Fire and Ice Photo Tour – one spot now open!

Note: Aug 28 – This spot has now been filled!

One spot has just opened up on my Fire and Ice Photo Tour to the Alberta Rockies (Banff and Jasper National Parks and the Bighorn Wildlands). This tour has been full for some time now but due to a recent cancellation we now have one spot left.

This is one of my favourite tours for several reasons; the date for this event (Nov. 10-14, 2010), at the beginning of the winter season, was chosen to accommodate the many requests for dramatic dawn and dusk skies and the combination of open water and shoreline ice. The day length is also short so no need to kill ourselves with crazy early risings or late evenings (yippee)! And finally we go to locations less well known and rarely visited by photographers. The tour is all about shooting from dawn to dusk (and even after) – this tour is for photographers who want access to great scenes in the best light! This is not a workshop tour but an intense shooting session with me as your photo guide, so this tour is best suited to semi-advanced and advanced photographers and who just want to harvest great images and maximize their time shooting. Participants need to be comfortable with the basics of photography.

Early November is generally the best time of year for colourful sunrises and sunsets, warm light throughout the day with a low angled sun, clear skies without haze (ideal for nighttime photography and star trails too), mist rising off the water in the mornings and a combination of open water and ice along the shore lines of Abraham Lake. With a little luck, we may also be able to witness the Bighorn sheep rut in the Jasper National Park. Usually, at this time of year, the mountain tops will be covered in snow, whereas the valley bottoms may still be dry or only have a light snow cover. However, temperatures can be significantly below freezing already and there is a possibility of snow squalls.

If you want to experience the Canadian Rockies without crowds but in a great transition season and be guided to secret spots and hot spots, then this tour might well be for you. For more info and to sign up contact Alan at the Aurum Lodge. To see sample photos, see the images below or check out the participant’s photos from 2009. Group size is limited to 6 or 7 participants only.

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

9 Responses to “Fire and Ice Photo Tour – one spot now open!”

  1. Jeff Simms Says:

    Just wondering on the cost for the Fire & Ice tour?

  2. Rachel's Cottage House Says:

    These photos are absolutely stunning. Gorgeous.

    By the way, if you’re interested in a giveaway I’m hosting at my blog, stop on over and ever up to 4 ways.

    Rachel

  3. […] One spot has just opened up on my Fire and Ice Photo Tour to the Alberta Rockies (Banff and Jasper National Parks and the Bighorn Wildlands). This tour has been full for some time now but due to a recent cancellation we now have one spot left. This is one of my favourite tours for several reasons; the date for this event (Nov. 10-14, 2010), at the beginning of the winter season, was chosen to accommodate the many requests for dramatic dawn and du … Read More […]

  4. Jonathan Willis Says:

    Mid-November, Jasper, Banff, Abraham Lake?

    Not to be a party pooper but it’s usually gray skies, very little snow, the fall colors have gone and the winter snows are only at high altitude.

    I think this has to be the worst time of year to take photos of that area.

    • We must visit different Rockies. The photos above were taken on the November workshop and I think they speak for themselves. Maybe I just need to trade in my Rose coloured glasses😉 darwin

    • No so, my uninformed friend! There were gray skies, but when the sun came out, it was spectacular. When you are out from before sunrise until after sundown, you get to see more different conditions. We had snow over my knees within 20 metres of the Icefields Parkway, and amazing ice forms above Abraham Lake. There aren’t any motorhomes lining the roads or any tour buses roaring by; very peaceful. I think that if you gave it a try, you’d be singing a much different tune!

      Evening Light Over the Sunwapta River
  5. Outstanding lighting balance,
    Outstanding composition,

    Basically, these pics are really stunning ones. You made me seriously re-think of getting into the Tilt-Shift lens photography (I assume you used a Tilt-Shift lens) which I have been hesitant too because of the price tag of such lenses.

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