Duration: Every Saturday in January
Location: Banff National Park and Abraham Lake
Price: $399/person
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Mark Unrau

Vermilion Lakes

Mark Unrau

Icefield Parkway

Mark Unrau

Abraham Lake Ice bubbles

Mark Unrau


Mark Unrau


Mark Unrau

Escape into a winter wonderland and discover the timeless beauty of Banff National Park and Abraham Lake on a full day photography adventure! 

for everyone

Workshop Details:

Participation is limited to 6
Dates available Every Saturday in January
Duration: Full day workshop
Price per person: $399

As the snowflakes descend and cast a white blanket over the land, the stunning landscape of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is transformed into a magical wonderland. Join Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures as we help you learn how to photograph nature's awe-inspiring handiwork throughout Banff National Park.

Learn how to improve your landscape photography skills in a world class destination with National Geographic Traveler award-winning photographer, Mark Unrau. Mark will share his expertise in the field, help you develop a method to create great compositions and understand the best use of camera filters and settings to achieve professional quality images.

The adventure begins with photographing the iconic Mount Rundle and Vermilion Lakes at sunrise and ends at the world-renowned Abraham Lake situated in the remote and wild landscape of the Kootenay Plains to photograph the infamous ice bubbles and unique ice formations at sunset. Our journey takes us along the renowned  Bow Valley Parkway and Icefields Parkway through Banff National Park turning onto the David Thompson highway far off the beaten tourist track photographing along the way to Abraham Lake, our final destination. As a local professional photographer for over 15 years and a highly rated guide on TripAdvisor, Mark's warm personality and in-depth knowledge will increase your potential to capture incredible images of this winter wonderland.

This tour is open to all photography skill levels from complete beginner to advanced. Photography locations may involve a short hike through snow and participants should be prepared for this and the below freezing temperatures of this mid-winter tour. All you need is a willingness to get outside in the winter and learn the art of winter landscape photography. Sit back, relax and we'll do the rest.

Location highlights*

  • Vermilion Lakes
  • Abraham Lake*

*Locations are subject to change depending on weather and safety
*We cannot guarantee the visibility of the methane bubbles in the ice of Abraham Lake.

Photography techniques

  • 5 easy steps to nailing down a great composition and exposure
  • Unleashing the creative power of neutral density filters
  • Easily control and understand depth of field
  • Focus stacking
  • Landscape photography camera defaults
  • Three techniques to maximize dynamic range


Time & Location

*Minimum numbers apply see here

Pick up Location: Banff  *We will pick you up from your hotel if it is within the town of Banff.
Pick up time: 7:00 AM  *approx. depending on the hotel and date of the tour. Exact pickup times will be confirmed the day before your trip)
Return time: 7:00 PM  *We will try and have you back around 7:00 PM but please be flexible with times due to conditions and location of guests.)

What You’ll Need

  • DSLR camera
  • Wide angle lens (full frame around 16mm and cropped sensor around 10mm)
  • Tripod (sturdy and able to work in sub-zero temperatures)
  • Additional camera batteries (optional)
  • Cable camera release (wireless ones often fail in winter conditions!!!)
  • Warm clothes (average temperature in January is between -6°C and -16°C. Standing still photographing on ice and snow will make you cold quick!)
  • Hat & gloves
  • Waterproof winter boots


$399 for 1 person

What you Get

  • All transportation including hotel pick up/drop off and tour locations
  • Ice cleats rental (strap on over your winter boots)
  • Tea or coffee to start your day!
  • Water
  • Hot Vegetarian soup (please note, we are unable to accommodate any food allergies or sensitivities at this time.)
  • World class photography instruction from an award-winning photographer


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