Canadian Nature Photographer

April 1, 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends and new subscribers welcome.

Two new articles were posted in March - one describing Google's Nik software now available for free and Birds and Wildlife in Botswana by Marie-France and Denis Rivard. Click on the thumbs or links to see these articles.

Google Nik Photo Editing Software now Free by Dr. Robert Berdan This month Google announced its Nik Photo Editing software is now available for free. The software did cost $149.00 for both Windows and Mac. The software can work as stand alone program but works better when integrated as a plugin into Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture - read article.

Botswana sunset by Marie-France and Denis Rivard ©

Birds and Wildlife of Botswana By Marie-France and Denis Rivard In the fall of 2014, our journey in southern Africa ended with a visit to Botswana, known as one of Africa’s great destination for ecotourism. This is a place where birds and wildlife are abundant and can be seen at close range in their natural environment - read more.


Upcoming Workshops

Photograph Wolves in their Natural Habitat

Photograph wolves in their natural habitat with Robert Berdan and The Northenn Lights wildlife center in Golden. The wolves are captive, but not tame - you will be instructed on how to behave around them when we take them for a walk.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday June 18 and 19th.

Cost: $749 per person

Minimum of 2 - Max of 6 people.

Photo-Guide: Dr. Robert Berdan

This Workshop will start Saturday afternoon after lunch. We will go for a walk with Northern Lights wolves in a remote area of Blaeberry valley for a couple of hours. The wolves will be managed by Shelly and Casey Black and you will have plenty of opportunites to photograph the wolves up close in their natural enviornment.

Saturday evening will have dinner in Golden, then head out for some evening landscape and wildlife photography.

Accommodations in Golden for Saturday night is up to the guests. Cost of Hotel in Golden is about $150-$200 depending on where you stay. I can make recommendations.

On Sunday morning we will have an early breakfast and head out for some early morning photography before heading over to the Northern Lights wolf center for another walk with the wolves in a different location.

For photography it is recommended that you bring a wide angle lens and a medium telephoto lens e.g. 70-200 mm as you will be to get very close to the wolves. We will be finished the workshop on Sunday afternnoon and we will drive back to Calgary stopping along the way to take pictures. I can to provide transportation for 2 people.

To book or reserve a spot please email me: or call me at 403 247-2457. Payment can be by credit card or PayPal in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Banff Landscape Photography Workshop with Brian Merry and Robert Berdan

Location:  Baker Creek Chalets, 10 minutes from the hamlet of Lake Louise on the Bow Valley Parkway

Start:  May 27, 2016 at 5:00pm
End:  May 29, 2016 at 5:30pm

Cost:  $1550  Meals and lodgings are included - 9 positions left.

Number of Participants: 16

Transportation:  Provided via workshop minibus.  We provide the transport to ensure the weekend runs efficently.  We also get to know each other better too this way!

Summary: Come to Banff for a weekend of intensive learning both in the field and the classroom.  Join two talented and experiences landscape photographers for a weekend of intensive learning in the Canadian Rockies.  Brian Merry, long time photographer, Instructor and tour host in Banff National Park, partners with Robert Berdan, an experienced photography instructor at both SAIT & Red Deer College, as we come together to offer you an intensive weekend of learning in the heart of the spectacular Rockies.

For more information or to Register Go HERE

Brian Merry
Toll free: 1-855-763-1114
Local phone: 403-763-1114


Arctic Photography Workshop Sept. 3-10, 2016 Cost $5379.00 - max of 10.

Your adventure begins in Yellowknife, NT and includes a flight further north to Point Lake Lodge on the Tundra. Transportation to Yellowknife is not included, but we will pick you up at the air port and provide hotel accommodation in Yellowknife. We will be photographing the Aurora borealis, waterfalls, tundra, caribou and other wildlife. The tour includes a boat tour of Yellowknife bay and a fish fry (weather permitting). We may also hike a scenic trail to Cameron falls to photograph grouse, mushrooms and autumn colours. We will spend two nights photographing the Aurora in Yellowknife, including one night at Aurora village.

We will then fly about 350 km north onto the tundra to Peterson's point lake lodge which offers gourmet food and comfortable cabin accommodations, shower, and heated rooms. We will be searching for caribou to photograph and other wildlife on foot and from 16 foot power boats. The tundra will be red and yellow and their will be opportunities to catch amazing sunsets and sunrises from the beach in front of the cabins. See the aurora and caribou gallery for images from previous workshops and read some of my previous articles. Contact me if you have any questions.

To register for this workshop please contact Margaret Peterson in Yellowknife at or call 867-920-4654. View Roberts online Book - "Hangin with the Caribou" and previous articles on our Arctic Trip e.g. Arctic Adventure Photography Workshop 2015.


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Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457

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