ALGONQUIN AUTUMN SPLENDOUR

Where: Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada   See Algonquin on a map here

Level: All Levels 
When: September 26 – 30, 2014 (3 1/2 days)
Maximum Class Size:  6
Costs:
      Tuition: $ 750  – A $ 350 deposit is required upon registration.
      Accommodation: $ 230  (4 nights, sharing)
      Total: $ 980 

Registration: To register, or for more information, please E-mail me at cgfischer@hotmail.com

 

Your Destination:

A land of thousands of lakes and streams, where the northern coniferous and southern deciduous forests meet, Algonquin Provincial Park is world famous for its intense and varied show of spectacular fall colors.

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Join me for an intense learning experience among some of the most beautiful autumn scenery our world has to offer. You will have the chance to learn and develop your skills at photographing:

• Streams and waterfalls adorned with vibrant autumn colors

• The beautiful interplay of the rising sun with mists rising off still lakes

• Artistic takes on the vibrantly colorful foliage surrounding you

• The grandeur of seemingly endless autumn landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see

• The spectacular night skies that Algonquin has to offer

 

Autumn Fall Foliage Booth Rock Outlook Algonquin Provincial Park

 

Your Learning Experience: 

• Getting the technicals right to capture the full beauty of light interacting with the landscape:

1. Exposure and exposure bracketing

2. Focus, Depth of Field and Sharpness

3. Use of filters

• Previsualisation and Composition

• Developing an artistic vision

• The digital darkroom: Highly effective postprocessing skills

All of this and more while you have the opportunity to photograph in world class settings.

 

Autumn Fall Foliage Booth Rock Outlook Algonquin Park

 

Schedule:

We meet at the East Gate of Algonquin Provincial Park at 6 pm on September 26th from which we drive together to our hotel. After having checked in, we go out for dinner, during which I will give you an overview of the workshop and where we have the chance to get to know one another. We will spend the next 3 1/2 days in Algonquin Provincial Park, photographing sunrise and sunset and the golden hours of light that follow or proceed. I will take you to areas I have identified as the most promising for rewarding photography. On our morning shoots we leave before dawn to visit lakes as well as marsh lands where I will advise and assist you on photographing the beautiful interplay of light and fog or mist at the water’s edge, so common at this time of the year. Following each morning shoot, we have a full breakfast, followed by lessons on processing images, developing a digital workflow and the creative aspects of photography such as composition and developing a photographic vision. We will also spend time reviewing images taken so far, so that you have a better chance of developing your photography as the workshop progresses. After lunch and a break, we set out for our sunset shoots of grand vistas, which involve some hiking. Weather permitting, we photograph past sunset on two days: One night we learn how to photograph the stars at twilight, for that amazing combination of warm afterglow and starry skies. Another night we stay on to photograph the full night sky and learn how to capture star trails. After our sunset or night shoots we return to our hotel for a well deserved break. During the workshop we will also practice compositional techniques for photographing rivers and waterfalls as well as trees and foliage. After breakfast on the fourth day, there will be a session recapping what we have learnt during the workshop and a critique and one on one review session of each participant’s work. The workshop ends at 2 pm on September 30th.

 

 

Lodging:

We will be staying at the praised, good value for money, Spring Lake Resort, located only a 10 minute drive outside Algonquin. I have been able to negotiate a significant discount on what would be a peak season rate.

 

What to bring:

Digital SLR Camera

Memory cards and batteries

Tripod

A set of lenses, preferably from wide-angle to telephoto

Polarizer

A laptop with installed Photoshop, or other editing software, would be very useful

Head lamp for walking at dawn and dusk/night

Warm clothes – the mornings and evenings can get quite cold

Rain Gear

Boots or shoes for hiking