Shoot Nova Scotia Tour 2018 – Valley Edition


Join Jim Hardiman and Wayne Bennett for our second of two annual photographic tours of the highlights of Nova Scotia, Canada’s Ocean Playground.   We will visit the Annapolis Valley (this is where the Tour gets its name), one of the most picturesque locations in Nova Scotia.   We will visit   Baxter’s Harbour where we will photograph a waterfall and some very rugged rocky coastline.  We will continue shooting down the southern coast of the Bay of Fundy until we reach Brier Island.   On the Island we will photograph a lighthouse both at sunset and sunrise – we plan to light paint this lighthouse after dark.   Before we leave the Island, we will go out on a whale watching tour where you will have the opportunity to photograph humpback whales.   When we leave Brier Island, we will shoot our way  to the town of Digby where we will spend the night and shoot a sunset.   The next morning, we will continue our tour down the Evangeline Trail (shooting along the way) to the Town of Yarmouth.   In Yarmouth we will photograph Cape Forchu Lighthouse at sunset, sunrise and in the dark.   The following morning we will leave Yarmouth and head around the Lighthouse Trail on our way to Peggys Cove.   There are many picturesque locations along this part of the tour which include seacoast and lighthouses.   That evening we will shoot Peggys cove at sunset.   The final day of the Tour, we will photograph Peggys Cove at sunrise, head into Halifax for breakfast and shoot around the historic Halifax waterfront.   We will leave Halifax and travel to Fisherman’s Cove  and Lawrencetown before we return to Truro.   You will have plenty of opportunities to shoot the beautiful Nova Scotia seacoast including several lighthouses.  Nova Scotia is called “Canada’s Ocean Playground” for a reason!

This is the second of two tours running in two consecutive weeks.  The first 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 – Highlands Edition here.



Shoot Nova Scotia Tour - Highland Edition

$1750 US - Single

  • $1425 – Double Occupancy
  • Six Days
  • 19-24 August 2018
  • Book By 1 June 2018
  • Limit 10 People
  • Hotels Included!
  • Includes Whale Watching On Brier Island
  • Includes All Ferry Crossings
  • Includes Field and Post-Processing Instruction if Desired
  • Flights, Meals and Ground Transportation Not Included
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Shoot Nova Scotia Tour 2018 – Valley Edition


Join Jim Hardiman and Wayne Bennett for our second of two annual photographic tours of the highlights of Nova Scotia, Canada’s Ocean Playground.  We will visit the Annapolis Valley (this is where the Tour gets its name), one of the most picturesque locations in Nova Scotia.   We will visit   Baxter’s Harbour where we will photograph a waterfall and some very rugged rocky coastline.  We will continue shooting down the southern coast of the Bay of Fundy until we reach Brier Island.   On the Island we will photograph a lighthouse both at sunset and sunrise – we plan to light paint this lighthouse after dark.   Before we leave the Island, we will go out on a whale watching tour where you will have the opportunities to photograph humpback whales.   When we leave Brier Island, we will shoot our way  to the town of Digby where we will spend the night and shoot a sunset.   The next morning, we will continue our tour down the Evangeline Trail (shooting along the way) to the Town of Yarmouth.   In Yarmouth we will photograph Cape Forchu Lighthouse at sunset, sunrise and in the dark.   The following morning we will leave Yarmouth and head around the Lighthouse Trail on our way to Peggys Cove.   There are many picturesque locations along this part of the tour which include seacoast and lighthouses.   That evening we will shoot Peggys cove at sunset.   The final day of the Tour, we will photograph Peggys Cove at sunrise, head into Halifax for breakfast and shoot around the historic Halifax waterfront.   We will leave Halifax and travel to Fisherman’s Cove  and Lawrencetown before we return to Truro.   You will have plenty of opportunities to shoot the beautiful Nova Scotia seacoast including several lighthouses.  Nova Scotia is called “Canada’s Ocean Playground” for a reason!

This is the second of two tours running in two consecutive weeks.  The first 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 – Highlands Edition here.



Shoot Nova Scotia Tour

$1750 US - Single

  • $1425 – Double Occupancy
  • Six Days
  • 19 – 24 August 2018
  • Book By 1 June 2018
  • Limit 10 People
  • Hotels Included!
  • Includes Whale Watching On Brier Island
  • Includes All Ferry Crossings
  • Includes Field and Post-Processing Instruction if Desired
  • Flights, Meals and Ground Transportation Not Included
Register Now!
Learn About the Tour LeadersLearn About Important Information

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Annapolis Valley and the Evangeline Trail

The Annapolis Valley is a very picturesque area of Nova Scotia where you will have the opportunity to photograph beautiful seacoast and lighthouses.  We will visit areas that played important roles in the development of Nova Scotia as we know it today.  While on Brier Island, we will take a whale-watching trip to photograph humpback whales.  We also plan to do some light-painting on one of the remote lighthouses at night – instruction provided if needed.

 

It is not unusual to run into someone in a sea kayak.

At Hall’s Harbour, you will often find fishing boats sitting on the bottom at low tide.

The Blomidon Lookoff is a popular tourist and photography destination where you will be able to see five counties on a clear day.

During a trip to Brier Island, a voyage to see whales can result in many spectacular images.

The Annapolis Valley and the Evangeline Trail are spotted with many interesting lighthouses.

Yarmouth and The Lighthouse Route

Yarmouth is found on the rugged south shore of Nova Scotia.  Here you will find beautiful seacoast vistas, wharves with fishing boats and a unique lighthouse at Cape Forchu.   The south shore of Nova Scotia offers wonderful scenery, small fishing communities and lighthouses.  This part of the tour ends with a sunset in Peggy’s Cove.

Cape Forchu Lighthouse is a wonderful subject for the landscape photographer.

Western Head Lighthouse near Liverpool is a great subject especially at low tide. This is a peaceful area with plenty of ocean.

During the Tour we will be taking images at night. The lighthouse at Cape Forchu is a great subject.

Peggy’s Cove at Sunset is one of the most sought after photographs in Nova Scotia. We will photograph it at both sunrise and sunset.

In the Yarmouth area, you will find many interesting subjects to photograph.

Halifax Area

Halifax is the Capital of Nova Scotia and is blessed with the second-largest natural harbour in the world.   We will visit the historic waterfront before moving on to Fisherman’s Cove.   At Fisherman’s Cove you will find a quaint village with colourful fishing huts, a wharf and many fishing boats in a very small area that is easy to walk.   We will finish the Tour with a visit to the area around  Lawrencetown Beach which is a popular location for surfers in Nova Scotia.

 

Fisherman’s Cove is a s,all but quaint village that surrounds a wharf. You will find many opportunities to shoot fishing boats.

Halifax Harbour is host to vessels from around the world. Many summers see the Tall Ships make a port call.

Lawrencetown Beach offers many beautiful vistas and opportunities to capture images of the seacoast.

There are many colourful fishing shacks in Fisherman’s Cove. There is a shot just about everywhere you point your camera.

Halifax at night is a special place to photograph. From the opposite side of the harbour, the twilight shots are plentiful.

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 – (19 and 24 August) – Holiday Inn Hotel;
  • Brier Island – (20 August) – Brier Island Lodge;
  • Digby – (21 August) – Admiral Digby Inn;
  • Yarmouth  – (22 August) – Hotel TBA; and
  • Halifax – (23 August) – Hotel TBA.

We will meet for an introductory session on 19 August 7 PM and the actual tour will begin early on 20 August when we depart for Brier Island.  We will explore Nova Scotia until the evening of 24 August.