Canadian Nature Photographer April 7, 2014 Newsletter

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Dear friends and fellow photographers: my apologies this newsletter is a week late because the past 4 weeks I have been teaching Web Design at a local college (SAIT) and have had no time to take pictures or write articles. I have a bad case of cabin fever and looking forward to getting out and photographing some migratory birds. Calgary and area experienced one of coldest and snowiest March's in the past decade. As much as I like winter, I am tired of her and I am anxious for warmer weather and sunshine.





I posed three new articles in March that I think you will enjoy. The most recent one is by D. Simon Jackson, his 2nd article for the Canadian Nature photographer. In his new article he describes his experience photographing Bighorn sheep in Jasper National Park as they cross water. Also there is an article by Calgary photographer Ken Crebbin, who recently won a Canadian Geographic photo contest with his photograph of a loon. Ken is making a name for himself with bird photography and shares some photos and techniques he uses to take photos of birds in his backyard. Finally, Bruce Lovelace submitted an article about his photography experience on Mount Desert Island off the north-east coast of the United States.



What's Hot and New Click on the photos or links to read the latest photography articles

Bighorn sheep jumping over water by D. Simon Jackson ©

Why Walk Around the Pond When You Can Jump Over it? by D. Simon Jackson Bighorn sheep hate walking through water. Hate it. Almost as much as they hate the inconvenience of walking around water. So what happens when a scary small pond poses a small inconvenience? Like House of Pain, they jump. This is the bizarro-world story about a herd of bighorn sheep in Jasper National Park - view article.

Purple Finch by Ken Crebbin ©

Backyard Birds by Ken Crebbin There are many varieties of birds in the Calgary area; in fact, there are about 350 species in Alberta.  With a little bit of luck and a basic understanding of the birds in your area, some can be attracted to your backyard.   If you can meet their basic needs, such as protective cover, housing, food, and water some of these birds can be attracted to your backyard - view article.

Marsh in fog Mount Desert Island by Bruce Lovelace ©

3 Days to Photograph Mount Desert Island by Bruce Lovelace I was a man on a mission.  I only had 5 days allotted to photograph Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park in Maine.  It had been over 30 years ago, when as a young boy, I had scrambled on those amazing rocks on the eastern shore of the island. View article view pictures from Mount Desert Island.


Upcoming Special Presentation by Dr. Wayne Lynch

If you will be in Calgary this May 17, Canada's top Wildlife photographer and writer, Dr. Wayne Lynch and the Calgary Camera Club are offering a full day photo presentation for a very reasonable price. Dr. Wayne Lynch's Web site: and to register or get more information please contact the Calgary Camera club:



Upcoming workshops

Macrophotography & Wildflower Photography workshop with Robert Berdan includes evenings of June 4 and 11 (7:30-9:30 pm) and full day in the field Saturday, June 7.


We will be travelling to Bow Valley Provincial park, Banff National Park and Yoho National Park during the day long workshop in order to photograph a wide variety of Spring wildflowers and mushrooms. Transportation will be via car pooling.

Workshop Cost $249 + GST limited to 12. (If you have gift certificate, please be sure to register early).


Calypso orchids are common in early Jun . We will also photograph Lady's slippers and many other wild flowers. Also this year we will also be looking for mushrooms to photograph.


Arctic Adventure Photography Workshop Sept 3-10, 2014 in Yellowknife, NT. Cost $5, 379.00 - limited to 10.

This will be my 6th trip to Yellowknife in order to photograph the Aurora borealis and wildlife. The solar cycle is still near aurora max, the time when the aurora tends to be most active during its eleven year sunspot cycle. We have also added an extra day on the tour to spend on the tundra and we will be visiting Aurora village as part of the tour (see below).


Cost includes accommodation in Yellowknife, flight,n from Yellowknife to a remote lodge on the tundra. We will photograph the Aurora borealis, multicoloured tundra and caribou. We may also encounter wolves, grizzly bears and a variety of birds. To see pictures from the 2013 adventure please click here.


Click here to watch live video of the Aurora Borealis by Kwon Chul from Japan - this video was taken at Aurora village in January, 2014 - the video is not time-lapse but real time photographed with Nikon D4, 24 mm f.1.4 lens at ISO 6400.

To register for this workshop please contact Margaret Peterson at : or call 867-920-4654. Also see the Peterson's Point lake lodge web site for more pictures and information.




Yellowknife has been declared the Aurora capital of the world because it offers unparallelled viewing chances, unsurpassed aurora viewing infrastructure, is perfectly positioned under the Aurora oval, offers unobstructed views, has semi-arid subarctic climate (clear skies) and some of the best dark skies in the world. For more information and to download a visitor guide visit Spectacular Northwest Territories web site HERE.


To download or order a free NWT guide Click Here.


The cover of the Northwest Territories tourism magazine features my photograph of my tent and aurora at Pontoon Lake outside Yellowknife that I took in 2012 during one of our Arctic Photography workshops. I have been informed this picture will also appear as a billboard at the Yellowknife airport sometime this year - if you get up that way this year please keep an eye out the Billboard and of course the real aurora.


Summer Photography Certificate at SAIT

In July I will be teaching Photoshop, Wildlife and Sports photography as Part of SAIT's Photography certificate of Achievement between July 7 and August 8. The program cost is $2400. For more information please visit their web site:


Photography Quick Guides are only $2.99 and you can download them instantly

Quick Guide topics include: A Quick Guide to Photographing the Northern Lights, QG to the Best Places to Photograph in Banff National Park , QG to Best Places to Photograph in Kananaskis, QG to How to Use your DSLR and finally - A QG to Composition & the Elements of Visual Design. For more information on these photography Quick Guides please Click HERE. If you do buy one I would be grateful for your feed back.


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Robert's photograph of a Great Gray Owl in a snowstorm won first place in Wildlife category sponsored by Alberta Tourism and Canadian Geographic in March (Authentic Alberta Photo Contest). First Prize was an Apple Ipad Mini.



I Can't Lose my hat - a picture taken by Robert Berdan at the Cochrane Rodeo won Honorable mention


Coming up this Spring I will be featuring an article about George Brybycin and his newly published books which will be his 52 and 53rd books on the Canadian Rockies. George is famous for sleeping on top of the mountains in order to take photographs at sunrise from the peak. He climbs solo and is one Canada's photographic treasures.


If you get some great photos consider submitting some to the monthly photo contest and the winning photo will be featured on the home page, winners have their choice of receiving my Macrophotography e-book, one of the Quick Guides and at the end of the year a draw for free gift certificate worth $250.00 toward one of my workshops.


Until next month

Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457

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