$500 – $2,400

Blachford Lake Lodge Northern Lights Photography Retreat

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Air Tindi Float Base

23 Mitchell Drive

Yellowknife, NT X1A 2H5

Canada

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Join me for an exciting photography adventure, photographing the Northern Lights at a remote wilderness lodge in the Northwest Territories.

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One of the most incredible sights in our world is watching the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights, dancing in the night skies. Join me for this once in a lifetime experience as we spend 3 nights at a remote wilderness lodge far away from any city lights. We will also photograph the beautiful landscape surrounding the lodge, and enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, canoeing/kayaking, boating, handcrafts, all while enjoying award winning meals, relaxing in hot tubs and saunas, and around bonfires at the ultimate wilderness retreat with no one else around but staff and other guests.

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

With a wide open landscape and a dry climate, the Yellowknife area—sitting directly under the aurora oval—is scientifically considered to be one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis. September makes for the perfect time for viewing, as the lake still has open water, making for great reflections of the aurora, and mild temperatures at night. At this time of year close to the Autumn Equinox, aurora activity peaks due to the Russell-Mcpherron Effect, resulting in a great chance of seeing an epic show. We will also be entering a new moon phase, which means total darkness for viewing the lights.

Blachford Lake Lodge

Blachford Lake Lodge is approximately 100km East of Yellowknife, sitting on a rocky shore along Blachford Lake. It is so remote that it can only be accessed by a 25 minute float plane ride from Yellowknife, and is the perfect eco-friendly lodge to act as a backdrop to the Northern Lights. It is no wonder why the royal couple (Prince Williams and Catherine, the Dutchess of Cambridge) spent some time at the lodge during their 2011 Canadian tour. Lots of wildlife frequent the lodge, with the chance to see black bear, lynx, fox, pine marten, timber wolf, migratory and local birdlife, and much more during your visit.

Visit their website for more information: https://blachfordlakelodge.com.

Lodge Room vs Cabin

A lodge room will be located directly in the main lodge and will be much more convienient for partaking in activies, meals, etc. Most cabins are located 50-200 meters from the lodge but you have more privacy. The first 4 participants to sign up for this workshop will be upgraded to Main Lodge accomodation at no extra charge! (A savings of approximately $1000 off of the normal pricing!)

Do I need to be a photographer or own a camera to experience this?

Not at all. While I do recomend bringing a camera to create memories of your experience, you are more than welcome to sign up with no intention of taking advantage of the photography aspect. The northern lights are beautiful and you can enjoy them just as much without a camera. Please note - no discounted rates will given if you do not want to participate in the photography instruction aspect.

Workshop Information

Date: September 13-16, 2020

Cost: CAD $1950 plus Eventbrite fees. *Based on shared occupancy; Single participants will be grouped into same-gender cabins or main lodge rooms on a first-come, first-serve notice.

Single occupancy suplement add CAD $450.

Skill Level: All photography skill levels welcome! On site guidance and suggestions will be provided. I have been photographing the Aurora Borealis for nearly a decade, and will show you how to incorporate creative compositions, optimum camera settings, and help you leave with images you will be proud of.

What will we be Photographing?

The northern lights, landscapes around the lodge, cabins, tipi and fires, wildlife and plants.

Itinerary

*Itinerary subject to change without notice; Laptops are required for photo editing, and are not provided.

Saturday September 12

Group dinner/meet & greet at NWT Brewing company. Guests responsible for own dinner/drinks tab.

Sunday September 13

Arrive at the float plane base in Yellowknife for 9am. Your float plane ride to Blachford Lake Lodge will leave at 10am.

Upon arrival, a short lodge orientation will be led by staff.

Settle into our cabins/rooms, and meet back at the lodge for introductions.

Lunch

Afternoon photography orientation, slideshow, and gear check.

Leisure time

Dinner

Sunset photography session

Aurora photography session

Monday September 14

Breakfast

Photography review and editing session

Lunch

Leisure time

Dinner

Sunset photography session

Aurora photography session

Tuesday September 15

Breakfast

Photography review and editing session

Lunch

Leisure time

Dinner

Sunset photography session

Aurora photography session

Wednesday September 16

Breakfast

Pack up bags and check out of lodge

Leave for Yellowknife late morning

*You are welcome to photograph sunrise on your own during the morning, or rest up from the night before, depending on how long we photograph the aurora the night previously.

What to Bring:

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera with removable lenses
  • A variety of lenses, wide angle and telephoto (preferably 24mm or wider for full frame, 16mm or wider for crop cameras), fast lenses (f2.8 or faster is ideal for night photography)
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Extra memory cards
  • A sturdy tripod
  • A remote shutter trigger would be an asset
  • Warm/waterproof footwear
  • A set of Neutral Density filters would also be an asset
  • A good layer of clothes for unpredictable Autumn northern temperatures. September can see swings from -5C to 15C so it is best to layer and remove layers as the day warms up
  • Any special medication you require, or items of a personal nature
  • A laptop for editing photos with Adobe Creative Cloud pre-installed (I would recommend downloading a free trial version a week before the workshop if you are unsure if you will continue using this software after)
  • A positive mindset, eagerness to learn, and have fun!

What's Included

  • Float plane charter to/from Blachford Lake Lodge from Yellowknife
  • All meals at Blachford Lake Lodge freshly prepared by chefs on site (breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snacks)
  • Coffee, tea, water & juices are available all day
  • 3 Nights Accomodation in either the lodge or a cabin on site
  • Access to hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, boat tours during leisure time
  • Crafts - learn how to make traditional spruce salve, dreamcatchers, etc
  • Access to all lodge amenties; hot tub, library, lakefront sauna, yoga equipment, aurora viewing rooms and observation decks, fireplaces, traditional Dene Tipi, showers and washrooms, games and books to read, on site safety equipment such as bear spray, air horns, bug spray, and other equipment
  • Guided hikes, boat tours, and craft sessions by the lodge staff in your leisure time
  • Photography guidance by Mark Jinks throughout entire trip at Blachford Lake Lodge

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to and from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. (you must stay in Yellowknife at least one night (September 12th) before departing for Blachford to ensure you make the connecting float plane flight in the morning, you will need to provide confirmation of this)
  • Ground transportation to/from the float plane base in Yellowknife
  • Travel/Medical Insurance *This is mandatory and proof must be sent to the organizer/lodge
  • Alcohol or soft drinks at the lodge (can be purchased at the fully licensed bar)
  • Additional incidental fees at the lodge, if applicable

Workshop Cost

CAD $1950 plus Eventbrite charges based on shared occupancy grouped with same gender

CAD $2400 for single occupancy in lodge room (limited single spots available)

You have the option of paying a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. The remaining balance must be paid by July 1, 2020. There is no guarantees that Single Occupancy accomodation will be available as there are limited spots for this. Single availability is based on first come, first serve, so if you are adamant on Single Occupancy, it is recomended you pay in full to guarantee this.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Spots are non-refundable upon booking, but can be transferred to another individual. Participants are responsible for finding their own suitable replacement.

Mark Jinks Photography reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time for any reason (ie. minimum number of participants not met, global or extreme weather conditions severely impacting itinerary, etc.). In the event of cancellation, all workshop fees will be refunded. Flights and trip cancellation fees will not be refunded, nor any additional costs the participant has already incurred for the trip.

Insurance

Trip cancellation and medical/illness/emergency insurance are mandatory. By participating in this workshop, you acknowledge this and release Mark Jinks Photography and any associates of all liability and responsibility from injury, illness, death, and anything else that may arise from this trip.

Travel Visa

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have the proper and valid travel visa (if applicable) for the duration of the workshop.

Additional Notes

Each participant will be required to sign waiver forms from Mark Jinks Photography and Blachford Lake Lodge prior to their departure to Yellowknife.

If the participant does not/cannot partake in any activities throughout the workshop for any reason, no refunds of any kind will be provided.

I highly recommend a few days in Yellowknife itself before or after the Blachford Lake Lodge experience. Each night in the area increases your chances of seeing a great Northern Lights show, and there are lots of locations to explore around the city of Yellowknife, as well as along the Ingraham Trail. You are responsible for making your own arrangements and costs for additional days in the Yellowknife area.

*Seeing the Aurora Borealis is never guaranteed. The visibility of the Northern Lights depends on several factors including any solar flares, strength of the storm, and local weather and cloud conditions. There is a high percentage chance (95%+) that you will see the Aurora Borealis at least one night during a three night stay. However, there is always a possibility that the Northern Lights will not be visible for the duration of the workshop. While unfortunate, please note there will not be any refunds of any kind should this occur.

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Air Tindi Float Base

23 Mitchell Drive

Yellowknife, NT X1A 2H5

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