Saturday, December 17, 2011

Valleyfield/Les Cedres Bridge Construction

Part of the Nouvelle Autoroute 30 project.

Aerial Photography in Action

Here's an illustrative video on the processes involved in using the heli-cam.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Kathryn Spirit from HeliCam

The controversial dismantling of the Kathryn Spirit (154m in length) in Beauharnois, Quebec. The estimated height of the aircraft was 135m (442ft).

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Feature on Rob Galbraith website

Check out this article on Scott at the authoritative website Rob Galbraith DPI!

Friday, November 4, 2011

DSLR Carrying Helicopter Complete!

This fully stabilized helicopter allows the photographer to compose from the ground via a video downlink of the camera's "live view" mode.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Venture: Aerial Photography!

The images shown below were taken with the smaller helicopter. The new, larger helicopter on the left has yet to be flown but sports the following advantages:

-video downlink and a two axis gimbal whereby a camera operator can compose and shoot through live view on an LCD on the ground. The gimbal moves in two axis.

-Powerful enough to carry a full-size DSLR

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ranger Rick Cover Feature!

This is a first for me. Despite being a children's magazine, Ranger Rick is, in fact, a rather prestigious publication for a natural history photographer to be featured.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cover Feature in Summer OPC

Check out my cover feature in the current issue of Outdoor Photography Canada!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Osprey Cover Feature in Nature Sauvage!

Check out my cover feature in Quebec natural history magazine Nature Sauvage!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Western Canada Book Tour Schedule!

Presentation Topic: High Speed and Camera Trap Wildlife Photography

In this unique presentation, freelance wildlife photographer and writer Scott Linstead will discuss his philosophy on creating wildlife imagery. Although Scott stradles both the traditional and high-tech camps in his photographic endeavours, the technical, biological and ethical subtleties of high speed and camera trap photography will be examined in particular. Get a peek behind the curtain at the massive technical undertakings of his most published images and hear a firsthand account on the realities of publishing natural history photography for a living.


Presentation and Book Signing

May 4th, 7pm

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver, BC

Presentation and Book Signing

May 5th, 7:30pm

Lion's Gate Camera Club, Vancouver, BC


Book Signing

May 7th, 1:00pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon, SK

Presentation and Signing

May 9th, 7:30pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon, SK


Book Signing

May 11th, 11:00am

McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, MB

Book Signing

May 12th, 11:00am

McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, MB

Presentation and Signing

May 12th, 7:30pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, MB



May 15th, 11:30am

Henry's Photographic, Video and Digital Imaging Show, Toronto, ON

Monday, March 14, 2011

NANPA 2011 Highlights

The NANPA summit for 2011 has come and gone. I joined John Nicol, engineer for Highspeedflash, at the UK company's kiosk. As so many serious amateurs and pros try to extract free hardware from companies in exchange for promises of "exposure", I was very pleased to have have solidified my association with HighSpeedFlash through a critical sale. A client who had witnessed the marvels of HighSpeedFlash's Pro Unit at one of my workshops showed up at the kiosk at purchased two Pro units. I feel that this tangible result of my promotional efforts lends some credibility to my status as a figure in the world of high speed wildlife photography.

Recognition from NGS editor

Karine Aigner, senior photo editor at National Geographic Kids, gave a presentation called "How to Get My Attention". It was a pragmatic look at what not to do when submitting photographic material to a world class publication. Karine looked at her own images, tearing them apart in search of faults, both technical and qualitative. She then presented series of three images addressing the same subject. Three images of elephants shown in order of increasing subjective quality illustrated the superiority of one image over another in terms of lighting, pose, perspective, lens choice and even shutter speed. Aigner wanted us to be able to evaluate our own images relative to what already exists on the market; showing an editor a solid 7.5/10 is meaningless if an abundance of 9/10s are already available at the major agencies.

So, with the non-sugar-coated nature of this presentation in mind, when the time came for Karine to show us a few images that she felt were beyond reproach, I was elated that the first image displayed was my osprey-catches-trout shot from the front cover of my book Decisive Moments. A subdued, collective gasp from the crowd was the icing on the cake, Although it is barely audible in the cellphone video below.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Northern Hawk Owl

Once again, a northern hawk owl has taken up residence in southern Quebec for the winter. My passion for such subjects has diminished over the years as I have redirected my work away from avian subjects. Still, under certain circumstances, I can be convinced to revisit a classic subject. Any owl image is elevated by snow flakes. And when it comes to telephoto lenses and their strong isolation effect, I enjoy two-tone backgrounds that can be suggestive of habitat. In this case, the dark conifers on the top half of the background serve a secondary purpose of highlighting the snowflakes.