Majestic Lakes and Mountain Landscapes
Mount Assiniboine is a stunningly beautiful, exquisitely rustic setting that is accessible by foot or helicopter only. The scenic helicopter ride in is the perfect entry to our time at this exclusive location.
We’ll photograph majestic mountain peaks in the sweet light, the brilliant colors of the larch trees, and capture their reflections in the crystal clear lakes. We’ll shoot sunrise, sunset, and all day long. And after dinner, with clear skies, we’ll capture the beauty of Assiniboine in moonlight, and under the stars. We’ll be working with you on the art of seeing, better compositions, shooting panoramas, HDR, and even long exposures for silky-smooth water and dramatic skies.
When we come down from Mount Assiniboine, we’ll photograph the lakes, mountains, streams, and wildlife in the heart of Kananaskis country. Here we’ll have image reviews and critiques, furthering our composition and image-processing skills.
Everything’s all-inclusive: meals, transportation, double occupancy lodging (single available, excluding the Assiniboine Lodge), and photographic instruction and guiding from two pros.
We have a life-long love affair with the Rockies. In their book, “The Rockies,” Marc and David Muench put it best:
“Enter into the wild and energetic landscape that is the Rocky Mountains, the most emphatic geology in North America. It is the center image of our continent—elevated to its full height. One is brought to a keen sense of the original and pristine earth, and nothing is as exhilarating as standing on or in front of its peaks at dawn or evening and witnessing the world’s slow, but persistent spinning in the universe.”
This exclusive workshop is not offered anywhere else, and it sells out year after year. Join us for the experience of a lifetime.
September 22–29, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
September 22, 2020: Fly into Calgary by midday. You will then take our shuttle service (90 minutes) from Calgary Airport to Canmore, arriving at Blackstone Lodge this afternoon. The workshop will commence with a group dinner and an orientation session.
September 23, 2020: After breakfast, we’ll make our way to the helicopter pad outside of Canmore. Our flight is scheduled to depart at approximately 12:30 PM, and 15 minutes later, we’ll arrive at Assiniboine Lodge. Take a moment to read the history of the lodge here.
September 24–26, 2020: Sunrise to sunset photography in the vicinity of Assiniboine Lodge. There will be plenty of opportunities for day hikes if you like. At night, with clear skies, we’ll shoot the moonlit Mt. Assiniboine and with lots of luck, the aurora borealis! We’ll also hold image review sessions as time allows, and we’ll teach some of our post-processing tips and techniques.
September 27, 2020: After breakfast, we’ll depart Assiniboine Lodge by helicopter, and make our way out to the day’s shooting location. We have numerous spots planned but we’ll keep the itinerary flexible so we can take local conditions into consideration. We will also make time for more image reviews, critiques, and post-processing. Overnight tonight at Kananaskis Lodge in the heart of Kananaskis Provincial Park.
September 28, 2020: Sunrise through sunset shoots at location TBD based on local conditions.
September 29, 2020: After a morning shoot and breakfast, the workshop concludes and we will drive you to the Calgary airport. Flights home can be scheduled for anytime after 1:00 PM today.
Note on Assiniboine Lodge: All lodging here is on a shared basis, with two to a cabin. All of the accommodations have shared shower and bathroom facilities that are nearby, but not within, the cabins.
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (possible singles available)
All meals and transportation during the workshop
Gratuities for lodge staff
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews, critiques, post-processing instruction
Inspiration, fun, and a great time
What’s Not Included?
This workshop is a perennial sell-out. If you want to photograph and experience some of the most beautiful mountain scenery on the planet, click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we'll see you in Canada!