Michael Busch is an award winning photographer, publisher and editor of Fireislandandbeyond.com, and owner of Great South Bay Images. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael White is a veteran New York journalist and a contributing writer to Fireislandandbeyond.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Dianne Taggart, a native Long Islander and has been an avid member of the Long Island birding community for over twenty years She developed an interest when cleaning oiled birds while on a marine mammal stranding team. She has a wealth of knowledge about LI birds and ran the former LIBirds website for over ten years (and now runs the LI Birds Facebook Group). She is also an amateur bird photographer and gives talks on birds at Audubon chapters and libraries. When not adding a life bird to her list, she curls up with a good book or takes a stroll through the woods.
Carl LoBue is the NY Ocean Programs Director for the Nature Conservancy. Carl’s focus areas of expertise include marine ecology, water quality, environmental restoration, and fisheries.
Trish Collins is an educator, photographer and gentle adventurer from the Mastic peninsula. Follow Trish Minogue Collins on social media.
Paul Peluso is a Licensed Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker MD Good Life 631-399-2400 If you have any photos or general reports you would like to share please feel free to contact me, Captain Paul (Pablo) Peluso and we’ll post them next week. Call me at 631-433-6220 or click the Facebook icon above.
Dr. Artie Kopelman is a marine mammal ecologist, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and president of the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island. He has studied and photographed marine mammals around Long Island for nearly 30 years. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diana Poulos-Lutz works for a public school district and has taught political philosophy courses at a local university. She has a passion for outdoor walks, nature and wildlife photography, and writing. She also enjoys photo sessions for children and families in outdoor settings. She can be reached at email@example.com
Grace Scalzo is a photographer, author, speaker, and workshop leader. She believes that photography has great power in helping people to see and care about the environment. With this in mind, she creates her photographs, writes her stories, and speaks. Her work has been published in numerous nature photography magazines contests, and websites. Grace loves grass-roots citizen science projects and participates in two local projects that she cares deeply about, horseshoe crab monitoring and tagging, and diamondback terrapin research.
Artie Raslich is focused on photographing and documenting Humpback Whales in the waters off Long Island and New York City. He also has a passion for both surfing and concert photography. He is the official photographer for Gotham Whale on the American Princess and is the photo curator of Gotham Whale's New York City Humpback Whale catalog. More of his work can be seen on his website: www.artieraslich.com
Fred was formally trained as a combat photographer in the U.S. Army and has shot everything from weddings to portraits since. You can see more of his work on 500px. https://500px.com/fgrecoimages
Vicki is a Babylon Village photographer who loves to capture nature scenes and can't leave home without at least one camera in tow. Her current infatuation is with birds, wildlife and travel photography.
Like many meteorologists, Steven was born with the love of studying the weather. At a young age, Steven was forecasting for the school newspapers in his elementary and middle schools. Later Steven started issuing forecasts for his own high school, which made him very popular ahead of potential snow days. In 1998, Steven went to the State University of New York in Oswego. Steven was a lead forecaster at the school news station WTOP and lead in the National Forecasting Contest for three years running. In the Spring of 2007, Steven developed and started NY NJ PA Weather. Steven is featured in several news publications like the NY Times, the Star Ledger, WNYC Radio, NJ.COM, Fox 5 New York, BBC International, and other news sources.
Tim Del Grosso, a freelance videographer, licensed drone operator and video editor from Point Lookout, NY. Tim has been shooting film and producing videos for 15 years. His passion for short films comes from his love of being around people and hearing their story. A simple man who loves talking to strangers, expensive gear and spending time with his wife and two kids. "I am fortunate to be able to spend a good amount of time on personal projects and family documentaries, traveling and collaborating with a team of awesome people. He who dies with the most toys, wins."
President and Co-Founder of Save the Great South Bay
Chris Paparo is the manager of the new Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University, and owner of Fish Guy Photos. As a wildlife photographer, writer and lecturer, he enjoys bringing public awareness to the diverse wildlife that calls Long Island home.
Russ Lascala a.k.a. Swell Visuals is a New York-based wave photographer. You can find him swimming in the ocean year round mostly during sun up or sun down.
CFO by day, naturalist by night - and weekends. Living year round on Fire Island, Theresa Macri is passionate about the planet, with a keen interest in birds. You can find her on the weekends, with binoculars, volunteering at the Fire Island Lighthouse or wandering around the Sunken Forest.
Jaysun Vodopija was born and raised on Long Island and has been bodyboarding since the early 1990s, which led to his interest in photographing those special moments while in the water.
I lived on Long Island my whole life and have always spent time outdoors enjoying Long Island’s scenery and wildlife. I got a decent camera with a super telephoto lens in January of 2015 and joined LIWP group shortly after. I have met so many great people through this group, learned so many new places on Long Island to explore and also learned a great deal about Wildlife photography from folks in this group.
Michael Witten is a science-educated geek turned photographer based in Babylon. He enjoys the ocean, a north wind in summer, moonshine on his sails, microbrew craftiness, and sharing his lens on beauty.
I started getting into photography in late 2014, primarily shoot the south shore beaches of Long Island from Robert Moses to Long Beach. I enjoy photography because it allows me to meet new people, experience new things and it’s a great way to unwind after a long day at work. Recently got into Surf Photography and it’s been a lot of fun getting to know another sub culture of Long Island during these Hurricane Swells we have been experiencing. Something about watching Mother Nature flex her muscles and these men and women riding those waves, it’s just something I don’t want to capture for myself but for them as well.
Andrew Craig is a photographer and South Shore native, born and raised in West Islip. He grew up fishing and spending his time on the beaches and coastlines of western Fire Island and the surrounding areas.
Asia Lee is a proud mother of four and a longtime professional photographer and visual artist. While her resume boasts of celebrity clients, Lee’s true passion is capturing the beauty of everyday moments.