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Photographic subjects are virtually everywhere. Check your cupboards and drawers for old forgotten or discarded items that might have visual potential. Next time you’re visiting a corner store, buy some colourful candy, like a bag of Jelly Beans, take them home and arrange them into an aesthetically pleasing pattern. Then you can enjoy the candy after you’ve finished the photo session.

Photography During Physical Distancing by Tony Beck   After buying my first film camera back in the early 1980s, I found myself constantly experimenting, exploring and constructing creative ideas. Everything was fair game and worthy of being photographed. However, over the decades, I became focused on my favourite subjects – Nature and Wildlife. Luckily, I turned the […]

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Yelango A17 Gimbal Head Review by Tony Beck In the past, I rarely supported big lenses on a tripod. Instead, I hand-held my camera while adopting various field techniques that facilitate image sharpness. I only used tripods in low light situations where slow shutters were necessary. Sometimes I’d go for the flexibility and convenience of […]

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Golden Eagle (captive) – Southern Ontario

Nikon D500 with AF-S Nikkor 200-500 F5.6 VR zoom ~ ISO 400 – Shutter 1/500 – Aperture F6.3 Eagles have the best vision of any animal alive today. Golden Eagles can spot small prey from more than a mile away. Some eagles have sight that’s eight times as good as humans. With binoculars, you’ll have eyes […]

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PhotoTip2Horizons

  PHOTO TIP from Always An Advenure Rest assured, there are no rules in photography, only guidelines. However, some guidelines are rarely ever broken, like the straightness of a horizon. Unfortunately, most people subconsciously put the horizon, or the main photographic subject, smack in the middle when taking their picture. Even more offending are landscapes […]

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PHOTO TIP from Always An Adventure:   Back-lit Chipmunk photographed at Petrie Island, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. With the camera pointing in the direction of the sun, your subject will be in shadow. These types of situations are very challenging. However, there are a few tricks that'll help. 1) Use a flash to fill in the shadow. Some cameras come with […]

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bird-sunset

So, you want to start birding? You’ve got Blue Jays, Cardinals, Black-capped Chickadees and White-crowned Sparrows visiting your back yard – little treasures brightening the day as they frolic through your garden. But, where are all those other birds I see in books, TV, and postage stamps? Do I have to be a part of  […]

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penguins-polar-challenges

As adventurers, we tend to seek unusual travel destinations. We need to satisfy an insatiable appetite for discovering remote parts of the world. Inevitably, these isolated destinations come with extreme conditions – rugged landscape, unpredictable wildlife, inhospitable environments and harsh weather. Yet the wilderness calls us. And, we answer. Fortunately, thanks to advances in digital […]

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I recently received an e-mail asking for my views on a hot-topic. The writer was having a discussion with a friend about two opposite methods of capturing a perfect wildlife image. Is it better to take lots of images with the hopes that one will turn out? Or should the photographer focus all their finely-tuned […]

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binoculars-for-birding

Birdwatching is greatly enhanced with the right equipment. And, the best place to start is with a good pair of binoculars. Beginners often make uninformed choices when buying binoculars, sometimes selecting equipment that performs poorly in the field. I’ve watched many frustrated novices struggle with inappropriate optics while others around them easily enjoy the birds […]

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Always An Adventure is a family company run by Tony Beck & Nina Stavlund. We provide a variety of services & tours focusing on Nature, Wildlife, Birding & Photography. We teach Birdwatching and Photography both independently and through a variety of institutions...........Read More

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Nina Stavlund

Nina is Norwegian by blood, an extensive world traveler, and is now living in Ottawa, Canada. She's also a passionate birder and nature lover, and has logged hundreds of hours of birding the last couple of years. She's a....... Read More

Tony Beck

* PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER and TOUR GUIDE since 1993. * Located in Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA * Sponsored by NIKON of CANADA. I've always loved to share my experiences of the natural world, especially ..........Read More

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