tin Smith. "At one point I was flat on my back on a trolley cart pulled by another bike, so I could look up at Roff and shoot while he rode. I mean, how many ways can you photograph a man on a bicycle?" asks Ian. "My job was to find out." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358)ISPUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517THST.N.W.,WASHINGTON,D.C . 20036-4688.$27.00A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D.C.,AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O.BOX63002, TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.