Nature Photography by Martin Ryer


The California Sea Lions are starting to congregate en masse on the barge at the end of the Government Wharf in Fanny Bay. They’re preparing for “the feast” as the Pacific Herring being to run. This is the 3rd or 4th time I’ve been to visit. It’s difficult to compose a “natural” image given the barge¬†and such so these couple of images are lent to some significant cropping.

Capturing a sense of emotion with wildlife photography.

So you think you’ve created a great image and you can’t wait to share it on social media, only to be disappointed by the feedback you receive after the post. Feedback is in the form of likes, hearts and comments. Has this ever happened to you? Next, you post what you think is an “alright image” on social media and you get inundated with comments, likes and hearts. Has this ever happened… Read More

A few years ago my friend Gord commented to me, “it must be hard for you to take pictures now?” I wasn’t really quite sure what he meant but the fact that I can recall this conversation certainly means that it stood out. More recently, another friend commented “I bet you’ll get some really good pictures in Mexico.” (I’m travelling to Mexico at the end of the month.) My immediate response: “I… Read More

As a photographer, no matter where I’m at I find myself constantly composing images. There’s always a picture to be created and a story to tell. Pictures tell stories best and leave room for imagination and interpretation. Recently, I have become quite interested with fence lines and fence posts. What is it that they separate, who placed them, how long have they been there, etc. I was driving along a rural road… Read More

When composing an image it’s important in a creative sense to consider angle and perspective. When you do, an otherwise normal composition can be transformed into something entirely different especially when you get down low. Before After

Virgin Falls, located north of Tofino on Vancouver Island has always eluded me mostly because of time and because anyone that knows of it’s existence has warned me about the logging roads to get to it. I’m certainly not one to be swayed by road conditions and this past weekend I decided to make time. The logging roads were shall we say far from optimal and it took me nearly two hours… Read More