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The Canadian Nature Photographer is a resource for nature lovers, photographers and artists and includes: articles, tutorials, galleries, videos, workshops, featured artists & photographers. New articles are posted weekly. Your host is Dr. Robert Berdan. All nature photographers and artists are welcome to contribute. Also see our Monthly Photo Contest at the bottom of the page you could win a $250 Gift Certificate to attend a photography workshop and a Macrophotography e-book.

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Hangin with the Caribou a new book and music CD by Robert and Donna Berdan ©

"Hangin with the Caribou" by Robert and Donna Berdan. This is my first photography book that I hope will serve as a prototype for what I plan to do in the future but I will include more about the science of the aurora borelais and barren lands caribou. This photo-book is complimented by a new music CD by my wife Donna Berdan - View book and listen to sample tracks from the CD.

Photographers on the tundra take aim at barren lands caribou by Robert Berdan ©

What to bring to an Arctic Photo Adventure in Yellowknife and onto the Barrens at Peterson's Point Lake Lodge by Dr. Robert Berdan For the past 5 years I have been conducting an Arctic Adventure Tour in Yellowknife and 350 km further north on the tundra in partnership with Peterson's Point lake lodge .In this article I provide advice on what to bring to get the best pictures - read article.

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse by Robert Berdan ©

The East Coast of Canada - Part I Peggy's Cove

by Dr. Robert Berdan My visit to Newfoundland last summer prompted me to take another visit to the east coast this time to visit and photograph New Bruinswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. I would like to start the series of photo-essays with Peggy’s Cove as this location was closesest to how I imagined the East Coast would look - view article.

Loons by Monte Comeau

Photographing Loons by Monte Comeau. I have the good fortune of living in an area where I can drive to one of the premiere Loon breeding areas known to photographers. Lac Le Jeune, BC is a tiny spot on the map that attracts professional photographers and commercial photography workshops from all over the world - read article and view pictures.

American Robin by David Lilly ©

The What, When and Where of photographing Birds by David Lilly After years of mastering the digital camera and feeling confident in your technique, you have decided to specialize in bird photography. So, you ask yourself, Where do I start? What equipment will I need? Where do I photograph birds? View pictures and article.

Point Pelee by Stephen J. Stephen ©

Spring in Point Pelee and Other Southern Ontario Locales by Stephen J. Stephen. Each year the spring bird migration is long anticipated by Canadian bird lovers and bird photographers alike.  This year particularly so after what seemed a very long winter.  In May, I joined a birding friend of mine, and spent 12 days in and around Point Pelee National Park - read article and view pictures.

Wildlife photography: When you're hooked by Christian Gavin. Canada certainly provides many great opportunities for wildlife/macro photography.  For most Canadians, it is only a matter of grabbing their gear, getting into the car and, maybe 90 minutes later, taking amazing photos, of amazing creatures. View pictures and read article.

And the cougar jumped over the cliff by D. Simon Jackson This is the story of the greatest wildlife sighting of my life. Jasper National Park is one of the best, most accessible wilderness areas in Canada. I first visited the park with my family when I was seven and have returned almost every year since. And the summer of 2011 was no different - read article and view pictures.

Tree Swallows by Brad James ©

Tree Swallow by Brad James About 4 years ago I met Brendan Kelly (a 17 year old conservationist and growing photographer) who brought me to a small pond not far from his house where he had setup a number of nest boxes for Tree Swallows to use upon their arrival in spring. It was the first time I had seen a Tree Swallow and I was amazed at their flying ability - read article and view pictures.

Photographing Birds with Nikon's 500 mm VRII Lens by Dr. Robert Berdan I recently purchased a new Nikon 500 mm f/4 VRII lens for $8000. I didn't just waltz in the store and buy it, I have been researching and saving for a bigger lens for almost 2 years now. My biggest lens up to now has been the Nikon 300 mm f/2.8 lens with 1.5X and 2X Teleconverters. Read article and view pictures.

Twelve days in Patagonia by Dr. Agnes Chan Patagonia has always been in my list of places to visit, and I got it checked off in April of 2014.   Our trip began in El Chaltén which is about a 3 hour drive from the city of El Calafate.   El Chaltén is located within the Los Glaciares National Park – a beautiful village at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains.  Read article and view pictures.

Circle of Stones by Chris Collacott ©

Fine Art Panoramic Photography by Chris Collacott. Chris started a career in Information Technology, so his travels in the backcountry were limited to the weekends and holidays. He would bring a simple point and shoot and take three or four photos side by side to make “panoramic” photos and he enjoyed that as a form of documenting his adventures. Read article and view pictures.

Newborn Polar Bear Cubs of Wapusk National Park by by Jon Huyer I’m as fascinated and enthralled by the arctic as I am of bears, so getting the chance to see newborn polar bear cubs in northern Manitoba was an absolute dream come true.  A last-minute cancellation opened up a spot for me, on a trip that is normally booked solid 1-2 years in advance. View pictures and read article.

Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud - First Impressions by Dr. Robert Berdan. As a professional nature photographer I am a fan of Adobe Photoshop and have been using and teaching this software program for over 20 years. View article and see pictures and movies about the new features in Adobe Photoshop CC.

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Winner of Photo of the Month for June is a picture of a Red Winged Blackbird Chasing
a Great Gray Owl by Sharif Galal from Calgary


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