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Happy Holidays 2010

Posted on 21. Dec, 2010 by .


Happy Holidays!!!…

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October 2010 Update

Posted on 06. Oct, 2010 by .


Although much of September was rainy and cool, our more typical sunny and warm fall weather has returned. I just finished conducting my Wildlife Intensive Weekend Workshop here in Edmonton with twelve great people. They all seemed to really enjoy themselves.

On Sunday, we took a field trip to photograph some Prairie Dogs at the world’s most northern Prairie Dog town and we visited a local falconer who allowed us to photograph a number of his beautiful birds. My students all came away with some tremendous images and I am proud of their accomplishments. I hope to offer this workshop again this coming…

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Top 18 assertions about “Real” Photographers

Posted on 20. Sep, 2010 by .


When I was but a lad learning computer programming in college during the 80’s, I came across a piece of entertaining literature (probably through the resources of CompuServe) that listed a number of assertions about what constituted a “real” programmer. I found the piece highly entertaining as it poked fun at the pretentious and arrogant attitudes prevalent amongst a group of hard core self-imagined “real” programmers at the time. I’ve now learned that the piece was written by Tom van Vleck and was originally titled Real Programmers don’t write specs.

I thought it would be fun to compile a similar list of similarly pretentious and arrogant assertions about what constitutes a “real” photographer. And with many thanks to Tom for the kernel of the idea, here’s the list
I thought it would be fun to compile a similar list of similarly pretentious and arrogant assertions about what constitutes a “real” photographer. And with many thanks to Tom for the kernel of the idea, here’s the list I’ve compiled

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Top Ten Ways to Separate the Cameraists from the Photographers

Posted on 13. Sep, 2010 by .


If you’re a Cameraist who is easily offended, I beg you to read no further. You will anyway, but I’ve taken care of my responsibilities by warning you.

With all that preamble out of the way, presented below in traditional count-down order are the Top Ten ways to separate the Cameraists from the Photographers…

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Selling wildlife photography; cute sells

Posted on 24. Aug, 2010 by .


When I was first getting involved in professional wildlife photography, one of my mentors told me something I’ve made a point of remembering. What he told me should be obvious, but like much of what should be obvious, it isn’t always that obvious until someone points it out to you. And what was this pearl of wisdom and insight that I received? It was simply…

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Spirit Bear Cover Shot – ISO 3200 Canon 5D Mark II

Posted on 17. Jun, 2010 by .


Have you seen the cover shot on the Summer/Fall 2010 issue of Outdoor Photography Canada (OPC) Magazine? It’s my shot of a Kermode “Spirit” Bear and there is an accompanying article inside about a trip I lead last fall to photograph these wonderful and uniquely Canadian bears. This isn’t my first cover shot on a magazine…

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Nature Photo Contest for Canadians

Posted on 11. May, 2010 by .


If you’re a Canadian and you have some great shots that show how humans have negatively OR positively affected the environment, consider entering them into…

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Polar Bears waiting for winter and killing time

Posted on 05. Apr, 2010 by .


I thought I’d make a video that told the story of the Polar Bears, waiting along the shores of Hudson’s Bay for the bay to freeze up. The bears rely on ice in the bay to help them return to their hunting grounds on Hudson’s Bay where they hunt seals. This hunting is extremely important because…

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Outdoor Photo Gear – A story of exceptional customer service

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .


Many moons ago, I used to work in the retail industry. While my job rarely took me to the front lines of retail service, I was always keenly aware of the many challenges involved in providing customers with a great level of service. Stories of poor customer service abound on the various Internet forums one comes across and that is all useful information. But, I think it is even more important to share the positive…

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Top 10 ways to make sure you’ll never be a pro.

Posted on 11. Feb, 2010 by .


Through the various workshops I lead and classes I teach, I inevitably run into a number of aspiring professional photographers. More than a few of them however, seem doggedly determined to do everything they can to make their dream of professional photography impossible.

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