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Out of Focus – So You’re a Photographer? (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg Outdoor photographers are often extremely specialized in their field. There are the Don Komarechkas zoned in on snowflakes for months at a time, John Marriotts living with grizzly bears and wolfpacks more than he’s at home, and the Glenn Bartleys who can identify a Crested Bush Thrush fart from […]

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Out of Focus – Saturation Infatuation (full story)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg I shoot 98% of my photos in RAW format, which means they require post-processing in order to share them with the world. Ever since I ditched film and dipped my toes into digital photography, I’ve found post-processing to be an enormous pain in the butt. I’d rather shoot wedding […]

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Bird Photography Tips – Farewell, Welcome and Parting Tips (full story)

By Ethan Meleg I’ll jump right in and start off with a big announcement. After five years of writing this bird photography column, I’ve decided to retire from it. This is my last one. The demands of a young family and other priorities have left me with less time to focus on bird photography and […]

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Bird Photography Tips — Florida’s Amazing Bird Photography Sites (full story)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg We’re planning a family trip to Florida this winter so the kids can go to Disney World, but my secret motive is all about bird photography. Florida is one of the best places in North America for bird photography in winter. It’s downright easy there, which is a nice […]

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Out of Focus (Humour) – Camera Gear Nicknames (preview)

Gear for a professional outdoor photographer is the equivalent of a trumpet for a jazz player. These essential tools enable us to turn encounters with sea slugs, sand dunes and soaring eagles into artistic masterpieces worth thousands of dollars, a couple hundred Facebook likes and a prime spot on our mother’s fridge. My camera gear […]

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Out of Focus – The Selfie Stick (full story)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg Of all the photo gadgets I’ve ever laid eyes upon, my reaction to seeing a selfie stick for the first time went something like this: “That is the stupidest, most ridiculously douchie camera accessory EVER invented! What kind of shallow, narcissistic human being, so devoid of self-worth, would ever […]

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Bird Photography Tips – Bird Identification (Part 2) – Using Distinct Characteristics to Identify Birds (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg In the last issue, I wrote about how to find out which bird species can be expected in the areas where you’re photographing. Now, I’m focusing on tips for identifying bird species by observing their unique differences and characteristics. The great thing is that since many of the identification […]

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Out of Focus – If you’re big into shooting little things … (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg The realm of outdoor photography includes all kinds of people who specialize in shooting all sorts of different subjects. Some photographers focus solely on big, furry carnivores, some only shoot monochromatic landscapes, or out-of-focus waterfalls, or unicyclists on trails, or dead trees, or yellow birds, or brown bats or […]

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Out of Focus – Delete and Repeat (preview)

Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg Digital cameras have made it ridiculously easy and cheap to hold down the shutter button until your finger aches. A couple hours of landscape photography will rack me up a few hundred images. A good day of bird or wildlife photography tallies up more than a thousand clicks. And […]

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Bird Photography Tips – Bird Identification: Which Species are Located Where You’re Photographing? (preview)

Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg Many fledgling bird photographers start without a bird-watching background and find it difficult to identify all but the common species. Fantastic bird photos are posted daily on social media by photographers asking what kind of bird they captured. My own email inbox fills up weekly with bird photos taken […]

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Bird Photography Tips – Back-Button Focus for Bird Photography (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg In bird photography, we want to have our cameras set up in a way that ensures the greatest chance of capturing sharp photos most of the time. For this reason, almost every bird photographer shoots in a continuous auto focus mode (e.g. AI Servo for Canon; AF-C for Nikon) […]

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Out of Focus – Traumatic Camera Incident (full story)

Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg It was a glorious morning. A cool mist hung in the valley, drifting lightly on the gentle breeze. The sun burst over the horizon, its golden rays delivering warmth and life to the forest and its creatures. Cardinals and chickadees, nuthatches and titmice were harmonizing in song, filling the […]

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Out of Focus – Obsessive Camera-Pack Disorder (full story)

Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg I generally cannot resist poking fun at people who are collectors of sorts, whether it’s shoes or purses, ball caps or beer mugs. Some people can’t resist the allure of miniature porcelain figurines of cats or ducks or whatever. I mean, what a ridiculous thing to do. Hoarders! Then […]

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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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