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Experience Alberta: Ruins + Relics of the Badlands

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Dorothy, AB T0J 0X0


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Come out for 6 hours, or 2 days (14-15 May), to enhance your observational skills. This unique outdoor event* is a Field Class designed for photographers of all skill levels. Think of the opportunity as a dream shoot... and a great way to network with other like-minded photographers you might not otherwise have known about!

We'll venture to where once grand structures stood tall and proud, where these abandoned structures now lie in various states of decay. These buildings are not dead fragments of a previous way of life; they are glimpses of our current way of life as if it were already gone. Observation in this sense is extraordinarily vital. It not only allows us to feel an intimate human connection with the people immediately before us but also begs us to think about where we are going next. It is here where you'll learn to take hauntingly beautiful photographs of these abandoned buildings. By class end, you'll have a compelling collection of stunning and melancholy photographs, a storied collection that helps us hear these abandoned places speak.

Your instructor will be Pete Ryan, a 13-year veteran photographer whose work is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Pete will lay the foundation for becoming a documentary photographer, by reviewing the fundamentals of photographic composition, lighting and design, with an emphasis on the image, whether produced with an iPhone or the latest DSLR camera. He'll also draw on his experience with narrow time-frame opportunities, and share with you his personal insights regarding how to maximize your time, especially when your window of opportunity may be limited and under less than ideal conditions. Time will be set aside for critique and review of your photographs.

Rendezvous: 14 May - Dorothy, AB. We’ll also visit the hoodoos, Delia and two mystery locations. 15 May - 3 locations, rendezvous to be disclosed upon registration.

* Your own transportation is required. As registration fills we'll arrange for carpooling.

Snacks and water provided.

This Field Class runs rain or shine. Additional info will be supplied upon registration. Participants under the age of 19 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.


What to Bring:

Cameras + accessories

- While not mandatory, it will be to your benefit to bring a DSLR camera versus a camera that does not have interchangeable lenses. Not sure? Contact us for details.

- If you have a: 18-55mm or 24-70mm standard zoom, bring it. This will be our primary lens range.
Anything longer like a 70-200mm or 100-400mm is a bonus but not mandatory.

- Tripod: an essential item to own but if you don’t have one for this Field Class, you’ll see from other participant’s photos why you’ll need to acquire one. Electronic shutter release cable, if you have one.

- Spare battery and battery charger.

- Extra memory cards


- Wear layers as you’ll be outdoors for a minimum of 6 hours each day

- Sturdy footwear (no sandals). Maybe bring rubber boots.

- Sunscreen and a sun hat. An umbrella to keep you dry, which also doubles as a sun shade for your camera.

- While you may or may not need it, if you have a headlamp bring it. Or a flashlight.



What is included in the Field Class workshop?

The cost of the workshop DOES INCLUDE: instruction from your host photographer(s), photoshoots at several locations, snacks & water.

This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE: transportation to/from the workshop (flights or car rental), hotel accomodations, food or any gear.

Accommodation and Transportation:

Please note that transportation and accommodations for this event are up to each individual participant.

Hotel: while we can suggest hotels and campgrounds to stay at, it is your responsibility to secure accommodation as soon as possible. Please inquire with us about accommodation info where you could stay.

What if I need to cancel?

If you cancel your workshop the following applies: If cancellation is received at least 45 days prior to the start of the workshop, the workshop fee can be applied to another workshop of your choice, subject to available space. For cancellations received 0-44 days prior to the start of the workshop, all workshop fees will be forfeited.

Terms and Conditions:

Registration: The amount specified per person for each Field Class workshop is due at the time you register. Your space is not reserved until we receive your workshop fee(s) paid in full.

Audit Policy: Only paid workshop participants will be admitted during the Field Class workshop.

Waiver: As our guest, you are required to comply with our safety rules and are cautioned to heed all warnings. By accepting admission with this event ticket, you agree to release us from all responsibility for any loss, injury or damage which you may suffer, excepting any loss, injury or damage caused by our reckless, willful or grossly negligent acts. A general waiver will be presented to you for review and signing upon your arrival.

Cancellation, Refund & Delay Policy: All Field Class workshop schedules and plans are subject to change at our discretion dependent upon weather alerts, health and safety considerations, or any other factor related or unrelated to photographic opportunities as we see fit. We are not responsible for any other costs which participants may have incurred, including but not limited to travel, car rental, lodging, insurance, photographic purchases and/or rentals.

Should there be a waitlist for your Field Class workshop event, we can help you sell your ticket but the sale is up to you to negotiate and finalize.

No refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, flights, or other events beyond our control, either before, during, or after your workshop. We are not responsible for any additional costs you may incur due to delays or cancellations.

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