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Jeff Bartlett
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Adventure Photographer and Writer based in Jasper National Park
Adventure Photographer and Writer based in Jasper National Park

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It's new photo toy day (bought a Phantom 4), which is also a good opportunity to take a long look at the State of the Blog.

I've made some big changes in the past year and promise even greater things in the coming months. Read more:

http://www.jeffbartlettmedia.com/state-of-the-blog/
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I just did a short piece for +Resource Travel and I think it's as good of excuse as any to get started here on G+ once again!

Read the article and discover why I am a photographer and not an engineer:

http://bit.ly/Challengeinspiration
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Exploring the +South Dakota #thegreat8 has been spectacular! Here's a look at half the great faces and great places included on their list!
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6/17/15
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I missed a few days due to some pretty lengthy travel days. Turns out the northern tip of Finland is rather far from Calgary, Alberta.

I wanted to share two animal portraits today, which I both like. At the same time, I am definitely not a wildlife photographer, as I don't have the patience to wait for the perfect frame. 

These reindeer were at the Porotila Reindeer Farm in Inari, Finland. For the first one, I used a 200mm lens and laid in the snow to get down to the reindeer's level. For the second photo, I held a wide angle lens about 6 inches above the snow and waited for a reindeer to walk in close. The trend on both these images was to photograph them from a low angle. 

Also worth mentioning was the experience at the farm. We spent the afternoon with a traditional Lapland Reindeer herder, meaning we went out into the field to experience his way of life. It didn't feel like a tourist attraction. It felt like an authentic experience, which is all the rave in tourism at the moment. I was so happy to see northern Finland doing such an excellent job!
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2015-02-24
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Really hoping you'll join us in Peru! 
Our TGL Peru trip for May with +Peyton Hale  and +Jeff Bartlett  is wide open and taking applications now. We did have website issues the last few weeks, but all has been corrected ... however, if you applied in the last three weeks we highly recommend reapplying or sending us an email.

We cannot wait to hear from you!
‪#‎TGLperu‬ ‪#‎make2015count‬
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White on white has been the theme of our days here in Finland. While we are definitely not complaining - how can we with out Aurora luck - it's still been challenging to shoot.

The secret is overexposing by a stop, which makes the whitest whites stay white. Without overexposing the image, the camera metre will be confused and spit out a whole bunch of grey. Nobody wants grey snow. 
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2/21/15
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Last night, we were holed up inside out small log cabin near Saariselkä, Finalnd. The skies were clouded and we almost went to bed.

The Aurora forecast was set at a modest 1, plus the clouds, gave us little hope. The tourism rep said it would take a miracle to get the northern lights.

At 11PM, we took one final look outside. It was magic.

Chris said it best, "F*** forecasts".

It's best to go outside and take a look, especially when you are in northern Lapland. 
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2/21/15
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A quick detour from Nuorgam, Finland, which is located at the northern most tip of the country and the entire European Union, brought us into Norway. This Fjord is part of the Arctic Ocean, which is a pretty sweet experience in itself.

I didn't quite have the courage for a swim.

But I am glad the Explore Inari team had the courage to take us to nearby Norway.

It's an interesting problem that exists all over. Tourist often visit neighbouring and competing tourism markets during the same trip. Tour operators work in both regions, offering the best activities or experiences, no matter their locations. Tourism Marketing Organizations are often limited by their region, which is inevitably tied to either a national tourism board or a hotel tax. It's hard to justify marketing Finland from the shores of a Norwegian Fjord, except that it makes perfect sense simply because the locals travel freely between the two areas and tourists look forward to capturing king crab off the coast, fishing for Atlantic Salmon, and snowmobiling across the Finnish fells on the same day.

I'm just glad we could experience both places, as I loved these two images and the chance to have some open water in my frame. 
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2/19/15
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