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Inside Scoop: CMH Photo Workshop

Posted by Jason Semenek on Wed, Apr 20, 2011


I was lucky enough to be in the Bugaboo Lodge last summer during the CMH Summer Adventure Photography Workshop with John E. Marriott. Although I wasn't part of the photography group, I got to see the evening presentation and share dinner conversations with the participants.

The trip culminated in a contest - participants provided their top photos from the workshop in the following categories:
John E. Marriott discussing composition with participantBest Overall Image
• Best Signature Image of the Bugaboo Mountains
• Best 'Out of the Clouds' Image
• An additional prize was awarded for Most Improved Photographer.

The winner of the Best Overall Image was R. John Knight, a retired geologist from Calgary. I recently spoke to John about the trip.

JS: Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your photography.
RJK: I tend to think of myself as a 'serious amateur photographer'. I purchased my first 35 mm camera in high school, more than 50 years ago! As a geologist, my camera was an essential tool for documenting my work and travel. As the years went by, my interest in capturing images of nature and wildlife grew.

JS: So, you prefer wildlife and nature photography?
RJK: Yes - My preferences are wildlife and nature in any setting. For the most part, photography gets me outside to enjoy whatever nature has to offer.

JS: What was your favourite part of the photography workshop?
RJK: Spending time with John and other photographers in a stunningly beautiful place, the Bugaboos. John is fun and easy to be with, and he's a great instructor. I learned on this trip that even if the weather is stormy and unsettled, there are still many opportunities to find great images, from macros to scenic vistas. So, if the helicopter can get there, there will be something to photograph.

JS: Don't you love the helicopter!? Any tips for attendees of this year's wildflower photography workshop with John, running August 5-8, 2011?
RJK: You don't need to bring a lot of photographic gear each day. Bring what will comfortably fit into the protection of your daypack, and consider using a padded case for your tripod and tripod head to protect it bumps and knocks when it is in the helicopter's outside storage basket.  

JS: Thanks, John! And now, here's the contest winning photo!

Don't miss your chance to learn from a pro in an amazing setting. John E. Marriott will again be leading the Photography Workshop at CMH Bugaboos August 5-8, 2011. This year the focus is WILDFLOWERS.
> Get the itinerary and all the details


Tags: Bugaboo Lodge, Best pictures 2010, Painting & Photo Workshops