Bay of Fundy Infrared Photography Workshop

Learn how to create unique images for your infrared portfolio

Photograph picturesque villages, forests, and rugged coastlines along the Bay of Fundy

See and experience the real Maritimes in a very personal photo workshop 

3.5 days, 4 nights | CDN $695 (about USD $550) plus 15% Canadian HST

Thursday, July 7th to  Monday, July 11th, 2022

Maximum 8 participants

 

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Join me, Murray Rudd, for a 3.5 day infrared (IR) photography workshop in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

We will experience diverse infrared (IR) opportunities, shooting little-photographed but spectacular coastal scenery.

This region is the core area of the new UNESCO Cliffs of Fundy global geopark and, since August 2020, is where I live.

The days will be long, early summer greens abound, and there should be good odds of mixed clouds and sun - perfect conditions for infrared.

This workshop is for ideally suited for photographers who want to learn more about creative IR shooting and processing choices.

This is a very personalized workshop - breakfasts and learning sessions will be hosted in my old farmhouse!

If you cannot make these dates, I will be covering the same material during a photo safari in Kenya in November 2022 or I am happy to set up a private workshop for individuals or small groups of photographers throughout the summer. 

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Three Sisters under a flowing cloudscape, infraredThree Sisters under a flowing cloudscape, infrared

Above: an infrared image of 'the Three Sisters', along the Bay of Fundy coast of Nova Scotia

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Who is this IR workshop for?

This trip is suitable for complete novice to intermediate-level IR photographers who want to learn shooting strategies and post-processing skills in  Photoshop. It is also suitable for advanced shooters who want opportunities to expand their IR portfolio. 

Physically, this trip will involve walking on trails of up to 1.5-km (about 1-mile) return trip in the Bay of Fundy fog forest.

This workshop is limited to 8 photographers. 

 

Hardwood forest above the Bay of Fundy 01, infraredHardwood forest above the Bay of Fundy 01, infraredThis area of hardwoods, near the top of the steep drop off to the Bay of Fundy in Cape Chegnecto Provincial Park, is prime 'fog forest.' The area gets tremendous amounts of dense fog and howling winds, making for all kinds of twisted shapes in the forest. This monochrome image was shot in infrared, so late-summer greens appear frosty. Above: fabulous twisted trees grow in the 'fog forest' along the fringe of the Bay of Fundy coast - they are perfect for unique IR compositions.

 

Below: a false color IR image of reflections in a forest pond in the Parrsboro area. Forest pond reflections in infraredForest pond reflections in infraredThis pond is located in a forest wilderness preserve about 10 km from my house. This late-summer monochrome image was taken in infrared, which darkens water and blue sky, and turns summer greens a frosty white.


 

Image composition | Thinking in IR | Creative editing

We will use learning sessions to develop key post-processing skills and discuss some of the creative and technical choices we face when becoming an IR artist.  All learning sessions will be held in my home just outside Parrsboro. Some of the topics we will cover during our workshop include:

– Shooting raw –

– Shooting with live view –

– Thinking in IR and watching for IR opportunities in the field –

– Preparing your raw files for IR processing –

– Camera profiles –

– Color channel swapping and selective color adjustments –

– Working with contrast in IR images –

– Converting IR false color images to monochrome –

– Using Nik Collection filters in Photoshop to create a personal IR look –

– Crisp and sharp, or soft and glowing? Finishing touches for IR images –

 

St Denis church infrared 01St Denis church infrared 01Earlier today (13 Sept 2020) I went exploring and found three adjacent churches in the small village (3 houses, 2 for sale, 1 empty) of Minudie, near the head of the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. This was settled by the Acadians and the rich soils farmed. This image, shot in infrared, shows the only church that looks like it still might be used occasionally. The early autumn leaves, still green on the trees, appear white in monochrome infrared and infrared tends to bring out extra details in the clouds, which were in great form on this September afternoon. Above: one of the three old churches in the Acadian village of Minudie, the area we spend one of our mornings

 

Below: false color IR of a rural cemetery in the woods

 

Below: the Bay of Fundy has the most extreme tides in the world, leaving lobster boats at the Advocate wharf high and dry part of each day

Low tide at Advocate Harbour infraredLow tide at Advocate Harbour infraredAdvocate Harbour is a small fishing village near Cape D'Or, a point that sticks out into the Bay of Fundy. This area experiences the highest tides in the world (17-m or 50-ft) so the lobster boats must be taken in and out of harbour at high tide. Here vessels not out fishing for the day rest grounded but held upright against the wharf. This image was shot in infrared, so green shoots of seagrass appear frosted and cloud details appear accentuated.

 

Workshop schedule

Thursday, 07 July 2022

Travel day: Arrive in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia (2-hr drive from Halifax international airport)

8:00 pm: Workshop overview and short introductions (at my home in Halfway River)

Day 1 (Friday 08 July 2022)

07:30 am: Breakfast (my place) and equipment check

09:00 am: We head to Advocate, the site of a spectacular cape and lighthouse, a classic abandoned house on the coast, and an area where the coastline offers a wealth of IR shooting possibilities. Today we will shoot primarily in the fishing village and around the lighthouse before and after lunch.

12:00 noon: Lunch at the Wild Caraway restaurant in Advocate

3:00 pm: return to Parrsboro

4:00 pm: Afternoon learning session (at my house) on the basics of raw IR image preparation (exposure, IR camera profile, deconvolution sharpening, noise reduction) in Lightroom (LR) and exposure and color channel swaps / adjustments in Photoshop (PS).

7:00 pm: Depart for dinner at a Parrsboro restaurant

Day 2 (Saturday 09 July 2022)

07:30 am: Breakfast (my place)

09:00 am: Depart for the historic Acadian village of Minudie (about 35 min drive), where we photograph the 3 historic churches that stand side-by-side, a beautiful and historic cemetery (beside an artificial lake built by a rich industrialist), and the coast near the famous fossil cliffs at Joggins

1:00 pm: After a lunch in Joggins, we will head slightly north and work on IR images in the wetlands near Maccan and/or the Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

4:00 pm: Afternoon workshop session (back in Parrsboro) on working with contrast in PS and the use of plug-in’s and extensions for PS (Nik Collection). We will also have a short group review of some of our images from Friday.

7:00 pm: Depart for dinner at a Parrsboro restaurants

Day 3 (Sunday 10 July 2022)

07:30 am: Breakfast (my place) (note that you will need to bring a packed lunch today)

8:30 am: Learning session on color look-up tables (LUTs) and gradient maps. Our focus will sway from the technicalities of IR image processing to developing a personal ‘IR look.’

10:30 am: Depart Parrsboro for a full day of coastal IR (and visible light) photography. Our first stop will be Apple River Bay. The main IR attraction here is some twisted trees clinging to the fringes of high grassy bluffs over the Bay of Fundy.

In the afternoon, we head to the Eatonville area (while historically important for ship-building, all signs of old buildings are now long gone) to visit the fabulous twisted trees of the Bay of Fundy fog forest. Within Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, a short hike on flat trails takes us to the Three Sisters viewpoint. All along this trail the trees, twisted by constant wind and nourished by heavy fog and rain, offer dramatic IR photo opportunities. 

5:00 pm: Dinner back at Wild Caraway in Advocate

7:00 pm: We will head back into Cape D'Or this evening, switching to visible light cameras after dinner. If the weather cooperates, this location has the possibility for fabulous lighthouse shots under amazing skies.

Day 4 (Monday 11 July 2022)

07:30 am: Breakfast (my place)

8:30 am: we stay close to Parrsboro today, for a shorter shoot of coastal scenes above Minas Basin on the West Bay and/or Two Islands roads. If there has been rain recently we also have the option to visit the local Jeffers Brook waterfalls.

10:00 am: Our final learning session will focus on creative finishing for IR (are you a soft and dreamy or a tough and gritty person?). Topics will include using multiple high-pass filters in PS to get the sharpening you want, where you want it, and the use of different types of blur and glow filters for that quintessential IR look.

12:30 pm: we head into town for lunch and the workshop concludes

 

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Cape D'Or lighthouse infraredCape D'Or lighthouse infraredCape D'Or juts out into the upper Bay of Fundy and is one of the harshest environments in Canada. Huge tides and currents sweep the area, waves pile up, and storms funnel up the Bay. The lighthouse sits right out at the end of a long point. This image, shot in infrared, shows red seaweed at low tide and green grass as frosty white, and the infrared also draws out tremendous details from overhead cloud formations. This image was shot mid-July, 2020. Above: the Cape D'Or lighthouse on a brooding cloudy day

 

Below:  looking the other direction at Cape D'Or on this misty and moody day

Cliffs of the Bay of Fundy infraredCliffs of the Bay of Fundy infraredSteep cliffs, eroded by extreme tides, line the western shore of Cape D'Or, a sharp point that juts out into the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. This infrared monochrome image was taken looking north towards the fishing village of Advocate Harbour. It was processed with the grain of a 400 ISO black and white film and is best printed on matte or rag papers.

 

Logistics

You will need to be in Parrsboro by Thursday evening, 07 July 2022. 

For photographers arriving at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (airport code YHZ) in the afternoon on 07 July, you need to allow at least 2-hours drive time to get to Parrsboro in time for the evening orientation (at 8 pm). Rental cars are available at the airport.

Should you need to depart Halifax earlier than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, you may not be able to make the final workshop session.

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Abandoned house on the Nova Scotia coast, infraredAbandoned house on the Nova Scotia coast, infraredThis old farmhouse is right on the coast at Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia. Shot in infrared, this monochrome image has a light color toning treatment Above: a sepia treatment of an image of one of the many abandoned houses in the region - this one at Advocate Harbour

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What's included?

All workshop instruction

Breakfast for 4 days (home-cooked at my home!)

 

Not included:

Airfare to get to Halifax

Rental car to get to / around Parrsboro

Hotel or AirBNB room

Lunches, dinners, and snacks

Personal gifts and spending

Alcohol

 

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Bay of Fundy overlook 02 infraredBay of Fundy overlook 02 infraredOverlooking Eatonville Harbour. This area, which gets lots of wind and huge amounts of fog in the Bay of Fundy, was once briefly the center for a shipbuilding industry in the early-1900s. The forests were, however, rapidly depleted and there is no remenants remaining from the once bustling ship-building activities that happened on this beach. The infrared monochrome image was shot in August 2020, on a day when high winds were blowing in wispy clouds that were perfect for IR images. In the summer of 2021 I will be running a 4-day infrared workshop in this area, so please send me a message if you are interested. Above: cloud waves blowing in above the historic Eatonville cove, once the site of a busy ship-building facility

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What should you bring?

– an IR converted camera (not just IR filters) –

– a visible light camera(s) –

– wide-angle, mid-range, and telephoto lenses –

– if you wish to shoot long-exposure lighthouse images in the one evening we visit Cape D'Or, you should bring a tripod and, ideally, neutral density filters –

– laptop computer, ideally loaded with Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Collection software –

– charging and storage devices –

– sturdy boots and warm, waterproof clothing –

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Redirection infraredRedirection infraredThis tree had been clinging to the edge of a cliff above the Bay of Fundy but somehow fell towards land rather than to the shore far below. No problem it figured and the branches all just started growing upwards, much like the nursery logs you see in the forest of British Columbia. The shape of this tree, shot in infrared, reminded me of a Nova Scotia tall ship the way the prow stuck out the front and 3 masts rose above. Shot in early-September 2020 at Apple Cove Bay, Nova Scotia. Above: trees growing from a fallen tree on the brink of Bay of Fundy cliffs at Apple River

 

FAQ

Do I need to bring an IR camera?

I strongly recommend that you do. Shooting with IR lens filters requires a tripod and is tedious because you cannot focus through your viewfinder when the filter is over the lens. While using filters can give a person a chance to experiment with IR, shooting with a converted camera makes a huge difference in what you can do. 

 

If I buy an IR camera before the trip, what should I get and where do I get it?

Ah, this is the tricky question. You can get an IR conversion for an older camera you don't use too much any more, or you can buy an already converted camera. You will be faced with the choice of which filter to pick: if you are most interested in monochrome images, you're likely best off with a 720nm filter; but if you are most interested in creative color images, you will be better off with a 665nm, or even 590nm filter. Check out the images on the Kolari Vision's filter choice page to see what the differences look like.

You can have your camera converted by Kolari Vision or Life Pixel. Both companies also sell cameras that are already converted and both also have excellent information for newcomers to IR photography. I'm happy to discuss options with you and my experience with a Canon 6D conversion (I went with the 720nm filter because I was predominantly interested in monochrome). 

 

Where can I stay?

I will reserve six hotel rooms (about Cdn $150 per night) and one cottage (Cdn $200 per night) at the simple, but very comfortable, Sunshine Inn for 4 nights. You can take over one of these reservations if you want or you could also book a room at one of the local bed and breakfasts or an AirBNB cottage. We will run the learning sessions at my country home, about a 5-minute drive from the Sunshine Inn and 10-minutes from the village of Parrsboro. 


How much does it cost to fly to Halifax?

Tickets to Halifax can range in price. With early booking you can get a r/t ticket from Toronto for < CDN $200. Flights to Halifax from the USA hubs tend to be USD $400 to $500 when booked early (prices from Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and Chicago all are roughly the same with early booking) but prices can escalate drastically if booking is left too late. If you live in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, or New England, driving is also an option. Moncton airport is a little closer than Halifax if you choose to fly in there but connections from outside the region tend to be must easier for Halifax.

 

Do I need travel insurance?

 I highly advise you arrange travel insurance. Besides providing you with compensation if you need to cancel your trip prior to departure, good travel insurance will help you if you have problems en route or during the workshop. 

 

Do I need to pay sales tax?

Yes. Because I operate a Canadian business and we are in Nova Scotia for this tour, there is a mandatory 15% HST (sales tax). 

 

How do I pay?

You can transfer your final payment directly to my bank account or pay by credit card at my Zenfolio store. The balance of your payment will be due two months prior to the start of the workshop, by 07 May 2022.

 

What is the weather like in Parrsboro in July?

Expect fairly comfortable temperatures in July, typically in the low-20s C (mid-70s F) during the day and a little chilly at night. You will be best to check weather reports just prior to leaving to determine how warmly you need to dress. Here is a link to an online summary for July.

 

Does the trip need a minimum number of people to guarantee it runs?

No! Because I live here and have no travel expenses that I need to cover this workshop, I will run it even if there is only a single person registered! 

 

I hope you can join me in Parrsboro!

 

Minas Basin infrared panoramaMinas Basin infrared panoramaA fog bank extends over much of the Minas Basin, in the upper Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, as clear skies break out above this oceanside farm field. In this infrared monochrome image, summer greens show up as frosty white and the soft infrared look gives the image a surreal look. Taken in early-July 2020 just outside of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. This high-resolution panorama was constructed from four individual images and can be printed very large.