Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett
One of the things that’s great about photography is that it brings you together with really interesting people. Paul Burwell was one of those individuals who influenced those around him and had a wide circle of people he touched. I was one of them.
I first knew of Paul through an Internet photo sharing site called Nature Photographers Network (NPN). Paul was active on that forum posting really well-crafted wildlife photographs. As well, Paul was a digital pioneer who knew a lot about computers, digital cameras and image processing software. Paul became a kind of go-to guy for us neophyte digital adopters on NPN. I know I learned some really useful tips from his expertise.
It wasn’t until March 2006 that I met Paul in person when he signed up for one of my winter photo tours in the Canadian Rockies. I told him that we really didn’t do much wildlife photography on the tours, but mostly concentrated on landscape imagery. He was fine with that. During the tour we’d stop at an iconic mountain location, put on our wide-angle lenses and scurry around looking for cool foregrounds to give our mountain scenic context. Paul, on the other hand, pulled out his 500mm lens and …