Vivid Aspect Photography tours, workshops & events  

As a photographer based in Calgary, Alberta, I'm fortunate to experience world-class locations with incredible photography opportunities all year round. Majestic mountains, fall colors, crystal lakes, spring wildflowers, mountain rivers, badlands, big sky prairies, wildlife -- you name it, Alberta has it. If you're looking for a cracking good photo destination, look no further!

Sometimes, though, a change of venue is just the ticket. I'm always on the lookout for opportunities to share exciting international locations with a small group. In the past, I've been involved in photo events from the US Southwest to Iceland, and pursued my own photo expeditions in locations such as the UK and Crete. So many wonderful places, so little time!

Time... there's the rub! Amazing landscapes can be a fun and creative challenge to explore at leisure. But sometimes finding ideal locations at the right time can be daunting. Guiding small-group events, I apply my expertise as a photographer plus my knowledge of locations across the seasons to help each participant concentrate on having fun and building a satisfying portfolio of images. For those looking to improve their photography, I also cover important hands-on topics on how to work with subject, composition and light plus techniques for shooting and processing. When I partner with other photographer / tour leaders, I chose to work with people who share the same approach plus have the ability to add unique skills and experience to my own.

For more details on my tours, workshops and events, please visit the Vivid Aspect Tours, Workshops & Events page at my blog or check the news section here on this site for periodic updates. Also, feel free to contact me directly for information about these or other events.

Many of my Alberta-based events are based at the award-winning Aurum Lodge, offering a unique and highly suitable base of operations for photographing the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies in beautiful David Thompson Country.

Currently scheduled events are listed below.

Winter 2014-5 Monochrome Masterclass, January 15 – 19, 2015  

Winter 2014-5 Monochrome Masterclass Digital Capture, Develop & PrintReference link: Winter 2014-5 Monochrome Masterclass -- Digital Capture, Develop & Print.

Are you a photographer looking to improve your work in black-and-white, with an emphasis on printing? Do you identify with ideas like these?

* A photograph that has not been shared or at least printed is almost an unexistent photograph, is almost an untaken picture. ~Sergio Garibay
* To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul. ~Andri Cauldwell

If so, join me and my colleagues, photographer Olivier Du Tré and master printer Costas Costoulas. Together, we will co-lead a small group of enthusiastic photographers on a masterclass in David Thompson Country. We'll be based at Aurum Lodge, for an intensive several days learning and improving techniques for capture, development and printing great B&W photographs.

Join us in January of 2015! Now open for registration. For more information, see the tour description page at the Vivid Aspect Photography blog.


Winter 2014-5 Canadian Rockies Photography Tour, January 24 – 28, 2015  

Winter 2014-5 Photography Tour In the Canadian RockiesReference link: Winter 2014-5 Photography Tour in the Canadian Rockies.

Winter in the Canadian Rockies is a special time of year. The mountain light combines with still air, snow and ice to reveal the land in a way that's unique among the seasons. 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. It promises to be a fun and productive time! If you would like to explore a fantastic winter in the front ranges of David Thompson Country and along the Icefields Parkway, bring your camera and your winter kit to join us! Spaces are currently available for this small group tour.

For more information, see the reference link above. You can also look at information about past tours including reports and some participant images; see the information posted on my blog site.

Also see my Alberta Winter Landscapes photo gallery here on this site. Many of these photographs were taken in the areas we will work with the tour group.