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Outdoor Photographer January/February 2018

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Photographer: Michelle Valberg Location: Wapusk National Park, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada Equipment: Nikon D500, AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Situation: White creatures. Snowcapped tundra. Whirling wind. Freezing temperatures. These were the conditions of a difficult yet exciting sub-Arctic photo shoot. Photographers are consistently challenged when shooting in extreme Arctic regions. The cold climate is the biggest concern; staying warm and keeping your equipment operational are priorities. The wildlife is unpredictable in the north, and patience is key. I photographed this Arctic fox on a recent trip with Frontiers North Adventures to Wapusk National Park. We traveled by tundra buggy. It was toasty warm inside; however, out on the viewing deck or with the windows opened at -25 degrees Celsius, things cooled down quickly. I used a bean bag on the window instead of a…

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in this issue

“Even though the Arctic seems desolate, there is life everywhere,” says Michelle Valberg, who has made more than 50 trips to the area to photograph its wildlife and vast landscapes. In her interview with Mark Edward Harris, “Call Of The Wild,” Valberg reveals how her experience photographing a polar bear in 2008 changed the direction of her career to focus on documenting wonders of the Canadian Arctic so that others could experience its beauty. Valberg shares insights for accessing and exploring this remote, challenging environment, along with equipment recommendations and photography tips. Most of us may not have to deal with the extreme conditions of places like the Arctic, but we can learn how to protect ourselves and our gear when photographing in winter from those who do. Like Valberg, Paul…

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Michelle Valberg is an award-winning Canadian nature photographer, a Canadian Nikon Ambassador and the first Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence whose work has been showcased in several exhibits and publications. She lectures around the world and frequently travels as a resource photographer for adventure travel companies. See more of her work at Chema Domenech is a natural history filmmaker and photographer living in Bozeman, Montana. He’s currently working on his M.F.A. in science and natural history filmmaking at Montana State University, where he’s focused on telling wildlife and conservation stories. See more of his work at David Mackenzie is based in Southeast Queensland, Australia, and loves spending time in the Australian Outback, as well as many other wilderness locations, and has a strong affinity for and spiritual connection to nature. Mackenzie believes…

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world traveler

In a typical year, Olympus Visionary Jay Dickman will touch down in more than 20 countries around the globe. For Dickman, a Pulitzer Prize winner and contributing photographer for National Geographic, travel is a way of life. “My world is about constant motion,” Dickman says. “One reason I love the Olympus gear is because it fits my style of photography and frequent travel.” Dickman was an early adopter of Olympus digital cameras. “I appreciated the design ethic—compact, portable, a camera that you want to have with you.” His complete system, which includes three OM-D E-M1 Mark II bodies, multi-ple lenses ranging from the M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO to the M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO and several in between, all fit in a camera pack that’s actually smaller than…

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northern hawk-owl

“One day in the end of January in Uppsala, Sweden, I took a short trip to an area where I know a northern hawk-owl had decided to spend the winter months. This day, the winter sun was shining when I walked down by the river to look for the owl. After a short time, I found the owl high up in a tree. It wasn’t in a good spot for pictures, so I did what every wildlife photographer has to be good at—wait. After about 30 minutes, the owl moved to another tree and down to an eye-level perch where I could get some pictures in great light. This was one of them.” Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM and Canon EF 1.4x III Extender. Exposure:…

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red fox

“I took this photo of a red fox on the last day of a trip to Grand Teton National Park. The fox was beside one of the pull-offs in the park, which made him easy to spot. He approached me quickly, most likely looking for food, and at one point was less than 5 yards from me. When he realized I wasn’t going to give him any food, he ran away behind a snow bank and looked over his shoulder one last time, and that’s when I took the photo.” Nikon D610, Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD at 500mm. Exposure: 1/1000 sec., ƒ/6.3, ISO 1000. See more of Grady McGinnis’s photography at…