Image Needs Bulletin
Every quarter, we post a call for stock images for the following issue of Bay Nature. You can also check out our submission guidelines to receive these documents via email.
October-December 2013 Image Needs
Submission Deadline: July 29, 2013
Send submissions to: email@example.com
Here comes Bay Nature issue number 52! We’ve got the usual lineup of great stories, but also a rather unusual twist: This is my last issue as editorial director at Bay Nature. In fact, I have to clear out on July 30 to start a new job as project manager at Stamen Design, an SF-based online mapping and data visualization outfit. I’ll miss working with so many wonderful photographers and artists. Your dedication to capturing the beauty and dynamism of local habitats and wildlife is such a critical part of what makes Bay Nature possible and successful!
In this issue, we’re heading south to bring home the habitats and geology behind the ongoing news about a potential oil-boom in the Monterey Shale. We’ve also got stories about the coast at Point Arena, where a little-known offshore national monument is set to make landfall, and we look under the surface of the creeks, ponds, and lakes of the East Bay Regional Park District to meet the native freshwater fish that find refuge there. All that and more, awaiting great images!
The Monterey Shale: Habitat for an Oil Boom?
The Monterey Shale is a vast geological feature that spans much of Central California, from the Berkeley Hills all the way south to Bakersfield and beyond. It happens to contain the largest reservoir of shale oil in the Lower 48, and that oil might soon be economical to extract using “fracking” and other “extreme energy” methods. Our story will focus on Monterey and San Benito counties, and it will take the Bay Nature approach, giving readers the underlying story of the geology that has produced this oil-rich environment and the habitats of the region that will be impacted by efforts to extract the oil.
We’re working with an illustrator on maps, a habitat portrait, and a geology cutaway, but we’d love photos of the southern Salinas River Valley and the rugged hills and valleys south of the Pinnacles, around Lockwood and San Antonio Reservoir especially. We’re also focusing on the area south of the Panoche Valley and New Idria, where the BLM recently leased lands for drilling. Scenics of that area would be great, though not the ghost town/mercury mine, which might be too much of a distraction.
From either area, we definitely need at least a few good landscape shots with oil wells in them, such as the area around San Ardo. (Since fracking is minimally tracked in CA, we won’t be able to say if any particular wells are going to be fracked. That’s OK.)
We’d also like a few good photos of sensitive wildlife and plant species, preferably from the areas we’re focusing on:
- California condor (on blue or over interior hills, not obviously on the coast)
- San Joaquin kit fox
- blunt-nosed leopard lizard (we’ll also have this from our illustrator)
- giant kangaroo rat
- San Joaquin antelope squirrel
- California jewelflower (Caulanthus californicus, in bloom)
- San Joaquin woolly-threads (Monolopia congdonii)
- Hall’s tarplant (Deinandra halliana)
- pale yellow layia (Layia heterotricha)
Many of these species appear at Carizzo Plain as well. ID shots from there are fine, but for any expanses of flowers, they’d need to be from areas closer to Lockwood or the Panoche Valley, since Carizzo Plain is pretty distinctively its own place.
East Bay Parks: Freshwater Fish
Glen Martin takes us into the lesser-known nooks and crannies of East Bay creeks, ponds, and lakes, where native freshwater fish still hang on, even though it’s the salmon and steelhead that get the lion’s share of the attention, and nonnative invaders who dominate in the water.
For illustrators on the list, let us know if you have spot illustrations of any of the following species. For photographers, if you somehow have good shots of them, we’d love those too, though they’re probably few and far between!
- Rainbow trout
- California roach
- prickly sculpin
- Sacramento blackfish
- Sacramento hitch
- Sacramento perch
- Sacramento pikeminnows
- Sacramento suckers
- three-spine sticklebacks
- tule perch
For larger landscape shots, we’ll want to show Jewel Lake (where a river otters infamously ate some threatened Sacramento perch last year!), as well as Wildcat Creek, Alameda Creek in Sunol Regional Wilderness and in Niles Canyon, Quarry Lakes (where tule perch hang on), and one of the large reservoirs, such as Lake Del Valle.
On the Trail: Point Arena/Stornetta Lands
For our On the Trail installment, we’re headed a little farther north than usual, to Point Arena on the Mendocino coast, where the Trust for Public Land and others are about to seal the deal on a land purchase that will link of 3,300 acres of prime coastal bluffs, which then may soon become the only onshore portion of the little-known California Coastal National Monument.
The core of the story is the Stornetta Lands, where an offshore island is accessible at low tide, there’s good seal viewing, and you can see whales offshore at some times of the year. But we also talk about Manchester State Beach and the Garcia River, so shots of people at the beach and of the mouth of the river would be excellent.
We’ll also obviously want plenty of blue-sky shots of waves crashing on the shore, through blow holes, into pocket beaches and sinkholes, etc. We’ll also want to show the lighthouse in a strong establishing shot. In those cases, people in the frame would be great, both for content and scale.
And we’d like to have a shot that shows the landscape along the coast, including the rocky bluffs, the marine terrace where the town itself is located, and the ridge of the coast range behind. Aerials of the immediate area might also be helpful. From the geology buffs among you, photos of the folded layers of the Gualala Block would be great too.
For wildlife, shots of seals hauled out in this area would be great, as would any photos of humpbacks or gray whales clearly visible just offshore. Also: Ashy storm-petrels in flight (this could be from anywhere, since they are so rare but were recently seen here), black oystercatchers working the rocks, and any other masses of birds using the offshore rocks. On land, any wildlife you have actually photographed within the Stornetta Lands or Manchester Beach State Park.
Climate Change: Ocean Acidification
Our series on climate change returns to the ocean to review the latest research on the serious topic of acidification of our ocean waters. As the ocean waters absorb more atmospheric CO2, it is beginning to have a significant effect on the marine environment, including a large number of marine organisms. This article by Joe Eaton will look at some of the leading research on this topic being done by researchers at the Bodega Marine Lab (associated with UC Davis) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. And we’ll talk to the folks at Hog Island Oyster Company, to see how acidification will affect the oyster business.
We’ll be looking for shots from the two labs of their researchers in the field and in their labs; we don’t expect you to have those, but if you do, feel free to submit. We’d also like a shot of oysters being harvested in Tomales Bay, preferably but not necessarily by Hog Island. We’d also like to get some field (shoreline, really) shots of some of the marine and tidepool critters they are observing, including sea urchins, mussels, barnacles, and native oysters. And finally, it would SUPER to have some shots of these critters taken from underwater as well as exposed at low tide.
Signs of the Season
Ron Sullivan will bring us a tale of old man’s beard (both Usnea and Ramalinai species), so we’ll need a nice, fall or wintery-looking shot of this charismatic lichen on a deciduous oak or other local tree. We’d also consider a closer in shot, showing the intricate branching pattern made by these pendulous lichens.
All stories except Signs of the Season are candidates for cover treatments. As always, cover candidates need to have a portrait orientation, with room at the top of the image (about 1.5” to 2”) to put the “BAY NATURE”. The resolution has to be high enough to withstand blowing up to 8 1/2 x 11 inches (and remember, in blowing up a 35mm slide to 8.5 x 11, we have to lose image from the top and/or bottom to get the width to fill the frame). Of course, there should be good color and contrast and depth.
Deadlines, Formats, Shipping, etc.
We will be doing layout in August, so I would like to receive submissions by the end of the day on Monday, July 29. After that date, check to see if we are still accepting submissions.
Format: All electronic submissions should be low-resolution JPEGs (1 MB or less per file), sent to a NEW ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org. David and I will both receive those messages.
Links to online image galleries are also perfectly fine; ideally online galleries should allow download of a low-res comp (640 by 480 pixels or larger). All slides and transparencies should be sent to: Attn: Dan Rademacher, Bay Nature, 1328 – 6th Street, #2, Berkeley, CA 94710. Please do not send slides or CDs via FedEx using our account number without first getting our permission to do so! If possible, label all slides with your name and a brief caption.
If your image is selected for publication, we will need to get either an original slide or a high resolution scan (300-350 dpi at full size). We’ll want to receive final high-res files or slides by the end of the day on Monday, August 26. (Issue publication date will be October 1, 2013.)
Note: Publisher David Loeb will be handling permissions and high-res art this time around, so expect to hear from him during the week of August 19.
Payment: For those of you new to submitting to us, we like to say from the get-go that our art use rates are not high — from $50 for one-time inside use at a quarter page or less, up to $300 for the cover. The inside rates are negotiable for a photo that we really need with an article, but we always have to balance subject matter and image quality against cost. If that changes your feelings about submitting to us, we certainly understand. If not, we’ll be excited to see your work!
Shipment: A note on sending original artwork and transparencies: We do our utmost to secure all original artwork sent to us, and we are careful to send all such artwork by trackable FedEx or UPS. However, if such a trackable shipment should be lost or seriously damaged through no fault of ours — as has happened just once since we began publishing in 2001 — we cannot be held liable beyond any agreed-upon permission fee and the physical value of the media, or an additional amount agreed upon in advance. In certain cases, that may affect our ability to accept submissions.
Some photographers send us First Class postage-paid envelopes with submissions of original transparencies. We certainly appreciate the consideration and will use that postage if it is included. However, we don’t have the capacity to add insurance/trackability to stamped USPS mail. So such art will be returned via the supplied postage, without tracking. For all other submissions, we ship via trackable UPS Ground.
We know you put a lot of work into selecting images for the magazine and we really appreciate your willingness to do that; it is such an important part of the overall quality of Bay Nature. So thanks in advance for your submissions. We look forward to seeing them!
Dan Rademacher, Editorial Director
Posted: July 11, 2013