National Geographic : 2011 Feb
INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOS: DAVID COVENTRY TOP ; ROBERT CLARK BIRDS NG BOOKS Few landscapes on Earth remain as pristine as Alaska's 40,000-square- mile Bristol Bay watershed. Discover its great beauty in Hidden Alaska, written by Dave Atcheson and featuring more than 80 photographs ---from panoramic landscapes to portraits of native people and wildlife---by National Geographic photographer Michael Melford. Find it in bookstores February 15 ($24). ON THE RADIO Skeletal remains and cataphiles weren't the only company that photographer Stephen Alvarez kept while working on this month's feature about the Paris under- ground. He was also joined by NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden and assisted by a fixer from the Geographic's French edition. On Sunday, January 30, learn even more about the story when Lyden shares her perspective on NPR's Weekend Edition. • Society Updates ON ASSIGNMENT Brightas aFeather The setting (above) looks almost comical: Is that parrot giving photographer Robert Clark a headache? No. In fact, Clark, who shot this issue's "Evolution of Feathers," was dead serious as he photographed the bird in his Brooklyn, New York, studio using a strobe fitted with an attachment that changed the light to ultraviolet (result at far left). Clark used the UV setup to show how birds, capable of seeing in that spectrum, perceive themselves and others. But "UV can cause damage to the human eye," he says, "so that's why I'm not looking as I'm firing the strobe packs." Rob Clark turns away from his camera as he photographs a bird.