Are you an ethical wildlife photographer?

You’ve recently unwrapped the latest iphone or a shiny new digital camera, perhaps an SLR with some fancy lenses.

Now you have itchy shutter fingers. You’re ready to point our camera at something spectacular and capture a beautiful memory forever. But where to go?

Not to brag, but Ontario Parks are beautiful, iconic places. Covering nearly 10% of the province and protecting some of Ontario’s most rare and scenic habitats, our parks are home to a variety of wildlife, from fascinating insects to enormous moose.

Basically, they’re a photographer’s dreamscape.

We’re animal lovers too. We know how exhilarating wildlife encounters can be. We understand how badly you want that perfect photo.

But before you hit the road, ask yourself: is taking the perfect photograph worth risking an animal’s life or an ecosystem’s health?

If your answer is “no,” check out our list of seven common photography infractions to ensure you’re keeping our parks safe and healthy.

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October’s digital download

Mazinaw Rock is a massive cliff that rises 100 m above the lake and spans 1.5 km across with more than 260 ancient Indigenous pictographs. The history and beauty of this place is palpable.

This month’s FREE digital download is of a fall view of Mazinaw Rock in Bon Echo Provincial Park.

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Up close and personal: macro photography tips

Macro photography exposes you to a whole new world.

Macro photography zooms in extremely close to its subject, making it appear bigger than it actually is. You may never notice the beauty and strangeness of a creature until you examine it up close.

Focusing your attention on new photographic subjects also lets you experience your favourite park in a brand-new way.

Instead of walking the same trail down to the same lake, you start noticing new details. You may discover a weird and magical collection of fungi on a rotting log beside the trail, or that jewel-like damselflies like to sun themselves on the cattails by the lake shore.

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Nature photography 101

Do you secretly wish you could produce photos that would take people’s breath away? There’s no better time than now to pursue your dream!

We chatted with Thunder Bay photographer Barry Wojciechowski and our own Natural Heritage Education & Marketing Specialist Barb Rees who shared these five tips for capturing award-winning nature photographs.
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