Fire and Ice 2013 – Participant’s Photos

One of our favorite workshops is the Fire and Ice in the Canadian Rockies which is held in early November of each year. We love the transition season of fall giving way to winter when the lakes and rivers are fringed with ice and the low sun fires up the sky. Peppered with snow, wildlife, icicles, and big light the Fire and Ice Workshop continually surprises us each year. Below are two favorite photos from each of our intrepid participants.

Jeff Maltzman

©Jeff Maltzman

©Jeff Maltzman

©Jeff Maltzman

©Jeff Maltzman

Wessel Kriel

©Wessel Kriel

©Wessel Kriel

©Wessel Kriel

©Wessel Kriel

Johann Van Der Merwe

©Johann Van Der Merwe

©Johann Van Der Merwe

©Johann Van Der Merwe

©Johann Van Der Merwe 

Lisa Couldwell

©Lisa Couldwell

©Lisa Couldwell

©Lisa Couldwell

©Lisa Couldwell

Michael Blanchette

©Michael Blanchette

©Michael Blanchette

©Michael Blanchette

©Michael Blanchette

Rick Robinson

©Rick Robinson

©Rick Robinson

©Rick Robinson

©Rick Robinson

Sonia Wadsworth

©Sonia Wadsworth

©Sonia Wadsworth

©Sonia Wadsworth

©Sonia Wadsworth

Jeffrey Wu

©Jeffrey Wu

©Jeffrey Wu

©Jeffrey Wu

©Jeffrey Wu

And here are a couple of photos from Alan Ernst of Aurum Lodge showing the photographers at work.

©Alan Ernst

©Alan Ernst

©Alan Ernst

©Alan Ernst

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.

12 Comments

  1. Armin Paul-Proessler
    November 28, 2013

    Great pictures!
    I am interested to learn how Rick Robinsons “Pop Art Trees” were made.

    • Sergei
      November 28, 2013

      One of a few in and out camera ways: Photoshop: Filter->Blur->Radial Blur->Zoom; Amount close to 90-100%.

    • Rick Robinson
      November 28, 2013

      Hi Armin,

      Thanks for the interest in my photograph! The photo is of prayer flags at the Landslide Lake Fire Trail – one of the sites featured in Darwin’s eBook on Abraham Lake (winter version). It is a First Nation’s sacred site, and I liked this photo because of the apparent “aura” in the photo that suggests a spiritual presence that perhaps the camera can see but the eye cannot.

      As far as technique – it’s an old-fashioned zoom blur inspired by my friend Lisa Couldwell (one of the other participants on the tour who has a gifted ability to look at scenes in way others cannot). A 2-second exposure at f/22 and ISO 100, using a 17-55 mm lens on a crop sensor camera. If memory serves me correctly, I left the lens at the wide end for about half the shutter open time (so about 1 second), then cranked the zoom ring for the remaining time. I did a minimal amount of processing in Lightroom, only lens correction, increased the vibrance a nudge, and a bit of sharpening.

      Cheers, Rick

  2. David Farr
    November 28, 2013

    These marvelous photos by the ‘students’ are rather intimidating for someone who is considering one of these trips.

    • Dan Wheeler
      November 28, 2013

      Don’t be intimidated. I have been on quite a few of these tours through out all of the seasons. Darwin, Sam, Madeleine and Alan as well as all the participants make these tours and workshops a great experience. Don’t hesitate find one that interests you and sign up.

      Dan

    • Royce Howland
      November 30, 2013

      I agree completely with Dan. (Hi Dan! :) ) These events are not competitions, unless perhaps you’re competing with yourself alone. For me, a workshop (or a good tour) is a time to focus intensively on developing my own vision, craft and work. As a bonus, I have as much (or little) interaction as I may like, from great instructors and a small group of like minded photography enthusiasts. I look at the work of others simply as inspiration and a way to understand how different people see some of the same places that I’ve been to.

      The reality is we are all students… but even students immersed in learning often have something to offer as well. I went on my first tour a few years ago, and it was the best decision I had made up to that point. My learning and motivation accelerated tremendously as a result.

      If you’re thinking about it, line up a good match for what you want to focus on with the opportunity for intense concentration on your work. It can be a tremendous investment in your creative development. Sam & Darwin’s new workshops in 2014 and beyond are going to emphasize this more than ever. :)

  3. Donald Esfeld
    November 28, 2013

    Enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful captures by a non-pros. They are an inspiration. Thanks for showing them to us. Don

  4. Allison
    November 28, 2013

    Great stuff guys….Darwin will always have the best workshops!

  5. Ron
    November 28, 2013

    Every time you post something like this, my desire to attend one of these workshops goes up. Someday, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to fulfill that dream. A stunning collection. Thanks for sharing.
    Ron

  6. Anne Jutras
    November 28, 2013

    Wonderful collection of images!

  7. Allan Ashcroft
    November 29, 2013

    Some inspiring shots everyone, would love to get over that way and take in some of that scenery, Canada is on the bucket list.

  8. Royce Howland
    November 30, 2013

    Beautiful photos! Congratulations everyone…

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