Winter Landscapes

Winter Landscapes

The Rocky Mountains are quite the spectacle all year round, with iconic locations sprinkled through out the park. When winter takes over, the beauty of the Banff National Park is even more impressive. The Canadian Rockies have captured my heart and I am sure it will capture your heart as well.

Join me on a 4 day adventure, where we will explore some of the most incredible landscapes on the planet. I will assist you in prepping for the conditions and guide you in capturing stunning images.

Price Per Person – $2800

Date: Jan.11 2018 – Jan.14 2018

Post Processing Day: Jan.14 2018

Location: Banff National Park

Maximum of 6 people, minimum of 3

Location: Banff National Park

 
 

There is nothing like the smell of cool crisp mountain air, the sound of crunching powder under your feet and winter’s beautiful colour pallet. During this 3 day photography workshop, I will show you some of the best winter shooting locations in the Banff and Jasper areas of the Canadian Rockies.

Together we will explore the fundamentals for shooting in harsh conditions, how to keep ourselves and our gear protected from the elements and allow us to capture the desired shots. With small groups of passionate photographers we will be able to achieve greater amounts of time on location, while I teach you how to capture stunning images of your very own.

 
 

In this Workshop we will cover the following topics and techniques:

  • Pre Planning and Preparation
  • How to shoot High Dynamic Range Environments
  • Advanced Composition skills
  • How to focus for Landscapes
  • Understand Depth of Field in Landscapes
  • How to achieve Sharp Landscape Images
  • Panoramic Photography
  • HDR, High Dynamic Range

Image Post Processing Instruction Optional:

If you would like to learn my image post processing techniques I will be holding an optional post processing workshop the day after you have completed your photography workshop. The cost for the full day of post processing is just $99 . I highly recommend this as we will make the most of your best images from our shoots together.

Itinerary:

Your Arrival and Pre-Workshop Meetup – Banff Townsite:

  • Arrive to Banff/Canmore, Alberta, Canada
  • Meet for an informal group dinner with introductions and adventure stories
  • Prepare our Gear, clean lenses, charge batteries, format cards, pre planning and covering checklists

Day 1 – The Mt Rundle Experience:

  • Wake up early and double check your camera gear
  • Sunrise shoot with on location instruction at Vermilion Lakes, Banff
  • Morning Shoot at Two Jack Lake
  • Break for Lunch and Naps
  • Afternoon/Sunset Shoot at Lake Minnewanka
  • Optional group dinner with photo critique session, download and back up images, recharge batteries, longer naps

Day 2 – Towering Peaks:

  • Wake up early and double check your camera gear
  • Sunrise shoot of Three Sisters Mountain Range in Canmore
  • Morning shoot Bow Valley Parkway or Johnston Canyon (*depending on participants abilities)
  • Break for Lunch and naps
  • Afternoon/Sunset Shoot at Castle Mountain
  • Optional group dinner with photo critique session, download and back up images, recharge batteries, longer naps

Day 3 – The Parkway:

  • Wake up early and double check your camera gear
  • Sunrise shoot at Bow Lake
  • Morning shoot at Peyto Lake
  • Break for Lunch and naps (packed lunch recommended)
  • Afternoon/Sunset Shoot at Emerald Lake in BC
  • Optional Farewell group dinner with photo critique session, download and back up images, recharge batteries, longer naps
 
 

Post Processing Workshop:

  • Morning Shoot at Lake Minnewanka
  • Pre lunch Sorting, Cataloging, Archiving and Post Processing Session
  • Break for Lunch and naps
  • Afternoon Post Processing, Displaying, Social Media and Web Sharing Session

How it Works:

In essence, you are on a 3 day expedition in the Canadian Rockies. That means that the itinerary above is subject to change based on weather, wildlife and light conditions. If we get lucky and there is news of a solar flare, guess what?! We will be staying up late to shoot the aurora. If we get the chance to capture wildlife (Moose, Elk, Wolves, Fox) we will take the chance to capitalize on the situation.

With landscape photography the only guarantee is that mother nature will do as she pleases. We will have to be flexible and understand that she may not cooperate. What I can promise is I will do everything in my control to get you in place with the right tools and knowledge to capture what mother nature delivers. If the weather is uncooperative, we might skip the sunset shoot and push back until it gets dark so that we can shoot the stars. My goal is to have you walk away with some beautiful shots but more importantly the tools and knowledge to go out on your own adventures to capture the images you desire

 
 

Nap Time:

If you feel like having a nap in the middle of the day while the light is too harsh to get great pictures, that’s totally fine. Getting up to shoot the sunrise each day can be tiring so please don’t feel that you have to be shooting all day long if you need that power nap. Just make sure that you have enough time to get to the next shooting location.

Fitness Requirements:

We won’t be doing any long hikes, as most shooting locations are just short walks from the car parks or pullouts. We will however be spending hours outside, standing around and walking all over our shooting locations. Therefore a basic level of fitness and mobility is required. Some spots will have ice and small inclines, nothing more than walking up a flight of stairs in a home. Feel free to bring a camping chair if you need to put your feet up and get comfortable.

 
 

What’s Is Included:

  • Accomidations (shared rooms, single rooms available for additional fee)
  • Transportation durring Workshop
  • Fees
  • Access to my knowledge base and guidance throughout the workshop

 

What’s Not Included:

  • Meals (excluding pre workshop meet and greet dinner)
  • Drinks
  • Transportation to Banff
  • Flights
  • Equipment
  • Insurance – It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury. I also advise that you insure your photographic equipment. Tour leaders will not be responsible in the event of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop.

What To Bring:

  • A digital camera. Don’t forget your memory cards, batteries and charger.
  • A sturdy tripod, ideally with a ball head.
  • Recommended: Wide angle lens, mid range zoom and super long zoom. (we may not use all these items, but it is better to have it and not need it)
  • Recommended but note mandatory: A Polarizing Filter, Neutral Density Filter.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.
  • A laptop is needed for the optional image post processing session and optional dinner sessions
  • Many spare batteries for your camera.
  • Ice Cleats are recommended. YackTrax and Microspikes are ideal they can be found at most outdoor stores. There are stores in Banff if you forget to bring them.
  • Recommended: A camera rain cover. Even if the weather is bad, we’ll get some awesome shots.
  • Waterproof boots with good grip for standing in rivers and lake shores.
  • Warm winter clothes. During winter we could experience very cold temperatures so bring lots of layers, gloves, spare socks, scarves and hand warmers. A thermos of hot coffee or tea is also a great idea.
 
 

How to Get There and Where to Stay?:

Canmore/Banff is about a 1.5 hour drive from Calgary airport.

You will need a vehicle to get to Banff, give yourself plenty of time to travel, the winter roads are unpredictable.

Ready for an adventure?