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Spring 2013 Photo Tour In the Canadian Rockies

January 25, 2013
Spring Prairie Crocus, Rocky Mountains

Spring Prairie Crocus, Rocky Mountains

Event: Spring 2013 Photo Tour
Leaders: Royce Howland and Alan Ernst
Group size: 6 – 7 participants maximum, intermediate to advanced photography experience; spaces are available
Dates: May 29 – June 2, 2013
Highlights: 3 ½ days / 4 nights at Aurum Lodge in David Thompson Country
Travel on location: Car-pooling with the group
Fee: $1549 CDN including all tour fees, accommodations & meals; not including travel to the lodge
Information: See the general tour information page here on the blog
Registration: Booking information at Aurum Lodge
Contact: Royce Howland (royce at vividaspect dot com) or Alan Ernst (info at aurumlodge dot com)

Winter isn’t over yet, but make your plans to spring into a new season of photography! This 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) provides a lot 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 for the entire tour, 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.

Nobody At the Wheel, Nordegg

Nobody At the Wheel, Nordegg

As a special event during this year’s tour, we plan to arrange a day of access to the fascinating historical Brazeau Collieries mine site in the nearby town of Nordegg. The abandoned industrial location is operated by the Nordegg Historical Society, and offers not only a fascinating glimpse into the past of a major industry that opened up the Canadian west, but also provides an incredible wealth of photographic opportunities. For just a small sample of the kinds of photographs possible at Brazeau Collieries, see my short Industrial gallery. This special all-day access is not available to visitors who take the regular 1-hour mine site tour. It will be a rare treat for participants — don’t miss it!

Our tour 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; you need to come properly equipped for several days of intensive photography, and know how to use all the basic features of your equipment. 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 cameras & lenses, photography technique and composition. Based on group interest, we’ll optionally incorporate an indoor portfolio review session where we examine some images made by everyone, 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. This year, we’ll also have the extra possibilities at an incredible industrial location. 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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