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Sub-Arctic Views – Banff National Park

July 15th, 2017 – July 19th, 2017

Banff National Park, in Alberta, Canada, is Canada’s first National Park. Situated about one and one half hours West of the town of Calgary, the park now encompasses 6,641 square kilometers of pristine mountain scenery wrapped around the unparalleled Bow Valley, all nestled in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains.

Every year, many million visitors come to explore the various feature of nature that the park has to offer. Our workshop has scouted and identified those areas that we think will offer photographers the most stunning views and the best chance for once in a lifetime images. Imagine shooting each day, situated between jagged mountain peaks, next to crystalline waters, capturing idyllic reflective scenes. Alternatively Banff has more than it’s fair share of azure blue waterfalls, that make the perfect long exposure subjects.

Our itinerary, while in Banff, has us visiting some of the more famous natural hotspots in the park, as well as a handle that are quite literally off the beaten path. Our shoots will be timed to capture the light at its peak time of the day, as well as avoid the crowds of tourists that begin to appear after breakfast.

Generally our workshop will be divided into two specific categories:

  • One, field shoots. Our small, intimate, group will be out in the field, shooting during the ideal light of the day, capturing scenes using a variety of exposure techniques that we will be sharing with our participants. We will be practicing long exposure images, HDR captures and exposure stacking to name a few. We will guide you to understanding these techniques and more.
  • Two, processing seminars. During the middle of the day, when the crowds are at their peak, we will be exploring workflow options, global editing techniques and the fine detailed, yet critical advantages that an editor such as Photoshop has to offer.

We hope you will join in Banff for what is sure to be one of our best workshops of the year. Ideal scenery, fantastic images and new friends. What could be better, we hope to see you there!

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  • Banff National Park Workshop
    2017-07-15 - 2017-07-19
    00:00 - 23:55



Situated in the Northern Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park is Canada's oldest National Park. The park, located roughly 75 miles West of Calgary, Canada, is situated in the province of Alberta, bounds 2,564 square miles of mountainous terrain, containing numerous glaciers, ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Bow River Valley extends South to North through the park, connecting the main commercial centers of the park, Banff and Lake Louise.

The park itself lies in the center of some of the most gorgeous scenery that the region has to offer. Provincial Forest and Yoho National Park lie to the West, Kootenay National Park lies to the South and Kananaskis Country can be found to the Southeast. At the Northern end of the park, the Icefields Parkway extends from Lake Lousie deep into Jasper National Park to the North.

The Canadian Pacific Railway was instrumental in Banff's formative early years, responsible for the building of the Banff Springs Hotel and the Lake Louise Chalet. Both resorts attracting tourists for extreme mountain adventures. In the early 20th century, roads began to be built leading into Banff, either fueled by war time need, or Great Depression public works projects. Originally offered as seasonal services, since the 1960's the park and its surrounds operate year round to offer tourists a range of dining, accommodation and adventure opportunities no matter the weather. Recent estimates place annual visitors to the park in the range of three (3) million persons annually.

The park has a subarctic climate with three distinct eco-regions, including montane, subalpine and alpine. The forests within the park are dominated by Lodgepole Pine at the lower elevations and Engelmann Spruce at the higher elevations, finally giving way to rock and ice fields above the tree line. Mammal species within the park include grizzly bear, cougar, wolverine, elk, bighorn sheep and moose, to name the most prevalent critters. Hundreds of species of birds exist within the park and both reptiles and amphibians are present as well.

The mountainous regions within the park, have been form from sedimentary rock which has been pushed East over newer rock strata between 55 and 80 million years ago. Over the past few millions years, glaciers and ice-fields have covered mass quantities of the park, and only more recently have they receded revealing more of the geology underneath and have served as the main forces in carving and sculpting the underlying geology.