The workshop will begin at the Hidden Ridge Resort in Calgary the afternoon of the 17th. It is suggested that you arrive prior to 3pm on the day of the 17th to adhere to the PODAS schedule. We will begin the 17th in the early afternoon and continue until the evening of September 25th when we will wrap with a final session of shooting and farewell dinner.
Each day we will have at least one educational lesson both on location and in the classroom at our hotel. These will include lessons in Capture One Pro software, the XF Camera system, proper photographic technique, advanced tool use and of course several inspirational presentations by Tony Hewitt and Peter Eastway. We will also have time to edit images, practice editing techniques and perhaps evaluate some images captured during the workshop.
We will start the trip out in Banff with an intro meeting to get everyone oriented and provide a run down of what to expect on the trip. There will be a crew introduction so everyone start to get to know one another a bit. Our many outings and day trips will include sunrise and sunset shoots in the majestic Banff, Jasper and Yoho parks. We’ll visit shooting locations such as Castle Mountain, Johnston Canyon, Vermilion Lakes, Sulphur Mountain and possibly Two Jack Lake during our time in Banff. With a trip up Sulphur Mountain via gondola, and also a cowboy cookout steak fry dinner & horseback ride.
Once we leave Banff, the village of Lake Louise will serve as base for a few days. We’ll not only visit Lake Louise and nearby Moraine Lake, but also utilize our centrally located spot to see nearby places like Yoho National Park with Emerald Lake and Natural Bridge. You can plan on exploring some of the southern highlights of the Icefields Parkway like Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and Mistaya Canyon. Not to worry, there will be some free time mixed in so you can enjoy Lake Louise, rent a canoe, go for a hike or enjoy some relaxation time around town. Here we will mix in some time for editing your photographs.
After Lake Louise, we’ll drive up the Icefields Parkway and head to Jasper. The Icefields Parkway is a gorgeous ride, the entire trip you’re surrounded by peaks, forests, glaciers, lakes, rivers and hopefully wildlife! With a pit stop at the Icefields Glacier Center for a break along the drive. There’s a gift shop, some info on the glaciers, snacks and bathrooms.
Upon reaching Jasper, we will spend our few days in the area exploring the local lakes. There are smaller lakes like Pyramid Lake and Edith Lake that will give us some great photographic opportunities. An optional hike up Maligne Canyon will be available or some down time to rest and relax. At Maligne Lake we will enjoy a lake cruise that visits the scenic Spirit Island. One of the days we’ll also head into British Columbia and visit the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies – Mount Robson.
When we’ve finished in Jasper we’ll head back down the Icefields Parkway stopping for photo ops, and make our way to Banff for the end of the PODAS. Upon our arrival in Banff you can head to Calgary for a flight out that afternoon, or head to a hotel you’ve booked. We’ll offer a farewell dinner for anyone who chooses to stay in town for the night.