Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter

June 13, 2017




Dear Friends - new subscribers welcome, those interested in free online Photoshop workshops can get access to them here: - password for Photoshop I is rdc1 and for Photoshop II is rdc2. This my 75th Newsletter.

Our annual Arctic Photography workshop still has a few spots open. If interested contact me or the Peterson's - see my article and photos on our Adventure in 2015.

To celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday I have been working on a book called "The Art of Canadian Nature PHototraphy - Scenic Vistas and Wildlife in Canada". This book is a compliation of 45 years of my best photography from across Canada. and includes maps and descriptions of where the photos were taken, with numerous photography tips. It has a special section on how to photograph the Aurora Borealis, Colour Theory and Composition. In short it is a summary of the most important things I have learned about photography over 4 decades. The book has been submitted to publishers for consideration, but I fear I will not hear back from them in time to have a printed version for 2017. I have made a prototype of the book in Blurb and have sold about 20 copies at $200 a piece, but I believe this is more than most folks are willing to pay. I am hoping to have it printed in the future but I am not sure when . I have made an ebook version as a PDF, mobi and epub formats which I am now offering for sale on my web site as part of Canada's celebration for only $19.95.

Some sample pages are shown below and you can download a free chapter in PDF format - Download FREE Sample Book Chapter PDF. The book is filled with 250 pages of images and text that describe some of the most beautiful places to photograph in Canada. See some sample page Below.


Robert's New E-book The Art of Canadian Nature Photography - 250 pages is Now on Sale

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New articles posted: Dr. Wayne Lynch, Canada's wildlife specialist shows some stuning bird photographs from prairie sloughs. Alan Dyer one of Canada's best astrophographers presents an article on this summers Solar Eclipse and how to photograph it. If you want to see what is living in your roof gutters see my article about Microscopic life in Pond and Rain Water. Reinhard Thomas submitted his 11th article on Travel Photography, this one is about India you are sure to find interesting.

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Springtime in a Prairie Slough by Dr. Wayne Lynch In northern Scandinavia, the Sami reindeer herders have a deep-rooted belief about the restorative powers of nature.  They say: “If ever you are lost in life, put your ear to the earth and listen to the beat of her heart”  - read more.


Shoot the Solar Eclipse by Alan Dyer. 
This summer an amazing natural phenomenon will sweep across the United States. On August 21 the shadow of the Moon will touch the Earth and trace a path from coast to coast, from Oregon to South Carolina - read more.

Rotifer by Robert Berdan  

Microscopic Life in Ponds and Rainwater by Dr. Robert Berdan It may look like pond scum until you look at it through a light microscope - to a Geek these microorganisms are jewels and they can be found in your backyard - read more.

India by Reinhard Thomas ©  


Photographing in Rajasthan, India by Reinhard Thomas  We arrived in Delhi, India’s capital and the major gateway to the treasures of this great, interesting country. This city of more than 25 million people is chaotic at best but a better expression may be “mayhem”- read more.

Avocet by Robert Berdan  


NEW - Shorebird workshop - Saturday June 24, 20176 $299 max 3

In this workshop we will travel to several locations outside Calgary in order to photograph shore birds in their natural habitat. A telephoto lens of at least 200 mm is required, a tripod or mono pod is helpful. There will be some short walks and shooting from the shoreline. The workshop will start early morning, time to be determined, but sunrise is at 5:22 am. Depending on interest in this workshop, if there are more then 3 I will schedule additional workshop, but will keep the max group size to 3. We will likely photograph Marbled Godwits, Avocets, Stilts and many other species. Participants will bring their lunch which we will enjoy in the field. This workshop will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. If you would like to participate contact me. A pair of binoculars will also be handy, I will have two pair with me in the car.


Waterfalls by Robert Berdan  

Waterfalls & Rainforest Workshop, Revelstoke, BC July 15 and 16 - two days one night, Max 3 - $599 plus cost of food and one night accommodation.

In this workshop we will explore the Arrow lakes, Begbie creek falls, and Sutherland Creek Falls and others. We will also explore Mount Revelstoke National park. In addition to waterfalls and rainforest we will stop at Hemlock Grove Boardwalk in Glacier National Park BC. The tour will involve short hikes of 1 to 3 km so participants should be able to walk and carry their gear on these walks. I will provide transportation in my Jeep. The additional cost to participants will be for one night accommodation in Revelstoke or Nakusp will be about $150-$200 and I will try to provide some economical options. I plan to leave early Saturday morning (6:00 am) the drive is about 4 hours to Revelstoke through the National Parks, of course we will stop for scenics and wildlife photographs along route. We should be back in Calgary late Sunday afternoon. I recommend a tripod for the waterfalls and forest and a moderate telephoto lens for wildlife, and a macro for wildflowers. The trip will not be cancelled because of rain.

Caribou by Robert Berdan

Arctic Adventure Workshop 2017 - August 31 to September 7, 2017 min 4 - max 10. $5,597.00 - Couple of spots still available.

Our annual arctic adventure tour starts in Yellowknife, with accommodations provided for two nights in Yellowknife, we will touring the city, take a boat tour and in the evenings we will be photographing the Aurora Borealis. We will then fly 350 km north to the heart of the tundra to stay at Peterson's Point Lake Lodge for 7 days in photograph the tundra in spectacular autumn colours, migrating caribou,wildlife and in the evening the aurora Borealis. See my article from 2015. Guides are provided to accommodate all fitness level, we will do some hiking, boating and even some fishing if interested. The caribou sometimes come by the cabins. There are also opportunities for macrophotography with a wide variety of lichens on the tundra. Accommodations are in comfortable cabins around Point Lake include a shower and sauna. All meals are provided at the lodge including the flight from Yellowknife to and from the lodge. For more information contact me or visit Petersons Point Lake lodge web site .

Also if you are interested in other photography topics please use the search engine on my front page to find them or see my site map or article index to see previous articles not listed on the front page - there are hundreds of articles on all sorts of topics from waterfalls, high dynamic range, owls, winter, etc.

Can't make a workshop, call me if you would like private training in any type of outdoor photography or Photoshop training.

Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457