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Wildflower Macro Photography Workshop June 9th or 16th - Bow Valley Provincial Park

Brian Merry

Saturday, 16 June 2018 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM (MDT)

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Date:  Saturday or Sunday, June 9 or 16, 2018.  Four separate workshops, one on each day

Start/Finish:  Willowrock Campground entrance in Bow Valley Provincial Park.  The pin on the embedded google map shows where we'll meet at Willowrock Campround.  I'm available for questions about directions too.  Just call me!

Time:  10:30am-4:30pm

Cost:  $125.00 + GST;  ILPA members will receive a $25 refund on their tickets. Please contact Brian after registering to receive your $25 refund.  Visit the ILPA website for ILPA membership details.  Other than the ILPA refund, there are no other refunds for this event.  

# of participants:  Max. 6 on each tour

Transportation:  Shared vehicles. Please arrive at the enterance to the Willowrock Campground at 10:45am to allow time to read and sign the waivers before we start.  Then we'll drive to the field locations where we'll conduct the workshop.  Bring a trail lunch and water to have while we're out there.  There is no treated water in the area where we'll be photographing the flowers.  We **may** visit two separate locations involving 8kms of driving between locations during the workshop if time allows.



Tour Description


It's no secret that the Spring wildflowers in the foothills are among the most beautiful in the Rockies.  Spend the day with multi award winning outdoor photographer Brian Merry as he teaches a field workshop on macro photography in one of the Spring wildflower hotspots in the Rockies.

The Macro and Landscape Photography Day Tour:

Join me as I show you the colourful outdoor wildflower world at the Macro level!  I'll use my intimate knowledge of the area gained through my 20 years of professional landscape photography and recreation backcountry experience in these mountains to take you to the best locations for macro wilflower photography in the foothills.  The Foothills are beautiful and the wildflowers blooming at this time of year are amazing!  


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What to bring:

-  Camera bodies

-  tripod

-  large and small reflectors (42" and a 12" or 18" diameter reflector) - essential

-  macro lens 

-  teleconvertor/extender

-  an ultra wide zoom lens (for landscapes along the way)

-  a mid range zoom lens

-  a medium telephoto lens (70-200mm - 35mm equivalent) 

-  dedicated remote flash sync cord 

-  on camera dedicated flash 

-  lens mounted ring flash (optional)

-  lens mounted dual macro flash (optional)

-  fully charged and spare battery(ies)

-  black umbrella to shade the subject, or for you in case it rains

-  comfortable outdoor walking/hiking cloths

-  a waterproof groundsheet to sit/lie down on when composing photographs (optional)

-  folding camping stool (optional)

-  polarizing filter

-  lenshood

-  tweezers (to clean away last year's dead grass in the composition

-  And,... a healthy dose of WOW for the beautiful flowers!



Bring a trail lunch and water with you and dress fort he weather.  We will be outside for the duration of the workshop.

Do you have any questions?  Email me at or call me at 1-403-763-1114.  


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Willow Rock Campground

Kananaskis, AB T0L

Saturday, 16 June 2018 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM (MDT)

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Brian Merry

     Brian Merry is originally from the beautiful province of Nova Scotia and has been living and working as a professional photographer in spectacular Banff, Alberta for more than 20 years.  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 the 1980s 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 is also the publisher and editor of the ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Weekly newsletter.  You can read, and sign up for the ILPA weekly newsletter here.

     Brian has been a professional photographer since 1997 and has been leading tours and workshops since 2009.  He is a Professional Apprentice Hiking Guide with the International Guide's Association and he is the president of the International Landscape Photographers' Association.  Brian continues to travel, photograph and write on all aspects of outdoor photography while developing new tours and workshops across Canada and in various countries around the World, including Japan.  He does all of this while trying hard to be a good husband!

Brian's Teaching Qualifications:

     Brian is the president of the International Landscape Phitographers' association, ILPA, and an accredited nature photographer with the Profesional Photographers of Canada.   He's also earned a BSc. with honours in Biology from Acadia University where he worked as a lab instructor for various biology courses while concurrently earning his degree.  Brian is a certified NFPA instructor with 5 years of professional teaching experience at Lakeland College at their fire fighting school in Vermillion, Alberta.  Brian has also been leading/teaching landscape photography workshops, tours and seminars since 2007.  Teaching and photography are two of his greatest passions in life, along with mountain and rock climbing.


     You can learn more about Brian and see some of his work on his website or you can call him at 1-403-763-1114.

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