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Snowy Owl TOTEM

Snowy Owl GOLDEN TOTEM Bubo scandiacus (Harfang des neiges) Quebec. Image Copyright ©Christopher Dodds All Rights Reserved. Canon EOS 1D MKII, 500mm F4 L IS and 2X II Teleconverter (1,000mm). ISO 450, F8 @ 1/1000s Manual mode. CLICK HERE TO ORDER A PRINT OR LICENSE IMAGE FOR PUBLICATION.


Talking to Chris before I signed-up for his famous owl workshop safari, he mentioned he has had many customers attend more than one workshop.  Now I understand why.  We had a small group, so there was plenty of time to really talk about many things and make sure everyone understood everything.  I’ve spent so much money and time on gear, books and “camera user guides”, but I still didn’t really understand the basic fundamental of exposure theory.  Before I left, I anticipated learning how to properly expose for snow, etc.  If you had dropped me off in front of one of the owls, I would not have been able to get the shots I wanted exposed properly.  What I didn’t realize was that I would finally learn how to evaluate the scene and determine the correct exposure, whatever the subject, situation, scene or light level.  Now I finally have the answers to so many questions ... I finally understand exposure theory!   I’m from Alabama, so an unexpected treat was to learn how to deal with the cold temperatures.  It got down to -9° F while we were there.  

As a testimonial, I most definitely plan to attend another workshop with Chris.  Now I’ve just got to decide where I want to go.

Rhett Gibson Auburn, Alabama, USA

Learn more about my Snowy Winter Owl Workshops HERE.


Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)

Male Red-legged Honeycreeper   (Cyanerpes cyaneus) Gamboa Reserve, Panama. Image Copyright ©Christopher Dodds All Rights Reserved. Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, 500mm F4 IS, 2X II Tele-converter, Canon 580 EXII Flash (manual mode) with Better Beamer, Gitzo tripod and Wimberley Head II  ISO 650, F9 1/160s Manual Mode. Full Frame. The Red-legged Honeycreepers were the star performers at the hummingbird feeders during a recent photography trip to Panama. Click HERE to buy a print or license image for publication.

Book Review: Nature Photography Learning from a Master

Published in 2003, before the advent of professional digital cameras, this is still among my favorite go-to books for inspiration and creative techniques. Using this exceptional book as a guide, would-be nature photographers embark on a journey of learning and discovery as they master, step by step, the technical know-how they will need to achieve excellent results when venturing into the wild with camera in hand. Beginning with the basics of selecting equipment and moving on to the essential photographic techniques of exposure, focus, and lighting, the book then offers tips on how to compose a shot, how to get close-ups, and how to explore the possibilities of medium-format, large-format, and panoramic cameras.
The striking color photographs-of seals in Antarctica, zebras on the savanna, rhinoceroses in the tropical forest, and much more-are of a quality seldom found in how-to manuals. Fascinating and beautiful in their own right, they illustrate the challenges and joys that are the rewards of nature photography, and will inspire many to take to the sea, to the air, and to an array of different environments to capture their photographic prey. The book concludes with useful strategies for making the leap from talented amateur to professional photographer.
Gilles Martin has been a photographer for more than 30 years, capturing nature in all of its variety and richness. His subjects have ranged from the 12-foot baleen whale to minuscule insects. His work has appeared internationally in such publications as GEO, Paris Match, Life, and National Geographic. Denis Boyard, a journalist and photographer, is the chief technical editor of the magazine Chasseur d'Images.


Canon 1D Mark IV

Canon's latest professional digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera has now shipped. If you've been holding off to see how it's autofocus system works, then here's some reviews:

An analysis of EOS-1D Mark IV autofocus performance by Rob Galbraith

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Review by Richard Butler on

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV White Paper from Canon


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