Enchantment in the Rockies:

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A landscape photography retreat for women

November 6-10, 2019

Facilitated by: Gina Yeo and Kristen Ryan

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The Canadian Rocky Mountains are undoubtedly one of the most awe inspiring and impressive mountain ranges in the world. November is a peaceful time in the Canadian Rockies. The change from fall into winter occurs early in the Rockies and is evident in November. A cool crispness in the air, soft dustings of snow and undisturbed natural elements are all nestled below grande and rugged mountain peaks. The tranquil but impressive mood is plentiful during this season from the jaw dropping sunrises and the captivating sunsets to the magical star filled night skies and everything in between.  

Enchantment in the Rockies is a four day landscape photography retreat created by women for women. During this retreat you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your landscape photography techniques while immersed in a variety of natural settings. We will chase the light and experience many unique learning environments. We are certain that you will leave this retreat with knowledge, experience and landscape images that are bound to captivate your soul. 

Dates: Wednesday, November 6 through Sunday, November 10, 2019. The retreat formally begins Wednesday, November 6 at 3:15pm in time to gather for sunset. Retreat ends Sunday, November 10, after sunrise, at 9:00am.

Location: Canadian Rocky Mountains (Banff National Park and Yoho National Park)

Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada

Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada

What you will learn:

Basics of landscape photography: Choosing your subject, composition, assessing and using available light, creative landscape photography choices, vision and more will all be discussed in field. 

Landscape techniques: Choosing manual settings, white balance, focus during all types of light including at night, creative settings for slow shutter speeds, focus stacking, exposure compensation, bracketing and other techniques. 

Post Processing: We will be prioritizing on location photography. In order to make the most of our time formal post processing discussion will likely not be held during the four day retreat however follow up post processing videos and discussion will be held at dates and times to be determined following the in person retreat.

Itinerary: The itinerary will remain flexible in order to take advantage of the best light and meet the needs of the group.  Locations may include but are not limited to Vermilion Lakes, Banff, Two Jack Lake, Banff, Lake Minnewanka, Banff, Castle Mountain, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park and Bow Lake, Banff National Park. 

Prerequisites: Previous landscape photography knowledge is not required. We welcome all levels of experience. We do suggest you have some comfort with shooting in manual settings on your camera however we’ll gladly support you if you need help along the way.

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

What is included: 

  • All business and retreat permits required to operate within Banff and Yoho National Parks. 

  • All on location photography instruction throughout the duration of the retreat. 

  • Four nights accommodation at The Moose Hotel & Suites an elegant 4 star resort in the heart of downtown Banff. 

  • All transportation during the four day retreat to and from locations.  

  • Digital information package to be sent, one month prior to the retreat. This package will guide you through your preparation process and will offer discounts and bonuses so you can make the most out of this once in a lifetime experience.   

  • A Facebook group for introduction, collaboration and sharing prior to and following the retreat. Constructive critique on post processing will be offered for a period of two weeks following formal post processing discussion upon return from the in person retreat. 

  • Post processing discussion and question and answer opportunities.   

What is not included:

  • Airfare 

  • Transportation to and from Banff National Park. The closest airport to Banff is Calgary, Alberta, Canada, YYC. We are thrilled to have partnered with the Banff Airporter as your means of transportation to and from Banff.  

  • Meals, snacks and beverages

  • Personal expenses before and during the retreat 

  • Travel insurance 

Fee Schedule: 

  • Cost of the retreat is $2499 USD for double occupancy (queen bed). Single occupancy rooms are $2859 USD (queen bed). 

  • Required deposit at time of registration is $950 USD and is non-refundable. (Please see terms and conditions).

  • Balance is due by September 1, 2019.

Retreat Size:

  • There are a maximum of 12 participant spots for this retreat in order to allow for individual attention from the workshop facilitators. 

Registration Date:

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Ensure you are subscribed to Gina Yeo Photography and Kristen Ryan Photography in order to receive priority registration and important retreat news and updates. Priority registration will be given to subscribers and this retreat may be sold out before we can release spots to the general public. To avoid disappointment sign up below!

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Gear Recommendations: 

  • DSLR and/or mirrorless camera

  • Your choice of lenses. It’s highly recommended to pack a wide angle and telephoto, although a wide angle is the preferred choice.

  • Sturdy Tripod (Tripod spikes are suggested but not mandatory. Tripod spikes are useful in loose rock, gravel and in icy and snow conditions).    

  • Landscape photography filters (polarizer, neutral density) 

  • Remote timer 

  • Photographer’s backpack

  • Adequate layered clothing

*Further gear and trip preparation recommendations will be detailed and provided upon receipt of full payment balance.  

Special Activity Note:

The Canadian Rockies boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the world but we must be prepared for the elements and natural conditions. We strongly recommend you consider your physical capabilities prior to registering for this retreat. Some locations are a short and simple walk from where the vehicles will be parked however other locations will require walking, up to approximately several kms, on steep, uneven, wet and possibly snow and ice covered terrain. Some of the terrain has grade changes from flat to descending or inclining. We highly suggest that you are in good physical health and are able to carry your photography gear through these types of terrains. Your safety is our paramount concern and we will always consider the safety and well being of the group at all times but in order to make the most out of your trip we need you to consider your ability level. 

Participants should also be prepared for a vigorous schedule. Sunrise is at approximately 7:30am during the retreat and sunset will be at around 5:00pm. Twilight times occur prior to and after these times. There will also be night photography and possibly the chance to capture the magic of an aurora should we be so lucky for an event. Driving times to and from locations can be up to an hour one way. This means very early mornings and late nights.

Two Jack Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Two Jack Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Lake Minnewanka, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Lake Minnewanka, Banff, Alberta, Canada

We are incredibly delighted to be able to offer Enchantment in the Rockies! We look forward to meeting you and spending four incredible, once in a lifetime days, immersed in beautiful landscape, learning, creating and connecting.

Gina Yeo at Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park taken by Kristen Ryan

Gina Yeo at Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park taken by Kristen Ryan

Kristen Ryan at Castle Mountain, Banff National Park taken by Gina Yeo

Kristen Ryan at Castle Mountain, Banff National Park taken by Gina Yeo