Fire and Ice Photo Tour – new opening!
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 image below or check out the participant’s photos from 2009. Group size is limited to 6 or 7 participants only.