Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter 2018

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April 3, 2018

Dear Friends and new subscribers welcome, those interested in the free online Photoshop tutorials can get access to them here: - password for Photoshop I is rdc1 and for Photoshop II is rdc2. These tutorials are getting outdated, but most of the instructions will also work on Photoshop CC 2017.

It's early April and it's still -5°C in Calgary with plenty of snow on the ground. One can only hope for warmer weather soon. Many of the spring birds are back and I saw a flock of tundra swans fly overhead this morning. The ponds are still frozen so I can't collect water samples yet so I decided I would order some protozoa from a scientific supply store in Ontario - Boreal. I have been wanting to take pictures and make a movie with my new microscope. I spent 3 days over the Easter weekend making a 3 minute movie. It takes so much more work to put together movies then photos. I edited the movie in Photoshop CC 2017 which has the ability to edit and create short movies with a faster learning curve then Adobe Premiere. I hope you will take a look at my movie which I also posted on Youtube and then you will get to see what live protozoa and rotifers look like. It's an amazing world that most folks never get to see.

New Articles Posted

This month I posted 5 new articles. Three of the photographers are from Europe including: Poland, Netherlands and Germany. I invited these photographers because of their outstanding macro- and photomicrography and I am inspired by their work. Another photographer from Toronto - Ryan Van Der Hout is an emerging artists who explores some new techniques in photography. I believe its valuable to look at all different types of photography and if you are looking for something different his work may intrigue you. You are encouraged to contact the photographers and ask them questions or comment on their work if you like, their contact information is at the bottom of each article. All of you are invited to submit articles to the Canadian Nature Photographer - if interested please see my submission guidelines.

Please Click on the thumbnails or links to read the Latest Photography Articles or visit the home page.

Paramecium in the light by Robert Berdan ©  

Photomicrography and Video of Protozoa, Volvox and Rotifers by Dr. Robert Berdan
In this article I show some of my recent photos of protozoa and rotifers with DIC microscopy. I couldn't wait for the ice to melt from the ponds in Calgary so I ordered some of these organisms  - read more.

Lichen in UV light by Watler Machielsen  

Lichen Photmicrography by Ultra Violet Light by Walter Machielsen
I've been fascinated by microscopy ever since I got a toy microscope for Christmas when I was 9 years old, now 40 years ago. I consider the combination of digital photography, the camera and the PC,  and focus stacking as a revolutionary development - read more.


Insect by Jacek Myslowski  

The Microscopic Universe of Invisible Things by Jacek Myslowski
My name is Jacek Myslowski and the universe of invisible things has fascinated me since my childhood. I have worked on photomicrography since 2006. This is my passion - read more.



Reflections Ryan Van Der Hout ©  

Dark Waters
by Ryan Van Der Hout Dark Waters is a series of images of water, clouds and trees looking at mankind's hand in commodifying and altering nature. Using a laser cutter, I burn holes into the photograph, trying to see how far I can destroy the physical structure of the photograph before it falls apart- read more.

Macrophotograph of Fly by Frank Fox ©  

Macrophotography and Photomicrography by Frank Fox.
Since my earliest youth, I have dealt with photography. Years ago I specialized in the field of micro- and macro photography. In this highly demanding discipline, good and expensive equipment is indispensable - read more


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Spring is on it way and the first wildflowers will be out soon. The first flower to appear in Calgary is the Prairie Crocus - it can appear along the Bow river from Mid March to Mid April depending on the weather. These beautiful flowers are found along the hillsides next to the Bow river. The nice thing about wild flowers is that they don't run away! I have on spot left in the June Wildflower macrophotography workshop. If more are interested I can always add another date.


Arctic Photo Adventure 2018 - Still a few spots left in both workshops

Arctic Photography Adventure - August 29-Sept 5 (few spots still available), 2nd Workshop Sept 03 to Sept 10th.  Cost $5,997.00 Held in Yellowknife and includes air fare from Yellowknife to Lodge 350 Km further North on the tundra

Your adventure begins in Yellowknife, NT and includes a flight further north to Point Lake Lodge on the Tundra. Transportation to Yellowknife is not included, but we will pick you up at the air port and provide hotel accommodation in Yellowknife. We will be photographing the Aurora Borealis, waterfalls, tundra, caribou and other wildlife. The tour includes a boat tour of Yellowknife bay and a fish fry (weather permitting). We may also hike a scenic trail to Cameron falls to photograph grouse, mushrooms and autumn colours. We will spend two nights photographing the Aurora in Yellowknife, including one night at Aurora village. We will then fly about 350 km north onto the tundra to Peterson's point lake lodge which includes gourmet food and comfortable cabin accommodations, shower, and heated rooms. We will be searching for caribou to photograph and other wildlife on foot and from 16 foot power boats. The tundra will be red and yellow and their will be opportunities to catch amazing sunsets and sunrises from the beach in front of the cabins. See the aurora and caribou gallery for images from previous workshops and read some of my previous articles. Contact me if you have any questions.

Download poster as a PDF

Photography Adventure Itinerary In Yellowknife - PDF

In 2018 we will be offering two workshops Cost $5997 + GST. Dates 1st workshop August 29-Sept 05, 2nd Workshop will be from Sept 03 to Sept 10th.

To register for this workshop please contact Margaret Peterson in Yellowknife at : or call 867-920-4654. 
Also visit the Peterson's Point lake lodge web site for more pictures and information.

Telephoto Lens for Sale

I have sold several photographic items and lenses in order to raise money for the purchase of new Microscope. I still have a Nikon 500 mm F4 Telephoto lens for sale on Kijji - cost is $9400 - it is in mint condition 2.5 years old. It's particularly good for birds and wildlife if interested please contact me.

Online Equipment from China

If you are looking for new or used equipment or camera accessories, I have been buying a wide variety of equipment on Ebay and Amazon, most of the equipment is from China and so far I have been satisfied with the equipment. The cost of the items is only 10-20% the cost of what I see them charge in local camera stores. I don't understand why these stores aren't bringing some of these items in to sell. For instance Arca swiss plates cost about $65 in a local store, and only $5 from China on Ebay. A set of extension tubes cost about $200 in the store, I purchased a set of 3 new extension tubes for $28. An Arca swiss clamp at the store costs about $100, I paid $10 for a really good clamp - actually bought 2. If the products in local stores were only slightly higher I would buy them, but a tenfold savings is hard to ignore. The downside is that these products take a 2-10 weeks to be delivered. I still prefer to purchase major camera gear locally so if I have a problem I can return it. Something you might want to look into.


Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457