Canadian Rockies Photo Adventure
October 4-10th, 2018
Location: Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks
Dates: October 4-10, 2018
Group Size: Max. 8
Instructor: Josh Merrill and Ken Koskela (pending)
Tour Overview: The Canadian Rockies are a place of unparalleled beauty and adventure. From jagged, snow-packed peaks to the most unbelievable blue and turquoise glacial lakes, the Canadian Rockies do not disappoint. One of the premier destinations in the world for photography, we will photograph iconic mountain scenes in their early Winter splendor. We will also explore some lesser-photographed locations. Photographic opportunities will include Northern Lights (Weather and Solar Activity Permitting), Star-Filled Skies at night with the Rocky Mountains as a foreground, Waterfalls of Turquoise Glacial Melt-Water and world-class Wildlife.
The first portion of our adventure will be based in Banff National Park, where we will begin with photographing some of the world's most stunning scenes, at places like Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Two-Jack Lake, Vermillion Lakes and Johnston Canyon. We will keep an eye on the nights as well, with potential for Aurora Borealis, and rich night photography potential.
After experiencing the best of Banff, we will transition to a time in Jasper National Park, with a stop-over in Yoho National Park. An emphasis will be given to time spent in the field, creating incredible images, and working one-on-one with Josh to improve craft and creativity. We will explore these stunning places with a small group that will maximize your learning and will ensure greater flexibility for us to get to the very best locations for the conditions that we experience.
All of our instructional workshops will cover two key areas: Craft and Creativity
Professional Craft for Landscape Photography:
• Getting fluent with your gear and developing a consistent workflow in the field
• Achieving an optimal exposure
• Managing depth of field
• Capturing for multiple exposure blending
• Capturing for panoramic stitching
• Using filters effectively
Creativity in the Landscape:
• Core compositional elements in the landscape
• Creative use of depth of field
• Long exposure techniques
• Learning and practicing new compositions
And we’ll also do at least one image review session and share some advanced digital darkroom workflow techniques.
• Instruction in the field: craft and creative strategies for landscape photography
• Image reviews
• Instruction on digital darkroom workflow
• Food and Lodging
• Transportation to and from the workshop
• Park entrance fees
• Participants are welcome to carpool and share accommodations during the tour.
Most of the locations that we will photograph on this trip will feature easy access, but there will be a couple which will require moderate exertion at high elevation. None of our hikes will go beyond 3 miles round-trip, but you’ll need a moderate level of physical fitness and some experience hiking to manage this tour safely.
• Digital SLR Camera
• Tripod with Cable Release and L Bracket
• Wide Angle Lens and Telephoto Zoom Lens (We use the 16-35mm and 70-200)
• Filters: Circular Polarizer
• Lots of Memory Cards
• Extra Camera Batteries
• Micro-fiber Cloths
• Camera Bag/Backpack for Gear and Food/Water
Clothing for a variety of weather conditions from 15F to 50F
• Rain Jacket and Pants
• Down Layer
• Hiking Boots (Insulated winter boots are recommended)
• Gloves and Hat
• Plenty of Wool Socks
• Moisture Wicking Base Layer
• Traction Device for Boots, in case we experience any icy paths. (Kahtoola MICROspikes are a great option)
Our first base of operations will be in Banff, Alberta within Banff National Park and from there we’ll move on to stay for a couple of nights in Jasper, Alberta within Jasper National Park. We will arrange rooms to be blocked off in both locations at a discounted rate for your convenience. However, you may choose to stay elsewhere if you prefer. We’ll e-mail you a detailed itinerary so you can make your hotel reservations. Be advised that the first portion of our trip in Banff will take place over the Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday, so booking lodging and rental car as early as possible would be wise.
90 days or prior to day 1 of tour = Refund of all registration fees and deposits
60-89 days prior to day 1 of tour = Josh Merrill Photography will retain tour deposit
59 days or less prior to day 1 of tour = Josh Merrill Photography will retain full tour tuition
We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance if you need to cancel your tour and are unable to complete the tour for any reason.
We also reserves the right to cancel the photo tour for any reason including low enrollment in the tour.
All you need to do is contact me via the form below and tell us which tour you'd like to attend. We'll e-mail you an invoice that allows you to pay online by credit card. If it's 60 days or less prior to the start of the tour, the full tuition amount will be due in order to complete your registration. Prior to 60 days out, we'll invoice you for a deposit of 30% of the total tuition to hold your spot. We'll then invoice you again for the balance prior to the 60 day point when the full amount is due.
If you're interested in this workshop, please fill out the following form to let us know. If you are ready to register, or if you just have some additional questions, this form will put you in touch me.