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Bird Photography Tips — Northern Gannets on Bonaventure Island (full story)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg Developing your skills and having the right gear are necessary elements for being successful in bird photography, but sometimes just going to the best places can make all of the difference! Every now and then, I’ll feature an epic Canadian bird photography destination in this column and share strategies […]

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Bird Photography Tips – Tips for Shooting Birds in Winter (preview)

By Ethan Meleg I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of winter, but I do get excited about the bird photography opportunities the happen during the cold season. Winter can be a highly-productive time of year to shoot birds if you know where to target them and how to deal with a few of […]

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Out of Focus – What Type of Outdoor Photographer Are You? (preview)

By Ethan Meleg I’ve crossed paths with at least a gigabyte of outdoor photographers and as a type-A person I can’t help but categorize them. My system is primarily based on how they shoot and what motivates them. Do you fit into any of the following types? Read on to see if you’re a Squirrel, […]

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Bird Photography Tips – Gear for Supporting a Big Lens (preview)

Tripods, Heads and More! Story and photography by Ethan Meleg Big lenses in the 500mm to 800mm range are standard fare in bird photography and it’s common practice to add teleconverters and use crop-sensor bodies to increase magnification. I routinely shoot at focal lengths that are equivalent to well over 1000mm. With such high magnification, […]

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Out of Focus – The Dirt Squirrel Motel (full story)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg A good night’s sleep is a fundamental need of an outdoor photographer. This can be hard to get when you’re on a photo trip, away from the comfort of your own bed. You can have all the best lenses plus a map to a secret waterfall where wolverines skinny […]

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Out of Focus — Sneaky Schemes to Get Out and Shoot (preview)

Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg One of the greatest dilemmas in the life of every outdoor photographer is being stuck on a trip with companions who aren’t photographers. The magnitude of the predicament, and thus the need for proven solutions, increases according to what’s nearby. If there’s a scenic mountain, a meadow with grizzly […]

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Bird Photography Tips — Calling Birds in with Audio Devices (full story)

  Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg Using audio devices to call birds in close is a common technique in bird photography. Before explaining why it works and how to do it, I must preface it with a caution. This technique can be harmful to birds if it’s not done carefully, and it’s illegal for […]

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Out of Focus — Glorious Locations for Wildlife Photography (preview)

There’s nothing I love more than photographing wildlife at inspiring locations that stimulate my senses with the glory of nature. Places where I can breathe deeply the aroma of a spring forest carpeted with purple and orange wildflowers. Where colourful songbirds flit above my head and serenade me with bubbly melodies. Where I can feel […]

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Bird Photography Tips — Photographing Birds During Migration (preview)

Spring migration is one of the most exciting times of year for bird photography. Migration is a remarkable natural phenomena, and I was lucky enough to grow up near Point Pelee National Park, a world-famous migration hotspot. Seeing the daily arrival of birds in their most vibrant plumages is what got me hooked on birds […]

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Bird Photography Tips — Feeder Setups for Bird Photography in Your Yard (preview)

Attracting birds to a feeder setup in your yard is an easy and effective way to get close to birds for photography. It takes some planning and up-front work to develop a good setup, but once in place it’s simple to maintain and you can shoot right at home during your spare time. I recently […]

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Out of Focus (Full Story)

The Most Difficult Animal to Photograph What’s the most difficult animal to capture in a good photo? Wolverine? Swift fox? Rocky Mountain tailed frog? Marbled murrelet? Nope, none of those come even close! This animal is wildly unpredictable, dangerous and extraordinarily uncooperative. Prone to sudden and extreme changes in behaviour, they can go from peaceful […]

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Bird Photography Tips — How Photographers Get Close to Birds (full story)

The biggest hurdle for most bird photographers is getting close enough to capture an image where the bird is prominent in the photo. In a previous issue, I wrote about using high-magnification lenses as a fundamental way to help fill the frame. Today, I’m giving an overview of other techniques photographers use to get close […]

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Out of Focus – Night Photography — Oh No! (full story)

Note: This column is presented as a humours piece and is intended as such. Please enjoy responsibly. — Editor-in-Cheif Night photography is booming in popularity right now. Everywhere I look there are photos of brilliant starry skies, magical star trails and dancing northern lights. Many of them are spectacular, drop-dead gorgeous photos that evoke awe and […]

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Out of Focus — Chasing the Light at the Speed of Light (full story)

Note: This column is presented as a humours piece and is intended as such. Please enjoy responsibly. — Editor-in-Cheif You may be inclined to think that the lifestyle of a pro nature photographer is a Zen-like existence, each day another series of magically ethereal experiences. Well, there are moments just like that and I take […]

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Bird Photography Tips — Basic Camera Body Settings for Bird Photography (preview)

The action often happens quickly in bird photography. One moment the bird is sitting motionless and then suddenly it launches off – wings outstretched with head pointed to the sky. Your opportunity to create an amazingly dynamic image is all over in a split second. When you scroll through the photos on your LCD screen […]

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Out of Focus — Ten Years Film-Free (full story)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg My name is Ethan Meleg and I am a photograholic. It’s been 10 years since I picked up a roll of film and my life has never been better since giving it up and going pure digital. You see, I was addicted to film at one time, for an […]

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Bird Photography Tips — The Key Ingredients of a Good Bird Photo (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg Learning to critique your photos is fundamental to improving as a bird photographer. It’s OK to be hard on yourself and compare your photos against the best ones out there. I’ve been my own harshest critic since the day I started shooting photos and have used this as an […]

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The Manly Van (full story)

  Story and photography by Ethan Meleg Being an outdoor photographer is rugged and badass. We’re not sissy office workers who sip on lattes, wear designer shirts and own manicured poodles. Our lifestyle is exactly how you imagine it: we spend our days scaling mountains, stalking Grizzly Bears and paddling our kayaks through wilderness areas […]

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