Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Black Bear Moms and Cubs, Minnesota, 2018

I had a small group of photographers on an HW Safaris tour photographing black bear moms and cubs. While there are a lot of black bears that wander in and out of the meadow, it is a hurry up and wait game for us as we are there for moms with spring cubs. This area has a lot of black and cinnamon black bears. The various colour tones of black bears make wonderful subjects.

This year we were lucky enough to photograph a mom with three cubs. We saw her a couple times on both the first and second days. We saw a mom with four, although you’ll have to take my word for it because by the time we got in position to photograph her, she and her cubs took off into the bush. We photographed a second mom with triplets in the evening of the second day for an hour or so. On the third day it rained throughout the morning. Outside the 8 boars that were in the area, we got lucky photographing a yearling on a log.
The third day was pretty quiet, but we persevered and just before it was time to leave, a mom and a single cub wandered into the forest on the edge of the meadow. They gave us some nice opportunities to photograph the cub as the little one went up a tree. Shooting between the canopy of leaves we had a couple brief opportunities to get a couple good images of her. Our black bear gallery can be seen here.

Throughout our three days we estimate that we saw a total of approximately 50-60 different black bears.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Wildlife Photography Course

Wildlife Photography Course
If you live in the Edmonton area, we offer a wildlife photography course twice a year in the summer. Our next course will run September 8 & 9, 2018. To register, please visit Burwell School of Photography.
What better way to prepare for your safari than to learn some wildlife photography basics before you go. We start out with some classroom time then practice our techniques with my pet green winged macaw, Rio.

 We go back to the classroom to view our images and discuss what we can do to improve our wildlife portraits. Then we drive out to Tofield to photograph Saw Whet Owls and peregrine falcons.
On day two we analyze our images again, learn more techniques on speed photography then we practice our new skill by photographing Rio, flying toward the photographers.

This is a great course to prepare you for any one of our wildlife safaris. Join us in Alaska as we photograph brown bears or black bears in Minnesota or the Ultimate bucket list safari of them all. Masai, Mara, Kenya.

Monday, July 2, 2018

HW Photo & Safari. Africa & Alaska, 2019

Bucket List Tours with HW Photo & Safaris
Our Bucket List Masai Mara Wildlife Photo Safari is sold out. We have four spots open for our Masai Mara trip in February, 22 to March 7th, 2019. Visit HW Photo & Safaris for more details.

After each safari we make a video as a keepsake for our guests. Curious of what an HW Photo & Safari is like? Check out the video. 

Email to register for this bucket list Safari in Kenya.

When we go the Mara, we support four schools. In February we were able to bring in 1300 pounds in donations. School supplies, teaching supplies, washable feminine hygiene products, books and soccer balls. We even had 900 soccer jerseys donated by Millwoods Soccer Association. We take care of the donations. Guests can donate or not. Many of our guests in February just donated their extra allowable checked luggage space. Everyone was able to examine the bag that had their name on it. We did the rest. We collected the donations, packed and organized the donations in our bags. 

Spending an afternoon with the children was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Anyone who isn't interested in visiting the school were able to go on a game drive while we were at the school.

African Wildlife by Harvey Wildlife Photography
Brown Bears of Lake Clark National Park

In June, 2019 we have a small group going to Alaska to photograph brown bears. Check out the link for more details.
This video was taken with an iPhone. That gives you an idea as to how habituated these wild bears are in this beautiful National Park in Alaska. This park is not accessible by road, so the brown bear viewing is much more special as there aren't crowds of people. Just a lot of bears. It is a very special wildlife experience. The below video is a fun video that we made for our last group.
We have 3 spots left. Please email to register for this Alaskan Brown Bear Safari.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Ultimate Bucket List Safari- February, 2018.

In February 18 of us enjoyed an HW Photo & Safari tour. We visited the world renowned Giraffe Manor 

and a private tour of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
 From there we chartered two Cessna planes and flew out to the Masai Mara where we stayed at two, five star luxury safari camps. Little Governors Camp again was amazing! The camp has such an amazing atmosphere with the tents opening up to the Marsh. Between game drives we enjoyed safaris right in our camp as the animals wandered through camp.

After our safari we made a slideshow for our guests:
We also took pictures and videos of our guests each day throughout the safari. Those images were uploaded to a secure webpage for my guests so each guest would have images from their safari as keepsakes.

We were able to collect and donate 1300 pounds of school supplies, teaching supplies, washable feminine hygiene products, clothing, shoes, soccer uniforms and shoes etc. It was truly an amazing experience. Meeting the children, handing out the supplies and playing soccer with the kids at the school was a highlight that I'm sure we will always cherish.

Our November, 2018 bucket list safari trip is full. The good news is we still have four spots available for our February, 2019 Safari. I welcome you to join us for another epic bucket list safari. Pictures from our safaris can be seen on our wildlife photography website at

For a 30 second glimpse of what our safari looks like, check out the video:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Need for High-End Compact Cameras...

In this blog I have added a few images from my favourite places to photograph wildlife. South Africa, Kenya, Northern Canada, Southern France and Alaska.
As a wildlife photographer I do a fair amount of traveling to different areas of the world. I travel with high-end DSLR’s and big zoom and prime lenses. Add in a subject and I am astounded by their ability to create sharp images of animals moving at a distance in low light. 
What has been bothering me the past few years is not all of the images that I am taking, rather, all of the wonderful images I am missing. As fantastic as DSLR’s and big lenses are, they are cumbersome and attract attention. The majority of my time traveling is spent with this equipment packed away in discreet cases that look like suitcases. I do this so I don’t draw any attention to those who may be interested in relieving me of my gear and or any money I have on me at the time. Once I get to my destination in the bush or the jungle away from people the gear comes out and the magic begins.

Each time I travel, I normally have a point and shoot camera or I use my Iphone to photograph or record interesting images along the way. The problem is there is a huge quality gap between what my DSLR produces in images and what my Iphone or point and shoot camera produces. When I heard about Lightco's #Vantagepoint I got excited about their approach. A compact camera the size of my point and shoot that creates images that are of similar quality of my DSLR's. A high-quality camera that records videos in 4K and has 16 lenses firing simultaneously to acquire those high-end images. In-camera editing that I can edit on the plane looks great too!

With a camera like an L-16 Light camera I will be able to stop over at the Eiffel Tower while in Paris in the evening to take low-light images of the Eiffel tower lit up without carrying around expensive looking bulky camera gear. Walking around Paris at night with expensive DSLR’s then getting on the subway just screams “mug me”. While in India and visiting the Taj Mahal, a camera like the L16 Light camera again gives me the quality of my DSLR’s without attracting the attention of any poor locals who will drape themselves over me in hopes that I will pay them to be my guide or carry my gear etc. A high-end camera that fits in my pocket will allow me the freedom to get all the images before and after the safari that I am looking for. This while keeping a low profile and without adding significant weight to my carry-on bag. This camera could fill the gap that I am looking for. I can't wait to try it out.

Below are images from when a small group of us were invited into our guide’s home in India. His daughter cooked a very special meal for us with a propane heater on the floor of their kitchen/bedroom. (Kitchen during the day and bedroom at night). 

Below that are images of us being invited into a hut in a Masai village. The inside of the hut is quite dark. It has a small fire pit in the middle for those cold nights with two sleeping areas. One for the kids and one for the mother. The walls of the hut are made of mud and cow manure And below that are my favourite images from when a group of Masai dancers stopped by in the evening and entertained us at my favourite camp in Kenya. 

Each of those images required a discreet camera that worked well in low light without flash. As you can see, the only place I have recorded those images are in my memory because I didn’t have a discreet camera that would record DSLR quality images in low light. I am hoping that Lightco’s L-16 fill this void.