FORESTS OF VANCOUVER
1:1 PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
This is a rough outline. Depending on weather I may shuffle things around to improve our chances at getting the best light and conditions! In terms of time, I'm budgeting anywhere from 6-8 hours per day. Or more if needed!
Also included: transportation to/from locations, lunches. Since we will be photographing waterfalls and canyons you should bring an extra pair of footwear (in addition to your hiking boots/shoes) that you don't mind getting wet. Sandals will work in September, although you may still want to combine them with neoprene socks. I can give you additional gear recommendations later if needed.
Hiking difficulty: easy
Hiking distance: 3 km
My favorite local canyon - I've spent countless hours here. Late September is typically quite good for taking photos from inside the canyon. Lower water levels allow for unique perspectives that aren't possible during other times of the year. We will aim to be at this location on a day with rain, sun or if we're very lucky, fog.
Kennedy Falls & Whistler Creek
Hiking difficulty: intermediate
Hiking distance: 11 km
Although the net elevation gain on this hike is only 150m, there is quite a bit of up and down going both ways, adding up to around 500m total. It is rated as intermediate, mostly because it can be quite muddy with a rough track and lots of deadfall. This hike will take us through some second growth forest, ranging from beautiful to unfortunately ravaged. Along the way to the waterfalls, we will visit two huge trees that are likely well over 700 years old. Due to their surroundings these trees aren't ideal for photography but they are always worth stopping to see. We will stop at a couple other points along the way that contain some very beautiful sections of forest! Our destination is a locally famous waterfall, plus a more secret waterfall in a mossy slot canyon.
Lynn Canyon & Steelhead Falls
Hiking difficulty: easy
Hiking distance: 5 km
Vancouver's famous canyon! This is a must for anyone visiting. We will view the canyon from the suspension bridge and other viewpoints, but our focus will be more on photographing some intimate forest scenes. The canyon is unfortunately not accessible for photography. We will try to make sure we visit this on a weekday because it gets very busy on weekends.
After spending our time in the forest around Lynn Canyon, we will make our way a bit farther out to Steelhead Falls in Mission. It's probably one of the Vancouver area's most beautiful waterfalls and it can be photographed from multiple interesting angles.