Several years ago, my dad gave me a subscription to Popular Photography magazine. This is where I first saw the advertisement for Mentor Series. Mentor Series offers photographers of all skill levels the opportunity to shoot with professional photographers at various domestic and international locations. This has always appealed to me as a fantastic vacation option, since I do nothing but take photos every minute of every vacation.
For years I would visit the Mentor Series website, drool and dream, and weigh the locations against my bank account. Although, I could go anywhere, no destination quite tipped the scales enough until Banff, Alberta, Canada was advertised. I just had to go! The Canadian Rockies...Alberta, Canada in FEBRUARY....not just "YEA", but "HELL YEA!!".
It was meant to be : )
The mentors for the Banff trip were Layne Kennedy and Daniel J. Cox (and they were both quite fabulous!). Basically, the trip consists of being carted around from dawn to dusk (and sometimes earlier and sometimes later) by bus to various breathtaking locations where everyone shoots to their heart's content. In the evening, you process the day's photographs, pick and edit the top five, then attend the group critique where everyone gets their top five photos of the day critiqued.
The morning after the first critique, I sat on the bus reading my camera's manual...
I was completely intimidated...completely...
Oh well...that was whole point anyway...to learn and that's what I did. The first two days were clear and beautiful. The last two days were overcast and cloudy. Not so surprising to me, but it may be to some of you, two of my favorite photographs from that trip were taken during those last two days. I also learned far more about photography with the challenges of shooting in less than optimal weather conditions.
Frozen Lake was taken one of those days.
It was afternoon when we piled out of the buses to yet another scenic location. Several people were already crawling over the dock taking photos. Layne was saying that the view from the dock would make a great photo in black and white. Hmm...but I don't like people in my photos. In fact, I hate it (I know...people hater...shame on me ; ) So I headed to the reeds along the water's edge. I was there awhile. I was the last one to head back to the bus...me...lose track of time...never...haha! No big deal...I was told to take my time. With everyone else back on the bus, the dock was clear...I paused a few moments to capture this view.
And don't you know, that Layne guy was right!
What do you think?