I passed my certified cowboy test hello hello everybody it’s hard to
believe well it’s hard to believe for me that it’s been one year now since I was
last in Tonquin Valley here in Jasper National Park this is my fourth trip
into Tonquin Valley and on this trip
this is a workshop that I put together so I have six other clients with me
three of them have decided to take horses into the lodge and the other four
have decided to hike the 23 kilometres in with me
and I’ve got to say the hike in is just absolutely stunning right now the
weather is perfect it’s quite cool out and the weather is quite variable so
moment it will be sunny and then we might get a little bit of hail or drizzle the
only thing that’s a bit of a pain with hiking in is that the trail is extremely
muddy so it’s a bit of a quagmire of mud but other than that it’s absolutely
gorgeous the the autumn color in here with the peaks behind me is just just
fantastic so I’m really looking forward to getting into Tonquin Valley we are
forecast to have 10 centimetres or more of snow and then perhaps some clearing
after so it could be a bust or it could be a really good trip anyway so far it’s
it’s been really quite something we have about a eight or so six kilometers
left to go and then it’s coffee and cake time so I’m looking forward to that all
right onward all right so this is our first day in
Tonquin Valley for real every seems to be rested up and we’ve come out to this
little pond here which I I came to last year and it has some beautiful golden
sedges along the edge of the of the pond with these reeds and then when it’s clear
out you get a great view of the ramparts which is kind of the predominant feature
of this area but as you can see unfortunately there isn’t any mountain
to be seen this morning so everybody’s been concentrating on kind of the the
edge of the little lake here and the fog in the trees but you know without
without a little bit of light or something a little bit more interesting
it’s it’s a bit of a challenge we’re gonna hang out here everybody is pretty
optimistic so that’s a good thing hang out here for a little bit longer
and hopefully the mountain will show day three of our Tonquin valley
adventure and as you can see the weather has imp not improved we got the got the snow
that we desired more than we desired but we haven’t got the light that we were
hoping for so we still have a day or so left so there’s still hope behind me
here believe it or not there’s some pretty majestic looking Peaks but of
course you can’t see them today so you’ll just have to take my word for
that everybody seems to be in pretty high spirits so that’s good for me and
fingers crossed for good light this afternoon the conditions are just
absolutely fantastic it’s just a matter of waiting for the light and that’s one
of the things about landscape photography I mean it’s this past three
or four weeks I’ve I’ve been on several trips and the light has not been
friendly to me at all except for the the Bugaboos so that’s one of the things
about landscape photography you need an awful lot of patience to get the shots
that you want but with enough patience eventually you will get the images that
you’re looking for so just going to wander around the area see if we can
find some more compositions and then hopefully we’ll get the light that we
want all right the conditions are absolutely fantastic
so just going in to have a little bit of lunch with a group that I’m with and the
Sun is trying to come out now and it’s trying to clear and you can see the
ramparts so with all this snow it really is quite beautiful it’s kind of what I
was hoping for hopefully hopefully hopefully we’ll get some nice evening
light and if we do then perhaps I can go over a composition or two with you
guys and kind of give you an idea of what I’m thinking but of course the you
know the group kind of comes first anyway
onward to a good hearty lunch I hope right okay so this pond is quite exceptional
because we get a great 300 more or less 360 degree view of all the mountains
around the whole area so it’s a great place to come early in the morning or
late in the afternoon so it’s getting later in the afternoon and the
conditions have really improved considerably and we’re just waiting for
the light to more or less hit this peak it keeps hitting parts of it but not the
whole whole peak and it’s quite beautiful because we have these grasses
down in the foreground here and this little snow kind of peninsula so I’ve
got that in the foreground with the grasses and then my tripod is kind of
precariously it’s quite wobbly here have to be quite careful but I’ve managed
to get it high enough so I can just get a reflection of the tip of the peak in
here so it’s just an absolutely spectacular scene just a matter of
waiting for a little bit of the light to kind of you know give it a bit of depth
and a make it a bit more exciting the blue sky really helps a lot
gives the the sky and the reflection a lot of texture and color so everybody’s
kind of spread out around the lake here and I think everybody’s pretty happy with
the conditions seeing as we’ve been waiting for a little while now so we’re out here on the on the third
morning and had a lot of fog well it was quite clear last night where we have
a lot of fog and it’s quite cold this morning and the fog is slowly lifting
and it’s just absolutely incredible the if you can see this but the ramparts are
just revealing themselves now we don’t have Alpine glow but it’s still
spectacular and then the the grass is here are rimmed with frost and then we
kind of have to be careful that we don’t um you know kind of put footprints in
these they say like the little snow hummocks I guess you would call them
they make a really nice foreground but yeah it’s absolutely just beautiful just
beautiful and then you can just see the fog just kind of rising over the back
here so I just have these snow hummocks in the foreground here and then you have
the frosty grasses and of course the ramparts in the background okay move that camera to the right a
little bit and that one to the left a little bit that’s good
composition looks good okay I I’m sad to say that this is our last day in Tonquin
and as usual it’s been a really great trip the weather wasn’t so great when
we first started but as the as the weeks gone on the weather seems to get better and
better we just get these fantastic conditions lots of clouds but a bit of
Sun coming through and of course the Sun I mean the snow and the trees is just
just fantastic I mean behind me here it’s just just lovely so we’ve got a bit
of a hike going back it’s 20 23 kilometers but there’s not an awful lot
of elevation gain so it’s just a long a long a long haul there’s three of us or
four of us hiking out as we hiked in and three people are taking a horse back but
it yeah it’s hard not to stop and want to take photographs every couple of
minutes right I’m just gonna keep plodding along and I think the hike
takes about five hours I think actually took us six hours to to get to get into
Tonquin so probably about the same getting out alright you

84 Replies to “LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY at its best”

  1. You are the first to welcome the winter in a beautiful scenery with a new palette of colours. Four season is a marvelous gift for landscape photographer. Wonderful vistas and amazing photography.👏🇨🇦

  2. Beautiful video Adam! Thank you for documenting this awesome trip! This was an amazing workshop and a great group of people. Looking forward to the next one! Cheers

  3. Great video Adam, a wonderful winter! We were probably at the same time in Alberta. I traveled from Vancouver to Yoho Nasional Park, Jasper until to Banff. Winter was amazing in this time( early October) , of course Canadian landscapes – AWESOME! 😉 Cheers, and Regards from Ireland 😉

  4. Wonderful scenery and great video as always Adam. I do love the names of some of the places you visit – The Bugaboos is one that makes me smile! Do you know if there is any meaning to the names of these places? All the best from an overcast and windy Scottish Highlands.

  5. Great Video Adam, looks cold in them there hill, I left Winnipeg to get away from all that white stuff. How long ago where you there?

  6. Great Video as usual Adam. you own a D850 & a 14-24mm lens, you are often in areas where there is no light pollution but you never seem to take any Astro shots? Surely when you are camped on top of a peak for three days the opportunity must have arisen.

  7. Makes me want to move the northern Sweden which has real winters and lovely nature similar to this.
    Amazing shots and keep snapping!

  8. Just finished work made a coffee and. Perfect timing to enjoy your video you have captured some really stunning images thank you

  9. Thanks Adam – What a great workshop!!! A fun and rewarding time was had by all……and you captured it well in the video. i recommend it to anyone who wants to experience true landscape photography. BTW – that guy in the red coat was incredibly handsome.

  10. Adam, what an amazing trip you guys had, so happy you had semi good weather. Awesome photos too. Love your videos, you do such a great job of producing them. Thank you for sharing…!!!!

  11. Thank you for another great video Adam! My wife and I watched your very first video (Mt Robson marathon) before watching this one. We are runners too and appreciate what it takes to do that distance and elevation. Also enjoyed the contrast between your first video and your most current! Nice work, as always.

  12. Finally the weather is starting to offer the best condition for photography. Look like we are going to enjoy many videos from you till the end of winter. I’m still learning from you Adam, the way you treat nature and your fantastic work is food for the soul, for me anyway:) Happy light my friend.

  13. A big thanks go out to Guy Raymond, Norm Kanwisher, Francis Roy-Moreau, Doug Varvil, Robert DeRepentigny and Raymond Page (Raymondo) a great group of guys that made the trip possible. If anyone is interested in joining me for next years September 2019 workshop please visit for details and prices.

  14. Another beautiful video! You're making me want to get my passport more and more so I can go to these great places! Keep it up.

  15. Did you say it was a 6 hour hike Adam or a horse ride back to the start? Any cabs mate? Because there's no way I can endure that kind of pain! That said, what an awesome location for photography, and the
    images truly are remarkable. Well done mate. Greg

  16. I don’t often get out and out jealous of other photographers and I certainly never get gear envy. But I think everyone on your workshop has turned me a vivid shade of green. Such perfect settings, despite the one morning's weather, and with one of the very best photographers on YouTube. You images were superb as always and you thumbnail for the video is possibly the most beautiful I’ve seen. Brilliant video Adam, I will now go and weep into my pillow and declare how unfair it all is.

  17. really nice opening images ,.. the contrast in elements and colours in the first and third ones , are fantastic , really like those ,, the black white image or no2 .. was very beautiful also …

  18. and of course the last set of images the lake ,. trees and mountains are flawless … that d850 really showing its goods for sure …

  19. Wonderful video, stunning images! A special video, not just from a creative point of view but your workshop success really shines through. Hardcore 😂 really enjoyed Adam. Thank you

  20. Adam a life event for me. Adventure, good fellowship and magical scenery. Thanks for organizing. Pictures at

  21. Some beautiful shots Adam. I often wonder about camera and lenses fogging when in cold conditions. I sometimes have issues with that. Do you have any strategies for preventing lens fogging. I even have issues in the summers at times when it is really humid.

  22. Great video and stunning location and conditions.. Hope to join you sometime. We look forward to watching your videos on Sunday mornings over breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I can’t wait for the snow. Beautiful timelapses Adam. Fog and frost might be my favorite conditions in which to shoot landscapes. Looks like it was worth the wait. Plus, another bear! 😉

  24. Fabulous – everything I love; horses, beautiful landscape, photography, snow and even a black bear. I just love it. Am off to buy a lottery ticket! What a photo tour, just awesome. Thanks for this.

  25. Powerful stuff Adam… The landscapes are beautiful, nothing not to like here. That very 1st image really caught my eye, the 1-1 crop worked well. Good light with the autumn/winter mixtures made for some real beauties… Cheers, 🙂 B.

  26. Greetings from Bonnie Scotland Adam, I haven't commented for a wee while but still watching and enjoying all your vids and this one well worth the viewing, I visited Canada over thirty years ago but unfortunately I didn't get anywhere near the Rockies, I always wished that I had instead of chasing a love that was already lost but that's another story that no one is interested in lol. It has always been on my wish list to go back and to go visit somewhere that has always fascinated me, I would love to go with you to the Tonquin Valley, I even went and done a tally of how much I would need to save to make it possible, from here in Gods Country that would be around 5000 BIG £ ones, think that would be a tall order for me for next September but if you do it again in 2020 you can put my name at the top of the list.

  27. Six hour hike with all your gear, no gym membership required! Spectacular shots and video, thanks Adam!

  28. Adam, indeed a stunning winter Landscape! Beautiful video recording, but most important, some very nice Images from a snowy alpen landscape. Can´t help it, but I do envy you guys.

  29. Outstanding man! Love the shot with the clumps of orange grass in the foreground, but looks like you came away with a number of great images! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Beautiful VLOG Adam. I love the image at 4:10…WOW! Then you hit us with 7:27 & 9:40, 9:48 …excellent They are all very well captured Adam.

  31. Was that the first snow of the season? The first dusting always looks great before the heavy snowfalls. Each situation of course has its own beauty and there’s no denying that winter is on its way!

  32. what a brilliant Video you captured. Nature is so close to my heart. you have done a super work Adam Gibbs. Beautiful Video.

  33. Hello Adam, and congratulations on a marvellous trip. So, pleased for you that all went well for everyone. The scenery in Tonquin is simply the best. Did you provide all the cooking or did you have a helper for this???

  34. Especially epic vlog Adam. I'm thinking 6 hour hikes are vital to epic photos (besides talent of course). My backyard just doesn't cut it. Stunning images and story telling. Q: What's your plan when coming in contact with a bear? (run faster than the guy next to you?) 😉

  35. Another great vid! Any filters used in the pics you showed. If so could you please include the infoalong with your exposure info. Thanks.

  36. Great vlog as usual Adam. That looks like big fun. I hope to make it one day. What a location for photography too. Not a bad place to practice your patience in waiting for the light. So rewarding when it appears. Just curious about the cabin–is that yours? Cheers, Jeff

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