Haliburton Wildlife Workshop
This trip is designed to give you the opportunity to photograph in an area that consists of 80.000 acres of forested, rolling hills interspersed with more than 50 lakes and hundreds of wetlands. You will also get guided in one of the most iconic parks in Ontario, Algonquin Park.
For our winter workshops, our photography targets are the area moose, the pine martin, owls, our own personal huskies that are pulling your dog sled, and of course, the wolf pack at Haliburton Wildlife Preserve.
Dates of our 2016 winter workshop are as follows:
Workshop #1 is three days from February 28 to March 1, 2016 and Workshop #2 is 3 days from March 1 to March 3, 2016
Workshop Leaders: Kevin Allen Pepper and Chris Pepper
Price of Workshop: $675CDN plus HST for a maximum of 8 people (if you want to stay for both workshops, your price for the second workshop is $525CDN plus HST)
Included: Shared accommodations, (Single accommodation will cost you an additional $115) dog sledding fees, guiding fees in Algonquin Park, photography instruction, park entrance fees, fees to photograph wolves, winter clothing if needed during dog sledding tour
Not Included: Transportation. meals, items of personal nature,
Day One - Arrive before noon, check into your accommodations and we will go photograph the wolf pack for the afternoon. The wold pack will be outside and you will be sitting in the warmth of a controlled area, hidden from the wolf pack. Today the pack - Luna and Fang, the Alpha pair, and their siblings and offspring, - roam freely in a 15 acre enclosure, one of the largest of its kind in the world. The observatory is equipped with one-way glass and a microphone to enable visitors to observe the pack.
"the wolves here are more wild looking than you find at Triple D in Montana" - K Franza, 2015
After our afternoon photographing the wolves we will gather for dinner, and to go through our wolf images to give you some feedback and editing tips. Then, if the skies co-operate, maybe some night photography in the wilderness while we listen to the calls of the owls and wolves and coyote calls
Day Two - After breakfast its a trip over to see the wolves one more time, this time, hopefully armed with more knowledge after our editing and feedback session.
After your second time with the wolves, its time for a light lunch and prepare for an age old winter activity of Canada, dog sledding.
Winding through the forest are more than 300 kilometers of groomed trails making this a dog sledder's paradise. Hidden along the trails are a number of small camps and shelters providing scenic locations to have a snack, warm up or photograph the wilderness and wildlife that calls this area home.
Prior to departing on our tour you will be introduced to your guides and dog team. After a brief, but intensive and comprehensive training session you can become involved in harnessing the dogs. Then, under the leadership of your guide, your tour departs. Take charge and drive your own team and enjoy the trails and all the photographic opportunities this area has to offer.
During our time with the dogs that starts at 1:00 pm and runs up to 3 hours. Our Half Day tours will stop en route with plenty of opportunities for photographs and stories. The average distance covered is 20 km, depending on the amount of stops to photograph the dogs and landscapes.
If time, and natural light permits, you can head back for one last chance to photograph the wolves.
After our day photographing the dogs, the wilderness and the wolves we will gather for dinner, and to go through our wolf images to give you some feedback and editing tips. Then, if the skies co-operate, maybe some night photography in the wilderness while we listen to the calls of the owls and wolves and coyote calls
Day Three - With our proximity so close to Algonquin Park, our last day will consist of a trip up to Algonquin for a morning photo shoot. This iconic park offers the photographers the opportunity to create magical winter landscape images and put you in the best chance to see, and photograph wildlife such as Pine Martin, Moose, Great Grey Owls, and a variety of other bird species.
The workshop ends at noon on day three.
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