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Abandoned Alberta (Saskatchewan!) - Summer Solstice 2017 - Photography Workshop

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Friday, 16 June 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, 18 June 2017 at 3:00 PM (CST)

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Abandoned Alberta (Saskatchewan!) - Summer Solstice 2017 - Photography Workshop with Scott Dimond and Robert Scott

ROAD TRIP! This year Abandoned Alberta Photographic Workshops crosses the border into Saskatchewan!

Come join two of Alberta & Saskatchewan’s most dedicated and passionate abandoned landscape photographers for a weekend of fun, learning, experimenting, collaborating and adventuring as we explore the unique world of photographing abandoned buildings. Scott & Robert have collectively spent countless hours driving the back roads of Alberta and Saskatchewan looking for abandoned locations. They have now selected an area of Saskatchewan that has a high concentration of truly unique abandoned homesteads and invite you to spend a weekend photographing them. Over this 3-day workshop, Scott & Robert will explain various techniques and guide participants in using those techniques at some of the best and most out of the way abandoned homestead locations imaginable.

This special Summer Solstice workshop provides a unique opportunity for you to maximize your time spent shooting in the best possible light (sunrise/sunset).  The weekend coincides with the lead-up to the longest day of the year (June 20th). Sunset each day will be around 9:30pm and will provide excellent light from about 8:30pm to 10:30pm. Sunrise each day will be at 5:00am and provide excellent light from about 4:00am to 6:00am. Become a night owl and join us for this unique experience.

Afternoon June 16 – Classroom (Friday, 1pm-4pm):  Scott & Robert will start the fun-filled weekend with a slideshow showcasing their Abandoned Alberta work followed by a presentation on various gear, exposure concepts and techniques for effective sunrise/sunset, light painting photography. How to shoot for Exposure Blending or HDR will also be discussed.

Evening June 16 – Abandoned Sunset #1 (Friday, 5pm-11pm): The group will spend several hours of in-the-field photography at several pre-scouted abandoned locations where participants can put into practice the concepts discussed in the classroom. Later in the evening, participants can experiment with techniques including focus stacking and light painting.

Morning June 17 – Abandoned Sunrise #1 (Saturday, 3am-8am): Scott & Robert will continue our light-chasing marathon by taking participants to a location specifically selected for its suitability for sunrise photography. After sunrise, we may visit other locations while we make our way back to town. Participants will then be encouraged to have some breakfast and get some sleep.

Afternoon June 17 – Classroom (Saturday, 2pm-4pm):  After everyone has got some sleep and gone out for a bite of lunch, the group will meet up for further presentations and an optional image critique session. Scott & Robert will continue the education portion of the workshop as they present advanced techniques including the use of flash and shooting with specific post-production concepts in mind. Participants can optionally provide images from the previous sessions to be displayed and critiqued. Participants should then grab some dinner in preparation for the evening activities.

Evening June 17 – Abandoned Sunset #2 (Saturday, 5pm-11pm): The group will spend a second night in-the-field photographing several pre-scouted abandoned locations.

Morning June 18 – Abandoned Sunrise #2 (Sunday, 3am-8am): Scott & Robert will lead our sleep-deprived group to another location selected specifically for sunrise. After sunrise, we may visit other locations while we make our way back to town. Participants will then be encouraged to have some breakfast, get some sleep and then, depending on their arrangements, check out of their rooms.

Afternoon June 18 – Post Production (Sunday 1pm-3pm):  After lunch, the group will meet for a presentation by Scott & Robert on how they each approach post-production. The selection, adjustments and conversion of images using Lightroom will be shown along with various Photoshop tips & techniques. The methods used for Exposure Blending or HDR processing will also be shown. This will be followed by a Q&A session before the workshop comes to an end.

Here's some more of the finer details:

Dates:   June 16, 17 & 18, 2017

Location:  Shaunavon, Saskatchewan (a 2 hour drive East from Medicine Hat, AB or a 3.5 hour drive West from Regina, SK)

Workshop Cost: $895 workshop fee + eventbrite fee + GST. Not included is travel to and from Shaunavon, hotel, meals, etc.

Maxiumum Participants: 12 (ratio: 6 participants per instructor)

Accommodations:  The workshop will be run out of the Canalta Hotel Shaunavon. Hotel rooms can be hard to find in this small town in June so we have pre-booked several rooms. Once you have secured a weekend pass, we will provide you with details for hotel room booking.  

Location Transportation: Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to shooting locations around Shaunavon but car-pooling will be strongly encouraged to reduce the number of vehicles involved. Take note that almost all of the shooting locations are located on gravel roads.

Equipment:  A DSLR or MILC camera, remote release and a very sturdy tripod are highly recommended.

Required skill set: The workshop is open to photographers of all levels. Attendees should at least have a basic understanding of camera controls and exposure to gain the most from this workshop. Our goal is to help photographers take their photos to the next level in terms of composition and techniques for capture & post processing and not teach basic camera operation.

Confirmation: Passes must be fully paid to be considered held.

Cancellation policy:  Passes are non-refundable but are transferrable (i.e. if the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable).

About Robert Scott:

Robert Scott is a professional landscape photographer based in Calgary, Alberta.

"I fell into photography by accident while exploring abandoned buildings along the secondary highways of southern Alberta.  Since then, I've been learning everything I can about photography.  I love what I do as it allows me to explore exciting new locations and connect with unique people.  Photography has opened up a world of creativity and exploration.  I have been fortunate enough to capture the beauty of Iceland, the deserts of Death Valley and the culture of Africa.  As a martial arts instructor of over 20 years, I've now been able to converge my passion for instruction into photography workshops and seminars."


About Scott Dimond

Scott Dimond is a photographer and lecturer based in Calgary, Alberta. 

Scott is admittedly obsessive at times (his wife would tell you it’s all the time) when it comes to capturing photos. He has been known to go to extreme lengths to create an image that is stuck in his mind. Sometimes that means engaging in a lot of research and planning, or driving for 7 hours back to a location just to take one photo, or doing things like sleeping in the backcountry at -30 C. Sometimes it just means putting up with the strange looks from bystanders.

Scott's portfolio contains a number of large panoramic images and in 2015, Scott was named 2015 Panoramic Photographer of the Year, an award he is particularly proud of.


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