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 Grande Prairie Alberta photographer Randy Vanderveen is an award-winning photographer with two decades of experience. Editorial photography, commercial photography, institutional photography, aerial photography, documentary and humanitarian photography — whatever your photographic needs are in the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia or beyond I can help. The right licensing package can make custom photography affordable and extremely effective whether you are a national corporation, a local business or a non-profit or NGO. I would like to sit down and talk with you about how I can meet your photographic needs. Call (780) 897- 6478 or email me for a quote on a job or licensing fees for photos. Feel free to check out the weekly Viewfinder blog.



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Entries in deer (5)


Review time

Sorry for being so negligent with keeping up posts this past year. Here is a brief look back at the past year through some images.Photo Randy Vanderveen A coyote in the fresh snow of a January morning. . Photo Randy Vanderveen Ballet dancers perform at the Douglas J Cardinal Theatre at Grande Prairie Regional College. Photo Randy Vanderveen A hoar frost covered mailbox provides a study in white. Photo Randy Vanderveen A novice bareback rider takes flight aboard a bronc at the 2017 Grande Prairie Stompede. Photo Randy Vanderveen A bee hovers above canola flowers in a field it is helping to pollinate. Photo Randy Vanderveen Traffic rushes down 100 Avenue as motorists head to work in the morning. Photo Randy Vanderveen A group of deer take a look back at the photographer. Photo Randy Vanderveen A panoramic view of Porto, Portugal.Photo Randy Vanderveen Anglers try their luck fishing in the Douro River in Porto Portugal during a November rain storm.


Catching up

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Beaverlodge, Alberta Taegan Bradshaw works with Ban, a horse she is training in a paddock on the southern outskirts of Beaverlodge., while a second horse Blaze watches the proceedings. The temperature, while still below average, was beginning to warm up making it a pleasant morning to be outside.

Wow does time ever slip away. I had no idea it had been so long since the last post. I apologize. Here are some samples of recent work. I hope you enjoy.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie Air bubbles circulating through algae growing in tubes provides an abstract image in this photo taken late last year for Grande Prairie Regional College.

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta Deer look up from feeding on hay in a farmer's field southwest of Grande Prairie. Wildlife like deer and elk can cause extensive damage to bales on Western Canadian farms, although in this case it looks like the hay was spread out for the animals.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta Empty shot gun cartridges litter the ground near a small lake north of Wembley. Most hunters are responsible and will ask permission and clean up shell casings and spent cartridges.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Wembley, Alberta Steam rises from around the base of a rig operating south of Wembley. Farmers could be hit with higher input costs as the price of diesel, propane and natural gas have all been on the rise in recent weeks.Photo: Randy Vanderveen Beaverlodge, Alberta Elk feed on a bale in a pasture on a farm southwest of Beaverlodge, Wednesday, Feb. 12. Elk ranching, while not as popular as bison, remains one of the stronger non-traditional livestock species on Alberta farms. According to the Alberta Elk Commission website the current estimates for numbers of elk farms and farmed elk total 800 farms and 35,000 elk in CanadaPhoto: Randy Vanderveen Hythe, Alberta A tractor-mounted snow blower clears the night's accumulation of snow off the driveway of a Hythe-area farm. While the quantity of snow that's fallen in February doesn't compare to the amount which fell in November and December, there has still been enough to keep both snow removal crews and private residents busy removing the white stuff.



Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada Three young merlins perch on the branch of a weeping birch as they take small flights to test out their wings.

Here are a few photos shot recently. Hope you enjoy. I will try and have something more profound next week.

Photo Randy Vanderveen near Teepee Creek, Alberta, Canada July 19/12 A tractor pulling a round baler works its way down a cut swath of hay in a field west of Teepee Creek Thursday, July 19. Haying is in full gear in the Peace Country and with the exception of two evenings of rain, one a torrential downpour, this year's haying season has been a good one for producers — especially those who didn't have swaths lying in the field during the rain.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada July 19/12 A deer pokes its head up above the blooming canola in a field east of Grande Prairie, Thursday, July 19. The canola fields are in full bloom in the Peace Country and the demand for canola could go up if soy bean crops in the U. S. continue to be hit hard by drought.


Unusually unusual

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 10-09-28 This young buck probably is looking forward to shedding his antlers which include one awkwardly growing one which picked up some extra baggage. This deer was photographed on the north side of Little Lake northeast of Wembley.Sometimes the unusual raises its head when you stop to take a photo.

This past Tuesday was just that situation.

I stopped to take some photos of deer in a pasture west of the city when this guy raised his head.

At first I thought he only had one antler and then he turned toward me so I could see the other antler growing down and around his face.

It sure made me do a double take. Then I started having second thoughts as he appeared to have a wing-nut of some type stuck on one of the branches of his droopy antler.

I had to look closer to make sure it actually was an antler — it is.

I imagine this buck will be quite relieved to lose this year's rack. Whether it will grow down again next year, I'm not sure.

While it might help with scratching any itches the deer might have on its back, it musn't be too easy to graze.

Here is a look from a different angle.


Next Monday, October 11, marks Thanksgiving for Canadians.

Take some time to count your blessings and be thankful for everything in your life — even the unusually unsual.


Lessons from nature

Photo Randy Vanderveen, Grande Prairie, Alberta A baby American coot swims in Crystal Lake.

It is hard to believe it has been almost a week since I posted already. I have to say people that post to blogs on a daily basis definitely have to be dedicated to the process.

While I was out looking for photos this past week a couple of reminders came up as a result of the subjects I shot over the course of the week. First don't go out with pre-conceived ideas. (I am talking about photos for journalism, landscape or nature shots or just to exercise your eye and shutter finger— if you are shooting portraits, a wedding or even a commercial shot for an annual report you better have some notion of what you are going to shoot — that is what your clients are paying you for.) I know this from when I worked at the newspaper. It rarely works out. Either you have this great plan of how photos from an event should look and event ends up a dud or you are skeptical of how things will work out and they turn out fantastic.

The shot of the baby coot is an example of this. I actually went out to shoot swans — but they must have slept in. While not as cute as cygnets, the young coots are definitely eye-catching in their own ugly way. This stage doesn't last very long. A week from now they will be all grey and will have lost that wigged-out look.

Be adaptable when you go out taking photos. It makes things a lot less stressful.

Photo Randy Vanderveen, Grande Prairie. Alberta A line of goslings head out with an adult to feed in Crystal Lake. A second adult was following the young birds to keep everyone in line and safe.

Second don't always follow the leader. This is something that was drilled into me when in school and the geese reminded me of this. While it is great to converse with other photographers and compare notes if you get away from the others when shooting you will have a different angle on things. It may not be better but it will provide a different look to your photos than everyone else has.

This works when travelling too. Don't take the same photo from the same location as the post cards. Try a different angle of view, a different time of day, a different season of the year and even a different lens. Who knows maybe your "different view" will become the iconic view that people begin to remember over the usual photo.

Finally look around. While deer do this to remain safe from predators it never hurts to get in the habit as a photographer. Sometimes the best angle is behind you — the reaction to what is going on in front of you. Take your viewer away from the usual and give them something to remember.

Photo Randy Vanderveen, Grande Prairie, Alberta A mule deer surveys it surroundings while grazing in a canola field in full bloom east of Grande Prairie.