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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 – And Now There Are Kids… (full story)

Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg   For the past 43 years, I’ve enjoyed a freewheeling, staunch bachelor lifestyle where I’ve basically done just about whatever I wanted. My house was clean, tidy and quiet. I slept all night, making it easy to wake up early each morning and seek out the tranquility and beauty […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Out of Focus — Turning 40 (full story)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg A few weeks after this issue of Outdoor Photography Canada hits the newsstands, I’ll be celebrating my 40th birthday. I have no plans to start acting like an adult just because I’ve reached this monumental age. To be completely honest, I never even thought I’d live this long. I’m […]

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