Tofino, British Columbia

It is in Tofino with us that you will take your photography to the next level with the personal instruction. Come and join us and expand your creative and technical skills through extensive field shoots and informative classes and photo reviews. You and only a maximum of 10 other photographers will share the excitement of our only workshop of 2015 to photograph these memorable sites.

I will say that we have a ton of fun, but we do work hard from dawn to dusk and you will return home tired but satisfied with the images and memories left on your memory cards. A few things that also need mentioned; this is a photography workshop, not a photo tour.  We will be generally photographing during the optimal light of the day, 6am till 10am and 5pm till 10pm. Then during the middle of the day we'll spend the time holding classes and reviewing your photos.  Also, the proper camera gear is very important for a successful photography workshop experience.  The gear we suggest includes digital (or film) SLR with a range of lenses from wide angle to telephoto.  A sturdy tripod and other items are also essential, and a more complete list of suggested equipment will be provided when you register.

A Typical Day

We will meet for group reception and you will be given an orientation presentation on the area. We will also show you examples of the kind of photographic situations that you will be in, but also make some suggestions on how you should approach these situations.

A final, detailed itinerary will be provided prior to the workshop.  It is always subject to last minute changes to take advantage of the constantly changing weather and light.  But we will select our locations from some of the following: Rainforest Hot Springs, Private boat tours, Lighthouse loop, Long beach, Combers Beach, Meares Island, Pacific Rim National Park.  We will not have the time to cover all of these locations but will select the ones that provide the finest photographic opportunities at the time based on my experience living in British Columbia

Most of our days will begin well before sunrise.  We will arrive at our location an hour before sunrise.  This will give us an opportunity to photograph in the luminous blue hour.  Because Tofino is so large, some mornings will entail driving times of a half hour or more.  We will continue to photograph through the morning golden hour, that period after sunrise when the sun is still low in the sky and the light especially warm. For our night photo shoots we will leave the classroom for our afternoon and sunset destinations in time to take full advantage of the afternoon golden hour, sunset and twilight for such photographic styles as long exposure and light painting.

An important part of the Tofino photography workshop is feedback and instruction. As mentioned, we will take advantage of the poor light during the middle of the day to review your photos and offer 'classroom' instruction.  In addition to covering such topics as composition and depth of field we will also spend some time on workflow and post processing using Lightroom and Photoshop.

The weather in Tofino            

The average daily temperature in Tofino is around 15°C ( 60°F) in July and August, these are ideal months for outdoor activities for photographers. August also sees the second lowest rainfall in Tofino each year and allows the elongated shadows to be visible each morning and night as we walk the expansive shorelines during the golden hours. 

The dates would be August 9 to August 15. Arrive in Vancouver for a pickup at 10 on morning of the 9th. We will take the ferry across to Nanaimo or Victoria that day and drive through the island towards Tofino.

 On our way we will make a few stops in Vancouver so you can see some of the highlights of the city. My favorites are the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, English Bay and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

We will then head to the ferry port and take the ferry across to Vancouver Island. Once on the island we will drive west towards Tofino, cutting through some amazing BC scenery and Mt. Washington.

We will arrive at Tofino close to sunset and get settled into our homes for the week. We will be renting a few large fully furnished vacation properties where you would have your own bedroom and a common area for relaxing and editing.

These homes are fully furnished higher end homes with a full kitchen as well.

We will cook all the meals for you at these homes that are situated near or on the water. We will also do all the driving while you are with us.

Our time in Tofino will be from the night of the 9th of August till mid morning on the 15th. While in Tofino we will be focusing on photographing the seascapes, the Pacific Rim National Park rain forest. We will also photograph the local feathered residents of bald eagles and the many sea lions found basking and swimming in the water

August is our choice because that is the time the golden hour air is cool and creates fog along the shoreline. It is a magical time of year to photograph in tofino and master your skills at long exposures and seaside photography.

There is also an optional boat tour that we can take for whale and black bear watching. If that is something that you would like to participate in, we can co-ordinate while we are there very easily.

We will drive back down another route towards Vancouver on the 15th so that you can take in more island scenery and have you at Vancouver International Airport on the 15th for 4pm

You should schedule your flights so that you arrive in Vancouver to be picked up at 10am on the 9th and schedule your departures for after 6pm on the 15th of August.

The cost for this workshop is $2750CAD ($2190USD) plus $72.68CAD in taxes. For this, you get your single accommodation, meals, transportation and photographic teaching.

Not included are alcohol, items of personal nature, travelers insurance, flights to and from the workshop.

Please contact me at kevinapepper@outlook.com, or email us through our Contact Us Page

 

 

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com