The exciting thing about being young and fairly new to photography, is the amount of new photographic knowledge learnt each year. We go into each year with a new set of skills, and in return, I’m sure we all see vast improvements in our images.
This past spring, I was lucky enough to earn a spot on the NANPA College Scholarship program (thank you Gabby for the nomination letter!). This was an amazing program which allowed me to develop my skills, meet other young nature photographers, and obtain a different mindset about nature photography. I highly suggest applying for either the highschool or college program in 2013. Since I signed up for a summer semester at school, I didn’t think I’d have much time for photography, but this was not to be the case!
During May, June, and July I took three long-weekend family vacations to various lakes in the interior of British Columbia. The main targets on these trips were Loons, Grebes, and various other birds. On one of the trips, Jess Findlay and myself found a Great-grey Owl nest, which was a fairly rare find, and was one of our most unique photo experiences we’ve had. July was a very poor month for weather in BC, so overall it wasn’t very productive.
In August, Jess and I went to visit Bertie Gregory on Vancouver Island, where he was a deckhand on a Bear watching boat. The three of us were allowed to take the companies small zodiac boat around the remote coastal passages in search of wildlife. We had an extremely good trip since the tides were low during good light. We photographed species such as, Black Bear, Bald Eagle, Harbour Seal, Great Blue Heron, Black Oystercatcher, Common Murre, River Otter, and best of all, a Coastal Grey Wolf pack! Photographing the wolves was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had, as well as a 5.5 foot encounter with a yearling black bear. I then went back to the Island two weeks later, but didn’t have much luck since the tides were low during bad light.
To finish off the summer, I went on a day hike with some friends in search of Ptarmigan. We didn’t end up finding any, but we took a few landscapes images. We then hiked 1.5 hours down the mountain in the dark and rain!
Overall, the summer of 2011 was my favorite summer for photography yet. I can only hope that the summer of 2012 will be half as good!
thanks for reading,