Glenn Bartley is a world renowned professional nature photographer from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He focuses almost all of his efforts on capturing intimate images of birds in their natural habitat. Glenn is especially well known for his portraits of rare and difficult to photograph birds from the Neotropical Region and his portfolio of hummingbird images.
Glenn says that his love for photography started as a child many years ago in a backyard in Ontario, Canada. He was lying under a hummingbird feeder with a simple 35mm camera trying desperately to capture an image of these mesmerizing birds. The photos that he captured that day may not have been very good – but the experience led to a love of nature and photography that would one day blossom. Many years later Glenn traveled to Australia for a university semester abroad. The opportunity motivated him to buy a capable camera and to learn more about the art of photography. In those days of slide film and with only a short telephoto zoom lens birds were, for the most part, still out of range. Glenn’s passion for photography however was growing.
Before long digital SLR’s became the norm and Glenn had purchased a 300mm f/4 lens. He finally had a set up capable of capturing some good bird images. After completing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies Glenn traveled to Costa Rica for 6 months to immerse himself in nature photography. That trip solidified Glenn’s love of bird photography and, from then on, much of his free time was spent learning his craft.
After achieving a Masters of Science degree in Ecological Restoration Glenn once again set off for the New World Tropics. This time his goal was to spend 6 months in Ecuador and do nothing but bird photography. On this trip Glenn practiced and developed his techniques for tropical bird photography and especially multiflash hummingbird photography. By the time he returned to Canada many people were starting to take notice of Glenn’s unique ability to create stunning images of rare and nearly impossible birds to photograph.
Today Glenn’s images are well respected and represented around the world. He is an award winning photographer whose work is regularly featured in North American and International nature books, calendars and publications. Glenn’s work is regularly featured in magazines such as Audubon, Birdwatching, Canadian Wildlife, Birders World, and many more. His images regularly appear in books on birds including several by National Geographic. Glenn has also published several books of his own including "Birds of Ecuador", "Birds of Vancouver Island" and "Birds of Biritish Columbia" as well as instructional guides on Post Processing Flash and Tropical Nature Photography Techniques.
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WORKSHOPS: If you are interested in learning more about bird photography and improving as a photographer you may want to check out the bird photography workshops that I conduct. From multi-week trips, to day outings and photoshop lessons you will find it all here.
EQUIPMENT: My primary equipment includes Canon digital SLR camera bodies and an assortment of Canon lenses. By far the lens that sees the most use is the Canon 600mm F4 L often coupled with a 1.4x Canon teleconverter. I also use the Canon 400mm F5.6L, 300mm F4L, 24-70mm F4L and the 17-40mm F4L for wide angle shots and landscape photography. Ever since reading John Shaw's book "The Nature Photographer's Field Guide" I try to shoot everything using a sturdy tripod. I use the Gitzo GT 3540XLS tripod and a Wimberly gimbal head. I use a variety of Canon flashes including the Canon 600EX, 430EX and MR-14EX macro flash. For more information about the Bird Photography Equipment that I use click here.
ARTICLES: If you are interested in some of the articles I have published in magazines like Birding, Bird Watchers Digest, Canadian Wildlife and Nature Photographer - click here.
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