Nat Geo's Most Amazing Photos
Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 2016 summer Olympics, but before the athletes and spectators arrive, theres a lot of work to be done. Veteran National Geographic magazine photographer David Alan Harvey hits the ground running to reveal how this complex city known for both its lavish parties and dangerous neighborhoods is preparing for the worlds arrival and reinventing itself along the way.
National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry faces a once-in-a-lifetime challenge: after 75 years, Kodak has discontinued their Kodachrome 64 Slide Film, and Steve's been given the very last roll to document its retirement in just 36 frames. He travels from the streets of New York to Mumbai, India and then into remote farming villages in the heart of Rajasthan to capture portraits of a changing world on a film that will never be made again.
Underneath Paris is a world of mystery and darkness. We'll follow photographer Stephen Alvarez - renowned for his groundbreaking cave pictures - into the subterranean realm beneath Paris. It's a place filled with historic mysteries and modern danger, where historians study the roots of Paris, and where artists, writers, and revolutionaries have woven the plots of novels, rebellions, and more.
Nick Nichols has been photographing elephants for more than 20 years. Now, he faces his most emotional assignment yetphotographing orphaned elephants at the moment when they are most vulnerableimmediately after their parents have been killed by poachers. Nick works closely with the keepers at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who have made caring for these orphaned elephants their lifes work.
Ghosts of The Wild West+
More than 40 years ago, famed photographer Bill Allard fell in love with the American West. Now, on assignment for National Geographic magazine, he follows the path of the Hi-Line Railroad, which cuts across a thousand kilometers of northern Montana. He's there to track down the descendants of homesteaders who settled there a century ago to eke out a living despite the odds stacked against them. Along the way, we'll find out what connects Bill to this rugged landscape and why, at 73, he can't resist coming back again and again.
Photographer John Stanmeyer is on assignment for National Geographic magazine. Known for taking common subject matters and making them notable, John faces one of his most challenging assignments yet - "Sugar". Making the crystallized granule that most people consume daily interesting puts this photographer's skills to the test. John decides to delve deep into the heart of Haiti in search of sugar's use in Haitian Voodoo ceremonies. This is a subject matter with which he's unfamiliar and a religious practice rarely seen or witnessed by outsiders.
National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen is on assignment in the Arctic. We follow Paul as he braves the frigid waters off Greenland to photograph the unpredictable and dangerous Atlantic walrus. These giant mammals have rarely been photographed feeding on the ocean floor. Paul's challenge is to get close enough to capture the unique feeding habits of the walrus, while keeping a safe distance from their razor-sharp tusks.
Everyone's seen pictures of tigers and that leaves veteran big cat photographer Steve Winter with a problem - how do you photograph Bengal tigers in their natural habitat in a way that's never been seen before? To accomplish his mission, Steve travels to India with boxes of high-tech photographic equipment in an attempt to do just that.
Milan is a city thats hard to love. And yet its home to some of the most prominent art, fashion and history in the world. Photographer David Yoder is on assignment for National Geographic Traveler magazine to reveal the hidden side of Milan -- one of surprising beauty and nuance that only a true Milanese would know and most visitors dont often see.
What is it about the human face? Two of the world's most renowned photographers, Steve McCurry and Martin Schoeller reveal their secrets for capturing intimate portraits using very different shooting styles and lighting techniques. We'll follow along and learn from these masters how they find and photograph that one-in-a-million face.
In this episode, we meet photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols, who's earned a reputation as being a resourceful adventurer who always returns from the field with breathtaking images. But in the quiet forest of northern California, he faces a whole new challenge when he tries to photograph a single redwood tree. With a team of climbers and scientists, Nick creates a robotic dolly system that will carry his cameras 100 meters into the forest canopy and take nearly a hundred photographs that will be stitched together to form one single jaw-dropping image of a redwood tree from top to bottom.
Biologist and photographer Mark Moffett is on a globe-trekking quest for National Geographic magazine to document the worlds pollinators in action mammals, insects, and birds. Every third bite of food we eat is made possible by the subtle interplay between plants and animals, but pollinator numbers around the world seem to be in a precipitous decline. In Panama, Mark takes his camera into the jungle in search of fig wasps, a tiny midge that pollinates cacao the source of chocolate and the jewel-like orchid bees of Central America.
Wrecks To Reefs+
David Doubilet is a renowned photographer for National Geographic magazine. Join David on his quest to mine sunken warships for undersea photographic treasure as he tells the story of the artificial reefs off the East Coast of the United States. And he watches as the USS Vandenberg is dynamited and sent to the bottom of the ocean - with two of David's cameras aboard to capture the inrush of water on what will become the newest artificial reef. But will he get the shot?
Photographer Carsten Peter and lightning researcher Tim Samaras are chasing lightning storms in the North American Southwest on "Nat Geo's Most Amazing Photos: Lightning." Carsten's dual missions are to shoot pictures of lightning for National Geographic magazine and to photograph Samaras as he tries to capture scientifically valuable images of the process that occurs when an electrical strike from the ground meets a bolt from the sky. If successful, the men could take a ground-breaking photograph. But it is dangerous. Will they get the lightning or will the lightning get them?
We follow photographer Chris Rainier as he travels around the world, from India through Paraguay to Papua New Guinea, to face a crucial challenge, photographing the essence of language itself. Accompanied by two linguists, he photographs locals speaking a previously undocumented language on the northeast frontier of India, records a shaman ceremony in the Pantanal of Paraguay, and films the initiation dance of an indigenous tribe in Papua New Guinea. It's Chris's life-long objective to photograph the traditions of endangered cultures before they are lost forever but he knows time is running out. More than fifty percent of the world's 7,000 languages...
How do you photograph a ghost? That's the challenge for wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen. The Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia is the world's last big temperate rainforest. Black bears here have a genetic fluke that no others share: about one cub in ten is born white. Perhaps only a few hundred such bears exist. Paul's assignment is to bring back the most intimate portraits yet taken of a bear that few ever see: the ghosts of the forest.
Renowned underwater photographer Brian Skerry is known for not only taking stunning images, but for bringing important environmental issues to the general public's attention. Despite this experience, he's not prepared for what he finds on his latest assignment for National Geographic magazine, when he travels to a remote corner of the planet to photograph "pristine" coral reefs in the Phoenix Islands. He arrives to find hectares of dead coral - the result of increased water temperatures due to a recent El Niño event. With just over a week to document the area through photographs, Brian is unsure what story he'll be able to tell, until - amidst...
Veteran photojournalist Ed Kashi delves deep into Pakistan's Punjab region to create a portrait far from the rigid and militant image seen by much of the Western world. From the ancient zeal of a Shiite ceremony where devotion is reflected through pain, to the trendy Gun Smoke restaurant where locals speak English and eat burgers, Ed's images capture the Pakistan of today.
The Maori of New Zealand are performing a balancing act: honoring their past, while still living in the present.3 Photographer Amy Toensing is renowned for her ability to capture intimate moments from everyday life.4 Her latest assignment for National Geographic magazine takes her to New Zealand to create a portrait of what it means to be Maori today. Shell journey from the streets of Auckland5 to the shores of Waitangi6. But understanding a different culture can take time will Amy "get it" in time to get the shot?
Shaolin Kung Fu+
National Geographic magazine sends American photojournalist Fritz Hoffmann to the Henan province of China to document the ancient practice of Shaolin Kung Fu. Movie stars like Jet Li, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan helped make Shaolin Kung Fu world famous. On this assignment, Fritz attempts to capture the contrast between the traditional aspects of Shaolin and the modern commercial features that help make it a global brand today.