Shoot Nova Scotia Tour 2018 – Highlands Edition


Join Jim Hardiman and Wayne Bennett for our first of two annual photographic tours of several of the highlights of Nova Scotia, Canada’s Ocean Playground.  We will visit the Cabot Trail (this is where the Tour gets its name), one of the most picturesque locations in North America.  We will visit Louisbourg where we will photograph the historic Fortress that played a key role in the history of Nova Scotia.  While in Lousibourg, we will enjoy some Nova Scotia culture when we experience the Beggar’s Banquet.  Following Fortress Louisbourg we we travel south of Halifax and photograph the area around Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Blue Rocks. The tour will end with a trip to the north shore of Minas Basin which is part of the Bay of Fundy where we will photograph the seacoast where you find the world’s highest tides.  Of course, Peggys Cove at sunset will be included.  In fact, you will have the opportunity to photograph at  least  five  lighthouses.

This is the first of two tours running in two consecutive weeks.  The second tour will explore other equally well-known and picturesque areas of Nova Scotia.  Consider joining both tours for a truly comprehensive tour of Nova Scotia.  You can learn about the Shoot Nova Scotia Tour – Valley Edition here.



Shoot Nova Scotia Tour - Highland Edition

$1750 US - Single

  • $1425 – Double Occupancy
  • Six Days
  • 12-17 August 2018
  • Book By 1 June 2018
  • Limit 10 People
  • Hotels Included!
  • Includes The Beggar’s Banquet in Loisbourg
  • Includes Access to Fortress Louisbourg
  • Includes Access to Highlands National Park
  • Includes Field and Post-Processing Instruction if Desired
  • Flights, Meals and Ground Transportation Not Included
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Shoot Nova Scotia Tour 2018 – Highlands Edition


Join Jim Hardiman and Wayne Bennett for our first of two annual photographic tours of several of the highlights of Nova Scotia, Canada’s Ocean Playground.  We will visit the Cabot Trail (this is where the Tour gets its name), one of the most picturesque locations in North America.  We will visit Louisbourg where we will photograph the historic Fortress that played a key role in the history of Nova Scotia.  While in Lousibourg, we will enjoy some Nova Scotia culture when we experience the Beggar’s Banquet.  Following Fortress Louisbourg we we travel south of Halifax and photograph the area around Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Blue Rocks. The tour will end with a trip to the north shore of Minas Basin which is part of the Bay of Fundy where we will photograph the seacoast where you find the world’s highest tides.  Of course, Peggys Cove at sunset will be included.  In fact, you will have the opportunity to photograph at  least  five  lighthouses.

This is the first of two tours running in two consecutive weeks.  The second tour will explore other equally well-known and picturesque areas of Nova Scotia.  Consider joining both tours for a truly comprehensive tour of Nova Scotia.  You can learn about the Shoot Nova Scotia Tour – Valley Edition here.



Shoot Nova Scotia Tour

$1750 US - Single

  • $1425 – Double Occupancy
  • Six Days
  • 12-17 August 2018
  • Book By 1 June 2018
  • Limit 10 People
  • Hotels Included!
  • Includes The Beggar’s Banquet in Loisbourg
  • Includes Access to Fortress Louisbourg
  • Includes Access to Highlands National Park
  • Includes Field and Post-Processing Instruction if Desired
  • Flights, Meals and Ground Transportation Not Included
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Cape Breton

Cape Breton Island is one of the must-see islands in North America.  We will visit several locations on the Island including a trip around the Cabot Trail.  On the Cabot Trail we will photograph many spectacular landscapes, a beautiful waterfall and a very picturesque lighthouse.  After the Trail, we will venture into Louisbourg and enjoy some Nova Scotia culture when we experience the Beggar’s Banquet.  The following morning, we will photograph Fortress Louisbourg and then travel back to Truro.

Lake O’Law is a very scenic location on the Cabot Trail on the way to Margaree.

The scenery and opportunity for beautiful landscapes and panoramas improves as you round each corner.

Beulach Ban Falls, a beautiful waterfall on the Cabot Trail.

Neil’s Harbour, found on the Cabot Trail offers many beautiful landscape opportunities.

The Lone Shieling, a replica of a Scottish crofter’s hut surrounded by 350 year-old sugar maple trees.

Lunenburg and Surrounding Area

Lunenburg Nova Scotia offers authentic vistas of fishing villages, beautiful rugged seacoast and colourful buildings. During our time in this area, we will photograph Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, Blue Rocks and Stonehurst. This part of the Tour will finish with a sunset in Peggys Cove.

Mahone Bay and the areas around Lunenburg offer some of the most beautiful and iconic seascapes in Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, the home of the Bluenose, offers many excellent opportunities to photograph colourful buildings near the water.

Blue Rocks near Lunenburg is filled with rugged seaside scenery, much of it with small, colourful fishing boats.

Peggys Cove at Sunset is one of the most sought after photographs in Nova Scotia.

In Stonehurst, you will find a quaint seaside village full of colourful photographic opportunities.

North Shore of Minas Basin

The north shore Minas Basin which is part of the Bay of Fundy offers a completely different photographic experience than the other locations we have visited. You will see the location where the highest tides in the world occur which often results in boats sitting on the bottom without water. We will visit Five Islands, Parrsboro and Spencer’s Island and Cape D’Or.

The Lighthouse in Five Islands is representative of the design that you will see throughout Nova Scotia

Advocate Harbour offers wonderful opportunities to photograph fishing boats.

Spencer’s Island is an interesting location which offers the opportunity to experiment with a Neutral Density Filter and slow down the shutter in the middle of the day.

The photographic opportunities are endless on a tour of Nova Scotia.

You can walk to this lighthouse across the ocean floor at low tide.  At high tide like in this picture, the water is about 50 feet deep.

Tour Leaders

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Jim Hardiman


Jim has been a photographer for more than 35 years. He has won awards for his images in both Canada and the United States


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Wayne Bennett


Wayne has been a professional photographer for 25 years, specializing in wildlife and nature photography.


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Important Information

You must register for this Tour no later than 1 June 2018.  When you register for this Tour, you will receive all of the pertinent information concerning meeting locations, a detailed itinerary of the Tour and other details.  Hotels are included in the price.  You can register by clicking one of the registration buttons on this page or clicking here.
Payment is due when you register.  You can register here.   Payment includes a $250.00 deposit, which is refundable with six months notice prior to Tour commencement.  Expenses, including transportation and meals are the responsibility of the participant.   Please read the Cancellation Policy.
A $250.00 deposit is included in the total payment . All payments including the deposit are refundable if  cancellation is made more than six months before the beginning of the tour.  If cancellation is between six months and 30 days you will be reimbursed 75% of the total.  Between 30 days and 7 days, you will be reimbursed 50% of the total and there is no reimbursement within 7 days of the Tour commencement.  To be fair, if your spot can be filled, you will receive a full refund.  Trip insurance is advisable.
There are certain risks associated with going on a tour of this nature.  This tour is designed to be enjoyed by healthy people in average physical condition.  Prior to taking part in this tour, you will be required to sign a Tour Waiver.  You must acknowledge that you accept the terms of the Tour Waiver when registering.  You will sign a copy before we start the tour.  It can be read here.
Here’s a suggested list of what you might bring to Nova Scotia. We will do our best to help you with your gear in the field, however you should be familiar with your gear and accessories.  If you’re using something for the first time, practice using it and make sure you have the user manual/batteries on hand.

Cameras

  • DSLR Body or mirrorless camera
  • Optional: Back-up camera body

Lenses

  • Lenses ranging from 24mm to 300mm, prime or zoom.
  • If you have wider lenses, like a fish eye, do bring it.
  • Macro lenses are a possibility depending on the amount of wildflowers around. If you don’t have  a macro lens, extension tubes will work or the Canon 500D filter for macro will work.

Filters

  • Polarizer
  • Solid Neutral Density Filters (Optional; for long exposures)
  • Graduated Neutral Density filters, such as the 2 stop reverse graduated ND
  • Variable neutral density filter
  • For long exposures (5 stop and 10 stop, or 15 stop suggested)

Accessories

Tripod & Head

Make sure you have a tripod that is sturdy but light enough to carry with you.  If you do not already have a tripod, we recommend an L-bracket for you camera. When using the L-bracket you can easily switch from horizontal to vertical orientation and the center point of the lens will remain unchanged.

Camera/Lens Mounting Accessories

Remember to bring the tools needed for for your tripod and tripod head. If your tripod head has a specific mount, please make sure to bring these with you.

Cable (remote) release 

This will let you trigger the shutter without touching it, preventing camera shake. The lock function allows you to use Bulb mode for exposures longer than 30 seconds.

Intervalometer

If you wish to do time-lapse photography (we plan to do some during the Tour), you will need an intervalometer.  If you use a Nikon camera, most of the newer models have a built-in intervalometer. Other brand users may need to purchase an intervalometer separately. (For time-lapse, and image sequences).

Blower bulb

Microfiber cloths for cleaning lenses and cameras

Sensor cleaning kit (optional)

Memory Cards

Bring enough memory cards so that you don’t need to erase/reuse cards during the trip. If you reuse cards, and back up incorrectly, you risk losing images.

Laptop Computer

We suggest bringing your laptop and a card reader for image review sessions.

Editing Software

Make sure your laptop computer is updated with the latest versions of any editing software (Lightroom/Photoshop, etc) and any plug-ins that you use.

We may be teaching more advanced techniques such as High Dynamic Range Photography, Panoramic Photography, Time-Lapse Photography and Long Exposure Techniques during the tour.  Some of the shoots will be during sunrise and sunset where it is important to know how to operate your equipment.  To this end, you should have a working knowledge of how your camera and other equipment functions (bring a manual if necessary).  You should have an understanding of exposure.
The parts of Nova Scotia we will be visiting do not require a great deal of walking or hiking, however there will be some walking involved. Most of what we will be shooting will be near our vehicles, except for the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton which is about an hour walk one-way if you choose to participate.  It is rated as an easy trail and the vistas are well-worth the walk.
We will be headquartered in Truro, Nova Scotia where you you will spend four nights, but will be staying in two hotels while on the road in Cape Breton.  Flights into Halifax, Nova Scotia (about 40 minutes from Truro) will probably be the easiest for air travel, however, you may choose to fly into Bangor Maine which may be less expensive but will require about a five hour car ride to Truro.

You will be staying at the following hotels (they are included in the price):

  • Truro – (20, 23,24 and 25 August) – Holiday Inn Hotel;
  • Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton – (21 August) – Mountain View Motel; and
  • Loiusbourg, Cape Breton – (22 August) – Point of View Suites.

We will meet for an introductory session on 20 August 7 PM and the actual tour will begin early on 21 August when we depart for Cape Breton.  We will explore Nova Scotia until the evening of 25 August.