I have just published Episode #21 of my Wild Nature Photography Podcast. This episode reviews and discusses the Natural History Museums Wildlife Photographer of the Year Unforgettable Photojournalism book. This is an interesting book and not what I was expecting when I ordered it. It comprises photographic entries into the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year that make powerful environmental statements and is not a collection of winning photographs. Overall, I found this to be a solid presentation worth owning if the subject matter appeals to you.
Unless you live under a rock (a big one), you will already be aware that Canon has finally announced the EOS R3 camera. Not much needs to be said about this camera. There are already many YouTube videos on pre-production samples that cover everything from the specifications to initial impressions, so I will not regurgitate the same information yet again. I think it’s important to note that all opinions are strictly those of the YouTubers, and virtually all of them need a copious dose of salt applied. These days, YouTube is little more than a vehicle for ‘hits .’ As such, these ‘tubers’ seem willing to spin just about anything in pursuit of followers and subscribers. Not to stray too far, but if I watch one more video that starts with ‘please subscribe’ or ‘smash that bell notification,’ I may lose it for a bit….
Dealing with the facts, production versions of the camera will not start shipping until some time in November this year. This means I will not be able to get my hands on a final production version until I return from Finland (somewhere around mid-November). I have placed a deposit for the R3, and I am very much looking forward to putting it through its paces later this year. I expect it to outperform the 1DX MK3 in some areas (that is just a natural evolution of technology). What remains to be seen is how well the camera performs in extreme cold. I won’t know the answer until Mongolia in winter (December) or Iceland in Winter in early 2022. Until such time, the 1DX MK3 remains king for cold-weather wildlife work.
I have just published Episode #20 of my Wild Nature Photography Podcast. In this podcast episode, we talk more about the current state of the never-ending COVID pandemic here in Australia and discuss camera bags and flying internationally, packing for Finland, and the announcement today of the new Canon EOS R3 Camera.
Dates have now now been confirmed for my Svalbard Spring Light expedition in 2023. The expedition will run April 8th – April 16th 2023. The primary focus of this expedition will be photography of Polar Bears, although we will also search for other wildlife and take advantage of the incredible landscape in beautiful Spring light.
In March and April the light conditions in Svalbard are magical. Usually winter trips to Svalbard are limited to day trips on snow mobiles quite close to the town of Longyearbyen. With our expedition ship we will explore a much bigger area including the western and northern areas of Spitzbergen.
This exclusive expedition is for a strictly limited number of just 12 participants plus leader and is dedicated to winter photography in Svalbard.
We will be using the ice hardened expedition ship M.S Freya that will enable us to skirt the edge of the pack ice searching for and photographing landscapes and wildlife. M.S Freyais widely regarded as the best ship in the Arctic for Photography. Our expedition ship is also equipped with sufficient zodiacs (2 x Zodiac MKV models) and crew for all photographers to be shooting simultaneously with plenty of room to spare for camera equipment – So bring what you need!
Full details of the expedition are on my website at www.jholko.com/workshops
September 2021 comes from my 2020 expedition to Greenland in Winter to find and photograph Polar Bears. As we searched for Polar Bears, we would make frequent stops to take advantage of the landscape. Winter is my absolute favorite time of the year for landscape photography in the Arctic. The combination of freezing ocean, lifting fog, and soft light works exceptionally well.