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Golden Horse Sunset
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C., Canada

I'm so excited to finally be posting the photos I got from my trip, it's only been two days but I have a whole load of awesome stuff to share!

Evening golden light was hitting our camp and the one horse that always loved being exactly 100 meters away from the herd was standing in the perfect spot. His name is Percy and thank goodness he was actually standing up, as he treats the ground like his personal sofa most of the time. Come to think of it, he's a pretty odd horse. Percy likes sticking his face in the smoke of the campfire, loves riding up front but walks slower than everyone else, and he's the only white horse in the herd acting like a visual beacon from far away. No doubt, he brings a certain useful quality to the expedition.

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Percy was stuffing his face with... more »

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2015-07-04 22:33:55 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

I went to Canmore Alberta and I tested out an interesting wide angle lens: the Tamron 15-30 f2.8 VC and was really surprised by the performance. The camera store TV and I collaborated on this video, check it out!

I went to Canmore Alberta and I tested out an interesting wide angle lens: the Tamron 15-30 f2.8 VC and was really surprised by the performance. The camera store TV and I collaborated on this video, check it out!___

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2015-03-18 18:07:12 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Published in National Geographic Travel Spain

Would you look at that! So much blue, I'm very proud my photo was a part of the Antarctica Edition of Viajes National Geographic!

Published in National Geographic Travel Spain

Would you look at that! So much blue, I'm very proud my photo was a part of the Antarctica Edition of Viajes National Geographic!___

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2014-12-09 19:20:31 (18 comments, 8 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

One of the photos I took while we were filming and testing out the Sony A7 Mark II in a cold day in Calgary with +TheCameraStoreTV. It really shows off the high dynamic range of these new cameras by capturing the sun and Jordan in shadow filming in one exposure. Making HDR merely a feature of single photographs instead of a technique I would employ. 

See the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD-Vx9dcp-U

#sony   #a7II   #a7  

One of the photos I took while we were filming and testing out the Sony A7 Mark II in a cold day in Calgary with +TheCameraStoreTV. It really shows off the high dynamic range of these new cameras by capturing the sun and Jordan in shadow filming in one exposure. Making HDR merely a feature of single photographs instead of a technique I would employ. 

See the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD-Vx9dcp-U

#sony   #a7II   #a7  ___

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2014-12-09 19:03:16 (26 comments, 10 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

I tested out the Sony A7 Mark II With +TheCameraStoreTV. It's a pretty interesting little camera with surprising image quality! We really take it for a spin on a very cold winter day. Check it out if you want to see what direction photography is moving in!

I tested out the Sony A7 Mark II With +TheCameraStoreTV. It's a pretty interesting little camera with surprising image quality! We really take it for a spin on a very cold winter day. Check it out if you want to see what direction photography is moving in!___

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2014-11-14 18:02:56 (18 comments, 18 reshares, 217 +1s)Open 

African Wildlife Photography Seminar
Calgary, Alberta Canada, November 18th 2014

Hey guys! I'm super excited about my photography seminar next week with +The Camera Store. I'll be talking about my most favourite stories of wildlife encounters and photography techniques while I was in east Africa. I really like energizing other photographers and had a pretty fantastic time last time I did this. If you know of anyone who lives in Calgary who would like to come to something like this, please share, there are a few spots left!

 P.S. The photo below is real and elephants are the most incredible creatures to watch, I'll go into detail on this photo and more in my talk!

You can find out more here: http://www.thecamerastore.com/7554-African-Wildlife-Seminar.aspx

African Wildlife Photography Seminar
Calgary, Alberta Canada, November 18th 2014

Hey guys! I'm super excited about my photography seminar next week with +The Camera Store. I'll be talking about my most favourite stories of wildlife encounters and photography techniques while I was in east Africa. I really like energizing other photographers and had a pretty fantastic time last time I did this. If you know of anyone who lives in Calgary who would like to come to something like this, please share, there are a few spots left!

 P.S. The photo below is real and elephants are the most incredible creatures to watch, I'll go into detail on this photo and more in my talk!

You can find out more here: http://www.thecamerastore.com/7554-African-Wildlife-Seminar.aspx___

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2014-10-22 23:08:29 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

Zambia Photo Safaris 2015

Come join me on Safari! I've got my itineraries up for my African Safaris next year and I absolutely can't wait! We only have space for maximum 6 people, I'm so happy to be doing something so personal, it gives me so much more breathing room and time to help guide people in taking the best photos they can.

If you like this, or know anyone who would, please share!

Zambia Photo Safaris 2015

Come join me on Safari! I've got my itineraries up for my African Safaris next year and I absolutely can't wait! We only have space for maximum 6 people, I'm so happy to be doing something so personal, it gives me so much more breathing room and time to help guide people in taking the best photos they can.

If you like this, or know anyone who would, please share!___

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2014-09-29 18:27:39 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Adobe products on a slim and portable beautiful machine like a chromebook? I'll be first on board for that!

Adobe products on a slim and portable beautiful machine like a chromebook? I'll be first on board for that!___

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2014-08-05 22:05:27 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

This SLR is hooked directly to twitter, posting random things whenever the shutter is clicked, cool!

This SLR is hooked directly to twitter, posting random things whenever the shutter is clicked, cool!___

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2014-08-05 14:37:30 (5 comments, 15 reshares, 197 +1s)Open 

It's disturbing how good my dad is sometimes, I look at his work and I usually think "That's exactly how I'd shoot that"

Here's a view of the back of Mount James Walker, looking up Headwall creek on a July 25th hike with +Rob Patterson Yes, that is fresh snow!

For +Mountain Monday with +Michael Russell  #mountainmonday  ___It's disturbing how good my dad is sometimes, I look at his work and I usually think "That's exactly how I'd shoot that"

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2014-08-05 14:19:42 (10 comments, 22 reshares, 336 +1s)Open 

Golden ducks of the morning
Muskwa-Kechika B.C. Canada, taken on horseback expedition, find out more about my expeditions at http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/

These beautiful ducks were teasing me when I woke up at 5:00 am in hopes of photographing something in the splendid morning light. I could see expanding rings of ripples emanating from these boat-like creatures from the edge of the lake, if only I could get closer to see them. I set foot to intercept them given the direction they were heading, planning to have them sail by me on the shore. But they were weary of me, and drifted slowly away from me. 

I positioned the camera as close as I could to the waters surface, handheld to get the perspective I wanted: a duck's eye view. Snapping off a few photos I figured I had nothing to lose, maybe if I throw a stick in the direction the ducks were going they... more »

Golden ducks of the morning
Muskwa-Kechika B.C. Canada, taken on horseback expedition, find out more about my expeditions at http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/

These beautiful ducks were teasing me when I woke up at 5:00 am in hopes of photographing something in the splendid morning light. I could see expanding rings of ripples emanating from these boat-like creatures from the edge of the lake, if only I could get closer to see them. I set foot to intercept them given the direction they were heading, planning to have them sail by me on the shore. But they were weary of me, and drifted slowly away from me. 

I positioned the camera as close as I could to the waters surface, handheld to get the perspective I wanted: a duck's eye view. Snapping off a few photos I figured I had nothing to lose, maybe if I throw a stick in the direction the ducks were going they would veer away and perhaps come closer. But what they actually did surprised me.

Sploosh!

They went towards the splash that my violently careening stick made in the still lake, piercing the morning calmness like a shattered mirror. What!? I threw another one close to me, and sure enough these brazen ducks wiggled their way towards me, as their unseen feet paddled them closer under the water. I decided not to tempt fate any further and let the morning calmness resume. The ducks and I eyed each other for a while until we both carried on our morning business, them with their aqua-stroll and me with my camera.

#travelphotography  ___

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2014-08-02 14:46:30 (22 comments, 18 reshares, 286 +1s)Open 

Rachel and Cassiar
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

We had a fantastic photo shoot this morning with Rachel of R.G Equine Therapy. Incredible morning light and sky east of Calgary. Cassiar the horse was so eager to please it made everything such a breeze! ...And I'm a poet and didn't know it!

As a side note, I've noticed sometimes on facebook there is a bit more interesting discussion. People seem to be  a bit more inquisitive there, so I thought I'd forward you a link where we talk about the lighting in this photo here: http://klou.tt/1m2ycetyybi81

#equinephotography   #horses   #photography   #strobist  

Rachel and Cassiar
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

We had a fantastic photo shoot this morning with Rachel of R.G Equine Therapy. Incredible morning light and sky east of Calgary. Cassiar the horse was so eager to please it made everything such a breeze! ...And I'm a poet and didn't know it!

As a side note, I've noticed sometimes on facebook there is a bit more interesting discussion. People seem to be  a bit more inquisitive there, so I thought I'd forward you a link where we talk about the lighting in this photo here: http://klou.tt/1m2ycetyybi81

#equinephotography   #horses   #photography   #strobist  ___

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2014-07-31 00:11:39 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 150 +1s)Open 

Hank's Bath
Tuchodi Lake, Muskwa-Kechika, B.C., Canada, On horseback expedition with +Wayne Sawchuk  check out http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/ for more

Hank is almost too comfortable with me. Nearly squishing me when he dived into the hot sand for a "bath" and spastically rolled towards me with his hooves flailing in the air. But it was a pretty gorgeous place to roll, I'll give him that. Despite almost being in the Arctic, it was so hot I had to dive into the water dozens of times here just to keep cool. A surprisingly refreshing way to end a trip!

Canon 5D Mark III, 16-35mm f2.8  lens,Iso 100, f16, 1/200sec 

#travelphotography  

Hank's Bath
Tuchodi Lake, Muskwa-Kechika, B.C., Canada, On horseback expedition with +Wayne Sawchuk  check out http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/ for more

Hank is almost too comfortable with me. Nearly squishing me when he dived into the hot sand for a "bath" and spastically rolled towards me with his hooves flailing in the air. But it was a pretty gorgeous place to roll, I'll give him that. Despite almost being in the Arctic, it was so hot I had to dive into the water dozens of times here just to keep cool. A surprisingly refreshing way to end a trip!

Canon 5D Mark III, 16-35mm f2.8  lens,Iso 100, f16, 1/200sec 

#travelphotography  ___

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2014-07-29 20:29:20 (23 comments, 34 reshares, 294 +1s)Open 

Rocky Mountain Epic
Muskwa-Kechika B.C., Canada, On horseback expedition with +Wayne Sawchuk, check out http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/ for more

Sooooo this is the moment where I felt like I was living in some epic western movie, or maybe got downloaded to a super realistic version of an Oregon trail sequel game taking place up in Northern Canada. As this view opened up in front of me, I asked +Wayne Sawchuk to pause our caravan of horses so I could run up ahead and capture this. Not only did I have to physically catch my breath after sprinting up the hillside, as the horses began to move on queue, +Wayne Sawchuk told me he would get everything into the most photogenic position, he wasn't kidding. It was an incredible the combination of subjects lined up to create this shot, grand rocky mountains, gorgeous horses, meandering foothills and beautiful wildflowers togr... more »

Rocky Mountain Epic
Muskwa-Kechika B.C., Canada, On horseback expedition with +Wayne Sawchuk, check out http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/ for more

Sooooo this is the moment where I felt like I was living in some epic western movie, or maybe got downloaded to a super realistic version of an Oregon trail sequel game taking place up in Northern Canada. As this view opened up in front of me, I asked +Wayne Sawchuk to pause our caravan of horses so I could run up ahead and capture this. Not only did I have to physically catch my breath after sprinting up the hillside, as the horses began to move on queue, +Wayne Sawchuk told me he would get everything into the most photogenic position, he wasn't kidding. It was an incredible the combination of subjects lined up to create this shot, grand rocky mountains, gorgeous horses, meandering foothills and beautiful wildflowers to ground and frame the image. Pinch me, am I dreaming?

Photographic details
laying down in the grass I was also catching my breath from the beauty, I centred the horses as they were mostly symmetrical, visually "hugged" by the also symmetrical valley below, thus giving me licensee to put everything in the middle.  Low enough to capture the flowers I didn't want them completely in focus to give the viewer a sense of 3D depth that it might lack if I stacked the focus to include everything tack sharp.

Canon 5D Mark III f10 1/80th of a second canon 16-35 f2.8 L
#travelphotography  ___

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2014-07-23 14:31:57 (18 comments, 20 reshares, 278 +1s)Open 

Forgotten Silhouette
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C. Canada with +Wayne Sawchuk on www.go2mk.ca horseback expedition

A gorgeous morning with a cup of coffee just footsteps from our campground on what we called "Tuchodi Beach". The cool morning air did little to disturb the reflections on the lake, I couldn't be helped but to be pulled in by the view. When the afternoon sun gets too hot, the only respite will be to dive into those reflections and take in the refreshing waters of the Muskwa-Kechika wilderness.

Photographic Details
One day, the silhouette photo could be a rarity that few people will ever have witnessed. Cameras and techniques are getting so good that eventually details that are usually lost to blacks will be something taken for granted. So despite the fact I could have used techniques to fully illuminate the figure in the foreground, I have... more »

Forgotten Silhouette
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C. Canada with +Wayne Sawchuk on www.go2mk.ca horseback expedition

A gorgeous morning with a cup of coffee just footsteps from our campground on what we called "Tuchodi Beach". The cool morning air did little to disturb the reflections on the lake, I couldn't be helped but to be pulled in by the view. When the afternoon sun gets too hot, the only respite will be to dive into those reflections and take in the refreshing waters of the Muskwa-Kechika wilderness.

Photographic Details
One day, the silhouette photo could be a rarity that few people will ever have witnessed. Cameras and techniques are getting so good that eventually details that are usually lost to blacks will be something taken for granted. So despite the fact I could have used techniques to fully illuminate the figure in the foreground, I have chosen to keep those details mysterious by exposing for the background only and pumping up the blacks.

Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm f1.4, f8.0, 1/200sec

#travelphotography  ___

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2014-07-21 15:27:45 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Hank's view
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C. Canada

I've been ultra busy and am on a big shoot today so this will be a short one sent from my Nexus 5. Hank is one of the biggest horses I've ever seen, also one of the cuddliest. It's sometimes hard to get a photo of him because usually he is coming towards me to check me out and lick the salt off my fingers. He also liked to stick his face in my tent. +Wayne Sawchuk certainly has a keeper here! Taken on my horseback adventure with www.go2mk.ca

Hank's view
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C. Canada

I've been ultra busy and am on a big shoot today so this will be a short one sent from my Nexus 5. Hank is one of the biggest horses I've ever seen, also one of the cuddliest. It's sometimes hard to get a photo of him because usually he is coming towards me to check me out and lick the salt off my fingers. He also liked to stick his face in my tent. +Wayne Sawchuk certainly has a keeper here! Taken on my horseback adventure with www.go2mk.ca___

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2014-07-19 17:25:38 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 118 +1s)Open 

The joy of golden light
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C. Canada

This gorgeous morning, +Rachel Gedaliya and I woke up at 5:00 AM to hike up the final 5% of a mountain we were camping on. It was like getting a 95% head start on an epic mountain hike. We literally woke up, grabbed our day bag full of breakfast and reached the mountain top 20 minutes after waking up in time for a sunrise mountain peak breakfast, talk about convenient! The ridge was littered with Elk and Mountain Goats. To have a golden morning sunshine look at these creatures was such a treat, kind of like a visual appetizer.

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Thank goodness the hot summer air was absent, replaced by cool morning refreshingness; this is one of the hidden benefits to waking up early for the golden hour, no sweltering heat.  I was taking tonnes of scenery shots, but I needed something to express how easyt... more »

The joy of golden light
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C. Canada

This gorgeous morning, +Rachel Gedaliya and I woke up at 5:00 AM to hike up the final 5% of a mountain we were camping on. It was like getting a 95% head start on an epic mountain hike. We literally woke up, grabbed our day bag full of breakfast and reached the mountain top 20 minutes after waking up in time for a sunrise mountain peak breakfast, talk about convenient! The ridge was littered with Elk and Mountain Goats. To have a golden morning sunshine look at these creatures was such a treat, kind of like a visual appetizer.

Photographic Details
Thank goodness the hot summer air was absent, replaced by cool morning refreshingness; this is one of the hidden benefits to waking up early for the golden hour, no sweltering heat.  I was taking tonnes of scenery shots, but I needed something to express how easy this place is to hike, and how wonderful it is to be here. So after catching my breath I asked +Rachel Gedaliya to stand in the exact spot I wanted to and to show the camera how wonderful it is to be here, she certainly delivered. Scenery shots are great, but having a person or animal in it really expresses how livable it is. If this was a landscape with no plants and no people it could almost be a photo from mars! So simply adding a person or animal really does bring accessibility to an image. I also shot this with my telephoto lens, this increases the size of the subject in the background, these lenses are not to be forgotten for landscape photos!

This was taken on expedition with +Wayne Sawchuk, if you want to go to places like these, check out www.go2mk.ca

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon L 70-200 f2.8 lens, f8, 1/100/sec, ISO 100

#travelphotography  ___

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2014-07-18 22:42:12 (24 comments, 43 reshares, 510 +1s)Open 

Golden Horse Sunset
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C., Canada

I'm so excited to finally be posting the photos I got from my trip, it's only been two days but I have a whole load of awesome stuff to share!

Evening golden light was hitting our camp and the one horse that always loved being exactly 100 meters away from the herd was standing in the perfect spot. His name is Percy and thank goodness he was actually standing up, as he treats the ground like his personal sofa most of the time. Come to think of it, he's a pretty odd horse. Percy likes sticking his face in the smoke of the campfire, loves riding up front but walks slower than everyone else, and he's the only white horse in the herd acting like a visual beacon from far away. No doubt, he brings a certain useful quality to the expedition.

Photographic Details
Percy was stuffing his face with... more »

Golden Horse Sunset
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C., Canada

I'm so excited to finally be posting the photos I got from my trip, it's only been two days but I have a whole load of awesome stuff to share!

Evening golden light was hitting our camp and the one horse that always loved being exactly 100 meters away from the herd was standing in the perfect spot. His name is Percy and thank goodness he was actually standing up, as he treats the ground like his personal sofa most of the time. Come to think of it, he's a pretty odd horse. Percy likes sticking his face in the smoke of the campfire, loves riding up front but walks slower than everyone else, and he's the only white horse in the herd acting like a visual beacon from far away. No doubt, he brings a certain useful quality to the expedition.

Photographic Details
Percy was stuffing his face with the Muskwa-Kechika grass, which wasn't very pretty. The light was hitting him perfectly and I positioned myself so Percy would fit in the right hand side of the image showing the beautiful highlighted peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the background. But I still had to get his attention, and the usual horse noises and weird sounds I made had lost their effect. At last, I threw my leatherman and everything I bought at +MEC that could fit in my pocket into the ground in front of me with a satisfying jingle, this was unusual enough to get Percy to look up and put his fuzzy ears forward for just a second, enough time for me to hit the shutter.

I think +Wayne Sawchuk might have already been in bed, but I was pretty darn happy to be out here in this golden light!

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 70-200 f2.8. f7.1 1/80th
#horses  ___

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2014-07-16 02:50:05 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 212 +1s)Open 

Its been two weeks and I took over a hundred gigs of photos up on my sub Arctic horseback expedition of northern BC in the muskwa kechika! Here is a tiny taste of what I saw in this amazing wilderness this is a happy-snap from my nexus 5, more to come soon!

Its been two weeks and I took over a hundred gigs of photos up on my sub Arctic horseback expedition of northern BC in the muskwa kechika! Here is a tiny taste of what I saw in this amazing wilderness this is a happy-snap from my nexus 5, more to come soon!___

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2014-06-30 15:39:54 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

+Rachel Gedaliya of R.G #equine  Therapy treating a horse in preparation for our Muskwa-Kechika Adventures trip with +Wayne Sawchuk  this horse is actually enjoying it, she's so relaxed. Any horse people out there who can spot what's up with this horse just by looking? What do you see?

+Rachel Gedaliya of R.G #equine  Therapy treating a horse in preparation for our Muskwa-Kechika Adventures trip with +Wayne Sawchuk  this horse is actually enjoying it, she's so relaxed. Any horse people out there who can spot what's up with this horse just by looking? What do you see?___

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2014-06-29 20:29:29 (21 comments, 33 reshares, 367 +1s)Open 

I'm a little bit blown away by the quality of smartphone cameras sometimes. This us shot entirely on my #nexus5 in preparation for my horseback expedition with +Wayne Sawchuk. I highly recommend you check out his camps in the muskwa kechika here: http://goo.gl/oeYNSE

#travelphotography

I'm a little bit blown away by the quality of smartphone cameras sometimes. This us shot entirely on my #nexus5 in preparation for my horseback expedition with +Wayne Sawchuk. I highly recommend you check out his camps in the muskwa kechika here: http://goo.gl/oeYNSE

#travelphotography___

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2014-06-28 20:20:14 (11 comments, 9 reshares, 163 +1s)Open 

Off to ride the Muskwa-Kechika

I'm actually writing this from my nexus 5 while on the road to Northern B.C. so here's hoping I don't make an unfortunate autocorrect. I'm joining +Wayne Sawchuk on one of his horseback expeditions to one of the wildest places I've ever heard of with two weeks of no electricity, hundreds of gigs of memory cards and and tonnes of batteries. I'm expecting enough gorgeous scenes to fill every card and empty every battery, and hopefully wear out my gopro. Wish me luck! And if you want to join some time in the future, check out http://www.go2mk.ca 

Off to ride the Muskwa-Kechika

I'm actually writing this from my nexus 5 while on the road to Northern B.C. so here's hoping I don't make an unfortunate autocorrect. I'm joining +Wayne Sawchuk on one of his horseback expeditions to one of the wildest places I've ever heard of with two weeks of no electricity, hundreds of gigs of memory cards and and tonnes of batteries. I'm expecting enough gorgeous scenes to fill every card and empty every battery, and hopefully wear out my gopro. Wish me luck! And if you want to join some time in the future, check out http://www.go2mk.ca ___

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2014-06-25 17:55:43 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Oh look! In support of the +Nature Conservancy of Canada Albertaviews magazine has published a great story, along with my photos of the Waldron with a very interesting discussion about the politics and state of #conservation   in Alberta and Canada right now. You can find a preview of it here: https://albertaviews.ab.ca/2014/06/24/living-with-the-land/

Oh look! In support of the +Nature Conservancy of Canada Albertaviews magazine has published a great story, along with my photos of the Waldron with a very interesting discussion about the politics and state of #conservation   in Alberta and Canada right now. You can find a preview of it here: https://albertaviews.ab.ca/2014/06/24/living-with-the-land/___

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2014-06-24 21:25:36 (19 comments, 18 reshares, 321 +1s)Open 

The Golden Hours
Waldron Conservation Area, Alberta, Canada

I'm a little bit amazed at how many different looking photos of cows I got in one place. All the other photos I posted in the last few days were all taken in the same place, just a few hours apart footsteps from each other. The time before sunset can be incredibly magical, then there is sunset itself, and the afterglow and twilight after that. All of which combined with weather can create a huge variety of looks and colours.

Photographic Details
The original image of this is about 100 megapixels in size, this is just a small crop of the original. I shot this with my telephoto lens in a portrait orientation and stitched together multiple photographs to create a behemoth of an image.

If you like my techniques and also love the wilderness, check out these horseback expeditions I'll be on... more »

The Golden Hours
Waldron Conservation Area, Alberta, Canada

I'm a little bit amazed at how many different looking photos of cows I got in one place. All the other photos I posted in the last few days were all taken in the same place, just a few hours apart footsteps from each other. The time before sunset can be incredibly magical, then there is sunset itself, and the afterglow and twilight after that. All of which combined with weather can create a huge variety of looks and colours.

Photographic Details
The original image of this is about 100 megapixels in size, this is just a small crop of the original. I shot this with my telephoto lens in a portrait orientation and stitched together multiple photographs to create a behemoth of an image.

If you like my techniques and also love the wilderness, check out these horseback expeditions I'll be on with +Wayne Sawchuk at http://www.go2mk.ca/

Canon 5D Mark III, 70-200mm f2.8 Iso 100 f8 1/100th of a sec.
#canada   #alberta   #natureconservancy   #cows   #conservation  +Nature Conservancy of Canada ___

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2014-06-21 17:36:00 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I'm still surprised by this, so I have to share. I don't know if I could balance on a horse like that, but maybe I will try when I join +Wayne Sawchuk on horseback expedition next week. Yikes!

Birthdays on the trail are always an adventure! This brave adventurer was convinced to trick ride in a tutu in celebration of her special day.

For #feelgoodfriday curated by +Rebecca Borg and +Jason Borg
Taken on one of my Horseback Expeditions, check out http://www.go2mk.ca for more!___I'm still surprised by this, so I have to share. I don't know if I could balance on a horse like that, but maybe I will try when I join +Wayne Sawchuk on horseback expedition next week. Yikes!

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2014-06-20 23:24:35 (3 comments, 11 reshares, 183 +1s)Open 

Creating useful images for clients
Keeping space for copy

One of the things you do as a commercial photographer is just anticipate images that could be useful for a client. This one was also done for the +Nature Conservancy of Canada . Normal or appropriate workflow when working with someone before a photo shoot is to establish a "shot list". Basically list out the kinds of photos you think you can achieve in a photo shoot combined with the wish list of the client. One of the things I consider is that it's important to keep some photos with "negative space". This is blank space where a graphic designer can have enough room to put in a block of text (or copy) without touching other subjects in the photos. While I try to get photographs that are beautiful on their own, full of subjects, textures and colour, it's often good to get a simple image with a loto... more »

Creating useful images for clients
Keeping space for copy

One of the things you do as a commercial photographer is just anticipate images that could be useful for a client. This one was also done for the +Nature Conservancy of Canada . Normal or appropriate workflow when working with someone before a photo shoot is to establish a "shot list". Basically list out the kinds of photos you think you can achieve in a photo shoot combined with the wish list of the client. One of the things I consider is that it's important to keep some photos with "negative space". This is blank space where a graphic designer can have enough room to put in a block of text (or copy) without touching other subjects in the photos. While I try to get photographs that are beautiful on their own, full of subjects, textures and colour, it's often good to get a simple image with a lot of blank space, and a sky can do just wonderfully for such purposes. Next time you look at an advertisement with heavy text over a photo, notice how it might look without the text and you will see how simple a commercial photo might need to be. Sometimes you will be hired to create a body of work that your client doesn't even know it's going to need yet, hence thinking ahead to photos they might need in the future, before they even ask for it.

Photographic Details
These are the same cows in my previous photos from the Waldron, but by now they had started getting used to me and my strange behaviour of squatting by a tripod and even laying down. And because I wasn't chasing them or antagonizing them, they developed a curiosity and started walking towards me. After which their courage would run out and they would run away again. I was laying down in the grass to get more of that dark stormy sky that had passed over us, I made sure that I was focused on them and shot with a huge emphasis of the blank sky.

If You like this post, don't forget to check out the horseback expeditions I'm teaming up with +Wayne Sawchuk on! http://www.go2mk.ca/

Canon 5D Mark III, ISO 100 f5 1/100sec

#commercialphotography   #graphicdesign   #photography   #moo  ___

2014-06-20 15:38:16 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Google plus photographers I've met

The funny thing about being on google plus, is that there are so many people on it, but I'm hard pressed to find a lot of photographers I really know. I think that's something I should change.  I thought it would be interesting for you to also "meet" these inspirational people.

+Wayne Sawchuk and I have teamed up on his horseback expeditions this year, to see more check his google+ page and www.go2mk.ca
Wayne is a highly influential conservationist, protecting an incredibly sensitive area in North Eastern B.C.

+Etienne Bossot was an absolute pleasure to meet in Hoi An, Vietnam. He lives in an incredibly beautiful place and captures it wonderfully. His portraits are especially a joy to see.

I met +Drew Hopper with Etienne as we all toured in and around Hoi An one morning. His landscapes arepre... more »

Google plus photographers I've met

The funny thing about being on google plus, is that there are so many people on it, but I'm hard pressed to find a lot of photographers I really know. I think that's something I should change.  I thought it would be interesting for you to also "meet" these inspirational people.

+Wayne Sawchuk and I have teamed up on his horseback expeditions this year, to see more check his google+ page and www.go2mk.ca
Wayne is a highly influential conservationist, protecting an incredibly sensitive area in North Eastern B.C.

+Etienne Bossot was an absolute pleasure to meet in Hoi An, Vietnam. He lives in an incredibly beautiful place and captures it wonderfully. His portraits are especially a joy to see.

I met +Drew Hopper with Etienne as we all toured in and around Hoi An one morning. His landscapes are pretty incredible and he was recently featured in +Australian Geographic outdoor magazine.

+Jim DiVitale I had attended one of my first photography workshops with him down in Santa Barbara, he introduced me to the concept of "digital lighting" and I've been using it ever since.

+George Marquardt as you can guess, is my Dad. Although I'm the one who taught him a few things about photography, it's scary to see how much his work reminds me of how I would do things. It's really fun going on photo trips with him, it feels more like going out with my friends than anything.

+Kelly Hofer I met randomly over social media and ended up meeting him over drinks. His work has been seen in Macleans covering life in a Hutterite colony, as an ex hutterite. But that's not all he does, he's incredibly busy and seemingly involved with everything. Some of his Make fashion work is really cool!

+Susanne Weissenberger I met while working in Antarctica, she was a passenger on the "Clipper Adventurer". You never tend to forget photographers you've met in such an incredible place.

Hopefully in the future this circle will be much bigger!

#photographersongoogle+   #photographers   #inspirational  ___

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2014-06-19 21:57:14 (24 comments, 37 reshares, 376 +1s)Open 

Cows in Paradise
Waldron Conservation Area, Alberta, Canada

This shot commissioned by +Nature Conservancy of Canada was one of my favourite moments. A pretty violent thunderstorm was sweeping through as I sought shelter for me and my camera gear. I had previously frightened some cows (by accident) and was looking for a lake I had seen on google earth. Finally I found it and the cows were not happy to see me again. Although this time they realized I wasn't chasing them, and probably noticed I was behaving strangely. Because of this, many of them stuck around to see what I was going to do next. I was sticking around because I was expecting a spectacular sunset, I was not disappointed.

Photographic Details
As sunset was imminent, I knew that I had to be in a good spot for it. Having a tour of the land by local biologists and land owners I knew where a lot ofg... more »

Cows in Paradise
Waldron Conservation Area, Alberta, Canada

This shot commissioned by +Nature Conservancy of Canada was one of my favourite moments. A pretty violent thunderstorm was sweeping through as I sought shelter for me and my camera gear. I had previously frightened some cows (by accident) and was looking for a lake I had seen on google earth. Finally I found it and the cows were not happy to see me again. Although this time they realized I wasn't chasing them, and probably noticed I was behaving strangely. Because of this, many of them stuck around to see what I was going to do next. I was sticking around because I was expecting a spectacular sunset, I was not disappointed.

Photographic Details
As sunset was imminent, I knew that I had to be in a good spot for it. Having a tour of the land by local biologists and land owners I knew where a lot of good stuff was, but I could have ignored a lot of that advice. During sunset I wanted something else to add to the image, and reflections in water can give a photo an incredibly heavenly feel. Therefore I ended up on google earth looking for lakes. This seasonal pond was luckily quite full and in the perfect viewpoint for what I was trying to achieve: sunsets, prairies and mountains and hopefully some cows too. My camera is hovering about an inch above the surface of the water, causing the grass and moss growing on the pond surface to blur out and creating a surreal symmetry that most people aren't used to. It takes a bit of effort and trust, especially since I was basically mucking around in mud and cow feces, but it's all worth it!

If you like this, don't forget to check out the horseback expeditions that I'm teaming up with +Wayne Sawchuk on! http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/

For #thirstythursday  curated by +Mark Esguerra and +Giuseppe Basile 
#alberta   #canadaphotography   #canada   #cows   #moo   #conservation   #thenatureconservancy   #googleearth   #horsebackridingvacations  ___

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2014-06-18 14:54:35 (17 comments, 20 reshares, 257 +1s)Open 

Into the landscape
Waldron Conservation Area, Alberta, Canada

I was lucky enough to be part of the +Nature Conservancy of Canada effort to protect a sensitive area known as the Waldron in southern Alberta. I was hired to show off the wonder and beauty of the land, and had the absolute privilege of wandering around here for days looking for photographic ways to inspire others to help protect this area. I still have close ties with the NCC and sometimes donate my time to their promotional events. If you happen to be a part of the "Leaders in Conservation" program you are invited to participate in an exclusive workshop from me this weekend! To find out more about becoming a leader in conservation, check out: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/alberta/get-involved/leaders-in-conservation/lic.html

Photographic Details
Some of the originalst... more »

Into the landscape
Waldron Conservation Area, Alberta, Canada

I was lucky enough to be part of the +Nature Conservancy of Canada effort to protect a sensitive area known as the Waldron in southern Alberta. I was hired to show off the wonder and beauty of the land, and had the absolute privilege of wandering around here for days looking for photographic ways to inspire others to help protect this area. I still have close ties with the NCC and sometimes donate my time to their promotional events. If you happen to be a part of the "Leaders in Conservation" program you are invited to participate in an exclusive workshop from me this weekend! To find out more about becoming a leader in conservation, check out: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/alberta/get-involved/leaders-in-conservation/lic.html

Photographic Details
Some of the original stakeholders rode to the media event on their horses, it was the perfect opportunity to start posing these riders. I had them walk away into the scenery in classic western style. I laid close to the ground and got a very geometrically simple and gorgeous shots of these riders. The extreme symmetry of this scene allowed me to centre the subject (which is usually a no-no) and mainly focus on the riders. Having them walk away creates a feeling of mystery, engendering the viewer to wonder who these riders are, only going on their attire and cowboy hats for clues.

See Also:
Check out this summers horseback expeditions: http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/
and the LIC tours: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/alberta/get-involved/leaders-in-conservation/2014.html#.U6GcmY1dVPQ

For #waywednesday  curated by +Peter Carroll 
#horsebackriding   #horselovers   #equinephotography #waldron   #ncc   #conservation  ___

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2014-06-17 17:33:33 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

I'd like to introduce you all to an incredibly inspirational photographer. +Wayne Sawchuk has been part of a huge conservation effort in northern B.C. in Canada. Using his images and stories to foster healthy relationships between people and the use of the incredible Muskwa-Kechika Wilderness. It's because of people like Wayne that we still have these incredible wildernesses to explore.

Featured on National Geographic, Wayne leads incredible horseback expeditions, a few of which I will be going on this year! I highly recommend you check out his work and website, and forward it to any  horse and nature lovers you know!

I highly recommend you circle him and keep an eye out for his future work!

#travelphotography   #traveltuesday   #horsebackriding   #britishcolumbia   #canada   #travelcanada  

Riders Emerge From the Mist
Through the mist and clouds we emerge onto the ridge, inwardly thankful for the end of a long climb. Every moment of sweat and hard work is instantly a distant memory as we reach the heavens and the realm of the alpine.

Tuchodi River
Northern B.C. Rocky Mountains, Canada

#horselovers #horsepower #muskwakechika #adventuretravel #travel #canada #canadaphotography  ___I'd like to introduce you all to an incredibly inspirational photographer. +Wayne Sawchuk has been part of a huge conservation effort in northern B.C. in Canada. Using his images and stories to foster healthy relationships between people and the use of the incredible Muskwa-Kechika Wilderness. It's because of people like Wayne that we still have these incredible wildernesses to explore.

Featured on National Geographic, Wayne leads incredible horseback expeditions, a few of which I will be going on this year! I highly recommend you check out his work and website, and forward it to any  horse and nature lovers you know!

I highly recommend you circle him and keep an eye out for his future work!

#travelphotography   #traveltuesday   #horsebackriding   #britishcolumbia   #canada   #travelcanada  

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2014-06-17 17:23:54 (23 comments, 26 reshares, 439 +1s)Open 

Giddy up!
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This is my point of view riding the first horse I had ever gotten to know. She was almost exactly my age, and lived up until we were both 27. We were riding down this uneventful trail on somewhat of a bland day. But we were riding back, and she knew we were going home which means she would love to gallop home in order to get there faster. I noticed her beautiful mane flowing in the wind and thought it would be great to see what kind of photos I could get while riding.

Photographic Details
I wanted to create a sense of motion, so just like I often do, I think about using a ridiculously low shutterspeed. In this case, it's 1/20th of a second that does the trick for me. Don't get me wrong though, it's not easy and a lot of this is luck, I took nearly a hundred photos before I found one that captured the right feeling:... more »

Giddy up!
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This is my point of view riding the first horse I had ever gotten to know. She was almost exactly my age, and lived up until we were both 27. We were riding down this uneventful trail on somewhat of a bland day. But we were riding back, and she knew we were going home which means she would love to gallop home in order to get there faster. I noticed her beautiful mane flowing in the wind and thought it would be great to see what kind of photos I could get while riding.

Photographic Details
I wanted to create a sense of motion, so just like I often do, I think about using a ridiculously low shutterspeed. In this case, it's 1/20th of a second that does the trick for me. Don't get me wrong though, it's not easy and a lot of this is luck, I took nearly a hundred photos before I found one that captured the right feeling: the tossing of the mane, while maintaining enough blur in the right spots. This all helps create a much more dynamic feeling excitement while still being recognizable. It was also a thrill to try and stay on a galloping horse using one hand on the reins and another on my camera, yeehaw!

1/20th, f6.3, ISO 50 Canon 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 Lens.

For #equinetuesday  curated by +Jillian Chilson.
#equinephotography   #horsebackriding   #travelphotography   #plusphotoextract  ___

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2014-06-16 02:45:00 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 175 +1s)Open 

Riding the trail line
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

Every day out in the wilderness here I’m riding behind my fellow #horseback  riders I was thinking that not everyone in the world has experienced this, that something I’m so used to can be so new to someone else. So I’m going to spill the details on such a simple aspect of expedition life with the #horses  . Believe it or not, I’m back of the pack simply because of horse politics. My horse, Peach is somewhat pokey, and doesn’t really feel confidant at the front of the pack, where as the rest of these horses have a strong desire to be a the back of the pack. While a rider can boss their horse around and tell them exactly where to be, these horses are vehemently social animals themselves, and letting them ride next to their best buddies in places they feel comfortable can make the adventure much morepleasant fo... more »

Riding the trail line
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

Every day out in the wilderness here I’m riding behind my fellow #horseback  riders I was thinking that not everyone in the world has experienced this, that something I’m so used to can be so new to someone else. So I’m going to spill the details on such a simple aspect of expedition life with the #horses  . Believe it or not, I’m back of the pack simply because of horse politics. My horse, Peach is somewhat pokey, and doesn’t really feel confidant at the front of the pack, where as the rest of these horses have a strong desire to be a the back of the pack. While a rider can boss their horse around and tell them exactly where to be, these horses are vehemently social animals themselves, and letting them ride next to their best buddies in places they feel comfortable can make the adventure much more pleasant for everyone involved.

Photographic details:
I wanted this photo to have a strong sense of motion. To achieve this I used an extremely slow #shutterspeed   of 1/60th of a second. But the motion on the horse wasn’t enough, we weren’t galloping at full speed so while taking the photo I zoomed in simply by holding my lens and spinning the camera. This created the interesting twisted blur around the edges, but kept the center rider mostly free of blur. Because of the symmetry I kept the rider in the middle of the frame. Canon 5D Mark II ISO 100, f9, 160/sec

#horselovers   #travelphotography  ___

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2014-02-07 02:53:24 (14 comments, 17 reshares, 259 +1s)Open 

Everyone looks good on a horse!
This was a remarkable Thanksgiving day. The sky was dark and dramatic in the background, but the sun managed to peak out for a few moments. What was remarkable for me is that I managed to take this photo while riding a horse!

Perhaps it would be easier to take a shot with a small point and shoot, or with a wide angle lens, but instead I used my 70-200 telephoto to increase the size of the mountains in the background.I positioned the riders on the right side of the frame, facing into the view to satisfy that unconscious urge to "see what the riders are looking into". 

The somewhat ridiculous setting on this photo is the fact that I have a high shutter speed of 1/2500 of a second. At first this might look like a mistake, but in reality, holding a telephoto lens or a moving horse will create a lot of motion blur, and this high shutter speed... more »

Everyone looks good on a horse!
This was a remarkable Thanksgiving day. The sky was dark and dramatic in the background, but the sun managed to peak out for a few moments. What was remarkable for me is that I managed to take this photo while riding a horse!

Perhaps it would be easier to take a shot with a small point and shoot, or with a wide angle lens, but instead I used my 70-200 telephoto to increase the size of the mountains in the background.I positioned the riders on the right side of the frame, facing into the view to satisfy that unconscious urge to "see what the riders are looking into". 

The somewhat ridiculous setting on this photo is the fact that I have a high shutter speed of 1/2500 of a second. At first this might look like a mistake, but in reality, holding a telephoto lens or a moving horse will create a lot of motion blur, and this high shutter speed will prevent that blur from happening.___

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2012-12-17 17:21:33 (77 comments, 50 reshares, 423 +1s)Open 

Antartica

Antartica___

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2012-12-13 17:04:39 (39 comments, 18 reshares, 345 +1s)Open 

Beautiful Antarctica! 

Beautiful Antarctica! ___

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2012-12-12 01:56:35 (22 comments, 23 reshares, 306 +1s)Open 

Aitcho Island, Antarctica

Aitcho Island, Antarctica___

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2012-12-11 04:37:03 (12 comments, 26 reshares, 297 +1s)Open 

Aitcho Island, Antarctica

Aitcho Island, Antarctica___

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2012-12-07 19:42:12 (16 comments, 18 reshares, 242 +1s)Open 

Aitcho Island, Antarctica! 

Aitcho Island, Antarctica! ___

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2012-12-06 17:09:43 (14 comments, 10 reshares, 189 +1s)Open 

While Kyle is in Antarctica, he will be sending images back periodically. Take a look at this one from South Georgia, #POD, #Antarctica

While Kyle is in Antarctica, he will be sending images back periodically. Take a look at this one from South Georgia, #POD, #Antarctica___

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2012-12-06 17:09:38 (6 comments, 11 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

Here is Kyle's latest image from #antarctica  take a look! #POD

Here is Kyle's latest image from #antarctica  take a look! #POD___

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2012-12-06 17:09:32 (10 comments, 18 reshares, 222 +1s)Open 

Here is a link to conservationist, Brian Keating's, latest interview with CBC from Antarctica. Although Kyle and Brian are not travelling together, they are in the same area and seeing much of the same wildlife. Have a listen! 

www.cbc.ca/homestretch/columnists/wildlife

Here is a link to conservationist, Brian Keating's, latest interview with CBC from Antarctica. Although Kyle and Brian are not travelling together, they are in the same area and seeing much of the same wildlife. Have a listen! 

www.cbc.ca/homestretch/columnists/wildlife___

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2012-12-06 17:09:25 (9 comments, 13 reshares, 214 +1s)Open 

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2012-12-06 17:09:18 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 191 +1s)Open 

Check out this image from South Georgia, Antarctica, #POD

Check out this image from South Georgia, Antarctica, #POD___

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2012-12-06 17:09:13 (5 comments, 11 reshares, 159 +1s)Open 

Here is another image from South Georgia, Antarctica. For more information on the area, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Georgia_and_the_South_Sandwich_Islands

Here is another image from South Georgia, Antarctica. For more information on the area, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Georgia_and_the_South_Sandwich_Islands___

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2012-12-06 17:09:08 (17 comments, 20 reshares, 229 +1s)Open 

The seals in #Antarctica are incredible, have a listen to naturalist, Brian Keating discuss these amazing animals. ow.ly/fDfwP #POD

The seals in #Antarctica are incredible, have a listen to naturalist, Brian Keating discuss these amazing animals. ow.ly/fDfwP #POD___

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2012-12-06 17:09:02 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

Today's image, Antarctica's beautiful seals, #POD  #Antarctica

Today's image, Antarctica's beautiful seals, #POD  #Antarctica___

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2012-12-06 17:08:56 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

Another fabulous image from Antarctica...#POD, #Antarctica

Another fabulous image from Antarctica...#POD, #Antarctica___

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2012-12-06 17:08:47 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 

Antarctica! 

Antarctica! ___

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2012-12-06 17:08:42 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Aitcho Island, Antarctica!

Aitcho Island, Antarctica!___

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2012-12-06 17:08:37 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Antarctica! 

Antarctica! ___

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2012-12-06 17:02:46 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

Aitcho Island, Antarctica! 

Aitcho Island, Antarctica! ___

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