May 28, 2014: Winter 2014-5 Photo Tour Announced  

Winter 2014-5 Photography Tour in the Canadian Rockies

Leaders: Royce Howland & Alan Ernst
Group size: 7 participants maximum, intermediate to advanced photography experience
Dates: January 24 – 28, 2015
Highlights: 5 days / 4 nights at Aurum Lodge, covering Abraham Lake, David Thompson Country & the Icefields Parkway
Travel on location: Car-pooling with the group
Fee: $1,525 CDN early bird price for all registrations with deposits made by September 30, 2014; $1,695 CDN thereafter; 5% GST added to prices
Included: All accommodations & meals; not including travel to the lodge
Registration info: See the photo tour event page at the Aurum Lodge web site; coming soon
Contact: Royce Howland (royce at vividaspect dot com) or Alan Ernst (info at aurumlodge dot com)

Today I'm announcing dates for a new Winter Photography Tour in David Thompson Country and the Canadian Rockies, based at the wonderful Aurum Lodge. Winter in the Rockies is a very unique time to visit and photograph. During this season, the land is revealed with special, stark beauty, emphasized by clear air, snow & ice, and winter mountain light. This tour provides an intensive focus on field photography, the confidence of an event lead by experienced photo guides, the camaraderie of a small group of like-minded photography enthusiasts, and an array of world-class winter photography opportunities.

For more information, see the tour description page at the Vivid Aspect Photography blog. If you have any questions, as always please feel free to contact me.

March 31, 2014: Fall 2014 Photo Tour Dates Announced  

2014 Fall Photography Tour in the Canadian Rockies

Event: 2014 Fall Photography Tour in the Canadian Rockies
Leaders: Royce Howland and Alan Ernst
Dates: September 30 – October 5, 2014
Group: 7 participants maximum, intermediate to advanced photography experience
Highlights: 6 days / 5 nights at Aurum Lodge, in David Thompson Country
Travel on location: Car-pooling with the group
Fee: $1,899 CDN including all accommodations & meals; not including travel to the lodge
Registration info: See the photo tour event page at the Aurum Lodge web site
To register or for questions: Contact Royce Howland (royce at vividaspect dot com) or Alan Ernst (info at aurumlodge dot com)

I have announced dates for the ever-popular Fall Photography Tour in David Thompson Country and the Canadian Rockies. Fall in the Rockies is a popular time, with beautiful scenes to be found in practically every direction. It can also be highly productive -- as well as fun! -- to join a small-group, field-intensive photo tour. If you would like to explore a fantastic autumn setting with your camera, round out your Fall plans with a few days in this spectacular region!

For more information, see the tour description page at the Vivid Aspect Photography blog. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

December 16, 2013: 2014 Masterclass Announced  

Fall 2014 Photography Masterclass Storytelling in the Cypress Hills

Event: Fall 2014 Photography Masterclass — Storytelling in the Cypress Hills
Instructors: Royce Howland and Peter Carroll
Dates: September 5 – 10, 2014
Duration: 5 nights, 6 days (4 full, 2 partial)
Highlights: Based at Historic Reesor Ranch with locations around the Cypress Hills; special location shoots booked
Travel on location: Shared group transport
Group size: 6 participants maximum
Fee: $2,795 CDN (+ 5% GST for Canadian residents) per person single occupancy room; early bird price $2,595 CDN (+ GST) for registrations confirmed by deposit before March 1, 2014
Deposit: $500 CDN
Includes: All transportation on location, plus accommodation, meals, instructor fees, and location access fees
Not included: Flights or other transportation to or from Reesor Ranch
To register or for questions: Contact Royce Howland (royce at vividaspect dot com) or Peter Carroll (PeterCarroll at shaw dot ca)

You're a photographer looking to make a significant commitment to creative growth. You’ve come to realize that the most exciting frontier isn’t new gear, digital processing techniques or getting votes on social media. Instead, your real goal is creative expression, and these other things are just means to an end — visual storytelling.

The Cypress Hills region of southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan is a unique and wonderful area. In the midst of vast prairies, the Cypress Hills offers grasslands, forests, lakes and rolling terrain. At night, a canopy of stars against a backdrop of black provides a brilliant light show all its own. This is a distinctive place of understated beauty and long history.

Together with my colleague Peter Carroll, I will co-lead a small group of enthusiastic photographers on a masterclass in the beautiful Cypress Hills. We'll be based at Historic Reesor Ranch, a working ranch run for 5 generations by the Reesor family whom we will meet during the event.

Can you picture yourself learning and photographing during a visual storytelling experience in the early Fall of 2014? If the answer is yes, join us for Storytelling in the Cypress Hills! Now open for registration.

For more information, see the tour description page at the Vivid Aspect Photography blog. If you have any questions, please contact either Peter or me. We'd be happy to provide details and answer any questions to help you decide if this is the right event for you.

November 28, 2013: 2014 Iceland Tour Announced  



Event: Summer 2014 Photo Tour -- Icelandic Summer Light
Instructors: Royce Howland and Tim Vollmer
Dates: June 15 – 26, 2014
Highlights: 12 days / 11 nights in Western & Southern Iceland, with Landmannalaugar
Departure & arrival: Keflavik airport, Iceland (arrive June 15 or before; depart June 26 or following)
Travel on location: Van or minibus
Group size: 6 minimum, 10 maximum
Fee: $6,725 USD per person double occupancy room at the minimum group size of 6 (the price will be reduced accordingly if we reach a group size of 8 or 10); $710 USD supplement for single occupancy room
Includes: All transportation, accommodation & meals in Iceland, and instructor fees
Not included: International flights or optional side tours
More info: See the tour schedule (PDF)
To register or for questions: Contact Royce Howland

Can you picture yourself creating photographs in a wild and beautiful land, under amazing summer light? In June of 2014, I'll be partnering once again with Tim Vollmer on an exciting return to Iceland. For 12 days, we will lead a small group of photographers to amazing locations across Western & Southern Iceland. My trips to Iceland in 2012 & 2013 were incredible, and in 2014 the experience should be no less amazing. If long days of summer light in a breath-taking land with a group of like-minded folks sounds good to you, check out our Icelandic Summer Light photo tour in 2014!

For more information, see the main announcement posted at my blog. If you have any questions, please contact either Tim or myself for more information. We'd be happy to tell you more about travel, accommodations, logistics, what gear to bring, or registration details.

We hope to see you in Iceland next summer!

January 18, 2013: Exhibit of New Arizona & Alberta Work  

Quick link to full exhibit info:
Arizona & Alberta: People & Places: February 1 - March 8, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, at multiple venues



More exciting exhibit news! I’m pleased to announce that Peter Carroll and I will have an exhibit of photography from the recent international photography exchange project we did in conjunction with Arizona team mates Ken Ross and Colleen Miniuk-Sperry. The event will run in Calgary February 1 - 28 across multiple branches of the Calgary Public Library, as well as February 21 - March 8 at St. Mary's University College. In addition to the photography displays, there are various presentations and receptions where visitors can meet the photographers behind the project.

For more information, see my blog post. If you're in the Calgary area over the coming weeks, I hope you can make it to one or more of these events!

December 15, 2012: Exhibit of New Arizona Work  

Quick link to full exhibit info:
Arizona! People & Places: January 4 - February 2, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta



In continued exhibit news, I’m pleased to announce that Peter Carroll and I will have a joint exhibit of our Arizona photography from the recent international photography exchange project we did. The event will run in Calgary at the Framed on Fifth art gallery & framing studio, from January 4 - February 2, 2013. Visitors can meet Pete and myself at an artist reception from 5:00 – 9:00 PM on the opening night, Friday, January 4.

For more information, see my blog post on this topic. If you're in the Calgary area next month, I hope you can make it out to our show!

October 28, 2012: 2013 Iceland Photo Tour Announced  



Event: Summer 2013 Photo Tour, Icelandic Summer Light
Co-leaders: Markéta Kalvachová and Royce Howland
Dates: July 15 – 24, 2013
Highlights: 10 days / 9 nights in Western & Southern Iceland, with Landmannalaugar
Departure & arrival: Keflavik airport, Iceland
Hours of daylight: ~20!
Travel on location: Minibus
Group size: 8 minimum, 10 maximum
Fee: $4395 USD per person double occupancy room ($530 USD supplement for single occupant room); includes transportation, accommodation & meals in Iceland; not including international flights or optional side tours
More info: See the tour schedule (PDF), and the Icelandic Summer Light tour page at Markéta’s web site
To register or for questions, contact: Royce Howland (royce at vividaspect dot com) or Markéta Kalvachová (kalimarky at yahoo dot com)

2013 will bring an exciting new event! I'm pleased to announce a new Summer 2013 photo tour -- Icelandic Summer Light. In July of 2013, I'll be partnering with Iceland-based Markéta Kalvachová to co-lead this tour. For 10 days, she and I will lead a small group of photographers to amazing locations across Western & Southern Iceland. My trip to Iceland in June of 2012 was incredible, and in 2013 the experience should be no less amazing. If long summer days in a breath-taking land with a group of like-minded folks sounds good to you, check out our Icelandic Summer Light photo tour in 2013!

For more information, see the main announcement posted at my blog. Or see the tour page at Markéta's site. If you have any questions, please contact us via email: royce at vividaspect dot com or kalimarky at yahoo dot com. We'd be happy to tell you more about travel, accommodations, logistics, what gear to bring, or registration details.

We hope to hear from you!

October 25, 2012: Arizona / Alberta Exhibit  

Quick links to event pages:
Stories Instead of Snaps Presentation: Oct. 27, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ
Arizona / Alberta Photography Exchange 2012 Exhibit: Oct. 30 – Nov. 10, 2012 in Gilbert, AZ



I've announced it elsewhere, but wanted to add the news here as well. I’m very pleased to announce the launch exhibit for the first ever Arizona / Alberta TEOE international photography exchange! The exhibit will be held from October 30 – November 10, 2012 at the Art Intersection Gallery in Gilbert, Arizona. An artist reception will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, November 7, where exhibit visitors can meet me and the other 3 photographers behind the project.

Also, this weekend on the 27th, my 3 project team mates will be presenting a photo talk in Phoenix, Arizona -- "Travel Photography: Stories Instead of Snaps".

For more information, see my blog post on this topic. If you're in the Phoenix area any time during the next couple of weeks, I hope you can make it out to one or both of these events!

September 25, 2012: Catching Up On News  

This has been a very busy year! Although gallery updates can always be found here, I've not updated this site's news posts that frequently. Current info about what I'm up to can always be found at my blog. Here are some recently completed projects that I've posted about on the blog.



Assisted this year by Daniel Wheeler and Alan Ernst of Aurum Lodge, I just finished running my Fall 2012 Photo Tour. We had a full group this time out, and enjoyed unseasonably warm weather. I thought it might mean we'd miss the major fall color, but fortunately the aspen started to turn quickly. The group experienced fantastic locations including back-to-back days at Lake O'Hara, points around the Lake Louise area, and several of my favorite spots in David Thompson Country. This included some great cloud conditions, and one of the best mountain sunsets any of us have seen in years. See my blog post Fall 2012 Photo Tour in the Canadian Rockies for more information about the tour, including links to images from participants coming soon.



In June & July, I completed the field photography part of a collaborative project with photographers Peter Carroll, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry and Ken Ross. Working with this team on an international photography exchange for the Phoenix-based group Through Each Others Eyes was an incredible experience. For more, see my blog post Whirlwind Tour. Public print exhibits of the resulting work are coming soon, stay tuned for details!



At the end of May and well into June, I was occupied on an 18 day trip to Iceland with my wife and a fun group of other folks, mostly photographers. The group was organized by Samantha Chrysanthou & Darwin Wiggett, while Tim Vollmer built out the itinerary and very ably shepherded us around the island of fire & ice. Iceland -- what can I say? This destination has been on my travel & photography "must do" list for years, and when I finally got there I realized it was even more impressive than I had imagined. My own images from this trip are still waiting to be looked at & developed, since I've been busy with photo tours and the TEOE project. However if you'd like to see some examples of what the rest of the traveling group came up with, be sure to check out the free Oopoomoo photo e-book pictured above. You can also have a look at my blog posts Iceland 2012 Photo Results From the Group and More Iceland 2012 Results From the Group. I must get back to Iceland...

Spring 2012 Photo Tour In the Canadian Rockies

Earlier in May I had another good group out in the field for my Spring 2012 Photo Tour. We were again based at Aurum Lodge, where Madeleine & Alan Ernst have created a virtually perfect base of operations for photography in the front ranges of the Rockies, extending to the world-famous Icefields Parkway. The group had a great time photographing scenic & natural subjects at springtime, and for a change we also threw in a special all-day access to the intriguing Brazeau Collieries abandoned mine site in nearby Nordegg. All in all it was a productive experience, and we all learned a lot while experiencing many great opportunities for photography. See my blog post Spring 2012 Photo Tour in the Canadian Rockies for more, including links to participant photos.



The final big project I'll call out was the excellent month I spent exploring around the northern Alberta town of Peace River, hosted by colleague Daniel Wheeler. What a cool experience that was! I've never spent any time north of Edmonton, with or without a camera, and it was great to finally begin experiencing a different side of Alberta. I met some great folks, had a couple of well-received photo presentations, and took a lot of photographs... but even after a month, I was only scratching the surface. Read more at my blog, including Aaahhrr, matey! Things be a-buzz in Peace Country.

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Well, those were the big ones, but filling in the cracks there were a whole bunch of other things as well. Suffice it to say I've got a pretty large backlog of photography to come to grips with over the coming winter months! Starting in October, look for new material hitting my online galleries...

September 19, 2011: Workshop Spaces  

Openings are available in all of my currently scheduled photo tours and workshops. See the listings on the workshops page here or at my blog.



All events are running at Aurum Lodge in beautiful David Thompson Country, providing fantastic access to photogenic areas of the Canadian Rockies. Events this year still with spaces open include the Fall Photo Tour (happening at the end of this month) and the Light Matters Masterclass: Creative Expression workshop coming up in November, which I'm co-leading with Samantha Chrysanthou and Darwin Wiggett.

We're also taking advanced bookings for the Spring and Fall Photo Tours in 2012. See the event package descriptions at the Aurum Lodge site.

If you would enjoy an intensive photo experience with a blend of experienced instruction, fantastic field locations, a great home base lodge and like-minded participants, our events are your ticket!