Alan Ernst co-leads the Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour along with myself. Alan and his wife Madeleine are the owners of Aurum Lodge where the tour is based. Here are a few images Alan took during this year’s tour in January. – Leslie
Winter can test our skill of visualizing, but Puiming (Ming) Webber pushed herself to observe her surroundings till she found subjects that were important to her. And usually it didn’t take her long to find something interesting to photograph. She has a great eye for simplicity, shape and form in the landscape and uses a medium format camera to capture incredible images. The following are a few of the images that Ming captured.
In my previous post I mentioned that there was a painter amongst us on the “photography” tour. Martha (Marty) Hill Schafer sketched and painted with watercolors to capture her experiences during the tour. Marty would join us initially at each location capturing to her memory something that she found meaningful and inspirational from there, and then she would head back to the vehicle to warm up and paint or sketch. At some locations we would be there for a couple hours or more and in the winter weather conditions that we experienced you can’t just sit outside and do your paintings.
Besides being an artist, Marty is also an author and formerly the Picture Editor at Audubon magazine. One of her books “The Art of Photographing Nature”, which features photographs by Art Wolfe, is in our personal collection of photography books. It is a wonderful read and contains great insight into visualizing and composing for both photographers and artists alike (unfortunately I forgot to bring our copy along so that I could get Marty to sign it – maybe next time). So far Marty has submitted one completed painting from the tour, hopefully we will see more of her work in the future. You can view and find out more about her work at aquafolio.com
In mid January out at Aurum Lodge in the Canadian Rockies, Alan Ernst, the owner of the lodge, and myself co-lead our Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour. This year’s participants consisted of five photographers and a painter, each with a slightly different vision of what they wanted to capture. They all were enthusiastic, outgoing and a lot of fun and all worked well together as a group. We experienced a wide range of conditions; the temperatures ranged from – 18°C to +1°C, there were moderate winds, some snow and several cloudy days. From sunrise to sunset we were out photographing at various locations near the lodge, Abraham Lake and further afield into Banff National Park. Overall we had a great time and captured a lot of wonderful images.
Kevin Schafer is a repeat participant of our Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour; his first time joining us was in 2016. Kevin specializes in photographing rare and threatened wildlife and has been published in National Geographic. Below are a few of Kevin’s images that he captured on this year’s tour (click here to view some of the photos he took while on the 2016 tour). More of Kevin’s work can be viewed at kevinschafer.com and @schaferpho
It might only be the middle of autumn, but winter is creeping up faster than we realize. This coming January 17th to 21th, 2018, myself along with Alan Ernst of Aurum Lodge, are again running our Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour. This is a small group tour and space is limited to only 6 (six) participants, and it is filling up fast, as we presently have one space left; so don’t dwell on it too long or this opportunity will pass you by. To find more information on this tour check out our Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour page or go to the photo tours page at Aurum Lodge. Here are a few images taken from places that we may visit this upcoming tour. Make sure you don’t hibernate this coming winter. – Leslie
Alan Ernst co-leads the Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour along with myself. Alan and his wife Madeleine are the owners of Aurum Lodge where the tour is based. As you can see they live in a very beautiful part of Canada, no matter the time of year. Here are a few images Alan took during this year’s tour. – Leslie
Leah Gray is a photographer from Victoria, British Columbia that came out to join our 2017 Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour this past January. As you can see from her images, Leah is a very accomplished photographer and is actively involved with the Victoria Camera Club. It was a pleasure to have Leah participate in this year’s tour.
In early January I co-lead the Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour out of Aurum Lodge along with Alan Ernst, the owner of the lodge. This year’s group of six photographers were enthusiastic, outgoing and a lot of fun. We started the tour with temperatures around – 28°C and high winds that made the conditions feel even colder, so I’m sure it was an eye opener to those that were from the warm areas of the globe. However, by the end of the tour we were basking in – 5°C temperatures. From sunrise to sunset it was pretty much none stop photography throughout the day, except for the real cold times where we needed to go back to the lodge to warm up. Overall we had a great time and captured a lot of wonderful images. Here are a few of my favorites from the tour. – Leslie
It is hard to think of winter when it is still summertime, but winter is creeping up faster than we realize. This coming January 11th to 15th, 2017, myself along with Alan Ernst of Aurum Lodge, are again running our Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour. This is a small group tour and space is limited to only 6 participants, and it is starting to fill up as we presently have only a few spaces left; so don’t dwell on it to long or the opportunity will pass you by. To find more information on this tour here is a link to the Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour or go to the page at Aurum Lodge. Here are a few images taken from places that we may visit this upcoming tour. Make sure you don’t hibernate this coming winter. – Leslie
When I finally got through editing and processing my images from the Winter Mountain Magic Photography Tour, I found it really difficult to narrow down my favorites but eventually I did. Looking back at all my images from the tour it’s already hard to think of winter since we are currently getting temperatures on the plus side of 0° C and most of the snow around here has disappeared. Here are my favorite images from the tour. – Leslie
Little did we know we were being watched from above, as I didn’t see the three Mountain Goats until I got back home and was editing my images. They are in the upper left corner of the above image, cropped view below.