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Spring 2011 Photo Tour In the Canadian Rockies

March 13, 2011

Spring Prairie Crocus, Rocky Mountains

The Spring 2011 tour went well! Spring was late this year, with winter conditions running 2 – 3 weeks longer than normal… whatever “normal” means, any more. Blooms were scarce but growth was plentiful and green, very much so, thanks to lots of rain. We got showered on to some extent but it put very little of a damper on the field time, and the group had an excellent run with good light on many great scenes. There some new locations, even for yours truly.

Some of my photos from the tour are sprinkled throughout the blog; check the posts tagged Spring 2011 Photo Tour. Photo results from the other tour participants are forthcoming.


Event: Spring 2011 Photo Tour
Leaders: Royce Howland and Alan Ernst
Group size: 6 participants maximum, intermediate to advanced photography experience
Dates: May 15 – 19, 2011
Highlights: 4 days / 4 nights at Aurum Lodge in David Thompson Country
Travel on location: Car-pooling with the group
Fee: $1279 CDN including all tour fees, accommodations & meals; not including travel to the lodge
Information: See the tour information page
Registration: Booking information at Aurum Lodge
Contact: Royce Howland (royce at vividaspect dot com) or Alan Ernst (info at aurumlodge dot com)

Tired of winter yet? Spring into the new year! This coming May, I will be leading a small group photo tour in the Rocky Mountains. The tour is based at the award-winning Aurum Lodge. Centrally placed in David Thompson Country with access to the world-class Canadian Rockies, the lodge provides an ideal blend of location, lodgings and meal arrangements designed for the focused photographer. The combination of a small group size and proven instructors (with co-leader Alan Ernst and myself) permits a strong degree of personal focus for each participant. Our goal is to make sure each member of the group gets the maximum result from this experience.

Based out of the lodge all 4 days, we will cover locations along the David Thompson Highway. This route runs along Abraham Lake, cutting through the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. We’ll also work towards the Icefields Parkway as conditions warrant, and work some locations around Saskatchewan River Crossing.

This is a field-oriented event aimed at providing an array of photography opportunities to participants at an intermediate to advanced level; this is not an introductory photography workshop and there is no significant classroom instruction component. However we will provide participant-focused, hands-on instruction whenever needed. This will include site orientations as we hit each new or different type of location, and in-field instruction on various topics such as equipment, technique and composition. Based on group interest, we’ll optionally incorporate an indoor portfolio review session where we examine images made by everyone during the event to provide focused improvement opportunities.

This promises to be a fun event! Spring in the Rockies is a season of new life, and opportunities with wildlife, wildflowers and closeup subjects will be added to those of the abundant scenery: mountains, lakes, plains and forests. The days will be filled with an intense dedication to the wealth of photographic opportunities, and we’re also beating the summer heat and crowds. If your travel schedule still has a spring opening in it, join us this May!

For more information about my tours, see the tour information page here on the Vivid Aspect blog. You can also contact me, or Alan Ernst at Aurum Lodge.

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