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Canadian Nature Photographer June 1 2011 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Fellow Nature Photographers: In May I have added a total of 11 new articles including various locations across Canada such as Vancouver Island, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Lake Superior, Midland and the Georgian Bay Area - if you might be visiting these areas in the future check out some of the best places to visit and also see the links to additional resources on each page. With a growing number of photography articles I have added a search engine on the front page to help visitors find specific articles, also the site map has a list of each article and page. I also updated the Featured photographer section as it continues to grow with articles by new photographers. The video page has also been modified so its easier to identify and select specific videos. You will also see short Video clips in several of the new articles and I am planning on adding many more videos in the future. In fact I also have an article on how to shoot video with your DSLR camera. If you are heading to the coast or anywhere you might want to do some underwater photography check out my article on Under Water Photography with a Compact Digital Camera.

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

Lake Superior by Robert Berdan ©  

Photographing the North East Shore of Lake Superior by Dr. Robert Berdan. The drive along the north east shore of lake Superior is one of the most beautiful routes in Canada. In part it is because the area is still largely wilderness and sparsely populated. See article, photos and video of the north shore of lake superior.

Ancient Rainforest - the Carmanah Valley by Robert Berdan ©

The Carmanah Valley an Ancient Rainforest on Vancouver Island by Dr. Robert Berdan. In 2009 I purchased a photography book by Canadian Photographer Graham Osborne called "Rainforest" and his pictures inspired me to visit and photograph ancient trees on the West Coast. I was concerned that if I didn't do it soon, I might never get a chance and that's a reality that still exists.

Bad Lands by Al Mierau  

Drumheller Valley and Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta by Al Mierau. Every long weekend in August, since 1995, my wife and I have camped at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located approximately 60km north east of Brooks, Alberta read more here.

Island sunset near Midland Ontario by Karl Berdan -  

Midland - Gateway to the 30,000 Islands by Karl Berdan. Midland is a small town of 16,000 located about 140 Km north of Toronto. The town serves as a gateway to Georgian Bay and the 30,000 islands. The surrounding area contains numerous historic sites and is a paradise for tourists, artists, and photographers.

Dr. Wayne Lynch the Owl King  

Meet Featured Photographer Dr. Wayne Lynch - "The Owl King". Wayne has published more than 65 books for adults and children and my favorite book of his is "Owls of the United States and Canada". Wayne and his wife Aubrey live in Calgary, but travel all over the world to photograph and lecture - see article and video interview.


How to Shoot Video with your DSLR Camera by Robert Berdan. We live in extraordinary times - it is now possible to shoot video with a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera that rivals professional video cameras. Read tips on how to use your DSLR to make videos and maybe you will become the next Steven Spielberg.

Beano Beach on Nootka Island by Robert Berdan ©  

Photographing Nootka Sound and the Nootka Trail by Robert Berdan. Nootka is a small island off the coast of Vancouver Island that has an interesting history. There is also a 35 km trail from the north part of the island to Friendly cove. Robert and his father spent a week in September 2004 hiking along the Nootka coast taking pictures - read more.

Plumose Anemone taken with Pentax Optio camera by Robert Berdan  

Under Water Photography with a Compact Digital Camera by Robert Berdan. If you ever wanted to photograph in the water, tidepools or rivers one of the easiest ways to get started is to use a waterproof compact digital camera for under $500. Robert shows pictures taken with the Pentax Optio on the West Coast and in fishing streams of Alberta.

The Ramparts at sunrise in the Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park by Robert Berdan ©  

Photographing in The Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park by Robert Berdan. You can hike or ride horseback into the Tonquin valley to camp or stay at one of the two lodges located at either end of Amethyst lake. You will definitely not feel crowded and will have a true wilderness experience.View photographs and read more about this wilderness adventure.

Go Home Bay at Sunset by Karl Berdan ©  

Photographing around Georgian Bay Ontario by Robert and Karl Berdan. Robert and his father Karl share some points of interest and photographs from the Georgian Bay area in Ontario from the past 30 years. This area inspired the Group of Seven Painters and continues to inspire modern day photographers - read more.

Mute and Whopper Swans by Philippe Henry ©  

Photographing Mute and Whooper Swans by Philippe Henry. I have photographed the Mute swan and the whooper swans for many years in east of France and Finland. Today I am based in the province of Quebec and I plan to photograph other swan's species living in North America. See more of Philippe Henry's swan photographs.

Also if you are in the Calgary Area check out BRAGG ABOUT THE CREEK MAGAZINE - it has one of my articles titled "In the Blink of an Eye" about using your DSLR camera to shoot video. If you don't live in the Calgary area you can read the aticles here:www.braggmag.com/photographyarticles.html on their web site. The Magazine is free and can be picked up in many stores in Bragg Creek.

Watch Video: Berdan Wildlife showing various clips of local wildlife: www.braggcreek.net/tv (Editing by Dwayne Zabba' son).

The magazine also offers a photo contest to Amateur photographers with prize money pool of $700 for more information about how to enter visit the site here: www.braggmag.com/

Canadian Nature Photographer May Photo contest winner is Kim Martin from Clear Lake, Novar north of Huntsville. E-mail: Kim@braymore.ca. If you have a great shot consider entering it and I will also feature it on the front page of my web site.

Upcoming Photography Workshops include:

Wild - Flower Photography, Waterfalls, and in September Arctice Adventure North of Yellowknife

  1. Spring Wildflower and Macrophotography Workshop, includes two evenings, June 9, 16 7-10 pm and Saturday, June 11, from 6 am to about 6 pm in the Mountain Parks. Cost is $249 - space is limited so please book early.

  2. Arctic Adventure workshop - Sept 5-11, Cost $4795 - includes opportunity to photograph Barren lands caribou,
    the tundra in Autumn and the Aurora borealis which is nearing it's 11 year solar max.
    We still have a few spots lett.

For more information about upcoming photography workshops click here.

I am heading out to do some photography in Revelstoke this coming weekend and will make some movies of various waterfalls and then will head up to Jasper for a couple of days. If you get some great shots don't forget about the monthly photo-contest where you can win free access to my online-photoshop course or if you get a bunch of great pictures I am always looking for more featured photography articles. Enjoy photographing in June.

Robert Berdan
Calgary, AB
403 247-2457

Please Visit me at: www.canadiannaturephotographer.com