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Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter

February 28, 2011

Dear Friends and Fellow Nature Photographers:

It's been a cold February in Alberta and although winter is not over at least the days are starting to get longer. This month I included seven new articles including three new featured nature photographers that I think you will want to check out. Click on the links or pictures below to be taken to the specific articles or visit the home page of www.canadiannaturephotographer.com and click on the links.


Male snowy owl in flight by Mark WilliamsMark Williams is a part time nature photographer from Okotoks, Alberta who utilizes his hunting skills and applies them with his camera to capture stunning images of birds in flight and other wildlife. His favorite subjects are raptors - birds of prey and birds in flight photography. Mark believes birds in flight stretch the abilities of both the photographer and camera in equal measure. To see more of Marks' photographs and learn how he captures his photographs click here.


One foggy morning in Ottawa...

Jim Cumming photographing a deer up close by Daniel Parent ©

Jim Cumming from Kanata Ontario will show you some close up and personal views of deer. His photographs have a painterly feel to them as many of his best deer shots are taken on foggy mornings. Read more...


Pelican by Randy Kimura Widlife Photography Close to Home by Randy Kimura. Living in Calgary provides numerous opportunities for wildlife photography - the Rocky Mountains are to the west, the open prairie lies east and further north is the start of the boreal forest. Birders have this concept of a “Favorite Patch”, which is quite simply a place they like to frequent. Randy shows in his wildlife photographs that you don't have to travel far to get great shots. He suggest less travel equals more time for photography. Read his article here...


Where are the best places to take photographs in the Canadian Rockies? This is a common question I receive by email. I decided to respond by posting three new articles on the web site that deal with 1) Banff and Jasper National Park 2) Waterton National Park and 3) Kananaskis Country. In them I show some of the most beautiful and popular places to take great photographs in the parks and also include few off the beaten track locations like the Tonquin Valley. The articles include short HD movies or VR movies, maps and links to various places you can stay. Click on any of the photos below to be taken to the specific articles. I will be posting more articles on great places to take photographs in British Columbia in the future.


Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, AB by Robert Berdan Vimy peak in Waterton National Park, AB Upper Lakes Kananaskis, AB by Robert Berdan

I Banff & Jasper National Park , AB

II Waterton National Park, AB

III Kananskis Provincial Park, AB


As Spring and Summer approach some photographers are beginning to look for photography workshop opportunities. Based on 25 years experience teaching and also as student I thought I would share some thoughts on things to look for when choosing a workshop. Photography workshops can vary in price from $25 to over $10,000. When choosing a workshop you want to consider your budget, the location, your skill level, what you want to get out of the workshop, the instructors and the equipment you currently own. To read more tips on choosing a workshop click here. Also check out some of my upcoming workshops which include one on waterfalls in Revelstoke and my annual wildflower workshop in early June. In September I am offering an Arctic Adventure workshop for the third year in a row where participants photograph caribou, changing colours on the tundra and on clear nights the Aurora Borealis. Click on the picture to learn more about the Arctic Adventure workshop and read some of the ar ticles I have posted.

Group on the Tundra taking a photo workshop

Group of Photographers on Arctic Adventure Workshop offered through Petersons Point Lake Lodge in the North West Territories. This workshop is offered each September on the Tundra and includes opportunities to photograph the Tundra in Autumn, migrating barren land caribou, and the Aurora on clear nights. For more information....


Great Gray Owl by Egan Wuth ©

February Photo contest winner is Egan Wuth from Fort St. John, BC. Egan used a 70-200 mm F2.8 lens to capture this Great Gray Owl. Winners win free access to their choice of one of my Online Photoshop courses. Thank you to those who submitted this month and I hope you will try again.


Coming up in March I am offering a Photoshop II workshop on Saturday, March 12 and on March 26th a Photoshop I workshop. Private training is available any time. Other news - two of my photographs were finalists in the Maria Luisa International Photo-contest in Spain and I donated two large framed prints to hospitals that cared for my father during his recent heart surgery - see the news section to view the images. On the home page of the Canadian Nature Photographer I have placed new social media sharing buttons to facilitate sharing of the web site with your friends or anyone interested in learning more about nature photography. I am also working to recruit articles by some of the best photographers and ar tists in the world. In February, the web site had 3647 visits and 2401 unique visitors, up 12% from the previous month - thank you.

March in Alberta is a time of transition as winters grip begins to ease and the first eagles and tundra swans begin migrating north through the province around the middle of the month. It could get warm enough to see the first wild flowers (prairie croccus) along the Bow river. March may also be your last chance to grab some wintery photos before Spring arrives. Until next month....

Robert Berdan
Calgary, AB
403 247-2457

Please Visit me at: www.canadiannaturephotographer.com