Forgetting about business and just having fun


The past few posts I’ve made here have been more about the business side of photography than the photography itself. As with most things in life there are two sides.

Today is about what makes shooting landscapes so much fun.

Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park is scheduled to open for downhill skiing this Wednesday, November 11. It is their earliest opening ever. Check out their ski cams to get an idea of how much snow is at the higher elevations. They’ve been getting snow for a few days up high and with the upgraded snow making equipment, they’re winter season is almost here.

For those of us who go to the mountain parks to shoot pictures, the snow will be a little later in coming although, I remember many years ago when I was assigned to photograph Christmas in November at the Jasper Park Lodge my wife and i drove out in mid November in blizzard conditions. In the lodge’s parking lot the snow was easily knee deep. The Yellowhead Highway was so bad they closed it on the drive out at the park gates and we stayed overnight in Hinton. Unfortunately, that was during the twenty years of adulthood that I had totally lost interests in landscape photography.

There must have been some great photo opportunities that weekend.

That is one of the fun things about shooting landscapes, the more inclement the weather the more interesting photos become.

There are a ton of fair weather photographers out there and it makes sense. You want to be outdoors and record your travels. Not many families want to be outside in a snowstorm or up early for a sunrise.

Nope, the lower elevations won’t be covered in snow unless the big storm comes soon but the parks still can be photographed. That is one of the joys of photography, having to look or hunt for my pictures. It’s pretty much the opposite of the workshops or photo tours I wrote about the other day. I’d rather discover things on my own rather than be led around and shown what and where to shoot.

There’s nothing wrong whichever way you do it. It’s just great to be outdoors. In the mountains. On the prairies. In the woods. Get out there and if you don’t bring back any photos, is that such a bad thing?

Happy shooting,



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~ by Dan Jurak on November 8, 2009.

3 Responses to “Forgetting about business and just having fun”

  1. Brrrrrrrrrrrr…..!

  2. Hi! Long time lurker, posting for the first time. I recognize the location of the photo in this post, and I think I have a trio myself.
    Thanks for looking!

  3. Thanks for visiting. Yup, winter’s almost here.

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