Nature photographer Glenn Bartley reviews the Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW

Filed in Pro Photographers, Reviews, Travel Stories, Worldwide by on February 27, 2014

Editor’s note: Victoria, British Columbia is home for photographer Glenn Bartley, but he is a super traveler when it comes to capturing elusive bird and wildlife images — and leading his popular workshops. He reviews the Pro Runner 450 AW in this video and shares some images of gorgeous birds he’s encountered in places like Ecuador, Costa Rica and Peru.

Get more information on upcoming workshops and his new e-book, Post-Processing: A Guide for Nature Photographers.

 Here’s the camera backpack review with a short Q&A and imagery. Enjoy!

How does your masters degree in environmental sciences inform your bird and wildlife photography?
I think that when it comes to wildlife photography the more you know about your subject matter the better. Certainly becoming a more knowledgeable birder is very beneficial for my photography.

Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) perched on a branch in Costa Rica. © Glenn Bartley

Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) perched on a branch in Costa Rica. © Glenn Bartley

You lead a lot of workshops throughout the year — what’s one thing you tell  your participants right at the start?
That we are going to have a great time, get some awesome photos and make some new friends!

Black Jacobin (Florisuga fusca) flying and feeding at a flower in the Atlantic rainforest of southeast Brazil. © Glenn Bartley

Black Jacobin (Florisuga fusca) flying and feeding at a flower in the Atlantic rainforest of southeast Brazil. © Glenn Bartley

Your hummingbird and elusive bird species images are so stunning. How many hours/days can it take to get that perfect shot?
I think my record is 5 days to get one shot. But in general if you have a plan and have done some research and have a little bit of luck on your side you can improve your odds quite a bit.

 Red-tailed Comet (Sappho sparganura) perched on a branch in Bolivia, South America. © Glenn Bartley

Red-tailed Comet (Sappho sparganura) perched on a branch in Bolivia, South America. © Glenn Bartley

Can you share a surprising item you carry in your camera bag?
Hmm. My camera bag is pretty standard really. Probably the most surprising thing that you are likely to find in there is a really good chocolate bar.

Stygian Owl (Asio stygius) perched on a branch in the Atlantic rainforest of southeast Brazil. © Glenn Bartley

Stygian Owl (Asio stygius) perched on a branch in the Atlantic rainforest of southeast Brazil. © Glenn Bartley

Any tips to share for beginners of nature/wildlife photography?
Study your subjects. Study the work of photographers who you admire. Enjoy the process of capturing the images and of spending time in nature.

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