Canadian Nature Photographer December 2, 2014 Newsletter

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Dear friends and fellow photographers:


This is our 50th newsletter and last month there were over 20,000 visitors to the web site! This month there are 4 new articles. A special underwater photography article by Dr. Sharif Galal is sure to warm you up this holiday season. This is Sharif's 4th article. Apart from medicine and research, Dr. Galal is an amateur underwater photographer, scuba diving instructor and an enthusiastic wildlife and nature advocate. The second article features a field review of the new Tamron 150-600 mm lens. I had a chance to test this lens and I believe this lens is going to allow more photographers to capture closeups of wildlife. This super-telephoto zoom lens is available for only $1200. Dr. Dale Mierau shares his 4th article on the Eagles of Lac LaRonge in Saskatchewan and has some interesting pictures and observations of young eagles at the nest. Finally, I headed out to Fish Creek Park with fellow wildlife photographer, Dr Wayne Lynch to photograph Mule deer and show it's possible to get interesting wildlife photos within the city of Calgary. 


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

Dendronephthya klunzingeri is a species of soft coral that lives in a small colonies by Dr. Sharif Galal ©

Red Sea Coral Reefs by Dr. Sharif Galal The Red Sea is an extension of the Indian Ocean, located between Egypt and Sudan from the western side and Saudi Arabia from the eastern side. Fringing coral reef systems can be found everywhere at both shores of the red sea - view article on underwater photography.

Coyote taken with Tamron's 16-600 mm lens by Robert Berdan ©

Tamron 150-600 mm Lens - Field Test and Review

by Dr. Robert Berdan Every now and then a product appears that opens up new opportunities for photographers. The Tamron 150-600 mm lens is one of them. I don't often review equipment as there are many web sites that specialize in doing so , but I believe this lens is a game changer for nature and wildlife photographers - read article on Tamron lens.

Mealtime a the nest of a Bald Eagle by Dr. Dale Mierau ©

Mealtime at the nest of a Bald Eagle by Dr. Dale Mierau I observe the behavior of Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) during the summer breeding season on Lac La Ronge, a large lake in the pre-Cambrian shield of Saskatchewan.  At that location, Bald Eagle eggs hatch during the third week of May after an incubation period of 35 days. View pictures and article.

Mule deer Buck by Robert Berdan ©

Mule Deer in Calgary's Fish Creek Park by Dr. Robert Berdan On October 23, I headed to south Calgary to Wayne Lynch's residence where we took his vehicle to Fish Creek Park in order to photograph Mule deer. I arrived around 7:30 am, sunrise was at 8:20 am. A thick fog enveloped the city of Calgary as we began our search for mule deer - read article and view pictures.


Hangin with the Caribou Book - Special 30% Discount until December II, 2014

Hangin with the Caribou book features images from Yellowknife and 350 km further north on the Tundra showing aurora and caribou on the fiery tundra. The book is available at where you can preview the book . The book is available as 1) soft cover $25.99, 2) hard cover with dust jacket for $35.99 and 3) Hardcover Image wrap for $37.99 US. If you purchase the book before December 11 enter the special code on check out Friends2014 and receive an additional 30% off the cost - BUY HERE. I am offering this book at no markup i.e. at cost. I am also selling Hangin with the Caribou Music CD's for $20 each on the web site - CLICK HERE if you might be interested.


Upcoming Workshops & Presentations


The next Arctic Adventure Photography Workshop will be August 27 to September 3, 2015 - we are moving it a week forward next year. Sign up before January 1, 2015 and receive a $250 discount. For more information please visit

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


I will be offering private training on Photography and Adobe Photoshop CC on a one-on-one basis throughout December, January and February. Cost is $249 for 6 hours training, or $499 for 15 hours. I also offer gift certificates on the web site for private training or upcoming photo-workshops if you are looking for gifts for the photographers in your family.


I plan on getting some warmer winter boots for Christmas (rated -100 ) so I can stay out in the coldest weather this winter. Over the holidays I will also be working on a new web design for the Canadian Nature Photographer web site that will be responsive so it fits on smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.


I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy New year, health and happiness in the coming year - thanks for subscribing.


Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457

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