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The Weekly Photo – Nov 21, 2011

Posted in TCBlog, Weekly Photo, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by Darwin

I just got back from the final Fire and Ice Photo Tour this year. We were ‘blessed’ with cold temps (-25 degrees over night) and therefore some nice ice and even a little bit of fire (sunrises and sunsets). The gang of shooters were a blast and everyone was open to the amazing possibilities nature tossed our way.

Part of each tour is a safety meeting about ice conditions. You can see here what happens when someone does not listen to the safety spiel! The good news is with my super long exposure of the scene (5 minutes using a Lee Big Stopper ND filter), the waves and bubbles of the struggling participant did not even register in the image. So let this be a lesson, always listen to your instructor….

This one is dedicated to Joe (thanks for leaving the camera gear on shore) 😉

©Darwin Wiggett

The colour version – Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Canon 24 TSE, 5 minutes at f11, Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer, Singh-Ray 3-stop soft-edge grad, Lee 10-stop Big Stopper ND filter.

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The B+W version (conversion done in Nik Silver Efex Pro) – which version do you prefer?

Fire and Ice Photo Tour – one spot now open!

Posted in Good News, TCBlog, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2010 by Darwin

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