Camping & Photography Locations – Why?

This is another area I am always being asked about.  Where can we go that has good camping and offers photography opportunities as well.  I never wanted to be a travel writer but I decided that I should take a stab at it here.  I travel alone and with the family so locations vary widely from a Walmart parking lot on the way to a shoot, to a spot like Calaway Park for the kids to enjoy to a back country campsite in Kananaskis for the entire family.  I will try and give you some ideas and hints for good campsites and photography locations (possibly not together).  Let me know if you have gone to any of these places and your thoughts on them.

Hints & Suggestions #1

Many people have asked me to start a hints and suggestion area of my blog so here we go.  The first one is not going to be photography related as it just happened and is fresh in my mind.

Many will know how much I love Telus, have had great service over the years and am very happy with them for all my phones and Internet.  Well I was looking at my bill yesterday and saw that it had a feature that I was not using very much (okay not at all), called and asked about getting this feature changed.  Well it ends up that I can switch phone packages and save $20.00 per month and keep all the features that I need.  Then the customer service person says that they will upgrade my Internet to a package that is 4 times as fast and drop this price by $5.00 per month.  Then asked about my studio and the same thing with the Internet – upgrading it to a package that is 4 times as fast for the same price.

Funny thing is I was told a year ago that I was on the fastest plan available for both locations, how things change!

My point is take the time to look over your bills.  In the last two months I have now saves just about $100.00 per month by just calling and asking for a better plan or rate on different things from supplies, phone service, Internet service, cell phone and insurance policies.  Don’t think that you are getting the best deal or you even need to pay for something – ASK!

Waterton Photo Course

What a GREAT weekend it was! Perfect weather and some great photo opportunities made for 2 spectacular days of shooting.

I had a chance to go through and pull a couple of the 1000+ photos that I shot on the weekend.  The subjects were so varied that I had a hard time selecting just a few to show you.

If you missed this workshop in Waterton make sure you stay tuned for the next one.  Looks like I will be having one this summer that will be a standard workshop and a Waterfall workshop the same day!!

Waterton Flowers

Search & Rescue Training

If you have missed it southern Alberta was turned into a training ground this past weekend for Search & Rescue Training for troops from the US and Canada.  3  – C130’s have been flying around dropping troops in training exercises.  It was my pleasure to get to photograph one of the drop zones.  It amazes me how anyone can hit a target when dropped from a plane, let alone hitting the target in southern Alberta winds!  I was at a remote location and got to see first hand how the military locates a crash area, determines wind speed and direction and then drops the troops feet from the crash scene.

You think it is impressive to see this at the air show, it is even more impressive to see it happen with full gear loads and with the plane circling overhead at very low altitude.

Great job to  everyone involved, here is hoping that you do not have to use this training anytime soon in real life.

Waterton Classes

Just found out that the last class till August in Waterton with openings is the May 30 & 31 class.  Don’t miss out on a great class, get some practical training on your camera before summer vacation on this mini vacation in Waterton.

TV & Papers

Several people have mentioned that they had seen some of our pictures on TV as well as in the Lethbridge Herald and the Calgary Sun.   Yes they were our pictures.  The story was about a plane crash south of Lethbridge on Sunday May 17.  They appeared on the front page of  The Calgary Sun and The Lethbridge Herald. As well as on Global TV and on the Lounge’s web site in Lethbridge.

Web Site Update

Well over the past couple of weeks our web site has gone through a major rebuild.  At this time almost all the work has been in the background, with the exception of our new home page and the addition of a new viewing gallery.  Over the next couple of weeks things will continue to be cleaned up and updated.  If you are on the site and have a problem with a page let me know.  In most cases things will be done quickly and no disruption of service will happen but just in case something gets missed we like to know.

Night Shot

Well I have been trying to get out at night for some time but with the weather being so cold I have been hiding inside.  Last night was a great time to get out, that and the fact that I have been asked to do a workshop on night photography and needed to get some of the course written,  so out I went.  The weather was great, no wind and a good sunset made for some fantastic images.

Here are a couple of the images from last night.

The Galt Sign
Galt Sign & Whoop Up Drive
Galt Sign & Whoop Up Drive
New Galt Addition
New Galt Addition

Mother’s Day

If you have not gone out and bought Mom a present yet DON”T FORGET.

If you need some ideas we have gift certificates for family portraits or one of our photo sessions or photo restoration services to restore your old photos.

Travel, Travel and More Travel

It seems like all I have been doing in the past month is traveling.  Have been to Calgary several times (in fact just got back from a quick trip to Calgary), Red Deer and Edmonton and all around southern Alberta.  Most of the trips have been teaching, commercial sessions (no pictures that I can show) or working on marketing programs for several clients, but hopefully now with the weather looking better I can get out and do some of the shoots I have been waiting for.  I have several shoots lined up that are waiting for the warm weather and leaves on the trees, hopefully soon.

One good thing about the trips is that we get to hit some cool restaurants, today it was a stop at Peter’s Drive In in Calgary for lunch and it was perfect weather for it!  If you have not tried Peter’s you have to stop there next time you are in Calgary you will not regret it!