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Glenn Bartley


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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 short telephoto zoom lenses 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 honing 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. His work is regularly featured in North American and International nature books, calendars and publications and is regularly featured in a variety of nature magazines. Glenn has also published several books of his own including "Birds of Ecuador", "Birds of Vancouver Island", "Birds of British Columbia" and “Hummingbirds: A Celebration of Nature’s Jewels”. Glenn has also written several instructional guides on Post Processing,  Flash and Tropical Nature Photography Techniques.

Each year Glenn leads a variety of photo workshops throughout the New World and tries to make at least one personal photographic expedition to an exciting part of the globe.

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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 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 100-400mm F5.6L and the 17-40mm F4L for wide angle shots and landscape photography. 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 both on and off camera. For more information about the Bird Photography Equipment that I use -  click here.

BOOKS: You can find information about the books and e-books that I have published by clicking - 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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