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Absolute Best of the Canadian Rockies

Join Paul Zizka and yours truly, Christoph Fischer, on a photographic trip of a lifetime to the breath taking mountain majesty of the Canadian Rockies. Helicopter in to the spectacular, unspoilt wilderness of Assiniboine, Canada’s Matterhorn, capture the night sky over snow capped mountain peaks, and their reflections in pristine turquoise waters, photograph rushing rivers, towering waterfalls and wildflower covered alpine meadows with some of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges as a backdrop. This is a trip and learning experience you are sure not to forget!

Where:          Canadian Rockies, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada

When:            July 12-19, 2014 (7 days)

Costs:             $2150 ($750 Deposit)

Class Size:      12

Instructors:    Paul Zizka and Christoph Fischer

Your Destination: 

A land that needs little introduction, the Canadian Rockies are a landscape photographer's dream. The opportunities for photography are endless, from still, turquoise colored lakes, rushing rivers, towering waterfalls, deep canyons and wildflower filled meadows, to soaring, snow capped mountain peaks and beautiful night skies. As if the Rockies themselves were not spectacular enough, we have hand picked for you one of the most breathtaking backcountry locations the Rockies have to offer. Join us on a helicopter ride - during which you have the opportunity to gaze in awe at the jagged, never ending mountain ranges - into the backcountry of British Columbia's pristine, wild and utterly beautiful Assiniboine Provincial Park.


We meet Saturday July 12th at 16:00 at the Juniper, our hotel in Banff, where we have the opportunity to meet and get to know one another. Paul and I will give you an overview of the activities for the following days and answer any questions you may have. This will be followed by a presentation, dinner and our first sunset shoot! After our sunrise shoot and breakfast the following day, we are off to catch our helicopter ride


into the pristine, breathtakingly beautiful mountain wilderness of British Columbia's Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. We will camp at Lake Magog over which towers by 1,525 m Mt. Assiniboine, the "Matterhorn" of North America. In the mornings you have the opportunity to capture the alpenglow on beautifully shaped Mt. Assinboine, reflected in the still waters of surrounding lakes. During the following 2 full days, we will hike and explore the snow capped mountains and wildflower filled valleys of what surely must be one of the crown jewels of the Canadian Rockies. For our sunset shoots we will embark on longer hikes along mountain ridges, capturing the last light of day on some of the most awe inspiring scenery this planet has to offer. This will also be our first opportunity for night photography, and if we are lucky, we may even glimpse and capture the aurora! We will return to our campsites in the dark, with the stars and the camaraderie of our group keeping us company along the way. On Wednesday we say farewell to Assiniboine as we catch our helicopter ride back. During the three days that follow we will be exploring the pristine turquoise colored lakes, towering waterfalls, rushing rivers and canyons, and, of course, majestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies. Since we want you to get the best photographs in the best possible light, the locations we visit are not fixed and Paul and I will choose those which promise the best light, given the current weather conditions. Paul lives in the Canadian Rockies and knows this area like the back of his hand! That being said, some of the locations we will make a special effort to cover include Peyto Lake, Moraine Lake, Castle Mountain and the Vermillion Lakes. As part of your learning experience, our itinerary on most days will include presentations by Paul and myself which will help you to reach a new level in your ability to capture the incredible beauty that surrounds you.

Your Learning Experience: 

Paul and I will give several presentations and tutorials which will empower you to develop and express your artistic vision, as well as improve your photographic technique and postprocessing skills. Some of the technical topics to be covered include: 

• Shooting in RAW.
• Understanding your exposure histogram and exposure bracketing.
• Focus, Depth of Field (including focal blending) and sharpness.
• Night photography, especially techniques to minimize noise and achieve full Depth of Field.
• Effective postprocessing skills, including exposure, focal and color temperature blending.

Fitness Level:

There will be some moderate to more strenuous hiking involved in the backcountry of Assiniboine Provincial Park. Some of the hikes will involve elevation gains of 365 m (1200 feet) or more, involve rocky terrain, and will take 4.5 hours or longer. We will also be spending some of our time hiking in the dark (before/after sunrise/sunset). A moderate to high level of fitness and some hiking experience thus is required. Each participant must complete and sign a standard liability waiver and medical form before participating in this workshop.

Your payment includes:

• Tuition. 
• Double occupancy lodging for 4 nights at the Juniper Hotel, 3 nights camping in Assiniboine Provincial Park. 
• Return helicopter flight to Assiniboine.  

Your payment does not include:

• Flights/transportation to our hotel in Banff. 
• Gas and costs of renting a van for the group, if necessary.
• Food and Drinks. Our hotel offers a group rate $25-30 three course dinner menu, and group discounts on breakfast and lunch.  

What to bring:

• Digital SLR Camera.
• Memory cards and batteries.
• A quality, stable tripod - your tripod legs should not be fused to the center column. 
• A solid tripod head which allows for easy adjustment of your camera's position. 
• A set of lenses, especially wide-angle, but also telephoto. 
• Polarizer. 
• A laptop with installed Photoshop, or other editing software, for our processing sessions. 
• Head lamp with red light for walking at dawn and dusk/night.
• Clothing, hiking gear and camping equipment: A detailed list will be supplied upon registration. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow what a trip! Due to scheduling I am unable to attend but wish everyone a great trip :)

    July 6, 2014

  • Jessica Z.

    Christopher! This sounds like the best photography trip ever, I just need to make some numbers and check my wallet... When is the deadline for the deposit?

    March 10, 2014

  • Thea K

    Omg! I see pictures not previously up here.. I'm blown away.. Swoosh

    January 19, 2014

  • Howard

    I spent a winter week camped at the base of Assiniboine during Christmas a while ago. If you are seeking "spectacular", there are not a lot of places that outdo this one. You can definitely look forward to an amazing trip.

    2 · December 1, 2013

    • Thea K

      Thanks for the description Howard.. (Insert drool here). ;-)

      2 · December 3, 2013

    • Martha C.

      Who let Howard in here?

      1 · January 11, 2014

  • Christoph F.

    Hi everyone,

    Just to let you know, the number of guests I am bringing are those people who have signed up outside of this group. My number of "guests" will change over time and will give you an idea of how many spots are left. Kind regards, Christoph

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • André L.

    Hi Christoph,
    I really wanted to go to this workshop with you. I’ve got the workshop Frozen Waters with you in February and I’ve also paid for a work shop with Joseph Rossbach for West Virginia Fall Colors Photo tour in October 2014 and to try and get in the Rockies trip was just a little too much for this year. I asked Nicole if she wanted to come she would have been interested but we have a 12 yrs. old dog ( Snooky ) and we simply can’t leave him with anyone because of his age and his not doing too well right now and that complicates matters for us.
    Anyway I’m looking forward to working with you in February. Namibia would be definitely be something I would like to plan for 2015.
    This Rockies workshop sounds wonderful and I know I’m going to be missing a very special trip and I’m very sorry I can’t make it.

    To pay my fee’s for the Frozen Waters workshop can I send you a cheque by mail if not I would prefer PayPal and don’t mind paying the extra fees for that.

    1 · December 5, 2013

    • Christoph F.

      Hello André, No need to explain or apologize! Thank you very much for your interest and your kind words. Sorry to hear about your dog! I look forward to meeting you at the winter workshop! Kind regards, Christoph

      1 · December 6, 2013

  • André L.

    I hate flying!! I know that would be the best and fastest way to get there but I would consider driving with two or three drivers it would take less than three days to get there. Anyway I'll fly if I have to but if anyone would like to discuss the possibility let me know.

    1 · December 3, 2013

    • Christoph F.

      Oh dear, André. I do hope that you find somebody to go on a ride with you. I am sure it would be fun! Alternatively, don't forget that flying is safer than driving a car :)

      1 · December 3, 2013

    • André L.

      I like both feet on the ground! I've done this trip several times by car its wonderful and having lived in Alberta for 25yrs with no less then atleast 50 camping in the Rockies it's a trip I would love to do by car.

      1 · December 5, 2013

  • André L.

    This trip sounds absolutly out of this world! I'm going to hit the gym to strenghten my weak knee for the 4.5 hr hike!

    1 · December 2, 2013

    • Thea K

      Ha! Ha! Made me laugh... You go strengthen that knee, but I'm sure we won't leave you behind... One must be open to alternatives!! And adapt to changes.. In short.: I can't guarantee my speed on them hills but will prepare for the challenge!! I consider myself to be at the intermediate level of fitness .. I can walk for all those hours but hiking ?... I'll have to practise on a few local hikes. (That wasn't short after all). :-p

      2 · December 3, 2013

    • Christoph F.

      It is great to see how both of you are excited about this trip! Training a little for this trip would always be helpful. The hiking won't be too strenuous, but it certainly would help to be in shape. Thea, if you walk a lot anyways, then that puts you at distinct advantage - hiking is not that different at all. Besides that, you have all those cold, dark winter days you can spend in the gym :).

      1 · December 3, 2013

  • Amir H

    Amazing.... I love this one...

    1 · December 2, 2013

    • Christoph F.

      All you have to do is sign up, Amir! :)

      1 · December 2, 2013

  • Thea K

    An amazing journey to look forward to!! Sounds like heaven :-)

    2 · December 1, 2013

    • Christoph F.

      Yes, it will be really great Thea! Thank you for your interest and it will be great to have you onboard!

      1 · December 2, 2013

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Additional notes: Your deposit will be refunded only if I am able to fill your spot. Full payment is due May 1st, 2014 and will be refunded only if I can fill your spot. I will do my best to accommodate any difficult circumstances you may find yourself in.

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