Evil Genius, A Netflix Documentary About the Macabre Plot Behind the Pennsylvania Pizza Bomber

The Netflix documentary Evil Genius by brothers Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass tell the bizarre true story of the Erie, Pennsylvania “Pizza Bomber“, pizza delivery man Brian Wells who literally blew up while in police custody for bank robbery. As it turns out, someone had locked a bomb around Wells’ neck and sent him on a criminal scavenger hunt in search of the key. Unfortunately, Wells was caught and could not convince the police that he was locked to a ticking bomb. After the incident, police began investigating as to who was behind this incredibly macabre plot. The series documents the progress of the investigation, the mysterious couple involved and whether or not Wells was involved in his own demise.

2:28 PM. August 28, 2003. A man walks into a bank with a bomb locked around his neck. This is a true story…EVIL GENIUS will shed new light on the true story of the “pizza bomber” and the people who might have gotten away with masterminding America’s most diabolical bank heist. This baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza man who robs a bank with a bomb around his neck — and gets weirder from there

Evil Genius premieres on Netflix May 11, 2018.

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National Parks, Monuments, Forests And Public Lands Assignment Winner Denis Dessoliers

 National Parks, Monuments, Forests And Public Lands Assignment Winner Denis Dessoliers
Photo By Denis Dessoliers

Congratulations to Denis Dessoliers for winning the recent National Parks, Monuments, Forests and Public Lands assignment with the image, “Line on the Sand,” which was shot at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

See more of Denis Dessoliers’ photography on Flickr.

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Photo Of The Day By Jon Berndt

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Morning on Pelican Creek” by Jon Berndt. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Photo By Jon Berndt

Today’s Photo Of The Day is Morning on Pelican Creek” by Jon Berndt. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

“Morning fog shrouds trees on Pelican Creek, north of Lake Yellowstone,” says Berndt.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Playtime With Momma

Grizzly bear with her cubs of the year, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Photo By Jennifer Leigh Warner

Anytime that I can get an opportunity to photograph a family dynamic of animals in the wild, I jump at the chance. I was delighted in June of last year to learn through social media that there were two grizzly bear sows in Grand Teton National Park that had emerged with two cubs of the year each.

After getting this exciting news, I jumped into my car and drove the 951 miles from San Jose, California, to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Although I knew that the bears had been seen in the park, I was at a bit of a loss on where to begin searching for them. I had learned of the bears through social media, so I returned to the web and crowd-sourced my information. I had hoped by reaching out to the hundreds of photographers I am friends with on Facebook that I might get one or two who had some insight on a grizzly bear location. What I didn’t expect was the outreach of photographers, all of whom had a love for these bears and were not only willing to share the location of the last place they had seen them but also gave me detailed maps and even messaged me minute-by-minute updates on what was going on in the area.

I arrived on Pilgrim Creek Road in Grand Teton National Park and was stunned by the beautiful yellow and purple wildflowers that carpeted the landscape. I stared out into the wildflowers, willing a bear family to become the central characters in this magical landscape. As if on cue, grizzly bear 793, also known as “Blondie,” emerged from the woods with two bear cubs in tow. She led her cubs through the wildflowers and, as if to show off her pride and joy, began to play with them right in front of me. I photographed this tender moment that she shared with her cubs before she made her way across the field and back into the woods.

Ten days after I photographed this once-in-a-lifetime shot, Blondie and her cubs receded into the woods and out of sight of the watchful eye of park visitors. That same month, the U.S. Department of the Interior removed the Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears from federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Because of this, bears like Blondie who often wander outside of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks could fall victim to trophy hunting. OP

See more of Jennifer Leigh Warner’s work at experiencewildlife.com.

Canon EOS 5DS, Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD at 600mm. Exposure: 1/1250 sec., ƒ/6.3, ISO 3200.

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Wildlife Family Portraits

Wildlife Family Portraits

Regardless of the subject, there are basic photographic guidelines that govern the success of an image. Applying these guidelines to any and all subjects makes transitioning from one to another a bit easier. Whether it’s a tall building or a close up of a bee on a flower, the light, camera angle, aperture, ISO and more need to be taken into consideration to produce a good photo. Many rules of traditional family portraiture apply to wildlife family portraits—stagger the heads and don’t overlap faces, turn subjects to show their best features, avoid placing subjects in an unflattering pose, work with good light, wait for an emotional expression, don’t squish your subjects together and work in areas with clean backgrounds are just some factors that need to be addressed to get a great wildlife photograph.

Wildlife Family Portraits

Traditional portrait photographers can control the position of each subject to create the best composition. Wildlife photographers don’t have this luxury. We have to rely on a bit of serendipity and luck and hope the animals position themselves into a pleasing arrangement. We also have to hope that when the above falls into place, each animal looks in a direction that benefits the outcome of the photo. Patience is a virtue, persistence is mandatory and acceptance of events not unfolding in the desired way is required.

Wildlife Family Portraits

Spring is a good time to photograph young if you want to capture newborns. Most animals give birth during this season. If you live near a local park that has water, chances are there will be nesting waterfowl. Baby ducks and geese are wonderful subjects. They often interact with one of the adults in addition to playing with each other. Make it a project to document them as often as possible to show their progression from young downy chicks to when they take on adult features. Going back numerous times is encouraged, as no two days will ever be the same in regard to how they’ll interact and where they’ll be.

Summer and fall are good times to work the big mammal babies. Smaller animals lose their young look too soon. Species like elk, deer, bison, bear, big horns, etc., maintain their cuteness factor for months. Bears are still adorable early the next season. National parks are great locations to look for bigger animals, but be sure you adhere to the guidelines set forth by the parks department that dictate how close you can get to each species. Autumn is a great time to capture wildlife family portraits if the animal is in an area of deciduous trees and changing ground cover. The hues of fall that become a backdrop are spectacular. Think about using a wide angle to take in the environment. Quite often, an environmental image that includes the animals is better than a close-up shot of the group in tight.

Wildlife Family Portraits

In the photos that accompany this week’s tip, note how the guidelines listed in paragraph one apply. Make a list of these guidelines and take them into the field the next time you head out to do some wildlife photography. It’s a lot easier to photograph a single animal than it is to capture a nice family portrait. Challenge yourself to go to the next level and strive to get that one shot where everything falls into place. You’ll experience a feeling that can only be had by acquiring a perfect wildlife family portrait.

Visit www.russburdenphotography.com for information about his nature photography tours and safari to Tanzania.

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