May was a crazy month for photography! One of the most exciting things I did at the end of May was run my first annual Dinosaur at Night Photography workshop at Dinosaur Provincial Park (DPP). I have to say I had the best group of participants to kick off this workshop. Everyone was keen to learn and in-between shooting (and eating) we spent a lot of time hanging out, talking shop, talking pets, and having what one of our tour guides called “actual intelligent conversations.” [I think he meant that we were out of small talk mode, not that he expected unintelligent conversation =P]

With this workshop, I wanted to include some activities that let the participants experience the park. We went on two tours to guided only sections of the park and saw so many fossils. In one area, fossils were sticking out everywhere you walked.

We also had a chef to take care of our meals while everyone was learning, exploring and recovering from the lack of sleep. Christine from Reflective Catering did an amazing job and kept us so well fed with delicious meals every day.

My weekend was all about teaching, so I did not end up taking too many photos. I did get enough to show you what the weekend was like hopefully. Unfortunately, on the day we all drove into the park, the smoke from the wildfires in Northern Alberta also joined us. We were still able to work on night photography skills, even with the smoke-filled skies. A four-day workshop offers lots of opportunity for weather and in this case, winds to change. On the last night, we got our Milky Way shots, and everyone had already practiced their night shooting techniques leading up to the final night. The group spent almost three hours photographing the Milky Way and came away with some cool images. One of the participants even won his local Photography Club’s year-end contest with an image from this workshop!

The rest of the blog consists of photos of each “section” of the workshop. Most were taken with my Nikons, but some with my iPhone.

The Day

The Tours

The Food

The Night

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There are also spots available in my upcoming 2019 workshops.