Shane Turgeon is an award-winning nature photographer focused on landscapes, the night sky, storms, and wildlife. He is based in Alberta, Canada and since picking up his camera for the first time, Shane has traveled through much of western Canada exploring some of the most photogenic locations both on and off the map.
While pursuing nature and landscape photos for his own personal pleasure are his primary focus in photography, he has a keen passion for sharing the mental health benefits of nature photography and passing on his experience and knowledge to other photographers.
Do you have a good photo tip you can share with us?
I always keep a pair of rubber boots in my vehicle. They’ve helped me get the right shot on more occasions than I care to remember!
The Big Freeze
Where I’m from in Canada, winter is a pretty big part of life. At our latitude the snow usually starts falling around mid-October and melts in April typically giving us about 6 full months of winter. The days are short, the nights are long and the temperatures can be downright dismal.
Being a nature photographer here, particularly a night sky shooter, means embracing extremes in order to capture some of the special celestial events we have. I’ve stood waist-deep in snow drifts in -25C temperatures to photograph meteor showers. I’ve driven three hours from home for a blood moon eclipse in -37º C temps, standing outside for hours, vehicle running so we can charge batteries as they drain from the cold to keep the cameras going. I’ve walked across a frozen lake in -43º C, chasing the aurora and accumulating ice and frost over most of my face and head, including my eyelids!
Night photography here requires a bit more fortitude a few months out of the year but it’s absolutely worth it for the shots we get.
What’s in your bag?
- Canon 1DX
- Canon 5D MkIII
- NiSi filter kit
- Canon 24-70mm 2.8
- Canon 16-35mm 2.8
- Canon 70-200mm 2.8
- Rokinon 14mm 2.4
- Sigma 150-600mm contemporary always connected to a BLACKRAPID Sport strap. That strap is hands down one of the most important pieces in my kit. Whether I’m doing wildlife, concert or commercial photography, it’s there.
Follow Shane Turgeon
- Website – shaneturgeonphotography.com
- Instagram – instagram.com/shane_turgeon
- Instagram – instagram.com/shane_turgeon_wildlife