$750 – $1,500

Stormy Shores: Vancouver Island 2017

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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

596 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0


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Location: Vancouver Island, Canada

Dates: December 4th to 7th, 2017

Join us for four days of exploring the rugged shores of western Vancouver Island in the throes of storm season. We will document the power of nature along one of the world's most stunning coastlines, the Pacific Rim National Park, where lush forests and dramatic cliffs meet ominous skies and monster waves.


Day 1 - Monday, December 4th

1:00PM to 2:30PM - Kick Off, Introductions and Presentation

2:30PM to 3:30PM - Break, Check-In

3:30PM to 5:00PM - Sunset Shooting at Amphitheatre Lighthouse & Wild Pacific Trail Photography

5:30PM to 7:00PM - Dinner at Black Rock Resort**

Day 2 - Tuesday, December 5th

7:00AM to 10:00AM - Sunrise Shooting at Big Beach

10:00AM to 12:00PM - Free Time

12:00PM to 1:30PM - Lunch at Black Rock Resort**

1:30PM to 4:00PM - Amphitheatre Lighthouse & Wild Pacific Trail Photography

5:30PM to 7:00PM - Dinner at Black Rock Resort**

7:30PM to 9:00PM - Editing and Critique Session

Day 3 - Wednesday, December 6th

7:00AM to 10:00AM - Sunrise shooting at Chesterman's Beach

10:00AM to 12:00PM - Brunch at Jamie's Rainforest Inn**

12:00PM to 3:00PM - Long Beach Incinerator Rock Crystal Cove

3:00PM to 4:00PM - Free time

4:00PM to 5:30PM - Dinner at Shelter Restaurant**

6:00PM to 7:30PM - Editing and Critique Session

Day 4 - Thursday, December 7th

7:00AM to 10:00AM - Sunrise Shoot starting at Halfmoon Bay and then Florencia Bay

11:00AM - Hotel Check Out

11:30AM - Send Off Brunch (included)

*The itinerary above is subject to change. All registered participants will be sent a final itinerary 2 weeks prior to the event start date.

**All meals listed are not included in the price of the workshop. Pariticpants are welcome to join the group in these locations or make their own arrangments for meals.

Price/Payment Schedule:

Cost: CAD $1500 + 5% GST + Eventbrite Fee

Payment options:

1) Full payment or

2) Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $750 + Final Payment: CAD $750 due by September 1st, 2017

Note: failure to pay by the payment due date means forfeiting deposit and spot will be freed up and potentially sold to another interested participant (see more in cancellation policy below).

If unforeseen circumstances arise, participants are welcome to transfer/sell their space to another interested participant.

- Daily instruction/mentoring by Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha assisted by Stan Novotny

Not Included:
- Accommodations
- Meals
- Transportation (carpooling is highly encouraged)
- Travel Insurance

Transportation To and Around Vancouver Island

The price of the workshop does not include transportation. Participants will need to arrange car rentals or carpooling with other workshop participants. After the workshop fills, we will create a private Facebook group to allow participants to connect with each other.

General Transportation Info

Driving times to Ucluelet. Add 30 minutes for Tofino

  • Vancouver (5 hours from ferry terminal)

  • Victoria (4.5 to 5 hours)

  • Nanaimo (2.5 to 3 hours)

  • Port Alberni (1.5 hours)

  • Comox (3 hours)

  • Seattle (8 hours)

Ferry Service to Vancouver Island:

FLIGHTS via Orca Airlines and KD AIR to Tofino-Ucluelet Long Beach Airport

  • To/from Vancouver (1 hour)

  • To/from Victoria (45 minutes)

  • Float plane service to Nanaimo, Bamfield & Victoria

BUDGET RENT A CAR (Long Beach Airport):www.bcbudget.com

TAXI: 250.725.3333

BUS Service (via Tofino Bus)

  • To/from Vancouver (7.5 hours)

  • To/from Victoria (6.5 hours)

  • To/from Nanaimo (3.5 hours)

Driving Directions:

Traveling North from Victoria or Duke Point Ferry:

  • Follow highway 1 north to the welcome to Nanaimo sign. Do not exit for downtown Nanaimo

  • Take Highway 19 overpass North towards Qualicum Beach

  • Take Exit 60 onto Highway 4 (Pacific Rim Highway) to Port Alberni. You will pass Cathedral Grove on this scenic mountain road

  • Go straight through Port Alberni, turning right at the T-junction to Tofino/Ucluelet


Although accommodations are not included in this workshop, we have a group block with Black Rock Resort. Booking code will be shared with participants after registration is completed. We strongly recommend that you book your accommodations as soon as possible as this area is very popular and sells out well in advance.

The workshop will be held at the Black Rock Resort with an amazing view of the crashing waves against the black rocky shores of Terrace Beach. Although the workshop and meetups will be at the Black Rock Resort it is not necessary to stay at this resort as there are many other resorts in the area within 30 minutes of each other.

Other Places to Stay

Ucluelet Accommodation

The Cabins http://thecabins.ca 1-250-726- 2101 or 1-866-438-4373

Way Point https://www.wyapoint.com 1-250-726-2625 or 1-844-352-6188

Terrace Beach Resort http://www.terracebeachresort.ca 1-250-726-2901 or 1-866-726-2901

Tofino Accommodation

Jamie’s Rainforest Inn http://www.tofinorainforestinn.com 1-250-725-2323 or 1-855-433-2323

Crystal Cove Beach Resort http://www.crystalcove.ca 1-250-725-4213 or 1-877-725-4213

Tin Wis Resort http://hotelsintofinobc.h.bestwestern.com or 1-250-725-4445 or 1-888-670-7234

What to expect

The workshop is suitable for participants of all levels of experience in photography. Most locations will be readily accessible from the road, although we may hike short distances on occasion up to 1km and up to 125 stairs at one location.

This event focuses on landscape, and outdoor photography. Talks will be focused primarily on vision and the artistic process of creating images, although, there will also be some technical discussion and instruction, as well.

Wild Life

Although, there are many cougars, wolves and bears in the area, the bears do go off and hibernate into the forest in November and are not found around the beaches and towns. The wolves and cougars are seen down on the beaches in the very early mornings but seldom by people and usually on the tracking cameras. The coastal wolves colony is located on an island north of Tofino, British Columbia.

What to Bring

This will be a "rain or shine" event. Weather in December especially in this area of the Pacific Rim is unpredictable and it is Storm Watching Season. There is the chance of sunshine, but be mostly prepared for high winds, fog, mist, snow, and wet, cold dampness. Please come prepared, accordingly, for all weather conditions, as well as, your equipment weather sealed or covered.

Packing List:

• suitable and comfortable clothing, which you can layer (jeans are not recommended)

• warm, dry, rain Jacket & rain Pants (Down Jackets aren’t recommended unless “Columbia OutDry” as heavy rains will penetrate the downy jackets)

• appropriate footwear (we will be in wet, rocky, and possibly muddy areas)

• a headlamp or flashlight (we will be in pre-dawn darkness for one morning)

• your own camera equipment (preferably DSLR, which allows manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings; bring the fastest lens you have)

• a sturdy tripod

• a laptop for editing (with editing software, preferably Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop)


Both Dave and Paul preach and live the ethics of "leave no trace" photography, which means that the utmost care is given, while hiking and photographing, to leaving zero impact on the natural environment. Participants are expected to approach this tour with the same ethics at all times.

Cancellation Policy

Spots 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). We cannot offer refunds or credits.

Although extremely unlikely, OFFBEAT Photography Inc. reserve the right to cancel the workshop at any time for a variety of reasons (i.e. if a minimum number of participants is not met or if unforeseen circumstances dramatically impacted the cost of the tour or global conditions somehow warranted a cancellation). In the very unlikely event of a cancellation, all monies/deposits made will be refunded to participants, however, no compensation would be made for participant flight cancellation fees.


We encourage participants traveling from outside British Columbia to have trip cancellation insurance, including medical/illness insurance.

Travel Visa

It is the participant's responsibility to ensure they have a valid Travel Visa (if applicable/required) for the duration of the workshop.

About Dave Brosha

"Critically acclaimed....spectacular photos." - The Globe and Mail

Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, northern commercial, personal, and landscape photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave – along with his beautiful wife and children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of their native country and numerous countries abroad.

Dave’s personal affiliations and representations include the First Light agency, Aurora Images, Offset, Getty Images (stock), National Geographic (stock), and the Canadian Press, for which Dave is a freelance photographer.

About Paul Zizka

Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes.

Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, includingIMPACT, Alpinist, Canadian Geographic, Islands, PhotoLife, Fodors.com and explore magazine. In addition to his work for a number of clients, over the past few years Paul has created a signature collection of images for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which are used to promote Banff National Park throughout the world.

In the Canadian Rockies, Paul has hiked extensively in the backcountry and photographed from the summits of countless peaks. His adventures abroad include a 1400-km unsupported double-crossing of Iceland on foot (2004), which is believed to be the first of its kind, and a 1488-km solo crossing of the South Island of New Zealand (2007). Recent travels have taken him backpacking in the Caribbean, exploring tiny insular nations of the Pacific, trekking in remote corners of Scandinavia and Nepal, and ski touring on Baffin Island.

About Stan Novotny

Stan Novotny is a professional Vancouver Island based photographer living in Campbell River, British Columbia. Stan’s passion for photography has grown over the years to include Wildlife, Landscape/Astro, and Portraiture. Keeping up with current trends, he is consistently researching new techniques in retouching and keeping up with the latest advances in the photography industry.

For any additional questions, please contact us at workshops@offbeatphoto.ca

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596 Marine Dr

Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0


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