Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter

November 7, 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.

Most of October I have been working on upgrading my in home microscope laboratory, adding new components to my microscopes and macrophotography equipment. I have been searching for a research microscope with Differential interference Contrast (DIC) and these costly scopes are hard to come by and generally cost over $10,000. To raise the cash I have sold my kayaks, large Gitzo tripod and I am selling a number of lenses: 24 mm F1.4, 8-15 mm, Nikon 1.7X, 2X converters,, 8 mm Sigma fish-eye lens, My 1500 mm telescope, my 300 mm F2.8 lens, my 500 mm F4 lens, a Gar,om G{S. even one of my Saxophones (Canonball Pro Alto) and more - all items are listed on Kijjji Calgary web site. If you might be interested in having a look at any items give me a call. I need to raise $20,000 to purchase a new Zeiss DIC microscope. My plan is to take photomicrographs of aquatic invertebrates over the next few years. I am not abandoning landscape and wildlife, I am just going to turn more of my attention to the microworld. There are relatively few photographers doing this and I have the background and experience.

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Upcoming Presentation in Calgary by Robert Berdan

Our Amazing Universe - I will show you how and where to photograph the Aurora Borealis in Yellowknife and around Calgary. I will present tips on Wildlife photography and finally I will show you life in a miniature universe, photographs taken with a light and electron microscope.

Tuesday November 21, 2017 at the Foothills Camera Club


Two new articles were posted in October 1) is of historical importance showing Diatoms photographed with a microscope from 1877. I believe the prints are Calotypes one of the very fist types of prints invented by Fox Talbot in the early 1800. The images were pasted into a book one of my professors gave me. The photographer John Redmayne, was surgeon and unfortunately had a tragic early death, but left behind these amazing photos. The second article is by a young man living in Toronto, Thomas Boldt who shares some images of wildlife from the city. Proof you can capture wildlife almost anywhere. You are all invited to submit articles if interested see my submission guidelines.

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

Diatom photography by John T. Redmayne 1877  

Photomicrographs of Diatoms from 1877 by John T. Redmayne by Dr. Robert Berdan
View amazing photographs of Diatoms taken in 1877 using Calotype prints - read more.


Green Frog by Thomas Boldt ©  

Toronto's Urban Nature & Wildlife by Thomas Boldt
- When nature and wildlife photographers think about the idea location for a shoot, most of us think of a remote location far away from the hustle and bustle of the urban environment- read more.





Photoshop I and II Courses offered also I provide private Training

Photoshop I course covers basics including colour calibration, basic work flow, 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 - 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