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Winter Magic Photography Tour

Text copyright Darwin Wiggett. Photos copyright respective photographers. All rights reserved.

In mid February, eight photographers from three countries got together to tour the Kootenay Plains and parts of Banff National Park in Alberta, looking for winter subjects. Blessed with good weather and raring to go, the group was up and out from dawn to dusk to take advantage of the ever changing lighting and weather patterns.

Participants included everyone from amateurs to professionals, using equipment from compact and digital 35mm cameras, to medium and large format film cameras. What everyone had in common was a love of nature and a willingness to suffer numb fingers and toes in pursuit of the perfect winter photo. Below is a small selection of the images made by the group over three days.

The one lesson that is constantly reinforced whenever I am part of a photo tour is just how different everyone sees the world around them. Even when folks are inches apart, set up on the same scene, the results are dramatically variable. At many of the stops while some people tried to capture grand vistas, others were lost in the intricacies of intimate scenes or macro photography.

It was inspiring and instructional to look through the viewfinders of participantís camera and to see the portfolios they brought with them to share with the group. For example, although I was very familiar with the work of Eric Fredine and Adam Gibbs from the galleries here at NPN, seeing their fine-art, large format prints Ďlive, in-personí was amazing. The details, the textures, the quality of their prints were astounding! JPEGS on the web just donít cut it after seeing the Ďrealí thing up close.

And the information and camaraderie shared in a group situation can not be beat. After the tour I was still fired up and the creative juices were flowing. For anyone who thinks that good nature photography is best done as an isolated, personal endeavor, I suggest giving a photo tour, or teaming up with other NPN shooters a try. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results.

For more information about our winter photo tour or to sign up for the fall colours photo tour in the Canadian Rockies, please visit these links: www.aurumlodge.com/english/updates and www.aurumlodge.com/english/packages.

Editorís Note - Thumbnails are links to larger images, presented in slide show format.


Photo © Adam Gibbs


Photo © Adam Gibbs


Photo © Alan Ernst


Photo © Alan Ernst


Photo © Darwin Wiggett


Photo © Darwin Wiggett


Photo © Eric Fredine


Photo © Erice Fredine


Photo © Martin Quinn


Photo © Martin Quinn


Photo © Frank O'Donnell


Photo © Frank O'Donnell

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About the author...

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Darwin Wiggett and his wife Anita Dammer are the proprietors of Natural Moments Photography. Anita has 17 years experience as staff photographer for the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and is currently the editor-in-chief of Photo Life magazine. Darwin has been shooting stock since 1990, and has two books published by Whitecap in Vancouver; Darwin Wiggett Photographs Canada and Seasons in the Rockies. Darwin's newest book, How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies will hit the shelves in the spring of 2005. Together they specialize in landscape, nature, animal, humor and kid photography and are represented by various stock agencies worldwide. Their primary stock agent is First Light in Toronto, Canada. You can view more of Darwin's work at www.darwinwiggett.com and on his online portfolio.

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