Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter

February 1, 2017

Dear Friends and new subscribers - I posted three new articles this month. I am still working on an article about image management tools, but if you can't wait you might check out Fastone - its free for personal use and seems pretty good so far in my testing, but still have others to test and report on. There are two articles on Peru by Reinhard Thomas who specializes in travel photography. Dr. Sharif Galal also presents an article on "What Makes a Good Brid Photograph?". Some of his photos were winners in Canadian Geographic Photo contest. I am also working on my Book "The Art of Canadian Nature Photography" which I had professionally edited, now I am doing another layout and then hope to find a publisher to have it printed this year for Canada's 150th birthday.

On another note if you applied for a park pass and have yet to receive one, you can pick them free of charge at the entrance to the National Parks for no charge and save about $130 in fees for 2017 only.

If you are looking for workshops I have listed them below, but also check out my workshops page and I am available for private training and field sessions on weekends and during the week. If you would like to show some of your work on the Canadian Nature Photography website and willing to write a short article please see my submissions guidelines.

Click on the thumbnails or links to visit web site and see these new photo articles

Devils Island by Reinhard Thomas  

Photographing Peru – Part 2 Cuzco to Lake Titicaca
by Reinhard Thomas We are leaving the puma shaped city of Cuzco and traveling North on our way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas - read more.

Great Gray Owl in flight by Sharif Galal ©  

What makes a Good Bird Photograph? by Dr. Sharif Galal
As a child, I spent most of the weekends with my father wandering on the country side and river banks observing different birds and critters - read more.

Peru Reinhard Thomas ©  

Photographing Peru – Part 1   Lima to Cuzco by Reinhard Thomas
Peru is a fascinating, culturally rich country with stunning man-made and natural attractions. From the High Andes Mountains with peaks of over 6700m to the jungle of the Amazon basin - read more.





NEW - Winter Prairie and Snowy Owl Workshop - Saturday Feb 25, 2017 max of 3 - 7:00 am to 6:00 pm $299 (full) If there is more interest I may do this on another weekend - contact me if you are interested.

On this workshop we will head out in search for snowy owls and winter prairie landscapes. I will provide transportation in my Jeep. In general I usually have to drive about 100 km per snowy owl, so we will cover the country side east and south of Calgary. We will stop for lunch. Participants should have a telephoto lens (70-200 mm or larger), a tripod or monopod is recommended. In the event we do not encounter a snowy owl, I will make an second trip on Sunday or the following weekend at no additional charge. I usually spot at least one snowy owl on most outings - but no one can guarantee wildlife. We also photograph Mule Deer, foxes, and other wild birds we encounter.


NEW - Winter Photography in the Badlands Saturday March 4, 2017 - max 3 $299

This will be a day long trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park in order to photograph the badlands in winter. Mule Deer are common in the park and we are unlikely to encounter any other people. We will leave early morning and arrive back in Calgary after dinner time. I will provide transportation in my Jeep. Our focus will be landscape and wildlife photography. If there is time we may search further south for some Pronghorn antelope. In the event the highway is closed I will arrange for another weekend.




Spring Wildflowers - Saturday June 10, 2017 $299

Early June is the best time for wildflowers in Rockies. We will photograph calypso orchids, lady;s slippers and other flowers. On this workshop we will travel to Rocky Mountain Parks to places where I know there is an abundance of wildflowers. There will also be opportunities to photograph landscapes and wildlife we encounter. I can provide transportation for three, otherwise we will car pool or I will hire and additional instructor to provide transportation and instruction. See article on photographing wild flowers in the Rockies. All participants will be provided with an e-book on macrophotography. There will be an optional 2 hour class in my studio before the workshop to cover macrophotography equipment and techniques and a follow up session where participants will show 6-10 of their best photos from the workshop for critique.



Arctic Adventure Workshop 2017 - August 31 to September 7, 2017 min 4 - max 10. $5,597.00

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 .


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

Enjoy winter photography,
Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457