Canadian Nature Photographer November 4, 2014 Newsletter

WELCOME NEW SUBSCRIBERS - the password to take the Free Photoshop I online course is rdc1 - and Photoshop II course is rdc2. You can access the Photoshop tutorials by clicking here: onlinetraining.html.


Dear friends and fellow photographers: The Canadian Nature photographer is undergoing some improvements and changes over the next few months. Web pages will have white backgrounds and black text, pages will get bigger and so will the images. I will be redesigning the web site so it's responsive (flexible) so it can be more easily viewed on smart phones and tablets. If you have suggestions on what you would like to see - now is the time to send me your suggestions.


Five new articles were posted since the last newsletter. The most recent one features the beautiful photographs of Debra Garside who has submitted two previous articles. She shares with us her experience photographing Spirit Bears in the Great Bear rain forest including 3 videos. Simon Jackson contributed his fourth article this one about a snake feeding on a fish. I posted an article on Roadkill after an organization that tries to prevent car accidents with animals asked me for the use of images for a TV commercial. Also on October 23 there was a partial solar eclipse in North America so I set up my small telescope in my backyard and captured photos of this rare celestial event. Dr. Sharif Galal submitted his third article - this one features striking images of Sockeye Salmon migrating upstream in the Adams river. He has included photos of the fish from above and below the surface of the water. I hope you will check out some of these new articles - featured below.


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

Spirit Bear by Debra Garside ©

Spirit Bears & The Great Bear Rainforest by Debra Garside Bears: One of the most beautiful, mysterious and feared creatures on earth.  Highly intelligent and curious, they command respect wherever they roam. The Kermode Bear, otherwise known as the Spirit Bear moves through the dark, dripping landscape of the Great Bear Rainforest with such elusive elegance, it does indeed seem like an apparition. Read article, view pictures and movies. .

Snake with fish in its mouth by Simon Jackson ©

Snake in a Lake! by D. Simon Jackson When you’re sitting beside a lake, enjoying a romantic view in the fading evening light, the very last sight you expect to take in is a snake. Swimming. And catching a fish. A few feet in front of you. Welcome to the Lake of the Snake – or as some prefer to call it, Grand Teton National Park’s Two Ocean Lake. View article and pictures.

Deer crossing highway in front of cars by Robert Berdan ©

Roadkill - How to Avoid Hitting Wild Animals with Your Vehicle by Dr. Robert Berdan Every year in Canada thousands of animals are hit by vehicles on the road resulting in injury and death to people and the animals. Roadkill is an animal or animals that have been struck and killed by motor vehicles. Learn how to avoid hitting animals and what to do if you do hit one - view article.

Partial Solar eclipse by Robert Berdan ©

Partial Eclipse of the Sun by Dr. Robert Berdan On October 23, 2014 the new moon passed in front of the sun producing a partial solar eclipse that was visible from parts of North America. In Calgary, the eclipse started about 2:44 pm and finished a few minutes after 5 pm. I set up my telescope and solar filter in my backyard on a Gitzo tripod and attached my Canon 5D camera - view article and pictures.

The Great Salmon Run in Adams River BC by Dr. Sharif Galal Since I was a little kid, I was always fascinated by nature and I knew about Canada from the nature documentaries before I moved and settled here. I still remember one of those shows about the great salmon migration. View pictures and read article.



In the new year subscribers to this newsletter will receive discounts on workshops, In the coming year I plan to update the Online Photoshop course to include the new Photoshop CC version. Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom are available from Adobe Cloud for only $10\month. Adobe software is evolving every few months making it even more challenging to keep up.


Upcoming Workshops & Presentations


Next month I will announce whether or not I will offer another winter workshop this year - if you are interested in a winter workshop in January please let me know otherwise I am availale for private training and you can purchase a gift certificate for Xmas for the photographer in your life. Cost $249 - for 6-7 hours private training.


November 12, I will be presenting a slide show about my Arctic Adventures including photos of Caribou, aurora and 360 vr imaging at the Cochrane Camera Club - contact Pat & Darlene Johnston for information if you are interested in coming.


The next Arctic Adventure Photography Workshop will be August 27 to September 3, 2015 - we are moving it a week forward this year. For more information please visit

Cost is ~$5300.00 per person for the week long trip.


Suggestions for a Nature Photographer Christmas Gift - I have been testing Tamron's new 160-600 mm lens which sells for about $1300 and I have been really impressed with its performance. I hope to have an article on this new lens in the near future. For those that can't afford fixed lenses from 300-800 mm - this is an ideal light-weight lens for wildlife photography. The lens is in such demand that they are hard to get a hold of right now, but worth waiting for.


Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457

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