It’s about time…

photography workshops, national parks, groups, workshops, landscape, Dan Jurak, Alberta,

A running joke in the house is that I always say that I am heading out to the mountains to take pictures but never actually go.

I had been planning this for a few days. Picked a spot. Waited for the right temperatures and skies. All packed and ready to go and guess what? I might end up going tomorrow now. Sigh.

Checking the weather forecasts this morning things looked great until the actual drive back and then freezing rain is forecast for this evening/tonight. There was no way that I was going to take a chance and drive for four hours in the dark on icy highways. Not winter ice but freezing rain over dry pavement ice. Taking pictures is my passion but it isn’t worth more than having a serious accident and ending up in the ditch or worse. So, the plan is now to leave tomorrow morning when the rain will have passed.

As I was browsing a few websites, AFTER getting the bad weather forecast I came upon this article in a Facebook group,

Zion National Park in Utah has issued a rule where no tripods are allowed on any trails in the park IN PHOTO WORKSHOPS. You or I can take all the pictures that we want with our cameras on tripods there but if you are in a workshop that is now forbidden.

Finally some common sense when it comes to workshops.

Zion is a very small park. It can easily become crowded and a group of a dozen people all hogging a spot with cameras on tripods listening to an instructor ruin the national park experience for anyone not in the group.

I did my photo thesis on Zion about forty years ago for my second year school project. Zion is a lovely, tiny park and with how the population and tourism keeps growing, I can see how that creates problems.

I have come across groups in Banff and Jasper over the years and it really does ruin it for others  when a cluster of people all being led by an instructor have their tripods planted and are either listening to him/her or taking pictures. Don’t even try to take pictures while they are in that spot. People get in the way or stay in one place for a time only to be replaced by the next person in the group who wants the same viewpoint.

Please Parks Canada can we get some restrictions on photo groups in our national parks?

Happy shooting,



~ by Dan Jurak on January 16, 2018.

3 Responses to “It’s about time…”

  1. I am thinking of the line-up of photographers at Lake Louise, and that isn’t even a work-shop, just a work-out to get a view of the lake. i am sure you found some good spots.

  2. Popular spots like Lake Louise are best photographed before everyone wakes up. LOL

  3. Thank you Jane. This is actually a blend of two photos. One with a long, long exposure for the clouds and another shorter one to make the waves fluid but still retain some shape.

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