Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter April 2019


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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.

Most of March I have been working on photographing Crystals by Polarized light microscopy for a Sports Drink Company. I have also been photographing Vitamin C which is one of the most beautiful crystals I have ever seen. In my article I post the methods I used, pictures and a Video with music which you can watch on YouTube or if you have a fast connection - by clicking on this link: Download movie of Crystals & Music mp4 195 MB 1920 x 1080 - I used Windows movie maker to create the slides show - the software is shown below.

You can see some of the beautiful colours of the crystals in this screen shot of Windows Movie Maker.

In addition, Dr. Wayne Lynch one of Canada's best known wildlife photographers shares his recent images of Lions he photographed in Africa. Saskatchewan photographers, Robin and Arlene Karpan share their images of the Kaskawulsh Glacier from the Air. Click on the links below or visit my home page to select these articles.

March Article Postings

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

African lion by Dr. Wayne Lynch  

African Lions by Dr. Wayne Lynch
In early March this year I was fortunate to once again return to the wildlife-rich Savannah of northern Tanzania – home to two dozen different species of hoofed mammals and a dozen kinds of charismatic carnivore - read more


Crystals Photographed with Polarization Microscopy: Water, Beer, Caffeine, Vitamins, Amino Acids and Human Tears by Dr. Robert Berdan
Crystals viewed and photographed through a polarized light microscope are the most beautiful colours I have ever seen in nature - read more.

Kaskawulsh Glacier from the Air by Robin and Arlene Karpan ©  

Photographing the Kaskawulsh Glacier from the Air by Robin and Arlene Karpan. Everything about Kluane National Park is big. Sprawling across southwestern Yukon, it's home to the world’s largest icefields outside the polar regions - read more.



Special Multimedia Presentation by Chris Harris
April 17th, 7:30pm
The Cité des Rocheuses Theatre
4800 Richard Road, SW, Calgary $5.00
For more information 


by Dr Robert Berdan

Tuesday May 21 from 6:30 -8:00 pm at the Cochrane Public Library
presented by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation - FREE


My presentation will include a wide variety of photographs and movies of micro-organisms found living in ponds, rivers, streams, moss and fields including close-ups of arthropods, protozoa, and tardigrades (water bears). This amazing universe of organisms is all around us, and these aliens can be photographed with a microscope and digital camera. Suitable for anyone over 12 years of age.

Vitamin C crystals in polarized light


Some of you may notice that I have been posting numerous articles on photomicrography. I am a member of the University of Calgary Microscopy Interest group which consists of Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows and grad students. However I would like to start a Microscopy Interest group in Calgary for anyone interested including: amateur scientists, microscope collectors, geologists, biologists, and hobbyists. My goal is to promote this type of photography. I imagine having meetings perhaps once a month in my home studio with presentations on equipment and techniques. Their are two microscopy forums that I currently belong to that are international where those getting into the field can ask questions and post their images: and

If you might be interested please email me and I will put you on email list and contact you when I have at least a half dozen interested. I am hoping this might appeal to bryologists, insect biologists, freshwater biologists, geologists, coin or stamp collectors, gemologists etc. If you are interested please Email me:



Spring Wildflowers - Saturday June 8 - Max 3. Cost is $299 per person. I am limiting many of my workshops to small groups in this case maximum of 3 so that I can provide transportation for everyone and more personal instruction. All participants will receive my ebook on Macrophotography with some 90 pages of information. There will be a voluntary follow up session and critique. All level of photographers are welcome - but since this workshop is limited don't wait until the last minute. Lady slippers, Calypso orchids are just a few of the flowers we will be photographing.

Waterfalls & Rainforest Workshop - July 13-14 - Max 3 - $599. We will travelling to the Revelstoke area and stay overnight in a hotel (the hotel costs are extra). We will be doing some short hikes. I will provide transportation from my place. We will leave early Saturday morning and be back Sunday evening.

Red Rock Coulée and southern Alberta prairies June 22-23 .Max of 3 - $599. In this workshop we will be staying overnight in Medicine Hat, hiking Red Rock Coulée then travelling through southern Alberta to photograph the prairies, old towns, barns etc.

Private training in Photoshop, or Photography, Macrophotography or Photomicrography is availablre throughout the year $60\hr or $299 for a day. This includes training in Photorestoration using Adobe Photoshop.





Nikon 500 mm F4 lens in Mint Condition - asking $8450.00 - listed on Kijji I am selling it to help pay for my new research microscope.

Nikon 500 mm F4 lens for sale by Robert Berdan


If you are looking for a day trip or photo instruction I am available during the week and weekends - call me to discuss your interests 403 247-2457. I welcome photographers of all level of experience from beginners to pros and I can provide transportation to anywhere within a couple of hours drive of Calgary. CALL ME or EMAIL ME.

NEW - I now offer photomicrography services on my other web site: Science & Art Photography including equipment rental in my studio.


Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457