Guest of the week is Nature Photographer Robert Shortall
Scribbler has something different this week with Guest Robert Shortall from
Richibucto Village, New Brunswick. Robert spent much of his career in the
hardware and building supplies business before retirement but since then he has
taken advantage of his love for the outdoors, kayaking and nature photography.
He has agreed to a 4Q Interview and to talk about his hobbies and share some of
his beautiful photos.
*All photos are by Robert. Copyright on all photos is owned by Robert Shortall. Used with permission.
4Q: Tell us when you became serious
about taking pictures and what draws you to the outdoors, early morning
kayakingand your favorite subject of
the many beautiful birds in our province.
RS:I believe an active life style brings good
health. Nature photography became a big part of my life, when I took
retirement, in June 2015. Finding the beauty in the world and sharing it with
family and friends, is a great source of joy and a constant teacher.Exploring nature keeps a person active. The
photograph bug bit me about ten years ago when I happened to have a camera in
the vehicle, when I came across an albino porcupine, near Rexton. What was a
hobby, has become a passion.
4Q: Please tell us about your National
Geographic page and how our readers can gain access to it.
Early in January 2016, I started submitting photos to National Geographic. They
have a website or photographers around the world, called Your Shot. I have seen
incredible photos on there and have had people from around the world like my
photos. I like that National Geographic allows photographers to keep their copy
right for their photos. My chances of winning the lotto are probably better
than my chances of having a photo chosen, to be published in National
Geographic but I am trying anyways.
4Q: Please share a childhood memory or
anecdote with us.
school field trip to the Kouchibouguac National Park. Before enjoying the park,
we were told that the motto of exploring nature was “Take Only Photos, Leave
Only Foot Prints”. What wonderful ideals to give to people. Those words have
stuck with me.
4Q. I understand that you will be involved
in a program called Lunch & Learn at the Moncton Public Library. Please
tell us about the program and your experience with it.
April 19, 2017 I will do a presentation on birds and nature photography at the
Moncton Public Library. They have a program called Lunch & Learn. People
bring their lunch to the library and eat during the noon hour, while listening
to different speakers.I will be talking
about feeding birds, watching birds at the feeders, the evolution of watching
at the feeders to watching in the field and photographing them. I use a point
and shoot camera, as opposed to a DSLR (professional camera), so I don’t have
knowledge on those cameras.
Robert for taking the time to share your thoughts and your exceptional photos. If anyone have any questions for Robert, you can reach him at
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