Posts Tagged "nature detail"

Macro and flower photography hike at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Posted by on 12. July 2014 in Blog / Journal, Photography, Workshops | Comments Off on Macro and flower photography hike at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Macro and flower photography hike at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Join us for a hike of inspiration and photography instruction in a beautiful natural setting of Buffalo Pound Provincial Park near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Fine-tune your photography skills and try out photo techniques to help you produce beautiful and unique images of flowers and intricate details in nature. Date: Saturday, 19. July 2014 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Place: Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, about 25 km northeast of the city of Moose Jaw. Please check the Park web site for up-to-date road conditions. We will meet at the Park Entry Office. Cost: Free to participate. There is a daily Park entrance fee. In this hands-on photography tutorial, I will share a few tips and tricks on photographing flowers in the field, talk about creative use of different lenses and camera settings to control perspective and depth of field, and show natural and artificial lighting techniques in macro photography. Suitable for photographers of all skill levels....

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Loons of Anglin Lake

Posted by on 28. June 2014 in Blog / Journal, Photography | 7 comments

Loons of Anglin Lake

Two weeks ago I had a chance to photograph Common Loons on Anglin Lake in northern Saskatchewan. A good friend of mine, Bradley Muir has been conducting loon surveys for the last 4 years as part of the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey. Bird Studies Canada is coordinating the surveys, and also analyzes and reports on the collected data. Brad invited me to join him and try to photograph the loons in his part of the woods. There is something special about loons of Anglin Lake. Many Canadian lakes host Common Loons and you can hear their characteristic call throughout the country. However, according to long-term studies published by Bird Studies Canada, Anglin Lake has more than 14 times higher population density of loons compared to records from any other Canadian lake of similar size. Loons of Anglin Lake also have almost 30 times as many large young. Over the tenure of loon surveys, between 30 and 44 breeding pairs have been observed on the lake. Brad recorded 38 pairs this year. One beautiful Saturday evening, Brad, myself and Andrea Nelson who has been helping with the surveys, headed on the lake in a small boat generously provided by the Land of the Loon Resort. Breeding season has been delayed this year and pairs of loons were still hanging out on the open water. Winds was calm and I was able to capture a few good images of loons feeding and displaying. Tranquility in this part of boreal forest was sometimes interrupted by a roar of speed boats pulling a skier. With a loud music blasting, some boats create a considerable wake and disturbance which represent a threat to the nesting loons. Chick feeding and other parenting duties are likely disrupted during periods of heavy human use. Disturbance to birds is likely to increase; Anglin Lake has been included in the newly created Great Blue Heron Provincial Park. Enjoyment of the lake by a nearby cottage community and needs of loons will have to reconciled in the upcoming park management plan. If you are interested in observing and photographing loons and other wildlife in the boreal forest of northern Saskatchewan, Bradley is running Loon Country Excursions. To find out more, check out the Sundogs Excursions web site or call 306-960-1654. Before you decide to go, be aware that Brad can not guarantee loon photography as the excursions are operated to prevent undue disturbance to all wildlife. If animals choose to keep their distance, participants can still enjoy their presence, listen to the iconic calls, and focus their binoculars and cameras on magnificent boreal forest and lakes....

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Happy first day of spring

Posted by on 20. March 2014 in Blog / Journal, Photography | Comments Off on Happy first day of spring

Happy first day of spring

Spring is arriving a day earlier this year; vernal (spring) equinox in Saskatoon falls on Thursday, March 20 at 10:57 a.m. CST. March equinox, the date when day and night are same length, marks the beginning of spring in Northern Hemisphere. The term equinox is a derivative of the Latin word equinoxium, which literally means “equality between day and night”. For our friends down under, today is the first day of autumn (fall). The exact day is not the same from year to year. This has to do with the number of calendar days in a year, not the equinox itself. It takes the Earth 365.256 days to complete one full revolution around the Sun. However, the Georgian calendar we use rounds the year down to 365 days and does not account for the extra 0.256 days that is left over. So the spring equinox may fall on March 20 or March 21, depending on the year when our calendar catches up with the solar calendar. With the rapid snow melt we have experienced this week, warmer temperatures green grass should be just around the corner. I talked to my mom in Croatia over the weekend; they already have had daily temperatures of over 20 C. Do you know why the spring brings warmer temperatures? Because the Earth’s axis of rotation (the end pointing to the North) is tilted towards the Sun which means longer daylight hours and more sunlight that warms up the environment. Spring equinox signals the time when plants emerge, animals become more active, and flowers begin to bloom. It is the beginning of nature’s renewal, start of a new growing season. Here is an image gallery with Signs of Spring:  ...

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Avenue with elm trees in downtown Saskatoon, autumn colours

Posted by on 12. November 2013 in Saskatchewan | Comments Off on Avenue with elm trees in downtown Saskatoon, autumn colours

Avenue with elm trees in downtown Saskatoon, autumn colours

Avenue with elm trees in front of our home in downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Autumn was warm and dry, colours were at the peak a bit later this year. Do we see the effects of climate change? Return to the Saskatchewan photo...

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Happy Summer Solstice

Posted by on 21. June 2013 in Blog / Journal | Comments Off on Happy Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice

Happy summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  Summer will officially begin this week, although if residents of Saskatoon looked out of the window, it definitely did not feel like summer. We have had unusually wet and cold June. For the first half of the month temperatures were below average and rainfall is already well above average. Many areas in Saskatchewan have received more than 150% of normal rainfall. The old saying goes “April showers bring May flowers”. Well, wildflowers are a bit late this year. The 2013 summer solstice falls in early morning hours on Friday, June 21st. This year’s summer solstice stands out because it will be followed by the largest “supermoon” of the  year. In early morning hours of Sunday, June 23rd the moon will reach it’s full phase and will be the closes to the Earth (356,990 kilometres or 221,823 miles) than any other time this year. The moon will appear 16% bigger and 30% brighter. In case the skies are clear enough for us to be able to see it. After the summer solstice is over in Northern Hemisphere, it is all down hill – days will be shorter and nights longer. Although this sounds bad, there is  something positive in shorter days; no more waking up at 4 am to photograph the sunrise. If you are interested in learning more about trivia behind the summer solstice, check out this article from National Geographic or Washington Post (warning – a lot of geeky numbers). CNET Australia published an article with useful tips on how to photograph the supermoon this Sunday). For a real treat, check out this awesome video of a full moon rising behind a silhouetted group of visitors at the Mount Victoria lookout by the New Zealand photographer Mark Gee.     Update on June 23, 2013: here is one of the images I took this morning of a supermoon behind the Delta Bessborough hotel in Saskatoon. Photographed with a 400 mm...

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