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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 ©

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

I'm a professional photographer and recreational climber based in Banff, AB since 1996. I'm married and run my photography business with my beautiful wife, Kazue. Together we organize and lead travel and landscape photography workshops and tours in both of our homes where we grew up, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Japan, and to many other places around the World. I lead tours year round in my hometown for the past 23 years, Banff, AB, which is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. I've have been lucky to live, and now work, in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

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