How to Create an Abstract Vertical Pan Blur Landscape Photograph – Part 1 of 2

How to Create Amazing Vertical Pan Blur Abstract Photographs – Part 1

 

What is a Vertical Pan Blur Landscape Photograph?

We’ve all been seeing cool vertical pan blur photography all over the internet recently.  They’re the latest and the greatest new cool thing.  But they’re not really that new, and they’re surprisingly easy to create.  They’ve just gotten really popular lately as more and more photographers are starting to take photographs using this surprisingly rather simple technique.  I’ve been creating vertical pan blur photographs since 2012.  Stumbling onto this technique after a self imposing creativity isolation was what I look back now as one of my creative growth spurts.

More than 5 years ago I felt that I was butting my creative head up against and plateau.  I was a good photographer producing good professional quality work.  But, I felt that I was stagnating a bit.  I felt like I was getting in a pattern of producing the same old, same old work.  My creative was stalled.

Don’t get me wrong.  I felt that I was producing good, professional quality landscape photography.  But, back in 2012 I felt that my artistic and emotional growth had fallen into a creative rut.  I recognized that and knew that I needed to do something to feel artistically fulfilled.

 

A vertical pan blur of a burnt forested hillside in the Canadian Rockies in Winter. © www.brianmerry.ca

I felt like I had more to give the Photographic World,

but I didn’t know what it was yet.  I struggled…

The Creative Pilgrimage

I basically shut myself in my office/studio for about a week and forced myself to explore the boundaries of my artistic skills searching for something.  I was on a self imposed quest to create something new that I hadn’t seen anyone create anywhere before.  But, when I started my creative isolation in search of personal growth I had no idea what I was going to discover.  Heck, I didn’t know if I’d learned anything at all.  The photographic skills that I had accumulated up to this point in my then 15 year long professional career in 2012 were honed and well tuned, like a razor sharp knife that cuts through a piece of paper floating in the air slicing through it like a hot knife through butter.  I felt like I was on top of my game, near the top of the industry, and I was.

But, I knew I had more to give.  I just didn’t know what it was yet.

During my self imposed creative exile I thought about the best photographers today and what they were creating.  I objectively assess if my skill level was up to their level and replicated their technique in my own photographs.  Practice, practice, practice.  I knew I had to be a master craftsman using the skill set that I already had before could develop something entirely new, and hopefully progressing the industry forward, pushing the boundaries of the norm.  There was something inside of me telling me that I had something different to give back to the industry, something brand new.

The Mentors;  The Masters:

I thought about my idols, the photographers of the past that I looked up to for inspiration and knowledge as I toiled exploring the weaknesses in my present creative ceiling.  I thought about one of my early inspirations, Buddy Peete, my then sister-law’s father.  He took me gave me my first and early inspiration towards photography, some 3 years before I even owned a SLR camera.  I thought about Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and the other members of the f/64 group.  I thought about Courtney Mile, Freedman Paterson, Andres Gallant and Galen Rowell.  These are the masters that I admired and studied.  The lessons I learned from them helped me to find my genera, and provided me guidance towards my future development as a professional photographer.

I thought about how Freeman created beautiful compositions by dragging his shutter during compositions in a field of wildflowers on a windy day.  Also, Ansel Adams was one of the first landscape photographers to truly master the fine art of photographic printing with such a high level of skill that his photographs spoke loudly about the emotional story that they screamed to tell the World.  I thought about the first Great artist who taught me about how gentle gradations of tones could grip a viewer with such force that the power of his photographs of simple things SCREAMED FINE ART at the highest level.  I thought about how these true legendary artists in photography didn’t read about the craft of photography in a book, they felt it and then wrote the pages in the tombs that later defined an industry.

These masters felt their way towards pushing the new limits of the industry.  They set the standards and then proceeded to break through them, time and time again.  Creatives don’t follow, they create.  They blaze new trails in which the industry sometimes follows.  I felt I had something to give, something that would help to stir photographers towards their next level.  A new way of seeing through the lens.

This is the period of time when I discovered creative pan blurring.  But, was I the first to purposefully create photographs like this?  I didn’t know.

Fact checking and sharing with the World

I searched the internet and the popular photography art periodicals to see if anyone else was using this technique.  After about a year of searching and quietly creating I came across a photographer in the Southern United States creating compositions like I was.  This was the first time I had heard of this photographer, and I don’t think he had heard of me.  We probably both came up with this technique around the same time, although, I think I probably developed it first.  

I was almost certainly one of the first professional landscape photographers to start teaching this technique publically back in 2012 in my outdoor photography workshops.  I started teaching my workshops students this technique in my Banff National Park landscape photography workshop series.  Around 2012 I decide to use facebook to notify as many people as I possibly could reach about the vertical pan blur technique.  But, I still only taught it in workshops until recently.  Now. I’m going to explain this technique completely to everybody in this blog.

Selecting the Right Subject to Create your Composition:

Carefully choosing the right subject is the first step in creating a successful vertical pan blur photography.  A good subject includes picture elements that have a repeating vertical pattern.  A mature stand of absolutely straight vertical trees is perhaps the easiest outdoor subject to learn this technique.  I’ve found that a burnt mature forest near where I live in Banff that has a stand of bold vertical straight tree trunks to be excellent subject matter for this technique.

The Burn, Banff National Park.  The forested stand is perfect for creating compelling phoographs using the vertical pan blur technique.  This is the stand of trees I used to create the photograph below, but in Summer.

 

Beautiful pine beetle trees burned in the forest in Banff National Park.  This is the same stand of burnt trees as in the photograph above, but taken in summer when the shrubby vegetation on the ground was green.

 

The Camera Settings:

The settings are really quite simple.  I like to use a medium telephoto zoom lens combined with a slow shutter speed.  The setting I tend to use when photographing a vertical pan blur are:

Focal length:  100mm – 120mm

Shutter speed: 1/20th of a second.  This is not a typo.  Uses this slow of a shutter speed.

Aperture: set your aperture to produce a good average exposure for the scene you’re pre-visualizing your composition in.

ISO:  This doesn’t matter too much, but I do try to avoid sensor noise so I tend to keep the ISO around ISO 1600 or lower my Canon 5D Mark IV, which has virtually no noise at this ISO setting

The key component in the camera settings is to have the shutter speed to be about 1/5 of 1/focal length.  I’ve had the best luck shooting at about 100mm-120mm and 1/20s.

 

The Technique:

If you’re a sports shooter, or a duck hunter, then you know the concept called “Following through with your shot.”  This is the technique that you need to use when shooting a vertical pan blur abstract photograph.  Simply put, you start moving your camera along the plane in which the linear picture elements in your composition are orientated.  In the case of standing trees that is straight up and down in line with the trucks of the trees.  You start moving in the sky and/or above the treetops and continue moving straight down.  After you start moving you press your shutter as you point the camera towards the standing dead trees.  The photo clicks as you’re still moving.  After the shutter closes you are still moving along the plane of the tree trunks.  You stop moving intentionally after the shutter has definitely closed.

This is where the art and the craftsmanship comes into play.  You time the shutter release so the shutter opens and closes perfectly to create a pleasing effect.  Through trial and error, you FEEL THE RIGHT MOMENT to press the shutter.  And, honestly, this takes a few times for me to get right each time I attempt to produce one of these photographs.  I may create 20-40 exposures and only get a a couple that I’m happy with during a session.  It takes practice to get good using this technique and the failure rate is high.

In Part 2, the last part in this series, I’ll talk about how I edit my vertical pan blur photography.  Part 2 will be published in Feb., 2018.

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The Canadian Rockies Top Five Winter Landscape Photography Locations; Part 1 – Banff

The Canadian Rockies Top Five

Winter Landscape Photography Locations

Part 1 – Banff National Park

 

     I can hear all the dyed in the wool veteran landscape photographers out there saying, “Who made you the authority on landscape photography in the Canadian Rockies!!!”  LOL, well, nobody really.

     But, this blog article goes a long way towards helping visiting photographers to not waste their time in the Canadian Rockies.  How do I know this, and WHAT DOES qualify me to boldly suggest such a list?  I think that after more than twenty years living and working as a professional landscape photographer in the Canadian Rockies I’ve learned a few things.  The lessons that I’ve learned that I’m sharing here will probably help visiting photographers to make the most of their time visiting the area.

     I literally know of many dozens of top notch locations throughout the Rockies, both beside the road and a few days travel into the backcountry away from the roads.  The Canadian Rockies are my home and they’ve become part of who I am.  And, now I want to share just a few of want I think are some of the best roadside winter landscape photography locations in Banff National Park.

1/  Vermillion Lakes

AKA:  The Rundle Diamond

     Vermillion Lakes has become World famous over the past decade for the quality of it’s landscape photography compositions.  And for good reason too.  This place is A-MAZING!  I must admit that I feel very fortunate to live about a 5 minute drive from this incredible location.  It’s one of my go-to locations when I’m looking for a beautiful Sunrise to photograph.  I keep going back here not only because it’s incredibly beautiful, but I keep going back because I feel that I still haven’t quite captured the absolutely perfect landscape photograph that I have pre visualized in my mind.

The Rundle Diamond.  © www.brianmerry.ca

 

When and Where to Capture the Rundle Diamond

     Around the Winter Solstice the Sun rises from the valley between Mount Rundle, left of the Sun, and Sulphur Mountain, right of the Sun while standing at Second Vermillion Lake.  You can see this position position in the photograph pictured above.  This composition is something I started calling “The Rundle Diamond” back in 2012.  I believe that this is a composition that I happened to popularized with this image that I captured that very cold boxing day morning in 2012.  This photograph has won multiple awards from the Professional Photographers of Canada at both the Alberta Provincial and Canadian National levels.

     You should probably add Vermillion Lakes to your personal hit list for landscape photography locations to visit while you’re in the Canadian Rockies.  The are many great locations to shoot along the lakeshore of the 3 vermillion lakes right beside the road.  There’s also a good chance that you’ll see me drive up to Second Vermillion Lake Sunrise too, if you happen to be there one morning in the future.  I love shooting here.  Walk over to say hi if you see me pull up in my blue Toyota Prius with my website written on my back bumper.  I’ll be the photographer standing there with a coffee mug in hand!

 

2/  Lake Minnewanka

     Lake Minnewanka has become famous in the last ten years or so due to its proximity to Banff and it’s convenient location to looking NE towards a Dark Sky.  This is a perfect location to view the Aurora.  It’s probably one of the best, and is definitely the most popular night sky photography location in the Canadian Rockies.

Banff Aurora Night Photography

The Aurora in Banff National Park at Lake Minnewanka. © www.brianmerry.ca

     Keep an eye on the aurora forecast and sign up to receive Aurora email alerts on your phone to help you to judge when the aurora might be out.  If the aurora is out, and the skies are clear, you won’t be disappointed with this location.  It’s also a pretty good spot during the day too, especially when storm clouds are clearing off of the middle ground mountains.  It is simply beautiful here.

Lake Minnewanka during freeze up in December 2016. © www.brianmerry.ca

 

 

3/  Moose Meadows, Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park

     Moose Meadows has many faces to reveal to the frequent Winter visitor.  The seemingly infinite combination of snow density on the ground and bushes, along with the endless weather combinations, never seem to disappoint the open minded landscape photographer.  This is one of my “bad weather” backup locations that always seems to deliver the goods.

     Sometimes, when snow squalls sweep across the meadows a beautiful ghostly variable depth of field can develop.  Trees positioned at various distances away from the car pullout seem to fade off and disappear behind the falling or blowing snow.  Crystal clear days also create good landscape photography conditions here as the layered mountain landscape adds dramatic visual depth to images that will be hard not to capture in your photographs.

Moose Meadows looking towards the Northwest, © www.brianmerry.ca

     This seemly unimpressive location was overlooked for decades when I first arrived in Banff in 1996.  But, I always kept this location in my “back pocket” as a safe location to shoot in bad weather.  Moose Meadows never seems to disappoint the open minded landscape photographer as this photograph suggests.  Moose Meadows is simply beautiful.  Check it out!

4/  Lake Louise, Banff National Park

     Yeah, I had to include this place too.  It is Famous around the World for is simply perfect composition.  I should give you one valuable piece of advice for you to remember when composing this scene though.  Don’t include too much of Fairview Mountain in your frame when shooting here.  Fairview is the mountain in the foreground, on your left when standing on the lakeshore close to the parking lot.  The big dark triangle that it forms is a dominating and distracting picture element that completes against the beautiful distant background scenery formed by the spectacularly glaciated Mount Victoria.

Mount Victoria is a beautiful and justifiably World famous mountain that is arguably the postcard icon of the Rockies. © www.brianmerry.ca

 

5/  Tunnel Mountain

     This last one is often overlooked because it involves an easy 2 hour return hike from your car.  Because of the time commitment involved to hike to the summit of Tunnel Mountain many people simply don’t go here.  This is one location in the Canadian Rockies that is usually better to shoot in the middle of the day rather than at Sunrise or Sunset.  Check it out if you ever have a few hours to kill when you’re in the town of Banff.  You can get directions on where the trailhead is at the National Park Visitor Centre on Banff Avenue in the middle of town.  They can give you a free map and a good description of the hike.

     And, don’t worry about being alone on this trail.  It is a popular trail and a bit of a local’s favourite. You’ll meet many dozens of people on the trail while you’re hiking it.  Locals also like to go hike it too for a bit of exercise or to kill a bit of time.

A couple admiring the view to the West from the Summit of Tunnel Mountain. © www.brianmerry.ca

In Summary

     The collection of landscape photography locations I outlined above are among the best Winter roadside locations to shoot in Banff National Park between Banff and Lake Louise.  I hope that you get to see and photograph them in good light someday soon.  Stay tuned to my blog and sign up for my newsletter too because I’m going to publish an article highlighting the best Summer Landscape Photography Locations in the Canadian Rockies in the near future.  These two articles together should give you a good start planning your perfect trip to the Canadian Rockies. 

     And, if you would like to visit what most local photographs consider the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies,” Lake O’Hara, then check out my annual overnight backcountry there.  This all inclusive trip, the Fall colors group tour to Lake O’Hara happens during the usual peak of the Fall yellow larch trees in the alpine around September 15-25th each year.  This is one of the best, if not the best landscape photography tour in Canada.  Lake O’Hara’s reputation as simply THE BEST place to hike and photograph in the Canadian Rockies in the Fall is well deserved! 

     One last thing.  Check it out and feel free to contact me for a private outdoor photography tour in the Canadian Rockies too while you’re here too.  Consider hiring me early in your multi-day trip to the Rockies.  I’ll give you lots of good advice during our tour that’ll likely help you to improve the quality of your photography for the duration of your stay.  I do love sharing my passion and my intimate local knowledge of the area.

 

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Using Facebook Pages to Organize Communications from Different Business Initiatives

Using Facebook Pages to

Organize your Professional Communications

     Facebook Business Pages can often be a source of non-professional social engagement.  They can also provide a platform to feed one’s personal vanity too.  But, FB Pages can also be used by a business to organize followers with similar interests into segments of their overall professional community of followers.  A business can use these different pages representing these segments of followers to communicate very different and relevant messages to them. 

     This relevant communication will help a professional to increase follower retention and engagement over time.  This can translate into a positive outcome for both your business, and for your followers too.  But, what happens when they are many, conflicting and sometimes incompatible messages to communicate to different segments of your followers.

Facebook Business Page Follow

Grow an engaged  facebook business page community with relevant communications

     My business often to communicates to different geographic segments of the industry.  For instance, I tend to offer events that usually have a regional appeal.  Sometimes, I need send different and specific messages to only a part of my following, usually segmented by differing geographic regions.  I’ve been running my outdoor photography business for 22+ years, and I find that using Facebook pages helps me to organize and communicate my messages clearly throughout the different segments of the outdoor photography community I operate in, which is the landscape and wildlife photography communities.

     After 22+ years I’m still as completely charged up to go to work everyday as I was when I started.  I love getting out to photograph the beautiful outdoor World we live in.  Staying organized in business helps me to find the time to get back to the roots of my inspiration, photography outside, in the field.

My complicated business

     I am truly a “dyed in the wool” outdoor photographer that has a limited amount of time each day, like everybody else I suppose.  I organize and host numerous tours and workshops every year around the World through my outdoor photography business.  But, I’m also the president of the International Landscape Photographers’ Association, ILPA, organizing and hosting their annual landscape and wildlife photography conferences since 2015, The ILPA Summits.  AND, I curate and publish The ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly newsletter.  

     And, there’s one more, or, there’s 34 more things.  I administer 34 regional landscape and wildlife photography facebook groups around the globe.  Sometimes when I step back to take a 30,000 foot aerial view of what I get dizzy trying to make sense of it all.  The key to accomplishing so much efficiently is having a good advisory team to help guide me, and a stringent sense of time management that provides enough clarity for me to say no to new projects with confidence if I simply cannot fit it in my schedule.

And, there’s more on my professional plate…

     To round out my professional obligations, I tirelessly work alongside the ILPA Board of Advisors creating a place to unite outdoor photographers into one collective voice via the International Landscape Photographers’ Association.  This is a difficult task.  Our artistic pursuit, outdoor photography, is often looked upon by practitioners as a peaceful source of zen like solitude that we use to “get away from it all”.  Many outdoor photographers became outdoor photographers to escape “obligations and organizations”. 

     But, the ILPA Board of Advisors believes that sometimes we need to have a collective voice.  We need to let our opinions be known as needed.  The proverbial “shot from the dark” could significantly affect the World that we as outdoor photographers play in.  We need to have an organized voice ready to be voiced in opposition to these unknown obstacles.

     Managing all of these tasks is a balancing act.  But with more than 22 years of professional experience in the industry, along with the guidance from the ILPA Board of Advisors, I believe that we do a good job finding the balance.  I believe that we’ve created an important organization ready to represent outdoor photographers, as needed.   

Hummm, overall that’s a lot of different hats to wear. 

     But, that’s my job.  And, Facebook Pages, and Facebook Groups, helps the ILPA Board and I to organize our professional priorities into a manageable cohesive unit.  In the framework that we’ve built each arm of “Brian Merry Photography” business operations, along with the ILPA professional obligations, can be managed effectively.  Let me explain.

The majority of facebook pages can be lumped into two broad categories:

     1/  Personal or part time business pages

     2/  Full time professional small business and organizational pages

How I use Facebook Pages to manage my Professional obligations, ie:  My secret to success:

     I’ve found that all of the professional initiatives that I participate in require me to have three different FB pages.  Each page also has one or more groups associated with it.  These groups help organize, represent and to communicate effectively with the different page followers:

     1/  My photography business page, Brian Merry Photography, is for my personal business activities.  I use it to engage with photographers like you to provide inspiration.  I also use this page to promote my workshops, tours and other community building initiatives. 

     2/  A page for the International landscape Photographer’ Association for the overall operations and communications from ILPA.  Professional Photographer members of ILPA and ILPA Industry Partners may sometimes have their events promoted on this page as well.  

     3/  A Conference page to represent the conference that ILPA produces, The ILPA Summit.  This page, along with the website, is the principle source of information about upcoming ILPA Summits.

But, what does this all mean for you?

     The summary above is the way that I use facebook pages to organize different aspects of my professional life.  I know that the organizational processes that I outline here are specific to my professional obligations.  They include my responsibilities to my outdoor photography business and the obligations I have administering the International landscape Photographers’ Association.  However, I do believe that by using the framework of Facebook Pages and Facebook groups that I’ve built I can effectively manage all of my professional obligations.  I hope that the organizational structure I use through facebook provides some insight into how you can use Facebook to organize your own personal and/or professional obligations too.

 

 

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The Canadian Rockies Big Five Wildlife Photography

The Canadian Rockies

Big Five Wildlife Photography Photos

The Canadian Rockies are known for spectacular wildlife photography.  Few photographers would probably disagree with that.  But, what is the trophy list of species that visiting photographers should seek out?  With my long term professional photography experience here in Canadian Rockies, more than two decades worth, I’m going to go on a limb and put forward “The Canadian Rockies Big Five Wildlife” list for the region.  I think that I have a pretty good idea of what the big five could be.  Collecting this list would make for a great trip to the Rockies too.  I hope that you have fun getting out to photograph the Canadian Rockies Big Five Wildlife!

Grizzly Bear:

Banff Grizzly Bear

A grizzly bear near Lake Louise in Banff National Park. © www.brianmerry.ca

 

Rather than include a wildlife photograph of a big, badass grizzly bear, which I do have, I thought I’d post this cute little guy instead.  Grizzly bears can grow to be very big and are never to be messed with whether they’re big, or smallish.  These guys can mess you up.

Bear safety:

Luckily, I’ve found that grizzly bears don’t want to have nasty encounters with people.  They just want to make a living eating their nature foods which doesn’t include people, unlike polar bears.  However, if you were to surprise a grizzly bear on a trail, or find yourself in close quarters with a sow and her cub(s), they could likely charge and potentially attack you.  Be prepared to mange a bear encounter.

Fortunately, grizzly bear attacks are very rare considering the shear number of people hiking and camping out in the back country in their natural habitat.  It is a good idea to make a lot of noise while hiking, especially in densely vegetated areas.  This will help to prevent running into a grizzly bear as you walk around a corner since he will likely hear you coming long before he sees you.  Grizzly bears have good hearing and will tend to move off of the trail to avoid you when they hear you coming.

Also, carry bear spray and have keep it readily available to grab quickly.  Keep it on your belt or on your chest pack strap.  It’s no good to you if it’s buried inside of your pack, or even tied outside on the back of your pack.  You need to be able to grab it quickly when you need it.  I tend to pass it through my chest strap on my pack so it is in the middle of my chest.  This way I can use both hands and look at it as I quickly get it out of the carrying harness harness to use it quickly.  Be sure you know how to use it too.  It could save you from a nasty bear encounter.

Having said that, I’ve encountered many dozens of bears on the trail, in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies without being attacked.  I have been charged a few times, but have always been able to manage the situation and convince the bear to leave without using my bear spray.  Bear spray only works within a few meters anyways.  It is a necessary piece of equipment, but it is a tool to be used when everything else fails.  Be “bear aware” when traveling in the backcountry.

 

Elk:

Elk, a common ungulate in the Canadian Rockies. © www.brianmerry.ca

Elk are somewhat plentiful in Banff National Park, if you know where to look for them.  And, they are also beautiful and magestic making for a somewhat reliable “Big Five” wildlife photography photography session.

Elk are not as plentiful as they were 20 years ago when they where commonly found in many places in the town of Banff.  A big animal like this can be dangerous, especially the females during the Spring calving season and the males during the Fall rut.  Male elk start growing their antlers in the Spring, rub the velvet off in late summer before the rut, and then drop them around February to early April at the latest.  The photo above was taken in mid March in Banff National Park.

 

Bighorn Sheep:

A big old Big Horn Sheep Ram. © www.brianmerry.ca

Bighorn sheep with huge curled horns are a much sought after wildlife photography prize.  These can be photographed at anytime of the year.  They are a somewhat reliable photographic subject when I go out to photograph wildlife close to my home in the town of Banff.  I know the local bighorn sheep flocks very well and can usually find some of these guys when I want to photograph them.

 

Two male Bighorn Sheep Rams butting heads © www.brianmerry.ca

Bighorn sheep in the Canadian Rockies are somewhat unafraid of people as well.  If you were to approach them they would probably stop what they are doing and leave though.  It is important not to change their behaviour when photographing them.  If you notice that they stop eating or start to wlk away from you, then you’ve probably gone too far in your prusuit for your photograph.  Be respectful of their space.  With many millions of visitors to the Canadian Rockies every year we need to respect their space so they can make a living here too.

 

Wolf:

This guy needs no introduction.  The Wolf is a probably the most famous member of this elite list of trophy wildlife photography subjects.  It also has the most troubled and delicate relationship with us humans.  The wolf was hunted and trapped to very low numbers about a hundred years ago.  This resilient and highly intelligent species has bounced back over the last half century while still facing significant pressure from continued habitat loss and human presence.

A Grey Wolf stopping to size me up in Banff National Park. © www.brianmerry.ca

Wolves have a storied relationship with humans mired in conflict for wide open spaces.  This is one species where it is possible to literally love it to death.

As the Bow Valley wolf pack shared the relatively small Bow River Valley in Banff National Park they had to learn to live in Canada’s busiest transportation corridor linking the West Coast of Canada with the East.  Millions of people passed right through their former home range each year on the Trans Canada Highway, a scenic roadway between banff and lake Louise, and on one of the bustiest rail lines in the country.

Eventually, the Bow Valley Pack moved out of the Valley after their prey became scarcer and human/wildlife conflict issues became to great for the pack to bear.  Unfortunately this happened after two members of the pack had to be killed but a packs Canada Human/Wildlife Conflict specialist had to choice but to shot after the pack demonstrated aggressive behavior towards the Parks Employee.  I for one feel story for this event, and for the Parks Canada employee for the difficult decision they had to make when dispatched these two wolves.

Incidentally, one of the well documented human/wildlife conflicts issues involving the pack was the illegal feeding of the Wolves with left over holiday turkey.  It is suspected that an unknown wildlife photographer had baited the wolves for their own wildlife photography benifit.  Many photographers had photographed the wolves leading up to the discovery of the bait piles and the offending wildlife photographer(s) where never caught.

This is a harsh lesson that feeding wildlife can eventually lead to the death of the wildlife being fed.  PLEASE, do not feed wildlife!  Feeding wildlife in Banff National park carries a maximum fine of $25000.  I suspect if the photographer responsible for this feeding the Bow Valley Wolf Pack is ever caught they would receive the maximum penalty.

 

Pika:

To round out our Big Five Canadian Rockies wildlife photography big five trophy photographs I’d like to introduce the smallest member of the Lagamorpha Order, Family Ochotonidae, commonly known as the cute little Pika.  This little “rock rabbit” is only found in the high mountain alpine habitats.

The Pika, the smallest member of the Lagomorpha Order.  © www.brianmerry.ca

Pikas are small in size.  They about the size of a grown man’s fist.  But they are easily detected in the Canadian Rockies when you look for them in the right habitat.  You may find Pikas living in boulder fields under which they make their homes.  The perfect boulder field for a Pika is also interspersed with patches of soft leafy vegetation and and alpine flowers.  This vegetation is needed close to their home because they need to collect enough of it to fill their food caches to last them all winter.  These little guys don’t hibernate at all while spending the long winter under the snow.

This little guys are usually heard before they are seen as you hike through their small ~20 m home ranges.  Their alarm call is a very distinctive high pitched “EEEEEE.”  Once you hear this sound simply look in the direction of the noise and wait for him to sound the alarm again to spot him in amongst the boulders.  This is how I easily find them when I’m in their specialized habitat.

Few people see them as well because of where they live.  This perceived rarity makes them a highly prized subject for many wildlife photographers.  Mountain hiking trails usually do not pass through boulder fields at, or near the tree line.  And pikas are not found far from these alpine habitats either.  But when you do venture up into the alpine boulder fields you’ll probably find these cute and noisy little critters.

 

A Pika pausing to look at me while collecting grass and flowers for it’s winter food cache. © www.brianmerry.ca

 

A Future Contender for the Canadian Rockies Big Five:

The Bison, aka Buffalo:

Bison have have been reintroduced into Banff National Park via an ambitious project with the goal to restore the historical biological diversity in Banff National Park by added the bison back into the ecosystem.  Maybe someday in the future we’ll be able to photograph bison safely from inside of our cars along the roadways in Banff.  The wild bison in the photograph below was photographed in Northern British Columbia near Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park.

I photographed this bison in Northern BC. Bison are being reintroduced into Banff National Park. © www.brianmerry.ca

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Location profile, Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park

Takakkaw Falls in  Yoho National Park Location Profile

 

Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies showing the correct use of a circular polarizing filter in landscape photography.  © www.brianmerry.ca

 

Takakkaw Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Canada and it is a perfect destination to include in a landscape photography tour of the Canadian Rockies.  But, this location has a few access restrictions that you need to know about to avoid disappointment.

First of all, Takakkaw Falls is located in British Columbia, about a 40 minute drive from Lake Louise, Alberta.  It is a half day trip from lake Louise and is best included with a trip to visit Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge in the same day.  If you are on a tight schedule you may not be able to fit this location into a fast paced landscape photography tour of the Canadian Rockies.  Yoho National Park has a lot of beautiful locations to photograph though.  One of the best is Lake O’Hara, which is probably the best little mountains Valley for hiking photographers in the Canadian Rockies, especially during the pak of yellow larch trees around the third to fourth week of September.  Opabin Plateau is the best place to shoot in Lake O’Hara too.

However, the photograph above is truly spectacular and you only have to walk a few hundred meters on a paved “hiking” trail from when you park your car to stand in the same spot where I stood to take the same photograph included in this post above.  The following is the lowdown on how to get this shot!

Where to go:

The Takakkaw Falls access road is 23kms west of lake Louise on highway #1, the Trans Canada Highway.  You’ll get there in about 15 minutes if there is no traffic delays.  A word of caution though.  There are highway crews working on widening and rerouting the road down kicking horse pass in 2017.  Road work is likely to continue on this project for 3-5 years so factor in some time delays for that.  drive west from lake Louise and about a one minute drive East from Field, British Columbia.  Once you turn onto the access road simply drive 25kms to the parking lot at the end of the road.  You’ll start to see the Falls about halfway down the road when you’re still about 10kms from the parking lot.  They are that high!!

When to be there, and what weather is best:

The best time to shoot the waterfall is between 11:00 am and 2:00pm daily.  At this time the Sun is side lighting the cliff creating an interesting textured relief.  If you visit Takakkaw falls before 11:00am the cliff and the waterfall will be in dark shadow with a bright sky above and behind the cliff, on a sunny day.  If you visit the waterfall after 2pm you’ll still have front lighting on the cliff and the waterfall, but you’ll be sacrificing the dramatic texture in the cliffs created when they are sidelite from the Sun.

On a cloudy and rainy day I would probably give this location a miss too.  Most of the time the rain and clouds shroud the cliff and waterfall because they are so high, about 400m from the valley bottom to the top of the Falls.  Also, the density of the falling raindrops usually renders the cliff and waterfall in a diffuse white haze compared to it’s usual splendor when it’s sunny out.

So, in summary, the best time to be here is mid-day on a bright and sunny day.  This is one of the few landscape photography locations that is best to photograph in the middle of the day in bright sunlight!

Where is the best vantage point/view and what gear should you use?

About 200m after after the parking lot on the paved “hiking” trail you’ll come to a steel pedestrian bridge crossing the fast flowing Kicking Horse River.  Don’t cross the bridge.

The best location to photograph the Falls is about 50 meters farther along the trail and up a small hill.  The trail will end a viewpoint within sight of the bridge.  This viewpoint is the best place to photograph the whole waterfall and the surrounding environment.   A tripod is useful at this location too.  I would recommend using a polarizing filter on a mid range zoom lens for the camera format you’re using.  This will frame the waterfall vertically like I did in the photograph above.

 

Then snap away and capture your own photograph of this very cool place!

Do you like this tip?  I have a lot more local knowledge I can share with you…

 

 

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Guiding Polar Bear Wildlife Photography Tours. Another piece in the annual photography tour cycle filled!

Guiding Polar Bear Wildlife Photography Tours

Another piece of the annual photo tour cycle filled!

 

It’s official, I’ll be guiding several polar bear wildlife photography speciality tours up in Churchill, Manitoba late this Fall for Frontiers North Adventures.  Yep, there goes another tick off of the outdoor photography bucket list.  I may do this every year for the foreseeable future.

 

Snowdome Sunset on the Columbia Icefields near the base of Mount Columbia.  © www.brianmerry.ca

The photo above isn’t in Churchill, it’s near my home in the Canadian Rockies.

But, it helped to provide the inspiration needed to fulfill one of my professional photographic dreams.

 

You asked and now I can deliver!

Some of  you have asked me if I would consider hosting a polar bear wildlife photography tour in Churchill Manitoba.  I already have an extensive list of diverse landscape photography tours spanning the globe with more international photography tours in development.  Watch for more on those tours to World famous destinations coming down the pipe too!  A Churchill, Manitoba polar bear tour was one of those tours in development.  I’ve been listening to your event suggestions seriously over the years.  A wildlife tour to Churchill is one of your suggestions that I’ve been getting from many of you too.  I’ve been researching the possibility of building and offering my own polar bear wildlife photography tour.  I’ve discovered that I’d need to use the established infrastructure in Churchill to make a wildlife photography tour there viable.

Building tours that offer you the best value is a core paradigm in all the photography tours I design

I discovered that Frontiers North Adventures already offers an amazing and diverse lineup of quality wildlife photography specific tours at Cape Churchill.   They already offer tours to photographers at reasonable prices given the high production costs of hosting a quality tour in Churchill, Manitoba.  In good conscious, I felt that I couldn’t add enough additional value over what Frontiers North’s Wildlife Photography specific tours were already offering for the price that I would have to charge.  After all, I’m going to have to mark up the tour costs to pay for my expenses and make a profit too.   I concluded that Frontiers North already has the best valued polar bear wildlife photography tour available.  

The best polar bear tour available is to stay out on Churchill Point at the Tundra Buggy Lodge, owned and operated by Frontiers North Adventures.  Additionally, you sould stay at the lodge in the town of Churchill and do day tours out to Churchill Point. 

The people who run the Tundra Buggy Lodge are the good people who I’m going to be contracting with leading some their polar bears wildlife photography tours out on the legendary Cape Churchill for three weeks during the usual peak of the early winter polar bear viewing season.  This is the period of time right before the polar bears head out onto the ice for the winter.  Imagine polar bears lazing around and playing in fresh snow on the shores of Cape Churchill on Hudson’s Bay.  They’re waiting for the pack ice to get thick enough for them to head out onto it for the winter.  This makes them very approachable for wildlife photography.  This is the life I’m going to be living and sharing with my guests at the Tundra Buggy Lodge on Cape Churchill in Wapusk National Park.

Why is staying at the Tundra Buggy Lodge the best option to maximize your polar bear viewing time?

Commercial access on Churchill Point is strictly controlled by the national park managers, and Frontiers North Adventures is the only tour operator allowed to operate polar bear photography tours based out of the lodge right on Churchill Point.  Frontiers North is the company that owns and operates the famous Tundra Buggy Lodge.  I’ll be leading tours out of the Tundra Buggy Lodge during during my tenure with them.  Parks Canada has an excellent management plan in place for wildlife viewing.  In this plan they manage access to the highly vulnerable habitat found at Churchill Point.  Frontiers North Adventures is only tour operator permitted to operate a seasonal lodge right on Churchill Point.  This is right in the middle of the polar bear action.  This is where you want to be to see polar bears!

Why reinvent the wheel?

So, I parked my “go it alone” ego and decided to join who I think operates the best polar bear tours up there.  Thankfully, Frontiers North thought I would be a good fit in their professionally lead wildlife photography theme tours too.  If you’d like to join me to photography the famous polar bears then come on up!  I’ll be one of their professional photographers on staff for three weeks during the usual peak of polar bear photography.  The bears will be milling about in the fresh snow waiting for the ice to get thick enough to venture out onto for the winter.  I’ll be there Oct. 28th – Nov. 19th.  When you call to reserve your tour, let them know that I sent you.  I may be your wildlife photography guide in Churchill this Fall. 

Let’s capture one the trophy wildlife photographs that many wildlife photographers have on their list.  Come on up and join me if polar bears are on your wildlife photography bucket list too!

 

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Emotional Communication through Landscape Photography

What is Emotional Communication and Photographic Excellence?…

 

This is the question Kristian Bogner asked me, and it caught me off guard.  Surprisingly, I hadn’t really thought about photographic excellence before.  As I tipped my head I looked down at my knees for a bit.  A felt a calmness begin to flow over me.  I could feel that I was about to take a large step in my artistic growth.  I felt myself opening up and started thinking deeply into the meaning of his question.  

As I opened myself up farther emotionally I started to concurrently practice a bit of internal reflection.  The path towards realizing what emotional communication in landscape photography was going to mean to me began to reveal itself.  I tempered my growing excitement out of concern that I could miss out of the subtleties of the important lesson I knew I was about to receive on emotional communication.  I wanted to see it all though clear and undistorted glasses.  Remaining objective, observant and disciplined was important.  

I prepared myself like a sponge.  I wanted to be ready to soak up every last little bit of truth that I was about to realize.

A vertical pan blur photograph of a burnt forest in winter. I developed the vertical pan blur technique for landscape photography after being inspired after reading about Freeman Patterson’s wind motion blur and multiple exposure photographs the © 2001 book he co-wrote with Andres Gallant, Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image.  (Photo © www.brianmerry.ca)

Personal reflection

My thoughts defaulted to the technical side of photography at first.  The landscape photography journey for me started out in 1989 as a serious amateur.  I haven’t really looked back and have since branched out to add many different styles of photography to my repertoire.  My thoughts also drifted through the years of struggling through my own self directed photographic experiments.  I stumbled gleefully through the trial and error learning picking up the fundamentals of exposure and flash photography, refining my technical skill along the way. 

I thought about the circular polarizer and a 2 and 3 stop graduated neutral density filters that I used to use back then.  The colour intensifying filters like the sig-ray golden’ blue polarizer and the cokin blue/yellow polarizer were frequently in front of my camera lens 15 years ago.  I used to use these colour intensifying filters when I shot with Fujichrome Velvia film.

What about having Great Gear and near perfect technique?

I thought about HDR and my raw workflow through Digital Professional Photographer (for canon users), Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.  I thought about my decades long financial journey from my “el cheapo” kit lens to the pro set of lens that I use today.  Having Great gear does help to produce good photography.  I thought about the long road I took moving up through the lens quality scale towards eventually owning the best set of Nikon lens, the Nikon trilogy set of lens.  Then, after switching to Canon I started using the best lens in the Canon line up too.  

I also thought about how digital sensors and camera bodies have evolved over the years.  I started out shooting digitally with a Nikon D1, 2.74 MP Pro DSLR.  Now I use the beautiful 30 MP Canon 5D mark IV.  BTW, that Nikon D1 cost me about $5000 in ~2002, 15 years ago.  That was a lot of cash to pay to buy the best pro DSLR on the market at the time.  Now my Canon 5D mark IV cost less than that, 15 years later!

  “Hummm,… But all that cool equipment is just, well,… stuff!  The equipment is not Who You ARE or How You FEEL.”

The artistic side of photography

After a while I realized that having great gear and becoming technically proficient isn’t photographic excellence.  It is necessary to become technically proficient with your gear so you don’t think about it when you use it.  However, there is something more needed to achieve “Excellence” in landscape photography.  Remember the saying, “it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer”, right?  Having the best photography gear on the market helps, but it doesn’t make you a Great photographer.  Just like buying the best woodworking tools or oil painting brushes and paints available doesn’t make you a master wood-carver or celebrated painter either.

 

I felt my way through the process towards digitally creating an Infrared interpretation of an RGB image. There were no examples or blog posts to learn this technique from.  I simply looked at my RGB image and interpreted through the Infrared Spectrum.  Now, six years later, I see this technique popping up all around the World.   That’s six years after I created this photograph.  © www.brianmerry.ca

After a while I could feel my perception broadening.  I could feel the muscles in my face relaxing as I began to completely understand and open up about how I truly felt about his question.  How did I REALLY FEEL about my answer to his evocative question?  Then, the true meaning of emotional communication came to me like I’d known the answer for decades already.

 

And,… the breakthrough, Intentional Emotional Communication!

To me, photographic excellence means becoming fluent with the connection between the technical aspects of photography and our deep emotional reaction to all beautiful things so that our pure, raw emotion can be captured in the camera, cared for in the editing process and communicated through the photograph later with ease to the viewer as an uninterrupted extension of my own personal expression through pure, RAW emotional communication.

 

To me, this is photographic excellence and this is what I set out to do every time I pick up the camera.

Never.

Stop.

Learning.

 

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The ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly for Aug. 25, 2017 Featuring Mexican Fireflies is published!

The ILPA Landscape and Wildlife

Photography Weekly featuring Mexican Fireflies

and 25 more amazing landscape and wildlife photography articles

Aug. 25, 2017 edition is published!

 

What an amazing week for landscape photography, both personally and for the Continental community.  We started off the week with a beautiful eclipse that may possibly the most photographed eclipse in history.  And, the lead article this week highlight what is the best eclipse photograph that I’ve seen browsing the web since it happened.

Banff Aurora Night Photography

The Aurora in Banff National Park © www.brianmerry.ca

The cool crispness and sunburst diamond emulating from the feet of the rock climber perched on the ridge attracted me for two main reasons;  Firstly, I admire the technical excellence that went into this photograph.  I’ve seen a lot of photographs out there this week that tried to combine climbing with the eclipse, and this photograph beats them all.  Amazing job by photographers Andrew Studer and Ted Hesser along with climbers Tommy Smith and Martina Tibell.  You can see the photograph in the photos section of the newsletter.  It’s pretty cool and worth checking out.

Other headlines include the power of the Golden Ratio in landscape photography composition and a story by National Geographic about the amazing Mexican Fireflies in the Santa Carla Forest Sanctuary near the tiny little Mexican town of Nanacamilpa.  The little town has recognized the power of the firefly population with regards to it’s ability to boost eco-tourism in the town.  The town has gone through great lengths to protect this insect population and has learned how to profit from their efforts via the tourism dollars in the process.  Talk about a win/win/win arrangement between the town/the tourists/and the fireflies too!

The Nikon D850 video reviews:  Learn about Nikon’s amazing new camera

As usual we also have a great lineup of relevant videos this week too.  There are two about the exciting new Nikon D850 camera that proves that Nikon is still in the game of producing leading Dslr cameras, and five other videos about interesting aspects of landscape photography from North America, Iceland, Europe and an interview with Dominic Bryne.

Photograph Maple Tree Fall Colours and Mountains

I also included a link to the small instructor to participant ratio (5:1) Cape Breton Landscape Landscape Photography Photography Tour during the usual peak of the Fall colours on Cape Breton Island.  The first Cape Breton tour tour that I announced to photograph  the spectacle this Fall sold out quickly 2 months ago.  Since then I was able to recently add a second tour for this year during the weekend of Oct. 13-15, 2017.  Cape Breton is amazing and I believe that we’ve been offering the best tour of the region now for the past three years including the grand landscapes pf the mountainous side of Cape Breton along with the plentiful bird and ocean wildlife photography during an included whale cruise during the weekend.  This is a great all tour at a great price.  Check it out.

We have a lot in this week’s edition of the newsletter.  There are 12 spectacular photographs, 7 videos and about 30 cool landscape and wildlife photography stories included this week.  Don’t miss this issue and sign up to receive the newsletter each week in your email inbox.  I enjoy putting it together for you, and me, and I think it’s one of the best non-egocentric newsletter out there on landscape and wildlife photography.  Hum, the fact that I said that it’s not ego-centric suggests that it may be just that.  Humm……  When I’m confused about the direction I should take with regards to my photography, I remember the ILPA mission statement.

 

The International Landscape Photographers Mission Statement:

“Bringing landscape photographers together to Learn more, See more, Feel more and Communicate more through our Art”

These are words to live by!

 

I hope that you enjoy this week’s edition of the International Landscape Photographers’ Weekly newsletter!

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Brian Merry,

Landscape photographer and ILPA President

www.brianmerry.ca

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The ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly Newsletter for Feb. 10, 2017, the Bison issue, is published!

Follow the link to read this week’s edition of the ILPA weekly .  Some of the highlights include articles about the reintroduction of bison into the wild in Banff National Park, a new 48MP sensor developed by Panasonic that allows recording of 8K video at 30 fps and an offer for a free license of DxO Optics Pro 9 until the end of February.  Don’t miss out on a free version of this amazing software.  We’ve even included links to the DxO Optics tutorials to help you to hit the ground running editing your own pictures for free with a very capably editing software suite.  AND, I’ve collected another 68 landscape and wildlife photography articles to include in this edition of The ILPA Weekly,… for you.

Wild bison in Northern BC. Bison are being reintroduced back Banff National Park.

On behalf of ILPA I’m happy to bring you this issue of the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly newsletter.  If you haven’t heard about the newsletter yet then I hope you’ll enjoy it.  I also hope that you choose to sign up to receive it in your email inbox every Friday too.  You can sign up for the ILPA Weekly newsletter by clicking the “subscribe” button on the top right of this page, or on the button found in top right of the newsletter front page, just below the banner photograph.

Each week I collect articles from around the world and showcase my interesting finds in the ILPA Weekly.  I do this because two of the key points in of the ILPA mission statement,  They state that we are bringing [international] landscape photographers together to learn more and to communicate more through our art, through our photography.  The weekly does a big job in helping us to accomplish this B-HAG mandate.  What is our Big Hairy Audacious Goal (B-HAG) of a mission statement you may ask …?

The ILPA mission statement is:

 “Bringing landscape photographers together to Learn More, See More, Feel More and Communicate more through our art!”

Speaking about B-HAGs, our lead story is about the brought to us by Parks Canada.  It’s about the BHAG of Parks Canada to reintroduce Bison into the wild in Banff National Park during a 5 year project.  Be sure to read about this monumental task being undertaken.

Thank you for your interest in the ILPA Weekly, and I hope this week’s edition lives up to your expectations.

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The ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly, Fed. 3, 2017 edition, is published!

The Feb. 3, 2017 edition of the ILPA weekly is here!

“I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.” – Galen Rowell, Aug. 23, 1940 – Aug. 11, 2002

     Galen was, and still is one of the landscape and adventure photographers I look up to for inspiration.  I studied his work, followed him when he was alive and grieved when I heard that he and his wife Barbara died too soon together in a tragic small plane crash near their home in Bishop, CA.  So I’d like to respectfully, and sheepishly comment on Galen’s quote that I believe landscape photography has since gained notable value and much of the recognition it deserves as a solid form of art.

     It is out of this belief, and from ILPA’s mandate to learn more, see more, feel more and to communicate more with the entire photography community that I bring you this week’s issue of the International Landscape Photographers’ newsletter, the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography weekly.  Click on the blue link in the title to go directly to the newsletter.  The following is a summary of the highlights of what I’ve found for you this week.

Let the sharing and learning continue…

Banff Landscape Photographer

Petrified Sand Dunes, Arches National Park, Utah by Banff landscape Photographer, Brian Merry 

 

The ILPA Weekly Highlights

     One of the headlines this week include an article by National Geographic about how Instagram is changing the way we travel.  Yes, Instagram is influencing where people choose to travel now-a-days.  Pretty interesting read…

     There’s also an article in the headlines about the congregation of wintering Eagles in the South Delta of BC.  That reminds of another popular place to photograph Eagles in the winter.  I have a photograph of 16 eagles preached in trees in Annapolis Valley, NS that I captured while working on my Honours Biology degree at Acadia University.  The story in this article is a video news story, so sit back and enjoy it as you learn about this Bald Eagle hotspot in the BC Lower Mainland.     

   There are many more stories, blog posts, cool photographs and videos in this week’s issue.  A 

Join a Regional Landscape and Wildlife Photography FB Group

     Did you know that there are eight Canadian regional landscape and wildlife photography FB groups administered by ILPA?  These groups are an excellent resource for travelling photographers to learn about an area before they go and visit.  One of the reasons I started these groups was to connect photographers with each other to share their knowledge and inspiration.  

     I choose to create regional groups instead of one huge group because one of the pet peeves I have for the larger groups is that the posts get buried in their timelines soooo fast that I simply can’t keep up with them.  Many of the posts are Worldwide or Continent wide in scope as well, so there are a lot of good posts that I’m simply not interested in.

     I’ve found that by breaking up the Country into more information manageable areas, I can keep up with the wildlife photography and landscape photography conversations going on in the different regions I’m interested in at the moment.  Sometimes smaller is better!  😉 

 

What is the International Landscape Photographers’ Association

Member discounts on ILPA events

     Yep, you read that right.  When you’re a member of ILPA you’ll receive at least 10% off of the regular registration prices of events advertised by ILPA Pro Photographers and ILPA Industry Partners.  This can add up to many hundreds of dollars in savings if you go on an event that an ILPA Pro or Industry Partner is advertising through ILPA.  

     Tis makes searching for a tours or workshops easy.  Look on the ILPA Events webpage first and you’ll receive a discount right off the bat if you’re a member.  There are many more benefits too.  Check out the ILPA website to learn all about the benefits of being an ILPA member.

     If you’re a professional photographer and you would like to promote your workshops, tours and seminars to ILPA members, then Join ILPA and advertise your events for free on the ILPA Events webpage, or advertise them in the ILPA Weekly newsletter.  ILPA is all about connecting and sharing with each other.  Check us out and consider joining ILPA.  It’s a great organization that I’m proud to be a part of.

      This was just a short summary of what you’ll find in the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly this week.  Please check out the link to read the full newsletter!  If you like it then sign up for it to receive it every week in your inbox until you decide to unsubscribe, if ever.

Enjoy the Feb. 3rd, 2017 edition of the ILPA Weekly!!

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