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Tips for Identifying and Photographing Mushrooms by Dr. Robert Berdan Mushrooms can be as beautiful as birds, flowers, butterflies and sea shells to photograph. Mushrooms come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. You can find them almost anywhere though they only appear for a short time and are usually most common in spring and autumn. To learn more about mushrooms and how to photograph them view article here.
Virtual Tour of the Northwest Territories by Dr. Robert Berdan. This year when I travelled north to Yellowknife for my 5th visit I wanted to take a different photographic approach and went up with the aim of creating 360 spherical VR movies. I describe how I do this is previous articles. In particular I wanted to photograph the Aurora using 360 vr spherical imaging - view article and pictures.
A Moment In Time by Paul Zizka. "Photography for me simply started as a "dry," somewhat selfish way of documenting remarkable places, light, and weather events. I have a rather practical mind, and picking up a camera seemed to be the obvious way of chronicling the mountain experience. With time I became increasingly fascinated with the interplay of light, weather and the landscape and this expanded my emotional connection with high places - more.
Photography in Ontario’s Provincial Park by Stephen Elms I’ve been fortunate to experience the beauty of Ontario’s Provincial Parks since I was very young. Years of canoe trips, camping excursions and winter camping have afforded incredible opportunities to develop my photography skills. Parks such as Algonquin, Killbear, and Killarney have become my “second home” ... read article and view pictures.
PHOTO OF COMET ISON EAST OF CALGARY
While out searching for Snowy Owls on Wednesday, Nov 27 - Kamal Varma and I photographed Comet ISON just before sunrise. It was a small streak in the south east sky. NASA just reported that comet ISON did not survive its brush with the sun on Nov 28th, they observed something emerge from around the sun that appears to be a stream of debris marking the remains of the comet's disintegrated core. For an update on comet ISON visit spaceweather.com
Sunset over Pond along the Ingraham Trail won 1st place in Yellowknife's Topix Photocontest in Environment Category.
Fred Schact Waterfalls - Fred wins a copy of my Macrophotography E-book.
Edworthy Park Heritage Society is very pleased to sponsor a "Nature Photography for Kids Talk" by Robert Berdan on Saturday January 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the small hall of Wildwood Community Association.
After the talk, and depending on the weather, we may go outside either in the community garden or to Edworthy Park for a practice session so please dress warmly.
The cost is $15.00 per family – this includes a free copy of the Edworthy book, Treasures of the Trail. Children must be accompanied by one of their parents (but both parents can attend if they wish). You must bring a camera – point and shoot, dslr, film, etc. – any kind of camera will do.
It is necessary to pre-register and pre-pay by December 20th, 2013. To pre-register,
please phone 403-630-4307, leave a message and we will call you with further information. If we do not get enough registrations, money will be refunded and the talk cancelled.
How to Get the Most out of your new DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera - Max of 3 students. $249 + GST January 5, 2014. If you can't make this date call to book a private session. This workshop includes about 3 hours indoors and 3 hours outdoors shooting. This workshop is design for those that might receive a new DSLR camera for Christmas or anyone who wants to gain confidence on how to manipulate and use their digital camera to get the best pictures. You can call me or use the PayPal button below,
Topics coveed will include:
Camera settings, A, P, M, S, T
Colour space: sRGB and Adobe RGB
File types: .jpg, vs. RAW
How to use self- timer
On camera flash settings
Depth of field preview
Exposure modes: center, spot, evaluative, matrix
How to use exposure compensation
How to care and clean your camera and lenses
Photographic accessories including filters, tripods, camera bag etc.
If you just purchased a new camera or you rarely get out in the winter to take pictures this workshop is for you. It includes 2 evenings, the first night there is a slide show and discussion about camera controls and preparing for photographing in winter. The second evening participants will bring some of their winter photos to receive a critique and feed back. This workshop is suitable for all level of photographers with a DSLR camera. A tripod is nice to have but not a requirement. We will be car pooling and heading out to the Mountains on Saturday for a day of winter photography. Lake Louise will also be hosting its winter festival.
This one day Photoshop workshop in Science & Art's studio, runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. and covers a variety of topics including:
PRIVATE TRAINING I am available for private instruction on any aspect of photography or Photoshop on a one-on-one private basis $60\hr or 7 hours for $249. Folks wanting more in depth training can purchase 15 hours of training for $499. I also offer discounts for small groups. Photo destinations can include mountain parks, badlands, prairies etc.
You can purchase a gift certificate for $249 + GST. The gift certificate can be used toward any of our workshops, you can specify a specific workshop or you can leave it open so the person receiving the gift can sign up for which ever particular workshop they like. Alternatively, the Gift certificate can be used for private instruction for up to about 7 hours instruction at a time that is convenient for them. Please note participants must still register for a specific workshop Private training can be arranged almost anytime of year. For workshops costing more the $250 - the participant can simply pay the extra amount when they take the workshop. These gift certificates do not expire. I will send the gift certificate to you or the person you specify - I will follow up on your order shortly after you purchase a certificate.
If you just purchased a new camera or you rarely get out in the winter to take pictures this workshop is for you. It includes 2 evenings, the first night there is a slide show and discussion about camera controls and preparing for photographing in winter. The second evening participants will bring some of their winter photos to receive a critique and feed back. This workshop is suitable for all level of photographers with a DSLR camera. A tripod is nice to have but not a requirement. We will be car pooling and heading out to the Mountains on Saturday for a day of winter photography.
Transportation will be via car pooling. We will visit Vermilion lakes, Castle Junction, Morrant's curve and Lake Louise which will be hosting their annual ice festival.
Cost is $249 + GST for the Winter workshop
Google analytics reveals the number of visitors to the Canadian Nature Photography web site over the past 30 days from Oct 29 to Nov 27, 2013 averaged 750 visitors\day. with 18,167 visits with 15, 450 being unique visitors. Visitation is up from about 12,000 visitors last year. 54% of the visitors are male, 46% female. The largest age group is between 25-34 yrs. This year I expect that more than 180,000 visitors will have stopped by - THANK YOU.
I will continue to add new content of value about Nature photography and photo techniques in the coming year. I welcome your suggestions for topics and invite you to become involved as a featured photographer or consider entering the monthly photo contest. If you enjoy the articles please let your friends know about the web site and if there is something you would like me to cover please let me know.
Lastly - my wife, Donna has been writing and recording a number of new songs about nature, and I just added her latest song to the web site - Big Bad Wolf. You can listen to all of her songs using the mp3 players at the top right of the home page including: Hangin with the Caribou and Fire in the Sky tonight.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year