Results from Bubbles and Lace – Winter in the Canadian Rockies Photo Workshop 2014

Well, they did it! This year’s winter workshop was a record breaker: coldest sustained temperatures (dipping below -30C a few times), most international crew with photographers traveling from as far away as Saudi Arabia and Spain and, ironically, the most crystal clear skies with lots of sun for most of the week. But the shooters soldiered on, working the bubbles on Abraham Lake (where they weren’t hidden under the snow) but in the end, coming away with incredible images revealing their unique creative vision. We asked the students at the beginning of the workshop to think of the ‘why’ question: why do you take pictures? What in a particular scene inspires you to snap the shutter? Then we peppered them with tough assignments (to take their minds off the cold, of course!) which they completed with aplomb.

We may head out for the bubbles on Abraham Lake, but it’s the glory of the Kootenay Plains region — perhaps because of the sunny, -30C weather — that inspired the following images from the group. Great work guys, and so glad you survived!

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Nicki Pesik

©Nicki Pesik

©Nicki Pesik

Dominic Byrne

©Dominic Bryne

©Dominic Byrne

Fred Dunn

©Fred Dunn

©Fred Dunn

Gro Lagesen

©Gro Lagesen

©Gro Lagesen

Rosana Ramos

©Rosana Ramos

©Rosana Ramos




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  1. Allison
    February 21, 2014

    Way to go everyone!

    You rock Gro!

  2. Marty Prentice
    February 23, 2014

    Wonderful results. Jealous, but not of the cold conditions.

  3. Jeff Maltzman
    February 23, 2014

    While I can’t say that I’m sorry I missed the -30C temps while it was +25-28C the entire time down here in the desert, I love the rugged winter scenes the participants came away with. Great stuff. And despite the cold, I still hope to join y’all up there for some bubbles and chilly air one of these days.

  4. Jane Chesebrough
    February 24, 2014

    Br-r-r. Nice variety of shots here with interesting points of view. I enjoy seeing what people capture in this area as it is becoming a favourite haunt of mine.