October 16, 2019
Join celebrated nature photographer Mike Grandmaison on his journey to Churchill as he ventures into the homeland of the polar bear. Combining photographs with enlightening facts on these animals and their environment, The Polar Bear: Lord of the Great North is intended to captivate anyone eager to take a closer look at these fascinating creatures.
Mike Grandmaison is undisputedly one of Canada’s true masters of fine nature photography. An alumnus of Sudbury, Ontario’s Laurentian University, Mike studied biology, graduating in 1976. For the two subsequent decades, he worked in water quality, as well as forest entomology and pathology, before turning his attention to professional photography. Camera steadfastly in hand, he has explored the breadth of Canada, his beloved country, and Manitoba, the province he has called home for the last thirty-three years. Mike owns and manages a full-service stock photography agency, and produces assignment photography specializing in architecture and nature for clients worldwide.
September 19, 2012
I observed three red fox kits for about an hour one early morning. While mother and the kits were aware of our presence, the kits continued to romp around, paying little attention to us. I captured this intimate moment of mom and one of the kits before it dashed away to chase its other siblings once again. I caught this image with the equivalent of a 630mm lens fitted to a tripod-mounted camera (300mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter on a cropped sensor). You don't always need the fastest and most expensive lenses. I find this combination very flexible albeit a little slower than the fastest lenses.
January 8, 2012
I travel extensively across this great Canadian country. As I drive about, I am constantly searching for photo possibilities. Often it’s merely a question of recognizing a photo opportunity, parking the vehicle and getting out to explore. For years, I swung my large (and much too heavy) photo pack over my shoulder and started walking, anywhere from a few dozen meters to a kilometer or more. While I usually have a camera mounted on a tripod with a particular lens for the task at hand, once in the field, I may decide that another lens may be a better choice or simply provide me with some alternative options without having to return to the vehicle.