Photo of the Month July 2022 Kingfisher

The photograph of the month for July 2022 comes from my recent workshop to Zululand in South Africa (Read the Trip Report). Photographed from the ‘lagoon-hide’, early in the morning when there was still a gentle fog rising and the light was soft and ethereal. This was a photograph I had envisioned when I first saw the potential perch for a bird. It was my hope that I could frame the bird looking into the frame. When the Pied-Kingfisher first landed, it was facing the wrong way (I still photographed it), but had to wait for the moment when the bird turned, looked into the frame and provided the right gesture to complete the frame.

Svalbard Kingdom of the Ice Bear Packing and Departure 2022

Tomorrow I will be heading back to Melbourne airport for the long-haul journey up to Oslo and onto Longyearbyen for my 2022 expedition to photograph Polar Bears on the pack ice north of Svalbard. This expedition was originally scheduled to run in 2020, but was subsequently delayed until 2021 and then 2022 due to the COVID pandemic.

It has been a little over two years since I was last in Svalbard in the Arctic summer (I was there in April this year for my Winter expedition – Trip Report) and I am super excited to be returning to the land of the midnight sun and the opportunity to get back to photographing Polar Bears in their natural habitat. I have been watching the sea ice chart with a high degree of interest and am hopeful we will have some incredible encounters during this expedition.

For this expedition, I will be packing the usual assortment of cameras and lenses including 2 x Canon EOS R3 cameras along with my RF 600mm f4L IS, RF 400mm f2.8L IS, RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS, RF 24-105 f4 IS and RF 14-35mm f4 L IS. All of the above fits into a combination of my SKB hard case and Gura Gear Chobe camera bags (just!). Whilst it might seem excessive to travel with both 400mm and 600mm prime lenses, experience has shown me that having both on hand really ensures opportunities can be made the most of. Of all the above lenses, the 14-35mm has actually proved the most versatile to date – offering a do-it-all wide-angle lens for landscape that is incredibly sharp corner to corner. I really fell in love with this lens in Africa, photographing Elephants and Cape Buffalo from the overnight hide (See trip Report). I will also be packing the new Canon RF 85mm f1.2L

I will be offline for the duration of this expedition – from the 6th until the 15th of July. If you contact me during this time please be patient and I will get back to you on my return to Longyearbyen.

If you are interested in photographing Polar Bears in their natural environment – on the pack ice, then I will be offering two expeditions in 2023. Details included below. Just drop me an email for more information or to register your interest. See you in Svalbard in a couple of days.

BenQ Webinar Ice and Snow Processing Follow Up

Two days ago I presented my free webinar for BenQ on processing RAW images with ice and snow. The feedback received has been absolutely fantastic – thank you. Due to so many requests, there will be a future webinar (date TBA) as follow up to the Lightroom processing webinar.

I talked briefly at the beginning of the webinar about the importance of colour calibration and working on a calibrated display. More information on this is also included below:

General Introduction Of Soft Proofing & Colour Proofing with WiT Lamp: https://www.benq.com/en-au/knowledge-center/knowledge/general-introduction-of-soft-proofing.html

·         Soft Proofing Setting in Photoshop: https://www.benq.com/en-au/knowledge-center/knowledge/soft-proofing-with-photoshop.html

·         How to Set WiT Lamp to D50 or D65 for the Colour Proofing: https://www.benq.com/en-au/knowledge-center/knowledge/when-to-calibrate-your-monitor-to-d65-and-when-to-d50.html

WNPP Episode #46 Shooting in Cold Climates Part One

I have just published Episode #46 of my Wild Nature Photography Podcast. This podcast episode includes Part One of an all-new extended series on shooting in cold climates. In this first part, there is a discussion on the different types of cold environments, how to dress for different activities, active wear vs. non-active wear, layering clothing, and keeping your feet warm when photographing in cold climates.

WNPP Episode #45 Africa Trip Report Update

I have just published Episode #45 of my Wild Nature Photography Podcast. This podcast episode includes a brief update from my recent workshop to Africa as well as information on the Finland Wolves, Wolverines and Bears workshop this October and the upcoming BenQ webinar on processing images with ice and snow. Episode #46 will be published within the next week and will be extensively covering how to deal with photographing in freezing climates.

Arctic Fox 2020