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Kyle Marquardt

Kyle Marquardt

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Full time photographer specialising in wildlife landscape and commercial photography. Kyle has been hooked on photography ever since experimenting with his first digital camera in high school. After attending Ryerson University in Toronto and learning more traditional darkroom processes Kyle returned to the prairies and mountains he loves in Calgary, Alberta. Photography became a passport to new places when he took on the role of a photography guide and assistant expedition leader; escorting camera enthusiasts and photographers alike to the Arctic and Antarctic where some of the most stunning landscapes and wildlife exist. He's not averse to teaching his technique to anyone looking to excel their photography skills. Some artists might think they have a secret process but there are no real secrets and Kyle enjoys seeing how other budding photographers work. He is very diverse in his commercial, industrial, wildlife, landscape and food photography and draws inspiration from his other life passions into his work as well. His work is printed on a myriad of materials and media; from videos and slideshows to canvas gallery wraps. In his spare time Kyle enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, ski-touring, kayaking, scuba diving, rock climbing, various equine activities, biking, and anything outdoors. If you are interested in upcoming workshops, photography expeditions or prints please contact me.
  • Canon 5DMkII
  • Canon 5DMkIII
  • GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
  • Holga 120
  • Canon 5D
  • Canon 7D
  • Canon 50 f1.4
  • Canon 100-400 f5.6
  • Lensbaby
  • Canon 16-35 f2.8
  • Canon 70-200 f2.8
  • Mac pro
  • 15' Macbook pro
  • Gitzo Cobalt tripod

The Skua, lay down for your wildlife shots

Published September 18th, 2011

The Skua

An inquisitive animal is an intelligent one

Gold harbour, South Georgia, Antarctic island.

The Skua is one of the most visible predators of penguins in the Antarctic, but also the most intelligent.

I parent penguin will often chase after a skua to defend it’s egg or chick, but unfortunately for the penguin, the Skua will work in teams. While the parent is distracted the other bird will come in, and they will get to feed.

A penguin egg or a baby chick is a high reward for a Skua, I know it might be terrible to watch, but the skuas need to eat too (and their chicks are cute!).

Photographic details: It was a joy to get a shot like this, it’s times like these that carrying two cameras really comes in handy. I was watching the King Penguin colony, ready to shoot close up shots of penguin behaviour with my telephoto when the skua flies in right in front of me. I pulled out my other camera with my wide angle lens (16-35mm f2.8) and managed to get a few of these shots while the Skua ...

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