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Tim Laman

Explore the world’s wildlife with me as I shoot for NatGeo, BBC and Netflix. @birdsofparadiseproject @savegporangutans

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How to photograph wild orangutans? Follow them through the forest all day carrying your gear, and look for those moments when you have a clear view. Set up quickly and try to shoot through the sweat-covered viewfinder. Thanks @RussLaman for the photos as I followed the female Bornean Orangutan Walimah and her baby through the forest in earlier this month. Please follow and support @saveGPorangutans as we work with to protect , one of the safe haven’s for the critically endangered Bornean Orangutans. And stay tuned to @TimLaman for more new orangutan images from GP. . @GitzoInspires

Photo by @TimLaman. Today is World Orangutan day and I have an exciting surprise for you from Gunung Palung National Park, where I have just come from. The female orangutan Walimah, (who tragically lost her first baby in 2015), has given birth to a new baby, and here is one of my first shots of her. She is healthy and doing well… so important as every wild orangutan is precious in this era of habitat loss and orangutan population decline. I look forward to following the development of this baby over the coming years and sharing her story. Please follow and support @saveGPorangutans as we work with to protect , one of the safe haven’s for the critically endangered Bornean Orangutans. @gitzoinspires

Photo by @TimLaman. Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan harbors some of the very best remaining true lowland forest in the whole island of Borneo. The towering dipterocarp trees have never been logged in the core of the park, and the forest harbors the full complement of Borneo’s amazing biodiversity. @savegporangutans

Photo by @TimLaman. I’m excited to be back at one of my favorite places in the world, Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan on the Island of Borneo. Among other things, I’ll be documenting the orangutan Walimah who just had her second baby. This is especially meaningful because Walimah tragically lost her first baby (pictured here) in 2015 in what we believe was a case of infanticide. Now she has a second chance and her new baby is doing well. Stay tuned for more, and follow @savegporangutans to learn about how to help conserve the orangutans and all the biodiversity of . @savegporangutans

I work with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to document the Birds-of-Paradise and they have created a wonderful film on stunning Great Philippine Eagle. This award winning film, Bird of Prey, is available for purchase/rent on Amazon, iTunes and Vimeo and sales from the film will benefit bird conservation. It is a win-win! Visit: to purchase and support the Lab.

Photo by @TimLaman. Underwater photography…. I’ve been fascinated by it for decades. To create strong images, the diving part has to be second nature. You have to be able to think about lighting, composition, behavior of your subject, and myriad other things that go into capturing a great image, while limited by your air supply and the time and safety constraints that go with working underwater. But there are amazing advantages as well, like the ability to easily move in three dimensions around your subject and hover in space… oh to be able to do that in the rain forest! One of the masters of the medium is my friend and colleague Zafer Kizilkaya (@kizilkaya_zafer) who you see here in Raja Ampat this week, where we have been planning an Underwater Photography workshop together for next year with . If you are interested, drop an email to, and we will keep you informed as plans develop. We can always use more passionate photographers sharing images of our threatened oceans. .

Photo by @TimLaman. Ribbon Sweetlips in formation. These nocturnal feeders hang out on the reef during the day, and when there is some current, they like to hang together. This reef, just off a village in Raja Ampat, is teeming with fish, because for the last three years, villagers have stopped fishing there in return for income from visiting divers. It is amazing how fast fish stocks can recover when given a chance.

Photo by @TimLaman. A giant moray and a school of golden sweepers share space on a crowded reef in Raja Ampat. I can’t help wonder what the moray is thinking….

Photo by @TimLaman. There is nothing like that feeling of dropping into a pristine healthy reef, like this one in Raja Ampat, with an underwater camera in hand. There are still places where marine life thrives, and the local people are taking care of their reefs. We want to celebrate and support those efforts. My good friend, conservationist and photographer @Kizilkaya_Zafer (pictured here) and I are doing this right now in Raja Ampat, where communities are protecting their reefs and getting benefits from visiting divers. Stay tuned here, as we will try to do these amazing reefs justice with our cameras.

Photo by @TimLaman. Hidden Bay, Gam Island in the incomparable Raja Ampat Islands of West Papua. After three weeks in the Arfak Mountains photographing birds, I’m now exploring another part of the amazing Conservation Province of West Papua. The Raja Ampat Islands harbor the worlds highest diversity of corals and reef fish, and also spectacular land forms created by uplifted limestone eroded by the sea. This maze-like lagoon filled with small islands is just one example.

Photo by @TimLaman. Dining by Moonlight - Anna’s Hummingbird. This is one of my favorite images from my hummingbird series at Sunnylands, and it also made your top 10 on my Instagram all-time list, so it’s part of my “Thanks a Million” print sale (see link in profile). People may think I just walk around with a camera and come up with shots like this but that’s not how it works. Like many of my best images, this one was pre-conceived. When I saw the full moon early one morning before sunrise I had the idea to include the moon in a hummingbird photograph. It was then a matter of finding the right flowers I could line up with the moon, and hoping a hummingbird would come before the moon got too low in the sky. Many of my ideas every day don’t work out, but this one did. I hope you enjoy it. It will look nice on your wall as well. I’m offering you a chance to purchase print of this image (in 12x12 inch format), complete with printed signature, for just $100. See this and the other options at

Photos by @TimLaman. Greetings to all from the rain forest of West Papua, Indonesia where I’m once again working to document some of the incredible Birds-of-Paradise. Today is the Last Day for my Thanks A Million IG print sale! Birds-of-Paradise and other award winning images can be on display in your home for $100. Visit link in profile. This forest in the Arfak Mountains support 11 species of Birds-of-Paradise. Swipe for a few glimpses behind the scenes: 2) Inside my blind where I’ve been spending every day from about 5:30 AM till around 2:00 PM battling the mosquitos. 3) Blind from the outside - the birds never know I’m there. 4) Giant tree in this pristine forest and team members helping to haul gear. A lot of work goes into getting unique images of rare birds but it is worth it because I believe making people aware of the biological wonders of Papua can help bring the global attention needed to support the local leaders’ goal of a Conservation Province.

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