Paul Burwell

CanadaEdmonton, Canada
20
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Specialty: Nature, Animal, Wildlife, Documentary, Panoramic
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I am a contributing editor and regular columnist with Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine and I own a photography school called the Burwell School of Photography where we conduct over 20 different courses and photography workshops per year. I've built a career in the world of nature photography with a passion for wildlife. My wide angle wildlife portrait of a porcupine in Elk Island National Park was a finalist in the category of wildlife portraits in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2009) competition that is sponsored by The Natural History Museum in London, England and BBC Wildlife Magazine. In 2010 I was named a top wildlife shooter by Popular Photography Magazine.
Photo Critique
Rating
9.7
Photographer: kathryn willett
Camera:
COOLPIX P510
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Kathryn, This is a great portrait of this beautiful young animal. You did well to capture the cats personality. Only thing that would make this even stronger is if...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Janet Wright
Camera: DMC-FZ200
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Janet, Thank you for submitting your image of this cute little critter. I think you've done really well here with only a couple of areas of improvement that I'll...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Michael Norgate
Camera:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A380
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Michael, Thanks for submitting this photo of the Snow Leopard cubs. These beautiful and rare animals are always a treat to see. The photo you presented is inter...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Graeme Morris
Camera:
Canon EOS 450D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Graeme, Getting five gorgeous dogs to line up for a photo like this and to actually sit still long enough for you to make an image is an impressive feat. Great j...
Photo Critique
Rating
5.3
Photographer: Allie Raye
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Allie, I love that you have a passion for wolves, as do I. And I love that you were inspired to capture an image of the wolf. Unfortunately, the conditions the ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: marie-michele
Camera: NIKON D7100
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hello Marie-Michelle, Thank you for submitting this image of a Snowy Owl. We have Snowy Owls in the winter where I live and they are one of my favorite birds. I lo...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.1
Photographer: marie-michele
Camera: NIKON D7100
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Marie-Michele, This is a really nice sunrise/sunset photo. The composition needs a little work and then you'd have a bit better of a photograph. Outside of that...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.3
Photographer: wendy jones
Camera: DMC-FZ45
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Wendy, Thank you for submitting the photo of the dog in the water with a branch in its mouth. I like the moment you were trying to capture here but unfortunately...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.4
Photographer: Russell French
Camera:
SLT-A33
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Russell, Macro photography is one of my favorite types of photography. There is an entire world of possibilities to photograph that most people never take the ti...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Chris Wasylycia
Camera:
NIKON D3100
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Chris, I love the moment you captured here. I think you did a great job with that. In terms of the photo itself, there are a few areas that you could go about i...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Gus R
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Gus, Wow! You sure had some beautiful lighting for this image. Hopefully you took advantage of it and made many images while the conditions prevailed. I think ...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.8
Photographer: Sheldon Bilsker
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Sheldon, I hope you don't find my comments too harsh. I really believe in honesty to help people get better at their wildlife photography. It can be daunting wh...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: nige
Camera:
NIKON D90
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Nige, Thanks for submitting this nice photo of a beautiful dog. I think that with just a few tweaks, this could be a fantastic portrait. Please consider my sugg...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Charles Brumagem
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Charles, That looks to be a very magnificent tiger you were making photographs of. With just a few tweaks or maybe retries, I think you could have quite a dynami...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.3
Photographer: marie-michele
Camera: FinePix HS10 HS11
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Marie-Michelle, Thank you for submitting this interesting photo of the ice in Canada's north. I suspect that on the plane you saw these magnificent pieces of ice...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.9
Photographer: marie-michele
Camera: FinePix HS10 HS11
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Marie-Michelle, Fantastic chance for you to capture a photograph of a pair of zebras. Unfortunately, with your camera in automatic mode, it is working against yo...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.7
Photographer: David Ward
Camera:
NIKON D5100
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi David, Thank you for submitting another photograph. This photograph has a number of issues for me that I'll detail for you in the "how to improve this photo" sec...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.4
Photographer: David Ward
Camera:
NIKON D5100
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi David, Personally, I love flower photography and I'm glad to see you tackled it with this photo. Unfortunately, the results that were produced have a few areas t...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: David Ward
Camera:
NIKON D5100
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi David, Thank you for submitting your Florida sunset photo. Photos of sunsets can be spectacular and it looks like you captured some tremendous colors here. Ther...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Jay Sullivan
Camera:
DSLR-A580
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Jay, This is an excellent effort on these goats. Although I'm not normally a big fan of black & white conversions (I feel they are over done), I really like the ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.9
Photographer: Jay Sullivan
Camera:
DSLR-A580
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Jay, This is definitely my favorite picture of the three you submitted. An awesome portrait that will stand the test of time. If the opportunity repeats itself, I'...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Jay Sullivan
Camera:
DSLR-A350
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Jay, Bird photographers will tell you that they always wish they had a larger lens. Doesn't matter if they own a 200mm, 400mm, 600mm or even a monster 800mm, they w...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Mike Schilling
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Mike, This is a really nice effort photographing a bird not too common to your area. With a few small improvements you'll be making exceptional shots in no time....
Photo Critique
Rating
6.8
Photographer: Tom Gomes
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Tom, This is a really strong effort. Waiting for the birds to separate a bit along with shooting at a higher f-stop to get an increased depth-of-field would have he...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.3
Photographer: Tom Gomes
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Tom, Superb effort here. I don't know how much of a crop this is from the original but it is a fantastic image and one I wish I had in my collection. Great job ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Tom Gomes
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Tom, Another really strong effort. My main concerns with this image relate to the relative height of the bird compared to the height of the lens and the fact tha...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Selena Ong
Camera:
Olympus E-P1
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Selena, That is a gorgeous bird that you captured an image. In terms of the image itself, I'd suggest that if you got to a lower perspective, so that you were mo...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Leonard, I really love the look you went for in this image. The idea to make this a black and white silhouette was a great decision because it makes for a wonder...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.3
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Leonard, Photographing wildlife is a very challenging pursuit and it takes a lot of the three P's (Practice, Patience and Perseverance) to really master it. Havi...
Photo Critique
Rating
10
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Ana, Wow! This image simply knocked my socks off. Great job. If I were to have one small critique, and I didn't dock you for this because I don't know if this ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.9
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Ana, Another really strong effort here. My primary consideration is the way the image is composed. The "amputation" of the gorilla's limbs is quite distracting ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.6
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Ana, Wow! What a great job you did with this photo! I absolutely love the subjects of the photo and the way you framed and composed the image. I think it is a ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Ana, Another strong effort from you. My concerns are with the way the image is cropped as I'd prefer to see a bit more of the head of the mother cow. I also hav...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, Another strong effort here. I'd like to have seen this image shot from a lower angle to the birds (this then blurs the background behind the bird helping...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, Wow! You did a really great job with this gull in flight. It doesn't matter a bit to me if it is "just" a common gull, you did a really good job capturi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, I share your love of ducks and there really is nothing better than a fine sunny morning along with photographing ducks on a pond. I think that this is an...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Steven Hatton
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Steven, This is a really great effort. Birds in flight are an extremely difficult subject and overall you have done really well here with the exception of a few ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, Nice to see something completely different from you. I love the subject of this photo and the snake's colors are simply tremendous. A couple of technica...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, This is simply a wonderful effort. These birds are beautiful and this picture goes a long way to conveying the graceful and seeming effortless flight the...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, Wow! What a great flight shot! I love so much about this picture. Getting that slight head turn towards you would make this just that little bit better....
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, This is a nice sharp shot of a Kite in flight on a nice sunny day. Unfortunately, the bird's head position doesn't do a lot for me in this photo. For me...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, Another excellent effort. I love the position of the bird in the air and the look that we get at its feathers and landing technique. What detracts from ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Ana, Glad to see that you took a stab at processing this picture on your end and the result is a much better image. The color is definitely better and we can see...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, This is, by far, my favorite of the birds in flight images you've shared with us. I love the colors on the bird, I love the sharpness you achieved. Only...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, This is truly a great effort for a birds in flight shot. My primary issue with the technical aspects of the photo are the problems with over exposure on ...
Photo Critique
Rating
5.9
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, This is a really strong effort and from the sounds of your description you didn't have much time to set up and get ready for this shot. Given that you di...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.7
Photographer: Dennis Ellis
Camera:
Canon 550D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Dennis, Like yourself, I really enjoy photographing birds in flight. It is a tremendous challenge and when you get a good one it is really enjoyable. For me, th...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Ana, Another strong effort from you. I love the behaviour you caught here and as mentioned above, any time you catch animals exhibiting behaviours that we typica...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Ana, I think this is a really strong effort. I love the adult chimp with the baby as subjects. I love the perspective you shot this from and I really like the s...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Hi Ana, I really love the subject of the photo (the hand) and you've really nailed a lot of the technical aspects of this photo including focus, depth-of-field, pers...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
A great effort that may have been made perfect with a few technical details taken care of.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.1
Photographer: Kaylee Acres
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Super subject, excellent effort, just needing some fine tuning of the details.
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Ana Isabel Marti­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
An excellent effort that suffers from just a few minor issues.
Photo Critique
Rating
5.1
Photographer: aurelien
Camera:
Pentax K20D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
A good effort lacking in some technicalities. I encourage you to explore the three "P"'s of photography, Practice, Practice, Practice.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: vincent brown
Camera:
Nikon D300
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Beautiful colors well composed with only some minor technical difficulties. My main "nitpick" would be that there isn't really something on the opposite shore that I...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I think this is a great effort that could have been better if the butterfly had been in a position that would have lead to a stronger composition.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
An excellent "grab shot" that suffers from the technical gotchas noted above.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
A beautiful photo of a subject that just suffers from a couple of problems.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Debbie O
Camera:
Canon 60D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I like the photo, the fall colours and blurry water. Problems noted above stand in the way of it being a stronger image.
Photo Critique
Rating
6.6
Photographer: Doug Ryder
Camera:
Canon 350D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I like the situation you captured with the swans with their heads under water. Unfortunately, technical difficulties with the image stand in the way of making it a c...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: cecil jones
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I like the photo but it has some problems with composition, shutter speed and lighting as mentioned above.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Debbie O
Camera:
Canon 60D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
A nice shot with just a few small problems.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: Debbie O
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XSi
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
It is a very nice photo with a lot of potential. Just a few small problems prevent it from being a great picture.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.1
Photographer: Laura Hamilton
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XS
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
A great effort that just needs some practice in order to perfect the techniques.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: Debbie O
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XSi
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
This is a great effort that suffers from the lights of the city and the tilted horizon.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Debbie O
Camera: 60D canon
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
An excellent effort and well worth the cold nose, toes and fingers!
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: Debbie O
Camera:
canon 60D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
This is a very strong picture. Just some minor nit picks. Keep up the great work and keep those fingers and toes warm!
Photo Critique
Rating
6.7
Photographer: Debbie O
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XSi
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
It is a nice pastoral view, but is lacking something for the viewer to focus and connect with.
Photo Critique
Rating
9.6
Photographer: Debbie O
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XSi
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Very nicely done Northern Lights image. I just wish there was some object in the foreground to anchor the photograph.
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Debbie O
Camera:
Canon 60D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I like this photo a lot. It suffers from an issue with the trees being blurry and nothing in the foreground to anchor the image.
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Douglas Pfister
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
An interesting photo of an interesting subject, lit well with great control over depth-of-field. Great job!
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: patrica mccallion
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I love what you attempted to do with this photo and it can be significantly enhanced by playing with it in software to brighten it up and sharpen up the bee. If you ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.1
Photographer: richard abrahams
Camera:
Fujifilm FinePix HS10
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
A great effort that suffers from some unfortunate distracting elements in the background.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: John St. D
Camera:
Canon Power shot
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
A great effort that could have benefited from a slightly different composition and maybe some sort of camera system that gives a lot more control over depth of field.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: John St. D
Camera:
Olympus FE-4000
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Overall I like the photo. Wish I could see the eyes of the front most seal a bit better.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: John St. D
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
A nice image that needs to be brighter to really show off the colors of the ice. I'd also have preferred to have been able to see some perspective in terms of the sc...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: John St. D
Camera:
Nikon D3000
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I like the way the image is cropped, allowing the viewer to focus on those intense wolf eyes. However, I wish for improvements on the lighting, color balance and per...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Mark Pressman
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
Technically, a great picture but in my opinion it could definitely have benefitted from a different composition, perspective and use of color balancing (either in the...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.1
Photographer: Chandler simmering
Camera:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I'm frustrated because I think this could have been a strong image but the post processing (dark, blue toning) really detracts from the image in my opinion.
Photo Critique
Rating
6.6
Photographer: hannah asebes
Camera: other
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I love the subject of the photo but for me the composition, perspective and lighting are very distracting making it difficult for me to concentrate on the wonderful dog.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.9
Photographer: Kerry Singleton
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
A great composition on a beautiful bird.
Photo Critique
Rating
6.1
Photographer: Gene p Christ Jr
Camera:
Canon Rebel T2i
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
This is a tremendous first effort but there is room for improvement given further time, opportunity and practice. I do love the reflections of the ducks in the water.
Photo Critique
Rating
6.9
Photographer: santiago cravioto
Camera:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
Critiqued by: Paul Burwell
I really like the subject of the photo and in an ideal world, you'd have either been able to position yourself so you didn't have that bright building in the backgrou...
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Member: Linda Groom
Category: Animal Photography
Camera:
PENTAX K-5

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20+ years experience
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