Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter

October 3, 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 77th Newsletter.

September is always a busy month for me as I lead several photographic tours, the main one is 10 days in the Arctic to photograph the Aurora borealis, tundra and wildife. We had spectacular aurora this year, and we are planning to expand the workshop next year and offer 2 workshops: August 29-September 5, the 2nd Workshop will be Sept 03 to Sept 10th   Cost $5,997.00 For information visit the Peterson's Point Lake Lodge web site.

I have also added a new workshop on Photomicrography. You may have noticed that I have posted quite a few articles on this subject over the past few months and will be adding more in the future. My interest in photography started by taking pictures of specimens viewed with my light microscope and this interest has been rekindled as I explore these minature universes. If you are interested in learning how to do this and spend a day taking photomicrographs see my workshop page to register. It is easier then you might think and specimens can be found everywhere. I also have severl microscopes for sale - they are listed on Kijjii - Calgary, but you can also contact me if interested in purchasing one. The cost less then the price of a basic lens i.e. under $300.

I have posted three new articles on my web site in Spetember. One is on 4x5 photography something I did a few years ago and a participant in the O'hara workshop brought his large format camera and it made me want to share a few of my images. The second article is about the overnight workshop offered by Brian Merry at Lake O'hara. This is the second year I have assisted Brian in providing instruction on this trip. Lake O'hara is one of the most beautiful places in the Canadian Rockies especially when the larches turn yellow the third week in September. Brian hopes to offer the workshop again next year provided he is able to get the Alpine Hut. For information on these and other workshops by Brian Merry visit his web site.

I have invited a number of photographers to present articles on insects, photo-stacking, mushrooms etc. Note any photographer is welcome to submit an article about some aspect of nature, travel and outdoor photography - see my submission guidelines if interested.

Upcoming Presentations in Calgary by Robert Berdan

Monday, October 30, 2017  Calgary Camera Club

Tuesday November 21, 2017 at the Foothills Camera Club

I will be presenting images form the Aurora, Wildlife, Photomicrography, Time Lapse and Spherical Imaging.

Click on the thumbnails or links to read the Latest Photography Articles

Point no Point with large format camera by Robert Berdan ©  

Photographing Nature with a Large Format Camera by Dr. Robert Berdan
In a recent photography workshop at Lake O'hara one of the photographers, Peter, brought along a large format camera. This brought back memories when I shot with a 4 x 5 camera - read more.


Lake O'hara photo tour by Robert Berdan ©  

Autumn in the Canadian Rockies 2017 Lake O'hara and Kananaskis by Dr. Robert Berdan
Lake O'hara located in British Columbia near the Border of Alberta and Banff National parks is one of the premiere destinations in the Canadian Rockies - read more.



Aurora by Robert Berdan ©  

Arctic Adventure Photography Workshop 2017 by Robert Berdan
At the end of each summer Peterson's Point Lake Lodge in the Northwest Territories offers an arctic adventure photography workshop. The lodge is located on the caribou migration route - read more.






Photoshop I course covers basics including colour calibration, basic workflow, working with RAW files, layers, converting to Black and white, Sepia and colouring. The workshop includes a 90 page booklet on various techniques, participants should bring 5-10 images they want to work on in the class. Also if there is some technique or procedure you want to learn there will be time in class for me to show you - let me know before hand what technique it is you want to learn. You can bring a laptop or use one of my computers. Class goes from 9-12 1-4 pm with an hour for lunch.

Next course tentatively scheduled for February 10, 2018




Snowy Owls - Saturday, January 20 or February 17. Max of 3. $299.

Last we had a very successful time photographing snowy owls west of the city. If for any reason we don't find any - you can attend the second workshop free, though I expect we will encounter several. A telephoto lens is essential. We will stop for lunch.
We will be driving down lots of farm roads and visiting various hot spots. Last year we also encountered a Great Horned owl lodging in a barn and were able to get some nice photos. If you can't make one of these dates contact me for a private tour.

See article and some photos from last year's Owl workshops.




NEW - Photomicrography for beginners - December 2, 2017, or Jan 27, 2018 $299 Max of 3

Learn how to use a light and stereo microscope for taking pictures using bright field, darkfield, phase contrast and polarization. You will be shown how to create your own crystals, view living pond organisms, and photograph your own cheek cells. No camera or microscope is required - just show up and bring your curiosity and a USB stick to take the photos you take home. I will cover what to look for in buying a microscope, how to attach your camera, and show you where you can get free software to connect your microscope camera to a computer to record images. You may use a gift certificate to attend this workshop. If dates are not good for you please contact me for private training. Workshops go from 9-12 and 1-4 pm.



To register or view more workshops in 2018

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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