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Kumsheen Rafting Resort brings Canada's top photographers for fun and informative photo trip in Lytton, BC

Photos courtesy of Kumsheen Rafting Resort 

BC’s favourite whitewater rafting house Kumsheen Rafting Resort is giving photo enthusiasts of all skill levels a rare opportunity to hang out and learn from two of Canada’s finest, award-winning outdoor professional photographers, Don MacGregor and Mike Woodworth. This intensive and hands-on three-day Outdoor Photography Workshop is set to run from August 19 to 22, 2012, from Ashcroft to Lytton, BC.

As the raft leaves shore, the group will zoom in on some of BC’s spectacular history from the best viewing spots, discovering incredible sights through their lenses. Two of the three days are devoted to floating the legendary Thompson River.

 “Just travelling down this river is going to be incredible,” said Woodworth, internationally acclaimed photographer and one of Kumsheen’s raft guides, who have been involved in photography for 20 years. “I just love rafting rivers. It’s just a magical thing for me.”

Woodworth first “got the bug” when he embarked on an outdoor photography journey with MacGregor, the main instructor, many years ago. MacGregor is one of only forty people in the world who are members of the prestigious Cameracraftsmen of America.

Stopping places during the breathtaking river ride are predetermined. “There’s an old church, a wooden church. It's now in very much disrepair, which gives it character, and all around it is junk that has been left there, like old sleighs, cars, log cabins,” said Woodworth, “There are a million things to photograph there alone,” Woodworth laughed.

From general landscape photography to discovering details, participants will get to play with light and shadow to capture that perfect shot. “The big thing we’ll be teaching people is to, rather than just take an overall happy snap, get right in there to see something and to work it from the best possible angle and the best possible light. It all about light, shadow and composition,” he continued.

“I was very lucky to meet Don MacGregor,” said Woodworth. “Although I wasn’t a professional, I entered professional competitions and did quite well.” Woodworth’s work was displayed at the International Hall of Fame of Professional Photographers.

During the river escape, the team will, among other things, experience fifty sets of the river’s famous whitewater rapids, catch sight of the stunning desert-like badlands and relax in the 150- million-year-old Black Canyon. “They’re in for a lot of fun,” said Woodworth.

The $672 all-inclusive package cost includes 3 nights teepee or canvas cabin accommodation, two days of power rafting from Ashcroft to Lytton, meals (3 dinners – French cuisine, 3 lunches, 3 breakfasts). As a bonus, visitors who bring their RVs save $120 per person.

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When: August 19 – 22, 2012
Where: Kumsheen Rafting Resort, 255 km (160 mi) northeast of Vancouver on the Trans- Canada Highway, 5 km from the little village of Lytton in the northern end of the Fraser
What: Outdoor Photography Workshop

About Kumsheen Rafting Resort

Kumsheen Rafting Resort is Western Canada’s premier rafting company, located in the heart of the Fraser Canyon near Lytton, BC. The upscale adventure resort is known across Canada and around the world for its friendliness, professionalism, and its flawless safety record. Since 1973, Kumsheen has taken 250,000 people for the ride of their lives and brought them all back, wet, and safe.

Rafting pioneer Bernie Fandrich began the first whitewater rafting business on the Thompson River in 1973. The Fandrich family continues to own and manage the operation. They work with an awesome team to ensure that every guest leaves with a smile and with a desire to return. Bernie shares some of his own river stories in his recently released ebook at About Special Interest Trips Under the tutelage of experts, Kumsheen Rafting Resort’s Special Interest Rafting Trips combine the excitement of a river adventure with the discovery or enhancement of a talent, hobby or interest.

For any other inquiries or to register, please contact:

Elice Mailto
Office Manager
Telephone: 250-455-2296
Fax: 250-455-2297
Reservations: 1-800-663-6667
Email: mailto:[email protected]

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