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New Fall 2010 Photo Tour In the Canadian Rockies

July 11, 2010

The event below went very successfully. Fall colors were at their peak, though unfortunately a few days of violent wind storms just prior to the starting date meant we had to work to earn our chances involving fall foliage. Otherwise, the weather was exceptionally pleasant for the time of year and the group was able to maximize time outdoors.

Some of my own photos from the tour are sprinkled throughout the blog; check the posts tagged Fall 2010 Photo Tour. Photo results from the other tour participants are visible here:

Event: Fall 2010 Photo Tour at Aurum Lodge
Co-leaders: Royce Howland & Alan Ernst
Group size: 6 participants maximum, intermediate to advanced photography experience
Dates: September 28 – October 3, 2010
Highlights: 3 days / 4 nights at Aurum Lodge & David Thompson Country, 2 days / 1 night at Jasper & Icefields Parkway
Travel on location: Car-pooling with the group
Fee: $1649 CDN including all accommodations & meals; not including travel to the lodge
Registration info: The photo tour event page at the Aurum Lodge web site
Contact: Royce Howland (royce at or Alan Ernst (info at


Fall at Abraham Lake 2 // David Thompson Country

Fall at Abraham Lake 2 // David Thompson Country

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new photo tour for Fall 2010. In association with Aurum Lodge, I will be co-leading a small group through locations around the Canadian Rockies during a 5 day & night itinerary. Alan Ernst of the lodge also will be co-leading. Alan brings his extensive knowledge of the area, along with his keen and creative photographer’s eye.

We will be based primarily in Aurum Lodge, which is a fantastic central location for photography work in the front range territory of David Thompson Country, including Abraham Lake. From there we can also reach locations in the Rockies up and down the world-famous Icefields Parkway. On this tour, we will take one night over in Jasper to give us the opportunity to work locations along the parkway for 2 days, while minimizing round-trip hours to & from the lodge.

Group size will be small — 6 participants, maximum. Our primary goal is to provide field-intensive photography opportunities to people at an intermediate to advanced level. (This is not an introductory workshop.) While the ideal participants will know how to operate the essential functions of their cameras and other equipment, and be equipped with a reasonable shooting kit for outdoor photography, we will provide participant-focused hands-on instruction in the field whenever needed. We can cover equipment, technique, composition, processing, and other topics. We will provide site orientations as we hit each new or different type of location. Photography opportunities will include landscapes, wildlife and macro, among others. To enjoy these opportunities, everyone will need a basic level of physical fitness; for the most part we’ll be out shooting when there is any light, and some hiking will be involved.

In order to maximize each person’s chances to capture the scenery to their satisfaction, we will by very dynamic in arranging where we go on each day. We’ll consider weather, other conditions, and participant interests. We’ll also incorporate a pair of indoor portfolio review sessions where we review images made by everyone during the event. In these sessions, we’ll be able to nail down techniques, use of equipment and approaches to composition that can be applied before the event is over. We’ll also view and consider some of each others’ work in order to gain inspiration and ways of seeing; this can be very exciting and educational in its own right!

Transportation to the photography locations will be based on car-pooling. Be prepared to share in some of the driving duties among the group as we move around the region. This is also a good opportunity to sit for a time with other group members and talk about whatever takes your fancy!

If this kind of event sounds like your cup of tea, please see the event page at the Aurum Lodge web site for more information on the lodge, including the accommodations there and logistical / booking details. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me (royce at or Alan Ernst at Aurum Lodge (info at As I write this we already have 2 confirmed participants; with a maximum group size of 6 there aren’t many spots!

Watch this blog for more information about the tour in the coming days. Also see the Vivid Aspect Workshops & Events page for information.

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