Canadian Nature Photographer March 2015 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: Seven new articles were submitted in February see below:

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

Hummingbird by Ken Crebbin ©

Hummingbird Photography Tips by Ken Crebbin Three years ago I started trying to capture images of hummingbirds.  I would grab my camera and hike around looking for hummingbirds … but I found this gave me limited success and I wanted to produce better images.  Not satisfied with my images, my next step was searching the Internet trying to gather information on hummingbird photography - view pictures and read article.

Pintail duck by Rhonda Robinson ©

Photos taken with the Tarmon 150-600 mm lens by Rhonda Robinson. May I please share with you evidence of what the Tameron 150-600mm can do.  When I’m shooting wildlife (Canon Rebel 3Ti), I prefer to shoot TV mode at 1/1000 second.  Most of these shots are at that setting.  Several people told me with this size lens I would need a tripod - see pictures and read article.

Bryce Canyon by Al Mierau ©

Photographing the Grand Canyon & Bryce Canyon During Winter by Al Mierau On January 29, 2015 my wife Mario and I, along with 38 other passengers, took a 20 day coach tour out of Saskatoon with Sagebrush Tours.   This was our 13th coach tour since 2005.   After leaving Henderson, Nevada we traveled on part of the historic route 66. - read article and view pictures.

Ruffed Grouse Dr. Wayne Lynch ©

DRUMMER BOYS by Dr. Wayne Lynch I made this entry on my birthday in April one year. "I am inside the blind by 5:30am. The grouse has become very tame,and even as I tramped around outside the blind, the defiant bird stayed on his drumming log just 10 meters away Moments after I arrived, the sunrise fingered through the aspens trees and golden rays dappled off the chest of the drummer - view article and pictures.

Snowy owl in flight infrared by Dr. Sharif Galal ©

White ghost of the Prairies seen by infrared Part 3 Snowy Owls by Dr.Sharif Galal In winter, Snowy Owls migrate to the wind swept prairies that resemble the wide open spaces of the arctic tundra. These beautiful birds can be photographed east and south of Calgary between November and the end of March. I never seen any owl wester of the city - view pictures and article.

Barred owl by Christian Gaven ©

Canadian Birds by Christian Gavin As the title states it, the birds shown in this next gallery, can be seen regularly from coast to coast Canada. Whether you are located in the rocky mountains in B.C., live in a city of the province of Ontario, or near the ocean in Nova Scotia; chances are that you have encountered most of those species at least once in your life - read article.

Photographer surrounded by Wild Turkeys Robert Berdan ©

Photographers Mobbed by Wild Turkeys in Alberta by Dr. Robert Berdan - Photos by R Berdan & Kamal Varma. I was inpsired by David Lilly's article on Wild Turkeys to seek them out near MIllarville. I headed out with fellow photographer Kamal Varma. Dave told us where he found them so we decided to try our luck on a dull and overcast day in February. What we found surprised us - read article and view pictures.


Other Nature Photography News

Dr. Wayne Lynch is coming out with a new ebook on wildlife photography for the mountain national parks. As part of his research he discovered that it is now OK to use blinds in National Parks. See below.

Here is what the parks had to say with regard to the use of blinds.

We encourage you to inform your readers on proper photoblind use etiquette.

  • Avoid placing blinds that impede the view of others
  • Ensure the photoblind is taken down once you have taken you photos
  • Ensure the photoblind does not impede wildlife movement
  • Ensure the photoblind is free of wildlife attractants

Follow the Parks Canada wildlife viewing and photography guidelines

As with any activity in a national park, all regulations apply

Commercial Photography: Film and photography occurs when production crews obtain footage in the park for commercial projects such as motion pictures, documentaries, tourism shows, commercials and commissioned still photography.

Freelance: Photographers who may or may not sell their image of the park as well as photojournalist doing travel stories, do not require a Film/Photography Permit in the mountain national parks.

I hope to feature Dr. Lynch's new ebook in the Canadian Nature Photographer ithis spring.

George Brybycin, some call the Ansel Adams of the Rocky's, is also coming out with a new book which he claims will be his best and final book on the Canadian Rockies this spring. We we will feature pictures and an article about George Brybcin and his new book as soon as its available.



World Wide Wow Photo Contest - in support of Canadian Womens Foundation - details Deadline is March 31, 2015


Upcoming Workshops & Presentations

The next Arctic Adventure Photography Workshop will be August 27 to September 3, 2015 . For more information or to register visit

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

I offer private training on Photography and Adobe Photoshop CC on a one-on-one basis throughout January and February. Cost is $249 for 7 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 am still planning and working on the redesign of the Canadian Nature photographer which will be responsive to accomodate smart phones, tablets and desktops.

If you have some photos and a story you would like to share with others consider becoming a featured photographer.

Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457

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