FROZEN WATERS

Where: Montreal, and immediate surroundings

Level: All Levels

When: January to March (4 photography sessions; mornings and/or afternoons, during the weekends)

Maximum Class Size:  6

Costs: $ 349 (A $ 200 deposit is required upon registration.)

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

 

Your Destination: 

As old man winter is rattling on your front door and windows, howling for attention, and marking his visit by covering your driveway and patio with an “I was here” memento, you may well be inclined to hibernate until the weather is more conducive to photography. But don’t despair! Old man winter’s world is replete with wonderful photographic opportunities. Not only is the landscape ever changing and unique, the quality of winter’s light is particularly beautiful. Let me show you how to take advantage of the myriad photographic possibilities at the edge, and on the surface, of Montreal’s frozen waters.

 

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Since winter is, well, winter, spending several hours outdoors in the cold can be very taxing. In view of this I am excited to be offering a winter photography workshop with a unique twist: Four winter mornings and/or afternoons of photography, spread over four weekends, at locations around Montreal. We will be photographing at the shoreline, and perhaps on the surface, of frozen lakes and rivers. I will identify the best conditions for photography and will call upon you to meet at a chosen location on 4 different weekend days. I have negotiated special permissions for us to enter or leave some of the parks before/after sunrise/sunset. Please follow this link for a recent article of mine on winter photography.

 You will have the chance to learn and develop your skills at :

• Photographing ice formations and embankments illuminated by the rising sun.

• Using your wide angle lens to distort the sense of scale for a unique perspective: Giant ice formations at your doorstep!

• Photographing the myriad, ever changing textures and patterns of frozen waters and their interplay with light.

• Previsualisation and Composition.

• Preparing for, and dealing with, photographing in the extreme cold.

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Your Learning Experience: 

Getting the technicals right to capture the full transformative power of light on the winter landscape:

• Shooting in RAW and editing your RAW files.

• Understanding your exposure histogram and exposure bracketing.

• Focus, Depth of Field and Sharpness.

• Maximising your Depth of Field with Focal Blending.

• Effective postprocessing skills, including exposure, focus and color temperature blending.

 

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Schedule:

This is a particularly flexible learning arrangement, not typical for a photography workshop. I will follow the weather and ice conditions carefully and I will ask the participants to meet at a place and time, always during a weekend, which I have identified as most conducive for good photographic opportunities. These locations include city parks, provincial parks and/or locations on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. We have special permission to enter or leave some of the parks before/after sunrise/sunset, outside their opening times.

Our first shoot will be in early winter, when the ice begins to form. The combination of the water and ice in the morning or afternoon light is mesmerizingly beautiful and I will advise and assist you on composing and capturing the beautiful interplay of  light and the early winter landscape. We will meet before our first afternoon outing, during which time I will brief you and give you a presentation on composition with a focus on winter landscapes. 

I will ask you to share your images with me by E-mail or other means, so that I can give you pointers on your processing as well as on what areas, compositional or technical, you may want to work on during the upcoming outings. You will have far more time to evaluate your images before the next shoot than would be the case for a typical workshop, where you may have no opportunity to look carefully at your images before the workshop is already over.

The next three outings will be preceded by a review session of the images taken at the previous session. This is also where I will have the opportunity to teach you about the processing of winter images. We will do at least one morning shoot, since, in my experience, the light tends to be better at sunrise. After each shoot we will go out together for breakfast or dinner, so that we have a chance to warm up, discuss our outing, and socialize, of course!

I will ask you to share your images with me by E-mail or other means, so that I can give you pointers on your processing as well as on what areas, compositional or technical, you may want to work on during the upcoming outings. You will have far more time to evaluate your images before the next shoot than would be the case for a typical workshop, where you may have no opportunity to look carefully at your images before the workshop is already over.

Finally, we will have a get together a few weeks after our last outing where we can discuss/teach any particular aspects of photography of interest to you and where I can help you with some more processing questions and image critiques.

 

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What to bring:

• Digital SLR Camera.

• Memory cards and batteries.

• A quality, stable tripod – your tripod legs can’t be fused to the center column.

• A quality tripod head which allows for easy adjustment of your camera’s position. No plastics!

• A set of lenses, especially wide-angle, but also telephoto.

• Polarizer.

• A laptop with installed Photoshop, or other editing software, for our processing sessions.

• Head lamp for walking at dawn and dusk/night.

• Waterproof winter clothes – you will find yourself lying on the ice/snow while photographing. My ski pants and jacket usually do the trick.

• Layers of thermal clothing below your outer shells.

• Winter Boots with good grip- you will be standing on ice/snow for up to three hours.

• Boot warmers and hand warmers – not a must but you may want to think about it.

• Warm winter socks – but you still need sufficient room to move your toes.

• Two sets of gloves – a well insulating, water proof outer shell and thinner inner liner gloves to be used when you adjust your camera settings.