Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter

August 8, 2017

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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 76th Newsletter.

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

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Ebook now available for $19.95 CDN

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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 described some of the most beautiful places to photograph in Canada, includes maps, discussion of the Visual Elements of Design, Composition and How to photograph the Aurora.

Our annual Arctic Photography workshop August 30 to September 7 still has a few spots open. If interested contact me or the Peterson's - see my article and photos on our Adventure in 2015. More information below.

There were 7 new articles posted in July on a vareity of topics from the Solar Eclipse coming up by Alan Dyer, to Burrowing Owls by Dr. Wayne Lynch, some beautiful photos from Newfoundland by Megan Newman, The Hidden world by world renowned photomicrographer from Poland Marek Miś, a show case of Hälle Flygare's new e-book called Wild Arctic and two new articles on photomicrography by Robert Berdan - one on scanning electron microscopy and the other on Photographing Pond Scum through a microscope. Hopefully there is something that will appeal to you, please have a look. The Spetember newsletter won't be sent out until about the middle of Spetember as I am heading to Yellowknife and further north onto the Tundra again this year to photograph Caribou, Aurora and landscapes in Autumn.

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.

Above are pictures of George Brybycin as a young man hiking in the wildlerness - There will be a Celebration of his life on Friday, August 18 at the Blackfoot Inn see below. George photographed in the Canadian Rockies for over 50 years and self published more then 50 photgraphy books on the Mountains and Calgary. Hew was also a good friend and I admired his passion and photography.

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Tribute to George Brybycin Canadian Photographer  1934 - 2017 by Dr. Robert Berdan & Friends of George BrybycinNicknamed "Ansel Adams of the Canadian Rockies and Canada", George Brybycin was a mountain climber and photographer extraordinaire - read more.

A ceremony honoring George's life will be held on Friday Friday, August 18 1 pm at the Blackfoot Inn in Calgary.
Celebrating George’s Life
Friday August 18, 2017, 1:00 pm
Blackfoot Inn 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta - click to view Google Map
You are invited to join us for refreshments following the celebration, at which time we will continue to share stories and memories of our brother, uncle, good friend, master photographer and shepherd of the Rockies.



Photographing Microscopic Plant and Animal Life - Pond Scum II by Dr. Robert Berdan I am having so much fun exploring miniature universes filled with aliens - microscopic life - in water that this is my 6th article on photomicrography this year - read more.





Wild Arctic - book review by Dr. Robert Berdan
Wild Arctic is a highly informative 
book with lavish full-color illustrations throughout and up-to-date biological accounts of 119 mammals, 113 birds and 23 wildflowers living in the Arctic. Travelers to the Arctic will find a wealth of information encompassing life in the far north - read more.






Burrowing Owls in Alberta by Dr. Wayne Lynch The burrowing owl is a small owl, just 23 centimetres (9 in) tall, with legs nearly a third as long as the length of its body. Typically, it roosts on the ground, but sometimes perches on fence posts - read more.





Wherever my Camera brings me - Newfoundland by Megan Newman Newfoundland is a marvelous place to live,  it has so much to offer and there is always an adventure at your doorstep -read more.


The Hidden World - My Look at Photomicrography by Marek MiśThe way I remember it, my interest in the micro world and for the microscopy began when I was very young teenager (thirteen or fourteen years old). The great inspiration for it was the book which I found in my father's cupboard - read more.




Scanning Electron Microscopy - Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan Most of us don't have access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM), but I was fortunate when I was doing research to be able to take photographs with this microscope - 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.



Photography Workshops August and September



Saturday August 19 (alt date Sunday August 20 )- Night photography - $199 Max 3 - still openings.

In this workshop we will meet in my studio 7 pm for a short presentation, then we will head to a dark site- returning between 12-2 am. I will demonstrate how to focus on the stars with your camera Live view. A tripod is required. I recommend a wide angle lens with F2.8 or faster. F4 will work, but exposures might be quite long. This date is next to the new moon so we should have dark skies. In the event of cloud cover or rain Sunday will be the alternate day. If both days are cloudy - I will try to schedule another date. I will provide transportation so we all ride together. Max is 3 folks.

Moon Phase Calender for August 2017 Sunset is at 8:47 pm



Lake O'hara Fall Colours Landscape Tour - Spetember 21 & 22 - Max of 10

Start:  Sept. 21, 2017 at 7:45am at the Lake O’Hara bus access parking lot. End:  Sept. 22, 2017 at 6:00pm Cost:  $975.00 + GST for ILPA members and $1175.00 + GST for non-ILPA members (ILPA members will receive a $200 refund on their registration after their registration process is complete)

Direct any questions about the workshop to Brian Merry. To register go here.

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 .

Hope you are having a great summer and taking lots of pictures, I am always looking to feature new photographers and their work if you might be interested see my submission guidelines.

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

Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457