Frozen bubbles, waterfalls suspended by winter, glacial ice caves, stalactites and stalagmites… Winter in the Canadian Rockies has it all! If you are up for an adventure, looking to sharpen your photography skills, and you are captivated by the beauty of ice and snow, the Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop: Winter Edition is for you!
Winter in the Canadian Rockies has ‘seasons’ within the season. During the early stages of winter, there is still open water with reflections, yet the landscape is blanketed by mounds of pillowy snow. As the temperatures continue to fall, the landscape is transformed. The Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop – Winter Edition will focus on the stillness of winter that comes with the January chill.
This is the prime time to photograph the frozen methane bubbles that get trapped in the icey lakes, the snow cornices that wrap around the mountain peaks, and the otherworldly formations of frozen waterfalls.
Early January is the perfect time to photograph the famous methane bubbles at Abraham Lake. By the second week of January, the entire lake is frozen, and the bubbles have had time ‘stack’ into deep layers as the ice freezes. We will spend at least two full days here, exploring the endless compositions this lake has to offer.
We will use the iconic Emerald Lake Lodge as our home base for the Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop. This is my favourite ‘home away from home’ in the winter months. The staff are warm and accommodating, the food is delicious, and you can step outside of your cabin to get a world class photograph of the Canadian Rockies.
Using the lodge as a home base means that we may have a bit of extra driving to get to locations (most shooting locations are between 20 minutes and an hour from Emerald Lake) but it also gives us the perfect place to sit by the fire, edit, and have classroom talks if the weather does not permit us to shoot.
What you will learn on the Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop
I don’t hold anything back when I teach. You will learn how I plan my shoots, how I execute my plan, and how I edit. Some of the topics we will cover include creating compelling compositions, focus stacking, blending exposures, blue hour blends, understanding depth of field, manually shooting for high dynamic range, and capturing the night sky. I have also developed a curriculum of classroom lectures that will cover each topic we will explore on location.
Recommended Equipment on the Winter Edition Photography Workshop
- Camera with an interchangeable lens
- A *sturdy* tripod with a ball head.
- Shutter release (recommended but not essential)
- Extra batteries
- Warm clothes that you can layer
- Heat packs for gloves and boots
- Ice cleats that go over your winter footwear
* I will send out a detailed list of items upon registration!
If there is an aurora and clear viewing conditions at any time during the Jasper Photography Workshop, we will add it to the itinerary! Nothing is more spellbinding than watch the green and purple lights dance over the snow capped peaks. We will never pass up on an opportunity to capture the glow of the aurora!
My name is Rachel Jones Ross. To say I love winter is such an incredible understatement! This is my season. It is the time of year that most inspires me to do more than just capture a scene; I want to create images that inspire the imagination. I am also a passionate astro photographer. In 2019 I embarked on a personal project to spend 100 nights under the stars. You can read a little bit about my adventures here.
I am a member of the Sony Alpha Imaging Collective, and fortunate to have the support of both Sony and B&H Photo on my workshops and personal projects.
The Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop – Frozen Bubbles will take place January 8th – 14th, 2023. All prices are in USD and based on single occupancy. All transportation, accommodations, and park passes are included. Meals and drinks are not included.
*Before Covid, deposits were non-refundable. However, I’m trying to be as flexible as possible. In the event that you cannot attend, deposits can be credited toward another workshop at a later date.
If you are looking for something off the beaten path, and are up for an adventure, I will be offering a two-day Ice Cave Adventure January 15th and 16th, 2023.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions! I look forward to working with you on the Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop – Winter Edition!