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 may 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.
We will explore Banff and Jasper looking for new iconic shots and creative wildlife compositions. We will hike to locations where golden larch trees line the sides of mountains and reflect off shimmering pools. We will see water so blue, even the most overzealous Photoshop enthusiast will not dare touch a slider!
This workshop is for those that want to experience new places and see nature at its finest hours. It is not necessary to be a skilled photographer, you can bring your phone and I’ll help you grab great images of our excursions. I like to stick to small groups, so there will be plenty of time for instruction and we will schedule our days and time to make use of the best light. We will remain flexible enough to stop and take advantage of the ever changing conditions found in this vast wilderness.
The Port Renfrew area on Vancouver Island, BC Canada provides an excellent venue for a 4 day photography workshop. I will guide you through the “how to’s” to create images using long exposures, long lenses for landscapes, nightscapes, seascapes, forests, waterfalls and wildlife (when available). I have been to Port Renfrew over 25 times and have a very good knowledge of the area. We will create images in areas such as Botanical Beach (Botany Bay), Avatar Grove, Fairy Lake, Sombrio Beach (and canyon), Parkinson Beach, and few more.
I will also introduce you to “The Four Barriers of Creativity” developed by my workshop partner Shane McDermott. This particular workshop is lead by myself with only 6 participants ensuring ample one on one time.
A meeting space is also reserved for daily images reviews and critiques, as well as, live photo editing lessons from images I have taken during the workshop. This has proven to be a very valuable offering for participants.
The West Coast Trail Lodge will be our base for the 4 days, 3 nights workshop. All other details are listed on my web site.
Story & photos by Phil Riebel
A favorite hobby on my woodland property.
As a nature photographer I feel very fortunate to own forestland. I regularly visit one of our properties on the border of the Renous River in Northern New Brunswick, about 35 minutes from where I live. This is quite a wild area, dominated by forest with few people.
There are many nature photo opportunities here, including several species of mammals such as Moose, White-tailed Deer, Coyotes, Black Bear, Red Fox, Weasel, and Bobcat, just to name a few. However, because they often avoid humans, it’s a challenge to get good photos of some of these species.
My small trailcam has allowed me to capture some photos and see what is around, but the quality of the photos is not great, especially when compared to a high-resolution DSLR. That’s when I got the idea of building a DSLR camera trap based on discussions with colleagues and a bit of research.
by Paul Colangelo
The Sacred Headwaters in northern British Columbia is the shared birthplace of three great salmon rivers—the Stikine, Skeena and Nass. It is also the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, and it supports a vast ecosystem known for large numbers of moose, caribou, sheep, goats, wolves and bears.
In 2004, Shell obtained tenure of nearly a million acres in the heart of the Sacred Headwaters for a coal bed methane development that would entail thousands of wells connected by roads and pipelines, fracturing wildlife habitat. The water-intensive fracking process that would be used to remove the methane risked altering water levels and contaminating the rivers. Continue reading