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Glacial Journeys – Jasper National Park

July 21st, 2017 – July 25th, 2017

Located Northwest of Calgary, in Alberta Canada, one can find Jasper National Park, which without a doubt is one of the most impressive locations in the world for capturing large scale, mountain landscape images. The mountain ranges in Jasper are staggering in their size and beauty and their reflective lakes below offer reflections and color that are the thing of magazine quality images. Jasper exists on a scale that few can imagine and to say that the scenes are big is a likely understatement. Epic images await you here and we are here to help you achieve them.

We would love to see you in Jasper, for an exploration of not only the up front an obvious scenes, but the behind the scenes hidden treasures as well. Our workshop will surely expand your technical skills as we engage in field shoots that will feature long exposure imaging, high dynamic range captures and focus stacking to be sure that we have captured the natural beauty, that exists there, to its fullest extent. Our guides will be with you side-by-side, in the field, to make sure that you understand and are able to seamlessly execute these advanced techniques.

We realize that there are many times to visit Jasper and each comes with its own season and the associated seasonal challenges. Our chosen time frame for this workshop is based on providing more comfortable shooting conditions for our participants, as well as giving us more opportunities for finding wildlife in the low lying meadows and grasslands.

Our typical shooting day will be centered around three (3) to four (4) distinct goals each day:

  • Sunrise shoot

    We all know that morning light is sometimes the most ideal light of the day. The low angle lighting and the potentially reduced winds, lead to longer, software shadows, deeper textures and better mountain reflections in still bodies of glacial water. It also helps us to avoid the crowds at these typically iconic, well visited location.

  • Mid morning

    We will typically be engaged in some form of off-the-beaten path image exploration. Jasper is loaded with waterfalls, stream, trails and scenic overlooks that the typical tourist will never see, nor make the effort to find. Yes these are a little more work, with some minor hikes involved, but you’ll be coming home with images that not everyone else has.

  • Mid day

    We will find time each day to review the images we have captured so far, talk about workflow solutions for these images, and processing techniques that will take your images to the next level.

  • Sunset shoot, blue hour, stars

    At the very least we will be engaging in a sunset shoot each day and if the weather is favorable we will push that shoot into hours of the day where the light has diminished, the dynamics of the scene are more subtle and new features have begun to appear. We will teach you new techniques, so that you may experience shooting in new types of light and creating dynamic new types of exposures.

We hope you will join us in Jasper National Park, as we explore the interior and the boundaries of this fantastic location. We look forward to teaching you new techniques, expanding your knowledge of exposure mechanics and looking at composition in new and exciting ways. See you there!

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  • Jasper National Park Workshop
    2017-07-21 - 2017-07-25
    00:00 - 23:55

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Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 10,878 km2 (4,200 square mile). It is located in the province of Alberta, north of Banff National Park and west of Edmonton. The park includes the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls and mountains.

Jasper was named after Jasper Hawes, who operated a trading post in the region for the North West Company. Before this it was referred to as Fitzhugh. The park was established on September 14, 1907 as Jasper Forest Park, and was granted national park status in 1930, with the passing of the National Parks Act In 2014, Jasper National Park had 2,154,710 visitors.

Mammalian species found in the park are the elk, caribou ( also known as Reindeer,) moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, porcupine, lynx, beaver, two species of fox, marten, pika, grizzly bear, coyote, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, black bear, timber wolf, hoary marmot, cougar, and wolverine. The most common birds that fly around this park including raptors are bald eagles, golden eagles, Great horned owls, spruce grouses, white-tailed ptarmigans, bohemian waxwings, and evening grosbeaks. Canada geese and red-necked grebes mostly float on Maligne Lake.

The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, together with the other national and provincial parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, for the mountain landscapes containing mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and limestone caves as well as fossils found here.