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Wild Side – A Wildlife Photographer’s Dream Location: The Johnstone Strait (preview)

By John E. Marriott The first time I saw a sea otter in the wild, it was like a jolt of electricity had knifed through my body. I was off the north coast of Vancouver Island, at the top end of Johnstone Strait, and the sighting was brief — as in, “Oh my gosh, is […]

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Wild Side — Photographing Wild Canids in Winter (full story)

Story and photography by John E. Marriott Regardless of where you live in Canada, winter opens up a new world of wildlife to most of us photographers — both in terms of the weather we have to deal with and the ways in which we can find our subjects. Many of the hardest yet most […]

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Wild Side — Finding Compositional Balance (preview)

Story and photography by John E. Marriott Like mastering ancient Jedi skills, finding the right composition in your wildlife photography can prove to be a lifelong commitment. In previous issues, I looked at two of the most common errors wildlife photographers make when composing their images: ignoring the background behind a subject (and realizing afterwards […]

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Wild Side – Best Wildlife Locations: the Dempster Highway (preview)

Story and photography by John E. Marriott “I can see for miles and miles and miles.” It’s almost as if The Who penned those infamous lyrics in tribute to one of Canada’s most gorgeous northern highways, the Dempster. For indeed, one can see for miles and miles and miles on this 700-kilometre long strip of […]

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Wild Side – Doing Your Background Checks (preview)

Story and photography by John E. Marriott During a recent critique session at one of my workshops in Jasper National Park, I realized there’s one key compositional misstep that continuously slides under the radar in wildlife photography, whether people are photographing bears, beavers or bald eagles. Most photographers, young or old, male or female, tend […]

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Wild Side – Backlit Beauties (preview)

Story and photography by John E. Marriott There are a number of situations in wildlife photography where conditions get so challenging that the killer shot you’ve been striving for actually gets missed, either by you, or by the camera. Four hours freezing at -40 C might cause you to head home right before the critical […]

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Nunavut – Wildlife and Landscapes of Ennadai Lake (preview)

Story and Photography by John E. Marriott Venture into Canada’s far north with OPC’s own John E. Marriott to experience the beauty that Ennadai Lake has to offer. From the abundant aurora borealis to the seemingly endless search for barren-ground caribou, the Alberta-based photographer takes us along for the ride and thrilling end results. To […]

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Wild Side – How to Pick a Photo Trip (full story)

Story and Photography by John E. Marriott It’s decision time. You have two weeks of vacation/free time coming to you in the near future and a country with endless possibilities for wildlife photography to choose from. So how do you decide where to go and what to spend your hard-earned money on? How do you […]

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Wild Side – The Right Lens For the Job (preview)

Story and photography by John E. Marriott One of the questions I’m asked the most as a wildlife photographer is: What lenses do you recommend for beginners, intermediates and even advanced photographers as they search for ways to become better at the craft of wildlife photography? The most obvious answer is that I recommend you […]

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Wild Side — The Art of the Stalk (preview)

Story and Photography by John E. Marriott   The stalk began before we even hit land. As soon as I spotted the six bulls on the tundra, my little group of photographers on the boat swung into action. Big lenses came flying out of bags and onto tripods, camo got pulled on hastily and extra […]

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Wild Side – Wear Your Ethics On Your Sleeve (full story)

By John E. Marriott Wildlife photographers play a unique role in today’s social media-crazed world. A captivating picture of a bear cub can raise thousands of dollars for a wildlife organization; an engaging shot of a wild wolf can reach hundreds of thousands of online eyeballs, bringing attention to an environmental issue; and a photograph […]

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Wild Side – Destination Churchill (preview)

  Story and photography by John E. Marriott After spending all of your hard-earned money over the past several years/decades/lifetimes on camera gear and photographing Canada’s easy-to-get-to photo destinations, like Jasper and Algonquin, you finally have a few dollars to spend on a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife photography adventure. And rather than go on safari or chase […]

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Wild Side — It’s All About the Body (preview)

  Story and Photography by John E. Marriott There it was on social media for the world to see — her first great red fox shot. The problem was the image really wasn’t all that great. Yes, it was a wild, unbaited fox, and yes, it was in some fantastic light. She had even nailed […]

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Wild Side — Getting Some Long Distance Love (full story)

Imagine this: You’re on a photo tour with me in British Columbia, soaking in the gorgeous early morning light as we search a Chilcotin lake for grizzly bears. We round a corner on the still waters and there she is, the beautiful golden grizzly we photographed the night before, meandering along the shoreline in the […]

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Wild Side — Shooting in Extreme Winter Weather (preview)

It’s -30 C and snowing — do you know where your camera is? Hopefully it’s on the car seat beside you, in the backpack on your back, or on the tripod in front of you, not stashed away two floors below in your heated garage as you hit snooze for the 11th time. For some […]

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Wild Side — In Search of the Perfect ISO (preview)

“What ISO are you at?” It’s one of the most common questions among photographers in the field, and for good reason.  Pick the right ISO for the situation and you have a broader range of shutter speeds and apertures to play with to nail the perfect shot. But muck it up and you may find […]

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Wild Side — How to Look Like a Fool at the Gas Station, but Get Great Shots in the Woods (preview)

The first signs of spring herald an exciting time for wildlife photographers across the country. With every new leaf and sprig of green grass, we get closer and closer to the season’s inaugural appearance of the first adorable baby animal. Before long we’re out scouring the landscape from dawn to dusk hoping to score the […]

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Wild Side — Tell a Story and Turn Ordinary Photos into Extraordinary Ones (preview)

Story and photography by John E. Marriott They cling to tiny precipices on our loftiest, snow-clad peaks like high-altitude daredevils, walking minute ledges on sheer rock faces and leaping from crack to crack, their lives always dependent on never making a single misstep. Yet most pictures we see of mountain goats, our most sure-footed mountain […]

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