Cape Breton Fall Colours Landscape Photography Tour - 2016
Have you ever wanted to photograph the mountains of Cape Breton Island during the peak of the beautiful fall colours in an all inclusive, small, personable group with a low instructor to participant ratio? This is your chance.
Join established photographer, writer, and photo tour operator, Brian Merry, as he shows you the best of the largest mountains on Cape Breton Island during the usual peak of the fall colours. Sit back, pull out your camera/tripod and enjoy the beautiful locations we’ll visit on our tour of the Cape Breton Island fall colours in a small group of a maximum 10 photographers. The timing of the fall colours is not gauranteed, but this is the usual peak of colour of the maple trees on the Cabot Trail.
We’ll base ourselves at the ideal location of Cheticamp just 10 kilometers from the famous Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Meals and accommodations are included. Transportation is by shared vehicles.
You can reach Brian at email@example.com if you'd like to talk about the tour.
Day 1, Oct. 14, 2016:
We’ll meet at 4:00pm at The Cheticamp Motel on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, for introductions, refreshments and finger food before we head out and shoot the sunset. After the sunset we’ll head back to the restaurant at the motel for more detailed introductions, dinner and a presentation of the itinerary followed by a Q&A session to provide context and inspiration for the coming days.
Day 2: Oct. 15, 2016:
We’ll start with an early breakfast at the restaurant on site and then with our packed lunches we’ll be off to a sunrise photography session followed by a tour of Western Cape Breton along the Cabot Trial travelling north to some of the best scenery the Cabot Trial has to offer. We’ll be stopping at classic locations photographing from various vantage points during the day, some of them only locals know about.
We’ll shoot sunset again close to Cheticamp and head back for dinner before a landscape photography presentation and a photo critique of what you’ve photographed so far this weekend. I’ll finish off with a presentation of my photography workflow in the computer. I’ll demonstarte my workflow as I edit afew photographs.
Day 3: Oct. 16, 2016;
We’ll start the day with breakfast before sunrise and head out to shoot the sunrise once again utilizing the techniques presented in the presentation on Day 2. We’ll head back to the motel for check out and then we'll leave for a cruise up the coast of western Cape Breton in a chartered commercial whale watching boat tour to experience the beautiful fall colours and seabirds from the ocean.* This is a perspective most visiting photographers don’t often enjoy. This is also the time when fisherman are usually fishing the fall run of Mackerel with hand lines. It’s possible we’ll have the opportunity to photograph fisherman plying their craft from a perspective approximately 50m away with numerous seabirds flocking around the fishing boats while the fishermen work. This can provide us a very unique vantage point of commercial fishing.
After our coastal ocean cruise we’ll leave Cheticamp and head south and photograph the famous Margaree Valley in late afternoon light.
Spouse/partners/friends may attend the tour sharing one room (photographer shared room + $495.00 + $150.00 for second person not photographing on the tour). Simply buy one ticket at the regular price and email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org for payment of the second ticket. When registering with a spouse/partner/friend rooms must be shared when taking advantage of the discount.
It's recommended to fly into Halifax International Airport and rent a car you reserved there ahead of time. Cheticamp is a 4 hour drive from the airport through the spectacular countryside of Nova Scotia.
From the Halifax International Airport drive to highway 102 exiting the airport grounds. Turn right onto hwy 102 and travel north to Truro, NS. When hwy 102 ends 4 kms past Truro turn right, west, onto hwy 104 and drive to Cape Breton Island. Once accross the causeway onto Cape Breton Island in Port Hastings head west (left) along the shoreline traveling on route 19 all the way to Cheticamp. The scenery along this road is beautiful so I do reccomend allowing for some time ot do some landscape photography before you arrive in Cheticamp.
Extending your trip:
You may want to arrive a few days earlier and photograph some of the beautiful landscapes on the mainland of Nova Scotia while basing yourself out of Halifax. Spectacular landscapes within an hour drive of the city include: The world famous Peggy's Cove lighthouse which is a mere 30 minute drive from Halifax and you can park 100 meters from the light. I recommend being there for a sunrise while you're in Halifax. You may also want to visit the Minas Basin, Annapolis Valley, the Eastern Shore, Prospect Cove and the Shubinacadie River Valley. The maple trees turn to their fall colours around Halifax about a week before they do in Cape Breton. If you're going to extend your trip you should do it before the tour starts as opposed to after the tour. You won't be disappointed if you do.
* The whale cruise boat tour is weather dependant and the captain of the boat will decide when, where and if the boat will set sail. Your safety and comfort is the primary goal of the whale cruise.
When & Where
Brian Merry is originally from the beautiful province of Nova Scotia and now lives and works as a photographer in spectacular Banff, Alberta. He moved to Banff after graduating from Acadia University earning a BSc. with honours in biology in 1996 and has been living in the Canadian Rockies ever since. He started in landscape photography in 1989 in Nova Scotia after getting his first film SLR camera for Christmas from his parents and he hasn't looked back since.
Brian is a published writer/photographer in Outdoor Photography Canada with a feature article, Kootaney Mountain Culture Magazine and he's been published on numerous reputable blogs writing about the relationship between composition, landscape photography, wildlife photography and achieving emotional communication through your photographs.
Brian has been a professional photographer since 1997 and has been leading tours and workshops since 2009. He is the president of the International Landscape Photographers' Association and continues to travel, photograph and write while developing new tours and workshops across Canada, in Cuba and in Japan. He does all of this while trying hard to be a good husband!
Brian is an accredited nature photographer with the Profesional Photographers of Canada and holds a BSc. with honours in Biology from Acadia University. He worked as a lab instructor for various courses while concurrently earning his deggree. He's a past associate instructor at lakeland College at their fire fighting school in Vermillion, Alberta. Teaching and photography are two of his greatest passions in life.
You can learn more about Brian and see some of his work on his website or you can call him toll free to talk at 1-855-763-1114.