Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter 2018

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August 7, 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 These tutorials are somewhat outdated, but most of the instructions will also work on Photoshop CC 2018.

In July I have posted 6 new articles, 5 on microscopy and one on a birding Hot spot near Calgary - Frank Lake. My goal this summer is to photograph as much with microscope as possible hence the large number of microscopy articles. I appreciate not everyone might be interested in this topic and I will be adding more diversity in the future. I am starting to prepare for my annual Arctic Adventure Photography workshop in Yellowknife and further north on the Tundra in order to photograph Caribou, landscapes and the Aurora Borealis. In addition this year I will try to gather more photos of lichen and bring samples back to search for water bears with my microscope. This year due to demand we are offering a 2nd workshop so we have two back to back workshops and I get to spend more time on the tundra as well. I will post an article shortly after getting back in September. See below for more information I believe there are still a few spots in the 2nd workshop.

On August 12 there will be the Perseid meteor shower if you are interested in night sky photography, check the North east sky around midnight is usually best. If you have taken some beautiful photos this summer you might consider submitting an article and show off your fine work. All of you are invited to submit articles to the Canadian Nature Photographer - if interested please see my submission guidelines.

The next newsletter will appear around end of September after I am back from my Arctic Trip.

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

Hydra and bud by Robert Berdan ©  


Photomicrography of Hydra - a model for studying regeneration and aging by Dr. Robert Berdan. The name Hydra was derived from a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology - this article shows Hydra that lives in fresh water. It is used in research to study regeneration and aging - read more.

White-faced ibis from Frank Lake Alberta by Robert Berdan ©  

Frank Lake - Birding Hotspot Near Calgary by Dr. Robert Berdan
Frank Lake is a restored wetland 6 Km east of High River and about 50 Km south of Calgary and 2 Km south of Blackie. The lake is controlled by Ducks Unlimited - read more.

Daphnia Water-flea by Robert Berdan ©  

Photographing Water-fleas - Daphnia by Dr. Robert Berdan. The English name for Daphnia, water-flea, originates from the jumping-like behaviour they exhibit while swimming - read more.

Macrophotograph of Fly by Frank Fox ©  

Photographing Gastrotrichs by Dr. Robert Berdan To say that Gastrotrichs are a strange animal is an understatement. These tiny creatures vary in size from 60 to 3000 microns though most found in Freshwater are 100-300 microns in size so you need a microscope to view and photograph them- read more.



Euchlanis dilatata - a rotifer common in pond water  by Robert Berdan ©  

Photographing Rotifers by Dr. Robert Berdan An interest in Rotifers started after microscopist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) described them in a letter from 1687. These microscopic organisms live in water including ponds - read more



Spirostomum minus (top) and Urocentrum turbo (bottom) - both are common ciliates in fresh water by Robert Berdan ©  


Photographing Ciliates by Dr. Robert Berdan You may have been introduced to Paramecium in biology class, a single celled (unicellular) "simple" ciliate found in pond water. Only ciliates are not simple but some of the most complex cells on the planet - read more.


My E-book The Art of Canadian Nature Photography - 250 pages

Make an ideal gift to serious photographers and visitors to Canada

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. I have also made the book for sale as a hard copy that can be ordered through Blurb. The hardcover book is $199 - not cheap I know, but then it is a collectors item and has over 40 years of my photography and shows some of the best places to take pictures in Canada, includes a detailed discussion of the Visual Elements of Design, Seeing that I have acquired over a my lifetime. This would make an ideal gift for anyone serious about photography.


Arctic Photo Adventure 2018

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.

If you would like any kind of nature photography training, macrophotography or photomicrography, a photo trip outside of Calgary, or Photoshop training I am available first 2 weeks in August and after mid September by the hour, half day or full day - just give me a call 403 247-2457 or email me. You can also use a gift certificate towards any training session. I will be operating a Fall Landscape workshop in Kananaskis in late September, snowy owl outings throughout the winter and Photoshop training all year.

Have a great summer and I hope you get some fantastic images. .

Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457