ARE CADBURY CREME EGGS GETTING SMALLER?

Slightly off topic but are Cadbury’s using tiny chickens to lay their Creme Eggs now.  I’m sure they used to be bigger?

Are Cadbury's Creme Eggs getting smaller? © Dan Callister

Are Cadbury’s Creme Eggs getting smaller? © Dan Callister

Read more.. Friday, March 27th, 2015

THE COVER OF THE NFPA JOURNAL, BREEZY POINT, QUEENS

A photograph I took during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy at Breezy Point in Queens, New York is used as the front cover of  the National Fire Protection Association Journal’s April edition.

National Fire Protection Association Journal

National Fire Protection Association Journal © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Thursday, March 26th, 2015

‘HULK’ THE WORLD’S BIGGEST PIT BULL!

I had the pleasure of photographing ‘Hulk’ the world’s largest pit bull weighing in at 175lbs and still growing. He’s a handsome dog with an amazing temperament…..just don’t piss him off.  The weather was a frigid -14 degrees celsius in New Hampshire but we managed to get a couple of nice images despite the tight UK deadline, the cold weather and the exhaustion from his new found fame!!

Hulk, the world's biggest pit bull!l © Dan Callister

Hulk, the world’s biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

Lisa and Jordan © Dan Callister

Lisa and Jordan of Dark Dynasty K9’s with Hulk © Dan Callister

The world's biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

The world’s biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

Hulk takes the writer for a walk! © Dan Callister

Hulk takes the writer for a walk! © Dan Callister

Hulk the world's biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

Hulk the world’s biggest pit bull © Dan Callister

Published Article © Dan Callister

Published Article © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Saturday, March 7th, 2015

INSIDE AMERICA’S TOUGHEST JAIL

I’ve been on the road for the past week or so in Arizona and was assigned to photograph Sheriff Joe Apaio’s notorious Tent City Jail in Maricopa County. We had full access to photograph Tent City, the inmates and the chain gangs out in the field including burial detail.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio, calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff”. His infamy comes from his tough stance on crime and the criminals involved. He does not think twice about putting women prisoners in chain gangs and forces male prisoners to wear pink underwear under their black-and-white-striped jail uniforms.   “Tent City” lacks even basic air conditioning, temperatures regularly top 130 degrees, causing heat-related health issues amongst its jail population. The Sheriff once boasted that he spends more feeding his police dogs than he does on feeding his prisoners: “The dogs never committed a crime and they work for a living,” he said to justify the poor quality of the food served in his jails.

Sheriff Joe Apaio © Dan Callister

Sheriff Joe Apaio © Dan Callister

Chain Gang © Dan Callister

Chain Gang © Dan Callister

Sheriff's Detention Officer, Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

Sheriff’s Detention Officer, Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

The Infamous Vacancy sign, Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

The Infamous Vacancy sign on the main guard tower, Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

Inmates during downtime © Dan Callister

Inmates during downtime © Dan Callister

Female chain gang leave for burial detail © an Callister

A female chain gang leave’s for burial detail © Dan Callister

Chain gang burial detail © Dan Callister

A chain gang burial © Dan Callister

A moment of silence at the burial © Dan Callister

A moment of silence at the funeral © Dan Callister

The guard tower overlooking Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

The guard tower overlooking Tent City Jail © Dan Callister

 

For more pictures, please go to the America’s Toughest Jail gallery

Read more.. Saturday, February 28th, 2015

INTERNATIONAL UFO CONGRESS CONVENTION

I’m here in Arizona to cover The International UFO Congress Convention in Scottsdale. The convention is a fascinating event and there are some interesting and colorful characters here, all with a story to tell…. A believer or not, you will be entertained!

International UFO Congress  © Dan Callister

International UFO Congress © Dan Callister

Grey Aliens © Dan Callister

Grey Aliens © Dan Callister

Derrel 'The Alien Hunter' Sims © Dan Callister

Derrel ‘The Alien Hunter’ Sims © Dan Callister

A Grey Alien © Dan Callister

A Grey Alien © Dan Callister

Physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman © Dan Callister

Physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman © Dan Callister

UFO Congress Convention © Dan Callister

UFO Congress Convention © Dan Callister

Read more.. Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

MAYBE A SIGN OF SPRING IN NEW YORK?

I saw these birds in Central Park as I was passing through and saw the first sign of some snowdrops (Galanthus) this year.  Hoping for some warmer weather here on the East Coast, this winter just won’t end…

A female house sparrow with some snow drops in Central Park © Dan Callister

A female house sparrow (Passer domesticus) with some snowdrops in Central Park today © Dan Callister

Birds in Central Park as the recent snowfall February 11, 2015 starts to thaw in Central Park

A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) snacking on worms in Central Park © Dan Callister

A female Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Copyright Dan Callister

A female Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Copyright Dan Callister

Birds in Central Park as the recent snowfall February 11, 2015 starts to thaw in Central Park

A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) filling his boots on grubs © Dan Callister

 

 

Read more.. Thursday, February 12th, 2015

THE VALUE OF PHOTOJOURNALISM

An interesting video published by the National Press Photographers Association on the true value of having photographers on staff……..

Read more.. Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

NOW ON INSTAGRAM

Finally relented and joined the Instagram…..

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Read more.. Monday, January 19th, 2015

HOUSE SPARROWS TAKING A BATH

I saw a pair of house sparrows bathing in a stream the other day. It looked like something you would see in early spring not the beginning of January!

House Sparrows near a stream © Dan Callister

House Sparrows near a stream © Dan Callister

A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) bathes in a shallow pool January 02, 1015 in Manhattan, New York, USA

A breeding pair of House Sparrows bathing © Dan Callister

A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) bathes in a shallow pool January 02, 1015 in Manhattan, New York, USA

A male House Sparrow bathing © Dan Callister

A House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) bathes in a shallow pool January 02, 1015 in Manhattan, New York, USA

A female House Sparrow take’s a bath © Dan Callister

A male House Sparrow takes a dip © Dan Callister

A male House Sparrow takes a dip © Dan Callister

A pair of House Sparrows bathe in a stream © Dan Callister

A pair of House Sparrows bathe in a stream © Dan Callister

Read more.. Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AT SUNSET

I needed a few images to mark the end of 2014 and managed to score a nice sunset behind the Statue of Liberty….Best wishes for the coming New Year…….Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!

The Statue of Liberty at sunset © Dan Callister

The Statue of Liberty at sunset © Dan Callister

Lady Liberty at sunset © Dan Callister

Lady Liberty at sunset © Dan Callister

Seagulls with the Statue of Liberty © Dan Callister

Seagulls (Laridae) with the Statue of Liberty © Dan Callister

The Statue of Liberty © Dan Callister

The Statue of Liberty © Dan Callister

Lady Liberty, New York Harbor © Dan Callister

Lady Liberty, New York Harbor © Dan Callister

Read more.. Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

ANOTHER YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE……

It has been a strange old year with a real mixture of assignments. I met some amazing people along the way and was lucky enough to be sent to Uruguay, Chile, South Africa, Wales, a few other places and of course Staten Island. I’ve posted a few images from some of the various jobs that I was assigned over the past twelve months. Hopefully 2015 will be a good year for all. Wishing everyone Happy Holiday’s, a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Angus and Charlie © Dan Callister

My nephews Angus and Charlie in NYC © Dan Callister

Alexis' first football coach Alberto Toledo© Dan Callister

Alexis Sanchez’s first football coach Alberto Toledo in Tocopillar, Chile © Dan Callister

Tamara Mellon in New York © Dan Callister

Fashion mogul Tamara Mellon in New York © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals, South Africa © Dan Callister

Chaplain Mike Lawrence © Dan Callister

Civil War Chaplain Mike Lawrence © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea, South Africa © Dan Callister

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Lifestyle writer Ruby Warrington in the studio © Dan Callister

The look of surprise on this unfortunate fish © Dan Callister

An egret captures lunch © Dan Callister

Singer-songwriter Sam Smith in New York © Dan Callister

British Singer Sam Smith in New York © Dan Callister

Baby Gorilla © Dan Callister

A baby gorilla gazes into his mothers eyes © Dan Callister

Baby Anna © Dan Callister

Baby Anna and her new toothy pegs! © Dan Callister

The New York skyline with the Freedom Tower © Dan Callister

The New York skyline with the newly completed One World Trade Center  © Dan Callister

The 25th Annual Neshaminy State Park Civil War reenactment April 05, 2014 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Civil War reenactor Keith Kauffman © Dan Callister

Civil War reenactor Larry Burger © Dan Callister

Civil War reenactor Larry Burger © Dan Callister

Jonathan Powell © Dan Callister

Civil war drummer boy Jonathan Powell © Dan Callister

An African Penguin makes his way home after a day at sea © Dan Callister

An African Penguin makes his way home after a long day at sea © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

An Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

A car explodes on First Avenue  © Dan Callister

A car explodes on First Avenue © Dan Callister

 

 

Read more.. Sunday, December 21st, 2014

ON A ROOFTOP WITH SINGER-SONGWRITER SAM SMITH

Singer-songwriter Sam Smith December 12, 2014 in Manhattan, New York, USA

Sam Smith in New York City © Dan Callister

I was recently assigned to do a portrait of singer-songwriter Sam Smith.  We had very limited time to photograph Sam, something close to five minutes before he headed to Madison Square Garden for a concert with Taylor Swift. We needed something that put Sam in New York, so we scouted a location on the roof, of which Sam was game despite it being more than a little chilly outside, brass balls to be exact! I ended up shooting it on a 100mm lens, to compress the background with a  shallow depth of field. Two lights were used, one with a medium softbox to light Sam and the other light from behind with a grid to give him some separation from the darker background.

This is the actual location © Dan Callister

This is the actual location with the lighting set-up © Dan Callister

Sam Smith © Dan Callister

Sam Smith in Manhattan © Dan Callister

Read more.. Sunday, December 14th, 2014

ETHAN SCORES THE WINNING TRY FOR YSGOL BRYNHYFRYD

Ethan Plumb scored the winning try for my old high school Ysgol Brynhyfryd against Ysgol y Berwyn. Nice one Ethan!

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/video-denbighshire-schoolboys-winning-try-8266255

Read more.. Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

THE MANY FACES OF AN ALPHA SNOW MONKEY

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Alpha Male Snow Monkey © Dan Callister

Read more.. Friday, December 5th, 2014

SOME NEW EDITED SPORTRAITS POSTED TO THE WEBSITE

Here are some sportrait images that I actually shot of Bill absolutely ages ago but have just finally edited and uploaded them to the SPORTRAITS gallery on the website…….

Street Hockey player Bill Robles © Dan Callister

Street Hockey player Bill Robles © Dan Callister

Street Hockey player Bill Robles © Dan Callister

Street Hockey player Bill Robles © Dan Callister

Behind the scenes © Dan Callister

A behind the scenes of the Bill Robles portrait session © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

JOHN WAYNE BOBBITT INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT, BUFFALO, NEW YORK

John Wayne Bobbitt, Niagara Falls © Dan Callister

John Wayne Bobbitt, Niagara Falls © Dan Callister

John is understood to have been driving to his brother’s house in Buffalo, New York on Tuesday when a driver jumped a red light and ploughed into his pick-up truck. The former U.S. Marine achieved worldwide notoriety in 1993 when his then wife Lorena used an eight inch carving knife to cut off his penis as punishment for what she said were repeated beatings. John is believed to have suffered a broken vertebrae and slipped disc in his back during the crash, his injuries are not thought to be life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.

 

Read more.. Thursday, November 13th, 2014

VETERANS DAY

Remembering all of those who gave service to their country © Dan Calister

The Stars and Stripes with the POW*MIA flag © Dan Callister

Remembering all of those who gave service to their country and those missing in action.

A Poppy commemorating Remembrance Sunday © Dan Callister

A Poppy commemorating Remembrance Sunday © Dan Callister

Read more.. Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

A VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER

One World Trade Center © Dan Callister

One World Trade Center © Dan Callister

It was a huge privilege to be invited to go up to the nearly completed Observatory floor at the top of One World Trade Center with writer Annette Witheridge.  Having sadly covered the September 11 attacks and witnessing first hand the collapse of both of the twin towers, it was a strange feeling but a good one being at the top of the new tower. It’s an amazing piece of architecture and a fitting memorial to all of those, who lost their lives on that fateful day.

The South Tower reflection pool © Dan Callister

The South Tower reflection pool © Dan Callister

A view of the Statue of Liberty from 1 World Trade Center © Dan Callister

A view of the Statue of Liberty from One World Trade Center © Dan Callister

A view from the nearly completed Observatory, 1 World Trade Center © Dan Callister

A view from the nearly completed Observatory, One World Trade Center © Dan Callister

A view of 1 World Trade Center from Brooklyn © Dan Callister

A view of One World Trade Center from Brooklyn © Dan Callister

 

 

 

Read more.. Sunday, November 9th, 2014

A SPORTRAIT OF MY TAE KWON DO NEPHEW’S IN NEW YORK CITY

Angus and Charlie © Dan Callister

Angus and Charlie © Dan Callister

My nephew’s Charlie and Angus are over here visiting from the UK. They are both avid Tae Kwon Do enthusiasts and will soon be black belts. So I wanted to do a quick sportrait and some action shots of them to go with a photograph I took of them both a few years ago, back in Wales.

Angus and Charlie © Dan Callister

Angus and Charlie © Dan Callister

Charlie and Angus © Dan Callister

Charlie and Angus © Dan Callister

Angus and Charlie © Dan Callister

Angus and Charlie © Dan Callister

Behind the scenes © Dan Callister

Behind the scenes © Mason

Read more.. Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

ACTOR MICHAEL SHEEN, OBE READS DYLAN THOMAS

 

Actor Michael Sheen as Dylan Thomas © Dan Callister

Actor Michael Sheen as Dylan Thomas © Dan Callister

I was assigned to photograph actor Michael Sheen, OBE reading from the centenary edition of ‘The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas’ edited by Swansea University’s Professor John Goodby at Bauman Rare Books on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York.

Actor Michael Sheen © Dan Callister

Actor Michael Sheen reads Dylan Thomas © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

KODAK FILM IN THE FRIDGE

In the good old days, we used to store film in the fridge and apparently I still do.  Cleaning out the fridge the other day I came across these old rolls of 35mm black and white film.  I haven’t the heart to throw them out despite them being out of date and not shooting a roll of film since 2005……….

Black and white film in the fridge © Dan Callister

Black and white film in the fridge © Dan Callister

Read more.. Saturday, October 25th, 2014

A PORTRAIT OF BABY ANNA IN CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK

Baby Anna in Central Park © Dan Callister

Baby Anna in Central Park © Dan Callister

I just recently photographed my friend’s James and Trish’s baby in Central Park.  Anna is only eight months old, loves to show off her new toothy pegs and was brilliant in front of the camera!!

Baby Anna © Dan Callister

Baby Anna © Dan Callister

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Behind the scenes © James

 

 

Read more.. Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

A PORTRAIT OF JIMMY CHOO CO-FOUNDER TAMARA MELLON, OBE

Tamara Mellon in New York © Dan Callister

Tamara Mellon in New York © Dan Callister

I was recently assigned to photograph Tamara Mellon, OBE at her penthouse apartment on the Upper Eastside in Manhattan, New York.  Her penthouse is up for sale, it could be yours for a cool $34,000,000 dollars! Tamara is the former Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo, a luxury designer shoe brand. She stepped down from the company in November 2011 after its acquisition by Labelux. In 2013, Tamara announced the creation of  TAMARA MELLON, a luxury fashion line offering a full range of clothing apparel, shoes and handbags. The brand launched in November 2013 with a select group of  high-end retail partners in Europe and the USA.

Read more.. Saturday, October 11th, 2014

A PORTRAIT OF MOBSTER HENRY HILL IN NEW YORK

Mobster Henry Hill © Dan Callister

Mobster Henry Hill © Dan Callister

I flicked on the TV and saw that the Martin Scorsese movie ‘Goodfellas’ was on.  I was instantly reminded of the day my brother Jack and I spent with Henry Hill, visiting his old haunts in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Henry was definitely a character, no longer with us but his notoriety lives on!

Henry Hill in Brooklyn © Dan Callister

Henry Hill in Brooklyn © Dan Callister

Read more.. Saturday, October 4th, 2014

PIERS MORGAN JOINS MAIL ONLINE’S OPERATION IN THE US

Piers Morgan in Central Park, New York © Dan Callister

Piers Morgan in Central Park, New York © Dan Callister

Piers Morgan, former CNN talkshow host, has been appointed editor-at-large of Mail Online’s US operation. The British journalist, who parted company with CNN after his primetime talkshow was cancelled, will write for the Daily Mail’s US website several times a week. Mail Online said Morgan ‘would bring his own experience and perspective to bear on the big US stories of the moment’  Piers will continue contributing a weekly column to the Mail on Sunday newspaper and hosting Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on ITV in the UK. Morgan described Mail Online as an “addictive pleasure” and the “most successful and dynamic platform in the world of news”…………

Piers Morgan, is a British journalist, television host, and former television talent competition judge currently working in the United States.

Piers Morgan in Central Park © Dan Callister

Read more.. Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

NEW CAMPAIGN TO STRENGTHEN THE HUNTING ACT IN THE UK

The continued problem of illegal fox hunting using dogs in the UK has again become the focus of many animal welfare charities.  The lack of policing, enforcement and prosecution is proving to be a hotly debated topic amongst Members of Parliament, celebrities like Patrick Stewart and a concerned British public.

Read more.. Sunday, September 28th, 2014

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN – THE THIRTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11

Remembering the fallen on the thirteenth anniversary.  It’s amazing how quickly time passes by but for many it only feels like yesterday the towers fell. The pain of losing someone never ending…

The New York skyline with the Freedom Tower © Dan Callister

The New York skyline with the Freedom Tower © Dan Callister

Battalion Chief Steve Sullivan remembers fallen comrades © Dan Callister

Battalion Chief Steve Sullivan remembers fallen comrades © Dan Callister

Lieutenant Jerry Reilly remembers © Dan Callister

Lieutenant Jerry Reilly with the photograph taken of him on the day of the attacks © Dan Callister

Remembering those who never came home © Dan Callister

343 FDNY  – Remembering those who never came home © Dan Callister

 

The Fire Department of New York in addition to the 343 firefighters who died on the day of the attacks, a further 89 have died from illness over recent years and many others continue to fight poor health.

Read more.. Thursday, September 11th, 2014

WORK FEATURED ON WELSH PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITE GWEAD

Some of my work has just been featured on Welsh photography website GWEAD  It’s nice to be featured on a Welsh website, makes me feel homesick though…Diolch Rhodri!!

Work featured on Gwead.com

Work featured on Gwead.com

If you are interested and would like to see more, click HERE

Read more.. Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

A GREAT EGRET FISHING IN CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK

Walking through Central Park yesterday, I saw an egret stalking in the pond at the southeastern corner of the park. The look of surprise on this poor fish said it all!

The look of surprise on this unfortunate fish © Dan Callister

The look of surprise on this poor unfortunate fish © Dan Callister

Game Over! © Dan Callister

Game Over! © Dan Callister

Read more.. Thursday, August 14th, 2014

THE PASSING OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

Robin Williams (2006) © Dan Callister

Robin Williams (2006) © Dan Callister

Robin Williams was a comedic genius, a true talent.  A sad day for anyone that enjoyed his films or stand-up routine.  There are very few greats and he was one of them.  Hopefully he has found peace and will have everyone around him upstairs in stitches……….

Read more.. Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

URUGUAY, CHILE AND THEN SOUTH AFRICA…..

It has been a busy three weeks starting with an assignment in Uruguay, followed by a feature on Arsenal’s new signing Alexis Sanchez in Tocopilla, Chile and then a trip to South Africa to photograph Great White’s.  It’s nice to be busy, especially in this climate where newspapers and magazines are concerned. If only the print media would invest in quality features again, instead of filling the pages with garbage from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram……

Anyway I was sent to Tocopilla in Chile, the birthplace of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal’s new star signing to do a background feature.  There are less than 25,000 inhabitants in Tocopilla, it attracted global attention for being the town in Chile that was most devastated in 2007 by an earthquake that reached 7.7 on the Richter Scale. It displaced over 15,000 people and destroyed 30 per cent of all standing structures including the school where Alexis attended.

Alexis returns each Christmas to ride through the streets alongside the mayor Fernando San Roman in an open top float to give out Christmas presents to local children.  On his visit last December, a street was renamed in his honour following a vote by local residents.  The road that was once ‘Cuarta Poniente’ now bears the name ‘Alexis Sanchez’.  The significance being that Alexis took his first footballing steps on the ‘Cancha Lazareto’ pitch along this road.  It is just around the corner from the family home….

Alexis' brother Umberto outside their childhood home © Dan Callister

Alexis’ brother Umberto outside their childhood home in Tocopilla, Chile © Dan Callister

Alexis Alejandro Sánchez (born 19 December 1988) July 15, 2014 is a Chilean footballer who plays for Arsenal in the Premier League and the Chilean national team as a forward, most commonly in the right wing position.

The Sanchez family home in Tocopilla, Chile, © Dan Callister

Alexis as a child footballer, fourth from left © Dan Callister

Alexis as a child footballer, fourth from left © Dan Callister

A view of Tocopilla, Chile © Dan Callister

A view of Tocopilla, Chile © Dan Callister

Alexis' first football coach Alberto Toledo© Dan Callister

Alexis’ first football coach Alberto Toledo © Dan Callister

Street re-named Alexis Sanchez © Dan Callister

The street that was re-named Alexis Sanchez © Dan Callister

Published feature © Dan Callister

Published feature © Dan Callister

Read more.. Saturday, August 9th, 2014

AFRICAN PENGUINS AT BOULDERS BEACH, SOUTH AFRICA

An African penguin stumbles on a rock © Dan Callister

An African Penguin stumbles on a rock on his way home © Dan Callister

I managed to sneak away and photograph the African Penguins at Boulders Beach, during my recent trip to South Africa.  They are great fun to observe and to photograph…each having their own unique personality. It has been another great trip to SA but unfortunately it has passed so quickly….back to New York now…

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

A cautionary warning sign © Dan Callister

African Penguins at Sea © Dan Callister

African Penguins at Sea © Dan Callister

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

Returning back from Sea © Dan Callister

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

I wish I could fly © Dan Callister

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

Admiring the view as the sunset’s over False Bay © Dan Callister

The end of another trip © Dan Callister

Sadly, the end of another trip © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Thursday, August 7th, 2014

SHARK BITE, MUIZENBERG BEACH, FALSE BAY, SOUTH AFRICA

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

There were a couple of predation events at Seal Island today and it appears the sharks are slowly re-appearing after a short absence from the Island.  Unfortunately a twenty year old surfer was bitten by a white shark whilst surfing at Muizenberg Beach in False Bay and was airlifted to hospital this afternoon.

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

A Great White breaching © Dan Callister

A Great White breaching © Dan Callister

Shark incident in Muizenberg

Rescue | 01. Aug, 2014 |

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach. The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.

NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.

NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.

On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.

The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

He was assisted out of the water by his friend.

At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.

Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.

The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye-witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.

 

Shark warning flag flies over Muizenburg Beach © Dan Callister

Shark warning flags at Muizenberg Beach after the white shark encounter © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Friday, August 1st, 2014

A SHARK PREDATION PICTURE FROM SEAL ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICA

We are having some quiet time here at Seal Island as the sharks seem to have vanished and the predation has died down for the moment.  Hopefully the action will pick up in the next couple of days….

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea © Dan Callister

Underwater in False Bay, diving with Cape fur seals © Dan Callister

Underwater in False Bay, diving with Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

African Penguins duri ng the down time in False Bay © Dan Callister

African Penguins during the down time in False Bay © Dan Callister

My buddy Mark Enarson in the kelp beds keeping a lookout © Dan Callister

My buddy Mark Enarson in the kelp beds keeping a lookout for sharks © Dan Callister

 

 

Read more.. Thursday, July 31st, 2014

DUTCH VAN KIRK – THE LAST SURVIVING HIROSHIMA BOMB CREW MEMBER DIES

Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk © Dan Callister

Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk © Dan Callister

The last surviving member of the US air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Stone Mountain, Georgia aged 93.Theodore Van Kirk, also known as “Dutch”, was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the atom bomb. The attack on Japan on 6 August 1945 killed an estimated 140,000 people. Dutch said he had “no regrets” about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to end the Second World War. His son, Tom Van Kirk, paid tribute to his father, who he said remained active until the end of his life. “I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father”, he told AP.

Read more.. Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

PACKING FOR SOME GREAT WHITE SHARK ACTION AT SEAL ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICA

A Great White breaches on a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A Great White breaches on a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

I’m packing to leave for South Africa to hopefully capture some new material on the great white shark’s at Seal Island.  It’s always a stressful time worrying about logistics such as travel, weather, water visibility, will the sharks be hunting or are they even there at the island?  There are so many variables!  It’s always an adventure though and I have made many great friends out there on White Pointer II over the years.  I love going to Seal Island. It’s such a humbling experience to witness and experience the amazing ecosystem that makes up False Bay. Anyway, here are some pictures from last years escapade….If you wish to see more, you can view the ongoing project HERE

A Cape fur Seal locked in her jaws © Dan Callister

A Cape Fur Seal locked in her jaws © Dan Callister

A close call for this Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A close call for this Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A Cape Fur Seal preys on a Pyjama Striped Cat shark © Dan Callister

A Cape Fur Seal preys on a Pyjama Striped Cat Shark at Seal Island © Dan Callister

The end of a successful hunt © Dan Callister

The end of a successful hunt © Dan Callister

A great white shark breaches on a young cape fur seal © Dan Callister

A great white shark breaches on a young cape fur seal © Dan Callister

Read more.. Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

HOT AND HUMID IN NEW YORK CITY

Summer has arrived here in New York, it’s bloody hot and really humid.  The worst is still to come….Anyway I saw this in between running errands and thought it would make a quick smudge……

Female House Sparrow © Dan Callister

Female House Sparrow drinking from a water fountain © Dan Callister

Sipping at the fountain © Dan Callister

Sipping at the fountain © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON

Supermencsh: Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

Supermensch: Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

I was assigned to do a very quick photograph of Shep Gordon and Louise Mensch in New York.  Louise was interviewing Shep for a piece about his colorful life in the entertainment industry.  The two minute portrait shoot was due to take place in a dreaded hotel suite. I found a location that might work down the corridor and luckily the door to a balcony was left unlocked….:) I managed to throw up a light and coerce the talent out of the hotel room to do a quick picture with a little taste of downtown in the background…

Supermensch Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

Supermensch Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

SHEP GORDON’S status as a household name may be confined to the four walls of his £10million home on the Hawaiian island of Maui but his client list as a manager is a Who’s Who of showbusiness royalty.

Louise Mensch and Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

The film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, traces Gordon’s entire life, from his time as a hippie drug dealer hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to his nine-day stint as Pink Floyd’s manager to ushering in the era of the celebrity chef by repping figures like Emeril Lagasse. A central theme of the movie, however, is how fame ruins lives.

Read more.. Sunday, June 29th, 2014

PIPPA AND JAMES MIDDLETON – RACE ACROSS AMERICA

Pippa and James Middleton complete their epic Race Across America in benefit of the Michael Matthews Foundation. Pippa and James crossed the finish line just after 3am in Annapolis, Maryland, after covering 3,000 miles in six days, ten hours and 54 minutes.  The younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge was  the only woman in a team of eight, which also included her brother James.

 

Pippa and brother James Middleton finish the race © Dan Callister

Pippa and brother James Middleton cross the finish line © Dan Callister

The Michael Matthews team at the finish line © Dan Callister

The Michael Matthews team at the finish line © Dan Callister

Pippa and James are all smiles © Dan Callister

Pippa and James are all smiles © Dan Callister

Read more.. Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

THE PAWS FUNDRAISER AT THE WINSLOW, NYC

The Paws annual fundraiser was a great success.  The event raised more than $25,000 and the Penguin photograph was sold for $700-00 during the silent auction. A nice feeling knowing that the photograph could contribute a little to a worthy cause.

'The Long Walk Home' framed photograph © Dan Callister

‘The Long Walk Home’ framed photograph © Dan Callister

Read more.. Thursday, June 12th, 2014