ALGONQUIN AUTUMN SPLENDOUR

Where: Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Level: All levels
When: September 27 – 30, 2015 (2 1/2 days)
Maximum Class Size:  6
Costs:
      Tuition: $ 550
      Accommodation: $ 200 (3 nights)
      Total: $ 750 (A $ 350 deposit is required upon registration.)

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.

 

What previous participants had to say: 

• We had a glorious weekend with an amazing leader. I learnt a ton of new techniques in the field and about post processing. Christoph’s infectious enthusiasm and dedication to making the workshop a great learning experience for all was much appreciated! – Marina Klein

• I want to express again how satisfied I was with the weekend. Great mix of practical field work and technical shop talk. You have a great style in both photography and teaching. – Jim Sinkovic

• Far better than I could have imagined. I can’t wait until the next! Great instruction from Christoph – and a fantastic group!! – Susan Sheen

• I had a great time. Christoph is not only a great photographer, but he also knew exactly when to time the outing to make it right at the peak of the fall foliage. The nature was just amazing, and we took amazing shots. Can’t wait until his next event. – Ziad Azzi

• An amazing experience. I learned so much and really enjoyed the locations that Christoph had scouted out for us. – Heather Stacey

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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Schedule:

We meet at the East Gate of Algonquin Provincial Park at  6 pm on September 27th. We then drive together to our hotel, and go out for dinner, where we have the chance to get to know one another. We will spend the next 2 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 the option of a full breakfast in or outside Algonquin Provincial Park followed by lessons on processing, digital workflow and creative skills such as composition and developing a vision.  After lunch and a break, we set out for our sunset shoots of grand vistas, which will involve some hiking. Weather permitting, we will be photographing past sunset on both 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 dinner and break. During the workshop we will also spend time photographing rivers and waterfalls and, time permitting, practising compositional techniques for photographing trees and foliage. After lunch on the third day, there will be a session recapping what we have learnt during the workshop and a review session of those images we have not yet had a chance to have a look at. The workshop ends at 2 pm on September 30th.

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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 discount on what would be a peak season rate.

Includes:  2 1/2 days in field tuition, lectures and processing/review sessions. Room and projector rental. 3 nights shared accommodation at Spring Lake Resort.

Does not include: Food, drinks, entry fees and transport costs. 
 
 
Suggested Photographic Equipment:

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