2019 Tombstone Territorial Park Photography Workshop

Jules Renard once wrote, “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.”

Thats exactly how I feel about Tombstone Territorial Park, Kluane National Park and many of the areas in-between that we will stop at, and photograph. The beauty that exists in some of the Yukon's back country areas are areas that I would compare to any other location on the planet for the landscape photographer of any level

Date of the Trip: August 25, 2019 to September 1, 2019

 Fall colours of the tundra lies in the foreground of the Tombstone Mountains

Fall colours of the tundra lies in the foreground of the Tombstone Mountains

Details of Photography Workshop

Date of the Trip: August 25, 2019 to September 1, 2019

Maximum number of participants is 5

Included: Private helicopter has been chartered to take us out to Tombstone Territorial Park and pick us up. Shared Accommodation at hotels, Shared tent in Tombstone. Use of tent, use of sleeping pad. All Meals. Transportation via an approved Dempster highway certified vehicle. Camping fees. Park permits are secured and Photography permits will be secured. Satellite phone with group while camping and traveling in Tombstone Territorial park.

Not Included: Extra nights if required, traveler insurance, meals when not camping, items of personal nature, anything not listed as included above.

Flight Information: You will be arriving into Whitehorse Airport, (airport code YXY)

Cost of Workshop: $5995USD

Single Supplement: $500USD for August 25, 30 and 31 (does not apply to camping as space is limited at the campsite) 

Deposit Information: $1000USD to secure your spot and balance due May 25th, 2019

Environmental Conditions

Sunrise time is roughly 6:45am and Sunset time is roughly 9:15pm during our trip.

Moon cycle: New moon on August 30

Packing Information: Your personal equipment must be carefully chosen to be durable, weather resistant and insect-proof. Layered clothing for temperature control is best. Outer garments such as cotton or wool are advisable. Synthetic lining in the bag that we take to Tombstone is a good idea. Boots should be worn in and suitable for hiking off trail over sand, rocks and wet terrain. You should have waterproof rain gear that you can comfortably hike in. A daypack suitable to carry your own camera equipment and bag lunch for our hikes is great. 

Recommended Photography Equipment:

• Wide angle lens such as a14 to 24mm and an aperture of F2.8 or faster
• A medium telephoto lenses in the range of 24-105mm and a 70-200mm
• Sturdy Tripod
• Remote control for your camera for landscapes and aurora, ND and polarizers
• Two camera bodies, sufficient memory cards, chargers and batteries for each body

‘Quicklist’ of Things to Bring:

• Day pack (for camera equipment, two days clothing while camping, lunches etc.)
• Personal items such as sunglasses and sunscreen
• Warm jacket
• Insulated pants
• waterproof hiking boots
• Water bottle
• Warm clothing that you can layer, winter hat and liner gloves.
• Quality rain gear for you and for your camera
• Flashlight

A more detailed list, and suggestions on how to travel with this gear will be supplied prior to the trip. 

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Itinerary of Photo Workshop

Day One – August 25, 2019 – You arrive in Whitehorse and be ready to be picked up at 3pm for our departure to our first location just an hour north of Whitehorse. 

We will arrive at our accommodation and have a group dinner to get to know each other better and discuss the trip in more detail. After dinner you will be taken out to our first locations around the Fox Lake area. Tonight we will be out taking images through sunset into the night. If the skies and aurora forecast co-operate we will locate ourselves in one of my hand picked locations that present the best aurora images. 

Day Two – August 26 - Today we depart for Tombstone Territorial Park. Making some planned stops along the way along the Yukon River and mountain vistas adorned with fall colors, we will arrive at our destination in the afternoon. 

We will get settled at our remote camp and I will prepare you for your first photo shoot in the Patagonia of Canada, Tombstone Territorial Park. 

After dinner we will head out for your first of many golden hour, blue hour with alpine glow and the aurora if it comes out.

Stay at Tented Walled Camps

Day Three and day Four – August 27, August 28 - We will now spend three full days in Tombstone Territorial Park to maximize photo opportunities of the mountain ranges and valleys and hikes along the Dempster Highway. Tombstone Territorial Park is a land where craggy, black granite pinnacles point to the sun. Where hidden valleys are settings for crystalline lakes. Where every August the tundra explodes in a crazy carpet of colours that delight the eye and confound the camera. And where the only forces that have truly touched the landscape are wind, water, and glaciers.

On one of these days we will be picked up by a private helicopter charter that will take us deep into the Tombstone Mountain range for an overnight in the remote wilderness few will ever get to experience. Our destination is the Talus lake and the Grizzly Lake area of Tombstone Territorial Park.

This pristine area is in the center of Canada’s version of Patagonia. The landscapes are otherworldly and the silence is deafening

 Aurora in the Yukon

Aurora in the Yukon

 Northern lights in the Yukon

Northern lights in the Yukon

Day Five - August 29 - We will return to our tented walled camp and spend another day exploring Tombstone Territorial park locations. 

Day Six – August 30 - Today we have an early morning departure from tented wall camp to maximize light on south side of park as we exit.  You will have a half day of shooting as we depart the park and head towards Dawson City.

We will arrive in Dawson City at lunch and check into our hotel. 

In the afternoon we will gather for an image critique and give you some downtime to wander through the historical section of Dawson City. 

After dinner our golden hour and night shoot will be conducted based on what fall colors we are seeing, and the possibility of seeing the aurora tonight. We have many options, and we will identify the best spot for our last photoshoot in Dawson City area.

Day Seven – August 31 – After breakfast we will depart and head back to Whitehorse. The drive will consist of a number of planned photo stops that will consist of fall colors and forests that we will be driving through. Upon arrival back in Whitehorse we will check into our hotel and go for our final dinner in downtown Whitehorse. 

Day Eight – September 1 – Departures can be at any time… flights start leaving at 6am. You will be taken to the hotel in time to meet your departing flights that you have booked. 

Are you ready to experience one of the most unique experiences in your life? Got questions, just ask and I would be happy to talk to you about the trip.

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