Twelve Favourite Images from 2012 – Winter in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tour (Plus a NEW 2013 Tour!)

Of all the photo tours we do each year, one of my favourites is the Winter in the Canadian Rockies tour because the landscape is reduced to simple graphic elements of shape, form and line. More and more I appreciate the simplicity of winter images (although making them is anything but simple – getting dressed for the adventure is half the struggle!) Each year we offer two winter tours based out of the Aurum Lodge on Abraham Lake. This year both tours are sold out with a wait list. To accommodate those who missed out on booking our regular winter tours, there is still a possibility to see the stark beauty of winter in the Canadian Rockies….  We have set aside Feb. 14 – 18, 2013 for a tentative third winter tour. I say tentative because we need five people to run this tour! So if you are keen on getting the best the Canadian Rockies has to offer in winter and to see and visit secret spots you likely would not find on your own be sure to contact Alan at the Aurum Lodge to register (cost is $1519 plus GST all inclusive! Don’t worry; if we don’t get the five people by January 31, 2013, your deposit is fully refundable this time!) To learn more about the winter tours and what is included please see our tour description page.

Below are twelve of my favourite images from the three 2012 winter tours – to see more photos from these tours go to our Flickr page for Tour 1, Tour 2 and Tour 3. Most of the photos are taken with my tilt-shift lens for the big advantages these lenses give landscape photographers. Plus, I almost always use filters in my photography for these reasons. So get on your boots and gloves and join Alan and me for a winter romp through the Kootenay Plains and Abraham Lake and the Icefields Parkway in Banff and Jasper National Park. Check out the group shot at the end and guess which person is Sam (she has a unique sense of fashion!)


©Darwin Wiggett – Abraham Lake with a 15mm fisheye lens (no filters)


©Darwin Wiggett – The Reflecting Pools (24mm TS-E lens using tilt plus a polarizer and a grad filter)


©Darwin Wiggett – Hoodoo Bay, Abraham Lake (24mm TS-E lens using tilt plus a polarizer and a grad filter)


©Darwin Wiggett – North Saskatchewan River Ice Details (90mm TS-E lens plus a polarizer)


©Darwin Wiggett – Abraham Lake from South Side Windy Point (17mm TS-E lens using tilt and shift, no filters and HDR)

©Darwin Wiggett - Quartzite Boulder Pile, Jasper NP (using a Sigma 120-400mm lens and focus stacking, no filters)

©Darwin Wiggett – Quartzite Boulder Pile, Jasper NP (using a Sigma 120-400mm lens and focus stacking, no filters)



©Darwin Wiggett – Wolf Willow abstract  (Sigma 85mm lens at f1.4, no filters)


©Darwin Wiggett – Sunrise on Abraham Lake from the Belly of Abraham (24mm TS-E lens using tilt plus a polarizer, a grad filter and a 4-stop solid ND filter)


©Darwin Wiggett – Abraham Lake from Hoodoo Creek Bay (24mm TS-E lens using tilt plus a polarizer and a grad filter)


©Darwin Wiggett – Abraham Lake in wind (24mm TS-E using tilt plus a polarizer and a 4-stop solid ND filter)


©Darwin Wiggett – Cline River Canyon (24mm TS-E using shift plus a polarizer)

Fire burn abstract, Kootenay Plains, Alberta, Canada

©Darwin Wiggett – Forest Burn abstract (Sigma 120 -400mm lens plus a polarizer and a 4-stop solid ND filter)

Feb 2012 Winter Photo Tour

Feb 2012 Winter Photo Tour


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.


  1. Fran Gallogly
    January 7, 2013

    They’re all wonderful but that quartzite boulder pile is my favorite. What a wonderful shot, so simple and so elegant.

  2. Mark Garbutt
    January 7, 2013

    Some great work Darwin . I need to go on one your workshops .

  3. Ian McGillvrey
    January 7, 2013

    Great images as always Darwin! I especially like the ice detail shot, the boulder pile, and the blowing snow on the ice.

  4. John Fujimagari
    January 7, 2013

    I love the boulder pile, but the “big color” guy in me is rooting for Belly of Abraham. More importantly has the “Puffy Orange Coat” been upgraded to the “Puffy Red Coat”?

    • Samantha
      January 9, 2013

      Mom always said I would stand out in a crowd! Not sure why my coat is red though…depending on camera settings, it changes colour.

  5. scott snyder
    January 7, 2013

    nice set! really makes me want to dip into the Tilt/Shift world.

  6. Anne Jutras
    January 7, 2013

    Wonderful set of images, Darwin! Each of them is a winner, sooooo beautiful!

  7. Bruce Smith
    January 7, 2013

    I agree with the amazing sights of the winter tours. I was on one in March, 2011, and have been hooked ever since. I can’t wait to get back to the incredible ice of Abraham Lake!

    I love the one of the snow mounds at the quartzite boulder pile. Great work, Darwin!

  8. ping pong
    January 17, 2013

    great team. who is that guy trying to touch sam’s booty in the last photo?

  9. Vivianne
    March 12, 2013

    Quatzite boulder pile and Abraham lake are my favs. We don’t have mountains…. In Netherlands. I wondered about the different kinds of ice, lovely. This winter I did not take snow ice photos…. I skated 🙂


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