Amazing Publication Entering The Wizarding World!

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Awesome! 

 I grew up reading the Harry Potter Series when it first came out in England and it brings back many childhood memories of spending countless hours with my family imagining what the waizarding world would be like. What an honor it is finding out that one of my images has been incorporated into the work itself representing Ravenclaw house on Pottermore! What an amazing re-visitation to my childhood memories!

From then until now I would have never thought that my work would end up representing something so magical. 

Top 5 Ways to Make Money As a Wildlife Photographer

Top 5 Ways to Make Money As a Wildlife Photographer

  • Micro Stock Photography

This is an option if you have a massive portfolio of images. Over the past couple of years many of my images sitting on my hard drive have allowed me to generate a ton of extra revenue. I would highly recommend starting out with an agency such as Shutterstock and later branching out to other agencies and then finally creating your own! 

  • Creating unique artwork for clients

Through my website I sell wildlife fine art photography allowing me to gain exposure and work with some amazing clients. Everyone has a space on their wall that requires a piece of artwork. 

  • Publications

This is happening all too often, an email or a phone message because a publisher wants to pick up one of my images for use. The most recent one Outdoor Photographer Magazine gave me a 1/2 page publication on an image. What lead to this contact and publication was submitting my images to contests the more you get your work out there the better off you will be. You can submit images to magazines for publication though because of how busy editors are you may not hear back from them but keep trying!   

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  • Create Unique Products 

Every Christmas I create unique products with my photography from calendars to custom photo mounted greeting cards. This allows me to further spread the word about my photography and share the images I capture. 

  • Try Something New

There are many ways to make money from photography but you have to be willing to try something new. I have branched off into creating a YouTube channel in the means to reach a wider audience. It allows me to be creative and share my adventures and connect with people from around the world. Though it is time consuming I enjoy it too much to give it up! 

  • Stick With What You Are Passionate About! 

Stick with what you are passionate about and before you know it your work with be featured around the world. 

Canadian Wildlife Photography Group Rules

Canadian Wildlife Photography Group Rules


GUIDLINES


  • Please limit yourself to posting no more than 1 image a day! Be sure to post your very best image! We all want to see quality not quantity!

  • UPLOAD THE IMAGE AND PUT FACEBOOK LINKS, WEBSITE LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION.

  • When posting your image please specify the location on where the image was taken as well as camera settings used when capturing the image. IT WOULDN'T hurt to tell us what your subject is.  

  • It should look something like this! 

Two Coyotes Cuddling, Chilliwack, BC,  Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. ISO 1600| F8 | 1/250TH see more at https://www.facebook.com/groups/101077470318774/

Two Coyotes Cuddling, Chilliwack, BC,  Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

ISO 1600| F8 | 1/250TH

see more at https://www.facebook.com/groups/101077470318774/

  • no images of baited animals, pets OR livestock. Lets keep it ethical. 

  • IF THE ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHED IS CAPTIVE PLEASE SPECIFY IN THE DESCRIPTION.

  • PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN THROUGHOUT ALL THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES OF CANADA. 

  • CRITIQUE IMAGES ONLY IF THE PHOTOGRAPHER REQUESTED IT. 

  • PEOPLE WHOM DON'T FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES CAN BE EXPECTED TO BE REMOVED FROM THE GROUP.

Putting In The Time!

Putting In The Time!

WHAT AN EVENTFUL DAY! 
I had the pleasure of spending more than a couple of hours at the heron colony.

One of my favorite locations to shoot because of its close proximity to where I live but not only that, it never ceases to provide awesome opportunities! I have figured out how to carry the big lens and equipment on the motorbike making for a joyful ride and the best therapy one could ask for. Spending time outside instead of watching T.V!

The extra 5 minutes you put it could mean that awesome capture of something truly magnificent! Once you tell yourself 5 minutes more be prepared to spend a little more than that. 5 minutes and I was photographing not just one beaver but two! 

 

 

Small News Paper Publication

Small News Paper Publication

WOKE UP THIS MORNING TO FIND AN IMAGE OF A GULL TAKING OFF HAS MADE IT TO THE NEWS!

"Micahel Rowlandson captured this gull, taking flight from the Vedder River along the Rotary Trail. Rowlandson recently moved to the community from Montreal and says he's looking forward to exploring the regions beauty."

"Micahel Rowlandson captured this gull, taking flight from the Vedder River along the Rotary Trail. Rowlandson recently moved to the community from Montreal and says he's looking forward to exploring the regions beauty."

ANOTHER SMALL MILESTONE

Its amazing what wildlife you can find on your doorstep. Even the most common of species can be fun to photograph. I have never had my work featured in a newspaper before so this is a first and quite the achievement. 

The Chilliwack Progress is a small local newspaper. Starting off small but having the ambition to make it big!

 

Rowlandson Makes The Front Cover!

Rowlandson Makes The Front Cover!

IT DOES NOT GET MORE IRONIC THAN THIS! 

CHECK OUT THE MAIN CHARACTERS NAME! 

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"Elizabeth’s introduction to ruggedly handsome Michael is turning her life upside down. Written word is becoming the reality as he offers her the rare chance of the love she yearns for but never believes would be hers. 

Fate is a funny thing though. Obstacles of all sorts lay on this path to true love, but are some things just destined to be?"
 

ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR ROWLANDSON

It's another milestone for myself and my work! I have been featured on website's in magazines but never would I have thought that my work would make it to the front cover of a novel! I'm so excited to share my work with the world and this truly is a great honor!

Rowlandson Making a Mark

Rowlandson Making a Mark

"With great care Michael Rowlandson (michaelrowlandson) captures the intimate connection with the animals around us. His photography show the true faces of the wild life where the animals live by no rules more than their own. Rowlandson has been published on the National Geographic Website and approached by the Canadian geographic to publish one of his photographs. His next goal is to have his own gallery – something the team at Viewbug are positive he will reach in a near future." ... Read the full story here

 

 

USING A HIGHER SUGAR TO WATER RATIO DURING WINTER CAN HARM HUMMINGBIRDS

USING A HIGHER SUGAR TO WATER RATIO DURING WINTER CAN HARM HUMMINGBIRDS

USING A HIGHER SUGAR TO WATER RATIO DURING WINTER CAN HARM HUMMINGBIRDS

OR CAN IT? 

 

 I WANT TO CLARIFY HERE WHEN IT IS OK TO USE A 1 TO 3 RATIO OF SUGAR TO WATER AND THAT IT IS FOR SHORT TERM (NO MORE THAN QUARTER OF A DAY USE ONLY) USUALLY 4 HOURS IN THE MORNING UNTIL TEMPERATURES RISE. This is a little behind the scenes video blog otherwise known as a vlog. In the video I mentioned that I use a 1 part sugar to 3 parts water ratio during winter which has caused a little uproar among the hummingbird community and for good reason!

There is a big difference when maintaining a feeder for casual viewing over a long period of time or for professional photography to get the morning light on a frosty day. However both have extremely high responsibilities

When I photograph hummingbirds I spend all day near the feeders. By all day I mean I'm out of the house at 8am or earlier stopping for the occasional coffee, lunch and then dinner until the sun starts to set. Tending to the feeder regularly as the temperature changes. I never leave it unattended. This responsibility and dedication has lead me to using a higher ratio for a short period of time during those frosty mornings where the temperature hits zero degrees Celsius or 30  Fahrenheit. BUT THE HIGHER RATIO CAN CAUSE HUMMINGBIRDS HARM.

I have read a couple of articles stating that higher sugar ratios cause a hardening of the kidneys in hummingbirds causing them great harm and even death. While not disagreeing with what the article is saying; observation, logic and research and a little science is something that I take great pride in when it comes to making decisions on how my actions will affect animals. By no means do I have a PHD in animal science and the last thing I want to ever do is harm any of my little subjects! 

DETERMINING WHY YOU ARE PUTTING UP A FEEDER

Well its a relatively simple question are you a dedicated professional spending many hours over many days with hummingbirds tending to the feeder or are you fascinated by the little birds and simply want to see them visit your back garden? 

If you happen to frequently be (AFF)- away from feeder and just want to attract them to your garden then use a ratio of 1:4 and don't change the ratio! 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water. 

 1 to 4 ratio

 1 to 4 ratio

If you are a professional photographer like myself  and you want to take advantage of the early morning light in winter you might have considered using a higher ratio of sugar to water to stop the feeder from freezing. A great idea to be used in moderation and Never use a ratio greater than 1 part sugar to 3 parts water only during the morning while it is below freezing. switch the feeder back to a 1:4 ratio as soon as the temperature outside rises. 

1 to 3 ratio

1 to 3 ratio

THE LOGIC

Plants themselves produce nectar with sugar levels between 8% and 50% sugar in the nectar and of course plant nectar fluctuates throughout the year. Hummingbirds feed all year round even during times when the ratios of nectar contain 50% sugar. Nectar and sugar water are similar the only thing that is different are the sugars used and created, refined sugar and natural sugar. Studies have shown that even pine tree sap is a high concentrated source of sugar hummingbirds feed off. 

Refined sugar gets digested super fast and spikes sugar levels and can put more stress on the digestive system and kidneys while natural sugar is absorbed more slowly. I can see here how this would harm hummingbirds over a long period of time such as using a 1 to 3 ratio for more than 3 days. what we have to understand is the speed at which hummingbirds digest. I would relate It to humans getting diabetes and kidney failure at the same time while going on a diet of just candy and soda.

WHEN AND WHY TO USE A RATIO OF 1 TO 3? 

  •   During the morning when the weather is cool a higher sugar to water ratio stops the feeder from freezing up. Just like how plants and flowers constantly change due to weather and season I do the same with the ratio of sugar in the feeder. THIS IS THE ONLY TIME YOU SHOULD CHANGE THE RATIO ADDING MORE SUGAR.
  •  Only if you are constantly spending time by the feeder as you need to change it back to a 1:4 ratio as soon as temperatures rise.

WHY NOT TO USE A 1 TO 3 RATIO?

  •  long exposure to this ratio can cause kidney failure in hummingbirds remember diabetes and kidney failure at the same time!
  •  The temperature outside never goes below freezing and you are not willing to spend all that time outside by the feeder ready to change it to a ratio of 1:4 when the temperature rises.  
  • You are (AFF) Away from feeder and can't maintain it. 

 

All in all weather you are just simply putting up a feeder to enjoy hummingbirds in the garden or are a photographer looking to get some early morning light images during wintertime. With enough responsibility and dedication we can all enjoy hummingbirds without harming them. 

600mm vs 70-200 + 2x III Converter

600mm vs 70-200 + 2x III Converter

CANONS 600MM F4 L IS LENS is a monster, It is heavy and hard to manage without a good stable platform or tripod. The image quality it produces and the ability to isolate your subjects from their backgrounds is where it shines. But is it really worth the $6,000 price tag?

PRO'S

  • Amazing image quality wide open at f4
  • The extra 200mm focal length helps out with distant subjects 
  • very fast and accurate auto focus

 

CONS

  • Super Heavy, Can not take this lens with you on long distance hikes. 
  • requires a stable tripod 
  • Attention grabber

Canon 70-200 f2.8 is II L + 2x Converter        

Canon 600mm f4 IS L 

DOES SIZE MATTER? No not really the image quality on both lens setups are superb! 


IN SOME WAYS YES IT IS WORTH THAT 6,000$ PRICE TAG. My justification is all dependent on my style of shooting and wanting less impact on the animals photograph. 

My style of shooting is quite different when I shoot with the 600mm lens compared to when I shoot with the 70-200 is II L + 2x III converter. When shooting with the 600mm (bazooka) I position myself in a blind or ether down game trails where there are signs of animal activity. Then well to put it quite frankly I wait for something to happen and this can take hours or even days.

The 70-200 f2.8 is II L + 2x III converter is so much lighter than the 600mm and is easily handheld making it more portable and allows me to venture out in the brush and look for action. I usually take this set up while exploring locations to later bring the 600mm.   

Overall its up to you on what style of shooting you have, Weather or not you are willing to spend the countless hours in the brush to get that killer capture. Or be mobile and keep looking for that next amazing image. All that matters in end is that you capture the image and both setups are easily capable or doing so.